A FAREWELL MESSAGE
It has been twelve wonderful years. We have had so many talented musicians that have worked so hard to entertain our audiences with shows that displayed tons of heart, a love for the golden music of yesteryear and a quirky sense of humor. We have covered the pioneering music of the early greats like Elvis, Dion, Ray Charles and even wrote our own retro rock ‘n’ roll tunes. We have played to audiences of all ages in small clubs, theaters and even stadiums. Through it all we stuck together like brothers and developed powerful friendships that extended to our families. But like all good things, there comes a time when the right thing to do is call it a day. That time has now come for the Jersey Shore Roustabouts.
Last month we played to one of the largest and best crowds that we ever had at Christopher’s Pub, and we have had dates now lined up for three major new venues this past month alone. They say that it is always best to go out on top. That means that the timing is now right for us to say farewell to all our loyal followers and take a step into the next chapter in our lives.
Fittingly, we are saying goodbye shortly after the birthday of one of the greatest and most loyal Roustabouts ever, Warren Otto. Warren loved his years with this band more than any other band he played in. His spirit has lived with us since his passing every time we took the stage. This past month also saw the retirement of our legendary saxophone player, the great Frankie J, who is out there living it up more than ever in the clubs and the casinos. His performances were a special treat that helped create that powerful bond we shared with our audiences.
But now it is time to say goodbye. Doing so is never easy, but it is better than hanging on for too long. We want to thank all of our loyal followers through the years for your love, support and friendship. Your applause, laughter, and sometimes even tears let us know that we were part of a deep and unique connection that not every musician can share with their audience. You were in our hearts then, you are in our hearts now, and you will be in our hearts forever. And though we will no longer being performing onstage as the Jersey Shore Roustabouts, we will always look back on these past years as some of the best we’ve ever had in our lives. We would also like to express our appreciation to Christopher’ Pub. You have given us a home for the past twelve years and a loyal fan base. We will miss you most of all.
Remember, that for retro rock ‘n’ roll fun this summer, you can enjoy the performances of such great New Jersey bands as Joey Armino and the Family, Stilletto and the Saxman, Mike Mastellone, the Whiptones, the Vel Johnson Jazz Band, Rogues on the Run, Joey D’s Rocking Oldies Band, the Copians, and Strictly 60’s. These bands are made up of super-talented musicians that are also good friends that we have made through the years.
Fittingly, our final appearance will be our July 7th performance at the Ocean County Carousel of Music, a site where we have had many of our most memorable appearances in the past. It will be a special show where the Jersey Shore Roustabouts will be joined by our great friends the Snakes. It will be an all out concert spectacular and we hope to see you all of you there for one last time.
We thank you for the joy, and we thank you for the memories. Long live retro rock ‘n’ roll!
The Jersey Shore Roustabouts
they had the crowd going crazy"
- Lydia Lloyd, "Rising From The Storm" Hurricane Katrina Benefit Concert for Hancock, Mississippi
Alan's Golden Oldies
Eric Englund, The Sandpaper, Barnegat, NJ
it's the best of the old and the new ... oh yeah!" -
Debbie Barth, On The Grid Talk Radio
"The group took us back to a time when we were teenagers, full of life, and not a care in the world." - Sally Herman, Covered Bridge News, Englishtown NJ
"... a wonderful night to remember!! The Roustabouts are the GREATEST!"
-Anita Dondero, Heritage Point, Barnegat NJ
"The Roustabouts are AMAZING... we danced the night away." -
Carolyn Cella, Cranberry Creek, Little Egg Harbor