Fri. 6/12 - Sat. 6/13
Noon to 10:30 p.m.
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Tommy Castro & The Painkillers and Albert Castiglia to headline 2015 Blues Festival on June 12-13


Northeast Ohio’s premier free blues festival, Canton Blues Fest, has announced a jam-packed lineup with 17 acts on two stages over two days. It’s all happening on Market Square in downtown Canton on Friday, June 12, and Saturday, June 13. Live music runs both days from noon to 10:30 p.m. 

Headlining the event Friday is Tommy Castro and The Painkillers at 8:30 p.m., with opening act Jimmy Thackery at 6:30 p.m. Saturday's headliner is Albert Castiglia at 8:30 pm., with opening act Biscuit Miller at 6:30 p.m. Canton Blues Fest, now in its 14th year, is presented by the Canton Regional Chamber. 

Our VIP PASSES (available below) are the best deal in town! Passes include up-close stage views plus free food and beverages after 5:00 pm. Purchase a one-day pass for $50, or both days for $80.


Tommy Castro Solo Press Shot & Logo


About Tommy Castro and The Painkillers
Tommy Castro’s early influences and inspiration was electric blues, Chicago blues, West Coast blues, soul music, 1960s rock and roll and Southern rock. His style has always been a hybrid of all his favorite genres. He began playing professionally in Bay Area cover-song bands in the 1970s. In the 1980s he joined the Warner Bros. Records' band The Dynatones. In 2001 and 2002, B.B. King asked Castro to open his summer concert tours. In May 2010, The Blues Foundation awarded Castro multiple honors including B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, and with his band, Band of the Year. In 2011, Castro stripped down his band to a four-piece unit called The Painkillers. His most recent album, 2013's The Devil You Know, was recorded with this lineup plus guest appearances by Marcia Ball, Tab Benoit, Joe Bonamassa and The Holmes Brothers.

About Albert Castiglia

albert_castiglia_solid_ground_zielinski-4 After making his professional debut in 1990, guitarist, singer and songwriter Albert Castiglia was named ‘Best Blues Guitarist' in Miami in 1997 by New Times magazine. Castiglia completed his college education, then worked for four years as a social services investigator for the state of Florida. He continued to fine-tune his guitar playing, songwriting and singing chops at nights and on weekends in the Miami area. Castiglia has shared stages and jammed with Aron Burton, Pinetop Perkins, Melvin Taylor, Sugar Blue, Phil Guy, Ronnie Earl, Billy Boy Arnold, Ronnie Baker Brooks, among others. Given that he's young by blues standards and has a depth and breadth of live, studio and life experience, it is possible Castiglia may yet become a major force behind another blues and blues-rock rebirth.



The Back Porch returns in 2015 

While our main stage acts play 90-minute sets starting at 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8:30pm each day, that leaves some down time during changeovers. Acts performed on a smaller, alternate stage at 3:30, 5:30 and 7:30 bridge the gap! This year, the Back Porch will feature 7 acts including Dan Holt, John Sutton & Luther Trammell, Cody J. Martin, Jon Mosey, Matt Basso, Travis Black and Tim Milligan. We're very excited to have these acoustic acts joining us between main stage acts all day!

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