The Ravers! are a revivalist band in the tradition of such musically-varied artists as Sha Na Na, the Blues Brothers and the early Black Crowes. (Revivalist bands are performers who are inspired by an entire genre of music and who are dedicated to curating and recreating that genre and introducing it to younger audiences who have not experienced that music first-hand.)

In the same way that Sha Na Na were proponents for 1950s doo-wop, the Blues Brothers were evangelists for R&B, blues and soul and the early Black Crowes preached 1970s blues-rock – The Ravers! are torchbearers for 1960s British rock.

The four members were inspired to start the band by their shared passion for the British rock renaissance of the 1960s – the uniquely British synthesis of rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, skiffle, beat music, music hall and Tin Pan Alley that evolved into the British Invasion and English psychedelia. It is the musical movement that is considered by rock historians and garage-band cheerleaders such as “Little” Steven Van Zandt to be the foundation of today’s garage rock revival. It is also the music cited by top contemporary bands such as The White Stripes, The Strokes, The Hives and The Vines as their major inspiration.

The Ravers! specialize in live performance of music by seminal British bands of the 1960s including: The Beatles, Stones, Who, Kinks, Animals, Yardbirds, Searchers, Hollies, Zombies, Cream, Move, Traffic, Tomorrow, Troggs, Small Faces, Manfred Mann, Pretty Things, Dave Clark Five, Spencer Davis Group – and the first incarnations of the Moody Blues, Procol Harum, Bee Gees and the Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd.

Their repertoire is drawn from the vast catalogue of songs by those bands – especially songs that are rarely performed on stage nowadays. Many of the songs were popular hits on both sides of the Atlantic four decades ago – but did not become fodder on oldies radio – and are thus fresh to the public’s ears. Some of their repertoire is drawn from lost treasures that were hits only in their native UK and that are delightful new discoveries to American fans of the genre.

Their band name is inspired by the popular term in the Swingin’ London of the 1960s for a happy-go-lucky “party animal” – particularly in the music world. Gregarious personalities such the Who’s Keith Moon and the Small Faces’ Stevie Marriott were self-described “ravers”. The Small Faces’ 1968 UK hit “Lazy Sunday” includes this couplet sung by Marriott as a tongue-in-cheek cockney lament:

Wouldn’t it be nice to get on with me neighbors?
But they make it very clear – they’ve got no room for ravers!

In homage to Mod bands such as the Who and Small Faces who are among their inspirations – and in a nod to the Blues Brothers’ famous motto (“We’re on a mission from God”) - The Ravers! describe themselves as being “on a mission from MOD…”

The four band members are veteran session, stage and soundtrack musicians who between them have played with the cream of UK and US performers. Their collective credits include working with:

British artists such as Roger Daltrey, Spencer Davis, John Mayall, Denny Laine, Andy Summers, Albert Lee, Jackie Lomax, Laurence Juber (Paul McCartney & Wings) and Peter & Gordon.

Diverse American talents including: Gregg Allman, Robbie Krieger, Brian Setzer, Buddy Miles, Delaney Bramlett, Michael McDonald, Richard Marx, Micky Dolenz, Elvin Bishop, Paul Williams, David Koz, Ivan Neville, Brenton Wood, Stephen Bishop, Eric Johnson, Mason Williams, Merle Haggard, Roy Acuff, Barry McGuire, Arthur Lee (Love), Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane), Jesse Colin Young (The Youngbloods), Vince Martell (Vanilla Fudge), Jerry Corbetta (Sugarloaf), Steve Bartek (Oingo Boingo), Howard Kaylan (The Turtles), Bruce Gary (The Knack), Jan & Dean, Peaches & Herb, The Doobie Brothers and Strawberry Alarm Clock.

The band in based in Los Angeles. Since forming in 2003 they have built a substantial local following and have been chosen to play at many prestigious events. They also attract major stars who enjoy guesting with the band.

HIGHLIGHT PERFORMANCES

• September 2007 – The Viper Room - Official Hollywood Premiere party for “Across The Universe” (Guest performers included Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess and other stars from the film)

• July 2019 – The Egyptian Theatre – “Rock Like An Egyptian!” concert launching the 8th Annual Mods & Rockers Film Festival. (Guest performers included Spencer Davis and Stephen Bishop)

• July 2018 – Hollywood Football Club – “2018 Soccer World Cup Final Party”

• July 2018 – American Cinematheque – Combined party for Ringo Starr’s 65th birthday and anniversary of “A Hard Day’s Night”

• July 2019 – The Knitting Factory – Concerts for the Opening & Closing Nights of the 5th Annual Mods & Rockers Film Festival. (Guest performers included Spencer Davis, Jackie Lomax, Gordon Waller [Peter & Gordon], Howard Kaylan [The Turtles], Jack Casady [Jefferson Airplane], Bruce Gary [The Knack], Barry McGuire)

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