Presenting Dance Concerts
at the San Luis Obispo Vets Hall
801 Grand Avenue

Next Blues Show: Saturday, Sept 26, 2015
Doors open 7:20 pm - Show starts 8:00 pm

Free Dance Lessons from 7:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Provided by SLO Dance

 Tommy Castro and the Painkillers
Award-winning guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Tommy Castro is famed for his signature brand of tough, rocking rhythm and blues, thrilling fans around the world with his incendiary live performances. Born in San Jose, Tommy Castro first picked up a guitar at age 10. He came under the spell of Eric Clapton, Elvin Bishop, Mike Bloomfield and other blues rock players early on. Later, Tommy moved forward, falling in love with the blues guitar work of Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Elmore James. By his late 20s he was playing in a variety of San Francisco-area blues and soul bands.

He formed The Tommy Castro Band in 1991 and soon won Bay Area Music Awards for Best Club Band. During the 1990s and into the 2000s, Castro released a series of critically acclaimed CDs for Blind Pig, Telarc and Alligator Records; and began relentless touring, continuing to this day. His 2009 Hard Believer album helped him win four 2010 Blues Music Awards including Entertainer of The Year Award (for the second time). In 2011, he released Tommy Castro Presents The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue–Live!. The album is a fiery collection of the highlights from live performances anchored by Castro and an all-star collection of nationally recognized blues musicians.

After years of playing guitar-driven blues and R&B backed by a tight horn section, Castro introduced The Painkillers in 2012, creating a lean, mean four-piece lineup. The Painkillers include bassist Randy McDonald, keyboardist James Pace, and drummer Byron Cage. Castro views the harder-edged sound of the Painkillers as a natural extension of the music he’s been making since he was a teenager. “The Painkillers really get me back to my roots. It feels to me a lot more like it did when I first started playing with my friends as a kid.” In 2014’s The Devil You Know, Castro and the Painkillers stripped his music down to its raw essence. The album received a 2014 Blues Blast Music Award for Rock Blues Album of the Year. Tommy Castro and the Painkillers are unquestionably easing pain, lifting spirits and filling dance floors the same way he’s been doing for decades—only now he’s packing an even more feral punch.

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 Code Blues
Code Blues was founded by Rick Munoz to provide a home for his soulful harmonica playing and emphatic vocal style, forged in a blues furnace and road tested on stages over the last 20 years. Joining him on the front line is Craig Louis Dingman, aka "Big Daddy", on guitar and vocals. Big Daddy brings a jazzy touch to the proceedings with guitar and vocal incitement, and maybe a laugh or two. The bottom end is held up by John Paul Stinson on drums and Bud McCabe on bass, who both bring wide ranging professional experience to the business of providing the glide to the ride.

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Admission costs $25 for non-members and $20 for members. Tickets will be sold at the door, and may also be purchased at Boo Boo Records and Cheap Thrills in San Luis Obispo. SLO Blues Society Membership is also available at the door for $10 per year.

Group Tickets
The SLO Blues Society offers a $5 discount on general admission group tickets. Tickets must be purchased in advance; the minimum group size is 8 people; and everyone must be 21 or over. For more information, contact Dan at 805-541-1837.

Volunteers and Board of Directors
The Blues Society runs primarily on volunteers to produce and staff our concerts. At the shows, volunteers set up, sell tickets and drinks, or clean up after the show. Volunteers get free admission to the show and two drink tickets. If you have extra time and energy to contribute, please call our volunteer line (805) 541-7930 and we will contact you. The Blues Society is also looking for interested members to serve on our Board of Directors. Board members perform various functions, many of which occur before the show. This is an opportunity to serve the organization, get in free, and have some fun. Ask a Director at the show or call the volunteer hotline and we will contact you. Click here for more information.

Dance Lessons with Linda Drake & SLO Dance.
Linda Drake, Chris Harmon, and other award-winning instructors from SLO Dance offer beginning East Coast Swing lessons at 7:30 before each Blues Society show. Lessons are free with admission to the show and no partner is necessary. Linda Drake’s staff at SLO Dance includes several nationally recognized award-winning dancers and instructors in both Ballroom and Swing. Go to learn more about them.