Few rock bands can claim 40 years playing together with the original line up; that’s even rarer for a group of road warrior rockers who started playing sticky-floor college barrooms in the 1970s.
The Skip Castro Band is among the exceptions.
Their show Friday at the Tally Ho Theater in Leesburg comes early in their 2019 tour as the band continues to sell out East Coast venues for their solo gigs and also share stages with national favorites including NRBQ and the Fabulous Thunderbirds.
The group formed in 1978 in Charlottesville, connected by a passion for swing, boogie-woogie and rock. For the quartet—Danny Beirneon vocals and keyboards, Charlie Pastorfieldon vocals and bass,Corky Schoonoveron drums, and Bo Randall on vocals and guitar—the passion continues into their 60s.
During the early 1980s, the band released three albums, but only one survived into the CD era. But it is that first recording’s title track, “Boogie at Midnight,” that continues to serve as the band’s most enduring anthem—one that’s sure to be included in Friday night’s playlist.
After a decade of relentless touring when they played scores of bars, music halls and clubs between Boston and Atlanta, the band stopped playing full time. Today, the band plays select dates a couple of times a month in those familiar stomping grounds. The Tally Ho stage is now included as a favored spot where the band will work to ensure those in the crowd adequately get their boogie on.
Tickets for Friday’s show are $20-$40. Doors open at 7 p.m. For details, go to tallyhotheater.com.