I know I’ve said no more shows till Vegas…

But let me tell ya, I’ve been goin’ through rockabilly withdrawls! It’s always good to see those familiar faces and kick back a drink or 5.

But with news like this, I think it’s time for a relapse!

Tanoa posted this up from Raul Castro of the Hi-Rhythm Hustlers, up on his Facebook. And let me tell ya, I wasn’t the only one shocked with this news. So come out to one of the last Bay Area shows and support this rockin’ band. You won’t be at all disappointed with the energy they put into their show. They’ll definitely get your toes tappin’ and you’ll have yourself a ball. I guarantee it!

The Hi-Rhythm Hustlers say Thank You and Goodnight!

Dear friends,

It is with a joyful heart that I announce the final chorus for The Hi-Rhythm Hustlers. It’s been an amazing journey these past 3 years and I just wanted to share some thoughts with you.

First and foremost, I wanted to thank the core band; Mike Walz (Bass), Jay Laude (Drums) & Mitch Polzak (Guitar) for the opportunity to explore this calling. May we always be friends and brothers!

Second, a show of gratitude for our good pal Tanoa Stewart. He’s been with us from the beginning and booked some great shows for the band. Thank you!

I also wish to appreciate each and every one of you that came to support our live shows and bought our CD: Across The Dial. We hope that you enjoy dancing to it for years to come.

Along the way we’ve had some very talented friends join the line up or just jump is to sub at a how. I’d like to acknowledge Steve Merritt (Guitar), Pierre Laik (Guitar), Noam Eisen (Piano), Adam Borden (Trumpet), Randy Johnson (Bari Sax), Vance Ehlers (Bass), and Jeff Moon (Bass.) Thank you for all of your hard work, dedication, and musical contributions. We couldn’t have done it without you!

I’ve always wondered what it would be like to be in a band, singing and playing sax onstage. Well I got up the courage after 38 years and gave it a try. It’s been a terrific learning experience and I’m glad that you all were around to watch me realize a dream.

It’s clear now, just how much time and energy is required to lead a band. In doing that I’ve become aware of my need to re-direct my focus back to my Bodywork business and exploring my next adventure, whatever that may be. I’ve spoken individually with each band member and we are all in accord with this decision. Who knows, perhaps we may play again in the future. We’re not ruling it all out.

In the meantime we have a few remaining shows in the Bay Area and would love for you to come help see us off.

Friday, April 8th at The Uptown in Oakland. After a killer performance at New Years Eve, we were invited to headline a night with two amazing support acts; Texas Steve & the Tornadoes y Los Shimmy Shakers.

Thursday, April 28th it’s The Boom Boom Bop w/ Hot Swing Revival Band; Lost Dog Found at The Boom Boom Room.

Saturday, May 7th it’s the 30th Annual May Madness Festival, San Rafael. Awesome!

Our FINAL show will be aboard The Queen Mary in Long Beach, California for the 8th Annual Ink & Iron Festival – June 10 thru 12. I can’t think of a better way to part than by sharing the stage with some of my musical heroes: The Paladins, The Sonics, The Buzzcocks, The Skatalites, The Polecats, Fishbone, etc. On top of that are the A-Town bands representing The Bay Area: Kit & The Branded Men, The B-Stars, Quarter Mile Combo, Big B & His Snake oil Saviors and JP & The Rhythm Chasers. This is one show you won’t want to miss!

Anyhow friends, I have rambled on long enough. Ultimately I would like for everyone to know that we’ve had a great time with this band and we hope to see you a few more times before we go.

Thank you, goodnight!
Raul Castro
The Hi-Rhythm Hustlers

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