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November 15, 2019
Kalamazoo State Theatre
Doors: 7:00pm | Show: 8:00pm
Buy Tickets HERE
Two forces of nature from the blues world play the same stage. Tinsley Ellis and Tommy Castro & The Painkillers will deliver an evening of high energy blues, rock, and soul music that is sure to lift your spirits.
Armed with his signature licks, melodic riffs and rousing solos, Tinsley Ellis, as his legions of fans will attest, is among the blues world’s best-loved, hardest working and most well-traveled statesmen. He has performed in all 50 United States as well as in Canada, Western and Eastern Europe, Australia and South America, earning legions of fans with his guitar virtuosity, passionate vocals and original songs.
Six-time Blues Music Award-winner Tommy Castro, along with his band, The Painkillers, plays music inspired from his youth in 1960’s California counter culture- the hippies with their blues and rock, the Mexicans with their soul music, all mixed with the socially conscious songs of the day. Castro delivers songs that inspire him, and The Painkillers bring an unmatched passion to Castro’s blue-eyed California soul and good-time sound. No Depression says, “Castro plays gritty, string-bending blues like a runaway soul train…a glorious blend that rocks the soul and lifts the spirits.”
General Ticket Information:
Floor is general admission and mezzanine in reserved seating for this all ages show. There is an 8 ticket limit.
- $29.50 – $40
Skip the line Ticket Information:
Why wait in the elements when you can skip the line?! This is a separate ticket that will grant you expedited entry into the venue. Skip The Line entry is located near the main entrance of the building. Look for VIP / Skip The Line signage or ask a staff member. Present your Skip The Line pass along with your event ticket for expedited entry and to avoid the public lines. THIS IS NOT AN EVENT TICKET.
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All patrons are subject to search, pat down, and wanding. The following items are not allowed in the venue: guns, knives, lasers, tasers, mace, glass items, cameras, selfie sticks, outside food or beverage, no bags over the dimensions of 8 inches wide by 5 inches tall with a width of 2 inches, and other items that may challenge public safety. You can view our full list by visiting our frequently asked questions here
Dear Tommy Castro & Tinsley Ellis Event Attendees,
We are thrilled to host Tommy, Tinsley, & The Painkillers at the historic Kalamazoo State Theatre.
How big of a purse can I bring?
You can bring any purse or bag with the dimensions of 8 inches wide
by 5 inches tall with a width of 2 inches or less. If your purse does not
meet the above requirements, you are allowed to bring a clear plastic bag,
no larger than 1 gallon, into the venue with your belongings.
What time does the show start and when will doors open? What if I need ADA assistance?
Doors: 7:00pm || Start Time: 8:00pm
We suggest that you arrive early in order to avoid the line and to pass through security check points. We look forward to a great night! Anyone with ADA needs and requiring additional time to be seated may enter 15 minutes prior to posted door time. For more information about accessible seating click here. Please be advised that event times are subject to change due to a variety of conditions including inclement weather, illness, and transportation delays that are out of our control. For this reason, any delayed events performing on the original event date are nonrefundable.
I may need to take a break, is there intermission or opener?
There will be an intermission between Tinsley Ellis and Tommy Castro’s set. At that time you can stretch your legs, use the restroom, or grab a drink. Please plan accordingly. There’s also BBQ by Q’ It Up you can snack on at this time.
Why should I arrive early?
• To pass through security check points such as wanding and bag checks in a timely manner. Please have your ticket & ID ready and be prepared to open your coat or small purse.
• Check out the merchandise! The Kalamazoo State Theatre and artist will have branded apparel and items available for sale.
• Grab a drink at our full bar with multiple points of sale.
• Find Q’ It Up BBQ to enjoy Chicken Thigh Sammie, Beef Tri-Tip Wrap, Black Beans Over Smoked Rice and more delicious items!
• Explore & experience the venue’s charm and vibes. Renowned architect John Eberson designed our theatre in 1927 to create the feel of a Spanish garden.
• Find your seats before the show begins. Please ask an usher for seating location assistance.
Are tickets still available, I have a friend asking about them?
YES! You can buy tickets online here or day of show, TODAY, now until 8:30pm.
So there could be a line, do you offer SKIP THE LINE PASSES?
YES! Why wait in the elements when you can skip the line?! This is a separate ticket from your reserved seats that will grant you expedited entry into the venue. Skip The Line entry is located near the main entrance of the building. Look for VIP / Skip The Line signage or ask a staff member. Present your Skip The Line pass along with your event ticket for expedited entry and to avoid the public lines. THIS IS NOT AN EVENT TICKET. Purchase your pass to SKIP THE LINE HERE or they are available while supplies last in the box office day of show! Only a limited number of passes available.
What is the camera & mobile device policy?
Unless otherwise posted, absolutely NO professional photography, audio or video recording of any kind is allowed during the performance. Cell phone photography and point-and-shoot cameras are allowed. Professional cameras and detachable lens cameras are NOT allowed in the venue unless approved by management.
Will I be searched prior to entering the theatre?
Please arrive early and expect delays. Due to heightened security measures all patrons are subject to search, pat down, and wanding. Please have your ticket & ID ready and be prepared to open your coat or small purse. The following items are not allowed in the venue: guns, knives, lasers, tasers, mace, glass items, cameras, selfie sticks, outside food or beverage, no bags or purses over the dimensions of 8 inches wide by 5 inches tall with a width of 2 inches, and other items that may challenge public safety. You can view our full list by visiting our frequently asked questions here.
Where can I park for this event?
Kalamazoo State Theatre’s main parking lot is located just south of the
theatre at the intersection of South Burdick & Cedar St. and is available
starting at 5:00p.m. for $10 per car. For additional parking options, please
view downtown Kalamazoo’s parking map here. Also in that link you can find tips for downtown parking, a map, and key.
How do I pick up Will Call tickets?
Will call tickets will be available for pick up at the Kalamazoo State
Theatre box office beginning at 5:00p.m. on the day of the event. We will need to see a valid photo ID and the credit card used to purchase the tickets to pick up from will call.
When will the box office be open?
Standard box office hours are Fridays 11:00a.m. – 6:00p.m. and show days
starting at 3:00p.m. Hours may vary on event days. Please see upcoming
Fri 11/15: 11am-8:30pm
Sat 11/16: 3pm-8:30pm
Sun 11/17: 3pm-8pm
Wed 11/20: 3pm-9:30pm
Will concessions and bar be open at this event?
Our concessions open at when doors open. We offer a full bar with
multiple points of sale throughout the venue & we accept cash or credit. All
concessions may be taken to your seat. Please make sure to try out our
new recycling initiative, The Yucket, when disposing of plastic
cups. Popcorn is available for purchase at the bar.
Check out our featured drink for this event!
I heard you’ll have BBQ at this event, Q’ It Up?
Q’ It Up will be bringing their Santa Maria style BBQ to our venue during this blues event. Their menu for this evening is below. Check out their website here.
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