Fancy some dancing in the fabulous retro Rivoli Ballroom – with a live band, DJs filling in and a beginners’ jive lesson to kick the evening into swing? Our ever-popular monthly Saturday nights have a lively buzz, great jive, swing and original R&B music.
Jive Party is for beginners and experts alike, at The Rivoli Ballroom, Lewisham in London. We’re usually there on the 3rd Saturday in the month (exceptions being February and August). Jive Party is run by dance enthusiasts who book the venue and the bands, promote and organise the nights.
Click the artist’s names below for more details of each upcoming event.
“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
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 tailor-made for the Rivoli Ballroom.
“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.
It’s been too long since Jay Gipson and his band The Ultimates played at The Rivoli and we’re totally stoked to get them back for September 2018.
The music and style of ‘JG & the Ultimates’ is immersed in the retro sounds of the 50’s & 60’s but with a strong leaning towards the bluesy side of rock & roll, jump blues & R&B. The band comprises seasoned musicians who also have played and play for a long list of other well known artists including the Drifters, The Four Tops, Mike Sanchez, The Glen Miller Orchestra, Laura B, The Drugstore Cowboys, Si Cranstoun, Dexter Shaw, West Weston, Ray Gelato, Jools Holland Orchestra, JD McPherson and Barrence Whitfield.
Says Jay, “I’ve always loved ‘blues, jazz & soul’ of all kinds and it’s what I’ve listened to and been into the most since I first picked up a guitar. But it wasn’t until I began to play at the many vintage events that I discovered there was this whole community of people who danced jive, lindy and swing and were also so enthused and dedicated to the ‘Vintage’ sound, dance, era and lifestyle.”
Too right, Jay. And we’ll be at The Rivoli on September 15th, you can bet.
Our September Jive Party will feature a beginners’ jive class and DJs to kick off the evening, followed by two sets from the band.
Jive Party favourites and why not?? When you’re guaranteed a night of superb rockin’ and honkin’ rhythm and blues from Laura B and her septet, in the upbeat style of Ruth Brown, Big Maybelle and Lavern Baker.
This eight-piece good time, Rhythm and Blues/Swing band features the extraordinarily talented Laura B on vocals and some of the best authentic sounding rhythm and blues players in Europe whose credentials speak for themselves. Comprised of members from many bands who have played the circuit across the UK, Europe, USA and even Japan. Laura’s all-star band includes 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 amazing Chris Corcoran on guitar, 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. Why not check them out at www.laurab-music.co.uk
As usual the night kicks off with a jive class aimed at beginners followed by two sets from the band and DJs filling in. Booking recommended.
Returning for their second gig of the year at Jive Party, Oo-Bop-Sh’Bam is without a doubt one of the most exciting and energetic RnB, Boogie, Jump Blues Bands in Europe. It’s time to relive the good time spirit of ‘rent party’ rhythm n blues and revive the days of honkin’ hollerin’ rock and roll from the 50’s.
The band has picked up lots of work over the 13 years they’ve been together, much of it on the jive circuit, as they play at just the right tempos for all kinds of jivers to take to the floor. They travel the length and breadth of the UK to play at the best jive events and festivals including Twinwood, Derry Jazz Festival, Northern Ireland, Silda Jazz Festival in Norway, Cognac Blues Festival in France, The Guiness Jazz Festival in Cork Southern Ireland, TanJazz, Tanjier, Morocco, Goodwood Revival and Glorious Goodwood.
The Musicians, all top professionals, have worked with Freddy Mercury, Joe Jackson, Allison Moyet, Hubert Sumlin, Eric Clapton, Robert Plant, Scotty Moore, Alvin Lee, Tony Bennet, Tom Jones and many more.
Our November Jive Party will feature a beginners’ jive class and DJs to kick off the evening, followed by two sets from the band.
We’re delighted to welcome back Juke Joint Jump to provide the live music for our December Jive Party.
Top quality, pumped-up, rootin’ tootin’ and hootin’ jive, swing and old-fashioned rhythm n blues.
Plus: Pick up some jive steps in our inclusive beginners jive dance class 8:30 to 9pm.
The band is supported by Jive Party DJs playing the best Jive, Swing R&B and RnR around.
Check out Juke Joint Jump for yourself here on MySpace
Questions? Get in touch
All Jive Party enquiries: tel Graham 020 894 62664 or Ken on 020 8240 1548.
All Rivoli Ballroom enquiries not related to Jive Party: please contact the venue direct on 0208 692 5130.
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