Music On The River

The Concert Express originates at Essex Station and will make local stops along the train line at Deep River Station, Chester Station and Hadlyme Station to pick up passengers en-route to Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam, CT. We’ll even stop along the route to pick up our neighbors!

Here’s how it can work for YOU, as our neighbor: Call our office (860-767-0103) the day of the event and let us know you want “Local Pickup” so we know to be looking for you – be standing at your neighborhood railroad crossing or train station with your lawn chair (and maybe your cooler) in hand and wave us down. The train will stop and pick you up. It’s that easy! Be sure to be standing safely away from the track. The train departs Essex at 5 PM, making stops along the way, and will arrive at Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam at 6 PM, where a shuttle will take you across the Swing Bridge to East Haddam.

Concerts are 6:30-8:30, then the shuttle returns you to the train for the ride back down the tracks to your point of departure. Fare is $10 cash (payable on train) per person – the concerts are free. The July dates have a rain date of Tuesday the next day (the August date does not have a train-accessible rain date). Optional extended train ride at 6 PM to the northern end of the railroad.

Complimentary shuttle bus service will transport you from Eagle Landing State Park across the Haddam Swing Bridge to the outside concert site. Concerts are 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. At the concert’s conclusion, the shuttle bus will return you to Eagle Landing State Park to re-board the train for your return trip back to your departure point.

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Monday, July 8th: New London Big Band – 17 piece orchestra that plays a mix of classic jazz standards, upbeat dance tunes, and original music by band members

Monday, July 15th: The Suitcase Junket – From the salvaged sounds of American juke joints: original rock anthems, mountain ballads, and blues

Monday, July 22nd: Sierra Hull – Grammy-nominated, virtuoso mandolin player; folk and bluegrass

Monday July 29th: The Rainbow Girls – Eclectic folk trio hailing from California’s Bay Area

Monday August 5th: Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez – Singer/songwriter who performs a fiery blend of rootsy Americana with old school soul

Monday July 29th: Blair Crimmins and the Hookers – Atlanta’s genre blending ensemble, reinventing the magic of 1920s ragtime coupled with Dixieland and a little Gypsy Jazz

More information on the performers & Music on the River:

Board train at Essex Station: 4:45 pm

Departure on train from Essex Station: 5:00 pm

Return on train to Essex Station: Approx 9:30 pm-9:45 pm

Tickets: $15 round-trip (depart Essex Station) / $10 (depart all other locations)

Tickets are available at Essex Station Ticket Window the day of the excursion starting at 4:00 pm; tickets are not available online or in advance. Passengers boarding at locations other than Essex Station pay aboard train.

  • Food and beverages available for purchase at the concert site
  • Alcoholic beverages may not be consumed on the train