del Castillo performs his original score from award-winning polo-themed film
Killing Snakes, along with other Latin and Spaghetti Western-themed music
Austin, TX. – (September 2, 2015) Only in Austin. What happens when a Latin rock star joins forces
with Austin Civic Orchestra? A night of Austin-worthy live music at the Long Center featuring the
renowned Latin rock star Rick del Castillo along with members of the popular bands Del Castillo and
Chingon. The Austin Civic Orchestra, in collaboration with Rick del Castillo and in conjunction
with A Sapo de Oro Productions, presents the spectacular night of special Latin music, titled under
the name – a Spaghetti Western Concert. The highlight of the evening will be the debut performance
of del Castillo’s award- winning o riginal sco re fo r the film , “ Killing Snakes”
– a polo/spaghetti western short film, including “Ojos de Fortuna” by Rick del Castillo and Martina
Amende, featuring the vocals of Alex Ruiz. It all happens on Sunday, September 20th at 7:30 p.m.
at the Long Center in the Michael and Susan Dell Hall. Tickets are also available for a special VIP
reception with the artists following the performance.
The evening will also include special selections of famous Latin-themed film scores, including a
selection from the film that popularized the Spaghetti Western Genre – Ennio Morricone’s A Fistful
of Dollars and Elmer Bernstein’s Magnificent Seven. Audiences can expect to be transported to the
Wild Wild West through the nostalgic Western and polo-themed music, and cool Latin Rock vibes.
The ACO is also partnering with Austin SoundWaves for the evening to provide complimentary tickets
to their artistically underserved students. A portion of the tickets sold that night will go
towards funding the free tickets. Austin SoundWaves provides high-quality music education to this
special youth group. Many of these students have never seen such a concert, and will enjoy a unique
to the Latin-influenced themed music.
Special guests also abound in this once in a lifetime performance. Joining del Castillo on stage
former Del Castillo and Chingon bandmates, guitarist & brother Mark del Castillo, vocalist Alex
Ruiz, and bassist Jimmy Hartman. These men also create the music behind the popular series Dawn
till Dusk. Additional special guest artists include drummer Cecilio Ruiz (who also stars in the
film), guitarist Jason Gallardo, vocalist Danny Ortiz and even a full choir – including members of
the Austin Community College and St. Edwards University Choirs.
“Collaborating with Rick del Castillo, and all these amazing guest artists, to present the concert
debut of this soundtrack is an awesome experience,” ACO Music Director, Dr. Lois Ferrari said.
“Whenever you endeavor to bring a Latin rock star together with a full orchestra, something really
unique is bound to happen. We’re excited to bring this concert to the Austin community.”
Click here for more tickets and additional information on this epic performance at the Long Center.
Click here for ticket sales. There are also a limited number of VIP tickets available where
concertgoers can meet del Castillo and the band while enjoying some of Kentucky’s finest bourbon.
We are also conducting a Go Fund Me campaign to help cover production costs. Killing Snakes
soundtracks are also be available on iTunes for $9.99.
This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic
About the Austin Civic Orchestra
The 2015-2016 ACO season will continue to support its new mission: Embracing the Classics.
Exploring the Future. Music Director Lois Ferrari believes that in order for classical music to
truly realize its potential as a relevant and important art form it must embrace its future as much
as it’s past. With this in mind, the ACO will program the usual beloved classics alongside new and
eclectic works, some of which might be considered offbeat, cross -genre, or even radical, all
while exploring ways to bring the audience closer to the music. For more
About Killing Snakes – the award-winning movie and score
Killing Snakes (bad polo) tells the twisted tale of two lifelong friends who join with a drug
dealing polo kingpin in Spain to make their fortune and a name in the game. But complications ensue
when one abandons his friend for the dealer’s wife, but forced to return for one final game. A polo
spaghetti western, no doubt. Martina Amende is the multi award-winning filmmaker and playwright
whose plays and documentaries have been seen world-wide and who also studied musical composition in
Vienna. Killing Snakes is her first short film which has won eve ry possible short film award and
has been seen in Cannes, Aspen. Santa Fe, Venice, Santa Cruz and has won awards at the Park City
Film Music Festival, best in the world for film scoring, as well as the best film audience award of
largest film festival in south Texas. The film also won the Gold Medal Best Short Film/Best Film
Tickets are on sale!! Come see members of Del Castillo, Rick del Castillo, Alex Ruiz, & Mark del Castillo for this one-night-only event!! Featuring Jimmy Hartman on bass and Cecilio Ruiz on drums as well!! September 20th, 2015!! Click below for details and to purchase!!
Rick del Castillo & the Austin Civic Orchestra in Concert!
Rick del Castillo and the Austin Civic Orchestra are collaborating to present the the Latin music night of the year in Austin, Texas! The musical feature will be del Castillo’s score to the award winning film Killing Snakes which has never been performed live before!
- The ACO is partnering with Austin SoundWaves to provide free tickets to under served youth in Austin.
- Your financial help is needed to help get these youth to the concert, and also with our startup and production costs.
The rewards for contributing are original and unique – you can only get them on this Kickstarter campaign.
A Spaghetti Western is a one-time only concert to be held on Sunday, Sept 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm at the Long Center.
The people on stage will be awesome:
- Rick del Castillo, guitarist Mark del Castillo, vocalist Alex Ruiz, bassist Jimmy Hartman, Mike Zeoli on drums, world renown British counter-tenor Ryland Angel and guitarist Jason Gallardo
- The 60-member Austin Civic Orchestra
- A 75 member choir
This will be spaghetti western with cool swag with a western polo theme.
Risks and challenges
We need raise this money to provide the free tickets to the Austin SoundWaves youth, bring in guest artists, cover production costs and to rent this magnificent space.
Won’t you help us make this concert a reality?
We have many great special gifts that are unique to this event that we hope you’ll enjoy.
The Long Center’s Dell Hall seats 2000 and we are challenging all of you to help us fill it! The spaghetti western themes and beautiful Mexican/Spanish inspired music are combined in a unique performance of some of Austin’s favorite performers.
Check out Mark & Rick jam “Heartache & Pain” with Ray at his CD Release Party at the State Theater February 27th in Austin, Texas!!
Ray Benson’s new Solo CD titled “A Little Piece” is now available thru iTunes for download! The CD features a track that showcases Mark & Rick Del Castillo’s guitar playing!! Click the link above to go to iTunes and download it! Here’s what Ray said about working with Mark & Rick to American Songwriter Magazine:
American Songwriter: “Who are those guys on “Heartache and Pain?” I never heard guitar (like that) – it’s not quite flamenco.”
Ray Benson: “Oh yeah, they’re called the Del Castillo Brothers. It’s flamenco rock. It’s just these two guys, they’re in town. I produced a record of them and Willie Nelson doing “I Never Cared For You.” I had written a song that was very angry, flamenco, and I just started playing it. I play the intro lick you know and I could’ve played, but I went, no man, they’re good friends of mine and this is just right up their alley. Yeah, Mark and Rick, the Del Castillo Brothers, they have a band called Del Castillo and that’s what they do.”
Or if you prefer to order a physical CD, go to http://raybenson.com/
Del Castillo was featured Tuesday, January 14th, in a party scene for the Brand New ABC TV Show, Killer Women! In the scene, we performed
“Las Seis Cuerdas de Tony Montuno“!
Many of you were unable to watch it so HERE IT IS!!!
Thank you for all the love and support!
Check out the Mobile App by Del Castillo. This free Mobile App lets you listen to music, check out photos and videos, read blog posts and get exclusive push notifications straight to your mobile device.
Pick up a copy of this month’s Guitar Player Magazine for an article on the Ellnora Guitar Festival that Del Castillo played on September 6th!
Also, CLICK HERE to go to a link on Guitar Player’s website featuring Del Castillo!
Here’s what Associate Editor Matt Blackett had to say in his September 16th online blog about Del Castillo: