KAT RIGGINS (USA)
KAT RIGGINS [GULF COAST RECORDS ARTIST]
(pictures: Bert Lek)
Kat Riggins was born Katriva
Riggins in Miami, Florida on February 7, 1980. She grew up in a household where
there was always background music. Because of the wide range of genres in her
parents collection, Kat developed a love for all types of music from gospel and
soul to country and rock and everything in between.
She was drawn to the smokey
gritty sounds of artists like Bessie Smith, Sam Cooke, Nina Simone, Tina Turner,
Denise LaSalle, Etta James, Ray Charles, Koko Taylor, Janis Joplin and the list
goes on. She grew up singing in local programs, church events, and family
gatherings with her sister and cousins. At age 23 Kat landed a gig singing jazz
and blues standards in a small lounge in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida with the
accompaniment of only a piano player. Since then she has performed throughout
Florida, New Orleans, Vietnam, Thailand, China, South Korea, Curacao, Germany,
Belgium and The Netherlands so far.
Kat's own musical style is a
blend of the blues with hip hop, pop, rock,gospel and even country music.
With her first two
works, an EP
called "Seoul Music" and an original album called "Lily Rose"
Kat penned each song with subtle hints of her love of the blues. Her album, aptly named after her band "Blues Revival" is a loud and proud
declaration of that love!
"Blues Revival" is a clever mashup of gospel-blues, blues-rock, funky blues, contemporary and traditional blues, with BLUES being the operative word! With this and albums to come, Kat Riggins's focus is to be a part of this musical revolution that aims to awaken the masses and introduce them to the sincerity behind blues music.
Her European September 2017 tour
was something to remember!
With shows in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, and lots of great reviews and comments.
saw her touring frequently with the ''Johan Derksen keeps the blues alive''
Theater Tour. And she and her ''Blues Revival did several club gigs and festival
gigs all over Europe.
Also in 2019 Kat Riggins was part of the Dutch Theatre Blues Tour with Johan Derksen, a true blues ambassador from the Netherlands.
With her Dutch Blues Revival Band she did more than 20 shows.
A tour in France was planned for April. But canceled due to Corona.
Same for September / October / November ... all tour dates canceled !!
THE GOOD THING: She got a record deal with Gulf Coast Records [Mike Zito]. ''Cry Out'' was her first album for the label.
2022 started well !
A 'one week' tour in Switzerland in March.
A festival gig in Switzerland, followed by a gig at the famous Holland International Blues Festival in June [both gigs with the Mike Zito Band !]
And . . . her brand new album, called ''Progeny'' [Gulf Coast Records].
September Kat Riggins and her Dutch band were booked in Sweden for almost 2 weeks. 8 shows booked.
And finally, in November she was back for shows in The Netherlands, Belgium and France.
2023 will bring her to France [End of April, early May].
January 2024 is planned for a BeNeLux tour !
19-01 NL - Amen / De Amer
20-01 NL - Tilburg / Heyhoef Backstage
21-01 NL - t.b.a.
25-01 BE - Liege / BluesSphere
26-01 LU - Luxembourg / Sang A Klang
27-01 NL - Zoetermeer / Stadstheater
28-01 NL - 's Heer Hendrikskinderen / De Oranjeboom
29-01 BE - Ruiselede / BananaPeel
KING BEE MUSIC TOUR DATES 2022:
March 2 - 6: CH - Bern
14-05 NL - Kwadendamme / Blues Festival
10-06 NL - Grolloo / Holland Int. Blues Festival [with Mike Zito Band]
Sep: Tour in Sweden
12-11 BE - Haringe / Blues Festival
17-11 DE - Cuxhaven
18-11 BE - Hermalle
19-11 NL - Hoogeveen
22 - 28 Tour in France
GIGS IN THE PAST:
KING BEE MUSIC TOUR DATES 2021:
DE - Bielefeld
06-11 NL - Rosmalen
07-11 NL - Grolloo
10-11 BE - Oud-Turnhout
12-11 DK - Fredrikshaven
13-11 DK - Fredrikshaven
14-11 DK - Aalborg
15-11 BE - Ertvelde
17-11 BE - Oupeye
19-11 NL - Haarlem
20-11 NL - Haarlem
21-11 NL - Rhoon
KING BEE MUSIC TOUR DATES 2019
Kat Riggins & her ''Blues Revival''
01-03 NL - Zoetermeer
/ JJ Music House
02-03 BE - Glabbeek / Festival
01-06 DE - Zyfflich / Blues Festival
07-06 NL - Nunspeet / Festival
09-06 BE - Oud Turnhout / Goezot Festival
15-06 NL - Nieuwkoop / Blues Festival
24-06 BE - Ruiselede / BananaPeel
24-08 NL - Culemborg Blues Festival
29-08 NL - Naaldwijk
06-09 DE - Willich
07-09 BE - Geel / Yellowtime Festival
26-10 SE - Oestersundt / Blues Festival
03-11 NL - Grolloo
04-11 DE - Weinheim
06-11 DE - Kandern
07-11 DE - Stuttgart
08-11 DE - Birkenfeld
09-11 BE - Haringe / BlauBlues Festival
10-11 NL - Roermond
15-11 BE - Hermalle
16-11 NL - Tilburg
17-11 NL - Zoetermeer
Kat Riggins & Erwin Java Band
30-11-2018 NL - Leeuwarden
13-01-2019 NL - Drachten
17-02-2019 NL - Hilversum
16-03-2019 NL - Amersfoort
29-03-2019 NL - Oss
31-03-2019 NL - Dongen
29-06-2019 NL - Rhoon
01-11-2019 NL - Goes