Music on the River


Welcome back to 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 fourteen 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 2021, please send your check to East Haddam Park and Recreation, P.O. Box 385, Moodus, CT 06469.

Up to $99     COPPER
       $100+     BRONZE
       $300+     SILVER
       $500+     GOLD
    $1,000+     PLATINUM


Music on the River 2021 Brochure.pdf 

Thank you for your inquiries and support.  Although our season is shortened, we are very enthusiastic about presenting a line up of CT's finest musicians.  We encourage you to find these groups on line and get a true appreciation of what you can look forward to. This year we have the option of a Tuesday night rain date for all concerts so don’t let rain on Monday night 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 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 August 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 lawn of the Goodspeed Opera House.  Don't miss seeing these recording artists because of the rain.  This year we have the option of a Tuesday night rain date on the lawn of the Goodspeed for all concerts.  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.

This year the Chatham Health District will be providing COVID information as well as vaccine for those interested.  Visit their booth located in the parking area.

 August 2, 2021 Amy Gallatin & The Hot Flashes with Stillwaters
Amy Gallatin & The Hot Flashes have created a musical dynamic that only years of experience can envision.  Their combined talents give a reimagined take on a mixed genre of songs including folk, bluegrass, swing and even cowgirl tunes; all blended with perfectly seasoned harmonies and charm.  Amy has shared the stage with many A-List bluegrass artist and fronts the band Stillwaters.  Peggy Ann Harvey, multi-instrumentalist and founding member of the former Traver Hollow Band, and award winning singer/songwriter, Gail Wade, complete the trio.  Add in a few dance tunes, the "secret sauce", the extraordinary Stillwaters, and you have music to satisfy every taste,  Legendary New England dobro veteran Roger Williams, mandolin virtuoso, J.D. Williams, John Urbanik on double bass and Amy Gallatin comprise Stillwaters.

August 9, 2021 Christine Ohlman with Rebel Montez
Christine Ohlman is the "Beehive Queen", musicologist and long-time vocalist with the Saturday Night Live band, Christine has earned her reputation as the artist who will maximize any performance with her legendary voice and electrifying stage presence.  Her resume reads like the "Who's Who" of blues, rock and soul royalty and is matched by respective awards; among them, induction into the National Blues Hall of Fame.  Mixing a fiery blend of rootsy Americana with old school soul, Ohlman, with her long time collaborator Rebel Montez, tells her audiences, "I've come to set your souls on fire..." And she will.

August 16, 2021 Moto
Moto plays a mix of styles including Reggae, Calypso, Soca (think Hot, Hot, Hot), and their own interpretations of Pop and R&B material; all with an island feel.  With steel drums and island rhythms, the music is perfect for warm summer nights, sunsets and happy crowds.  Their approach to the music is to keep it fresh and exciting, creating spontaneous "mash-ups" to share with the audience.

August 23, 2021 The Locomotives
The Locomotives, one of East Haddam's gems, is a powerhouse trio with Anthony Valentino, guitar and vocals, Ray White, bassist extraordinaire and Paul Zemienieski's solid rhythm and searing vocals.  Their playlist includes a variety of rock 'n' roll, folk and blues spanning four decades.  With tight harmonies and matching musicianship, they deliver a spirited, satisfying performance.

August 23, 2021 The Centerline Band
The Centerline Band makes their debut appearance on the Music on the River stage playing a hot mix of classic rock, blues and country.  The band features an amalgam of some of Connecticut's finest musicians:  Brien Debari fronting the band with vocals and hot guitar licks, Anthony Nero, driving the rhythm on bass and vocals, Tom Moran drums and vocals, and Johnny Russell, harmonica and audience participation master.  The band members have played many top CT and New England venues as members of former bands including L&B All Star Review, TireBiter, The Modeans, Basically Blues and Small Pond All Stars.

General Information
Recreation Director
Lisa Conroy
Phone Numbers
Fax: 860-873-5028
Emergencies: Dial 911
1 Plains Road
P.O. Box 385