Behind the scene prep

Hi everyone!
I’m really looking forward to the performances next weekend at Hermann’s Jazz Club. I’ve been working hard at getting new tunes together for these shows, and I thought I’d share a little “behind the scenes” on what that looks like.  When I write a new tune, I not only provide my bandmates with a chart to learn it from, I record a demo using my gear at home with me playing all the instruments.  I try to make it sound as good as possible so that it’s enjoyable to listen to and doesn’t drive the guys nuts while they’re going over it.  It takes a LOT of hours to write and record these – and then memorize them for the show.. but it’s a lot of fun when it all works out. Here’s a little behind the scenes on how those demos are made:

So there you have it!  I hope you’ll come check out the show and make all that work worthwhile.  We’ve got a few new tunes like this to premiere, I think these will be some of our best shows so far.  Reservations can be made at www.HermannsJazz.com (click on the show on the night you want to attend, then ‘register for a ticket’).  There’s more info, including a 1 minute video that shows you what the show is all about at www.nicklariviere.com/nextshow.  Or you can check out an entire live concert filmed in broadcast quality at https://youtu.be/2hzZauG7jO8.

March 6 & 7 The Nick La Riviere Band is back at Hermann’s, PLUS new live show video

I’m looking forward to playing again at one of my favourite venues, Hermann’s Jazz Club in Victoria.  I’ve been hard at work writing some new material for this show that I’m excited to share.  It’s going to be a lot of fun as usual, so please come check us out!  The band will feature Miguelito Valdes on trumpet, Barrie Sorensen on sax, Kelly Fawcett on guitar/vocals, Chris Van Sickle on keys/vocals, Louis Rudner on bass, and Liam MacDonald on drums.

•Reservations at Hermann’s are recommended (click the show on the calendar, then register for a ticket – they need to update their calendar but it should be listed soon): www.hermannsjazz.com
•For more about this show click here.

I’m also happy to announce that the band is heading in to the studio record 4 new singles, partially sponsored by a grant from FACTOR.

At our last round of Hermann’s shows we released our new album Alive & Loud. As of today, in advance of our upcoming shows, I’m releasing the entire live concert video from the performance that album was recorded at. I hope you enjoy!  This concert was filmed in broadcast quality.  I edited it myself. I think it turned out quite well.

Check out the video here:

A show with The Nick La Riviere Band is like taking a trip down to modern New Orleans, where the music is loud and proud, with brass adding funky lines to each groove, and every song is played with soul and power.  The music is all about having a good time and moving your feet.  It’s a night on the town that will leave you wired.  Their originals blend influences like Trombone Shorty with classic funk and jazz.  The band plays their own take on tunes by Eddie Harris, Sly & the Family Stone, and Curtis Mayfield.  Featuring three vocalists, trumpet, sax, trombone, guitar, piano/synth, bass, drums – and sometimes conch shells or sousaphone, the 7 piece band delivers a big powerful sound.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

2019 was a busy year for me.  A few highlights:
•Recorded and released a live album with The Nick La Riviere Band
•Recorded with a few great projects including XL The Band, Coco Love Alcorn, and Matt Stern.
•LOTS of gigs with various bands including The Paperboys, Locarno, Michael Kaeshammer, Steven Page, 54-40, and of course my own ‘The Nick La Riviere Band’.

54-40 at the Horseshoe in Toronto

Recording for XL The Band at The Chamber Studio in Nanaimo

I’m looking forward to an exciting 2020.  I’m working on recording some of my own singles, and have some studio time booked in February.  We’ll also be back at Hermann’s Jazz Club March 6 and 7.  The Paperboys have plenty of dates coming up – we’ll be playing two shows at the Tractor in Seattle this Saturday, January 4th.  The Yiddish Columbia State Orchestra is doing a Hermann’s show On January 16th. XL The Band will be releasing some tracks I’m very excited about, including one that I came up with a horn line involving quarter tones for… so look out for that!

My regular gigs are also continuing on – come see The Bomb Squad every Sunday at Darcy’s Pub Downtown from 11pm to 1am.  Anthems plays 3 or so Thursdays a month at Bard & Banker.  The Yiddish Columbia State Orchestra plays every second Sunday at Pagliacci’s from 8 to 10pm.

And this year my wife and I got a dog.  We got Essie in January from Rosier Days Dog Rescue Society.  She was found at a gas station in Acapulco. She’s come along really well, and is clearly enjoying life with us.

This image of Essie was recently painted by Diane Adolph:

Have a great year, and come check out some great live music!
Nick

New album is out! Plus shows in Errington and Denman Nov 15 & 16!

The New Album is Out!

We’re very proud of our new album, Alive and Loud.  The album was recorded live at Hermann’s Jazz Club in March 2019, and does a great job of capturing the high energy performance.  There are some rockin’ solos by all band members on this album, and some great tunes.  You can find it on Apple Music, Spotify, and other streaming services by looking up ‘The Nick La Riviere Band – Alive and Loud’.  Make sure you put in the whole band name, not just Nick La Riviere, which brings up my older solo albums instead.  Or if you’d really like to support the arts, grab a CD at one of our live shows.  One CD sale = the profit from 2962.96 streams, and all the money made from this goes in to a fund for recording again.

Speaking of live shows…

Errington Hall – November 15
Denman Island – November 16

We’ll be hitting the road again for a couple of shows up island.  We’re exciting to bring our wild energy to some new places, so if you live in the area I hope you’ll check us out.

Tickets for the Errington performance can be purchased here.
Check out the Facebook Event for Denman here.

See below for the posters for these performances.

And I’ve also (finally) updated my website’s gig schedule.. there’s quite a lot going on coming up including performances with The HiFi, Michael Kaeshammer, The Paperboys, and 54-40.  Check it out, and come see some great live music.

Announcing a new album and a CD release party!

The Nick La Riviere Band is proud to announce the upcoming release of a new album, ‘Alive and Loud’.  This live album is fun, funky, and captures the great energy of the live band.  The album features originals, as well as our own rockin’ versions of some Sly & the Family Stone, The JB’s, Preservation Hall, and more.  Turn the volume up and enjoy!

Alive & Loud will be officially released on October 18 & 19 with a CD release party at Hermann’s Jazz Club.  It will also be available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, and more.

A show with The Nick La Riviere Band is like taking a trip down to modern New Orleans, where the music is loud and proud, with brass adding funky lines to each groove, and every song is played with soul and power.  The music is all about having a good time and moving your feet.  It’s a night on the town that will leave you wired.  Their originals blend influences like Trombone Shorty with classic funk and jazz.  The band plays their own take on tunes by Eddie Harris, Sly & the Family Stone, and Curtis Mayfield.  Featuring three vocalists, trumpet, sax, trombone, guitar, piano/synth, bass, drums – and sometimes conch shells or sousaphone, the 7 piece band delivers a big powerful sound.

Always looking to keep things fresh, Nick is looking forward to premiering some brand new music at the upcoming performance, as well as rocking some favourites.

The band features Miguelito Valdes, Barrie Sorensen, Kelly Fawcett, Pablo Cardenas, Dave Spidel, and Liam MacDonald.

Previous shows have sold out, so reservations are highly recommended and can be made at www.HermannsJazz.com

Note: Show time is earlier than past performances. All bands that perform at Hermann’s are now starting at 7:30 (previously 8), doors at 6pm.

A little about Nick:

Singer-songwriter Nick La Riviere is an accomplished trombonist who has toured with bands such as the Juno award winning Paperboys, Michael Kaeshammer, 54-40, and Adonis Puentes. He’s been a special guest with such bands as Steven Page (Barenaked Ladies) and The Temptations.  As a freelancer, he’s one of Victoria’s busiest musicians.

For more, check out www.NickLaRiviere.com

The Nick La Riviere Band is back at Hermann’s July 26/27 PLUS Golden and Penticton July 17/18!

The Nick La Riviere Band

2 Nights at Hermann’s!
Friday/Saturday • July 26 & 27

The Nick La Riviere Band, featuring all stars Miguelito Valdes (trumpet), Barrie Sorensen (sax), Kelly Fawcett (guitar/vocals), Pablo Cardenas (keys/vocals), Dave Spidel (bass), Damian Graham (drums), and of course Nick (vocals, trombone, conch shells, sousaphone, other surprises) returns to Hermann’s Jazz Club for TWO NIGHTS on July 26th and 27th.  We’ll be playing funky New Orleans party music, originals, and more.  It’s a high energy night of solid entertainment not to be missed.  One audience member described the show as “the most fun I’ve had in my adult life“. Mike Devlin from the Times Colonistsays “his headlining appearances qualify as mark-your-calendar nights of entertainment“. Haven’t seen the show before? Check out the video above.

Past shows have sold out, so reservations are recommended.  They can be made on the Hermann’s website – click the night you want to attend, then ‘register for a ticket’. CLICK HERE

That’s not all – the band is hitting the road! Check us out at:
•Golden – July 17
•The Dream Cafe in Penticton, July 18 (click for tickets)
•Filberg Fest, Comox August 4
•Harmony Arts, West Vancouver, August 10
•Fanny Bay Hall Sept 21
•Errington Hall Nov 15
•Denman Island Nov 16

And of course I’ve got plenty going on with other bands including The Paperboys, Locarno, and 54-40. Check out my show listing for more info. (Hopefully I’ll get a chance to update it soon – it’s a busy summer of gigging I tell ya!)

Thanks very much, I hope to see you at a show soon!
Nick