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 eleven 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 2017, 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 17th - 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 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 2017 Music on the River Flyer

    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 hit 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
    Raised 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.