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 ten seasons now, and as always, we have been able to count on the wonderful advice and experience of Anthony & Candy Nero who were so instrumental in transitioning the Chestelm Summer Sounds to Music on the River. 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 2016, please send your check to East Haddam Park and Recreation, P.O. Box 278, East Haddam, CT 06423.

    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 11th - 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.  If it rains, the concerts will be moved to the Hale-Ray High School Auditorium (please call the Recreation Office 860-873-5058, check or our Facebook page if weather is questionable). Great food and drinks will be available to purchase at the Gelston House or bring a picnic dinner.  Free parking is available in the Goodspeed Opera House parking lot, behind the Gelston House with additional parking and a shuttle bus from Eagle Landing in Haddam if needed. 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.

    July 11, 2016 Livingston Taylor
    Livingston has never stopped performing since those early coffeehouse days, touring with major artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Buffett and Jethro Tull, and he maintains a busy concert schedule of over 80 shows a year.  He is a natural performer, peppering his shows with personal stories, anecdotes and ineffable warmth that connect him to his fans.  His relaxed on-stage presence belies the depth of his musical knowledge, and fans might just as often be treated to a classic Gershwin or something from the best of Broadway.  From top-40 hits “I Will Be in Love with You” and “I’ll Come Running,” to “I Can Dream of You” and “Boatman.” both recorded by his brother James, Livingston’s creative output has continued unabated.

     July 18, 2016 Elephant Revival
    This Nederland, Colo., quintet are, needless to say, quite a sound to be experienced – especially when they fall into the pocket of a groove containing elements of gypsy, Celtic, Americana, and folk.  The five souls in Elephant Revival are Bonnie Paine (washboard, djembe, musical saw, stompbox); Bridget Law (fiddle, octave fiddle); Charlie Rose (banjo, pedal steel, guitar, horns, cello, double bass); Dango Rose (double bass, mandolin, banjo); and Daniel Rodriguez (guitar, banjo, double bass).  The Indie Acoustic Music Project labeled their sound “progressive edge”, and “BREAK IN THE CLOUDS, won best CD of 2011 and “THESE CHANGING SKIES” (Thirty Tigers) release went on to win best CD of 2013.    

     July 25, 2016 Plywood Cowboy - Due to the impending weather this concert will be held indoors at the Nathan Hale-Ray High School
    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.” – Chris Bergson, NY Blues hall of Fame Inductee.

     August 1, 2016 Kerry Boys
    2015 marks The Kerry Boys 25th year as Connecticut’s favorite Irish Balladeers.  With their signature vocal harmonies and high energy instrumentation, The Kerry Boys are just plain Celtic fun!  The Kerry Boys are Mark James, originally from the county Kerry Ireland now a Cheshire, CT resident, and Peirce Campbell, (CT’s official State Troubadour 2007/08) from Prospect, CT.  These four dynamic and popular Connecticut Irish Balladeers combined their talents to form an exciting Irish music group over 25 years ago, and they have dazzled fans of all ages from Maine to Pennsylvania with their humorous high-energy performances and engaging style of Irish ballads and sea songs.

     August 8, 2016 Heartbeat Dixieland Jazz Band
    Heartbeat has been dubbed, “New England’s Most Lovable Jazz Band,” and specializes in Dixieland Jazz music.  Heartbeat is made up of a handful of musicians with many years of experience playing Dixieland, as well as other types of music.  Bill Logozzo, founder of Heartbeat, didn’t start playing drums until age 45.  He learned from great teachers such as Gene Bozzi, Sal Ranniello and Art Perretta.  Bill played with several bands before forming Heartbeat Dixieland Jazz Band.  The band has been performing in the central Connecticut area now for over eight years.

     August 15, 2016 Viva Quetzal
    Viva Quezal is a high-energy, multi-cultural musical group made up of members from North and South America that performs music of the Americas as it truly is today:  an eclectic mixture of traditional, folkloric and pop themes performed on a fascinating array of ancient and modern instruments.  The band has toured extensively in the USA, playing clubs, colleges, festivals, and Fine Arts Centers.  The group has released three CD’s:  Ancestros (1995), Mujeres de la Puna (1998), and Hijos del Sol (Signature Sounds, 2000).  They are included on Putamayo’s brand new release “Music of the Andes” (2014).

     August 22, 2016 James Montgomery Blues
    When blues legend James Montgomery plays the harmonica, he “brings it on home”.  Whether it’s recording with Kid Rock, sitting in with Gregg Allman, or fronting his hot band of thirty years, Montgomery plays with authority.  While growing up in Detroit he learned first-hand from the masters – James Cotton, John Lee Hooker, and Jr. Wells – at the legendary “Chessmate.”  Over the years, he’s carried on in the tradition and continues to be a vital presence in Blues as one of the most dynamic performers on the scene.