Posted: December 6, 2016 at 4:41 pm

By Annie Malik, Lydia Alexander, and Matt McNamara

Starting and keeping a band in action can be a very difficult feat, especially while in college. Riviera was started in 2015 and in a little over a year has made its mark in their home ground, Morgantown, WV. As regular acts at venues like Mainstage and 123 Pleasant, Riviera proves to its growing fan base and competitors that they are a force to be reckoned with.

L.J. Giuliani is the event coordinator for the venue 123 Pleasant, and had only positive things about the local band. “Riviera is a solid and very talented pop punk band and always puts on a good show and performance,” said Giuliani.

Giuliani, like many other event coordinators, look for “originality, openness to work with other bands, and supporting/contribute to the local musical community,” when picking and choosing bands to book.

As for the payout for Riviera, Giuliani said, “each show is different, but with local bands, the band/s generally get 100 percent of the door after the sound engineer is paid.”

Sam, drummer of the band Riviera, said, “everything we make goes right back into the band. We really don’t make a profit off of it, but none of us really care about that. Yeah a profit would be nice, but the band is something we all enjoy doing. It’s not a job for any of us.”