Rhythm Society Orchestra Rhythm Society Orchestra
Rhythm Society Orchestra Rhythm Society Orchestra
Rhythm Society Orchestra Rhythm Society Orchestra

About Us


The RHYTHM SOCIETY is a 15-piece dance band specializing in true vintage swing music. Their sound is heavily influenced by Count Basie and Harry James. Although based in Detroit, this band covers top venues throughout the Midwest and has been featured on numerous television and radio programs.

Crooner Paul King describes his style as "a mixture of Mel Torme, Joe Williams, and Frank Sinatra - with a dash of Cab Calloway thrown in". Detroit's Metro Times jokes "His voice has been banned in some nightclubs for inducing public displays of affection on the dance floor."

The Rhythm Society Orchestra has been featured at many of the Midwest's largest swing dance events including dance workshops with some of the world's top instructors.

The Rhythm Society was recently featured in a Michigan-made independent film, Forever in Time, directed by Chuck Grady.

"Backed by the solid, horn-heavy sounds of the swingin' Rhythm Society, handsome front man Paul King belts out the tunes in vintage suave style. In an instant, you'll be transported into the dance halls of the '30s and '40s, where a cool-suited cat grabs the hand of the nearest full-skirted honey and the dance-floor crowd parts to watch them take a manic dip and twirl." - Karen Fisher, METRO TIMES

"Irresistible big band sound - simply flawless" - Sarah Klein, METRO TIMES



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August 2, 2024 : Outdoor concert in Howell
Bring chairs and blankets and get there early for a seat on the hill in front of the swingingest band at the old Howell Court House. The performnace runs 7-9 PM. Free



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August 7, 2024 : Outdoor concert in Franklin
Grab a lawn chair and enjoy a swing concert at Franklin on the Green, 26201 Carol, Franklin. We perform 6-8 PM. Free!



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September 28, 2024 : Shields Pizza, Southfield
Jazzier concert at Shield



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December 28, 2024 : Dinner-Dance at the Detroit Yacht Club
"An Early New Year's Eve" in the Detroit Yacht Club’s Grand Ballroom. Option #1: Dance 8:15pm to Midnight. $35 in advance or $45 at the Door. Cash Bar. Options #2: Same as Option #1 but add dinner at 6:00. $90. Dance lesson included with admission 7pm to 8pm. RSO plays swing and ballroom dancing from 8:15 to Midnight. Vintage, cocktail, formal and snappy attire. For reservations send a check payable to John Gibson, 1074 Lakepointe, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230 or use credit card at https://comedancewith.us/dyc




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January 25, 2025 : Dinner-Dance in Dearborn
Detroit Burns Club annual dinner-dance to honor the poetry of Robert Burns. This ticketed event is open to the public - be a Scot for a day! This event also features a live pipe band and dancers. At Pelister Park in Dearborn. Their admission price is a fantastic deal for the live entertainment, drink and food! Buy a table and bring your friends. Call 248-987-4654 for tickets



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April 5, 2025 : The PIX Theater, Lapeer
Swing concert, sponsored by the Center for the Arts of Greater Lapeer. At the PIX theater in Lapeer.


  • USO / WWII Tribute
  • Rhythm Society performing at Greenfield Village for a World War Two tribute event
    The "WW II/1940's" program showcases the best of the Big Band Era, and can include the Army Air Force uniforms worn by the Glenn Miller band.
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  • The Rhythm Society Orchestra provides an unmatched level of elegance to any event. Always formal, in black or white tuxes, black suits, or WWII uniforms.
  • Always professional, we set up before your party begins.
  • Our sound system is available for your toasts and speeches.
  • Other services available: ♦ solo piano or 5-piece combo during your cocktail hour ♦ professional dance lesson for your guests ♦ pre-recorded music on our breaks and after our final set.
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We set out to re-create classic and a few lesser-known performances of the swing era, played as they would have been years ago but recorded here in high fidelity while using 1940s vintage microphones. Vocalists Paul and Melissa King and the hot solos peppered throughout play integral roles in setting the tone that drives these renditions home. Whether you sit and listen or dance up a storm, we hope you enjoy these performances. All individual tracks are available on Youtube as well.


1 - Alright, Okay, You Win

2 - Love is Here to Stay

3 - They All Laughed

4 - Pennies From Heaven

5 - I Can't Get Started

6 - Board Meeting

7 - Every Day I Have the Blues

8 - Sway
9 - Blue Moon

10 - Gotta Be This or That

11 - Linger Awhile

12 - Sharp as a Tack

13 - Triskaidekaphobia

14 - I Found a New Baby

15 - At the Fat Man's

16 - Somebody Stole My Gal


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Dear Gary: What can I say but THANK YOU! You and your group made this a perfect evening and I hope that we will have the opportunity to hear your music many, many times. ... Thank you again!
Dear Gary and the Rhythm Society, You were absolutely fabulous! How can we begin to thank you for making our night so perfect? Everyone was so excited and impressed, and we just had a ball dancing the night away with you. Thank you for all your help and hard work in making our night so special. You truly helped to make our dreams come true!
Dear Gary and the RSO, Danny and I can never thank you enough for playing our wedding. YOu made the party, and people will still be talking about 'that fantastic band at Nikki and Danny's wedding' for years to come. Please accept these pictures as a token of our sincere gratitude for an amazing night of music and magic and a million precious memories.
We can't thank you enough for making our reception so special. You did a wonderful job and went the extra mile for us and we appreciate it so much. You sounded so wonderful. No one can stop talking about it! It was such a pleasure meeting you all, and we hope you had as much fun as we did!
Dear Gary, WOW! This is the universal word that our friends have used to describe the Dinner Dance we hosted on September 8, 2007 at The Grosse Pointe Club. Everyone had a wonderful time from start to finish, including ourselves. The buzz around town has been phenomenal and the notes from our friends have been wonderfully descriptive. 'The evening was exquisite in every way.' 'All we can say is that you had the most beautiful party of the decade. It was enchanting, romantic, and we could have danced all night.' 'The orchestra was superb. What a treat to have such a talented vocalist.'
Dear RSO, We cannot thank you enough for performing at our wedding. Your performance was absolutely amaxing. Our guests have yet to stop talking about how wonderful you are. You truly made the elegant theme for our wedding come together.
Hi Gary--Thank you somuch for everything. It was a pleasure to work with you. I want to have another wedding so I can hire RSO again and dance all night! I've been hearing wonderful things from all our guests as to how much they enjoyed the band!! Thank you so much for being part of such a memorable event!


We believe in utmost professionalism. We have played for numerous first-class events. We know the right questions to ask and have the experience to ensure that your function's entertainment is stellar.

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