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July 16th 2011: Laura B & The Moonlighters

Think back to December 2010 and you might recall some snow. In fact a lot of snow. So much snow that Laura B and her band couldn’t make it to The Rivoli and nor could a lot of their fans. To avoid a repeat of that disappointment we’ve scheduled their return for July 16. Barring a heatwave melting the roads, you can count on a brilliant night of rockin’ and honkin’ rhythm and blues from this superb septet, in the upbeat style of Ruth Brown, Big Maybelle and Lavern Baker.

The Band is led by the talented and charismatic vocalist Laura B, backed by her all star band comprising of members of Ocean’s Seven, Juke Joint Jump, Sugar Ray’s Flying Fortress, The Big Six, Alabama Slammers, The Mike Sanchez Band and Jools Holland’s R’n’B Orchestra, to name but a few. Also featuring the exceptional Henri Herbert at the boogie-woogie 88, Lady Laura and the guys guarantee a big beat sound and performance to match many of the great R’n’B artistes of the fifties.
Rain or shine, we expect it to be a busy one, so to avoid disappointment…. Click for tickets.


June 18 2011: Ding Dong Daddios

Ding Dong Daddios

Sat June 18 2011: Ding Dong Daddios Tickets on sale here.
Back to fill the Rivoli floor to bursting, you can bet, are Ding Dong Daddios, bringing you the most danceable tunes from the swing heydays of the ’40s and ’50s.

Get ready to take a Choo Choo Ch’Boogie runaway train ride from Five Guys Named Mo all the way to Mac the Knife, passing through Istanbul (not Constantinople) on the way!

As usual there will be a Jive lesson for beginners to kick off the evening, then you can practice your dance skills on one of the best sprung maple dance floors in the country.

May 21 2011: Oo-Bop-Sh’Bam!

ABSOLUTELY STONKING…yes, Oo-Bop-Sh’Bam are back to see if they can top the excitement they generated on-stage back in November 2010, their last Jive Party appearance. That was a chilly night outside but what a difference when you stepped inside the Rivoli. If you’ve not seen them yet well here’s a bit of background…. Oo-Bop-Sh’Bam take their influences from the big band combos of the 1940’s and 50’s – think gin-drenched parties, smokey dives and city nightclubs, where swinging and singing ruled the day. Pumping boogie-woogie maestro James Lunn on piano, Alan Savage laying down the big beat, Dave Lagando’s pulsating double bass, the ace horns of Lee Badau on tenor sax and Nick Lunt on baritone sax, it all adds up to one helluva good feelgood sound. All top performing guys, combining together musically to bring you an unbeatable night of backbone-slidin’ music that’ll make you want to dance your little cotton socks off.

Following the normal format, our May Jive Party will feature a beginners’ jive class and DJs to kick off the evening, followed by two sets from the band.

Tickets on sale now. Book now for May 21.

April 16th: King Groovy and the Horn Stars

King Groovy & the Horn Stars Always popular – always brilliant! Exciting big band swing sounds are back at the Rivoli courtesy of London’s grooviest 17-piece band! Drawing dedicated and talented musicians from across the city, the Horn Stars features the traditional big band line-up of five saxophones, four trombones, four trumpets, a rhythm section of piano, drums, bass and guitar, plus vocalist. It’s exactly what the Rivoli was built for! Don’t miss.

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