The Rhythm Kings featuring Dawn Cate began playing together in 2012. They have entertained audiences with their vast experience and musical talent all across the 4 state area. Their music appeals to a large audience as they play music from several different genres such as blues, jazz, and rock.
Dawn, lead singer, was born and raised in Springdale, AR and is the daughter of music legend Earl Cate of the Cate Brothers. Dawn literally grew up in the business. She is gifted with a soaring voice that can channel and seamlessly meld influences like Gladys Knight and Mavis Staples. Dawn got her start with regional favorite Earl's Garage in venues ranging from Tulsa to Beal Street.
Loren Bailey, vocals and guitar, was also raised in Northwest Arkansas and has been entertaining audiences since the late 70's. He was formerly a member of Explorer, The Hardtops, the award winning Jungle Bush Beaters, and the FOS Project Band. Loren is a five time NAMA nominee for male vocalist of the year.
Dr John Park, keyboard, vocals & audio engineer, from the state of Washington is the elder statesman of the group and has always loved music. A talented musician, Doc plays multiple instruments and has published several songs via Nashville, TN.
Bart Keener, lead guitar and vocals, is from Rogers, AR and is in his 40th year of playing live music. A veteran of such bands as High Rise, Hot House Tomato Boys and Earl's Garage, his bluesy licks help round out the Rhythm Kings sound with taste, tone and tenacity.
Mark Vanderhoof, drums and vocals, brings to the group a deep understanding of traditional country, swing, blues, and rock-n-roll. He has played behind such musical icons as Chet Akins, Reba McEntire, Hank Thompson and Eddie Rabbitt. He has opened shows for Charlie Daniels Band, Brian White, Pat Travers and Rick Derringer. Most recently he represented the Ozark Blues Society at the 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.
Fuzz Foster, bass guitar, is from Louisiana and has performed with River City Street Band, Voyager, Windy Austin and the Hot House Tomato Boys, The David Starr Band, The Ozark Plantation Band, Jed Clampit, Stoney Edwards and the award winning Tyrone's now known as Milburn (Andy and Mike Miburn). Their album entitled "Midas Touch" won the Ozark Music Award's Album of the year. In addition, Fuzz was a studio musician for Stax Records for 5 1/2 years and 2 years with Mid-America Records.
Cas Harvey, Saxophone, was raised in Rogers, AR and has played live music for years.