Albert Castiglia

The Funky Biscuit & BocaVapes Present

Albert Castiglia

The Fabulous Fleetwoods

Thursday September 21, 2017

8:00 pm

The Funky Biscuit

Boca Raton, FL

$15.00 - $25.00 General Admission $20.00 Day Of Show (Under 21 + $10 at the door)

Albert Castiglia
Albert Castiglia
Up All Night. It’s an apt title for Albert Castiglia’s seventh album: nobody sleeps when this man is in town. After 27 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. Now, the visceral riffs and bruised soul of Up All Night make everything else sound like a lullaby. “I’d describe the musical vibe of this new album,” says Castiglia simply, “as heavy.”

Released in 2017 on Ruf Records, Up All Night finds Castiglia in a creative swagger after last year’s acclaimed Big Dog. What wasn’t broke then hasn’t been fixed now, with the bluesman once again recording at Dockside Studios, Louisiana, and capturing a warts-and-all mix alongside producer Mike Zito. “I figured since the Big Dog session went so well there, why change studios?” he reasons. “I’ll probably record there for the rest of my life.”

Dockside might be home-turf, but any notion of a comfort zone was dispelled by an edgy new lineup who pushed their bandleader to the wire. “Putting my new band together was a pivotal moment and this recent incarnation has really upped my game,” says Castiglia. “My drummer, Brian Menendez, is very dynamic and gives me that extra spark. He's along the lines of a Ginger Baker or Mitch Mitchell. Jimmy Pritchard is my bass player and he’s solid as a rock. His tone is fat and he's right on time. When I hear him, I think of Bill Wyman or Calvin ‘Fuzz’ Jones. It’s a power trio with no boundaries or restrictions. It’s a pretty amazing sound to me and it’s reflective in Up All Night.”

Up All Night is what happens when fist-tight chemistry meets a songwriter firing on all cylinders. Flying out of the blocks and bottling ten songs on the first day, Castiglia shook the Dockside walls with the most powerful songs of his career. There’s the stinging Hoodoo On Me. The strutting garage-band vibe and scream-it-back chorus of Three Legged Dog. The punchy call-and-response bar-room brawler that is Knocked Down Loaded. “That song was written with my frequent collaborator, Graham Wood Drout,” says Castiglia, “and it brings me back to when I was a young musician and felt like I was ten feet tall and bulletproof.”

Other high-velocity cuts include 95 South’s travelogue, decorated by the inimitable slide-guitar fairydust of Sonny Landreth (“That’s about having to drive from Washington D.C. to my home in South Florida in the middle of a tropical storm”), while Chase Her Around The House splices an early rock ‘n’ roll vibe with an age-old male need (“It’s about coming home and wanting to devour your significant other after being on the road for a long time”).

He’ll pummel you with the rough stuff, but Castiglia can also shift gears to more contemplative moments, whether that’s the rolling and contented acoustic blues of You Got Me To That Place, or its thematic opposite-man, Unhappy House Of Blues. “That song was co-written with Cyril Neville,” he explains. “Cyril wrote the lyrics but I completely relate to them, because they bring me back to unhappier times when I was a struggling musician and I had no support from who I was with. I think anyone can relate to these tunes.”

This isn’t Castiglia’s first time around. Born on August 12th, 1969, in New York – before moving to Florida aged 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. He recorded his last studio album, Come On In This House, at Dockside. What a sign!”

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, Ruf debut Solid Ground was declared “smouldering and intense” by The Blues Magazine, while last year’s 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”.

That back catalogue is a high bar, but Up All Night raises it, defying you to sleep until you’ve worn out its 11 magnetic tracks. “You’ll rock out and dance like nobody’s watching,” concludes Albert. “If you’re sad, this record will lift you up. If you’re already happy, this album will make you happier. You can listen to this album anywhere, anytime…”
The Fabulous Fleetwoods
The Fabulous Fleetwoods
Since 1982, the Fabulous Fleetwoods have been entertaining South Florida's live music venues. Their unique blend of hard charged covers and rocked-up & inspired original blues, gives their audiences a trip through various musical styles of Rockin' Boogie, Roots Rock & Funk, Psycho Country, and an ability to make every show a Rock-n-Roll Rhythm & Blues party!

In their earlier days the Fabulous Fleetwoods became a local favorite performing music made popular by the Fabulous Thunderbirds, George Thorogood, and the Nighthawks, to name a few. It wasn't long before the group was commanding the attention of the South Florida music scene and sharing billing with major acts like Johnny Winter, John Mayall, and James Cotton. They often played events such as Sunfest, The Riverwalk Blues, Hollywood Blues, and the Pompano Seafood Festival as well as regular appearances at Delray Beach's Jazz on the Avenue and Delray's famous "Garlic Fest". In the past few years the band has opened shows for Jimmy Thackery, Little Feat, Sister Hazel, Blues Traveler, Uncle Kracker, .38 Special, The Gin Blossoms, Everclear, Collective Soul, Eddie Money, Three Dog Night, Rick Derringer, and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members, Dave Mason of Traffic, Bob Seger sax man Alto Reed, and Allman Bros. great, Dickey Betts.

Front man vocalist and blues harpist John Harris produces classic blues licks that have landed him solos on 1992 Geffen Records release, "Coverdale/Page" featuring Led Zepplin's Jimmy Page. Sharing vocals and solo duties with Harris is talented guitarist Richie Schmidt. These two are supported by a hard driving, heavy hitting, veteran South Florida duo, original Fleetwoods drummer Pete Noble and vocalist/bassist Jim Jones in a tight and rock solid rhythm section.

In 1989, the band released its first recording, "First Take", a six-song demo cassette recorded at New River Studios in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

1997 brought the band to new heights with their first tour to Europe and continued performances in various parts of the U.S. Their recordings from "The Blue Collar Band...(Rockin' the White Collar World)" received great reviews as a limited tour release.
1999 marked the first full CD release called "TEXAS PARTY KILLERS" on the Fla.Mingo Rodeo label. Several cuts from the CD received airplay on WKPX Radio, Ft. Lauderdale, and WAIL Radio, Key West. The song "The Key" was featured in a local cable TV commercial. 2003 saw the release of "LIVE WOOD" on Fla.Mingo Rodeo Records. This collection of originals and covers, recorded entirely LIVE, showcases highlights of the band's high energy performances. In 2006 The Fleetwoods released an all new Fla.Mingo Rodeo CD of nine never released originals and three select covers titled "RADIO"filled with great music from all over the dial. The released their follow-up to RADIO in 2010. Titled "BLUES HEATHENS" it features a return to the band's origins in the blues.

The band is frequently labeled as "The Longest Running Blues Act in South Florida" and are known as one of the area's tightest acts ..."The Fabulous Fleetwoods!".
Venue Information:
The Funky Biscuit
303 SE Mizner Blvd
Royal Palm Place
Boca Raton, FL, 33432
http://funkybiscuit.com/