KEENAN MCKENZIE & THE RIFFERS
The Riffers are a swing band specializing in original music and tight arrangements from the 1930s and 1940s. Established with the release of Keenan's 2017 album, Forged in Rhythm, they have performed at dance weekends from Durham to San Francisco.
The group offers a mix of unique big band reductions and swing-era combo tunes, all with a focus on energy and rhythm. Keenan leads with ten years of experience running bands and playing for dancers. As a Lindy hopper, he programs shows with a critical attention to tempo and emphasizes rhythm and energy on the bandstand.
The Riffers perform as a six-piece up to an eight-piece band with a dedicated vocalist.
Cover photo by Micah Joel Haycraft. Additional photos by Conway Li