Rhythm Rockets

Rhythm Rockets


Since 1997, the Rhythm Rockets, who hail from Chicago, have been bringing their trademark style of 1940's/50's influenced Rhythm & Blues to audiences of all ages. The Rockets' sound and music is heavily influenced by the high energy, sax driven Jump Blues bands of the late 1940's & early 1950's.


This high energy, six piece band brings a unique style of American music to the stage. From the retro clothes and instruments to the infectious toe-tapping music, the Rhythm Rockets have delighted audiences of all ages. Their stage show involves the spectator as well, with the crowds joining in during the shout choruses and the bar-walking saxophones.

The Rhythm Rockets are a unique band. We bring a show to the audience reminiscent of the early days of Rhythm & Blues. The REAL early days! The days that saw the emergence of America’s music to the world. The Rhythm Rockets perform Jump, Rhythm & Blues from the 1940’s and 1950s exclusively. With vintage instruments, clothes, sounds and show, we give the audience an authentic look back in time.

The Rhythm Rockets’ brand of music and show is unique. We pride ourselves on originality. Whether it’s our original compositions, our unique arrangements of old classics or our version of that obscure tune, we present it in a hip format that appeals to all ages.

Performing over 150 dates per year since 1997, the Rhythm Rockets have become a favorite to fans of all ages. Top Chicagoland venues like the Paramount Arts Center, Willowbrook Ballroom, Green Dolphin Street, the United Center, Pheasant Run Resort, and Rialto Square Theater, have hosted the Rhythm Rockets. In addition, the Rhythm Rockets performed at Chicagoland’s longest running, weekly Swing Night at Frankie’s Blue Room in Naperville, IL for 8 years.
The Rhythm Rockets have performed at top venues such as the Plaza Hotel in New York, as well as venues and events in New Jersey, Connecticut, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Missouri, Washington, California, Georgia and Pennsylvania.

In 2001, Columbia Tristar included three Rhythm Rockets’ songs on their FOX Television show, The Tick, now available in it's entirety on DVD, all nine episodes!


Come Ride The Rocket- 1998
Real Men Don't Do Housework- 2000
Take Off- 2002
Jump & Shout- 2007

Set List

Our sets can vary depending on your event. 45-50 minutes is a normal set for us, we can play as long as four hours.


5-10-15 Hours
Ain't Mis Behavin'
All Night Long
At Last
Baby, You're Always On My Mind
Back to the Chicken Shack
Bernie's Tune
Booster's Strut /Frog Hop
Bottoms Up
Buzzard Pie
Buzz, Buzz, Buzz
Buzz Me Blues
Can You Dig
Causin' Me Pain
Choo Choo Ch'Boogie
C Jam Blues
Daddy Daddy
Day Old Bread and Canned Beans
Daddy Don't Shout
Dilly Dally
Drinkin' Beer
Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days
Foot Stompin
Forty Cups of Coffee
Getting Some on the Side
Goody Goody
Happy Pay Day
Have Mercy
Here's Love In Your Eye
Hole in the Wall
I Don't Hurt Anymore
If You And I Could Be Sweethearts
I'm Beginning to See the Light
I'm In The Mood for You
I'm Tired of Crying Over You
In The Middle of the Night
Is You Is or Is You Ain't
It Ain't the Meat
It Ain't What You Say
I Want You