"Best Blues Band" -- 2010 New Haven Advocate Grand Band Slam
"Finalist" -- 2011 Connecticut Blues Challenge
The Cobalt Rhythm Kings -- one of the Northeast's top blues bands -- are steeped in the jazzy jump blues of Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner and Wynonie Harris; the cool, raging West Coast blues of William Clarke, Rod Piazza and James Harman, and the tough, hard-edged Chicago blues of Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Junior Wells and Freddie King, to name a few -- with a healthy helping of funk dished in on the side. The quartet, also available as a six-piece band with horns and a seven-piece with a fabulous female vocalist, can provide everything you need to make your wedding, private party, outdoor concert or corporate event a huge success -- with a high-intensity, no-holds-barred bluesy-funky edge!
Formed in 1996 and featuring two Chicago natives on vocals, The Cobalt Rhythm Kings have played everywhere from New York's premier blues club, Chicago B.L.U.E.S., to the New Haven Jazz Festival, where they opened for Son Seals, to Black-Eyed Sally's in Hartford. The band debuted on the national stage on Oct. 8, 2005 at the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival -- formerly the King Biscuit Blues Festival -- in Helena, Arkansas. They've opened for the great Johnny Winter at Toad's Place, Connecticut's premier music club, and for blues diva Etta James on the New Haven Green.
Other stops along the way have included many of Connecticut's top clubs, town greens and family festivals, including the New Haven Jazz Festival, the Savin Rock Festival, the Norwalk Harbor Splash and the Milford Fine Arts Council Coffeehouse, plus slots opening for the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Roomful of Blues, Ronnie Earl, Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson, John Hammond Jr. and Debbie Davies, among others.
Book the 'Kings to perform at your event and see what the buzz is all about!
Wedding Cocktail Hours
Louisiana BayouCobalt original
Cross-Eyeded MamaCobalt original
Tougher Than ThatCobalt original
King of the BoogieCobalt original -- John Lee Hooker boogie
Break These ChainsCobalt original
My DreamCobalt original
Cool Rockinâ€™ WomanCobalt Original
I Can't WinJames Hunter
Juicy FruitRudy Greene
Your Hoodoo ManStudebaker John
Bad AvenueLefty Dizz
See See BabyFreddie King
Tore DownFreddie King
Love Her With a FeelingFreddie King
Route 66Bobby Troupe (Nat King Cole)
Howlin' For My BabyWillie Dixon/Howlin' Wolf
KiddioBrooke Benton/Johnny Littlejohn
Messin' With The ManMuddy Waters
I'd Rather Drink Muddy WatersLou Rawls
Flip Flop FlyBig Joe Turner
Shake Rattle & RollBig Joe Turner
I'll Play The Blues For YouAlbert King
A Pretty Girl A Cadillac & Some MoneyBuddy Johnson
Money's Gettin' CheaperJimmy Witherspoon
Lollipop MamaRay Brown/William Clarke
Got My Mojo Workinâ€™Ann Cole/Muddy Waters
Ooh BabyWillie Dixon/Howlin' Wolf
I Can't Get No Grindin'Muddy Waters
Farther Up The RoadBobby "Blue" Bland/Eric Clapton
Somebody Loan Me A DimeFenton Robinson
Can I Change My Mind?Tyrone Davis
How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By YouMarvin Gaye
Help MeSonny Boy Williams II
Stormy MondayT-Bone Walker/Bobby "Blue" Bland
Let Me Love YouWillie Dixon/Buddy Guy/Stevie Ray Vaughn
You Say You're Gonna Leave MeJohnny Winter
I Want To Be LovedMuddy Waters
Everyday I Have The BluesBB King/Lou Rawls
What's The Matter With You?Albina Jones covered by Lavay Smith
Muddy Waters, BB King, Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf, Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner, Wynonie Harris, Albert King, The Blues Brothers, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, Freddy King, Little Walter Jacobs, Big Walter Horton, S
Dinner Dance in Newport, RI on 01/26/2008
"From initial planning right to the last sone, the entire band was a key success to our party event. When they responded to the request, I indicated I was looking for more of a swing oriented band, Mark Zaretsky built up the band with horns and a singer. They fit together like they play all the time. They were flexible and created a custom song list for us and even let some of our guys jam in the band for a few songs. How brilliant is that! "
- Darren G.
Wedding in New Hartford, CT on 06/30/2007
"The band was perfect for the event and Mark was easy and pleasant to deal with. I think the band had as much fun as any guest and that was how we hoped it would be. The quality of the music was excellent, and the band went out of their way to learn a few tunes that we asked them to play. I am very satisfied and feel lucky to have chosen the Cobalt Rhythm Kings."
In addition to New Haven, The Cobalt Rhythm Kings will also travel to Wallingford, Cheshire, Clinton, Madison, Westbrook, Marion, Milldale, Cutchogue, East Marion, Greenport, Guilford, Old Saybrook, Peconic, Southold, Ivoryton, Killingworth, Mattituck, Centerbrook, New Suffolk, Shelter Island Heights, Branford, Deep River, Essex, Laurel, Orient, Cobalt, Middle Haddam, New Britain, North Branford, Pequabuck
and many other locations in and around the New Haven area.
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