“A musical feast for the heart, some may say. And we agree” –Indie Mag, 2013
Founded in 2009, The Castros’s journey would actually start three summers before when Marco and Sara met in Savannah GA for the first time. Sara picked up her guitar to show Marco her new song, and then attempted to teach him how to play the instrument. The rest was history.
Their name you ask? Well, it just happens to be their surname!
Years passed by, and The Castros would grow to become a staple in its growing Columbus music scene. They got selected to represent the city at its Bicentennial and also were named Best Local Band 2013 by (614) Magazine.
This past summer they embarked on a tour in Costa Rica, and last summer they did an extensive European Tour that hit major markets in Sweden, Denmark and Germany, and enjoyed a good amount of press and radio coverage. They also joined the roster of Swedish music group JONO Music and released a brand new album titled “My Dear” that has enjoyed regional and international recognition.
Their music fluctuates between haunting and deep emotional pieces like “My Dear” or “Forgive Me”, and catchy and happy tunes like “Pumpkin Pie” and “Secret Song”. Knowing a little bit about their backgrounds may help understand the reason why of such dynamic: Marco is from Costa Rica and has been influenced by everything from heavy music to latin rhythms; Sara grew up in Newark OH listening to classic rock and folk music.
It’s no wonder how this collapse of influences and cultural conversation makes them want to push envelopes and thrive to be just themselves. They even have songs in Spanglish 🙂
The Castros try to craft their songs so that they can have greater depth and be meaningful, and may ultimately help unveil the heart to open it up to the infiniteness of furious agape LOVE.
That’s in essence what The Castros are: a musical treat for the heart.
They have been featured in festivals and events such as:
–Songs & Whispers Circuit (Germany, Aug 2014), TEDx Columbus (2013), 200Columbus: The Bicentennial of Columbus Ohio (2012), Columbus Arts Festival (2012-13), MidWest Fair Trade Fest (Ohio State University, 2011-14), LAUNCH Music Conference and Festival (Lancaster PA, 2012, 15), 16th Millennium Music Conference (2012), Cornerstone Festival (2010-11), Wood and Wire Folk Festival (2011), Indie On The Brink (Nashville, TN, 2011) and more.
Touring Bands Support to:
Sixpence None The Richer, Twin Forks w/ Chris Carraba, Mike Mains & The Branches, The Bright Light Social Hour, Kye Kye, Abandon Kansas, Rue Royale [UK], Hanna Fearns [DE], Hidden Hospitals, Fever Fever, Timbre, Jason Dunn and more.
*European Tour Dates Jul-Aug ’14: Click here to see all dates from our recent European tour.
They have performed several locations in the US and Europe, sharing stage with a lot of other great artists such as Over The Rhine, Anberlin, Shovels and Rope, Margot and the Nuclear So & So’s, O’Brother, Gungor, P.O.D. and international acts such as Grand Trunk Travellers [Sweden], Blindside [Sweden], Jess McAllister [UK], Senekah [IRL/DE], Peter Crawford [UK], Niall Connolly [IRL/NYC] and more.
-200Columbus: The Bicentennial -“Celebrate Columbus in song” official selection .
-“Best Local Band” at the (614)Magazine ColumBEST 2013 awards. Runner Up in 2012 and 2014 with a total of 4 nominations.
-Columbus Songwriters Association (CSA) Oktoberfest 2014 winner.
2014 – “My Dear”
2012 – “Here In Columbus” Single
2011 – “The Tiny Airplane”
Current projects include a remixes EP and a Spanish album!
“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
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“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.” Cary Smith – The Columbus Magazine
“A musical feast for the heart, some may say. And we agree.” Reign Lee – Indie Mag
“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
“The Castros are doing meaningful work to further a cultural conversation. The next time you find yourself in central Ohio you might walk into a coffee shop or other venue and hear The Castros. I hope you do…” The Linguist / The Peer Press – Working Rhythms
“Discovered these guys while looking for a cool opening band in Columbus, Ohio and was blown away. Such a cool vibe and a great sound” Andrew Jones – Checkered Owl
“Columbus 200 Song Contest Winner” Chris DeVille – Columbus Alive!