Next Event: The Cadillac Kings – Saturday June 17th 2017
Tickets on sale now, see calendar below for full details.
Six of the UK’s top blues & roots musicians, playing hell for leather on the Rivoli stage – a recipe for an unforgettable night if you love your jive, rhythm n blues. The Cadillac Kings play music inspired by the sounds and styles of the ’40s & ’50s, with a mix of mostly original songs and a few well-chosen covers from the likes of T-Bone Walker, Roy Brown & Champion Jack Dupree. The Cadillac Kings are firm favourites on both the blues & jump-jive scenes, and tailormade for the Rivoli Ballroom.
“Now here’s that rare thing – a British band who can cut the mustard! Powered along by a top class rhythm section, with wild harp and standout guitar. Stick in their authentic hollering vocalist and you’ve got a pretty hot combo! They’re good!!”
Ken Smith, Red Lick Records
“Breath-taking West Coast swing, hugely enjoyable with brilliant vocals, excellent harp, guitar and keyboards and a rock solid rhythm section. In a word – exhilarating!”
Lionel Ross, Blues in Britain Magazine (Dragon Blues Fest. Wrexham)
“Entertaining, authentic & infectious – The Cadillac Kings’ high energy swinging R&B is enough to put a foaming head on a pint of real ale! This is pure good time music that left The Darlington Arts Centre audience dizzy, long after they’d left the building.”
Darrell Parsons, Blues in Britain
“The Cadillac Kings have amassed a large following which is entirely down to their own special brand of no-nonsense musicianship and sheer hard work. On-stage you get nothing less than 100 % from this band.
These guys swing like they were born in the trees!”
Judge Jones, Blues Freepress, Hull
As usual the evening starts with a jive class aimed at beginners, followed by a DJ set, two sets from the band and a final hour of DJ’ing to 1am. Licenced bar.
Fronted by vocalist Miss Annie, The Midnight Shift are a 1950’s-style 7-piece roots rhythm & Blues band. It’s the band’s first Jive Party gig and we can’t wait to hear them on the Rivoli stage. We’ve been playing their CD at Jive Party for some time; now we get the real thing.
The band features tenor and baritone saxes, guitar, piano, double bass and drums – plus highly stylish Miss Annie whose incredible voice is like Ruth Brown, Etta James, Irma Thomas, Lavern Baker and Annie Laurie rolled into one!
Making a very welcome return to the Rivoli stage this August, Boston, Massachusetts-born Kai Hoffman is a versatile, vivacious performer inspired by the sounds of the 1950s whose music possesses, in the words of one critic, “an insatiable joie-de-vivre rare in these cynical times” (Stephen Graham, Marlbank).
Her second solo album, Luckiest Girl Alive – a mixture of rhythm and blues and rock ‘n’ roll, with a dose of ’50s New Orleans thrown in – ranked in the top ten by Blues Matters Magazine, and is “…ideal for a good ol’ knees up or rollicking shimmy on the dance floor…” according to London Jazz News.
Having toured and recorded with Ray Gelato and the Giants and sung with the fantastic rhythm and blues aces Blue Harlem, Kai is fast gaining a reputation as an electric live act, now backed by her Kombo, all seasoned musicians in the jazz, jive and rythmn n blues styles. Not only and extremely talented vocalist, Kai is also a keen lindy hopper, and has performed for dancers at many well-known UK venues and events. She has also been gaining steady international acclaim, with two recent shows at the Metropolitan Room in New York City – the #1 jazz and cabaret room in New York – and performances at the Blue Note Milano, the Rome Rockabilly Festival, Vintage in Porto in Genoa, and the European Jazz Expo.
Jive DJs, a beginner’s jive class, 2 licenced bars and the amazing interior of the Rivoli add to the enjoyment of the night.