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The Skip Castro Band 

In late 1977, four Charlottesville musicians — Danny Beirne (piano), Bo Randall (guitar), Corky Schoonover (drums), and Charlie Pastorfield (bass) —  found themselves out of work and without a clue. Corky (who had recently returned from a stint at Boston's Berklee School of Music) suggested over beers that their mutual love of late '40s and early '50s swing music might make an interesting focal point for a new band. Rehearsals began, and on December 31st, 1977, the Skip Castro Band played their first performance.

Skip Castro's unusual blend of boogie, swing, rock'n'roll obscurities, and original tunes in a frenetic live show quickly earned them a reputation up and down the Eastern Seaboard as a band to be reckoned with. For a decade, the boys kept up a grueling pace of 200-300 shows a year, drawing big crowds and opening shows for the likes of The Kinks, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Little Feat, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Kenny Loggins, The Hooters, Bob Weir and The Beach Boys. All good things come to an end however and, in March of 1988, the band called it quits with a series of goodbye shows from Boston to Atlanta.

It's now the 21st century.  Bo runs an advertising agency in Richmond, Charlie and Corky work for the Charlottesville-based Crutchfield Corporation, and Danny is living in Ohio. But you can't keep a good band down. Over the last couple of years, The Skip Castro Band has come roaring back to life, playing 8-10 dates a year around Virginia and Maryland — still maintaining the intensity that was the trademark of their live shows. Recently, the band appeared in Live from.... the Hook, a documentary about the lives of Charlie and Bob Girard (aka Johnny Sportcoat) and the music scene in Charlottesville, Virginia. With a little bit of luck, a new generation may again have the chance to boogie at midnight!

Listen to the first few songs and remember the fun you had.......

Boogie At Midnight  Down The Road Apiece
I Don’t Want To Work Happy Payday
Going To A Party Tonight If You Don’t Want Me
Boogie Woogie Country Girl Just Like A Woman
That’s Alright You’re Killing Me
Choo Choo Ch’boogie Corina Corina
Devil With A Blue Dress My Gal Is Red Hot
Jenny Take A Ride I Can't Stand The Cold
She Walks Right In New Orleans 
Honey Hush Little Lucille
Little Queenie Castro Boogie
Let Her Go Alone Cheat
Flat Foot Sam Hard Times
Shake Rattle & Roll Kansas City 
Lovin Machine Pink Champagne
Rockin' All Over The World School Days
It Comes To Me Naturally Blue Light Boogie
It’s A Man’s World Fine Lookin’ Woman




Chris Munson
20 South Productions