Electric violinist Geoffrey Castle’s concert to honor Oso slide heroes

Earlier this month, the wizard six-string electric violinist Geoffrey Castle, of Kenmore, played a free concert for the people of Darrington in the aftermath of the March 22 mudslide near Oso.

This week, he performs in a concert for the “Heroes of the Blue Stilly,” to honor the first responders to the mudslide, who came from Darrington, Oso, Arlington and throughout the region to help out.

The public is invited, too.

“Heroes of the Blue Stilly” begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Stanwood High School Performing Arts Center, 7400 272nd St. NW. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 360-629-1300 or at brownpapertickets.com/event/667854. Checks are payable to Stanwood Camano Area Foundation/First Responders.

Castle has been playing the violin since he was 8 years old, and while attending Columbia University in New York City, he made his money playing as a street musician.

He rose to fame while playing in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, “M. Butterfly.” He has played with the likes of John Popper of Blues Traveler, Alan White of Yes, and the original and current members of Heart, among many others.

Castle volunteers his time encouraging school orchestras to keep on playing. A theme of Castle’s career has been to debunk pre-conceived notions of what is possible on a violin. His approach to Celtic music appeals to those who like the blues, jazz, rock, bluegrass and country music.

More information about Castle is on his website, www.geoffreycastle.com.

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