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The Daniel Castro Band


Sponsored by Robert Valdez and Julie Friend.

Describing Daniel Castro as a blues artist doesn’t begin to tell the whole story. A highly accomplished guitarist and singer/songwriter with a strong musical point of view grounded in the very best blues traditions is more like it. Combine those talents with original blues-based material and you begin understand Daniel’s strengths as an artist. Well-known for being a dynamic performer who “leaves it all on the stage” night after night, Daniel brings crowds to their feet with his blistering solos, soulful singing, and tight arrangements. Daniel has always played with seasoned musicians, but with his newest incarnation, featuring Johnny Yu on bass and vocals and David Perper on drums and vocals, The Daniel Castro Band raises the bar and is truly a force to be reckoned with.

“Daniel Castro is the latest and one of the greatest blues guitarists to come bursting out of th ehighly competitive West Coast scene. To the classic music of B.B. King, Albert King, and AlbertCollins he has added the three T’staste, tone, and technique. His raw passion warms your soulwhile his deep groove kicks your butt on fine, fresh originals and well chosen covers.” Dave Rubin, Guitar Player Magazine

“Daniel Castro is one of the most dynamic blues guitarists performing in the West Coast.” --Willie Brown, President, Sacramento Blues Society

“He’s got that real deal feel. Daniel Castro is a great musician and entertainer.” - Elvin Bishop

The Terry Hiatt Band


Sponsored by Phil and Colleen Sage

Terry calls his music “gumbo” – a blend of styles, genres and influences. Blues is one influence but, as music author Jeff Kaliss once wrote, Terry “…takes fans far beyond the blues, with a song list that borrows from or pays tribute to rock legend George Harrison and jazz wizard John Scofield as well as to blues forefathers...” Mac McDonald called Terry “…an immensely gifted and creative guitarist” The Golden Gate Blues Society Newsletter described him as “an extraordinary guitarist who create[s] innovative musical patterns...”
Musical gumbo? See for yourself.

Jinx Jones


Sponsored by Heidi Hoffman

Jinx Jones has been twice nominated for Male Rockabilly Artist of the Year by the Ameripolitan Music Awards, has received gold and platinum record awards for his work with R&B divas, En Vogue, has won songwriting awards and has been recognized as one of the hottest acts on the San Francisco music scene.

In Jinx Jones’ impressive musical career he has visited nearly every conceivable style and genre of the electric guitar. From his work Chuck Berry, Solomon Burke, and Roy Buchanan to his own acclaimed rockabilly albums, “License to Twang,” “Rumble & Twang,” “Rip and Run,” Live Twang in Finland.” And “Twang-Tastic!,” Jones has always strived to expand the possibilities of the instrument. He accepts every musical challenge head on, always making an impressive statement with his music. The one thing that remains consistent throughout Jones’ multi-stylistic journey is the grace and finesse of his virtuoso playing.

Mighty Mike Schermer


Sponsored by Greg Heumann's BlowsMeAway Productions

“Mighty Mike Schermer is probably the best blues guitarist, singer and songwriter you’ve never heard of…and probably not for long!” - Tommy Castro

“Every time I play with him my booty hurts afterwards from him kicking it all night!” - Elvin Bishop

“Funky and authentic!” - Bonnie Raitt

Texas heat meets California Cool:

Mighty Mike Schermer was a fixture on the Bay Area blues scene for over 20 years when he relocated to Austin TX in 2009 and joined the touring band of swamp-boogie piano legend Marcia Ball. He had carved out a solid solo career, with four critically acclaimed CDs, an award winning single and thousands of performances at festivals and nightclubs the world over. He also became the “go to guy” sideman for such heavyweights as Elvin Bishop, Maria Muldaur, Angela Strehli, Bonnie Raitt, Howard Tate, Charlie Musselwhite, Sista Monica, Shana Morrison and many, many more. Oh yes…we may be judged by the company we keep, but when the spotlight shines a solo artist also must be able to bring the goods all on his own.

Mighty Mike Schermer delivers on all fronts.

Charlie Lange of Bluebeat Music writes “…equally at ease with hard-ass blues or the spare necessities of vintage soul, Schermer steps forward with clever tunes, sturdy vocals and loads of great guitar!” while Paul Liberatore of the Marin Independent Journal calls him “… one of the most extraordinary guitarists of the new generation.”

Mike's musical journey started at age ten…fumbling around with guitar, trumpet and clarinet. He played in school and in various rock and roll bands throughout his teens, but everything changed one night in 1984 when he plunked down three dollars to see The Master of The Telecaster - Albert Collins. "Albert hit that first note,” says Schermer " and it was like a door slammed behind me and another one opened up in front. That was the sound and the soul and the feeling I'd been looking for in music up to that point.” He met Collins after the show and many times later until Collins’ untimely death. “One time I went to see him at the San Francisco Blues Festival” Mighty Mike remembers, “and I got backstage and went over to his bus to say hello. I knocked on the door and heard a voice…‘hey, I’m under here’…he was changing the oil!” That do-it-yourself, workingman’s attitude is what has kept Schermer in the blues all these years. It is a tradition he carries out on stage each and every night. From Collins Mike learned that one note can say more than a million, to honor your heroes but create your own sound and most importantly...to play your ass off at every single show! Audiences leave happily exhausted after his all-killer, no-filler energetic live shows.

Schermer expanded his vocal and guitar influences to include a host of blues, R&B and jazz artists like T-Bone Walker, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett, Jimmy Smith, Charles Brown and Howlin’ Wolf. Ears began to turn…the next thing you know Mike was either stealing the show on his own or providing superb backing to better known artists such as Willie Dixon, Jimmy Rogers, Billy Boy Arnold, Luther Tucker and Snooky Pryor. Texas blues belter Angela Strehli had recently moved to California and quickly tapped Schermer for her guitarist and musical director. Three albums and numerous festival appearances later, Schermer emerged as one of the most in-demand artists on the international blues scene. He has performed in all 50 US states and in 23 countries around the world in a journey that is far from over!

Mike's discography lists over 25 album appearances with some of the blues' greatest performers, but his last 4 solo albums have established him as hands down one of the top songwriters in the genre. His song "My Big Sister's Radio", from 2007's Next Set, was not only Carolina Beach Music song of the year but was also #1 on XM Radio's Bluesville for well over 5 months. The 2016 release of Blues In Good Hands garnered Mike a nomination in the Blues Music Awards (BMA's) for (ironically) Best New Artist...a category subsequently changed to "Emerging Artist" in part because of him! His 7th solo album Bad Tattoo expands upon everything Mighty Mike has learned in his 30 years in the business. 12 instant classics...hook-laden original tunes produced at Kid Andersen's Greaseland in San Jose, CA and featuring guest performances by Rick Estrin, Chris Cain, Billy Price and more showcase Schermer's mastery of nearly every style of American music. Pick up a copy today...or better yet at a live performance in your town soon!

Steve Freund


Sponsored by Dorothy Hill

Guitarist, producer and bandleader Steve Freund, praised by Rolling Stone for his "masterful, no-nonsense guitar work" continues to share his feeling for the blues wherever he can. Steve has appeared on over 50 albums and produced seven. In October 2017, he was part of an upcoming Delmark recording called Back To Chicago by the Rockwell Avenue Blues Band. It is slated for release in March 2018. Steve's most recent solo recording, Come On In This House received a great deal of critical acclaim when released in 2014. His third studio album, Lonesome Flight was released by 9 Below Productions in 2010 and included nine original songs along with four blues classics. He also has two solo records released on the historic Delmark label, C For Chicago, and I’ll Be Your Mule. Steve also played on Koko Taylor’s Grammy winning Blues Explosion.

Steve began his career in Chicago as a second guitar behind Hubert Sumlin, Lee Jackson, Homesick James, Louis Myers, and many others. He spent two years working with Big Walter Horton and Floyd Jones, learning the deep blues and the idiosyncrasies that are part of the art. In 1978, he became Sunnyland Slim's main guitarist, playing just about every gig with the piano legend until the time of his death. Freund became the consummate piano accompanist working with Pinetop Perkins, Jimmy Walker, Henry Gray, Erwin Helfer and many more. He also spent nine years working with harmonica legend James Cotton.

Freund's dedication and knowledge of the blues earned him the opportunity to teach accredited courses at Chicago's Columbia College in 1993-94.

He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1990’s. He plays regularly at The Saloon in San Francisco, Club Deluxe in San Francisco and Armando's in Martinez. He also tours nationally and internationally. He can also be seen opening shows for Boz Scaggs.

Steve will be appearing at the 2019 Redwood Coast Music Festival with the Steve Freund Blues Trio.

Chris Cain


Sponsored by Todd Chandler's Exterior Designs Chris Cain's jazz-tinged, blues soaked guitar and deep, warm vocals have the maturity and authenticity of bluesmen many years his senior. His expressive style is the result of a lifetime of study and the relentless pursuit of music mastery. His passion and intensity are a blend of his mother's Greek ancestry and his father's soulful black heritage. "Nowadays most young blues players are Strat-wielding Stevie Ray Vaughan-a-bes. Not Chris Cain. With a voice that recalls B.B. King and a thick toned Gibson guitar sound reminiscent of Albert King, Cain is forging a unique style. With his own highly personalized songwriting, "Hall Of Shame" is a giant step in the development of one of the most compelling young bluesmen on today's scene." -Larry Nager (syndicated Scripts-Howard music critic)

Howell Devine Halloween Spooktacular


Sponsored by Duane and Pat, a.k.a. The Blues Dawgs

Shack-Shaking Music "There is no blues band performing today as different as HowellDevine—nor as delightful." ~ Lee Hildebrand, Living Blues Magazine/SF Chronicle Triple threat talent, Joshua Howell (guitar, harmonica, vocals) and percussion savant, Pete Devine (drums, washboard), plus veteran upright bassist, Joe Kyle Jr. deftly mix Delta/Country Blues with wildly syncopated rhythms to create a rollicking present-day sound rooted in early blues. HowellDevine breaks from the norm, providing rich and complex textures integral to the music rather than simple backing for a soloist. The result is a sound which stands in stark contrast to the typical blues heard in bars these days and would more likely be shaking the floors of a Southern juke joint some 70 years ago.

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The Daniel Castro Band


sponsored by

Robert Valdez and Julie Friend