KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN!!! 

RIVER GLEN & 50 IOWA ARTISTS!

Hello everyone! River here. This past year I received the honor of being named a 2017-2018 Iowa Arts Council Fellow. In this role I am advocating for creating music that is communal and truly Iowa-grown. I am working to create an album of music that will feature over 50 Iowa artists from across the state. In a sense, it will serve as a sonic snapshot of the multitude of voices and musical traditions that exist across Iowa. I believe that art is community and I want to showcase many of the current and former Iowa-based artists who I've learned from and grown alongside during these past 25 years. 

In order to book recording time for these artists, and to pay them for their time and talent, I ask each of you to contribute to raise $7,000. Crowdfunding efforts such as this have become an essential part of funding projects in the art world, so I'm calling on you to share this campaign and contribute what you're able. For many, this means pitching in $20 to purchase yourself a copy of this album in advance. For those of you who can play an even bigger role, please contribute more. I've made it worth your while as you'll see on my Kickstarter page

 

Love to you all. 

-River

Our 2018 submission for... 

NPR's Tiny Desk Contest!
 

It's a pleasure to present to you our submission for NPR's Tiny Desk Contest 2018. "As Above, So Below" is a song loosely inspired by the concept of The Hero's Journey. We recorded this live performance in the recital hall of the Voxman music building at the University of Iowa and were very blessed to work alongside the talents of Joshua De Lanoit (videographer) and James Edel (sound engineer) to capture this magic so we could share it with you. Please enjoy, share this video, and check out our upcoming performances to experience our music in-person. Much love to all!

-River

Wintering in NOLA /// Spring Tour 2017 

--- I Found my Heart in New Orleans ---

BUSKING!!!

I spent a great deal of my childhood busking on the streets of Galena, IL with my family and it has been a wonderful return to my roots to be in NOLA busking daily in the French Quarter. 

RECORDING!!!

I am so happy to announce that I am recording a new EP during my time here in New Orleans. It's my first foray into self-recording and will be a pleasure to share with the world when I release it in May.

--- Goin' Home Again Tour 2017 ---

I have put together my biggest, boldest tour to date and am honored to be teaming up with Elizabeth Moen (Iowa City, IA) for a run of shows through the midwest in May/June of this year. Details to come, but look for us in:

Bellevue, IA
Waterloo, IA
Iowa City, IA
Dubuque, IA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Davenport, IA
Des Moines, IA
Madison, WI
Galena, IL
Chicago, IL
And more...

Stay tune, y'all. 2017 is going to be a great year of music!

-River

September & October Shows! 

I'm sure many a touring musician will agree with me that fall is a beautiful time to hit the road and play some shows. I'm blessed to be able to do it again this year and am eager to return to fans and friends alike at shows in:

Hazel Green, WI
Clarks Grove, MN
Galena, IL
Prairie de Chien, WI
Davenport, IA
Webster City, IA
Cincinnati, OH
Athens, OH
Saline, MI

Surprise! November Shows:

Des Moines, IA
Iowa City, IA
Dubuque, IA

Find tour information --> Here!

June & July Shows! 

Hey folks,

I hope you're all having a great start to your summer. Just letting you know that I have some shows coming up and that I hope you'll come check out the new sounds being created by myself and the wonderfully talented musicians who will be joining me for my Summer Tour 2016. Come join us at the following performances:

6/16 in Iowa City, IA @ The Mill (9pm)
6/17 in Dubuque, IA @ The Lift (Early All Ages show 6pm)
6/17 in Dubuque, IA @ The Lift (10pm)
6/19 in Des Moines, IA @ Lefty's Live Music (6pm)
6/24 in Dubuque, IA @ Town Clock Plaza (12pm w/ Molly Morris!)
6/25 in Galena, IL @ The Cornerstone (8pm w/ Molly Morris!)
6/27 in Chicago, IL @ Corrib Pub (7pm w/ Molly Morris!)
7/2 in Akron, OH @ Mustard Seed Market (6pm w/ Molly Morris!)

For updates, please 'like' my music page on Facebook.

--- Finishing Strong --- 

River Glen and the gang will be doing some pretty cool stuff before year's end - here's what you need to know...

Mini-Minnesota Tour Nov. 20th & 21st

That's right, this River's flowing North. Catch River Glen and his band @ Kathy's Pub in Rochester, MN on Friday, November 20th from 10pm-1am. If that's not enough for you, catch them again the following evening, Saturday, November 21st @ Ed's No Name Bar in Winona, MN at 9pm. This show will feature The Weathered Heads. They totally rock!


Live Concert Taping

By the requests of fans and venues alike, River has scheduled a concert to be filmed in HD. This show will feature various local artists, local youth performers, a raffle, and more! Join in the fun on Sunday, November 29th @ The Smokestack in Dubuque, IA at 3pm.


LITTLE BIG FEST in DSM

Each year the Des Moines Music Coalition hosts a competition for a performance slot at Little Big Fest and this year fans voted River Glen to victory. LBF is a wonderful chance to catch a variety of Iowa musician in one place. You should probably attend.

CHRISTMAS SHOW!

The day after Christmas is one of the best days to play a hometown show. With the added talent of Dan DiMonte and the Bad Assettes, this is sure to be a show so good, it'll feel like 2016 came early. Witness this happening on Saturday, December 26th @ The Lift in Dubuque, IA from 10pm-1am.


Stay tuned for exciting news regarding new music and tours in 2016!

UPCOMING SHOWS

Previous events

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.

River Glen (full band) - Live Online House Concert 4/22 at 7PM CST

www.RiverGlenMusic.com

For the first time ever, River and his band will be performing LIVE ONLINE, so please invite anyone and everyone you desire!

Tune in for this FREE SHOW at 7:00PM CST on April 22nd via this event or at www.RiverGlenMusic.com.

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...

River Glen (full band) w/ Young Charles

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

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

HEADLINER: River Glen (full band) 7:30pm-9:00pm

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: Young Charles 7:00pm-7:30pm

Young Charles is the musical persona of Iowa City's own Mitch McAndrew. His original tunes are like a blend of Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz (but cooler!) with a pinch of Devendra Banhart. Check him out: https://youngcharles.bandcamp.com/track/mexican-breakfast

River Glen @ Meet the Artist series

Figge Art Museam, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA 52801

2:00 PM Artist Talks 3:00 PM Reception

The five newest Iowa Arts Council Fellows are crisscrossing the state this year to display and discuss their work with other Iowa artists and arts supporters. So mark your calendar for a “Meet the Artist” event near you, and say hello to:

River Breitbach, a musician from the Dubuque area who tours the Midwest and produces a video series about Iowa musicians. Meet River: http://bit.ly/2wB2ERm

Jennifer Drinkwater, a community-art specialist at Iowa State University whose recent projects involve paint and cross-stitch. Meet Jennifer: http://bit.ly/2vaK9qr

Jack Meggers, a Des Moines filmmaker who works in various formats, including documentaries and music videos, and is an artist-in-residence at Ballet Des Moines. Meet Jack: http://bit.ly/2fmUgST

Lee Running, who teaches art at Grinnell College and transforms natural materials into surprising works of art. Meet Lee: http://bit.ly/2xwXpCN

Rachel Yoder, an Iowa City writer who podcasts interviews with other writers and publishes a literary journal of first and last drafts. Meet Rachel: http://bit.ly/2xP3YS5

“Iowa has a proven track record of developing talented artists,” Gov. Kim Reynolds said at a ceremony to honor the fellows in July at the State Capitol. “In return, these individuals use their abilities to strengthen our state’s cultural vitality.”

In fact, the state’s nearly 6,000 arts-related businesses employ an estimated 23,000 people – and these five mid-career fellows are among the best. As part of the fellowship, each one receives professional training as well as a $10,000 grant to support new work.

They also have a chance to cross-pollinate their ideas in the “Meet the Artist” series, so please join us. We’d love to see you there.

River Glen at Meet the Artist

Harvester Artist Lofts, 1000 S Main St, Council Bluffs, IA

2:00 PM Artist Talks 3:00 PM Reception

The five newest Iowa Arts Council Fellows are crisscrossing the state this year to display and discuss their work with other Iowa artists and arts supporters. So mark your calendar for a “Meet the Artist” event near you, and say hello to:

River Breitbach, a musician from the Dubuque area who tours the Midwest and produces a video series about Iowa musicians. Meet River: http://bit.ly/2wB2ERm

Jennifer Drinkwater, a community-art specialist at Iowa State University whose recent projects involve paint and cross-stitch. Meet Jennifer: http://bit.ly/2vaK9qr

Jack Meggers, a Des Moines filmmaker who works in various formats, including documentaries and music videos, and is an artist-in-residence at Ballet Des Moines. Meet Jack: http://bit.ly/2fmUgST

Lee Running, who teaches art at Grinnell College and transforms natural materials into surprising works of art. Meet Lee: http://bit.ly/2xwXpCN

Rachel Yoder, an Iowa City writer who podcasts interviews with other writers and publishes a literary journal of first and last drafts. Meet Rachel: http://bit.ly/2xP3YS5

“Iowa has a proven track record of developing talented artists,” Gov. Kim Reynolds said at a ceremony to honor the fellows in July at the State Capitol. “In return, these individuals use their abilities to strengthen our state’s cultural vitality.”

In fact, the state’s nearly 6,000 arts-related businesses employ an estimated 23,000 people – and these five mid-career fellows are among the best. As part of the fellowship, each one receives professional training as well as a $10,000 grant to support new work.

They also have a chance to cross-pollinate their ideas in the “Meet the Artist” series, so please join us. We’d love to see you there.

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