River Glen Breitbach: vocals, guitar, violin, mandolin

Megan Roeth: vocals, keys

Dan Padley: electric guitar

Blake Shaw: upright bass

Justin Leduc: drums

River's Story

"His words and vocals are reminiscent of Brett Dennen, from the idealism and social commentary to the balladeer crooning and wide tonal range."     -Julien's Journal

River Glen Breitbach was born in 1989 at Four Mounds along the Mississippi River (after which he is named). He began his musical career at the age of 2 on the violin. As he grew, his family nurtured his love for music and performance. They formed a family band, The One Hat Band, which had modest beginnings playing street corners in Galena, Illinois before blossoming into the widely-recognized and well-loved folksy-family sound that is now synonymous with the Breitbach name in the greater Dubuque area. 

In 2004, River formed his own band, River and the Tributaries. What started as a group of high school buddies quickly evolved into something of a phenomenon: Riv and the Tribs became a sensation from the banks of the Mississippi, winning the VEISHA Battle of the Bands, appearing on various Iowa Public Radio programs, touring nationally, and recording two albums between 2004-2009. 

River, a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, makes lyrically driven music that blends elements of Folk, Pop, Rock, and Hip-Hop. His performances are extremely honest, heartfelt, humble, and inclusive. His talent and professionalism are serious, yet River is playful to the point that not even he knows where the music will go in any given show. River has published two albums and an EP (Nothing is Too Little, Pull My HairThe Raleigh EP) since 2012, and is laying the ground work for his third studio album.

Visit www.RiverGlenMusic.com to find upcoming performances across the Midwest of River solo or with his full band.


River has shared the stage with/opened for the following artists:

Arthur Lee Land

The Asylum Street Spankers

Becky McMahn and the All for Fun Band

Billy Woods

The Blackberry Bushes

Blue Eyes

Broken Rubber Band

Broom Street Drifters

The Bucket Bitches

Chasing Shade

Comfort Kings


Coyote Grace

Dave Zollo

Denny Garcia

Dixon's Violin

Eric Miller

Feast of Mutton

The Freedom Project


Heather Miller-Rodriguez

Helen Bond

Item 9 and the Mad Hatters


Jonnie Cohen


Kenny Kline

Kyle Grant

Lake of Fat Kids

The Lonely Goats

Maps and Atlases

The Matriarchs

The Mighty Bingo Players

Mike and Amy Finders

The Mississippi Band

The Nadas

Nate Jenkins Band

Nahko and Medicine for the People

Pert Near Sandstone 

Phat Man Dee

Positively Fourth Street

Ruble Bucket Orchestra

Sean Bendickson

Theo Shier

Union Specific

Unknown Component

Will Pfang

The Whores