Nancy Parent “Vision of Angels” CD Release Friday 10/26

Rivergods’ singer/guitarist Nancy Parent will celebrate the release her brand new solo CD “Vision of Angels” with a concert on Friday, October 26 at All Souls Unitarian Congregation in New London, CT. The album, produced by Hugh Birdsall (The Reducers, Dogbite) and Nancy has been a year-and-a-half in the making, and features 12 original songs.

The overall flavor of “Vision of Angels” is twofold – Half of the songs lean toward ethereal folk underscored by the legato bowing of violinist Dana Takaki, along with upright bass, piano and pedal steel, while the others feature more upbeat tempos and layered arrangements including drums, bass, and electric guitars. All of the songs showcase Parent’s strong soprano voice, which has been compared to Joan Baez and Judy Collins. Nancy’s lyrics are informed by her keen personal interest in social justice, women’s issues, personal relationships, spiritual reckoning and her work as a professor of women’s studies and anthropology at UConn Avery Point.

Read more about Nancy in last week’s Grace Magazine (published by The Day).

The CD release concert is part of All Souls’ ongoing Friday Night Folk series. Dogbite will open the show, and Nancy will perform with her own band, featuring most of the musicians who performed on the CD. Here are the details:

Friday, October 26, 2012
Nancy Parent “Vision of Angels” CD Release Concert
Friday Night Folk ( at All Souls
19 Jay Street, New London, CT
Opening acts: Dogbite
Showtime: 7:30pm
$10 suggested donation
Wine & refreshments available
“Vision of Angels” CD available for purchase.
More info: (860) 443-0316 (tel:%28860%29%20443-0316)

Nancy’s concert band features: Hugh Birdsall, guitars, Dana Takaki, violin, Rachael Aikens, vocals, Mike Palazzolo, electric bass, Ron Lewis, drum kit, Donna Piacenza, flute, Chris MacKay, vocals and Dan Spano, piano/keyboard

Festival Days Oct. 2 and 6

Couple small festival type shows coming up next week… First off, we’ll be part of Radio Mitchell College’s College Radio Day festival on Tuesday, Oct. 2 along with New London bands the Suicide Dolls, Anderson Family Picnic and a couple of others. We go on around 7 pm.

On Saturday, Oct. 6 we’ll be doing a matinee stint at the New London Americana festival, along with our good friends Dirt Road Radio (2:00pm) and Dogbite (4:30pm). Lots of other great bands on the line-up into the evening, too. Check it out here.

‘Rave On: A Tribute to the Reducers’

Please join us Saturday, Sept. 22 for the official CD release party for “Rave On: A Tribute to the Reducers Vol. 1″, a brand new 24-track tribute to our good friends The Reducers. We had the pleasure of recording one of our favorite songs of theirs, “My Problem” for the album.

The show takes place at the first venue the Reducers played together as a band — the always wonderful Rose Barn at the Eugene O’Neill Theater in Waterford, CT. There will be live performances from Reducers peers and friends Heap, the Dogmatics, the Manchurians, Paul Brockett Roadshow, the Rivergods (w/ Lauren Agnelli), the Clothespins, Jes Farnsworth (of the Backstabbers), Matt Gouette (with band), Blonde Furniture and Missy Roback will focus on Reducer’s (and Reducers-related) music. Bring your dance shoes!

Doors open at 6:30pm. There is a suggested donation of $10, and the new CD will be available for purchase. All profits from the event and CD sales will benefit the family of Steve Kaika, the Reducers’ bassman who died earlier this year after a courageous battle with cancer. Beer and wine will be available for purchase, and as always at the O’Neill, there will be free pretzels. More info here.

Still smokin’…

Hey y’all… Summer’s rolling along; hope you’re staying cool and having fun! We’ve had the pleasure of playing some really great shows (Block Island Music Festival, Summer Pops, Captain Scott’s, OpSail (two shows), and a very hot gig at the N.S. Fair– above, thanks to Vince T. for the photo), we’ve got some more (hopefully!) cool ones lined up for the rest of the season –– AND we’re working on some others, too. Check out the shows page for details. Also, head on over to Facebook if you haven’t, and “like” us… our FB page always has the latest photos, videos, live .mp3s, etc.

In other news, we just wrapped a recording session at PWOP Studios laying down a track for a forthcoming, international tribute to New London’s finest band ever, The Reducers. We recorded the song “My Problem” and we think you’re going to like it… we sure do! Proceeds from the album will benefit the family of Reducers’ bassist Steve Kaika, who died recently after a brave bout with cancer. More details real soon.

Thanks everyone for your continued support of the music… see you soon! And STAY COOL!

No Bull! See you at the Fair!

Also, Ben and Nancy recently performed (7/61/12) at Digging Dylan: A Tribute to Bob Dylan at the Katherine Hepburn Theater in Old Saybrook, CT. Here’s a couple of live cuts from the night: Ben performing He Was A Friend of Mine with the STSC house band, which he was dedicated to Steve Kaika of the Reducers, and Nancy belting out a rousing version of Tangled Up in Blue. Ben also performed “My Back Pages,” and Nancy did “Every Grain of Sand.”

Rockin’ the Dock Saturday, June 30

Rock the dock with us! The Rivergods make our debut at Captain Scotts Lobster Dock in New London on Saturday, June 30 from 6-9pm. Free show, BYOB, come enjoy the music and some of the best local seafood in the area. We’re looking forward to this one!


The July 15 fundraiser for Steve Kaika of the Reducers was a beautiful, bittersweet affair. From what we’ve heard, it was a great success monetarily, and a wonderful community gathering for friends, family and Reducers’ fans alike. Here’s a nice video recap from Peter Huoppi and Rick Koster of the New London Day:

Check out our videos page for more videos from the night.

As many of you have surely heard, our friend Steve Kaika, bass player of the seminal New London band The Reducers passed away this week after a courageous battle with lung cancer. This Friday, June 15, the Rivergods join fellow New London bands Dogbite, Ken Atkins & the Honkytonk Kind and the Original Sinners for a memorial benefit concert at the Hygienic Art Park in New London, CT. Doors open at 6:00pm, with the music starting at 7pm. The Rivergods will close the show. A $10 donation is suggested, with all proceeds going to benefit Steve’s family. RIP Steve, we will never forget your sly smile, your amazing bass lines, and incredible 35 year contribution to the New London music scene.

More info on the benefit can be found at The Reducers‘ website, with some really great tribute articles to Steve.


Last week, Ben, Nancy and Dan performed a well-received acoustic set at the offices of the New London Day, as part of their “Lunchbreak Live” series. Thanks to everyone who tuned in; it continues to rank among the most-watched videos on the Day’s site (wow). Here’s the replay in case you missed it:


Friday, June 22nd  Nancy plays solo with Lauren Agnelli (Amalgamated Muck) at the Songbird Cafe, Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT. 7 pm

Saturday, June 23rd  The Rivergods return to Summer Pops in Westerly w/ our good friends Carl and Jay Franklin of the Franklin Brothers, Wilcox Park, Westerly, Rhode Island. 6:30 pm. Don’t miss it!
Friday, June 29  Ben plays solo opening for Dirt Road Radio and Raise the Rent at the Bank Street Cafe in New London, CT 9 pm
Saturday, June 30th  The Rivergods play at Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock in New London, CT. Come sit by the water and enjoy great food and entertainment. 6-9 pm. BYOB.
Friday, July 6th  Ben and Nancy will perform at the 6th annual Everyone’s Diggin’ Dylan concert, part of the Small Town Concert Series. Show starts at 8 pm. Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Old Saybrook, CT.
Saturday, July 7th The Rivergods will be at OpSail 2012, at Fort Trumbull, New London, CT from 3:30-5:00pm, Coast Guard Band and Fireworks to follow.
Many more summer dates, too… check out the ‘shows’ page for details.

New London Occupies Block Island!

June 12, 2012: The Rivergods join several other New London-affilated bands to occupy the Block Island Music Festival for an evening… it’s gonna be a rowdy and raucous time at Captain Nick’s Rock n’ Roll Bar on the Block!

11pm The Hoolios
10pm Village Jammers
9pm The Rivergods
8pm La Joder Turistas*
7pm the Macleans
6pm Raise the Rent

Join us… gonna be fun! Festival, schedule and ferry details at

See you on the island!