August shows and Dana’s birthday


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

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.

Summer traditions


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.

News and vids

Happy Spring, y’all! Hope everyone’s thawed out from the long winter, and looking forward to some summer fun… Lord knows we are! We’ve got a bunch of great shows lined up already: the Block Island Music Fest; The Glastonbury Farm and Folk Fest; a return to Michael’s Dairy and Captain Scott’s in New London (yeah!) … check out our shows page for all the deets.

Also, we’ve been nominated for a couple of CT Music Awards… if you feel like throwing us a vote, go here (we’re nominated in both the Rock and Country categories, the Good Sponge Sampler Vol. III is nominated under ‘Album of the Year’ plus Ben is nominated in the Best Singer Songwriter category… woah). We certainly appreciate it!

Thirdly, here’s a couple of vids from a recent show at Old Orchard Farm in East Lyme, CT:

‘Are You Ready For the Country – Neil Young cover (Live 4/17/15)’

‘Signs’ (Live 4/17/15)’

‘Memo’ (Live 4/17/15)’

Lastly, if you haven’t heard it, we’ve got a new single “Fall Where They Fall” out on the Good Sponge Sampler Vol. III! Listen, download and enjoy:

The Good Sponge Sampler Vol. III

posterGood Sponge Records ( is pleased to announce the release of the Good Sponge Sampler Vol. III, a compilation of 18 freshly-minted songs from southeastern Connecticut-affiliated bands/artists (including our track!)

A CD release party will be held Saturday, April 4, 2015 at The Eugene O’Neill Rose Barn (305 Great Neck Road, Waterford, CT 06385 – (860) 443-5378,, in conjunction with their Cabin Fever Music Series. Beginning at 7:00 pm, featuring most of the artists from the comp performing live on two stages (an “acoustic” stage and an “electric” stage). There is a suggested donation of $10, and beer and wine will be available for purchase. CDs and other merchandise from the artists will also be available for purchase. Find more info about the event on Facebook.

For more information, and to download songs from the comp, visit

Blue Collar Happy Hour/New Single!

posterThe Rivergods return to the revamped Blue Collar Happy Hour at Cilantro’s (639 Bank St., New London, CT, 860-574-9214) on Friday, Feb. 27 with our friends Coal Tattoo opening! Cilantro’s has amazing, affordable Equadorian/American cuisine… must be tried to be believed. Drink specials, etc, too. 6:30pm start time, no cover! See you there… More info.

AND… We’ve got a new single “Fall Where They Fall” out on the Good Sponge Sampler Vol. III! Listen, download and enjoy: