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Blood Brothers featuring Mike Zito & Albert Castiglia, Fairfield Theatre Company, Fairfield, CT, USA

Mike Zito & Albert Castiglia - Blood Brothers Band at FTC - photo by Luxury Experience
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Mike Zito & Albert Castiglia - Blood Brothers Tour at FTC -photo by Luxury Experience

For years, we have written about Mike Zito, and more recently have written about Albert Castiglia, and were impressed with their musicianship and storytelling Blues Rock artisanship. When they teamed up on the Mike Zito – Albert Castiglia – Blood Brothers album we were blown away by the dynamic guitar duo. Little surprise then that the Blood Brothers album released on Mike Zito’s Gulf Coast Records debuted as #1 on Billboard Top US Blues Album. When we saw them perform together at Fairfield Theatre Company’s StageOne, one of their Blood Brothers tour stops, they electrified the audience!


Blood Brothers
Mike Zito, Albert Castaglia, Doug Byrkit,
Ephraim Lowell, Matt Johnson

Throughout their careers they have racked up many awards and kudos. Most recently, ​Mike Zito won the 2022 Blues Music Award (BMA) for "Blues Rock Album" and Albert Castiglia won the BMA for "Blues Rock Artist." Separately or together, they are a musical force to be reckoned with, and whether you experience their music listening to one of their albums, or attend a live concert, one thing remains a constant is that they will deliver the musical goods in abundance every time.

Mike Zito - Blood Brothers Band at FTC - photo by Luxury Experience
Mike Zito

On Friday, April 7, 2023, we caught their performance at Fairfield Theatre Company’s StageOne in Fairfield, Connecticut, one of the many stops along the way on their Blood Brothers Tour. After the Fairfield concert, the tour travels throughout the United States then heads to Europe to the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany, before heading back home to the United States.

Albert Castiglia - Blood Brothers Band at FTC - photo by Luxury Experience
Albert Castaglia

The band consisted of Mike Zito and Albert Castiglia on guitars, Doug Byrkit on bass, and double drumming were Ephraim Lowell and Matt Johnson. Mike Zito and Albert Castiglia opened the concert with the first cut off the new Blood Brothers album, a rollicking song called, Hey Sweet Mama, and the evening was off to a blistering start with some well-matched guitar rhythms and great harmonies.

Ephraim Lowell, Doug Byrkit, Matt Johnson - Blood Brothers Band at FTC - photo by Luxury Experience
Doug Byrkit, Ephraim Lowell & Matt Johnson

They followed that up with two more cuts from the new album, Tooth And Nail, and In My Soul, then Albert had fun as he led into his Let The Big Dog Eat – off his Big Dog album released in 2016, complete with him barking at the end. Trading lead guitar and vocals, they segued into another cut off the new album with Fool Never Learns.

Mike Zito, Albert Castiglia, Doug Byrkit - Blood Brothers Band at FTC - photo by Luxury Experience
Mike Zito, Albert Castaglia & Doug Byrkit

Next on the setlist was a heartbreaking ballad off the new album entitled, A Thousand Heartaches, with Albert breaking hearts with his soul wrenching lyrics and vocals, followed by No Good Woman, and My Business.

Taking a step back in time, Mike slid into the 1955 Chuck Berry song, 30 Days, off Mike’s 16th album, A Tribute to Chuck Berry. The band followed that up with another Blood Brothers song, Hill Country Jam, then Albert slid into the song, What the Hell Was I Thinking, off his 2016 Big Dog album.

Mike Zito & Albert Castiglia - Blood Brothers Band at FTC - photo by Luxury Experience
Mike Zito & Albert Castaglia

The band slowed the pace with You’re Gonna Burn, followed by Mike Zito’s Highway Mama off his 2016 album, Make Blues Not War. The band gave the audience one more taste of the new album with the song, Bag Me. Tag Me, Take Me Away. They closed out the night with Gone To Texas – off Mike Zito & The Wheel – Gone To Texas 2013 album, followed by Rockin.

It was an evening celebrating the new music off the Blood Brothers album, with a nod to the past offering longtime fans a bit of nostalgia. It was a night to remember with the Blood Brothers’ rousing Blues Rock music that raised the roof off StageOne in Connecticut! Bravo!

Mike Zito & Albert Castiglia - Blood Brothers Band at FTC - photo by Luxury Experience
Mike Zito, Doug Byrkit & Albert Castaglia

Until next time, keep enjoying the music!

A Sampling of Upcoming Blood Brothers Tour Performances

The Iridium
The Music Room
West Yarmouth, MA
Fanatics Pub
Lima, NY
Fanatics Pub
Lima, NY
Fanatics Pub
Lima, NY
Bull Run Restaurant
Shirley, MA
Tupelo Music Hall
Derry, NH
Moulin Blues Ospel
Ospel, Netherlands
The Rhythm Room
Phoenix, AZ
Gator By the Bay
San Diego, CA
Alberta Rose Theatre
Portland, OR
Holland Int’l. Blues Festival
Grolloo, Netherlands
NY State Blues Festival
Syracuse, NY
Rock Box Theater
Fredericksburg, TX
Texan Theatre
Greenville, TX
The Kessler Theater
Dallas, TX
Madison’s On Dowlen
Beaumont, TX
Blues From The Top Music Festival
Winter Park, CO
Fargo Blues Festival
Fargo, ND
Blues and Bones Festival
Angels Camp, CA
Nell’s, West Kensington
London, UK
Spirit of 66
Verviers, Belgium
Bluesclub XXL
Wageningen, Netherlands
Musiktheater Piano
Dortmund, Germany
Blues Garage
Isernhagen, Germany

For information on Mike Zito and Albert Castiglia and their complete Blood Brothers Tour schedule, please visit the website: https://www.bloodbrothersband.com/

Blood Brothers Social Media
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BloodBrothersGulfCoast
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bloodbrothers_gcr/

Other music reviews on Mike Zito:Mike Zito & Albert Castiglia – Blood Brothers,Mike Zito – Blues For The Southside ,Mike Zito – Resurrection, Mike Zito – First Class Life, Mike Zito and The Wheel – Keep Coming Back , Royal Southern Brotherhood at StageOne, Fairfield, CT , Mike Zito and The Wheel – Gone to Texas

Other music review on Albert Castiglia: Albert Castiglia: I Got Love

Mike Zito, Debra C. Argen & Albert Castiglia - Blood Brothers Band at FTC - photo by Luxury Experience
Mike Zito, Debra C. Argen & Albert Castaglia

About Fairfield Theatre Company – StageOne

"Established in 2004, StageOne is a 225-seat venue in the heart of downtown Fairfield, Connecticut. Originally built primarily for theatre productions, StageOne is consistently voted as the best place to hear live music in the entire region because of the quality of the sound, the intimacy of the space, and the caliber of the artists. There is literally not a bad seat in the house and there are few venues in the country where the fans can be so close to the world-renowned artists who grace the stage in over 200 concerts and productions a year. The artists love to perform here and frequently cite StageOne as their absolute favorite venue. This brings out the very best in them, which is reflected in the quality of their performances and enjoyment of their fans."

A Sampling of Upcoming Performances at Fairfield Theatre Company

The Sweet Remains
The Wailers
Dance Party
Pink Talking Fish
The Spadtastics
Dar Williams
Lee Ritenour
Cinco de Mayo with Fuzz
Smoking Causes Cancer
Yacht Lobsters
Griffin William
FTV Rock’n Golf
Bailen – Rett Madison
Matt Schofield
Living Wine – An Abrarorama Film
Rob Morton
Toad The Wet Sprocket
The Motet
Tab Benoit

For information on Fairfield Theatre Company, and their complete upcoming performances calendar please visit their website: www.fairfieldtheatre.org.

The Box Office is open from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm, and during shows.

Fairfield Theatre Company, Fairfield, CT

Fairfield Theatre Company
70 Sanford Street
Fairfield, Connecticut 06824
United States
Box Office: +1-203-259-1036
Office: +1-203-319-1404
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