Saturday, August 21 / 2:00 p.m.
WDIY 88.1 FM presents
MARCIA BALL & TOMMY CASTRO
with special guest JAMES SUPRA / SARAH AYERS BAND
Truck N Brew at Willow Glen Park / Sinking Spring
Ticket: $49 (General Admission)
The Saturday afternoon show at Truck N Brew will feature serious blues and dancing boogie woogie with Tommy Castro and Marcia Ball!
Ball and Castro will perform sets with their own bands before jamming together.
Ever since he first picked up a guitar and started making music, Tommy Castro believed. He believed he would not only be able to make a living playing music, but could develop his own signature sound and style.
Today he is famed not only for his hard-hitting, impassioned vocals and his blues-infused, rocking R&B sound, but also for his striking, original songwriting and exhilarating stage show.
Four time GRAMMY nominee and winner of eight Blues Music Awards, singer/pianist Marcia Ball knows how to raise roofs and tear down walls with her infectious, intelligent and deeply emotional brand of southern boogie, rollicking, roadhouse blues and heartfelt ballads.
Over the course of her three-decade career, Ball has earned a huge and intensely loyal following all over the world. Her exquisite piano playing and passionate, playful vocals fuse New Orleans and Gulf Coast R&B with Austin’s deep songwriting tradition into a sound No Depression described as “a little rock, a lot of roll, a pinch of rhythm and a handful of blues.”
Opening for Ball and Castro will be James Supra / Sarah Ayers Band — the electric blues ensemble that performs original blues and blues-influenced rock that will get you up, out of your seat, and feeling so glad you showed-up for a live show.
Supra’s blues harmonica prowess is legendary in the world of blues.
For more than 30 years, he has been playing the blues with variations of his own bands and sharing the stage in the U.S. and abroad with blues notables as diverse as B.B. King, Catfish Hodge, Bobby Radcliff, Tommy Castro, Rhett Tyler, Slam Allen and Kid Bangem
Supra has won Best Harmonica Player honors in a 19-year LVMA (Lehigh Valley Music Awards) streak before refusing further nominations and earning the first LVMA Legacy Award.
Classically trained Sarah Ayers began singing the blues while in college even before she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Opera Performance.
Proving her chops early, Ayers has the honor of being one of the youngest ever to win an award at a Metropolitan Opera competition. She later sang with the Anchorage Opera Company in Alaska. While there, she continued to expand her extraordinary vocal talent to the blues, jazz, and rock and roll.
After returning to the Lehigh Valley and filling in for Bev Conklin of BC and Company at a Musikfest performance, Ayers formed her own blues band in 2002.
Since than, Ayers has continued to pile up accolades and awards for her vocal virtuosity that has included multi-year LVMA (Fan and Industry) awards for Best All-Around Performer, Best Female Vocalist, Best Singer-Songwriter, and Best Album “3 AM Epipheny” (2007).
Ayers continues to be a prolific blues vocalist with a dedicated fan base and music appreciation following that rewards her with ongoing nominations and awards for her performances.