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New Meetup: Tommy Castro and the Painkillers - Beachland Ballroom / Muldoon's Saloon

From: Bill J.
Sent on: Friday, November 2, 2012 6:21 PM

There's no better way to end the week than with a healthy dose of the BLUES!


Announcing a new Meetup for Music Cleveland!!

What: Tommy Castro and the Painkillers - Beachland Ballroom / Muldoon's Saloon
When: Friday, November 16,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
15711 Waterloo Road
Cleveland, OH 44110

Music Cleveland!presents - Tommy Castro & The Pain Killers – Beachland Ballroom / Muldoon’s Saloon











Tommy Castro
& The Pain Killers
and Brickhouse Blues Band
Primarily seated, general admission
$20.00 adv Music Cleveland! $15
Ballroom | All Ages
Beachland Ballroom



Who: Tommy Castro and the Painkillers
Opening Act: The Brickhouse Blues Band
What: The Blues
Where: The Beachland Ballroom (click here)
When: Friday, November 16th @ 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.)
Why: Because It Is Friday and We Need Live Music!

Our friends at The Beachland have given us a special 25-percent discount tonight. So that’s a $20 ticket for $15. Not bad.

When you RSVP for this event, you will be asked to provide a direct email and phone number. They will only be used if we need to contact you for any last-minute changes. As always, they will be considered confidential and private.






Dinner at 5:30 to 6 p.m. – before concert at Muldoon's Saloon & Eatery (click here) , 1020 E. 185th Street, 44199, 216.531.3130. Exit I-90/Ohio 2, at East 185th and the restaurant is 100 yards north.

What: Very Cool Music!
When: Friday, November 16th @ 8 p.m.
Where: Beachland Ballroom, 15711 Waterloo Road, 44110, 216. 383. 1124 (click here)
Cost: $20Members-Only Price $15 at the door. You must be on our VIP list!











We have arranged a Music Cleveland! Members-Only 25-percent Discount. Please complete all of the questions in the RSVP process including your direct email and phone number (both will be considered confidential) and you will be added to the VIP List that will be held at the door. {This is in keeping with traditional Rock-and-Roll protocol ;)}

Discounts will not apply to on-line or phone purchases.

Members Note: Please don't forget your annual Music Cleveland! Membership fees. You may pay by credit card by using the PayPal link on the left margin of the group home page or just pay the event host in cash. Your dues help cover the costs associated with the site and other administrative expenses. Organizers are not compensated. We do this simply for our love of music, fine food and wine, and, of course our friends.
And, our sincere thanks to those members who are current!

Tommy Castro Web site (click here)

A Healthy Dose of
Tommy Castro and the Painkillers
“They’ve got the cure.”

Even after more than two decades on the road, 14 boundary bending recordings and collaborations, multiple Blues Music Awards, personal and professional breakthroughs Tommy Castro, a veteran road warrior – and one of the most successful blues musicians in the world – takes nothing for granted.

In 2012, Castro will weigh in heavily again and turn yet another corner. Stlll inspired by his blues guitar and R & B vocal contemporaries and a strong desire to push the boundaries of today’s roots music Castro has brought together an all new band he calls “The Painkillers” to do exactly that.

Foregoing the horns this time out Castro returns to a more stripped-down lineup that recalls the earlier days of the band and even features original bassist Randy McDonald along with new band mates Byron Cage on drums and James Pace on keyboards. The leaner unit allows Castro’s versatile guitar work to come to the fore and his soulful voice to tell the story in every song.
Take caution, these Painkillers could be habit forming…..

Tommy Castro Video “Serve Somebody” (click here)

Brickhouse Blues Band “Cincinnati Jail” Video (click here)







History of the Brickhouse Blues Band

The Brickhouse Blues Band was formed around 1986. Since then the band has kept on a steady track at playing the blues. The band has had its changes with band members, but has never stopped playing. The original members were Tommy "Nightdog" Nichols, Ronnie "Alleykat" Carroll, Dave Nida, and Davey Burke. In 1988, Jack Freeman took over Davey's place as the bass guitar player. This unit played consistently for the next seven years, till a much needed break from a heavy and hectic schedule. Reforming six months later, Bobby "Blindboy" Carroll took over the drum slot. This band unit played up till 2004 when Tommy "Nightdog" Nichols decided to pursue other avenues, such as session and studio work, leaving it open for frontman Billy "Skinnyboy" Conklin as lead singer, harmonica, and coronet player. We have had great success and the good fortune to have played some of the best clubs, wineries, festivals, national shows, benefits, weddings...just about every kind of venue you can think of. It is our passion and love of performing and playing the blues, playing the music that keeps us "keeping on" that comes through when we hit the stage. Also, if it wasn't for the support of our families, friends, and fans...well, it just wouldn't be that much fun without cha,,,, Thank you so very much, We love ya and can't wait to see ya at the next gig,,, Payin our Dues and Playin the Blues-TheBrickhouseBluesBand,,,THE "NIGHTDOG" IS BACK,, Tommy Nichols is back with the Brickhouse Blues Band and playing the Blues with a vengence, Hot Blues ,,Smokin Blues ,,the Band is on Fire , Looking forward to bringing you great shows and Original music in the making , as well as remakes of classic blues and some unknown blues done (as always) the BRICKHOUSE BLUES way,, see you soon Thanks so Much,, Ronnie "AlleyKat" Carroll

Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, StageOne, Fairfield, CT – 3/22
by Christopher Walsh

Unusually warm March weather must have reminded Tommy Castro of his home in California and his show recalled another Californian with a knack for channeling Southern soul and Delta blues – John Fogerty. Foregoing the horn section this time around, he led a crackling, stripped down band that added plenty of grit and the boss keeps this version of the Painkillers on their toes by regularly switching around the set list.

Castro is a good singer and a top notch musician, but what sets him apart from the pack is the ability to lift any number of styles from his kit bag and let fly. A veteran of the blues boom of the 1980s, he has developed a supple style that roams the blues-rock spectrum and on songs like “Love Don’t Care” and “Shakin’ The Hard Times Loose”, a voice that brings to mind Delbert McClinton and the late Willy DeVille. Elsewhere the blue-collar groove of “Can’t Keep a Good Man Down”, the title track from his 1997 release, came across much coarser in the club setting. Castro talked of his youth learning songs by listening to records, so we got a trawl through his collection – Howlin’ Wolf’s “44 Blues”, Buddy Guy’s “Let Me Love You Baby” and a loose take on Bob Dylan’s “Gotta Serve Somebody.”

Another highlight came in one of the newer tunes, “Monkey’s Paradise” where the guitar work comes to the fore, with speedy chord changes and a rambunctious rhythm. It’s from Hard Believer, his most recent studio record on Alligator, a label that should be a good fit for him; while the rocking soul of “Old Habits Die Hard” dates from his long ago stint with The Dynatones. Later, ten minutes of John Lee Hooker’s “Serves Me Right To Suffer” at full gallop closed the first set and Byron Cage’s jackhammer drumming saw his sticks splintering, a version that would’ve met with the approval of the Boogie Man himself.

While Holland-Dozier’s “Chairman of the Board” came out four decades ago, Castro’s take on it is a breath of fresh air, but with a familiar scent. Muddy Waters’ “Mannish Boy” had Mark Zaretsky from The Cobalt Rhythm Kings join the stage to play harp, a nice accent. Many in the capacity crowd viewed Castro as an old pal, after a jaw-dropping solo one guy walked up onto the stage to give a high-five, which he got. After thirty-odd years on the road, it’s more than deserved.

Read the article online at

Tommy Castro Cranks Out Fine Show at Moondog’s

If the penultimate day of last week was Black Friday, then I guess it was Blue Saturday at Moondog’s, as Tommy Castro brought his crackling band and his soulful self into town.
I knew when I could barely get inside the door halfway through Norm Nardini’s opening act that it was going to be a good night. Moondog’s was packed so tight that it gave new meaning to the phrase “intimate performance.”

By the time Castro came on for his first set, the fans were wired and ready. Fortunately, so was Tommy and his band. It’s fine enough that he works his guitar with power and passion, but when you add in the sax (Keith Crossan), trumpet (Tom Poole) and keyboards (Tony Stead), the band is smart and sharp. Both horn men add punch, but saxman Crossan paints eloquent saxy musical portraits around Castro’s tough guitar and vocals.

Running through songs from his new CD, “Hard Believer” like “Monkey’s Paradise,” “Make It Back to Memphis” and the now very danceable Dylan dirge, “Gotta Serve Somebody” and older favorites like “Nasty Habits” and “High on the Hog,” there were fistbumps between Tommy and front-seat fans, dancing in the aisles, or what passes for aisles at Moondog’s, which is anyplace that you can find room to turn around.

At one point, Tommy noted that his portrait wasn’t on the Moondog’s wall of fame (you can can see at left how well he fits in). Meanwhile, he did everything he needed to do to make the crowd happy — leaving the stage to play among the tables, talking to the crowd, announcing that Jimmy the butcher had come all the way from Youngstown with his family for the show (and even brought some meat).

Castro, of course, brought the raw meat of the blues and all the other soulful, rocking music that he’s so good at. There’s a reason he was named the 2008 Entertainer of the Year at the blues awards.

By the time the band did its extended closer, a tough take on the classic James Brown’s “Get Up (I Feel Like Being) A Sex Machine,” the sweat was flowing on stage and off, and it was hard to tell who was having more fun — but I’ll put my money on the deliriously happy fans.

“He can do no wrong…soulful, heartfelt vocals and exquisite, stellar guitar. An inspired blend of blues, R&B, soul and roadhouse rock” –Blues Revue

Ever since he first picked up a guitar, Tommy Castro believed. He believed he would not only be able to make a living playing music, but could develop his own signature sound, fusing blues with R&B and roots rock ‘n’ roll. And he has done just that. Castro began his career playing in local Bay Area cover bands prior to joining the nationally touring R&B party band, The Dynatones. Since forming his own band and relentlessly touring the world, he has become one of the blues’ top drawing artists and best-loved performers, known worldwide for his impassioned vocals, forceful guitar work, striking songwriting and galvanizing live show. Castro’s contagious, boyish energy and his uncanny ability to connect one-on-one with his fans – who often travel great distances to watch him play — have made him and his horn-fueled band among the blues world’s busiest, most popular acts.

Publications across the country, from The Washington Post to The San Francisco Examiner, have sung Castro’s praises. Guitar Player called Castro “the hardest working bluesman on the scene today.” The Philadelphia Inquirer declared, “Castro plays infectious, roaring roadhouse romps with incendiary licks and a touch of New Orleans soul.” According to The San Francisco Chronicle, “Castro navigates seriously funky Southern soul, gritty big city blues and scorching rock…his silvery guitar licks simultaneously sound familiar and fresh.” Carlos Santana, with whom Castro has performed, said, “Tommy Castro has the voice and the sound to touch everybody’s heart.”

Castro, among the hardest working musicians in any genre, won the coveted 2008 and 2010 Blues Music Awards for Entertainer Of The Year. With his 2009 Alligator Records debut Hard Believer, he took another major step forward in a career of non-stop highlights. Radio and press fully embraced Hard Believer, as the CD earned the #1 spot on the Living Blues Radio Chart for two straight months. The CD was #1 on the Roots Music Report Blues Chart, and it even crossed over to rock radio where it was the # 2 Most Added Record at the Adult Album Alternative (AAA) format the week the album was released. Sirius/XM Bluesville launchedHard Believer nationwide with a very special 2-hour interview. Tommy was also featured nationally on The House Of Blues Radio Hour and Blues Deluxe.

Reviews and features ran in The Chicago Sun-Times, USA Today, The Boston Herald and many other national, international and regional publications. Blurt said, “Hard Believershowcases Castro’s soulful voice, searing guitar and excellent songwriting ability as it reaches new heights.” The album won the 2010 Blues Music Award (BMA) for Contemporary Blues Album Of The Year. In addition to the Entertainer Of The Year Award, Castro won the BMA for Contemporary Blues Male Artist Of The Year and Band Of The Year. Hard Believer also won The Living Blues Readers Award for Best Blues Album Of The Year. All of this attention helped land Castro on the cover of the January 2011 issue of Blues Revue, who called Castro “the most dangerous man in the blues.”

Hard Believer, produced by John Porter (B.B. King, Elvis Costello, Buddy Guy, Keb Mo, The Smiths, Otis Rush, Billy Bragg, Roxy Music), was recorded in Castro’s hometown of San Rafael, California. The album is anchored by Castro’s soul-baring songs and feral guitar attack. It is filled with profound emotion and fueled by Castro’s soulful vocals and propulsive rhythms. But what really drives the songs home is Castro’s telepathic interaction with his band, sometimes inspiring them to push the pedal to the floor, and other times slowing things down for a simmering ballad. The album perfectly captures the magic of Castro’s power as a vocalist, guitarist and bandleader.

When not touring on his own, Tommy leads The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue, an all-star blues caravan conceived by Castro as a way to bring the all-night jams aboard The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruises (where Castro has become the “honorary captain”) to concert stages and clubs around the country. The ever-changing line-up — featuring Tommy and his band with special guests from all over the blues map — is among the most crowd-pleasing concert experiences around. In 2011 Alligator released Tommy Castro Presents The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue – Live!, a white-hot collection of the highest highlights from the Revue’s recent live performances. In addition to Castro’s stellar fretwork and blue-eyed soul vocals, the album features Alligator Records label-mates Rick Estrin, Janiva Magness and Michael “Iron Man” Burks, along with Debbie Davies, Theodis Ealey, Sista Monica Parker, Joe Louis Walker and the 2008 International Blues Challenge Award winners Trampled Under Foot. The Washington Post called the CD “inspired and phenomenal, horn-fueled and funky.”

Born in San Jose, California in 1955, 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. As he got older, Castro moved forward by investigating the past, falling in love with the blues guitar work of Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Elmore James and soul singers like Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett and James Brown. By his late 20s he was playing in a variety of San Francisco-area blues and soul bands.

Castro joined Warner Brothers’ artists The Dynatones in the late 1980s. The celebrated rocking soul band had a huge fan base and toured the U.S. constantly. He honed his chops with The Dynatones on the road for two years, performing live all across the country and backing major artists like Carla Thomas and Albert King. He formed the first incarnation of The Tommy Castro Band in 1991, achieving local popularity and winning the Bay Area Music Award for Best Club Band in both 1993 and 1994. With his local fan base quickly expanding, he released Exception To The Rule on Blind Pig. He began touring nationally with his band, picking up new fans everywhere he went. The album won the 1997 Bay Area Music Award for Outstanding Blues Album, and Castro also took the award for Outstanding Blues Musician that same year.

In the mid-1990s The Tommy Castro Band served as the house band for three seasons on NBC Television’s Comedy Showcase (airing right after Saturday Night Live), bringing him in front of millions of viewers every week. Beginning in the mid-1990s, Castro released a series of critically acclaimed CDs for Blind Pig, Telarc and 33rd Street Records as well as one on his own Heart And Soul label. In 2001 and 2002 the legendary B.B. King asked Castro to open his summer concert tours. Castro received an open invitation to join the King Of The Blues on stage for the nightly finale. For the last 15 years, Castro has rarely been off the road, playing over 150 shows a year, each one a spontaneous and exhilarating testament to the power of live music.

Connecting with his audience and sharing his enthusiasm with his fans is something Castro does naturally and effortlessly. With his horn-fueled, blues-rocking, road-tested band behind him, Castro never fails to sweep his audience out of their seats and onto the dance floor. His ability to ignite a raucous good-time party – along with the recent CDs Hard Believer andTommy Castro Presents The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue – Live! – assure that Tommy Castro and his band are in constant demand. Listening to Castro’s recordings and seeing him live, believing is not only easy, it’s a whole lot of fun.

What was the Beachland before it was a music venue?
The Beachland Ballroom was built in 1950 as the Croatian Liberty Home, with the ballroom and tavern comprising the original structure. In 1976 the kitchen and back bar area were added. The Liberty Home was active on many social and political fronts and was a true Cleveland landmark before becoming Cleveland's most eclectic music club in the year 2000.

Where's the Beach?
We've had more than a few of you ask with a name like Beachland, where's the beach? Actually it's less than a ½ mile north of here. In fact, one of the nation's best known amusement parks -- Euclid Beach – was right at the north end of E. 156th St. Euclid Beach operated from 1894 until 1969 and "Beachland" became the slang name for the whole North Collinwood neighborhood in those days. A number of reminders of the "Beachland" era remain. On E. 185th St. we still have the "Beachland Branch" of the Post Office as well as hardware stores, dry cleaners and other businesses with the "Beachland" name in the area. On Lakeshore Blvd. there is even a Beachland Presbyterian Church! Sadly, very little of the former Euclid Beach Park still exists. The actual "beach" is still there, much of which is now the Euclid Beach State Park, a public swimming area. The old Euclid Beach carved archway entrance also remains and is now serving rather incongruously as the entrance to a senior citizen high-rise apartment building.

Where do I park?
We do have a small parking lot available to our patrons, but that fills up fast on big nights. The good news is that there are a lot of spaces available within three blocks of the Beachland. You can park on both sides of Waterloo and you can also park on most nearby side streets. Parking is also permitted in the Key Bank lot , despite the signage, as long as you do not leave your car overnight. Key Bank is just west of the club on Waterloo. Be sure to read all the street signs and don't park where they tell you not to. Please do not block driveways.

Handicapped Accessibility
There is limited handicapped parking available in our parking lot. We are wheelchair/handicapped accessible through the side door of the building. If you need assistance please find a manager and they will be more than happy to help you. You are more than welcome to call us ahead of time [masked]), with any questions or concerns.

The Beachland is located at
15711 Waterloo Rd

Cleveland, OH[masked], US
216. 383. 1124

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