Getting Their Groove On
‘The Rumors’ to open Madison’s
2017 Music in the Park series
Summer concerts are presented
by the Main Street Program
(June 2017) – Madison Main Street Program’s popular Music in the Park summer concert series at the Broadway Fountain returns to Madison, Ind., on June 9 with a performance by The Rumors.
The Rumors are based in southern Indiana and have performed from Chicago to Nashville, from St. Louis to Cincinnati.
“We have played in Madison at various events for several years and have made lots of friends there and love the town,” said Rumors spokesperson and band member Rob Marlin. “We enjoy coming back and performing for so many familiar faces.”
The Rumors do not have a long drive to perform in Madison. They are based just a few miles away in Sellersburg.
Music in the Park
• June 9: The Rumors
• July 14: The Doctors Band
• Aug. 11: The Louisville Crashers (at Bicentennial Park)
• Sept. 8: Rusty Bladen
“We’re looking forward to kicking off the Summer Music Program again this year,” Marlin added. “It’s one of the events we look forward to the most.”
Music in the Park has been a favorite event in Madison for years, but this is the first year for the Main Street Program’s newly hired executive director Victoria Perry to organize the event.
Before joining Madison Main Street Program, she received a degree in Tourism Convention and Event Management from IUPUI, then worked in Hotel Hospitality at Residence Inn on the Canal in Indianapolis.
“Kim Nyberg was director when the concert series started in 1993,” said Perry, “It was as a way to celebrate Main Street. The program had several good years, and they wanted to celebrate the success.”
Nyberg, the Madison Main Street Program’s founding director, said she remembers the first Music in the Park celebrations.
“In 1993, the Madison Main Street Program started the first Music in the Park,” said Nyberg. “It was a celebration of downtown. It was held in Lytle Park, and the first band was the Ordie Day Trio straight from the Bonnie Belle Riverboat. We had about 75 people in attendance, and the Main Street board danced the Hokey Pokey. What fun.”
From that moment on, the music continued and Music in the Park grew into an annual series, offering a free family event for the community.
There are four headliners this year, with opening bands at each event.
The Rumors band includes (from left) Jon Beyl, Jeremy Sebolt, Bekka Wainscott, Rob Marlin and Jerry McBroom.
When the Main Street staff wanted to increase the crowd size, it looked for bands with a regional following but also wanted to meet the demand for local musicians.”
Other concerts are scheduled for July 14 (The Doctors Band), Aug. 11 (The Louisville Crashers at Madison Bicentennial Park) and Sept. 8 (Rusty Bladen). Madison Main Street also sponsors street music events on the fourth Friday of each month from March through November. There are trolley rides, and several area musicians will play on the sidewalks during each event, many stores will remain open until 8 p.m.
Music in the Park organizers didn’t want the extra burden of providing food at the concert series, so they brought in local food vendors. The changes in music and food caused the crowd size to go from 400 to 1,100 people, officials said.
“This is people coming together and gathering to enjoy their time together,” Perry said. “It is not a fundraiser. We want people to get out and meet the merchants and build relationships.”
The streets of Madison come alive on nights of the summer concert series.
“We know people come downtown at night,” she said. “This gives them a chance to meet the merchants.
If anything, it just gets people downtown and walking by the stores so they know what we have there.”
Perry enjoys promoting the concert series and Madison.
“What I enjoy most is history and architecture,” she said. “It is so well preserved. A goal of Main Street is that we want people to live downtown. We want as many people as possible to come out and just enjoy the city. We have a beautiful venue.”
The Music in the Park vendors open at 5 p.m., and the opening act starts at 6 p.m. The Rumors are scheduled to play from 7-9 p.m. Visitors are advised to bring lawn chairs.
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