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!

Rivergods at NL Food Stroll 5/16

This just in… 10 questions with Rivergods’ singer/guitarist Ben Parent by… check it out and vote for the Rivergods in the 2012 Whalie Awards while you’re there!

Hey all… The Rivergods will be back at the New London Food Stroll on Wednesday, May 16 from 5:30-8:30 pm, playing in front of the Hygienic Art Park. C’mon out for the music and/or the food… the music’s free, but you’ll need a stroll button to sample all the delicious food and drinks from many of New London’s best restaurants. Always a great time, with lots of other music and entertainment (like the Ancient Mariners, above). More info here.

The Moose and the Whalies

This just in! The Rivergods have been nominated for a 2012 Whalie Award again this year. Last year, we won for ‘Best Americana Band.’ This year, they have divided up that category, and but us under ‘Best Blues/Country Rock’ (!) Also, Rivergods’ singer Nancy Parent has been nominated in the ‘Best Singer/Songwriter’ category, and the Sinners Circle (co-founded by Ben Parent) has been nominated for the third year in a row in the ‘Best Music Series’ category.  So feel free to pop over to and throw us (or whoever) a vote if you’re so inclined… we’ve got some tough (and worthy) competition this year! Thank you!

Oh, and we’ll be back ‘under the moose’ this Friday 4/20 at Sneekers Cafe in Groton, CT:

…and a HUGE thank you to everyone who made it out to The Good Sponge Sampler Vol. 1 CD Release Party… it was quite a party. 2 stages, 11 bands, 2 solo acts… we were able to donate $750 of the proceeds to ailing Reducers‘ bassist Steve Kaika, too. Didn’t hit the party and want to get a copy of the Good Sponge Sampler Vol. 1? Head over here. Here’s a couple of videos of the Rivergods from the party…enjoy:

Join us Saturday, March 31

It’s “Saturday Night in America”!  Announcing the Good Sponge Sampler Vol. 1 CD Release Celebration, Saturday, March 31 at the Rose Barn @ Eugene O’Neill Theater (305 Great Neck Road, Waterford, CT, (860) 443-5378). Featuring live performances from over a dozen acts featured on the Good Sponge Sampler, performing on TWO alternating stages. Doors open at 6:45pm, with a 7:30 start time. There is a suggested $10 donation for admission. Seating is cabaret style, first come, first serve, with beer, wine and other refreshments are available for purchase (and free pretzels!) The Good Sponge Sampler Vol. 1 and other artist merchandise will also be available for purchase. Come one, come all… a NOT-to-miss regional musical event!

The performer line-up is as follows:

The Rivergods
Dirt Road Radio
Anne Castellano & The Smoke
Amalgamated Muck
Chris Mackay & the Toneshifters
Nancy Parent
Kevin Salley
Lauren Agnelli & Dave Rave
John Fries & the Heat
Franklin Brothers
Sue Menhart Band 

Waterford musician Steve Elci ( will MC the event.

For more information on the Good Sponge Sampler Vol. 1, and to hear songs from the comp, please visit

More info on each artist:

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New single “Squeezin’” out NOW!

Hey y’all! We’re pleased to announce we’ve got a new single out on the the Good Sponge Sampler Vol. 1, a brand new compilation of SE Connecticut-affiliated bands. Yes, it’s “Squeezin’”, one of live favorites. Special guest David Dorfman (Above/Below, David Dorfman Dance) on accordion and baritone sax. Check it out:

PLUS, Rivergod-ess Nancy Parent has a brand new solo tune called “Memo” on the comp, recorded with Hugh Birdsall (the Reducers, Dogbite). It’s very driving and guitar-y… take a listen:

Both tracks, and more available at ($.99 each… cheap!)

Here’s a live version of “Squeezin’” from Friday 1/27/12, when we stopped by the Hygienic Hootenanny in New London, CT, to play a few numbers… enjoy: