Happy New Year! I hope you’ve all had a great Christmas. I’ve kept myself incredibly busy, playing at least one gig per day (sometimes up to 3) steadily since December 1st. Among other shows, my regular gig at Butchart Gardens has kept me especially busy this season.
Now that things are wrapping up there, I’m looking forward to playing some non-Christmas music with other bands, especially my own group at Hermann’s on January 20th. We’ll be playing a mix of originals and very fun covers. I’m working hard to add some new music for this show, and I’ve got a great band with me, so I hope you’ll come check it out! Reservations are recommended, and can be made online here.
Want a taste of the band to see what you’re in for? Here’s a cover of ‘The Letter’ live at the Islands Folkfest in Duncan last summer:
And here’s an original, Get On Out, live at Hermanns:
The Nick La Riviere Band
Singer-songwriter Nick La Riviere is an accomplished trombonist who tours internationally with bands such as the Juno award winning Paperboys, Michael Kaeshammer, The HiFi, Locarno, and others. Drawing from his experience playing shows of many different genres, Nick incorporates jazz, R&B and funk into his own compositions. His high energy show has been a big hit at theatres and festivals such as The Islands Folk Fest, Victoria Jazz Fest, and The Island Music Fest. Home town shows are consistently sold out and festival shows attract a dancing crowd.
The Nick La Riviere Band features catchy and danceable original songs influenced by artists like Trombone Shorty, Sam Cooke, and Jamiroquai to name a few. The recent album, Another Time Around, rich in variety, has received plenty of media attention (NickLaRiviere.com/press). In addition to originals, live shows include energetic rearranged covers of tunes by Dr John, Bill Withers, The Box Tops, and more. Nick’s conch shell playing is always a big hit, and brings something to the show that most people have never seen before.
“…his headlining appearances qualify as mark-your-calendar nights of entertainment.”
-Mike Devlin, Times Colonist
“Nick’s musical diversity has led to performances with some of the finest musicians in the country and abroad.”
-Devon MacKenzie, Peninsula News Review
“Infectious, energetic, and fun. This band has it all!”
-Darryl Mar, executive/artistic director, Victoria Jazz Society
“The guy has a flare, which makes the music simply a joy to listen to.”
-Calvin Daniels, Yorkton This Week
“…there is something special about this new album. Something BIG and bold. Not to mention eclectic.”
-James Kasper, Play in Victoria
More info at http://www.NickLaRiviere.com/epk