Greetings from the now-frigid Connecticut shoreline… While the weather is cold, things are simmering for the Rivergods!
We closed out 2015 with a fun holiday acoustic show at Old Orchard Farm barn (a couple of videos below) and are looking forward to finishing up recording on our follow-up to Never Grow Old over the next few months, while also lining up some fun dates for the Spring/Summer.
In the meantime, Ben and Nancy will perform at the Hygienic Hootenanny on Friday, January 29 at 33 Golden in New London, CT as part of the 37th annual Hygienic Art Show opening weekend.
Stay warm out there!
Bad 80’s pun, for sure! But the GOOD news is we’re working on a bunch of new studio tracks with “Never Grow Old” co-producer Dennis Walley, and they’re sounding good! (That’s Nancy above, laying down some sweet vocals…) We’re also going through some live stuff we recorded this summer, for a possible online release (official bootleg??) We’ll see. Here’s a taste from our August show at Ocean Beach this summer… enjoy:
“Ratchet/King’s Highway” (Live at Ocean Beach Park)
We won’t call it an ‘end of summer’ show…. no, we won’t! Let’s just call it an annual summer sunset celebration Friday, August 21st at Ocean Beach Park. We’re working up a great set list for the show… It’s always a fun time, and the talented Dennis Walley always makes us sound good for the big shows. PLUS, THIS JUST IN: Special guest Ramblin’ Jack Rollins will open the show. If you never saw Bob Dylan at age 21 (neither did we!), this is about the closest you’re going to get. Hope you can join us! More info here.
On Saturday, August 1, Rivergods’ violinist Dana Takaki will be celebrating a milestone birthday (we’ll let you ask her which one…) with a big musical party atCaptain Scott’s Lobster Dock in New London! The Rivergods will be kicking things off at 2pm with a solid hour-or-so set, followed by some of Dana’s other distinguished musical partners: Hugh Birdsall (Dogbite), Ear Candy for the Soul, Rachel and Zac, and Old Dog New Trick. Should be a great time… come out for some great food and music. Let’s see how long Dana can keep that bow bowing….
As a preview to Dana’s birthday bash, Ben, Hugh and Dana will do a short Lunch Break Live set for The Day Thursday, July 30 at Hygienic Art Park at noon. Free show, and there’s food and beverages available for purchase at the Park. Read more about here, and if you can’t join us in person, check it out online at theday.com.
Lots of other big and small shows on the horizon for August, too, some farmer’s market acoustic duos/trios, our debut at the Hamburg Fair in Lyme, CT and our annual Ocean Beach show, too. (Whew!) Check out the deets on our shows page.
A couple of our favorite summer shows are happening in July… Wind down your long holiday weekend with us at Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock on Sunday, July 5. One of our absolute favorite places to play… amazing food, wonderful people, great place to hang out and sing along. BYOB, free show, 2pm-? The following weekend, on Sunday, July 12 we’ll be back at Michael’s Dairy (Yum!) from 2-4pm. Also a free concert… fun, family-friendly and there’s ICE CREAM… !
In other news, we recently won a Whalie Award for ‘Best Americana Performance’ for our song “Fall Where They Fall” at the 2015 Whalie Awards in New London. We also performed at the event. Below are videos of both our performance and acceptance speech (!) As always, follow us of Facebook (and click on ‘get notifications’) for the latest news, photos, videos, etc.
Summer 2015 schedule… Full details on our shows page!