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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 2017 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. 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. 2019 Also marked the debut of The Keenan McKenzie Orchestra, which was featured on 4 tracks of the A Bull City Holiday.


Remote Video Series


During the Covid-19 pandemic, the band has released several remote collaborations. These feature regular members of the band and many special guests. You can find all the videos on youtube and facebook

Cover photo by Conway Li. Additional photos by Micah Haycraft Photography and Copper Key Photo