6:30PM to 9:00PM

Join us this summer for Season Twelve of Waterford River Rhythms at Village Hall Park.
We look forward to another seven amazing shows this year that are sure to provide that great summer vibe.

Our Mission is: "To continually provide an Upscale Event that will Enhance the Community."

The utility work and road construction that is going on right now will be with us most of the summer I believe. To get updates on the progress, visit the Village web site for the latest information.

We have been blessed over the years with sponsors that continue to support us. This event simply would not go on without their help. Please recognize and support them, and tell them thank you whenever possible.

Lauer Financial Services Cotton Exchange Fox Valley Veterinary Service Weber Accounting Hribar Sand & Gravel

June 7
Anthony Gomes

I cannot think of a better way to open a season than the return of Anthony Gomes. His raw blues guitar and vocals will once again rock the Village Hall Park stage.

Blues Rock Review Magazine named Gomes' forthcoming album as one of the most anticipated releases of the new year. The album, tentatively titled 'Peace, Love & Loud Guitars', is scheduled for a summer release. And... Anthony Gomes recently won the 2017 European Blues Award for Best Musician (Performer) and is recognized as a #1 Billboard Blues Artist.

If you enjoy the Blues, you will not want to miss this show! more on Anthony Gomes

June 21
ALTERED FIVE BLUES BAND - Moved to Cotton Exchange Banquet Hall, 345 Hickory Hollow Rd, Waterford
Altered Five Blues Band

Due to our lovely weather, tonight's show is moving to the Cotton Exchange Banquet Hall. Same time, same everything. You can even bring your lawn chairs if you like. Not that you need to, but Cotton Exchange is being very accommodating. Cotton Exchange will be selling food as usual and they will be selling alcohol as well. The Altered Five Blues Band starts at 6:30pm as usual. Also, our new River Rhythms shirts will be available tonight, so be the first to get one! For those that don't know, Cotton Exchange is located at Hwys 83 and 20. 345 Hickory Hollow Rd, Waterford. Ample parking !

Altered Five Blues Band has been winning audiences with a swaggering stomp of bruising, barrelhouse grit. According to Downbeat Magazine, frontman Jeff Taylor “sings powerfully” and “Jeff Schroedl’s live-wire guitar reaches the high bar of mixed invention and fluidity.” Blues Bytes Magazine declares the group “the funkiest rhythm section outside of Memphis” and the Milwaukee based quintet has recently been nominated for the 2018 Blues Music Award!

Some of their latest work has been getting airplay on Sirius/XM Bluesville, and has been in the top of the charts on the iTunes Blues Store, hit #1 on the Roots Music Report Blues Album Chart, and won 'Best Self-Released CD' at the International Blues Challenge. We've declared June Blues Month. more on Altered Five Blues Band

July 5
Jamie Barons - Lunch Money Bullies

So, it's a Holiday weekend and everybody wants to party. Well, what better band to get the party started than the local favs.

Bring your festive attitude and your birthday wishes for our great country, and let's continue with the celebration! Come on out and do a little dancin', it's a Holiday Thursday in Waterford and Jamie is going to get you going.

A guaranteed good time in the park and hopefully you don't have to work on Friday! more on Lunch Money Bullies

July 19
Jackie Brown Band

On the heels of her second release and her first LP release "Life's A Party", Jackie Brown brings her new originals back to the Village Park stage. Jackie is now toeing the country / rock line, but with much more depth. Jackie’s robust, bluesy voice has somewhat of a Bonnie Raitt flair, but because Jackie has acquired so many vocal techniques over the years with stunning control, she has undeniably created her own style. Her songwriting is sharp both lyrically and musically, and her veteran Cream City players are top notch. Jackie brings a WAMI nomination with her this year for "Female Vocalist of the Year." The awards show is in April, so whether she gets it or not, make sure to congratulate her when you see her. Jackie is guaranteed to bring a good show to the park, so come on out for a little bit of country rock! more on the Jackie Brown Band

Wednesday, August 1
RUSH TRIBUTE PROJECT - Moved to Cotton Exchange Banquet Hall, 345 Hickory Hollow Rd, Waterford
Rush Tribute Project

Based on what we see on radar, tonight's show is moving to the Cotton Exchange Banquet Hall. Same time, same everything. You can even bring your lawn chairs if you like. Not that you need to, but Cotton Exchange is being very accommodating. Cotton Exchange will be selling food as usual and they will be doing some drink specials. Rush Tribute Project will start at 6:30pm as usual. For those that don't know, Cotton Exchange is located at Hwys 83 and 20. 345 Hickory Hollow Rd, Waterford. Ample parking !

Standing ovations at River Rhythms are pretty rare due to the social nature of the event. When a band gets a standing ovation, we take notice. When a band gets two standing ovations, well that's simply unheard of. The Rush Tribute Project received two standing ovations last season, so we took notice.

RTP is not just a tribute band. They bring the magic of Rush’s famous live concerts to Village Hall Park. Covering all forty-plus years of Rush’s amazing career, RTP painstakingly recreates the sound and energy that has made Rush one of the top selling rock bands of all time. With a lineup that has performed Rush tribute shows for over a decade across North America and around the world, including RushCon, RTP stands out as one of the premiere tributes to a legendary band.

This three-piece group uses vintage instruments, clothing and sounds to skillfully produce a Rush concert experience that is unparalleled. Needless to say, you won't want to miss this show. more on The Rush Tribute Project

August 16
STEELY DANE - Canceled due to the weather forecast
Steely Dane

Based on the weather forecast, and the fact that this band is too large for the Cotton Exchange stage, we are forced to cancel this show. We apologize for this, but the weather certainly has been an issue this year. ~ Al Milan.

It seemed like a crazy proposition, getting 20 of Dane County‘s best to perform the classics of Steely Dan. But that’s exactly what happened in the fall of 2013. The band, headed by Dave Adler and Dave Stoler, has been selling out venues ever since with their tribute to the talents of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen.

Their label as “the ultimate Steely Dan tribute band” doesn’t really do them justice. Their ability to replicate the complex arrangements of the Dan’s original classic records is nothing short of amazing! This will be their second visit to the Park, so come on out and get your Fez on! more on Steely Dane

August 30
The WhiskeyBelles

Over the years numerous people have asked me to bring some country to the park. Even though I'm not a raving country fan, I've never been opposed either. My response to those that have asked has always been, "If I do, it has to be somebody a little different and really good." Well, I think I have found that somebody.

The WhiskeyBelles are a traditional country, Americana trio based out of Milwaukee. Born of gin halls and juke joints, The Belles are widely known for captivating shows featuring their own take on classic and obscure vintage-country, Americana, folk-revival and roots-country tunes, with their own WAMI winning originals sprinkled in. They’ve been compared to the Pistol Annies, Dixie Chicks and The Trio (Dolly Parton, Emmy Lou Harris & Linda Ronstadt).

The Belles are sure to bring their electric personalities and some boot stompin' fun to the Village Park stage for the last show of the season. more on The WhiskeyBelles

Sound Production
TNT Sound - Tedd Lupella

TNT Sound has been providing the professional touch in Sound and Lights since our beginning in 2007. Tedd has expanded his system almost every year to keep up with the continually growing audience. Tedd has been working in live audio for 30 years and attended Full Sail recording school. He prefers the challenge of mixing live rather than the studio setting. Tedd has worked with a long list of professional artists, including Mitch Ryder, Spider John Koerner, Phil Keaggy, Larry Norman, Tracy Grammar, Bill Staines, Mike Stone (of Queensryche), Rare Earth, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, Allison Brown, Greg Brown and is also the preferred sound tech for the Lake Itasca Family Bluegrass Music Festival in Minnesota every year. Village Hall Park has never sounded this good! more on TNT Sound

Park Setup

In 2009 the Village of Waterford had a stage built for River Rhythms which eliminated our hefty stage rental fees. We had a say in the design process with criteria being a natural look that would blend into the park. With the awareness that this event brought to the park, numerous non-profits now utilize the park and the stage.

The original stage was 17ft wide x 13ft deep with a natural turf ramp, steps in the back and steps on the left side. For the 2015 season, the stage was expanded to 30ft wide x 20ft deep to accommodate the larger bands and bigger shows.

The Cotton Exchange is the exclusive food vendor of Waterford River Rhythms

The Cotton Exchange has been the exclusive food vendor for River Rhythms for quite some time now. They bring a bit of an upscale flair to festival food at reasonable pricing. They also have water and soft drinks for sale as well as the occasional desert !

The Cotton Exchange is also a full sponsor of the event. Learn more about the Cotton Exchange at: cottonexchangewi.com

Waterford River Rhythms at Village Hall Park in Waterford, Wisconsin

Ample street parking is available through out the immediate area. You may find yourself walking a couple of blocks, but it's worth it! There is also a municipal parking lot right next door to the fire / police building. It's right across the river from the park, just a short walk across the bridge.

Village Hall Park is very close to our neighbors, so we appreciate your consideration for them. We very much want everyone to enjoy us being there, because it truly is the perfect place to be.

Select map for driving directions:
Village Hall Park | 123 N. River Street | Waterford, WI 53185

Waterford Design Technologies Web Site courtesy of Waterford Design Technologies

Al Sikora, of Waterford Design, is the creator and co-founder of the event. He also manages production, promotion, sponsorship acquisition and is the music curator. Al can be contacted at the email addresses below.


Burlington has their version of River Rhythms called B-Town Sounds which runs on opposite Thursdays of River Rhythms. This way we all have access to FREE live music almost every week! The shows are held in Echo Park. Visit B-Town Sounds on Facebook for their schedule.