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.
Next 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.
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.
Thanks to everyone who came out to the Good Sponge Sampler Vol. II CD release party on March 29… it was a great time! We played a short acoustic set, including the song “When Times Were Good” which is on the sampler (see video above). The Sampler’s been getting some great reviews, check ‘em out and please pick up a copy if you haven’t, it’s a great current snapshot of the roots/Americana/rock scene in southeastern CT.
In other news, we’re lining up some great summer shows in some of our favorite places, and some new ones as well… check out the show page for more details! Rivergoddess Nancy Parent also has a bunch of solo shows in the works, head on over to her page for more info.
Recording and mixing continues on our next EP at Stonewall Studios in North Stonington, CT. It’s sounding really great, and we can’t wait to share it with you! Here’s a couple of recent shots from our sessions… that’s music/arts/dance guru David Dorfman laying down some baritone sax on the song “The Curse” on the left:
It’s official! Good Sponge Records (http://www.goodsponge.com/) is pleased to officially announce the release of the Good Sponge Sampler Vol. II, a compilation of 18 freshly-minted songs from 18 southeastern Connecticut-affiliated bands/artists (including us!)
There will be a CD release party Friday, March 29 at The Bulkeley House (111 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320, 860-444-7753) beginning at 7:00 pm, featuring many of the artists from the comp performing live. The CD release party will feature two showcases: an acoustic-leaning “dinner set” downstairs, followed by a more rocking “dessert set” upstairs. CDs and other merchandise will be available for purchase.
About the Good Sponge Sampler Vol. II:
Following up on last year’s Vol. I, the Good Sponge Sampler Vol. II offers a diverse sampling of roots rock/Americana/singer-songwriter/rock artists associated with the region. From the opening New Orleans-fueled blues of the Sue Menhart Band, to the warm country lilt of Hannah Fair, to the groovy, theremin-tinged space rock of the album’s closer by Dave Rave, the Good Sponge Sampler Vol. II offers a consistently solid musical ride throughout. The individual tracks stand on their own, but are also meant to work together as a whole. The overall listening experience is not unlike coming across your favorite FM station on the dial: you may not know all the songs or artists, but it’s all music you should enjoy listening to.
The Good Sponge Sampler Vol. II features new or current tracks from:
Sue Menhart Band http://suemenhart.com/
The Rivergods http://www.therivergods.com/
Josi Davis http://www.sonicbids.com/josiwails
Chris MacKay & The Toneshifters http://www.toneshifters.com/
Hannah Fair http://www.reverbnation.com/hannahfair
Carl Franklin http://www.pwop.com/
Amalgamated Muck http://www.amalgamatedmuck.com/
Ken Atkins & Honkytonk Kind http://www.kenatkins.com/
Matt Gouette http://www.reverbnation.com/mattgouette
Lauren Agnelli https://sites.google.com/site/laurenagnelli/
Vincent Tuckwood http://www.vincet.net/
Doug Woolverton & Carl Franklin http://www.pwop.com/
Nancy Parent http://www.nancyparent.com/
Burnouts from Outer Space http://www.facebook.com/pages/Burnouts-from-Outer-Space/128504343862190?ref=ts&fref=ts
Dirt Road Radio https://www.facebook.com/dirtroadradio
Black Marmot http://www.blackmarmotband.com/
Dave Rave http://www.dave-rave.com/
The Good Sponge Sampler Vol. II is also available for digital download NOW at http://goodsponge.bandcamp.com/.
Our next scheduled show (Saturday, Feb. 16) at Sneekers brings back to town our good friends Black Marmot from Boston… most of them anyway! Linde and Tim will perform material off of their new EP “The Everyday Seeker” and will undoubtedly sit in with us for a few, too. A fun room with great food and no cover. 8pm showtime.
In other news, we’ve got a brand new single “When Times Were Good” off the brand new Good Sponge Sampler Vol. II that just leaked! Check it out here and please download it if you like it… a mere $1. Thanks!
Happy 2013, all… Hope everyone survived the holidays! Here’s a video from our recent Holiday Acoustic show of the band doing an acoustic version of “My Problem”, the song we covered on last year’s tribute album to fellow New London band The Reducers, Rave On: A Tribute to the Reducers Vol. 1. The video accompanied a nice little review from Patch New London.
We wrapped up 2012 by getting back into the recording studio to lay down four tracks which we hope to release in early 2013. One of those tracks (“When Times Were Good”) will see light of day later this month, part of a new Good Sponge Sampler set to debut later this month. Check out photos from the studio on our Facebook page.
Later this month, we’re playing as part of a great bill on Hygienic Night in New London, Saturday, Jan. 26. We’ll be playing with our friends the Sue Menhart Band (with horn section!), Chris MacKay & The Toneshifters, and Carl Franklin. Expect lots of fun and inter-band interplay. More info here. Before that, Rivergods’ singer Nancy Parent has a couple of solo shows (Wednesday, Jan. 9 and Saturday, Jan. 19, more info at her website) and Ben and Trevor will play a show with their once-in-a-blue-moon surf/punk project Superbald on Saturday, Jan. 19 in New London. More info here.