“Daniel Castro is one of the most dynamic blues guitarists performing in the

West Coast.” --Willie Brown, President, Sacramento Blues Society

 

“He’s got that real deal feel. Daniel Castro is a great musician

and entertainer.” -- Elvin Bishop

 

“Daniel Castro is the latest and one of the greatest blues guitarists to come bursting out of the

highly competitive West Coast scene. To the classic music of B.B. King, Albert King, and Albert

 Collins he has added the three T’s taste, tone, and technique. His raw passion warms your soul

while his deep groove kicks your butt on fine, fresh originals and well chosen covers.”

Dave Rubin -- Guitar Player Magazine

       Describing Daniel Castro as a blues artist doesn’t begin to tell the whole story. A highly accomplished

guitarist and singer/songwriter with a strong musical point of view grounded in the very best blues traditions is more like it. Combine those talents with original blues-based material and you begin to understand Daniel’s strengths as an artist. Well-known for being a dynamic performer who “leaves it all on the stage” night after night, Daniel brings crowds to their feet with his blistering solos, soulful singing, and tight arrangements. Daniel has always played with seasoned musicians, but with his newest incarnation, the Daniel Castro Band raises the bar and is truly a force to be reckoned with.

 

       Daniel grew up in the L.A. area and was heavily influenced by the blues greats Albert KIng, B.B. King and Albert Collins. As a kid, Daniel would hang outside clubs like the Golden Bear in Huntington Beach to hear these blues legends perform and wait for a glimpse of them through the curtains. After cutting his teeth in South Central L.A. blues clubs with “Mighty Mouth” Delmar Evans, who worked with the Johnny Otis Show, Castro backed other great artists from Otis’ band, including Pee Wee Crayton and Little Ester Phillips. He also recorded and toured with many other artists including legendary Small Faces singer-bassist Ronnie Lane. Moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1995, Daniel formed the Daniel Castro Band and quickly became a hot draw in the burgeoning local blues scene. In 1999, Daniel recorded his first release, No Surrender, followed in 2003 with Live at The Saloon, a double CD recorded at San Francisco’s oldest bar and mecca for the blues faithful. Both CDs highlight the talents of Daniel’s playing, songwriting, and arranging and feature stellar performances by some of the Bay Area’s best sidemen.

 

       In 2011, Daniel began looking to form a new band. He had always been surrounded by great players but

wanted to focus on his original material, which required working with musicians that shared his passion, would commit to strenuous rehearsals, and had the natural chemistry needed to help him realize the music’s potential.

 

       Daniel began getting together with bassist Johnny Yu, whom he had played with in the past and who had recorded several cuts on his “No Surrender” CD. They quickly became a team, working out arrangements to many of Daniel’s new original tunes and forming the nucleus of the new band. Daniel and Johnny began performing as a trio, using a platoon of drummers as they searched for the elusive third member of the band. In early 2012, Johnny reconnected with drummer David Perper, who he had worked with in a variety of settings over many years. David got together with Daniel and Johnny at their rehearsal space and it soon became obvious to all that they collectively had something special. With Johnny and David, Daniel has an intuitive and explosive rhythm section, able to anticipate each others moves and support Daniel’s music as it deserves.

       A Daniel Castro Band performance is soulful, polished, and intense as the group shifts from one

scintillating groove to the next. Daniel covers lead vocals and rhythm and lead guitar with amazing dexterity. Musical chemistry is obvious from the first note the band plays and it never lets up. The group’s strong arrangements, including three-part harmonies, and its use of dynamics and feel, propel each song forward and leave audiences in awe of a trio that sounds so full. “We play big,” says Perper. Others agree. “I can’t believe how full the band sounds. I close my eyes and am sure you’re a five or six piece band--unbelievable!” says Bernard Butcher, producer of the Blue Wing Blues Festival. Click video on right to view our behind the scenes EPK of the making of "Desperate Rain"..

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

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  • 10/04/2014 - Swabbie's on the River

    Saturday, October 04, 2014

    The Daniel Castro Band @

    Swabbies on The River

     

    Show Time:

    3 pm

     

    Details:

    Swabbies on The River

    5871 Garden Hwy., Sacramento, CA

    95837

    (916) 920-8088

     

    Website: http://www.swabbies.com/

     

    Tickets:  Available at the door

     

  • 10/05/2014 -  The IBC Finals

    Sunday, October 05, 2014

    The Daniel Castro Band @

    The IBC Finals

     

    Show Time:

    2 pm

     

    Details:

    The Smoking Pig

    3340 Mowry Ave, Fremont, California 94538

    (510) 713-1854

     

    Website:  http://www.smokingpigbbq.net/

     

    Tickets:  http://www.tggbs.org/store

     

  • 10/09/2014 - Biscuits & Blues

    Thursday, October 09, 2014

    The Daniel Castro Band @

    Biscuits & Blues

     

    Show Time:

    TWO SHOWS! 7:30 & 9:30 pm

     

    Details:

    Biscuits & Blues

    401 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94102

     

     (415) 292-2583

     

     

    Website:  http://www.biscuitsandblues.com/

     

    Tickets:  http://biscuitsandblues.com/tickets

     

  • 10/11/2014 - The Saloon

    Saturday, October 11, 2014

    The Daniel Castro Band @

    The Saloon

     

    Show Time:

    9:30 pm

     

    Details:

    The Saloon

    1232 Grant Street., San Francisco, CA

    94133

    (415) 885-0705

     

    Website:  http://www.sfblues.net/Saloon.html

     

    Tickets:  Available at the door

     

  • 10/18/2014 - The Grand Theater

    Saturday, October 18, 2014

    The Daniel Castro Band @

    The Grand Theater

     

    Show Time:

    8 pm

     

    Details:

    The Grand Theater

    715 Central Avenue Tracy, CA

    95376

     209.831.6TKT (6858)

     

    Website:  http://atthegrand.org/

     

    Tickets: http://atthegrand.org/BoxOfficeTickets

     

  • 10/19/2014 - Art & Pumpkin Festival

    Sunday, October 12, 2014

    The Daniel Castro Band @

    Art & Pumpkin Festival

     

    Show Time:

    1 pm - 5 pm

     

    Details:

    Art & Pumpkin Festival

    Main St., Half Moon Bay, CA

    94019

    (650) 726-9652

     

    Website: http://pumpkinfest.miramarevents.com/

     

    Tickets:  Available at the door

     

  • 10/24/2014 - The Valley Brewing Co

    Friday, October 24, 2014

    The Daniel Castro Band @

    The Valley Brewing Co

     

    Show Time:

    TBA

     

    Details:

    The Valley Brewing Co

    157 W Adams St, Stockton, CA 95204

    (209) 464-2739

     

    Website:  http://www.valleybrew.com/

     

    Tickets:  Available at the door

     

  • 10/25/2014 - Don Quixote's Music Hall

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

    The Daniel Castro Band @

    Don Quixote's Music Hall

     

    Show Time:

    8 pm

     

    Details:

    Don Quixote's Music Hall

     6275 Hwy 9

    Felton, CA 95018

    (831) 335-2800

     

    Website: http://www.donquixotesmusic.info/

     

    Tickets:  http://www.donquixotesmusic.info/form_file.php

     

  • 11/01/2014 - The Saloon

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

    The Daniel Castro Band @

    The Saloon

     

    Show Time:

    9:30 pm

     

    Details:

    The Saloon

    1232 Grant Street., San Francisco, CA

    94133

    (415) 885-0705

     

    Website:  http://www.sfblues.net/Saloon.html

     

    Tickets:  Available at the door

     

  • 11/15/2014 - The Torch Club

    Saturday, November 15, 2014

    The Daniel Castro Band @

    The Torch Club

     

    Show Time:

    9 pm

     

    Details:

    The Torch Club

    904 15th St.,  Sacramento, CA

    95814

    (916) 443-2797

     

    Website:  http://www.torchclub.net/

     

    Tickets:  Available at the door

     

  • 11/19/2014 - The Empress Theater

    Wednesday, Novenmber 19, 2014

    The Daniel Castro Band @

    The Empress Theater

     

    Show Time:

    7:30 pm

     

    Details:

    The Empress Theater

    330 Virginia St., Vallejo, CA

    94590

    (707) 552-2400

     

    Website: http://www.empresstheatre.org/

     

    Tickets:  Available at the door

     

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