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River Glen Trio - Backyard concert in Chicago

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Message for address

Good people of Chicago, this is your chance to catch a special backyard performance by River, Megan, and Blake as they start a run of shows out to Pittsburgh. The show will take place in a friend's backyard under a tent with Edison lights strung up, so it's sure to be a super cute setting for some sweet sweet original music. 6:30pm: Doors 7:00-9:00pm: Music Tickets: $15 at the door. Kids 12 and under free. When you arrive at 5239 N Leamington Ave, please use the walkway on the left side of the house to access the backyard. There will be bathroom access from the side of the house. BYOB. There will be some seating provided, but feel free to bring a chair if ya got one handy. Out of respect for our generous hosts, this event is set to private, so you won’t be able to post it on your timeline, but please do use the ‘invite’ button to invite your good Chicago peoples to come join us!

River Glen Trio LIVE at The Mustard Seed Market & Cafe

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Mustard Seed Market & Cafe, 867 W. Market St. NW, Akron, OH

Come one, come all to the Mustard Seed Market in Highland Square for an evening of original folk-pop/folk-rock music by Iowa Public Radio's Artist of the Month for October! Come prepared for quality lyrics, clever rhymes, flashy musicianship, and powerhouse vocal harmonies.

Music from 7:00pm-10:00pm. And it's a FREE SHOW!

River Glen Trio is a powerhouse of talent; flashy musicianship and powerful vocals/harmonies. Playing almost entirely original music with some choice crowd-pleasing covers peppered throughout. River's songs are lyrically driven, moving, and appealing to listeners of all-ages.


River Glen Trio LIVE at Music Night on Jupiter

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Music Night on Jupiter, 4314 Rosanna Dr , Allison Park, PA

We first met Iowan River Glen when he was touring the country with our friend Joe Stevens. River performed with Joe at the first iteration of the Cellar at Pittsburgh Winery, and we were blown away by his multi-instrumental abilities, singing and songwriting. Since then, we have run across River in locations far distant from Pittsburgh, including New Orleans where River played violin in a special ensemble piece commissioned by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Let's just say the man can play.

We are very happy to finally be able to bring River back to Western PA. Recently, River has completed "As Above, So Below." a concept album featuring over 150 (!!) musicians from Iowa. Not to let the cat out of the bag, but we understand that the recording is in line for a very prestigious honor (to be announced soon). Take a listen and you will understand why. River's quartet will be performing selections from the new album, featuring cajon, upright bass, guitar, violin, mandolin , and powerhouse vocal harmonies. Maybe the best part: The Quartet features Pittsburgh's own Nicole Steele on percussion. MNOJ loves Nicole.

We hope to present the band outside on the Hay Wagon Stage. We will only fill 40 adult slots in advance as a hedge against bad weather. If Mother Nature cooperates we will open more slots closer to the day of the party. If it is wet we will move indoors. If we are outside, kids under 18 attend free with their adults. This is not a food event - so eat beforehand - but feel free to bring snacks. BYO bottles and chairs/blankets.

100% of contributions are paid forward to the performers and sound tech. Support live local music!

Celebrate Life!


River Glen trio w/ Jolie Smith (live-stream)

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Annesley Church in Markdale

Music in Middle Grey presents

River Glen Trio in Concert

With more than thirty years performing experience, River demonstrates his cool confidence and earnest passion for entertaining audiences of all ages. This concert will take listeners through some foundational pillars of folk music, the heartbreak and loss, humour and satire, and eventually gratitude for community and life itself. With the support of Hamilton's own Brian Scarth on electric guitar and Steve Matheson on hand drums and percussion, this trio will have audience members tapping their toes to the music. But first, Jolie Smith will appeal to tender hearts with her sweet, crooning style.

DUG Unplugged

Dogpatch Urban Gardens, 5085 Meredith Dr, Des Moines, IA

Join us in our greenhouse space on Saturday, November 4th for a listening show featuring River Glen, Joel Sires and his Street Companions, Abbie Sawyer with Blake Van Houten, and Ryne Doughty.

Doors will open at 5:30. Music begins at 6:30. Each musician will play a 30-minute set and the acts will play in this order:

River Glen Joel Sires and his Street Companions Abbie Sawyer with Blake Van Houten Ryne Doughty


Moving to Guelph... 

Thanks to everyone who has reached out to inquire about the return of the Car Concerts series. I will be relocating to Guelph in September and hope to return to those efforts in October. The best way to stay in the loop is to join my mailing list, so please do so and I'll be in touch. Thanks and be well, y'all!




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The pandemic has had a devastating impact on America's arts sector and has asked that artists pivot and adapt their efforts. And that's exactly why this event was created; to demonstrate and deliver a top-notch, standard-bearing livestream concert that showcases a variety of artists from across Iowa! 

The mission of this free-to-all performance is to promote awareness about "the mental health benefits that the arts provide to the public by combating the ill effects of isolation and loneliness associated with COVID-19" (Americans for the Arts) and to deliver a call to action to music lovers in Iowa and beyond about the importance of actively engaging with and supporting the local/regional artists whom they love as these artists adapt their art-making in response to our current constraints. 

This event is made possible with generous support and funding from the Iowa Arts Council:


Weekly Car Concerts! 

That's right, folks, every Monday at 12PM CST you can watch me perform live from my car via Facebook Live! 

Just go to my music page ( and 'like' the page in order to receive notifications and updates.

Furthermore, each week's performance will be based on a theme that is suggested by you and other members of the audience. It's lots of fun and I hope you'll make a habit of joining me!

"Press On" 

Times are strange for a music maker. While holed up for this winter I'm releasing some new material with the help of an app that let's me be a whole band. Also, songs in 3/4 time are underrepresented today, so here's one called "Press On". 




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. 


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!


Wintering in NOLA /// Spring Tour 2017 

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


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. 


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!