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Hog heaven: Bike run to Kirkwood features Tommy Castro concert

By Tim ParsonsThe Tommy Castro Band plays 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at Kirkwood Mountain Resort.

Tommy Castro feigned embarrassment a couple of years ago after he saw Lake Tahoe Action’s cover story about him with the headline “New Blues King.”

We still stand by the story, and since that time, the title was confirmed by the Blues Music Awards. Castro in both 2009 and 2010 was named B.B. King Entertainer of the Year. This year he and his band also won for Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year, Contemporary Blues Album of the Year (“Hard Believer”) and Band of the Year.

“I was surprised and amazed that people would give me that kind of award,” Castro said from his Marin County home. “I really do appreciate it. I have trouble feeling worthy of it. The BB King Entertainer of the Year. That’s quite an honor. I try not to let it change my opinion of me.”

The Tommy Castro Band performs at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, in an outdoor show at Kirkwood Mountain Resort. The concert is a highlight of the White Hawk Ride, a motorcycle run sponsored by White Hawk Designs. Meals, accommodations at Kirkwood, a T-shirt, the Castro concert and an indoor concert late Saturday night with Fire and Wheels can be purchased for $96.57, taxes included. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.whitehawkdesigns.com.

“Thanks to Kirkwood, I’m able to offer the best deal in the world,” said organizer Brad White. “When I say our band is Tommy Castro, everybody’s eyes pop out.”

For people who just want to attend the Castro concert, $20 tickets are available at Kirkwood the day of the show. The concert will be in the plaza. Cold weather can occur, so bring warm clothes.

“We haven’t been in that area all summer,” Castro said. “We’re looking forward to this ride getting up to Kirkwood. It’s a nice semi-local gig for us.”

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