Music on the River


Welcome back to Music on the River.  Summer is 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 was 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 fifteen seasons now. Please visit our new website to learn more about our upcoming season. We wish to express our deepest gratitude to Goodspeed Musicals for sharing their lawn every Monday evening with the Music on the River concert series and to the Gelston House for hosting our bands.  Many thanks for your participation in the Music on the River experience.  We couldn't do it without them.

The most important member of the series is YOU - our wonderful town supporters.  As you may know, these concerts are free.  We do not use any town funds to offer these concerts.  Music on the River is exclusively funded by community contributions and can only happen with your generous support.  If you are interested in making a donation to support Music on the River 2022, please send your check to East Haddam Park and Recreation, P.O. Box 385, Moodus, CT 06469.  You may also donate on our website at (account required).  Thank you in advance for your generous contribution.

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Music on the River 2022 Brochure.pdf 

Thank you for your inquiries and support.  Each season we strive to present a stellar lineup of concerts.  This year is no exception.  We are thrilled to announce this season's cavalcade of stars; all award winning recoding artists on tour to support their latest albums.  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 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. on the lawn of the Goodspeed Opera House (6 Main Street, East Haddam, CT).  Don't let inclement weather stop you from enjoying these big ticket artists.  Join us at the Nathan Hale-Ray High School auditorium where you can experience an extraordinary performance in a concert hall setting.  The only exception being Twisted Pine who will perform on the following Tuesday night, July 26th, on the Goodspeed lawn. 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.  Out of courtesy for the audience and respect for the Goodspeed property, we kindly ask you to honor these requests:

  • All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult
  • No dogs
  • No smoking
  • No vendors on concert grounds
  • No soliciting at the concerts
  • No parking on residential streets
  • No children on river banks or dock


We will closely follow all guidelines related to COVID and modify our procedures in accordance with those recommended by the CDC and Connecticut Department of Public Health.

July 11, 2022 Christine Ohlman with Rebel Montez
The queen of blue-eyed rock n' soul, grew up on the sweetness of Memphis horn lines and raunch of electric guitar riffs.  Ready for her life on stage, Christine teased her blonde hair into a beehive and never looked back.  She's the current long-time vocalist of the Saturday Night Live Band and her latest album, The Deep End, was honored on five national top ten lists.  Christine's long list of achievements includes her induction into the National Blues Hall of Fame, singing on Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon A Time in Hollywood", and partnering with Elvis Costello for a duet on HBO's Vinyl.  Christine tours relentlessly with her band Rebel Montez. 

July 18, 2022 The Revisionists
The Revisionists is a multi award winning swing band based in NYC, led by Danny Jonokuchi.  With the spirit of the Savoy Ballroom, their vibrant performances have quickly made them a premier dance band in the city and around the world; performing at international Lindy hop events.  Fueled by a love of jazz, this band produces an eclectic repertoire of arrangements reminiscent of the great ballrooms of the 40's.  Their latest album" Let Me off Uptown" highlights these masterful arrangements and features vocalist Alexa Barchini.

July 25 Twisted Pine

Twisted Pine is in a league and world of their own design.  Unique is the word that comes to mind most immediately, and in all the best ways.  With a stripped down and lively blue grass instrumentation, Kathleen Parks on fiddle and lead vocals, Dan Bui on mandolin, Chris Sartori on bass and Anh Phung on flute, Twisted Pine flows freely along interlaced lines of pop hooks and rhythms, soulful orchestral and jazz harmonies.

August 1, 2022 Houston Bernard

Houston Bernard's country roots run deep with a family tree that includes songwriters, touring musicians and an outlaw gunfighter nicknamed "Bitter Creek".  Born in Oklahoma and raised in Alaska, Houston is an Army veteran who has comfortably settled into life as a professional and popular country music recording artist, touring throughout the USA.  Inspired by Springsteen and Parton, he also draws from his family's rich country and rockability roots bringing an upbeat style and powerful vocals.  His new single, "Hangover" produced in Nashville, is becoming a fast rising hit.  Backed by his gunslinging band, this cowboy will leave a lasting impression.

August 8, 2022 Amy Helm

Singer, songwriter and multi Grammy Award winner, Amy Helm tours in support of her newest album, "What the Flood Leaves Behind".  Amy has been immersed in every aspect of the music industry most of her life.  Her resume is an impressive collage of collaborations with A-list folk/country artists too numerous too mention, including her late father, Levon Helm (The Band), and her band "Ollabelle".  She previously recorded two solo albums, "Didn't It Rain" and "This Too Shall Pass".  Amy returned to her Woodstock roots where she recorded her most biographical and critically acclaimed work yet.  The collection of these experiences have been polished into gems as evidenced in the music of "What the Flood Leaves Behind".

August 15, 2022 Beg Steal or Borrow

Since their 2013 debut, the Vermont based Beg Steal or Borrow has gone on to become an award-winning bluegrass band creating an impressive repertoire of original songs that boast both contemporary and archival appeal.  They have absorbed the essential influences; Appalachian, Folk and Country and have refashioned them in a way that is infectious and irresistable.  Their latest album, "Old Mountain Time" has garnered the attention and respect from old school bluegrass vets as well as school trained virtuosos.

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