A Celebration of Dr. John & New Orleans Music feat 10 piece R&B production w/ Rhythmtown-Jive & the K-Girls (from Big Bang Beat), plus Mark Karan


RHYTHMTOWN-JIVE is an exciting American roots combo featuring accomplished San Francisco Bay Area musicians recognized nationally for their versatility and outstanding skill. With rich vocal harmonies and tasty saxophone-based instrumentals, they offer infectious dance music, delivering inventive, original '40s and '50s influenced rhythm & blues, zydeco, jump-swing, rock & roll and New Orleans gems. They have a deep sense of the feel and mechanics of the essential grooves of these American roots styles. As a back-up group they are in demand and recognized as journeymen in their field, having worked with, among others: Bo Diddley, Big Joe Turner, Johnnie Johnson, Earl King, Robert Ward, Long John Hunter and New Orleans rock & roll sax innovator Lee Allen. They were the featured house band at the 15th annual Sacramento Blues Festival. The RJs are fronted by Tim Eschliman (founding member of the Christmas Jug Band), vocalist and bassist, who was formerly with Etta James, Commander Cody, and the Moonlighters, whose "Rush Hour" release was produced by Nick Lowe.

As individuals their credentials also include engagements performing with (not opening for): Dr. John, La Vern Baker, Queen Ida, Rockin Sydney, Al Rapone, Ernie K-Doe, Gary U. S. Bonds, Herb Hardesty, Otis Clay, Kinky Friedman & The Texas Jewboys, Frankie Ford, The Nightcrawlers, Sly & The Family Stone, Allen Tousaint, Richard Berry, Leo Nocentelli, Syl Johnson, Big Jay McNeely, Jesse Colin Young, Boz Scaggs, Don & Dewey, the Temptations, Elvin Bishop, the Coasters, T-Bone Walker, Roy Rogers, Earl King, John Lee Hooker, Swing Session, Joe "Louis" Walker, The Coasters, Little Anthony, Mary Wells and The Drifters. Our optional guest vocalist, piano player & accordionist, Susie Davis hails from Sheila E, Pat Benetar, and The Mick Jagger Band.

Following a fascination with the era of transition from '40s & '50s rhythm & blues to rock & roll, Rhythmtown-Jive is the Bay Area's leading proponent of American roots dance music, featuring driving and syncopated counter-rhythms the feet cannot deny. The "RJ"s, Formerly Five Guys Named Mo, have a refreshing repertoire which goes beyond the typical rehashed "top 40" music of yesterday usually associated with R&B dance bands. In addition to their original numbers, the members of the group draw from a well of obscure and unusual post-world war II saturday night rave-ups and moody relief numbers that offer something different for the dance-inclined public: Louis Jordan & his Tympani Five, Big Joe Turner, Hank Ballard & the Midnighters, Big Jay McNeely, Clyde McPhatter, Freddie King, Lee Allen, Clifton Chenier, Maceo Parker, Jimmy Reed, Louis Armstrong, Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns, Roy Brown, Thurston Harris, Ray Charles, the Meters, Smiley Lewis, Paul Gayten, King Curtis, Sonny Thompson, James "Wee" Willie Wayne, Ella Mae Morse, Lil Millet, Will Bradley, Ray McKinley & Bill Doggett.

Mark Karan sometimes describes himself as "a male Bonnie Raitt filtered through a psychedelic blender". Karan oozes passion and rock and roll spirit, presenting his music in creative ways that make folks perk up, dance... and maybe think a bit after the shufflin’s done.

Best known for his extended time around the Grateful Dead scene as lead guitarist for Bob Weir & Ratdog, Mark is far more than his time in the "land of the Dead" might imply... a consummate team player for many years, his six-string contributions have added something special to tours with Ratdog, The Other Ones, Delaney Bramlett, Dave Mason and Paul Carrack... and as a "value added" guest for impromptu sit-ins with the Allman Brothers, Trey Anastasio, Gov't Mule, Jackie Greene, ALO, Levon Helm, Chuck Leavell, Little Feat, Phil and Friends and many more...

“Playing with [Bob] Weir for a dozen years and being encouraged to freely interpret Dead music faithfully or as personally as I could imagine was a real blessing,” says Karan. “The experience was a huge opportunity to explore musical freedom and self-expression and that's still what I’m all about.”

The San Francisco-based singer-songwriter-guitarist is currently working on a new record and embarking on the most personal phase of his career yet. Given his vibrant chops, warm voice, and intuitive, inspired grasp of music, it’s bound to be an exciting time.


K-Girls are Keta Bill, Kathy Kennedy & Carol Bozzio Littleton

Keta Bill: A Bay Area soul singer favorite, Keta lead her own powerhouse soul band and has
performed as the Chanteuse in the hit show, Teatro Zinzanni. She has sung for films such
as Beverly Hills Cop II, singing "Hold On" in the Playboy Mansion scene and sang in the
film, Rent, filmed in San Francisco. Her studio work includes projects for film, theatre
and international recording artists as well as her own original music.

Kathy Kennedy: Kathy has been singing professionally in the Bay Area for 3 decades. She
has performed before thousands at events for Toyota, AT&T & Sony Pictures, to name a few,
opening for acts like Sheryl Crow, Huey Lewis & The News, Smokey Robinson & Tony Bennett.
She also toured with Mickey Thomas’ Starship, singing lead on Grace Slick's "White Rabbit"
and "Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now", and has sung back-up vocals live with Bonnie Raitt,
Ronnie Spector and Eddie Money. Kathy is consistently in demand to perform with a variety
of Bay Area bands, including her own, singing R & B, Rock, Blues and Jazz. She has
recorded with Eddie Money, Elvin Bishop, Bill Spooner of the Tubes, and has recorded
commercials for Mattel, Sony Playstation and Whole Foods.

Carol Bozzio Littleton: As a singer/songwriter in her original band, she performed on MTV
and won on the television show Star Search in 1985. She was part of the all-girl group
Modern Rocketry, which topped the Billboard dance charts. She has sung back up vocals with
the Bud E. Luv Orchestra, Super Diamond, and was a principal singer, actor and dancer for
many production companies performing in corporate comedy sketches, commercials, and voice
overs. Carol was also a member and soloist with The Lighthouse Singers and the gospel mass
choir GMWA as well as The-Coverlettes.

$22 at the door

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This show by Rhythmtown–Jive is a celebration of Dr. John and the many styles of New Orleans music. This group has a long relationship with New Orleans music, having recorded  many original compositions in that vein (one co-written with Zigaboo Modeliste of the Meters) and having backed Earl King and Lee Allen. Various members of the group have also worked with Dr. John, Ernie–K–Doe, Queen Ida, Gary "U.S." Bonds, Johnny Adams, Herb Hardesty, Zigaboo Modeliste and Leo Nocentelli. The annual Mardi Gras Mambofest shows on or around Fat Tuesday have drawn rave reviews and capacity crowds anticipating a wild and festive occasion with bead-tossing, outrageous costumes, and even second line parading of
the Rhythmtown–Jive Marching Brass. This show has appeared multiple times at BGP's famed "New Orleans By The Bay."

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