Rhythm on the River Music Festival

Rhythm on the River is taking 2020 off!  We’ll see if we get re-energized to try again next year!

Foundry Hall’s free two-day music festival featuring MI musicians, family-friendly atmosphere and activities, beer/wine/spirits garden, local food and craft vendors.

Rhythm on the River 2019
July 19th and 20th     4-10PM
at Huron Street Pavilion

We did it!  Thanks to all of the dedicated volunteers we made it through another tough weather weekend to bring a great lineup of music, activities and vendors!  Scroll down for pictures from the 2019 Rhythm on the River!

FRI 7/19

SAT 7/20

Thank you to our sponsors Final Gravity beer, Cogdal Vineyards wine and Green Door Distillery spirits!  Thanks also to Props for the Home, Mike Dermoda and deBest.

Take a trip down Rhythm on the River’s memory lane   (listen here)


ROTR 2018

Andy Baker
Olivia Mainville & the Aquatic Troupe
Cold Mountain Child

Jack Adams Band
Midwestern Lull
Static Apparatus
Delilah DeWylde

The 2018 festival was sponsored by:

Hotel Nichols

Kal-Haven Outpost


Whiteford Wealth Management, Inc.

Final Gravity Brewing

Cogdal Vineyards

Brix Corner Oven


South Haven/Van Buren County Visitors Bureau and Convention Center
Huizenga Construction
Fleming Bros. Oil/Value Market Convenience Stores
Rod’s Printing
South Haven Brewpub
Farren Metal Works

Sponsorship funds are used to pay the artists and sound production.  We have a pretty cool list of sponsorship levels… Follow this link to check it out:  RHYTHM ON THE RIVER SPONSORSHIP FORM.

Andy Baker
Olivia Mainville & the Aquatic Troupe
Cold Mountain Child

Jack Adams Band
Midwestern Lull
Static Apparatus
Delilah DeWylde

ROTR 2017

  Foundry Hall’s free all day music festival featuring original music home grown in Michigan at Riverfront Park in South Haven. 

2017 lineup

Isabel and Daniel Noguera
Erica Huizenga and Brian Whittemore
Megan Dooley
The Accidentals
Last Gasp Collective

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
Albemarle Foundation
Black River Tavern
South Haven Visitor’s Bureau
Cogdal Vineyards
Apple Insurance
Pro Powder, Inc.
Fleming Bros. Oil
Captain Nemo’s
Wolverine Hardware
Sherman’s Ice Cream

*special thanks to Dan Greve for generous support
**special dedication in memory of Brain Eugene Moody, Sr.

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
Phoenix Records
Sturgis Bank – South Haven Banking Center
Black River Books
Adventure Water Sports
Julia’s Cafe
Phoenix Street Cafe
Bumbleberry Farms

Vanderzee Motorplex
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!

Gratefully yours,

Foundry Hall, Rhythm on the River committee

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