Del Castillo is...
Mark del Castillo – Guitar/Vocals
Rick del Castillo – Guitar/Vocals
Albert Besteiro – Bass
Mike Zeoli – Drums
It's really all about the music. Sure...these guys look great, have superfine moves, and know how to deliver a show, but...
...it's all about the music.
And the music is fantastic!
A CD project for family back in the winter of 2000 has resulted in a symbol of the cross-cultural power of music with Del Castillo. The band's eclectic blend of Flamenco, Rock, Latin, Blues, and World music prompted Rolling Stone to call them "tumbling brilliance on nylon-string classical guitars" with "eruptions of technique and taste (that) conjure images of Eddie Van Halen fronting early Santana (with an assist from the Gipsy Kings)."
Highlights from the band's bio:
DEL CASTILLO has become a symbol of the cross-cultural power of music with their eclectic blend of Flamenco, Rock, Latin, Blues, and World music that is being referred to as “Nuevo Americano”. Between the release of their first CD back in 2001, to their 2012 release, "Infinitas Rapsodias", Del Castillo has received an astonishing 18 awards including SXSW/Austin Music "Album of the Year" Awards for Vida (2002) and Brotherhood (2006), "Band of the Year (2003)", ASCAP’S "Best Independent Group of the Year (2005)", and Austin Music Pundits "Best Live Act (2004)".
Film Director Robert Rodriguez attended a Del Castillo concert in 2002 and a great friendship developed between the two. Rodriguez then enlisted the group to contribute music to the soundtracks of his movies, such as "Spy Kids 3D", "Once Upon a Time in Mexico","Sin City", and "GRINDHOUSE", and perform with him at the premieres. Rodriguez was so impressed with Del Castillo that he wanted to record with them, so together, they formed CHINGON and recorded an amazing electric rendition of the Mexican classic song, "Malaguena Salerosa". Quentin Tarantino loved it so much that he re-did the ending sequence of "Kill Bill Vol. II" to fit the song into his movie.
By 2004, Del Castillo was touring nationwide across the country playing with such diverse acts as Styx, Los Lonely Boys, Ozomatli, Don Henley, Los Lobos, and Willie Nelson and continued tour non-stop through 2006. They have performed at three of Willie Nelson’s 4th Of July Picnics, and at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival, and they have made numerous national and local TV appearances.
Willie Nelson enjoyed Del Castillo so much that he re-recorded his song "I Never Cared For You" with the group (which is included on Del Castillo’s Brotherhood CD) and calls it "his favorite version". Nelson has become a good friend of the band as well and the two look forward to touring together again soon.
During 2008, the band began playing major festivals all over the country and even Canada and widening its audience at a much more rapid rate. At California’s famous Strawberry Music Festival, they were deemed the highlight of the festival and broke the merchandise sales record. Immediately after their incendiary debut performance at the Vancouver Folk Festival in Canada, they were selected to play the headlining stage for 2009.
Rick and Mark del Castillo were selected in December 2008 by Gibson Global as two of only about six guitarists in the world to launch their new state-of the-art Dark Fire Gibson Les Paul guitar line.
In 2012 Alex Ruiz left the band to pursure other projects. Del Castillo continues to tour throughout the country, thriving on performing live and building new audiences, and songwriting and recording are a priority during breaks in their tour schedule.
Album of the Year –"Brotherhood" – Austin Music Awards/South By Southwest (2007)
Best Latin Traditional Band - Austin Music Awards/South By Southwest (2007)
Best Latin Traditional Band – Austin Music Awards/South By Southwest (2006)
Best Independent Group of the Year - ASCAP Latin Music Awards (2005)
Best Latin Traditional Band - Austin Music Awards / South By Southwest (2005)
#1 Best Live Act by Austin Music Pundits - AMP Awards (2004)
Best Latin Contemporary Band - Austin Music Awards / South By Southwest (2004)
Best Latin Music Video 2003 for "Suenos Madrigales" from "DEL CASTILLO LIVE" DVD - Austin Music Network Music Video Awards
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» Del Castillo
Don't miss them at Susanna's Kitchen Coffeehouse, Thursday, November 21, 2013, in the WUMC Fellowship Hall. Tickets are available at the door, $20 for adults, $5 for children, childcare is available from 7 to 9. Pie from Wimberley Pie Company, organic coffee from Hill Country Natural Foods, and hot tamales available. Doors open at 7, with music starting at 7:30. This is a smoke-free, alcohol-free venue.