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The Riffers are a swing band specializing in original music and tight arrangements from the 1930s and 1940s. Featuring a 3-horn front line, the band's distinctive sound was originally developed for Keenan's debut album, Forged in Rhythm. Since then, they have performed at dance weekends from Durham, NC to San Francisco, CA.


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. 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. Be sure to check out the band's latest videos and their recent EP, Saturday Session!


2022 Public Shows

School of Hard Knox
April 1-2 - Knoxville, TN
Watts & Ward Derby Party
May 7 - Raleigh, NC
Flying Home
July 22 - Raleigh, NC
Weymouth Center Jazz Series
August 28 - Southern Pines, NC
I *Heart* Balboa
Oct 14-15 - Richmond, VA
Whitley Auditorium (Sextet)
Benny Goodman Tribute
November 1 - Elon, NC
For Follow's Sake (Sextet)
Benny Goodman Tribute
November 5 - Durham, NC
Lindy Focus
December 28 - Asheville, NC
Lindy Focus
December 30 - Asheville, NC

Live Studio Performance

Cover photo by Conway Li. Additional photos by Kimberly Meers and Copper Key Photo