Music on the River - East Haddam

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    Summer is almost here and we cannot wait to sit by the River, on the beautiful lawn of the Goodspeed Opera House and listen to this year’s fantastic summer concerts!  The Music on the River Committee has been busy screening bands and making plans to present another incredible concert series. It is hard to believe that East Haddam Parks & Recreation has been presenting the series for twelve seasons now.  We continue to have the wonderful support of Ed Blaschik and Dan McMahon at the Goodspeed Opera House and Iso Dedusaj at the Gelston House.  We couldn't do it without them.

    The most important member of the series is YOU - our wonderful town supporters whose generous donations continue to support this premier event 100%!  As you may know, these concerts are free.  We do not use any town funds to offer these concerts; they are completely supported by community, patron and business donations.  If you are interested in making a donation to support Music on the River 2018, please send your check to East Haddam Park and Recreation, P.O. Box 377, Moodus, CT 06469.

    All donations over $100 will receive a free
    “Music on the River” T-Shirt!
    Please specify T-Shirt size if your donation meets this requirement.
    T-Shirts will be available for pick up at the first concert!

    We are hoping to introduce some exciting new bands to the series and continue our mission of introducing premier talent to the Music on the River series.  We have designed an exciting way to promote the concerts, as well as provide timely updates -

    We'll use this as a way to let you know the latest about what bands have been signed as well as giving sneak previews of them by sharing YouTube clips or links to their web sites so you can learn more about them. The artists we've talked to about this are excited for you to "meet" them before they hit our stage and we think it will be a great way for you to see your dollars at work - before the shows. Once again - we are so thankful for all the volunteers who help with the event and the continued financial support from you. So mark your calendars - our first concert is July 2nd - We'll see you down on the river!

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    All free concerts are held on Monday nights from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the green of the Goodspeed Opera House.  New this year is the option of a Tuesday night rain date for the majority of our concerts.  Suitcase Junket (July 23) and Chris Smither (August 13) concerts will still be held on Monday night and will need to be moved to the Hale-Ray High School Auditorium if it rains.  If the weather is questionable please call the Recreation Office 860-873-5058, check or our Facebook page. 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.

    Printable 2018 Music on the River Brochure

    July 2, 2018 US Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Band
    Organized in 1970 to perform classic jazz, blues, and rags with a “New Orleans” flavor, the 6-piece Dixieland Jazz Band has entertained audiences across America and around the world.

     July 9, 2018 Alex Shillo Band      Rock/Country
    This young singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist from Manchester, CT cut his teeth as a touring musician with his Dad’s band, Silverado. With his Dad’s and Bruce Springsteen’s (his hero) influence, he has developed his own brand of rock/country music.

     July 16, 2018 Neal & The Vipers     Blues/Rock 
    A Rhode Island based band playing blues, rock & roll, rockabilly and surf. They have been entertaining fans for over 30 years! Neal Vitullo and the Vipers have shared the stage with many music legends, including BB King, Bonnie Raitt, Greg Allman, Jimmy Vaughan, and Robert Plant.  A consummate showman, Neal thrilled our 2017 "rain location" audience with his energetic stage performance.

     July 23, 2018 Suitcase Junket
    The Suitcase Junket, Matt Lorenz, grew up in Vermont and learned to sing copying his sister, a touring member of the trio Rusty Belle. After finding a beat up guitar in the dumpster, he taught himself to play and refine his singing. Since then, he’s built a huge fan base and was named as Spotify’s Best on their 2016 Folk and Americana Blues list.  "...The Suitcase Junket is a low-fi, low-tuned, low-down, blast of end-times folk blues.  It's crude!  It's magnificint!! with a stage setup that resembles a junk yard foley stage or Fred Sanford's living room..."     Frank DeBlase, Rochester News.

    July 30, 2018 Auburn Mode       Indy/Acoustic
    A cornerstone of Hartford’s music scene. Their style ranges from poignant and evocative to light and whimsical…an original fusion of progressive and energetic folk pop.

     August 6, 2018 The Grays      Jazz/Fusion
    An original jazz-funk music project, which mixes electric gypsy jazz with odd-time tribal funk beats. The Grays offer deep grooves and dynamic improvisation for listening and dancing.  The band features Justin Vood Good on guitar, Hans Lohse on percussion, accordion and vocals, Tracey Kroll on drums and electronica and Evan Tosi on bass guitar.

     August 13, 2018 Chris Smither      Singer/Songwriter
    An American folk/blues singer, guitarist and song writer, his music draws deeply from his formative years in Louisiana learning the picking styles of Mississippi John Hurt, and Lightnin’ Hopkins. Moving to Cambridge in the 60’s, he became a forerunner in the burgeoning folk scene. His songs have been recorded by a long list of well-known artists. The 2014 album “Link of Chain:  A Songwriter’s Tribute to Chris Smither” is testimony to the respect and admiration for his songwriting by an all-star list of artists including Bonnie Raitt, Josh Ritter, and Patty Larkin.  In addition to his extraordinary music career, he is also the recipient of many awards for his published essays and short stories.  Chris is on tour now promoting his latest release. "Call Me Lucky", which has received stellar reviews.  Come early get a front row seat.