Joe Cardillo
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Joe Cardillo

San Diego, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2006

San Diego, California, United States
Established on Jan, 2006
Solo Rock Acoustic


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"Show of the Month"

Joe Cardillo was the next to perform. He began with a percussive beat made by thumping his guitar, and a resounding bass line produced through a foot pedal. After looping the beat, Joe played the requisite chords on his acoustic. It would have been easy to right off Cardillo as just another Howie Day knockoff until he finally delivered with his forte: the saxophone. He had three of them set up to the side of the stage, though he played his tenor sax for most of the set. Often with the use of a wah pedal, Joe ripped through each solo, masterfully maneuvering his fingers to work the rods, keys, and pads in the image of a well-oiled machine.
After Cardillo’s stirring rendition of Dispatch’s “Here We Go,” Niblock joined Cardillo onstage for a short duo. Cardillo continued to loop, and his soulful sax solo was especially impressive with Niblock providing supporting guitar and vocals.

- Performer Magazine


Joe Cardillo - sampler released in June 2005
can be heard on the River 92.5 Boston, MA
102.1 and 94.9 in San Diego, CA



Joe creates a unique combination of live loops using percussive beats by thumping his guitar, laying down the chords, and playing bass lines (using the octave guitar pedal). 

In addition, he sings the melody while often times looping vocal harmonies. Perhaps the most unique aspect of his show is Joe's ability to open up the songs by picking up any of his four saxophones and playing soulful solos with the loops in the background. 

Joe's sound can be described as a melting pot of Howie Day, Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, and Dave Matthews, topped off with tasteful saxophone solos. 

Throughout his music career, Joe has opened up for acts such as Sister Hazel, Everclear, ZZ Top, Gary Hoey, Dispatch, Eric Martin (Mr. Big) and Phil Solem (The Rembrandts), Carbon Leaf, and The Pat McGee Band and more. He's also recorded albums with Lakewest Studios producer Jack Gauthier (Dispatch, Pete Francis, Rich Price, Cardinal Direction). 

Joe has brought a whole new meaning to a solo act. In fact, when listening to his CD, numerous people have commented their disbelief in one person being able to produce the array of instruments and vocals without pre-recorded tracks. In order to truly appreciate and understand his style, a fan must see him play live at a show. 

The interaction and relationship Joe employs with his movement of tapping the various floor pedals to create loops and different sounds, while simultaneously playing his instruments and singing provides the audience with a voluminous sound and a distinctive live show that will make them come back for more.

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