Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen combing hair

Happy New Year Friends! Thank you for a great 2018. Special thanks to everyone who came to a show, bought a record or cut up a rug. We’ve already got a bunch of shows booked for 2019, including trips to New York City, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Philadelphia and more. So look out ’cause we’re coming for your affection. Hope to see you soon!


Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen

(modern sounds in rockabilly music)

Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen at Oddity Bar

The band will be performing it’s last show of 2018 at Oddity Bar in Wilmington Delaware, Saturday December 15.  This special benefit gig will help raise money for the Cancer Support Community Delaware.  The lineup will also include Mr. Unloved, The Mojo Machine, Guitar Riot, Altamont Surf Party, Kitty Rotten and Tony Travalini & The Still Lifes.  

Doors open at 7pm. Live music starts at 8pm sharp.  $5 donation at the door.  21 and older with a valid ID.  Come help us celebrate the holiday season while raising money for a good cause. 

Long live rock-n-roll.

About Cancer Support Community Delaware:

CSC Delaware is a statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. Our members are adults, teens and children with cancer and their family members/caregivers. As all of our services are provided free of charge, we must rely on the generosity of government, foundations, corporations and individuals to continue our programs.

Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen rockabilly reviews Disarm Magazine

With the official release of our debut vinyl 45 last week, the reviews have started to come in…

“We reckon these guys are fantastic live, and the energy that the song exhudes is absolutely brilliant. It’s great to hear something like this in a world where traditional rock ‘n’ roll seems to be quite rare, so you really ought to check this track out!
–York Calling (UK)

“…(Wake Up, You’re Rockin!) lovingly recreates the wild sexuality, aggression, and just plain weirdness of early rock’n’roll with an updated sensibility. “
–Adobe and Teardrops (USA)

“Sounds good to us!”
–Disarm Magazine (Canada)

“It makes us think about when we’d met up with friends to eat in Austin, TX or any Southern-themed restaurant up North. It is authentic!”
–Grungecake (USA)

Pick up a copy of the limited edition vinyl here.  Only 300 were pressed and all are hand numbered so get one before they are gone.

Mighty Joe Castro and the Grvamen music video for Don't Forget About Me

Just in time for All Hallows Eve, we are proud to present the music video for Don’t Forget About Me, the b-side to our new vinyl 45.  Shot and directed by the very talented Bob Sweeney.  It was shot on location at Hidden River Brewey and the historic Brinton Lodge in Douglasville, PA.  Featured cameos included Matones Music owner Adam Matone, the always enigmatic Cantaloupe Joe and the tattooed hands of Hidden River’s chiff brewmaster, Kevin Margitich. Enjoy!

And be sure to pick up a copy of the limited edition vinyl here.  Only 300 were made and they will sell out so don’t sleep on this one.

Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen rockabilly vinyl Wake Up You're Rockin'!

Our new 7” vinyl singles are in! These won’t be officially released until October 26 but, for a limited time, they are available exclusively in the Mighty Joe Castro online store!

This is a limited edition pressing of 300 and each are hand numbered so grab one before they’re gone because they will sell out. Wake Up, You’re Rockin’! is on the A-side.  Don’t Forget About Me on the flip side.  $8 American. Click here to purchase.

Special thanks to Adam and Matones Music in Collegeville, PA for helping to finance the pressing. When we mentioned we were considering doing vinyl, without hesitation he immediately offered to donate some money for the cause. Support your local record store! Support your local scene! It’s a win-win for everyone.

And the band will be celebrating the official release of the record at Oddity Bar on Friday October 26, as part of their annual Halloween Horror Bash.  The Erotics, Kitty Rotten and Night of The Living Dead NYC are also playing.  9pm start time.  21 and over.  $5 to get in.  Come get spooky.

And if you don’t already, please follow The Gravamen on Instagram, facebook and Spotify.

Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen October 26 at Oddity Bar

WSTW logo

Thank you to Mark Rogers for spinning Wake Up Your Rockin’! and plugging our upcoming shows on his Hometown Heroes radio show on 9WSTW 93.7 FM in Delaware.  Mark has been a long time supporter of local music in the First State and is the man behind the annual Homey Awards. We appreciate all you do for the scene Mark – cheers!

Playlist below.  You can listen to the podcast replay here:  Part 1Part 2.

Heard This Week (October 7, 2018):

Ear to the Ground country music Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen review

They do make country music like they used to…

Here’s a nice little write up from Americana/Alt Country blog Ear to the Ground about our song Don’t Forget About Me., which is the B-side from our forthcoming vinyl 7″.  Music video for coming soon,

Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen – “Don’t Forget About Me”
-The tag these fellas have on this song on Soundcloud is rockabilly. That’s pretty accurate. It’s certainly not old school country music. But we don’t mind one bit because whatever you call it, the sound works really well. It’s jangly and fun; it’s got a simple but rewarding message about staying in someone’s mind even if things don’t work out. Yep, can relate.

Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen Mi Tocadiscos dual blog

From Mi Tocadiscos Dual blog (Spain), here’s a recent review of our new 4 song EP, Wake Up, You’re Rockin’!:

Aunques sea un mini lp o Ep de 4 temas esta banda de Philadelphia  permiten aventurar que nos pueden ofrecer empresas mayores por que lo que suena aqui en plan homenaje a los años 50 no es bueno sino que es de lo mejorcito que se puede escuchar en este año SOBERBIO VALORACION TRES ESTRELLAS


“Although this isn’t my kind of LP or EP of 4 songs, this band from Philadelphia allows us to imagine they can offer bigger things than what they play here in this homage to the 50s.  It is not just good but the best we can listen to this year. SUPERB. VALUE THREE STARS.”