Oh yeah, we did it again!
Sat July 22nd Rhythm on the River (ROTR) 2017, Foundry Hall’s free all day music festival featuring original music home grown in Michigan at Riverfront Park in South Haven.
We did it! It was a huge effort pulled off by a great group of volunteers this year – thank you to all of you! We did manage to pay for it all through generous sponsorships (listed below) and donations and on beer t-shirt and ice cream sales. If you were there and would like to help support this year and hopefully next year’s effort, it is never too late to send something in!
2017 Rhythm on the River Sponsors:
Whiteford Wealth Management
Black River Tavern
South Haven Visitor’s Bureau
Pro Powder, Inc.
Fleming Bros. Oil
Sherman’s Ice Cream
*special thanks to Dan Greve for generous support
**special dedication in memory of Brain Eugene Moody, Sr.
Send us a message if you’d like to jump in and be a sponsor for next year’s ROTR!
If you’d like to make a tax deductible donation to Foundry Hall toward ROTR send it to:
Foundry Hall, PO Box 463, South Haven, MI 49090.
Click here for official festival website.
Recap of ROTR 2016:
We did it! It was hot, it was so, so hot, but we made it through the day enjoying great music from local and regional musicians, including a debut of South Haven’s premier high school band, BorderLyne, playing their original funk/rock! and having fun with sidewalk chalk, corn hole, painting the piano and playing music in the tent. Isabel and Daniel Noguera kicked it all off with their original set – at 13 and 11 these kids are already creating some cool music of their own. Tom Rasely, Brennan Quinn and Andru Bemis kept us going in the crazy heat and Cold Mountain Child jammed for us into the midday haze (it was really hot!) Nate Holley held his own on his stage creating full sound with his talented loop pedaling and Jake Simmons and the Little Ghosts shook everyone up as the heat started to break.
Then it cooled off for a rockin’ set from Slim Gyspy Baggage and everyone settled in for the grand finale from the Crane Wives, BUT the cruel, cruel weather turned and an electrical storm cut their set way too short and we all scrambled to gather “trash and treasures” under cover.
So, it was not as we hoped, but we did it! Little, ol’ all volunteer Foundry Hall managed to pull off an all day event that took a year to plan and hours and hours of hard labor organization.
We would like to thank all of our sponsors without whom this would not have been possible!
Lake Michigan College (Stage Sponsor)
Clementine’s (Headline Sponsor)
Whiteford Wealth Management (Headline Sponsor)
Black River Tavern
Sturgis Bank – South Haven Banking Center
Black River Books
Adventure Water Sports
Phoenix Street Cafe
Wolverine Hardware!! For their awesome engineering skills to get and keep the beer tent up!
The City of South Haven for believing that our festival would be a welcome addition to an already busy summer season for our little town.
And, of course, to the many volunteers who came out and did what it took to get the job done! We truly appreciate the help of everyone that worked Friday night to Sunday morning! A one day festival is not a one day affair for sure! You are GOLDEN!
Foundry Hall, Rhythm on the River committee
Send us your pics! Here’s a few we got…