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Casinos: Tommy Castro shows off stripped down sound at Harrah’s

Tommy Castro and the Painkillers will be at Harrah’s Tahoe.
Tommy Castro and the Painkillers will be at Harrah’s Tahoe.

If you were going to learn how to play live concerts back in the 1980s, there were few better teachers than the Dynatones.

Their steady touring, and the number of repeat customers at their rocking rhythm-and-blues shows, was testimony to their sense of musical excitement and their reliability in delivering a memorable sonic experience.

With that band guitarist and singer Tommy Castro learned – and he’s never forgotten, as he’ll demonstrate Saturday at Harrah’s Tahoe – how to wow the crowd. His Harrah’s show is a quick return to the Northern Nevada area after June’s BBQ Blues and Brews Festival, where he largely played songs from “The Devil You Know.”

That’s the latest album from the new Castro incarnation, Tommy Castro and the Painkillers,. It’s the best showcase to date for his scaled-down approach to music, which Castro began two years ago when he dropped his horn section and started using a four-piece combo. (7:30 p.m.; $27.50; Ticketmaster)

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