Dr. Harmonica & Rockett 88 *New Date*
with special guest The Melton Brothers Duo
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. They have played thousands of gigs over the years and have earned the respect of their peers and fans spanning multiple generations.
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, who has been fronting the band for close to 40 years.
Mark “Dr. Harmonica” Kenneally is an award winning, Hall of Fame singer and harmonica player. Mark was in the 10th grade at Brandywine High School when he first saw a young George Thorogood perform. Shorty there after the two became good friends and fellow music loves. “That’s how I got started,” says Kenneally, “George just happened to be in my class.” That twist of fate has led Kenneally on a nearly four-decade career as his alter ego Dr. Harmonica, leading his band called Rockett 88.
The band includes the amazing Alan Yandziak, on tenor saxophone. Alan was a founding member of a very successful club band, “The Numbers”, who played the larger rock clubs in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland during the late seventies. After that Alan spent the early eighties backing artists like Billy Preston and the Four Tops He joined Rockett 88 in 1985.
On guitar is Quentin Jones. Quentin Jones has spent numerous years in the music industry as a musician, songwriter, engineer, and producer. He has work with the likes of Al Kooper, Graham Nash, Peter Noone and Hermans Hermits, Robert Gordon and many more. As a guitarist has an endorsement from Gretsch, representing the company’s Panther guitar. Quentin is a 2016 inductee in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
Drumming for Rockett 88 is Danny Bendig. Danny, who hails from Pennsylvania has played with every great Philly band including Chubby Checker, The Soul Survivors and Heavyweight Champ Joe Frazer in Joe Frazer and the Knockouts.
Laying down the low end on bass is Patrick Redding. Patrick’s great playing and steady attitude caught the Doc’s attention after playing in such tri state bands as No Alibi Blues Band, Zan Gardner Blues Band, Patsy Foster Band, and the Night Crawlers, with Mark Kenneally.