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Don’t Forget!

The Hi-Rhythm Hustlers will be performing this Friday, for their final Bay Area show! Ever? We’ll just have to wait and see. But for now, they’ll be closing up shop, leaving you to find other bands to bop and swing to. Don’t worry, there are other bands out there, but ones that can rock out as hard as Raul can on stage? I don’t think so.

So come on out and support this great local band. The swinger will be-a-swing’n, the toe tappers tap’n, and the hookers patrol’n right outside the door! So if you didn’t get your kicks inside, there will definitely be some “ladies” outside, to fulfill your needs.

So come on out and buy me a beer! (No matter how many times I’ll post this, no one is gonna buy me a beer!)


Recap: 2/4/2011 At The Verdi Club.

Whoooo… Last night, well… Let’s just say it was one hell of a night. I’m a very low key kind of guy, but I surely know how to have a good time. And last night, was definitely a good night.

The Hi-Rhythm Hustlers and Slim Jenkins were both performing last night. For the first time, they were alternating sets. So as soon as Hi-Rhythm Hustlers were done, Slim Jenkins went up. And as soon as they were done, Hi-Rhythm Hustlers went back up, and so forth. And you know what? It made the night go by a little too quickly, because these guys know how to put on a show. It’s always a blast seeing them both on stage.

It’s not too often I have to say this, but I’m pretty sure I had too much to drink last night. I wasn’t belligerent or anything like that, but I didn’t feel too great this morning. Oh well, can’t complain when someone hands you a glass full of Jameson… Wait, maybe you can…

Here’s some pics from last night, taken with my buddies iPhone. Someone, please remind me to carry my camera on me. It doesn’t make sense for me NOT to carry one…

The folks were swingin' the night away, as usual.

The Hi-Rhythm Hustlers doin' their thing.

Kiya & Demitra cutting a rug.

Alright… Whoever’s read my previous postings, know that I don’t know how to swing dance. It’s not that I don’t like it, I just can’t make the time to go to lessons. And Kiya and Demitra have been pushing and shoving me into the direction of swing and bop. Well, soon enough my friends… Soon enough.

Kiya… I see your nose.

Two lovely ladies and a Japanese Iranian… I think he’s taken a few too many trips to Japan, and had too much Hyphy Juice. I can’t tell if he’s throwing up a peace-sign or a thizz sign…

Getting the band on camera.

Finally caught Tanoa without a hat!

For those who don’t know, he’s the man behind A-Town Agency, and throws all sorts of events promoting the local rockabilly and swing bands. If you guys haven’t signed up for the mailing list, do so. You don’t wanna miss these events!

The Hi-Rhythm Hustlers and Slim Jenkins switchin’ up.


Get it? 300?! SPARTA!!!? No?

Oh… what a good night it was. Finally introduced myself to a few familiar faces from a bunch of previous events. Had a few too many drinks. Just had myself a ball toe tappin’ to these two great bands of The Bay Area.

While I was talking to Tanoa, I asked him where I could get a Stompy Jones cd. They are one of my favorite bands, local and in general, and I haven’t been able to score their CD. Not even a single track! But fortunately, Tanoa hooked a brother up, and now I got it! You can bet your asses that this was blasting in my car all day long, today!

Thanks Tanoa!

Y’all need to get some Stompy Jones in your playlists, because they are amazing. They play every Tuesday at The Verdi Club, but unfortunately, Tuesdays don’t work for me. But I know I have to make it out one night, just because they are amazing live.

Picked up quite a few flyers on my way out. Details on these later.

Well. Hope some of yous enjoyed this post. If you cats haven’t made it out to any of these events, you gotta. You’ll find out soon enough about how much you’re missing out on! And even though I attend these events, I’m missing out on a great amount of fun, with the lack of my swing dance genes. But soon enough my friends… Soon… Enough…

Well, that’s all for now, so until next time…


Recap: The Harvest Moon Hop 11/21/2010

Last night was The Harvest Moon Hop. Slim Jenkins, The B Stars, and The Hi Rhythm Hustlers were playing some good music for everyone to swing to. And as I’ve said before, The Hi Rhythm Hustlers put on a great show, and last night they did not disappoint.

We missed The B Stars perform, and most of Slim Jenkins, but the stuff that we caught was enjoyable. Their Western get ups made my friend want one of the shirts. Which for me, will always remind me of:

We we’re quickly greeted by Christina, from the night before. She is definitely a doll, and it was really nice of her to come up and chat with my lady for a bit, and invite us to sit with their table.
Not long after, my lady recognized someone who works at a nearby Sephora. And of course, they kicked it off, as well and we sat with Lisa and Victoria. No offense to Christina, but they had an empty table!

The night was great, a whole bunch of people swingin’ and jivin’. But as Christina pointed out, was that the crowd was rather ‘old.’ Which it was. The crowd seemed to be more so the people who take swing dancing classes, and come out to practice their moves and experiment, rather than the usual rockabilly crowd. Which wasn’t a bad thing. Except an old lady fell over pretty damn hard. I heard the thud from across the room!

The only drawback at Verdi Club, is that the beer is all the same price. I’m a beer guy, and I’d rather drink a beer over a mixed drink. The beer is not exactly the cheapest. For $5 for beer like Anchor Steam and Fat Tire, it’s not too bad. But then when you charge the same price for Corona, it kind of puts a damper on that. I mean, I’ll enjoy a Corona, but seeing it priced the same as Anchor Steam, makes it seem as if I’m paying too much for it. Especially since they’re priced the same as a Jack and Coke or a Whiskey Sour. Maybe I’m too used to drinking PBR. Oh well. It’s still a good venue.

My highlight of the night was getting a compliment from Lisa, saying I had perfect hair. As we were leaving, Tanoa recognized us from the night before and came introduce himself. He too, complimented my hair from seeing it the night before. And I’m sure he has seen plenty of pomps, so of course it was a big compliment. Unfortunately, I had to be up early the next day, so we couldn’t stop and have a drink with him. But there will be a next time.

It was another great night, brought to you by A-Town Agency.

Hope to be catchin’ ya’ll at some of these events, sometime.

Recap: Rockabilly Fridays at Retox Lounge 11/19/2010

Ok, so I lied… I didn’t go on the first night.

With the rain finally here, it changed the tempo the first two nights have set. Only so many people will actually go outside, and endure the rain. For any reason. Personally, I love the rain. Bike rides, walking, whatever. The rain is my jam. Except when everyone else is on the road, and they just want to be assholes because it’s wet out. Understanding the whole ‘It’s raining, time to be a dick” mentality, is completely out of my league. I can’t be bothered by these assholes.

Like me, my kid too loves the rain. Whether it’s a little bit of dew on the lawn, sprinklers, or big and small puddles… Every chance she gets, she’ll stomp around in em.

Biggest little 2 and a half year old, the littlest puddle.

When she wants to stomp, she will stomp. After making a quick stop to the bank around the corner, she rushed back to the puddle to stomp just a few more times. She’s a cutie for sure.

Back underground to the car we go, I spotted a beautiful VW Beetle. The canvas top was ridiculously clean, as was the interior and paintjob. Who said you need to have all those flashy colors and pinstripes, to have a hot car?

The White Knight

Speaking of Beetles. A couple of my friends are supposed to be picking one up in the next month or so. He plans on completely stripping it down, and putting it back together with his son. I’ll be having pics of that process when he gets it. It’s gonna be a fun project. The flat black paint job they’re planning for, is already a topper. And for his lady, they plan on getting a little wild with leopard print. (No pun intended.)

With the night closing in, it was about that time to get greased up and ready to go. A good amount of DAX Wave and Groom for the top, and some Sweet Georgia Brown (purple can) for the sides and back, was needed to get my hair looking right.

Don't mind my face.

I didn’t realize how blurry this picture was, until now.

With the rain, comes the cold. So a hoody under my Schott Perfecto was needed. Very much so. Especially since the heater in my car ain’t workin!

Headed up to find Retox Lounge. Got lost and went towards the Mission. I knew it wasn’t in the Mission, but the directions weren’t as clear as they should be! Stupid iPhones. How do you not know where to go!?

After finding the place, I circled back down 19th. Which was creepy as fuck. Almost like a dark dead end. There weren’t any creeps around, but it was still creepy as fuck. Almost like the scene from The Warriors, where they’re running away from all of the other gangs. And then suddenly out of the shadows… Ya’ll know that scene.

Get inside, and it’s “slow.” I don’t mind slow bars, as I prefer them over bro-filled Irish Pubs any day of the year. As soon as I get there, there are about 20 or so people. Nothing too big, but a decent enough size crowd, where you don’t stick out like a sore thumb. Saw a few familiar faces from the Nor-Cal Rockabilly crowd. Of course, as new as I am, I don’t know anyone.

They had a few Jameson promp girls there, handing out free samples of Jameson/Ginger Ales. I tried to get as many as I could get. Fuck it, they’re good! They had a little iPad with them, with 3 questions. If you answer all 3, you get a t-shirt. If you get any right, you get a flashlight. At first, I didn’t want to try it out. (I’ve never been one to enter contests or shit like that.) But after seeing it was a long sleeve shirt, why the fuck not? And hey, I won!


Why the fuck not, huh? TEE SHIRT TIME!

And not too long after that, my friend and his lady friend come along. And not too long after that, two broads come over and introduce themselves to us. And that was it. Talk about a fuckin awkward moment, eh?
From the start, I knew something was up. When one of them was sipping their drink, looking at me while doing a little Wanda shake. (Where Wanda is against the car, sucking on a lollipop.) Talk about being obvious.

Brushed the broad off, and continued on for the rest of the night.

Spotted a (most likely,) Jack and Coke sitting by it’s lonesome. Would you trust it? If I was hammered, maybe. Hey, I’m trying to get drunk, what more damage could a roofie do?

A couple of folks swingin.

And Raul Castro in the backround, doing his thing.

Kid in the green jacket kept looking at me all funny, at the bar. And if you’re gonna look at me funny, I’ll ask ya. Which I did, and him and his buddy (who also kept giving me a mean look all night,) just sat there, being upset. Boohoo buddy, don’t give someone a mean look if you won’t do anything about it. Now, I’m not trying to promote fighting for no reason. But, if you’re gonna give someone a weird look, and they look back at you, either give them the nod, or stop looking! These guys just kept on looking! You like me or somethin???

A few of the ladies outside for a smoke. And these ladies were hoppin all over, and they weren’t just gonna go outside, and not dance around and have themselves a good time!

For the rest of the night, I just stood by the bar talking with the owner Scott. The guy is hilarious. He looked at me, pointed to my buddy, and told me “I just wanna make fun of this guy real quick. He looks like a homeless guy. He’s got two t-shirts, his flannel, got that scruffy facial hair and that beanie.”
Fuckin hilarious.
Crackin jokes with the guy was definitely the topper of the night. This is definitely a place I’d frequent more often. And not just on Rockabilly Fridays. But for the punk nights as well.

He told me, that tonight (last night) was the slowest it’s been, since Rockabilly Fridays have started. See Kiya, you said it was gonna be dead! He said it was jam packed the last couple Fridays!

Anyways, that’s all for now. Head over to my tumblr in an hour or so, to hear a little bit of ranting about the night. Amongst other rantings.

Definitely gonna head back next Friday, for sure. Rain or shine, Rockabilly Fridays is the place to be.
And as I’ve said for the first night… Be there, or be square.