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therhythmrockets@gmail "dot" com

Booking entertainment for your event or venue is a thankless and often stressful job. We try to make it as easy as possible.

We are professionals... For over 20 years, our work ethic has always been the same. We show up on time for load in. We have the gear needed to perform. We dress the part. We start on time.

We promote our shows/events through our Constant Contact Email subscription, through Facebook event postings and ads, and currently a running ad in Chicago Jazz Magazine. We will also provide event posters upon request. 



Since 1996, Chicago’s Rhythm Rockets have been a mainstay of the Chicago music scene, delivering 100+ shows a year of their brand of vintage Rhythm & Blues, with songs influenced by the sax-driven bands of the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. In keeping with that style of music, the Rhythm Rockets’ performances reflect the diversity of Jazz, Rhythm & Blues for which Chicago is famous.

From original compositions to matchless arrangements of vintage classics, the Rhythm Rockets deliver danceable, high-energy music in an authentic stage show that appeals to audiences of all ages.

Fronted by veteran vocalist Nicole Kestler, the Rhythm Rockets move effortlessly between torch ballads by Etta James & Dinah Washington to up-tempo numbers by Louis Jordan & Louis Prima. Along with Nicole’s old-school interpretation, the Rhythm Rockets are backed by three saxophones, upright bass, drums and guitar, Ms Kestler transfixes audiences with vocals that are authentic and second to none.



Our 130+ song repertoire’ consists of Swinging’ numbers by these great R & B performers from the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s…

Dinah Washington, Etta James, Ruth Brown, Peggy Lee, Buddy Johnson, Ella Mae Morse,  Big Maybelle Smith, Amos Milburn, Louis Jordan, Illinois Jacquet and more.

We also touch on the classic Chicago Blues

In addition, we cover the classics from the great American standards by Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter and Johnny Mercer. 



Any and all...public concerts, weddings, corporate events, car shows, grand openings, sporting events, dinner clubs, private parties, swing dances, etc...



All through out the Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa) as well as Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego, North Hollywood (at the historic Brown Derby Club), Atlanta, Manhattan New York, Rochester New York, Philadelphia, Connecticut, New Jersey and Michigan.



Thycotic Software (Washington DC), St Colette of Wisconsin, Mayor Alan Larsen's Mayoral Ball (Schaumburg, IL), Bass-Schuler Entertainment (Chicago, IL), Brattle Entertainment (Cambridge, MA), Carmel Entertainment (Evanston, IL), Chicago Bulls (United Center, Private Team Party), Chicago Symphony Orchestra Gala, Productions USA (Chicago, IL), Notre Dame University, Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), University of Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, Loyola University, Elmhurst College, Rock County Humane Society Wisconsin, Hollywood Casino Joliet, Hollywood Casino Aurora, Vintage Wings & Wheels Museum, Good Guys Hotrod and Custom Car Shows, Ottawa Regional Hospital, Ottawa Wine & Jazz Fest, Northern Illinois Builders, Woodstock Opera House, Incredible Technologies, Wheaton College, Entourage-Tommy Gun Vodka, Union League Club of Chicago, United Way, Paramount Theater Aurora, and more...



Pete Miller's Evanston/Wheeling, Katerina's Supper Club, Untitled Chicago, Willowbrook Ballroom, Chicago's River Walk, Racine Theater Guild (Wisconsin), Fox Lumber's WGN radio broadcast, Jazz In The Park (Milwaukee), Frankie's Blue Room, Nick's Beer Garden, United Center, Briggs & Stratton Stage @ Milwaukee's Summerfest, City Gate Grille, Pheasant Run Resort, Chicago's River Walk, Navy Pier Chicago, Reggie's Music Joint Chicago, Martyr's Chicago, Sinnissippi Bandshell (Rockford), Palmer House Chicago, Plaza Hotel New York, and plenty more...



Over the years we have performed at many of the area's local Summer Concerts hosted by various municipalities and park districts. From Chicago's Summer Dance Series in Grant Park to Music @ Harry's Place in Beloit, WI. From Whiting IN to Milwaukee's Jazz In the Park...these free all ages shows have been a huge part of our Summer schedule.



We've updated our professional sound system to accommodate the various venues (small to medium) and outdoor events that we perform at on a regular basis. We can supply a complete system or work with your professional sound engineer.




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