Music on the River


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 thirteen 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 2019, please send your check to East Haddam Park and Recreation, P.O. Box 385, Moodus, CT 06469.

Up to $99     COPPER
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   $1,000+     PLATINUM


Music on the River 2019 Brochure

The Music on the River Committee submits for your “save the date” calendars an extraordinary line up of four international touring bands and two of Connecticut’s finest. We encourage you to find these groups on line and get a true appreciation of what you can look forward to. Don’t let the rain stop you from seeing these artists who command expensive tickets at other venues, and you have the opportunity to enjoy for FREE.  Please join us this summer, rain or shine, and keep East Haddam on the map of “best summer concerts” in Connecticut.

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 8th - 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 lawn of the Goodspeed Opera House.  Don't miss seeing these recording artists because of the rain.  You can experience the performance in a concert hall setting for free.  This year we have the option of a Tuesday night rain date for New London Big Band and Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez concerts.  Suitcase Junket (July 15), Sierra Hull (July 22), Rainbow Girls (July 20) and Blair Crimmins and the Hookers (August 12) concerts will still be held on Monday night and will need to be moved to the Hale-Ray Middle School Gym/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.

July 8, 2019 New London Big Band

The New London Big Band is a 17 piece orchestra made up of the finest New England musicians.  The band plays a mix of classic jazz standards, upbeat dance tunes and original music by band members, regularly featuring instrumental and vocal soloists.

 July 15, 2019 The Suitcase Junket
From the salvaged sounds of American juke joints, back porches, honky-tonk and rock clubs, The Suitcase Junket conjures an entirely new sound of original rock anthems, mountain ballads and blues.  It is magnificent, rousing, image driven song writing; played out on instruments built of broken bottles, dried bones, gas cans, saw blades and scavenged instruments.

 July 22, 2019 Sierra Hull 
Although only 27, Sierra Hull's career has spanned more than 15 years.  She has matured from child prodigy to virtuoso mandolin player receiving countless awards.  She distinguished herself in the world of folk and bluegrass, gaining the respect of Nashville icons.  Her latest album, "Weighted Mind", demonstrates an artistic leap from traditional bluegrass, earning her a Grammy nomination.  She astonishes audiences and musicians alike as she tours the country.

 July 29, 2019 The Rainbow Girls
Rainbow Girls are an eclectic folk trio hailing from California's Bay Area.  Their soul touching harmonies are paired with an ever-changing amalgamation of acoustic instruments and an array of vocal techniques creating an engaging live performance.

August 5, 2019 Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez
Christine Ohlman is the "Beehive Queen".  Singer, song-writer, musicologist and long-time vocalist with the Saturday Night Live band, she has erned her reputation as the artist who will electrify any occasion with her legendary voice and stage presence.  Her resume reads like the "who's who" of blues, rock and soul royalty and is only matched by the countless awards she has received; including induction into the National Blues Hall of Fame.  Mixing a fiery blend of rootsy Americana with old school soul, and backed by Rebel Montez, Ohlman tells her audiences, "I've come to set your souls on fire..." And she will.

 August 12, 2019 Blair Crimmins and the Hookers
Atlanta's genre blending ensemble has been creating a unique sound; reinventing the magic of 1920's Ragtime coupled with Dixieland and a little Gypsy Jazz.  Together Blair and the band have been touring the country playing to sold-out venues, often sharing the stage with Mumford & Sons and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.  A multi-instrumentalist and music academic, Crimmins writes both the songs and arrangements for his superb New Orleans style horn section.  He adds his own southern swinging flair, delivered with lively antics and humor.

1 Plains Road
P.O. Box 385
Fax: 860-873-5028

Recreation Director
Lisa Conroy