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Genre: Alternative Rock, Funk, Jazz, Latin, Rock

Website: http://www.hi8us.org


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hi8us has been spreading its stylish groove from Boston to the Big Apple and beyond.

Since storming the local Boston scene in January of 2002, the members of hi8us have shared the stage with nationally recognized acts such as The Samples, Soulive,The Disco Biscuits, Addison Groove Project, Papa Grows Funk, Moon Boot Lover, Sam Kininger, Jennifer Hartswick Band, and The Gordon Stone Trio.

hi8us has made its impact up and down the East Coast playing for its evergrowing number of fans at many established venues including Nectar's (Burlington, VT), The Middle East (Boston, MA), The Lion's Den (New York, NY), Tobacco Road (Miami, FL), The Hard Rock Café (Key West, FL), and the nationally renowned Berkshire Mountain Music Festival (Great Barrington, MA). In March 2004, the Blue Island Spring Tour took hi8us along the East Coast from Boston to Florida for a two week long, eight city, affirmation of its drive and dedication to its fans.

hi8us is Michael Rakusin (keyboards/sax/vocals), Colin Ovitsky (bass), Jim Chekos (guitar/vocals) and Brian Appel (drums). Each musician brings with him a different musical background and perspective, thus creating a unique collective style. While its first release gives listeners a taste of the potential the band possesses, the members of hi8us have truly solidified their angle and are focused on recording a full-length album set to release in 2005.

Experiencing hi8us live is unforgettable. The band's lyrics are filled with real life stories and their upbeat and danceable blend is twisted with deep improvisational segments combining funk, rock, pop, Latin, reggae, hip hop and electronica. Bass driven, soulful grooves served up with an unmistakable pop appeal.