Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Del Castillo at Mercy Lounge August 27

Del Castillo is coming to Mercy Lounge August 27, according to this press release:

WHAT: An Evening with DEL CASTILLO, with special guests, Mona
WHEN: Wednesday, August 27 – 8 p.m.
WHERE: Mercy Lounge, One Cannery Row, Nashville
INFORMATION: 615-251-3020 or visit www.mercylounge.com.


Austin-based DEL CASTILLO—brothers Rick and Mark del Castillo on dual lead classical guitars, Alex Ruiz on lead vocals, Albert Besteiro on bass, Mike Zeoli on drums, and Carmelo Torres on percussion— has become a symbol of the cross-cultural power of music with their eclectic blend of Flamenco, Rock, Latin, Blues, and World music.

It all began in late 2000 when Rick and Mark del Castillo decided to put together an album of Latin/Flamenco-style songs for their parents and friends in their hometown of Brownsville, Texas. The brothers, who had always played electric guitar in separate rock bands, had never played together and for the first time ever they began collaborating on songs on acoustic guitars.

Their good friend, vocalist/guitarist Alex Ruiz, began adding lyrics to the brothers' instrumentals, and soon after, the other band members joined them. After receiving positive and encouraging responses from everyone who heard the songs they created together, the project began to evolve into a real band. Del Castillo was born!

The band has won 13 Austin Music Awards, including Best Latin Traditional Band and Album of their Year for Brotherhood, their third album, released in 2006. Their first CD to include an all-English song and several bilingual tracks, Brotherhood also boasts a duet with legendary admirer Willie Nelson on "I Never Cared For You."

Thanks to their close working relationship with filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, Del Castillo's music has been heard in such feature films as Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, and Spy Kids 3D: Game Over. They've performed everywhere from the clubs of Austin, to the Kennedy Center, to a private Cartier event in Switzerland and Willie Nelson's 4th of July picnic. They have shared the stage with the likes of Styx, Don Henley, Los Lonely Boys, the Neville Brothers and Buddy Guy.

"Brilliance on nylon-string classical guitars." – Rolling Stone

"They pull together Latin music's romance and rock's grit." – Billboard

"An intoxicatingly rhythmic combination of flamenco, Latin rock, blues and some R&B." - Dallas Morning News

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