Wed Aug 19 2020

7:00 PM (Doors 5:00 PM)

Daryl's House

130 NY-22 Pawling, NY 12564

$15.00 - $20.00

All Ages

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“It may be a bit premature to crown Albert Castiglia America’s newest King of the Blues, but there’s little doubt that he at least deserves the title of heir apparent.” — Miami New Times

This show is presented In Association with The Hudson Valley Blues Society

 

Albert Castiglia plus Chris Raabe presented In Association with the Hudson Valley Blues Society

  • Albert Castiglia

    Albert Castiglia

    Jazz

    “It may be a bit premature to crown Albert Castiglia America's newest King of the Blues, but there's little doubt that he at least deserves the title of heir apparent.” -- Miami New Times

     

    As most artists will attest, the most unexpected circumstance can spark artistic inspiration. That’s a fact that hasn’t been lost on singer, songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire Albert Castiglia. With his latest album, the aptly named Masterpiece, he celebrates an unforeseen triumph -- a connection with a daughter he never knew he had. The result is a work that’s both personal and provocative all at the same time.

     

    Castiglia calls this the most meaningful album he’s ever made. “My daughter finding me and opening up my world to an additional family, including two grandchildren, brought out the deepest material I’ve ever created,” he notes, “along with my wife, they were my muses.” Indeed, songs such as “Keep On Swinging”, “Masterpiece” and “Bring on the Rain” address the unexpected emotions that infused his psyche with the discovery of a family he never knew.

     

    “Prior to my daughter finding me, my entire adult life felt incomplete,” Castiglia reflects in the song “Bring On the Rain.” “I never knew why I felt that way. I could never put my finger on it. Then when I discovered my daughter, my heart was suddenly overflowing.”

     

    The title track echoes the same sort of sentiment. "After my daughter and I connected for the first time, I submitted my DNA sample to the lab to confirm that I was indeed her father,” Castiglia recalls. “I knew she was my kid the second I saw her picture, but my daughter wanted closure and by me taking the test, it would put all the speculation to rest. On the day my results came up positive, I wrote a letter to my daughter telling her how happy I was to be her father. At the end of the letter I wrote, ‘I've been an artist for thirty years, but you're my masterpiece!’ I ran with that line and made it the perfect song to express my love. As the lyric says, I loved her before I even knew her.”

     

    Co-produced by longtime friend and colleague Mike Zito, and released on Zito’s own label, Gulf Coast Records, on May 24th, the album also finds Castiglia reflecting on the disappointment and disconnect that’s gripped the nation in the past several years. Several songs, “Heavy” and “Love Will Win the War”, deal with the dilemma that has impacted the those forgotten as the result of this modern malaise. “Heavy” brings those ideas to the fore. “It was inspired by people who live in this country and feel alienated, unappreciated, demonized and shunned by society,” Castiglia reflects. “The homeless, the vets, immigrants, people of color, teachers, the LGBT community...they were on my mind the whole time I wrote this tune.” “Love Will Win the War” goes even deeper into the horrors and violence that have shaken the very pillars of the nation’s faith and fortitude. Castiglia says it was inspired by the mass shootings that were all too prevalent in recent years. “Those horrific events got me thinking, ‘What goes through my daughter's mind when she drops her kids off at school? Does she think the worst or hope for the best? I really have a hard time playing this song without choking up, because I have my grandchildren in mind when I play it. It's sad, but I believe it's also hopeful.”

     

    The tone of the album underscores both its mood and its message, from the forthright stance of “Bring on the Rain,” the frenzy and fury of “Keep On Swinging” and the driving determination of “Catch My Breath,” “Thoughts and Prayers” and “Red Tide Blues,” to the rustic reflection of “Love Will Win the War,” the confidence and contemplation of the title track and the somber and sobering “I Tried To Tell Ya.” By Castiglia’s own admission, the sound is raw and unfiltered, little wonder since he and Zito play all the instruments between them.

     

    “I think blues is a wide open net,” Castiglia once told a reporter. “There are a lot of different ways to do it...I’ve taken a lot of heat for what I do. Some people think I’m too edgy to be considered a blues artist. On the other hand, I don’t think that people like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf would have wanted me copying them and redoing their stuff. There’s no point in doing that. They would want me to do my own stuff.”

     

    Of course, Castiglia should know. The Miami-raised musician served an apprenticeship while backing legendary blues musician Junior Wells. He later went on to work with singer Sandra Hall. Never content to allow himself to be confined to any particular category, he embarked on a solo career that’s yielded eight critically acclaimed album and consist kudos for his exceptional instrumental prowess, his searing vocals, and live performances that have dazzled audiences from coast to coast. It’s little wonder that Miami’s New Times lauded him as South Florida’s “Best Blues Guitarist” or that USA Today was inspired to remark “It's a revelation to discover the thrilling retro-electric blues from this astonishing young guitarist.” Likewise, BluesABout.com called Castiglia “one of those mid-tier artists that is just one album away from breaking big and becoming a household word in the blues world.” Or, as M Music & Musicians once noted, “His back-to-basics approach follows in the footsteps of those who fostered the blues in the Mississippi Delta and the smoky late-night haunts of Chicago.”

     

    For now anyway, Castiglia is content to celebrate a new chapter in his life and what has become an added incentive for making music. That philosophy is perhaps best expressed in another song on the new album, a track called "Keep On Swinging." “It’s about advice I would have given my daughter had I been around when she was a kid but which I'm now able to give to grandchildren,” Castiglia says."’Keep on swinging, don't let the haters get you down.’" I always try to remind them that they are special and can accomplish anything their heart desires if they only put their minds to it. They’re the ones that give me hope for the future.”

    Gulf Coast Records to release Masterpiece on May 24, 2019

  • Chris Raabe

    Chris Raabe

    Pop

    Hudson Valley’s very own “Guitar Hero”,Chris Raabe, has been moving and entertaining audiences for over a decade. This passionate artist has roots in genres of Soul and Rock however, when it comes to the Blues Chris is in a league of his own. Time and time again he delivers soulful and colorful performances that keep his listeners on the edge of their seats. Chris captivates his listeners with harmonious guitar playing and unique vocal qualities. Gathering influence from an array of different artists and genres, Chris has developed his own unique sound. His music offers a front-row seat to blues-based emotions further revealing his message that music is spiritual and has the power to influence and transport the listener.

    Born and raised in Orange County, Ny, Chris grew up with a deep love and respect for music . His parents took notice and nurtured his passion. They bought him his first Ibanez starter electric guitar for Christmas when he was 16 years old. He was always enamored with the guitar, but it was not until hearing local Blues Icon Bill Perry pour his heart out in a downtown Middletown Club that he fell in love with the Blues. While in college, one of the music instructors overheard Chris playing and singing, in what he thought to be a private moment. It was this instructor’s encouragement and guidance that gave Chris the confidence and courage to follow his dream. Chris decided to move on from College where he was studying art, and decided to pursue music. Since then Chris’s focus has been in connecting with his listeners through catching a vibe and making music that is approachable and universal. Chris’s musical influences include Joe Bonamasa , John Mayer , Bill Withers , B.B. King , Marvin Gaye , Stevie Wonder , Sean Costello , Josh Smith , Slam Allen , and just about anyone that grooves and comes from a “good” place.

    Chris Raabe has had pleasure of opening for the great Leon Russell , Eric Gales , Papa Chubby , Slam Allen , Nick Moss , Jake Holmes , Little Sammie Davis and members of The Frank Zappa Band. The Chris Raabe Band is a power trio consisting of Eric Winter on Bass and Vocals , Kendrick “El Malo” McBean on the drums and Chris Raabe on Guitar and Lead Vocals. They have become an entertainment staple in the Hudson Valley and are always drawing in more fans each time they play. Currently the band is focusing recording. Chris recently debuted his first single, “Fool” which can be heard on Soundcloud. Chris and the band have been working tirelessly in hopes of releasing new material in 2019.
    “I play music because thats whats in my heart. I cant imagine doing anything else with the same love ,passion and integrity that i put into my music.” -Chris Raabe

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Albert Castiglia plus Chris Raabe presented In Association with the Hudson Valley Blues Society

Wed Aug 19 2020 7:00 PM

(Doors 5:00 PM)

Daryl's House Pawling NY
Albert Castiglia plus Chris Raabe presented In Association with the Hudson Valley Blues Society

$15.00 - $20.00 All Ages

“It may be a bit premature to crown Albert Castiglia America’s newest King of the Blues, but there’s little doubt that he at least deserves the title of heir apparent.” — Miami New Times

This show is presented In Association with The Hudson Valley Blues Society

 

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All Ages
limit 10 per person
General Admission/No Guaranteed Seating
$15.00
Reserved Table Seating 6:00 PM
$20.00
Reserved Table Seating 6:30 PM
$20.00

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Mail
Will Call