Live Music Projects Created by Rich Rivkin
2000 to 2002 - Open Circle, a community of dozens of hand drummers
and dancers from Long Island, gathering for monthly drum circles.
2000 to 2002 - Open Circle Drum & Dance Ensemble, a hand percussion
octet, performing along with six belly dancers at various benefit events.
2001 to 2002 - Molten Glass, a jazz funk fusion quintet, performing at local venues.
2001 to 2010 - Elwoodstock Music Festival
, a free annual event that took
place in the meadow at Elwood Park, Elwood, NY, featuring some of the region's
hottest jam bands and acoustic performers. The Elwoodstock Festival has evolved
into the Long Island Sound Festival, as of summer 2011.
2001 - Wang Dang Doodle Festival, an indoor event featuring some of the
region's hottest jam bands.
2004 - Free Hat, a jazz funk fusion quintet, performing at local venues.
2003 to 2006 - FireJam, an outdoor drum circle and dance event
taking place after dark, around a large bonfire.
2005 to Present - Fusion Collective, a community of jazz fusion
musicians that gathers regularly to jam at local venues.
2010 to Present - LImusicscene.com
, Long Island's own Live Music
Calendar on Facebook, featuring constantly updated music listings,
and band videos shot live from local venues.
2011 to Present - Long Island Sound Festival
, a day of jam bands and
acoustic performers, overlooking the Long Island Sound, This event takes
place at the picturesque, historic Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport, NY.
2011 to Present - Djembe Movement
- a Drum & Dance event organization
whose mission is to create and publicize an ongoing series of drum circles,
benefit events, West African drumming classes, parties, performances,
dance collaborations, and jams for the community of Long Island
& dancers - and those who love us.
2011 to Present - Live Art Fusion
,a unique, multi-media experience
featuring ten artists simultaneously speed-painting on multiple
canvases, while inspired by live jazz fusion and audience interaction.
2013 to Present - ArtMOSPHERE
, a series of unique Art Exhibitions
showcasing 150 selected paintings by 20 artists, plus Live Classic Rock, and great
food & spirits, situated at a cool venue.
2012 to Present - Rich Rivkin Presents: Summer Asts Festival Series
, Live Painting + Live Music.
The 2015 calendar includes 5 festivals, hosted at four well known outdoor venues,
featuring some of Long Island's most loved bands, along with dozens of artists painting live
to the inspiration of the music, audience interaction, and scenic vistas.