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Being passionate about playing music, Cheri Salvetti persued her dream of a full time career in music over 12 years ago. Her musical talents and professionalism has brought her over 1500 gigs in the past 8 years. Well known on the Mississippi Gulf Coast as "Rhythm", here is what fellow musicians say about her: "She's a rhythm machine"...."Sensitive to the music" and "The audience loves her". Paul Leslie, editor@tropicalpleasuresmagazine.com says, "If you ever get a chance to see Cheri Salvetti perform, go for it, she's entertaining...and so dreamy!"


Cheri Salvetti, born in Syracuse, NY studied piano first before choosing drums during her middle and high school years. She played in concert, Dixieland and even in an all female rock band by age 16. After high school, Cheri enrolled into Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY. There she graduated with an Associate Degree in Recreational Leadership. Cheri managed a fitness center in her twenties and even placed third in a New York State's woman's body building competition.

Getting back into music in 1992, Cheri played along the coast as well as traveling from the FL Keys to Montana playing with a few different bands throughout the decade.

In 1997, Cheri founded Rhythm & Rain. She helped bring success to the duo with her creative talent and smooth harmony for seven years. Her unique array of mostly Latin percussion instruments gave that full rhythm signature sound the duo was known for.

In 2004, Cheri started her business, “Island of Rhythm Entertainment”

Over the past decade, Cheri has played with & booked various entertainers in the south including parrot head headliners such as Sunny Jim whom she played with for “Meeting of The Minds” in 2005. She also has put together the parrot head bands for the Gulfport Chamber’s annual “Margaritafest” 2005 & 2010 which featured “Fingers” Taylor, Sunny Jim and the Twelve Volt Band.  In 2011, Cheri was hired to put together all of the music for the annual "WaveFest" which will feature nationally known "parrot head" entertainers throughout the day.  Most of what Cheri is doing these days is playing weddings, festivals, casinos & restaurants with her New Orleans jazz/swing band Sicily Swing and her trop/rock duo-trio Island of Rhythm. 

   Check out Cheri’s other business, “Personal Paparazzi Photography” through the above photography business link.



  • WAVEFEST 2011 Put together entertainment for Festival
  • "MargaritaFest" Gulfport Chamber 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2010. Put entertainment together for '05 & '10 years.
  • 2005 "Meeting of the Minds"-Key West-w/ Sunny Jim
  •  "Cruisin' the Coast" 2002-2014
  • Pardi Gras in New Orleans w/ Sunny Jim 2006 & 08 
  •  Ocean Springs Peter Anderson Festival 1992-2014
  •  New Orlean's Margaritaville for Buffett's pre-concert party in 1999,
  • Alabama's "Star's" 2000,2001, 2003 & 2004.
  • The 2003 and 2004 "Margaritafest" at the Grand Casino with Buffett tribute band "A1A" and  2005 w/ Sunny Jim and "Fingers" Taylor and 2010 with "Twelve Volt Band".
  • The Taste of Jackson County  2012-2014
  •  The Beau Rivage Casino and Resort poolside from 2000-2004, as well as main stage and convention work at all other coastal casinos.
  • Sandestin Resort, FL, "Marketplace Concert Series" for past four summers
  • Cheeca Lodge & Resort, Islamorada, FL
  • Old Miss & USM Fraternity Events