Dear Friends,


Foundry Hall would like to invite you to help us create “Rhythm on the River”, a new and exciting festival at Waterfront Park on Saturday, July 22nd, 2017.  This unique music festival will showcase the original work of local and regional musicians, accompanied by food from local restaurants and Michigan craft beer.


Foundry Hall has been producing quality music performances in South Haven for eight years.  Drawing on this experience, we are putting together a lineup of talented musicians playing in a variety of musical genres.   Our festival will stand out for those who appreciate the creation of original music and for the younger audiences looking for more than oldies or cover bands.  This event will be family-friendly, sophisticated for music lovers and comfortable and entertaining for those just lingering over a snack or beer.


This one-day festival in downtown South Haven will draw fans from neighboring communities between the Fourth of July and the Blueberry festival in August.  It will also be a memorable event for the out-of-town visitors that happen to be here that weekend.



From South Haven Tribune:


Foundry Hall is known for hosting a wide variety of indoor concerts, but the cultural arts organization now plans to use an outdoor setting for a new all-day music festival this summer.


“Music will start late morning and will go into the night,” said Ben Holt, president of Foundry Hall. “Our plans are to showcase original music, Michigan craft beer, and local food. We will be looking at all types of original music and hope to highlight as much music we can in that one day.”


 “This festival is about the community,” Holt said. “As the festival grows we would like to highlight everything that is great about this city, and partner with as many businesses and non-profits as possible.”

The idea for the outdoor music festival came about after Foundry Hall moved to the Warren Center in 2015. The Warren Center has limited space for large-scale concerts, so its board began to explore other venues.

“This led us to partnering with Black River Tavern, Scott Club, and other organizations,” Holt said. But he also began looking elsewhere.


“Our city is such a lovely place and having performers play outside seemed like a perfect way to reach our goal of contributing to the community, and add even more vibrancy to our city,” he said. “This led to our partnership with the city for the Thursday Night Riverfront Concert Series. From that Rhythm on the River was born.”



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