Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen with Squirrel Nut Zippers Ardmore Music Hall

We are excited to announce Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen will be opening for the Squirrel Nut Zippers at the Ardmore Music Hall on Thursday, April 25. Tickets are $25 in advance and are available here. Get yours now before it sells out!

Doors at the Ardmore Music Hall open at 7:30pm. The Gravamen hit the stage at 8:00 PM sharp.

The Squirrel Nut Zippers began their musical journey in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in the mid 1990’s, as a musician’s escape from the cookie cutter world of modern rock radio at the time. Jimbo Mathus along with drummer/percussionist Chris Phillips formed the band as a casual musical foray among friends and family in the area. It wasn’t long before the band’s quirky mix of Jazz chords, Folk music, and Punk Rock leanings spread out of the region and attracted a national audience.

Between 1995-2000 the Squirrel Nut Zippers sold over three million albums. Their watershed album, Hot (1996) was recorded in the heat of New Orleans, fueled by a smoldering mix of booze and a youthful hunger to unlock the secrets of old world jazz. This passion mixed with Klezmer, Blues, Americana and random bits of contemporary music became the bands signature style. At the time, there were few other bands inhabiting this space. The album would eventually break free of any “jazz” stereotypes and land on commercial radio, taking the band to remarkable heights for what was essentially an anti-establishment sound.

Years later and through chronicles of every kind, the band has emerged from a lengthy recording hiatus, reinvigorated, reinvested, and rejuvenated. “It’s not a reunion, it’s a revival” has been the battle cry for Mathus since reforming the group in 2016. With an all star cast of New Orleans musicians, the band breathed new life in to the old material, and inspired Mathus to return to the studio to reignite the band’s unique, enigmatic sound.

The result, is the first Squirrel Nut Zippers studio album in eighteen years titled Beasts of Burgundy. A return to form, the album embraces the city that first inspired the group. Enlisting Mike Napolitano — who recorded all the bands previous albums — was a magical first step in the process. “Nappys Dugout,” located in the Marigny, resembled the original style and feel of Kingsway, the now gone studio where the Zippers recorded much of their catalog. The Dugout, located in the home of Mike Napolitano and Ani DiFranco, created the perfect environment to inspire the original feeling that so excited Mathus at the very beginning of the Zippers long career.

Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen at the Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival

Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen will be making their Lancaster, PA debut as part of the Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival.

They will be performing at the Chameleon Club Lounge. Also performing at the venue will be Steel Radiance, Corty Byron and Leo DiSanto. Music begins at 6:00 pm. The Gravamen hit the stage around 10:30 PM. This event is 21 and over. Tickets can be purchased here. We hope to see you there.

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

About the Festival…

Lancaster Roots and Blues is a three-day music and arts festival in downtown Lancaster Pennsylvania on February 22, 23 and 24, 2019. The 2019 festival will be the 6th year for the festival.

Lancaster Roots and Blues features a combination of musical artists representing a wide array of genres including Blues, Celtic, Bluegrass, Americana, Rock n’ Roll, Jazz, Funk and Soul, Reggae and so much more on multiple stages at a variety of great venues, all within a walking distance of each other. New for 2019 we will see the inclusion of the rich and dynamic arts scene in the city. The Roots and Blues Fest is always a super fun time and a true music lover’s paradise and now there will be even more to see and do while visiting the festival.

This year’s lineup includes The Nighthawks, Hubby Jenkins, Thornetta Davis, Greg Piccolo, Brandon “Taz” Neiderauer and more.

Mixabilly rockabilly podcast with Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen

We were stoked to catch a ride on Mixabilly ‘s excellent rockabilly / psychobilly podcast. He took our lastest single, Wake up, You’re Rockin’! for a little spin. Lots of great bands and songs on there so we were well honored to be included. Mixabilly Episode 395 is now live so click below to listen. And be sure to crank up the volume. Rave on children, I’m with you.

And just a reminder, you can still pick up a copy of our debut single on 7 inches of glorious vinyl for just 8 dollars American. Get it here or at one of our upcoming shows.

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!


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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