Nick La Riviere and the Best Laid Plans at Hermann’s Nov 6 (and the Port Theatre Oct 17)

I haven’t had the opportunity to play with my full 7 piece band at Hermann’s since the pandemic started.  In fact, the last time we played there as a full band was in March 2020.  The day after the gig I left for a gig in Mexico with The Paperboys, and… well we all know what happened next!  I’m very pleased to be back with my full band – and with a new name.  Yes it’s true, “The Nick La Riviere Band” is a hard name for people to hear as I’m telling them about it in a loud venue.  And according to a certain pizza chain, my last name is “Larizrere”, so I guess it’s hard to understand over the phone too. So finally, we’re a band with a name.  You may notice the new photo too… Super fresh! Taken on Wednesday evening by photographer Darcy Beck while Heather sprayed us with a garden hose for the rain effect.

About the band:
This band is all about the energy.  Blazing solos, top-notch musicianship, and variety..  Featuring Nick La Riviere on trombone and vocals, Miguel Valdes on trumpet, Barrie Sorensen on sax, Kelly Fawcett on guitar, Chris Van Sickle on keys and vocals, Louis Rudner on bass, and Alex Campbell on drums. Performing originals, New Orleans party music, and anything fun, this feel-good performance will take you right back to 2019!

Hermann’s is still at a limited capacity for covid safety, so get your tickets soon at

Hope to see you there! I promise it’s going to be a great night!

And for those of you in the Nanaimo area, I hope you’ll come check us out in a nice big theatre! We’re playing the Port Theatre on Sunday October 17.  Tickets at  It’s going to be a very neat show with the opening band streaming in from a venue in NYC.

The Nick La Riviere Band plays the Port Theatre in Nanaimo October 17

Hi everyone! I hope October is treating you well. I’m excited to let you know that my band will be performing a very cool show at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo on October 17.  The show will be both live at the theatre, and live-streamed.  The opening band is the Tatum Greenblatt Quintet, which will be beamed in from a venue called Daddy Rabbit in New York.. and then I’ll be putting on my show with the full 7 piece band, featuring Miguel Valdes on trumpet, Barrie Sorensen on sax, Kelly Fawcett on guitar/vocals, Chris Van Sickle on keys/vocals, Louis Rudner on bass, and Alex Campbell on drums.  It’s going to be a great show, so I hope you’ll join us in person or online.

Click for:
In Theatre Tickets
Livestream Tickets

…and Hermann’s Jazz Club November 6

For those of you in Victoria, we’re also very happy to be back at Hermann’s Jazz Club on November 6th.  This will be the first full 7 piece band show at Hermann’s with this group since the start of the pandemic.  Ticket sales are limited to 75 for social distancing, and will be available soon at

Proud Mary with blazing solos

It’s fun to solo in 16ths at this tempo! Here’s Proud Mary from our recent show at Hermann’s Jazz Club. Thanks everyone for coming out. The show was sold out, and we had a great time playing. It’s a real treat to play in front of a live audience again. We’re playing as a 4 piece band doing mainly covers like this at Bard & Banker every 2nd Sunday (next one August 22nd) from 8:30 to 11:30, and on Saturday August 28.. so there’s another opportunity to come hang with us!

New original music video for the pandemic 1 year anniversary

Today is the 1 year anniversary of the pandemic, and I’ve come up with a little something to mark the occasion.  I would consider the audio to be ‘demo’ quality, since it’s me playing all the instruments, but I figure that this approach makes sense for the pandemic theme.  I do also have an EP coming soon that was recorded a studio quality, with some awesome musicians joining me.  I’m really proud of the way it turned out, so stay tuned for that!

Easy ways to share: YouTube (best quality), Facebook (better for sharing on Facebook because it autoplays, but it’s lower quality)

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Live Shows in 2020? Yes!

I’m happy to say that COVID hasn’t completely put a stop to my live performances.  One of my steady gigs has found a way to come back.  I’m playing at Pagliacci’s in Victoria every 2nd Sunday (check the show listing for dates).  The restaurant is renting the space beside it that used to be a camera shop, and that is allowing them to have enough space for distanced tables and a band again.

I’ve also got some shows coming up at Hermann’s Jazz Club. I’ll be there on Oct 31 with Pretzel Logic playing the music of Steely Dan… AND, on November 14 The Nick La Riviere Band will be playing two seatings as we do a tribute to the great trombonist and composer, Hugh Fraser.

Click here for all the details on the Hugh Fraser tribute show!

It’s great to be back playing! Us musicians are all looking forward to when we can get our usual gig schedules including touring back.

A Real Live In-Person Show (plus livestream) July 31 and Aug 1

July 31st & August 1st, 7:30pm at Hermann’s Jazz Club and online

>>Buy tickets for July 31
>>Buy tickets for August 1
>>Visit the live stream page

The last time I brought my band to Hermann’s Jazz Club was in March of this year, just before the pandemic was declared. Since then, a lot has changed for all of us, and musicians are certainly no exception. It’s quite an odd experience for the career you’ve worked on your whole life to suddenly be impossible and irrelevant. Whatever the future holds, we’d like music and culture to be a part of it. That’s why we applaud Hermann’s for finding a way to continue keeping the music alive during this difficult time.

The Nick La Riviere Band will perform LIVE and IN PERSON at Hermann’s on July 31 and August 1, with some changes made to follow new COVID safety guidelines. Among those changes are a 50 person capacity, and a 5 musician limit on stage. The band will also play a single hour and a half set rather than two shorter sets. Tickets are now also available online at, which we’re very excited about. This new ticketing system should make things easier for the audience and the band.

We’re very excited to perform again, and promise a stellar show featuring Barrie Sorensen on sax, Chris Van Sickle on keys, Louis Rudner on bass, Damian Graham on drums, and Nick on trombone/vocals/surprises. The music is fun, high energy R&B/soul.. modern New Orleans style, with originals and more. You’ll want to dance (but sorry, you can’t), so tap your feet, enjoy the show, and support music and culture in this brave new world.

With the limited capacity, we encourage you to get your tickets early. For anyone unable to attend, experiencing symptoms, or with a compromised immune system, you can watch the show online FOR FREE through Hermann’s Facebook Page, even if you’re not a Facebook user and don’t have a Facebook account – just go to During the show and after, you’ll be able to make donations to both the band and Hermann’s Jazz Club at Hermann’s has been a great supporter of the arts for many years, let’s not allow COVID to put a stop to it!

Thanks everyone! I hope you’re all keeping safe and healthy.