SPRING FORWARD...INTO THE ACTION 

We did it. Daylight Saving Time has arrived and given us hope that spring and summer are indeed on their way. As I'm sure you many of you do every year, I set goals to accomplish by summer and DST is often a reminder to get on it. I'm willing to bet that we all want to lose that 10lbs before we hit the beach and to that I say 'good luck, friends. You can do it!' And do it for me too while you're at it 'cause I'll be focusing on the following musical endeavors:

MY NEW ALBUM!!!

That's right, I'm about halfway done with my sophomore album, Pull My Hair, and can't wait to share it with the world. I will be doing a series of 'album release' shows in May which leads me to announce...

MY ALBUM RELEASE TOUR!!!

I am happy to announce that I will be teaming up with Sacramento artist, Joe Stevens, to embark on my most extensive tour to date. Details to come, but here's the gist:

MAY - shows in NC, PA, OH, IL, IA
JUNE - shows in IA, MO, AR, TX, NM, CA
JULY - shows in UT, CO, OH, NY

Well, that's it for now. Back to work everybody. Thanks for checking in, stay tuned for more details.

-River Glen

2015 Here's to a New Year! 

Here we go, folks. Let's begin our next cycle around the sun. And this time, let's make more music than ever before.

2015 is going to be a big year for yours truly and will be filled with newness. To get it started right, I've just launched my new project, Songs of Friends. This project is my way of thanking the musicians in my life who inspire and influence me by sharing their music with you. When you've finished reading, visit the Songs of Friends tab and you'll find videos of me and my fellow artists covering each other's songs. Each session is a song swap intended to cross-promote both artists, so please keep in mind that fanship isn't finite and musicians thrive on community, so please check out my Songs of Friends project, spread the word, and support my fellow musicians. If you or someone you know would like to participate in this project, please feel free to contact me with questions and/or suggestions.

2015 seems like a good year to release a new album, so that's what I'm gonna do. It has been nearly two years since the release of nothing is too little and I'm eager to share with you the fruits of my growth as a musician, a songwriter, and as a person. The completion of another cycle around the sun has got me thinking about all the places I've been and all the people I've met. Some adventures were good, some were bad, and some are hard to define. Some long-sought progress was achieved. Some mistakes were made. And with all of this in mind, I am creating a sophomore album that is as much for me as it is for you. Summer of 2015 will be the release of this album.

In 2015 I will do my part to add to the newness. I will make family and friends out of strangers I've just met. I will return home to places I've never been before. I will be a new River. Still weird, but a new weird; the kind that inspires some and worries others. I will sing about new subjects, I will publish my new short stories, and I will dance in new places with music or not. I will find new interests, new passions, and make new mistakes.

With all of this newness in mind, dear friends, I wish you the best and look forward to seeing you all soon.

-River

UPCOMING SHOWS

Previous events

River Glen Band w/ Jes & Jakob, Joe Stevens & Megan Bee

Convivium Urban Farmstead, 2811 Jackson St, Dubuque, IA 52001

--- An Evening of Original Folk/Folk-Pop/Americana Music ---

COVER: $10 DOORS: 5:00pm MUSIC: 5:30pm-8:00pm

RIVER GLEN TRIO

"His words and vocals are reminiscent of Brett Dennen, from the idealism and social commentary to the balladeer crooning and wide tonal range." - Julien's Journal www.RiverGlenMusic.com

JES & JAKOB

“This Modern acoustic group pairs a love for traditional genius with innovative instincts. The result is a fresh, cohesive catalog of music distinguished by playful twang, artful arrangements, and tight, thick harmonies." - Northwest Music Scene

www.JesRaymond.com

JOE STEVENS & MEGAN BEE

“There's a yearning, freight-train-hopping, propulsive energy to many of their songs that suggests not only an indie-band road tour, but the road to one's true identity, a destination on a map still being written.” - Huffington Post www.JoeStevensMusic.com

"Bee’s latest album feels like a drive through the area’s modest hills, sipping well water from a tin dipper to take away the taste of those dusty roads." - No Depression Magazine www.MeganBeeMusic.com

River Glen Trio w/ Jes & Jakob, Joe Stevens & Megan Bee

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Lefty's, 2307 University Ave, Des Moines, IA

--- An Evening of Original Folk/Folk-Pop/Americana Music ---

COVER: $10 DOORS: 9:00pm MUSIC: 9:30pm-Midnight

RIVER GLEN TRIO

"His words and vocals are reminiscent of Brett Dennen, from the idealism and social commentary to the balladeer crooning and wide tonal range." - Julien's Journal www.RiverGlenMusic.com

JES & JAKOB

“This Modern acoustic group pairs a love for traditional genius with innovative instincts. The result is a fresh, cohesive catalog of music distinguished by playful twang, artful arrangements, and tight, thick harmonies." - Northwest Music Scene

www.JesRaymond.com

JOE STEVENS & MEGAN BEE

“There's a yearning, freight-train-hopping, propulsive energy to many of their songs that suggests not only an indie-band road tour, but the road to one's true identity, a destination on a map still being written.” - Huffington Post www.JoeStevensMusic.com

"Bee’s latest album feels like a drive through the area’s modest hills, sipping well water from a tin dipper to take away the taste of those dusty roads." - No Depression Magazine www.MeganBeeMusic.com

River Glen Trio w/ Jes & Jakob, Joe Stevens & Megan Bee

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Trumpet Blossom Cafe, 310 E Prentiss St, Iowa City, IA 52240

--- An Evening of Original Folk/Folk-Pop/Americana Music ---

COVER: $8 DOORS: 8:30pm MUSIC: 9pm-11:30pm

RIVER GLEN TRIO

"His words and vocals are reminiscent of Brett Dennen, from the idealism and social commentary to the balladeer crooning and wide tonal range." - Julien's Journal www.RiverGlenMusic.com

JES & JAKOB

“This Modern acoustic group pairs a love for traditional genius with innovative instincts. The result is a fresh, cohesive catalog of music distinguished by playful twang, artful arrangements, and tight, thick harmonies." - Northwest Music Scene

www.JesRaymond.com

JOE STEVENS & MEGAN BEE

“There's a yearning, freight-train-hopping, propulsive energy to many of their songs that suggests not only an indie-band road tour, but the road to one's true identity, a destination on a map still being written.” - Huffington Post www.JoeStevensMusic.com

"Bee’s latest album feels like a drive through the area’s modest hills, sipping well water from a tin dipper to take away the taste of those dusty roads." - No Depression Magazine www.MeganBeeMusic.com

River Glen @ Taproot in London

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Taproot (above The Root Cellar), 623 Dundas Street, London, Ontario

--- An Evening of Original Music with River Glen ---

LOCATION: Taproot (above The Root Cellar) COVER: $10 DOORS: 7:00pm MUSIC: 7:30pm

River Glen Breitbach is a deft songwriter and powerhouse multi-instrumentalist from Dubuque, Iowa, USA. His lyrically-driven music blends elements of folk, pop, rootsy-rock, blues, and hip-hop. As the recipient of a 2017-2018 Iowa Arts Council Fellowship Grant and the 2018-2019 IAC Art Project Grant, River continues to proudly represent his home state by bringing his brand of Iowa Grown Folk-Pop to audiences across the Greater Midwest, the Northeast, and Canada. Visit www.RiverGlenMusic.com for upcoming performances, music, videos, and more...

River Glen (solo) @ IC OktoberFest

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Downtown Iowa City

River is rocking the opening set for this year's OktoberFest in Iowa City. Come hang with bunch of good people!

River Glen (full band) w/ The Host Country and Abbie & The Sawyers

Des Moines Social Club, 900 Mulberry Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

--River Glen-- River's songwriting and performances blend pop appeal and clever lyrics into Folk, Pop, Rock, and Organic Hip-Hop. River, a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, makes lyrically driven music that blends elements of Folk, Pop, Rock, and Hip-Hop. River's performances are extremely honest, heartfelt, humble, and inclusive. His talent and professionalism are serious, yet River is playful to the point that not even he knows where the music will go in any given show.

--The Host Country-- The Host Country’s genre experimentation puts them in a category of their own. Their music is a fusion of folk, rock, and blues; a mix of raw and vulnerable, all combined with hauntingly passionate chord shifts. Dual writing credits between Ty Wistrand & Diana Weishaar put forth versatile songs that are evocative and intimate. Ty (guitar/vox), Diana (keys/vox), Tom Rue (bass), Ethan Weishaar (drums), and newly added member Michael Lovan (guitar) are musical storytellers and engaging performers on stage.

--Abbie & The Sawyers-- Original Americana folk with a side of mm-hmmm. Abbie & The Sawyers’ original Americana folk serves up earthy soundscapes, soulful hooks, and lilting harmonies rooted in the Iowa prairie. As described by dsm Magazine, their “unique blend of backwoods Appalachia and Midwest charm creates a sound that is stunningly intimate.” Based in Des Moines, Abbie & The Sawyers has played Des Moines Arts’ Festival, Camp Euforia, Ankeny Unplugged, and many other venues across Central Iowa. Band members are Abbie Sawyer (vocals/guitar), Alex Clemons (double bass), Lorin Ditzler (vocals, banjo), and Chris LoRang (vocals, guitar).

River Glen @ La Poste in Perry

La Poste, 1219 Warford St, Perry, IA 50220

River returns to La Poste to entertain folks during their monthly Happy Hour series. River is bringing a collection of instruments and his looper pedal, so it's sure to be a fun and spontaneous night of music! River performs from 5:30pm-8:30pm.

River Glen (full band) @ Bell Tower Theater

Bell Tower Theater, 2728 Asbury Rd Stuite 242, Dubuque, IA 52001

--River Glen Band w/ Dana T--

Doors: 6:00pm Music: 7:00pm-9:00pm Tickets: $10 (All Ages Show!)

River and his band are moving out of the bar and into the theater! This seated show is sure to be the best opportunity yet to appreciate the playfulness and depth of River's lyricism as well as the monstrous, yet nuanced talent of every member of the band.

HEADLINER: River Glen

River Glen Breitbach: vocals, guitar, violin, mandolin Megan Roeth: vocals, keys Dan Padley: electric guitar Blake Shaw: upright bass Justin Leduc: drums

"His words and vocals are reminiscent of Brett Dennen, from the idealism and social commentary to the balladeer crooning and wide tonal range." -Julien's Journal

River is a deft songwriter and powerhouse multi-instrumentalist from Dubuque, IA. His lyrically-driven music blends elements of folk, pop, rootsy-rock, blues, and hip-hop. River and his band deliver performances that are upbeat, engaging, and tasty like biscuits and gravy. As the recipient of a 2017-2018 Iowa Arts Council Fellowship Grant, River continues to proudly represent his home state by bringing his brand of Iowa Grown Folk-Pop to audiences across the Greater Midwest, the Northeast, and Canada. Visit www.RiverGlenMusic.com for upcoming performances, music, videos, and more...

SUPPORTING ACT: Dana T

It’s only hearsay, but Dana T is the bandleader for a late-night talk show that films in an alternate universe Studio 54. Carl Sagan is a guest every night. Catering is mostly dragonfruit. It’s all very casual, yet very intense.

The other rumors are true: Dana T makes delightfully odd music that “draws you in, even as it baffles you.” (Little Village Magazine, Nov. 2015). The sonic trademarks are horns and strings fighting alongside melodic, Motown bass-lines. The drumming is frenetic and the guitar parts are shape-shifting monsters, fuzzed-to-heck riffs one moment and a clean spank the next.

It’s an arrangement style that isn’t too far from early Scott Walker or the Beach Boys, but the sound itself is a lush funk, a series of ethereally pretty vocals slinging it all together on the griddle. There’s a chaotic sort of satisfaction and kismet to it all, as if questions and answers have been written on separate scraps of paper, hurled in the air, and correctly landed on top of one another. http://www.danatelsrow.com/

River Glen Duo @ Lincoln Wine Bar

Lincoln Wine Bar, 125 1st Street, Mt. Vernon, IA

River and Megan are coming to entertain folks at one of the finest pizza/wine bars in existence. Come hungry, thirsty, and ready for a delightful mix of folk-pop originals and some choice cover songs. Music from 7:00pm-9:00pm.

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