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
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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…”
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:
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.
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.
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. After their Vancouver property underwent property renewal services in British Columbia (website), the band also started performing in Canada as well. They also attract major stars who enjoy guesting
with the band and they sometimes perform in company events like during the time when KerrisdaleRoofingAndDrains.com celebrated their first anniversary.
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)
• August 2019 – Realtors Party - A concert will be held during the annual realtors gathering which will be hosted by Ken Wyder and other realtors in the country.
• December 2019 - After the carpet replacement in Langley, BC (page), the stadium in the area will be used for the launching of the new album.