Singer-songwriter Nick La Riviere is an accomplished trombonist who has toured internationally with bands such as the Juno award winning Paperboys, Michael Kaeshammer, 54-40, and Adonis Puentes. He's been a special guest with such bands as Steven Page (Barenaked Ladies), The Temptations, and Nikki Yanofsky. As a freelancer, he's one of Victoria's busiest musicians.
The Nick La Riviere Band takes its influence from modern New Orleans music... not the older dixie music some people think of when they hear 'New Orleans', but the fun, horn heavy music people are partying to there now. The music is all about having a good time, keeping the energy high the whole show, and moving your feet. Nick's originals are like if Trombone Shorty met Ben Folds - wild horn solos, piano based grooves and melodic vocals. The band also plays their own take on tunes by great artists like Professor Longhair and Sly and the Family Stone. Featuring 3 vocals, trumpet, sax, trombone, guitar, piano/synth, bass, drums - and sometimes conch shells or wine glasses, the 7 piece band delivers a big powerful sound.
“...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