FREE MUSIC IN THE PARK...
SORT OF EVERY OTHER THURSDAY
JUNE 1 - AUGUST 24
6:30PM to 9:00PM
This is Season 17 of Waterford River Rhythms at Village Hall Park.
Our Mission is still: "To continually provide an Upscale Event that will Enhance the Community."
We have been blessed over the years with sponsors that continue to support us year after year. This event simply would not go on without their help. Please recognize and support them, and tell them thank you for supporting Waterford River Rhythms whenever possible.
We are excited to announce two "new" sponsors for this year, the Robers Foundation and First Call Heating & Cooling. They have been gracious enough to support us this year. Thank you!
Gabriel Sanchez returns to start off the 2023 season with The Prince Experience! We believe last year's show was our largest crowd to date, so what better way to open Season 17. It will be a night of unbelievable entertainment, that keeps anyone who has seen it, talking about it long after the last encore is played.
Gabriel Sanchez and THE PRINCE EXPERIENCE is considered the country's most dynamic Prince Tribute Band. Playing all of the greatest hits from the Purple One himself, THE PRINCE EXPERIENCE has been packing dance floors and setting stages on fire for over ten years. more on The Prince Experience
also... Client Appreciation Party - Community State Bank
Back by popular demand, Cold Sweat and the Brew City Horns will take to the Village Park stage once again. Wisconsin's premier 8 piece show band will be playing the best current and classic pop dance music. Cold Sweat's energy, talent and non-stop fun will infect you until you can't help but join in. All of the individual talent in this band has opened for, performed or recorded with national artists. You will definitely be dancin' in the grass! more on Cold Sweat
We are so excited to bring this guitar phenom to the Village Park stage. If you like Anthony Gomes, Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Stevie Ray, Gary Clark Jr. and the White Stripes, well... she's all that rolled into one!
Erin refers to herself as the perpetual misfit from Cinci and is known for her prolific songwriting. Her relatable lyrics and soul gripping vocals are a striking compliment to her scorching guitar solos. Erin always delivers a mostly original, unforgettable, high energy performance that leaves people wanting more. As Erin always says, "expect the unexpected!"
Erin is quickly making waves on the national scene and attracting the interest of some major players in the industry - including endorsements by Strandberg Guitars and BadCat Amplifiers.
Fair warning! If you get to close to the stage, you're gonna melt! more on Erin
This is the finest in Rockabilly that I have ever seen! Direct from Nashville, Hillbilly Casino blends elements of honkytonk, rockabilly, psychobilly and straight up rock & roll. Every member of Hillbilly Casino brings their own special flavor to the band, from Nic's background in hip hop and rockabilly, to Geoff's love of old school punk rock and ska. I am not sure I have ever seen this much energy on stage as these boys bring it. And you should bring your dancin' shoes, cuz you won't be sittin' still!
These guys have performed with Brian Setzer Orchestra, Rev. Horton Heat, Doyle Bramhall, Rancid, Los Straightjackets, Southern Culture on the Skids, Legendary Shack Shakers, The Horrorpops, The Blasters, The Supersuckers, 7 Shot Screamers, Koffin Kats, Flatfoot 56, Lonesome Spurs and Three Blue Teardrops. HBC Facebook
Ms. Jackie Brown returns to Village Hall Park this season, with a little different configuration. Her new project, Driving Miss Crazy (DMC), brings with it a little heavier rock vibe.
This new group gives Jackie some freedom from her acoustic guitar which puts her vocals front and center. For as awesome as Jackie's vocals have been in the past, this focus takes her voice to yet another level.
You will hear the difference, You will feel the heightened passion in her presence and You will agree with me that Jackie has found her niche, that she is coming into her own. This is another level of Jackie Brown.
also... Client Appreciation Party - Lauer Financial Services
Dancing Queen: An ABBA Salute is the ultimate tribute to the music of ABBA – sure to capture the hearts of fans and audiences of all ages! This live show is full of musical prowess, fabulous flair and fashion, and promises a mesmerizing ABBA experience for every Chiquitita, Super Trouper, Fernando and Dancing Queen around!
Fronted by a dynamic Agnetha and Frida duo, the music of the greatest pop band in history comes to life in a joyful celebration of these timeless tunes. Dancing Queen: An ABBA Salute is the Midwest's long-standing resident ABBA tribute, with a repertoire of over 40 all-time favorite hits. From Waterloo to Mamma Mia, S.O.S. to Knowing Me, Knowing You, Honey, Honey to Voulez-Vous, audiences won't be able to help singing and dancing along with their high-energy homage to everything ABBA! more on Dancing Queen.
also... Village of Waterford will be selling tickets to the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus on August 26th
On this special River Rhythm's Friday performance, Sneezy is coming back to give you guys another dose of Funk, Soul, R&B and Jam, directly from Chicago. Sneezy is a long running, fun-loving jam band at heart, but they're pushing it a little more towards R&B now.
Their sound fuses the genres of pop, reggae, hip hop and rock, and has a natural, summery, sunshine feel to every track. Their neo-soul undertone provides a little something extra to their music and creates an infectious, addicting rhythm that you'll be glad to have stuck in your head. - Jukely Live Music Blog
These guys recently signed with Color Red Music out of Denver and are working with multi-Grammy winning producer/engineer "Bassy" Bob Brockmann (TLC, Mary J Blige, Bob Dylan, etc). more on Sneezy, & Sneezy on Facebook
I cannot think of a better way to close out Season 17 than the return of Anthony Gomes. It has been five years since he was here. In case you lost track, this is what's been going on:
His latest album High Voltage Blues (2022) debuts at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart. This is Anthony's 8th consecutive album to crack the Billboard Top Ten and his third #1.
High Voltage Blues (2022) hits #1 on iTunes Blues Chart and Amazon's New Release Blues Chart.
"Gomes is a power player who is at his best when his gear is in the scorched earth between blues and rock. After all, it's the electric guitar; sometimes tickling it is not enough." - Guitar World
If you enjoy Blues / Blues Rock, then this is the show! more on Anthony Gomes
photo by David Probst, slideshow photo by Stephen Jensen
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 has worked with a long list of professional artists. more on TNT Sound
With the demand of larger bands and a continually growing audience, we have expanded our sound and light production to now include In the Mix Pro. Josh has been in the business for over 25 years and brings with him additional knowledge and equipment.
Josh and Tedd together make The Park simply sound amazing! In fact, we get compliments from bands all the time on the quality of production at Waterford River Rhythms. Check us out, Village Hall Park has never sounded this good!
Attention Musicians: Download our Production Questionnaire
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.
In 2019 the Village assisted us in getting a Band Shell Tent cover for the stage. It is a beautiful thing!
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
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
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.