“Fabulous Entertainment... Fabulous Band”
- Plymouth Herald
Now the 80s were responsible for some truly awful stuff. Neon. Shoulder pads. Mullets.
But despite the questionable fashion choices and horrendous hair you have to admit that were some great tunes and memorable movies.
Riviera Dogs are a 5 piece band based in South West England delivering a polished set of quality music from the decade that taste forgot.
We have all performed in some of the most popular and longest running bands in the area but wanted to do something different; to play the music that we loved in our teens, to tackle some more difficult stuff and to have a good time.
Not the easy ones, not the obvious ones, but the ones that will make you go "oh, I remember this...." and will probably lead to gyrating of the trousers and possibly full blown 'dad dancing'.
We pride ourselves on delivering a wide range of material which showcases our musicianship and whether you come to a public gig or hire us for your event we promise you an evening you won't forget...... and no Rick Astley.
Bookings & Enquiries
If you're looking for something a bit different to make your party or event go with a bang then please get in touch!
Between us we have decades of experience in performing at festivals, weddings, parties and corporate events so drop us a line to discuss your requirements today.
We pride ourselves on our musicianship and professionalism, and have equipment to match so we can guarantee a great sound without taking the windows out.
Doggy Love ..... Testimonials.
The first time I saw this band was a midweek slot at the Spinning Wheel in Paignton for their debut outing over a year ago and I admit it did feel like they were just another cover band - albeit one with exceptionally well-known members in Jimmy Alderson, Simon Westaway and Alex Smith (best known for their association with Joey The Lips) - the lineup completed with Dan Sennet on bass and Steve Sims on keys.
But boy - what a difference a year makes!
Here they are tonight, all polished, suited and booted - unusual maybe for a pub band, where attire is more casual, but certainly what you'd expect from any professional function band, which is exactly what they've become. And, in covering material from the Eighties and Nineties, they've cherry-picked much-loved quality classics, while not falling into the easy trap of choosing the obvious hits.
After initial introductions and niceties, they get the evening underway with "Saturday Night's Alright" and we're off on a trundle down memory lane with "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" (Tears For Fears), "Died In Your Arm"s (Cutting Crew), and particularly enjoyable covers of "Rosanna" and "Hold The Line" (Toto) followed by an all-time favourite of mine, "A Design For Life" (Manics).
Since this is a receptive crowd, clearly enjoying themselves, there's no problem getting the audience warmed up as Jimmy's distinctive, competent, confident vocal performance, backed by some incredibly impressive musicians, delivers a well-chosen, crowd-pleasing repertoire, the pace of which is maintained with the likes of "Take On Me" (A-ha), "Boys Of Summer" (Don Henley) "Footloose" (Kenny Loggins) and "The One And Only" (Chesney Hawkes). It's always interesting when bands put their own interpretation on covers, but also enjoyable to hear them as they were originally intended; their delivery is crisp, sleek and polished with accurate representation musically.
It's also refreshing to see a band that really knows how to put on a show, masterfully working the sudience - all without becoming too cheesy.
Fabulous entertainment: fabulous band.
" Of all the feedback given by our family and friends about our 'big' day, the main comment (on both our Facebook pages and our wedding guest book) was 'best band EVER!'. We knew that The Dogs would make our day extra special, but to be perfectly honest they made our day amazing "
Adele & Rob Davies, 2015
"Played my 40th birthday in February, fantastic band, superb musicians, everyone who went has commented on how good they were and how they made the night.
Fab set list with all my favourites of the 80's and 90's, would thoroughly recommend this band! "
Rachel Wood, 2015
" One of the best group of musicians you will be lucky enough to see playing live in a pub near you :) Superb stage presence and their musical talents are second to none. from the first track to the massive crescendo finish your feet wont be able to stop bouncing and tapping to these feel good memorable tracks. Great sound, professionally engineered. Riviera Dogs are as good as it gets in my opinion.. 10/10"
Spot Maldoon, 2014
"Many, many thanks for making our evening go so well. You exceeded our expectations brilliantly, levering so many off their chairs and on to the dance floor. I would love another excuse to hire you again"
Peter Di Giuseppe, 2017