With the unfortunate recent closing of Katerina’s, one of the Rhythm Rockets’ favorite venues to play, Chicago has lost another splendid club specializing in jazz and swinging R&B. It joins a long list of legendary nightspots that exist now only…Read more
The Rhythm Rockets
Old School Jazz, Rhythm & Blues
The Rhythm Rockets are a guaranteed good time, full of boundless energy, top-flight musicianship, and flat-out fun. Captivating singer Nicole Kestler has fronted the band since 2000. So beguiling is her vocal delivery that their repertoire is now dominated by classic material from the postwar era by Dinah Washington, Big Maybelle, Peggy Lee, Ella Mae Morse, Ruth Brown, Etta James, and Annie Laurie.
The Rhythm Rockets not only sound right, this seven piece band looks every inch the part of a vintage Rhythm & Blues outfit. Everyone’s impeccably dressed in suits and ties (except Nicole, obviously); illuminated music stands bearing the band’s logo stand before the horn players. They need them, too. The Rhythm Rockets’ repertoire encompasses a vast 160 selections, including several tasty originals and at least one number penned by our guitarist’s late grandmother, a jazz-loving hipster who wrote “I’ll Take A Holiday From Love” in the 1930‘s never knowing someday her grandson’s band would lovingly perform it.
Our schedule is subject to change at a moments notice. We try to post as much info as possible, however, It is always best to contact the venue directly for any info needed such as cover charge, menu, performance times, parking and reservations.
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A quick taste of some old school Jazz, Rhythm & Blues