Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Please remember that all concerts are funded completely by your donations! No tax dollars are used to support the concert series. Please be generous, the donations that we receive before the concerts will allow us to book the bands, pay the band deposits and advertise.

Name as it should appear in the Program:



Mailing Address: _____________________


Amount of Donation:__________________

We update our donor list in the concert program weekly! It isn't too late to send in your donation.
Mail the form and your donation to:
East Haddam Parks and Recreation
P.O. Box 278
East Haddam, CT 06423
All FREE concerts are held on Monday nights from 6:30-8:30 pm on the green of the Goodspeed Opera House. If it rains, the concerts will be moved to the High School Auditorium-call (860)873-5058,  check or our Facebook page if weather is questionable. Great food and drinks are available to purchase at the Gelston House, or bring a picnic dinner. Free parking is available in the Goodspeed Opera House parking lot with additional parking and a shuttle bus from Eagle Landing in Haddam. The Music on the River site is made possible through the generous support of Goodspeed Musicals.  All  children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No dogs, smoking, vendors or soliciting  at the concerts and no parking on residential streets are allowed.

We hope you will join us!
July 17, 2017 PLYWOOD COWBOY
Formed in 2015 in the Connecticut River Valley, Plywood Cowboy is poised to rewrite the Great American Songbook. Bottle fed on roots music, multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter Steve Dedman and his band strike deep at the soul of American music with songs about hound dogs, heart strings, and the vice of the bottle. "With great harmonies, clever songs & tasty guitar pickin', Plywood Cowboy is one of the best new bands on the Americana scene."
July 24, 2017 SHOREGRASS
ShoreGrass is a bluegrass band from the Connecticut shoreline comprised of Frank and Barbara Shaw (banjo and guitar), Paul Pozzi (mandolin), Scott Freemantle (bass) and Stacy Phillips (fiddle and Dobro).  Performing locally as well as around the Northeast since 1996, their music is a lively mix of traditional bluegrass, old-time, early country, gospel and folk songs as well as original pieces reflecting their roots in contemporary music with a local flavor.  The group has several singers who alternate leads on 3-part vocal harmonies, all delivered with the special sense of humor that marks all
ShoreGrass performances. The band has released four albums, including "In Connecticut" (2001), "Songs of the Civil War Era" (2005), “Going Home” (2007) and “Hummingbird” (2014).  Bluegrass Unlimited magazine called their music "a pleasant collection of down-home music that should attract considerable attention for the band."  More information is available at or
July 31, 2017 DIZZY RIVER BAND
The Dizzy River Band,
play a broad eclectic mix of originals and covers. With guitar, bass, drums and  beautiful harmonies, Dizzy River draws liberally from music spanning decades, from all across the musical spectrum,  turning it into something uniquely their own: pure, sweet, joyful. Best of all, the Dizzy River Band is organic and locally grown in the lower CT river valley.
August 7, 2017 NEAL AND THE VIPERS

NEAL & THE VIPERS are a Rhode Island based band, playing American Roots Music encompassing blues, rock & roll, rockabilly, and surf, entertaining their fans for over 30 years!  You can feel the
chemistry as they play original hits songs from their multiple CD's as well as covering the classics. Neal Vitullo as well as the Vipers have shared the stage with many music legends such as B.B. King, Roy Buchanan, John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Albert Collins, Greg Allman, Jimmy Vaughan, Willie Dixon, Johnny Copeland and Robert Plant.
August 14, 2017 DON BRYANT
in the bosom of the church, Bluff City, Tennessee native,  Bryant began his career performing with his brothers and later with the Four Kings. Following, Bryant began working with Hi Records impresario Willie Mitchell. Singing for Mitchell’s band and as a solo artist on Hi in the late 1960s. For the past few decades, Bryant has played the role of songwriter and supportive husband, turning the spotlight to his wife and fellow Hi great Ann Peebles. Bryant wrote or co-wrote signature hits for Peebles including “I Can’t Stand the Rain,” “99 Pounds” and “Do I Need You.” Moving behind the scenes, Bryant worked as a songwriter for Solomon Burke, Albert King, Etta James and others. But love, and his biggest commercial success, would come in 1970, after he partnered up with Peebles. Bryant returned to a solo career, doing some guest appearances with Memphis retro R&B band the Bo-Keys, and ultimately culminating in his first secular album since the 1970s.
August 21,
2017 Harbor Moon
Harbor Moon brings original songs with a flavor of the tropics, along with classic rock, reggae and country covers, to our quintessential riverside venue.  Harbor Moon was recently nominated as Best New Act at the Trop Rock music awards held in Key West, Florida.   Featuring local musicians from the shoreline, their music transports you to your favorite island vacation spot. 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Welcome Back!

      Music on the River is back! In 2016, we welcome a healthy mix of returning and new artists all chomping at the bit to show off their musical talents here in East Haddam. Our first show on July 11th will feature Livingston Taylor, a sibling of the talented James Taylor! While the two brothers have similar sound, Livingston uses a mix of personal stories, anecdotes and a warm personality to create a musical experience you cant find on a daily basis! Bring the family, pack a picnic, and come enjoy the weekly music this summer! Can't wait to see you all there!  

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Occidental Gypsy

Thank you to the crowd who braved the heat last week for one of our more popular shows this season Red Molly. They put on a great show and we received many, many positive comments - we are glad you enjoyed the show!
This week we welcome Occidental Gypsy to our stage. This will be a fun night for sure. The band, who's style can best be described as jazz, gypsy swing and a little bit of world music is well known around the country for their eclectic mix of music which has brought them accolades from around the world.
As always, we will be doing our best anti-rain dance so we can enjoy this fabulous group down by the river. Bring your picnic dinner or enjoy the fine offerings from our biggest supporter, The Gelston House and enjoy another great show - see you there!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Next up - Red Molly

What a great show last Monday night - thanks to all who came out to support our local group Bluesberry Jam. Where else are you going to hear a song about a trip to the transfer station??
This week we welcome recording artists Red Molly to our stage. This is one of their last shows before they go on hiatus so please come out and give them a warm East Haddam/Moodus welcome. Their beautiful Americana style & gorgeous harmonies is guaranteed to make it beautiful night down by the river. We are doing our best "no rain" dance -  please join us Monday night down by the river!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

We Be Jammin'!

Thanks to all who turned out for our first night - a great success and good time. For the second show we welcome back local band Bluesberry Jam! Come out and enjoy jam music cut from the same cloth as The Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead and Widespread Panic. This group got rained out last year and still put on a great show at the high school auditorium. We can't wait to hear them down by the river - see you there!