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Bluesdays: Albert Castiglia
July 24, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Village at Squaw Valley welcomes Florida’s Albert Castiglia to Bluesdays.
Albert Castiglia lived a blues guitarist’s dream on New Year’s Eve 1996.
He was invited to play in Del Ray, Fla., on the same stage as Junior Wells, the Chicago harmonica player who recorded with Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy. After playing with Wells’ group for two opening songs, the diminutive yet larger-than-life bandleader came onstage. Castiglia played three songs alongside Wells.
“It was the most amazing night of my life at the time,” Castiglia said. “I remember running up the street after I jammed with them and calling my parents. They were excited for me, although they didn’t know who he was.”
The excitement was just beginning.
Two months later, Wells needed a fill-in guitarist and he called Castiglia, who joined the band for a tour through Buffalo, Cleveland and Detroit. The south Florida native didn’t mind it was freezing in February.
Another month later Castiglia answered another call: “Can you be in Chicago in three days to take the job full time?”
“Yeah, sure. No problem.”
Twenty years later, Castiglia is an internationally acclaimed band leader. A resident of Florida, he has only made one previous Bluesdays appearance in 2013. He released his seventh album, “Up All Night,” last fall with producer Mike Zito.