Tweakin’ and sneak peakin’!

In anticipation of our forthcoming EP Never Grow Old (What? New music? Yee haw!) we’ve been tweaking some stuff on the ol’ website. Check out our complete discography, with links to buy any and all of our music, on the Music/Store page. We’ve added some fun “through the years” photos to our Photos page, and updated our bio on the About Us page. More to come… did we mention we have a new EP coming real soon?? Check out “The Curse” above and sign up for mailing list and we’ll keep you in the loop about the new EP!

Rivergods to play Fall Food Stroll 2013

post101813The Rivergods will be back at this year’s Fall Food Stroll, happening Wednesday, Oct. 16 in downtown New London. Always a fun time, the Stroll is a semi-annual New London tradition that let you stroll through over 40 different restaurants, eateries and shops in downtown New London, tasting bite-size samples of everyone’s dishes. From seafood to sweets, Oriental to organic and everything in between, there’s something for everyone on this year’s Stroll.

We’ll be playing outside the firehouse on the corner of Tilley Street and Bank Street from 5:30-8:30pm. The music is free, but to sample food, you need a button… Buttons are $25 per person, available here from New London Main Street. Discounts are available for military, students and groups of 6 or more people. See you there!

Acoustic show at Stone Fleet Tavern

Ben, Nancy and Dan will play a couple of acoustic sets this Friday evening Friday, August 30th at the Stone Fleet Tavern in New London. We’ll be playing some Rivergods stuff, some of Nancy’s solo stuff, some covers and whatever else we feel like. Good food, good company… c’mon by!

Ben & Nancy Parent w/ Dan Spano
Stone Fleet Tavern
2 State St
New London, CT
(860) 439-0810
7 – 10 pm
No cover

You deserve ice cream

posterThe Rivergods at Michael’s Dairy  |  Friday, August 16  |  6:30-8:30pm

Our annual ice cream and music extravaganza! One of our favorite shows of the year, and our last full-band show for the summer. Family-friendly and always lots of fun. And… it’s a free show! Bring yer favorite lawn chair. More info here.

Amer-rock-ana! July 20 at the Art Park

poster720Next up for us… we’ll be playing at New London’s wonderful, outdoor Hygienic Art Park with a couple of great bands from down New Haven way… our good friends The Ivory Bills (featuring songwriter extraordinaire James Velvet) and hot new up-and-comers The Proud Flesh. We’re calling it “Amerockana”… a nice mix of rock and Americana music… showtime is 7pm… Food, beer and wine available. It’s always a great time in the park… hope you can join us! More details here.

Also, our new EP Aground is coming along… details coming real soon. In the meantime, enjoy this cool soundboard bootleg of our recent pre-show appearance at Summer Pops 2013, which we fondly dedicated to Taylor Swift (!) … Listen here.  Set list: When Times Were Good, Never Grow Old, Anchor’s Weight.

It’s Summertime!

whalies1Where the heck have we been??

Well, as the song says… “there’s still wars to be won, debts to be paid, chores to be done, pets to be spayed”… we’ve been busy doing that thing called life. In the cracks, though, we have been up to recording a new four-song EP, tentatively titled Aground, which we are currently putting some final tweaks on, and working on some other brand new material, too. The EP is sounding amazing… maybe the best work we’ve ever done, and we’re hoping it will be ready this summer… right now a late summer time frame is looking realistic. More on that very soon…

In May, our song ‘When Times Were Good‘ off of the Good Sponge Sampler Vol. II won a Whalie Award for ‘Best Blues/Country Rock Performance’ at the 2013 Whalie Awards (see photo above of us accepting our award). The Good Sponge Sampler Vol. II also won an award for ‘American Album of the Year’ which made Ben pretty happy… he co-produced the album with Carl Franklin.  Last week, the Rivergods got to head out to Block Island, RI to kick off the 13th annual Block Island Music Festival with some of our friends (Vince Thompson, the Hoolios, the Macleans, Daphne Martin and Black Marmot) and yes, a good time was had by all… mark it in your summer calendar for next year: the second week in June means great music in Block Island.

Here’s what we’ve got coming up for this summer in the southeastern CT area:

On Saturday, June 22, we will put in a short appearance at Summer Pops in Westerly, our third year appearing there in the pre-show festivities. Joining us for their own sets will be our good friends The Sue Menhart Band and the Franklin Brothers! Summer Pops has been a huge, free outdoor extravaganza in Westerly, RI for over 30 years… bring a blanket and enjoy the show. Preshow starts around 6:15pm. More info here.

On Friday, June 28, we return to one of most favorite venues (and restaurants!) Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock. We’ll be putting in a couple of sets starting around 6:30pm… great food, great people, no cover… and it’s outdoors and by the water. What’s not to like? More info here.

The following night, Saturday, June 29, Rivergods’ singer Nancy Parent will put in a set with The Hoolios and Dogbite at the first-ever ‘Music in the Meadow’ concert at the Connecticut College Arboretum. $10 cover, B.Y.O.B. (bring your own blanket!) and picnic… more info here.

On Saturday, July 20, the Rivergods return to the beautiful Hygienic Art Park in New London, playing with a couple of great New Haven acts… the Proud Flesh, and the Ivory Bills, featuring our good friend James Velvet. Showtime is 7:00pm, more details here.

Lastly, our annual ‘ice cream for dinner’ show at Michael’s Dairy in New London will take place Friday, August 16 at 6:30pm. Bring the fam! More info.

Thanks, all… enjoy your summer! We’ll see you around.

The Rivergods