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Drive In: Fabulous Thunderbirds With Tommy Castro And The Painkillers


  • WHEN Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 7 p.m.
  • WHERE Drive-In At CSU San Marcos, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd., San Marcos, CA
  • AGES All ages
  • COST $36 - $230

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers and the Fabulous Thunderbirds will perform as part of the California Center for the Arts’ Drive-In Event Series at California State University San Marcos on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.

For over 30 years, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been the quintessential American band. The group’s distinctive and powerful sound, influenced by a diversity of musical styles, manifested itself into a unique musical hybrid via such barnburners as “Tuff Enuff” and “Wrap It Up”. Co-founder Kim Wilson, the sole original member, still spearheads the group as it evolves into its newest incarnation.

Castro, along with his band, The Painkillers -- bassist Randy McDonald, keyboardist Michael Emerson and drummer Bowen Brown -- plays music that is guaranteed to fill the floor and raise the roof. With seemingly telepathic musicianship, the Painkillers bring an unmatched passion to Castro’s blue-eyed California soul and hard-rocking, good-time songs. The band’s latest album, Killin’ It Live is a nonstop, spirited mix of blues, rock and soul, with rollicking, hypnotic grooves fueled by Castro’s fervent vocals and the band’s muscular musicianship. Tommy Castro & The Painkillers are currently working on their next album, set for release in 2021.

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