The Castros

The Castros

Westerville, Ohio, USA
BandFolkPop

He's from Costa Rica She's from Ohio. They fell in love, got married, and went to make music.
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The haunting & beautiful voice, the simplicity of the music, and the sincere delivery shines a light on an amazing composition of a pop legend. Well done." (on Billie Jean review)
-The Peer Press / Working Rhythms, 2011

"If you listen closely to their [live set] self-described indie-pop folk, you can hear elements of salsa music, heavy metal and classic rock.(...) they pushed each other in the right directions to create something that is different and familiar all at the same time"
-C Magazine, 2012

"A musical feast for the heart, some may say. And we agree"
-Indie Mag, 2013

The Castros has become a staple in its growing Columbus music scene, where they got selected to represent the city with a song for its Bicentennial and were named Best Local Band 2013 by (614) Magazine. Their biggest show yet was at the legendary Newport Music Hall, where hundreds of people danced, clapped and sang along to their songs.

Marco is from Costa Rica and has been influenced by a lot of musical diversity that ranges from the sounds of heavy music to Latin rhythms; Sara grew up in Newark, OH listening to classic rock and folk music. It's no wonder where their need of experimentation comes from, and how this collapse of influences and cultural conversation makes them want to push envelopes and thrive to be unique. They even have some songs in Spanglish!

They try to craft their songs in such a way so that they can have greater depth and a meaning, and may ultimately help unveil the heart and open it up to the infinite possibilities of pure agape LOVE.

That's in essence what The Castros are: a musical treat for the heart.

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They have been featured in major festivals and events such as:

-TEDx Columbus (coming up October 2013)
-200Columbus: The Bicentennial of Columbus OH (2012)
-Columbus Arts Festival (2012-13)
-LAUNCH Music Conference and Festival (Lancaster PA, 2012)
-Millennium Music Conference (Harrisburg PA, 2012)
-Cornerstone Festival (Bushnell IL, 2010-11)
-MidWest Fair Trade Fest (Ohio State University, 2011-12-13)
-Lithopolis Honeyfest (2012-13)
-Paper City Music Festival (2012)
-Wood and Wire Folk Festival (2011)
-Indie On The Brink (Nashville, TN, 2011)
-To Write Love On Her Arms OSU (2013)
-Toms DWS (OSU 2013)
-Sanctuary (Columbus College of Arts and Design 2011, 2012)
and more

DIRECT SUPPORT: They have performed as direct support to bands of great caliber like Sixpence None The Richer, Kye Kye, The Bright Light Social Hour, Abandon Kansas, David Wax Museum and Jason Dunn.

They also have performed in several locations in the US alongside other great artists such as Over The Rhine, Anberlin, Deas Vail, Shovels and Rope, Margot and the Nuclear So & So's, Listener, mewithoutYou, O'Brother, Seabird, Carolina Story, The Ember Days, Gungor and a few international acts like Rue Royale (UK), Massive Scar Era [Egypt], Blindside [Sweden] and more.

Other accolades:

-200Columbus winners at the Bicentennial "Celebrate Columbus in song" competition of the capital city of Ohio [2012] out of 123 submissions.
http://song.200columbus.com

-Named "Best Local Band" at the (614)Magazine ColumBEST 2013 awards. Also 2nd place in 2012 with a total 3 nominations.

In 2011 The Castros recorded their first EP titled "The Tiny Airplane" with Heather Evans and Allen Arias (Costa Rica).
Current projects they are working on include: Full Length LP, Remixes project and Spanish Album!

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Discography

-The Tiny Airplane EP (2011)
*Includes songs like "This World", "Pumpkin Pie" and "The Journey" (2012)

“This World (The Tiny Airplane) is one of those great, powerful songs that can take you to another, better place. Lovely, soft, lilting melody; beautiful singing.”
Frank Smith - Sills & Smith

-Here in Columbus [single] (2012)
*Winner track at the 200Columbus in a song Bicentennial competition - http://song.200columbus.com/
The song has been featured in radio stations such as WCEB / NPR Radio (90.5 - http://wcbe.org/) and CD102.5 The Alternative Station ( http://cd1025.com )

Set List

Depends of the show, but typically we always include all our originals and a few covers in the mix.

This can be our typical set list on a standard hour-long set:

Save Me
Pumpkin Pie
The Weight
Savannah
Eleanor Rigby
Freedom
Here In Columbus
Of Dust And Nations
Furious Love
Beautiful
The Journey
This World [The Tiny Airplane]
and more.

We can play either small 25min sets, or big 2-3 hours sets with small interludes in the middle. We also like having special guests on our sets if we can do it!