Guitar Hero

Guitar Hero

Daniel Castro delivers at Arcadia Blues Club

By John Sollenberger 07/10/2014

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Friday night, catch a blues-rock guitar hero in person when Daniel Castro, leader of the Daniel Castro Band, performs at Arcadia Blues Club. 


A guitarist and singer-songwriter, Castro, a native of Ensenada, Mexico, became enthralled with the guitar as a youngster. After his family relocated to Buena Park, Castro received a guitar as a gift from his parents and he practiced diligently. His older sister, who was singing in a band, introduced the budding musician to various soul and blues artists, as she taught him to play guitar riffs while he studied B.B. King’s albums.


Growing up in the Los Angeles area, he also was influenced by other blues greats, including Albert Collins and Albert King. As his abilities grew, Castro began backing blues artists in South Central LA clubs and touring with name acts, including Small Faces singer and bassist Ronnie Lane. 


After relocating to the San Francisco Bay area, Castro released his first disc in 1999. In 2011, he hooked up with bassist Johnny Yu and they became a performing and songwriting team. Forming a new band, the players found a chemistry that has had critics raving and kept the band busy. 


The band’s latest disc is “Desperate Rain.” Visit them at 


 Music starts at 8 p.m. Friday at Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E. Huntington Drive, Arcadia. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Call (626) 447-9349 or visit  


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