Friday 21.02.2020 / Saturday 22.02.2020
10 Years of Groove Now - Stars & Friends

Albert Castiglia All-Stars (USA)

with Special Guests Johnny Sansone & Jimmy Carpenter

Nominated for two US Blues Music Awards in 2020 as best blues-rock artist and best blues-rock CD of the year. Nobody sleeps when Albert Castiglia is in town. After nearly 30 years of house-rocking studio albums and smack-in-the-mouth live shows, the Florida bandleader is the acknowledged master of red-raw, sweat-and-hair Blues that gives it to you straight. At the upcoming US Blues Music Awards, Albert is nominated as 'best blues-rock artist' and his album 'Masterpiece' as best blues-rock album in 2020. Albert will then be coming back in November as member of the Grove Now All-Star band and as 'Star & Friend'.

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Castiglia was born on in New York on August 12th, 1969 and moved to Florida at age five. He made his professional debut in 1990 with Miami Blues Authority, but truly hit the international radar when Junior Wells invited him into his solo band for several world tours. "It was an incredible adventure," recalls Castiglia. "Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to be a Chicago bluesman. Junior opened the door for me to do that."

The gig was a shop-window, and though Wells died in 1998, there was no stopping Castiglia, whether he was joining the great Atlanta vocalist Sandra Hall for national tours in the late-90s, or holding his own in onstage jams with everyone from Pinetop Perkins to John Primer. Nobody's sideman, his own burgeoning solo career began with 2002's “Burn”, followed up by 2006's “A Stone's Throw”, 2010's “Keepin On” and 2012's “Living The Dream”. In 2014, “Solid Ground” was declared "smouldering and intense" by The Blues Magazine, while the 2016 release of “Big Dog” was the thrilling culmination of a lifetime's craft, championed by Blues Blast's Kim Derr as "the best album I've listened to this year". “Up all Night” was released in 2017 and represents another celebration day. In early 2019, Albert recorded a new album at Mike Zito’s studio, under the leadership of the owner. 'Masterpiece' is nothing less than fantastic and could easily become record of the year.

Now he’s back with all All-Star Band to celebrate Groove Now’s 10th Anniversary, beside Castiglia the line-up includes New Orleans’ singer, bandleader and harmonica player Johnny Sansone, the incredible sax player Jimmy Carpenter, and his new rhythm section. You can expect a hot and explosive live experience to start the celebration year of Groove Now.

Albert Castiglia – guitar, vocals
Johnny Sansone – vocals, harmonica
Jimmy Carpenter - saxophone
Justine Tompkins – bass
Ephraim Lowell - drums

Concert details:
Friday/Saturday, February 21 & 22, 2020
Atlantis, Klosterberg 13, Basel
Showtime: 20.30 h
Doors: Friday: 20 h / Saturday: 19.30 h
Tickets: CHF 69

No seating guarantee! 



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