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Blind Pig Records has signed an agreement with HDNet to produce a television program tentatively entitled "Blues at the Brewery." The ninety minute program will feature a live concert by two of the best blues bands in the country - the Tommy Castro Band and Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers. The show will be taped at the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico, California on Tuesday, March 22nd. Tickets for the show were sold out 31 minutes after going on sale.

The Tommy Castro Band, renowned for their mesmerizing blend of rock, blues, and Memphis soul, are currently on tour in support of their latest album, Soul Shaker, which has been in the top ten of the Billboard Blues Chart since its release in January. Evan Haiman, Executive Producer of the "Blues at the Brewery" program for HDNet, has previously worked with Castro's band when he was producing "Comedy Showcase" for HBO and NBC, where Tommy's group served as the house band.

Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers are "one of the most popular blues bands in the world," according to Blues Revue magazine. Three-time winners of the prestigious "Blues Band of the Year" W.C. Handy Award, the group of elite musicians packs a punch of West Coast jump blues and swing powered by Piazza's astonishing harmonica techniques and the two-fisted showmanship of pianist extraordinaire Honey Piazza.

The Sierra Nevada Brewery was chosen as the venue for the shoot because its "Big Room" is a state-of-the art performance theater ideal for live recording. Huey Lewis and the News recently filmed their 25th anniversary concert there, and it's been the setting for the on-going "Sierra Center Stage" series of live concerts airing on the PBS network.

HDNet, the leading high-definition television network, provides viewers with exciting and topical news, sports, music and entertainment programming. The network features up to 20 hours of original programming each week, all produced in the highest quality 10801i HDTV format - more original high-definition programming than any other network. Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks NBA basketball team, is the network's co-founder, chairman, and president. The program will premiere on HDNet at a date and time to be announced soon.

Blind Pig President Edward Chmelewski said, "We're thrilled to be working with HDNet on the cutting edge of this new technology that has great potential for the entertainment field. We've put together a concert with two of the most solid, entertaining bands in the roots music genre. And people will be able to see and hear this music in a new way that will be just short of actually being in the concert hall." Blind Pig plans to release separate DVDs of the performances by the Tommy Castro Band and Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers.

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