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Blood Brothers featuring Mike Zito & Albert Castiglia, Fairfield Theatre Company, Fairfield, CT, USA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
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!

 

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

 

4/14/2023
The Iridium
NY, NY
4/15/2023
The Music Room
West Yarmouth, MA
4/16/2023
Fanatics Pub
Lima, NY
4/17/2023
Fanatics Pub
Lima, NY
4/18/2023
Fanatics Pub
Lima, NY
4/20/2023
Bull Run Restaurant
Shirley, MA
4/22/2023
Tupelo Music Hall
Derry, NH
5/6/2023
Moulin Blues Ospel
Ospel, Netherlands
5/10/2023
The Rhythm Room
Phoenix, AZ
5/13/2023
Gator By the Bay
San Diego, CA
5/17/2023
Alberta Rose Theatre
Portland, OR
6/10/2023
Holland Int'l. Blues Festival
Grolloo, Netherlands
6/15/2023
NY State Blues Festival
Syracuse, NY
6/16/2023
Rock Box Theater
Fredericksburg, TX
6/17/2023
Texan Theatre
Greenville, TX
6/21/2023
The Kessler Theater
Dallas, TX
6/22/2023
Madison's On Dowlen
Beaumont, TX
6/25/2023
Blues From The Top Music Festival
Winter Park, CO
7/29/2023
Fargo Blues Festival
Fargo, ND
9/23/2023
Blues and Bones Festival
Angels Camp, CA
10/11/2023
Nell's, West Kensington
London, UK
10/21/2023
Spirit of 66
Verviers, Belgium
10/22/2023
Bluesclub XXL
Wageningen, Netherlands
10/29/2023
Musiktheater Piano
Dortmund, Germany
10/30/2023
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

 

4/13/2023
The Sweet Remains
4/19/2023
The Wailers
4/21/2023
Dance Party
4/22/2023
Pink Talking Fish
4/27/2023
The Spadtastics
4/29/2023
Dar Williams
4/30/2023
Lee Ritenour
5/4/2023
Augustana
5/5/2023
Cinco de Mayo with Fuzz
5/9/2023
Smoking Causes Cancer
5/12/2023
Yacht Lobsters
5/13/2023
Griffin William
5/18/2023
FTV Rock'n Golf
5/18/2023
Bailen - Rett Madison
5/20/2023
Matt Schofield
5/20/2023
Eggy
5/25/2023
Living Wine - An Abrarorama Film
6/3/2023
Rob Morton
6/20/2023
Toad The Wet Sprocket
6/22/2023
The Motet
7/14/2023
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
StageOne
70 Sanford Street
Fairfield, Connecticut 06824
United States
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