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The Riffers are a swing band specializing in original music and tight arrangements from the 1930s and 1940s. 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 NYC 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 over a decade 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 typically perform as a seven or eight-piece band, often with a featured vocalist. Be sure to check out the band's latest videos and their recent EP, Saturday Session!

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2023 Public Shows

LindyGroove - Calbal Welcome Party
January 12 - Pasadena, CA
Triangle Swing Dance Society
January 21 - Carrboro, NC
Goodman Tribute Concert (Sextet)
Feb 4 - Durham, NC
School of Hard Knox
March 31 - April 1 - Knoxville TN
DC Lindy Exchange
April 21 - Glen Echo, MD
Bal Week
April 28/29 - New York, NY
Watts & Ward Derby Party
May 6 - Raleigh, NC
Elon University
June 22 - Elon, NC
Greensboro History Museum '40s Dance
July 8 - Greensboro, NC
Flying Home - 15 Piece ORCHESTRA!
July 22 - Durham, NC
Camp Hollywood
Sep 2 - Los Angeles, CA
I *Heart* Balboa
Oct 20/21 - Richmond, VA

Live Studio Performance

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

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