‘Music in the Park’

‘Music in the Park’ summer concerts
feature variety of groups

Summer music events include
concessions and face painting

By Konnie McCollum
Staff Writer

(July 2010) – Whether it’s foot tapping, partner swirling or crowd singing music, a long-running summer music series in Madison, Ind., has a little bit of something for all types of music lovers.

Cloigheann band

Photo provided

Irish and bluegrass
roots band Cloigheann
will perform on
July 9 as part of the
summer “Music in the
Park” series.

Madison Main Street Program’s “Music in the Park” series, which has been a popular event for more than a decade in the historic river town, will once again provide a variety of family friendly summer concerts. With the exception of the Madison Fest Block Party, which was held on June 11, all “Music in the Park” events begin at 7 p.m. at the Broadway Fountain. In case of rain, the concerts are held in the Brown Gym on Broadway, between First Street and Vaughn Drive. The free, family event also includes balloons, face painting and a concession stand.
“We are thrilled to offer these concerts for our community,” said event organizer Gerry Reilly. “They are a way for everyone to get together and just have some fun.” The regular season concerts are always held on the second Friday evening of the month.”
The first of the regular series concerts is scheduled for July 9 and will feature Cloigheann, a one-of-a-kind, traditional Irish and bluegrass roots band. “They’ve performed in Madison before, and are a fun group to see,” said Reilly. “They have a solid mix of originals, reels, gigs and much more.”
Cloigheann (pronounced like ‘cloggin’) has been playing together for more than 15 years and has what they call a “unique blend of green grass (Irish) and bluegrass sounds.”
Conch on the Half Shell, part of the larger Conch Republic, is a Lexington, Ky., based, lively acoustic group featuring music with a tropical sound. The group will bring its blend of congas, steel drums, ukulele and acoustic guitar to the stage on Aug. 13.
“Wear your Hawaiian shirts or parrot hats and come listen to the band’s ‘troprock’ sound,” said Reilly. The group plays a variety of music that includes everything from Jamaican island sounds to Jimmy Buffett and the Beach Boys.

‘Music in the Park’ Series
All performances at 7 p.m.
at the Broadway Fountain

• July 9: Cloigheann (Irish-bluegrass)
• Aug. 13: Conch on the Half Shell (acoustic)
• Sept. 10: Edgewood (country)
• Sept. 25: Doctors Band (oldies rock)

For the final regular season concert, Louisville, Ky.’s Edgewood will perform on Sept. 10. “This group is going to be a treat to see,” said Reilly. “There are five musicians who bring tight vocals and high energy to some lively sets of rocking country music.”
During special Madison Chautauqua Festival of Arts concert, the popular local group The Doctors’ Band will perform oldies rock favorites at 7-9 p.m. at the Broadway Fountain on Saturday evening, Sept. 25. “Everybody around here has heard the Doctors’ Band and loves them,” said Reilly. “We always try to make sure we get a variety of music for concert goers, and we try to be different each year. I think people are going to be happy with what they hear this year.”
Although the concerts are free, Madison Main Street Program does encourage sponsorship in order to ensure the quality and continuation of the event. There are numerous levels of sponsorship available, and businesses and individuals can choose to sponsor one concert or all of them.

• For more information, visit www.MadisonMainStreet.com or call (812) 265-3270.

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