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Dr. Harmonica & Rockett 88
Rockett 88 is a high energy five piece band based in Delaware. Their primary goal is to present American music on a very high-energy level while staying true to original idioms. Rockabilly, Chicago Blues, Originals, New Orleans Funk and R&B are played as authentically as possible. The difference is that Rockett 88 puts some extra mustard on it to keep things exciting and danceable.
Rockett 88 is a regional act having logged over 3,000 shows between New York City and Virginia. For many years there have also been four trips a year to Chicago to play “Taste of Chicago” and “Beal Street” dinner clubs.
Rockett 88 was started by Ron Smith, a member of George Thorogood’s Delaware Destroyers. Ron left The Destroyers to get away from the stress of international touring with George Thorogood. When Rockett88 signed on to open an extensive tour of Thorogood shows, Ron left, leaving band leader responsibilities in the capable hands of Mark “Dr Harmonica” Kenneally.
Rockett 88 eventually became a full time band, playing 200 nights a year from Richmond, VA to New York City. During this period, they relocated to Ocean City Maryland. In 1990, the band moved back to Wilmington, Delaware.
Rockett 88 has been through many personnel changes.
Current Band Members:
Mark Kenneally, “Dr Harmonica” Lead Vocals, Harmonica.
Rockabilly Hall of Famer Quentin Jones-Guitar, vocals.
Alan Yandziak, tenor saxophone.
Bennett Sykes, Bass, Vocals.
Tim Thorne, drums, vocals. Dr. Harmonica and Rockett 88
Past musicians include Tommy Conwell of the Young Rumblers and Mike “Kid” Davis of the Bullets who are both performing at the 2018 Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival. Check the artist page for details!
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