Tommy Castro & The Painkillers to perform at Birch Aquarium
by BART MENDOZA
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Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
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Blues fans won’t want to miss an appearance from Tommy Castro & The Painkillers on May 22, as part of the Green Flash Concert Series at the Birch Aquarium.

Performing on one of San Diego’s most scenic stages — located at the aquariums Tide-Pool Plaza overlooking La Jolla and the Pacific Ocean — the band is currently touring in support of their new album, "Killin’ It Live." The CD’s title is apt, as the acclaimed guitarist is at his best in a live setting where he can play off his trio of gifted musicians, bassist Randy McDonald, keyboardist Michael Emerson, and drummer Bowen Brown.

Castro made his recording debut in 1994. Twenty-five years on his road-tested music continues to excite audiences and fill venues around the world.

From the evidence heard on the new album, he’s just getting started.

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers: Wednesday, May 22 at the Green Flash Concert Series, Birch Aquarium at Scripps, 2300 Expedition Way. 6 p.m. 21 and up. Visit aquarium.ucsd.edu for more information. 

Other concerts you should look out for: 

Friday, May 17

  • King Taylor Project, singer-songwriter. Noon. UTC Palm Plaza
  • Keni Yarbro, singer-songwriter. 4 p.m. Duke’s
  • Joanna Gerolaga, blues to soul. 5 p.m. Alexandria
  • TBA, acoustic covers. 5 p.m. La Jolla Cove
  • Justin Froese, singer-songwriter. 5 p.m. Herringbone
  • We Are One, indie rock. 6 p.m. Che Café, UCSD
  • TBA, standards. 6 p.m. La Valencia
  • Johnny Martin, singer-songwriter. 6 p.m. Drift
  • Mario Marauak, singer-songwriter. 6 p.m. The Turquoise
  • Nakul Tiruviluamala, piano recital. 7 p.m. Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater, UCSD
  • Craig Dawson Trio, piano jazz, 7 p.m. Eddie V’s
  • Hugh Gaskin, singer-songwriter showcase. 7:30 p.m. Athenaeum
  • Tad Sisler, vocals, piano, keyboards. 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. In the lounge, The Manhattan 
  • Slower, classic covers. 9 p.m. Beaumont’s
  • TBA, Brazilian jazz.  9 p.m. The Turquoise

Saturday, May 18

  • The Heart, singer-songwriter, Noon. UTC Palm Plaza 
  • Jody Mulgrew, singer-songwriter. Noon. UTC The Pointe
  • Whitney Shay, singer-songwriter. Noon. Herringbone
  • Jackie Foster, singer-songwriter. 3 p.m. Herringbone
  • Joseph Garcia, music recital. Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall, UCSD
  • Jarred Matthew, singer-songwriter. 5 p.m. Herringbone
  • Mario Marauak, singer-songwriter, 6 p.m. The Turquoise
  • Chris Cerna Quartet, piano jazz. 7 p.m. Eddie V’s
  • TBA, standards. 8 p.m. Covo Lounge
  • Tad Sisler, piano standards. 8 p.m. In the Lounge, The Manhattan
  • Manic Fanatic, rock covers. 9 p.m. Beaumont’s
  • The Now Time Quartet, jazz. 9 p.m. The Turquoise
Sunday, May 19

  • Sam & Lauren, singer-songwriter. Noon. UTC Palm Plaza
  • Brandon Diaz, singer-songwriter. Noon. Herringbone
  • Jonny Tarr, singer-songwriter. 3 p.m. Herringbone
  • Marcel East Trio, piano jazz. 6 p.m. Eddie V’s
  • Sounds Like Four, jazz. 6 p.m. The Turquoise

Monday, May 20

  • Shelly Taylor Trio, piano jazz. 6 p.m. Eddie V’s
  • TBA, acoustic guitar. 6 p.m. La Valencia
  • Low End, indie rock. 7 p.m. Che Café, UCSD
  • Berk Schneider, trombone recital. 7 p.m. Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater, UCSD
  • LA Philharmonic Septet, classical. 7:30 p.m. Athenaeum

Tuesday, May 21

  • TBA, standards. 6 p.m. La Valencia
  • Mikan Zlatkovich Trio, piano jazz. 6 p.m. Eddie V’s
  • Clara Capobia, harp music. 6:30 p.m. The Turquoise
  • UG Percussion Ensemble, percussion concert. Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall, UCSD

Wednesday, May 22

  • Dustin Jake, singer-songwriter, Noon. UTC Palm Plaza
  • Joe Cardillo, singer-songwriter. 1 pm. UTC The Pointe
  • Marcel East Trio, piano jazz. 6 p.m. Eddie V’s
  • TBA, standards. 6 p.m. La Valencia
  • Tomcat Courtney, blues. 7 p.m. The Turquoise
  • Stephanie Richards, trumpet & piano duet. Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater, UCSD
  • Roman Palacios with Tommy Gannon, standards. 8 p.m. In the lounge, The Manhattan 

Thursday, May 23

  • Joe Cardillo, acoustic music. Noon. UTC Palm Plaza
  • Justin Froese, standards. 5 p.m. Alexandria
  • Seth Brodsky, composer lecture. Conrad Prebys Music Center Room 267, UCSD
  • Ben Benavente, singer-songwriter. 5 p.m. Herringbone
  • TBA, singer-songwriter. 6 p.m. La Valencia
  • Chris Cerna Quartet, piano jazz. 6 p.m. Eddie V’s
  • Balkan Night, jazz. 7 p.m. The Turquoise
  • Felipe Rossi, composer recital. 7 p.m. Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater, UCSD
  • Downtown Boys, indie rock. 7 p.m. Che Café, UCSD
  • TBA, classic covers. 7:30 p.m. Beaumont’s
  • Jacquelyne Silver, classical. 7:30 p.m. Athenaeum

Friday, May 24

  • Ben Benavente , singer-songwriter duo. Noon.  UTC Palm Plaza
  • Ben Benavente, acoustic standards. 4 p.m. Duke’s
  • Durell Anthony, standards. 5 p.m. Alexandria
  • Jennifer Colin. Soprano recital. 5 p.m. Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall, UCSD
  • Mike Officer. 5 p.m. Herringbone
  • tba, covers. 6 p.m. La Valencia 
  • Jesse Johnson, covers. 6 p.m. Drift
  • tba, Brazilian jazz. 6 p.m. The Turquoise
  • Marcel East Trio, piano jazz. 7 p.m. Eddie V’s
  • Negative Gemani, hip-hop. 7 p.m. Che Café , UCSD
  • Sue Palmer, local music showcase. 7:30 p.m. Athenaeum
  • Tad Sisler, vocals, piano, keyboards. 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. In the lounge, The Manhattan 
  • Andy Harvey’s Dawgs Night Out, classic covers. 9 p.m. Beaumont’s
  • Big Boss Buble, Brazilian jazz.  9 p.m. The Turquoise

Saturday, May 25

  • Carissa Schreoder, singer-songwriter. Noon. Herringbone
  • Michael Pederson, singer-songwriter, Noon. UTC Palm Plaza
  • Cedrice, singer-songwriter. 3 p.m. Herringbone
  • TBA, Latin standards. 6 p.m. La Valencia
  • Mario Marauak, acoustic world music. 6 p.m. The Turquoise
  • Craig Dawson Trio, piano jazz. 7 p.m. Eddie V’s
  • Joy Again, indie rock. 7 p.m. Che Café, UCSD
  • Tad Sisler, piano standards. 8 p.m. In the lounge, The Manhattan
  • Sofa King Bueno, classic covers. 9 p.m. Beaumont’s
  • Wall Rug, eclectic sounds.  9 p.m. The Turquoise

Sunday, May 26

  • Allegra Duchaine, singer-songwriter. Noon. Herringbone
  • Marcela Mendez, singer-songwriter, Noon. UTC Palm Plaza
  • The Heart, singer-songwriter. 3 p.m. Herringbone
  • Marcel East Trio, piano jazz. 6 p.m. Eddie V’s
  • Sounds Like Four, jazz. 6 p.m. The Turquoise
  • Point Break, Arizona indie rock. 7 p.m. Che Café, UCSD 

Monday, May 27

  • Marcel East Trio, piano jazz. 6 p.m. Eddie V’s
  • TBA, acoustic guitar. 6 p.m. La Valencia

Tuesday, May 28

  • Piano Studio, student recital. 2 p.m. Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, UCSD
  • Rob Huff Duo, covers. 6 p.m. La Valencia
  • Mikan Zlatkovich Trio, piano jazz. 6 p.m. Eddie V’s
  • Clara Capobia, harp music. 6:30 p.m. The Turquoise
  • Build A Band Showcase, makeshift bands. 7 p.m. Che Café, UCSD

Wednesday, May 29

  • Sam & Lauren, singer-songwriter. Noon. UTC Palm Plaza
  • TBA, standards. 6 p.m. La Valencia
  • Marcel East Trio, jazz. 6 p.m. Eddie V’s
  • Tomcat Courtney, blues legend. 7 p.m. The Turquoise
  • Roman Palacios with Tommy Gannon, standards. 8 p.m. In the lounge, The Manhattan 

Thursday, May 30

  • Ben Benavente, singer-songwriter. Noon. UTC Palm Plaza
  • Christian Taylor, singer-songwriter. 5 p.m. Herringbone
  • Jonny Tarr, singer-songwriter. 5 p.m. Alexandria
  • Fred Hardy, jazz. 6 p.m. La Valencia 
  • Chris Cerna Quartet, piano jazz. 6 p.m. Eddie V’s
  • Field Medic, indie rock. 7 p.m. Che Café, UCSD
  • Fred Hardy, jazz. 7:30 p.m. The Turquoise
  • Jacquelyne Silver, classical. 7:30 p.m. Athenaeum
  • UCSD Gospel Choir, gospel. 8 p.m. Mandeville Auditorium, UCSD
  • Gary Flick, acoustic covers. 9 p.m. Beaumont’s
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