Madison Regatta Roostertails Music Festival
Regatta committee announces
bands for three-day festival
Turnpike Troubadours to headline on Saturday night
2018 Madison Regatta Roostertails Music Festival Lineup
July 6-7 at Madison Bicentennial Park
(Stage times not yet available)
Friday, July 6
(4 p.m. – midnight)
Roots of a Rebellion
Brother O’ Brother
The High Divers
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Saturday, July 7
(4 p.m. – 1 a.m.)
Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters
$20 boat racing only; $20 music festival only; $35 all access weekend pass; $100 race and music four-pack. Available online at www.MadisonRegatta.com.
(March 2018) – The Madison Regatta will offer more than boat racing at this year’s three-day event, July 6-8, on the riverfront in Madison, Ind. Unlimited and limited boat racing will be combined with a three-day Madison Regatta Roostertails Music Festival, featuring two headliners – the Turnpike Troubadours and a return of The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, based in Seymour, Ind.
Madison Regatta Presi-dent Dan Cole and Music Festival Chairman Brent Turner made the announcement Feb. 7 at the Regatta monthly meeting, held at the Boneyard Grill.
“Reverend Peyton had such a great time last year at our event that he offered to come back this year and cut his fee in half,” Cole said. “Together with these two headliners, we’re going to have a solid lineup for our music festival.”
Reverend Peyton will headline the Friday night schedule, while the Turnpike Troubadours, a popular country western band from Oklahoma, will headline the Saturday night schedule, Turner said. Several local bands will also be featured over the weekend, including two or three bands kicking off the event on Thursday evening, according to Madison Regatta Music Festival coordinator Brent Turner. The music festival will be held at Madison Bicentennial Park, which can accommodate up to 10,000 people.
The Turnpike Troubadours describe themselves on their website as “an Oklahoma-based roots outfit that merges folk, country, bluegrass, Cajun and straight-out rock dynamics into a gritty, timeless blend.” Reverend Peyton describes his band as “a trio that combines country blues and alternative country into a unique roots rock blend.”
Photo courtesy of David McClister
Turnpike Troubadours is an American country music group from Oklahoma founded in 2005. They started their own imprint, Bossier City Records, in 2007 and have released five albums.
“The Turnpike Troubadours are one of the top country bands out there today,” Turner said. “And Reverend Peyton is one of the biggest artists in Indiana on tour right now.”
In all, the Roostertails Music Festival will feature up to 10 bands, with music to begin at 4 p.m. each day and run through 11 p.m. or so, Turner said. There will also be a large selection of craft beer for sale at the event, plus food trucks. Fans will be able to purchase a $20 wristband for the music only, or a $20 wristband for the boat racing only, or a $35 all inclusive wristband for the weekend. In December, the Regatta Committee announced a new pricing structure that will now require a $10 all-access wristband for children ages 6-14. In previous year, children under 10 were admitted free.
As for boat racing, Cole also announced that H1 Unlimited has accepted the Regatta Committee’s proposal to hold a points race this year and guaranteed Madison it would provide a minimum of six Unlimiteds, and possibly eight. The Unlimited will be joined on the water by the Grand Prix World boats, which are returning after presenting a successful program last year.
Cole did not reveal details of the agreement with H1 Unlimited but said it cost more than last year when the Regatta held a non-points exhibition event with only four Unlimited boats on the water.
Cole said the cost was on par with what other Unlimited race sites pay
Midwest Tube Mills, based in Madison, was announced in January as this year’s title sponsor of the 2018 Regatta after pledging support of $50,000. This year’s race will be called the Midwest Tube Mills 68th Indiana Governor’s Cup.
Regatta treasurer Tim Bipes announced at the meeting that the committee had already received $25,000 of that sponsorship money and was using $15,000 of it to hire bands in preparation for this year’s event. Bipes said the committee also had recently received an anonymous donation of $5,000 to go toward paying off its outstanding debt of $43,082.
Regatta Vice President Matt True told the group that the committee is moving forward with its plans and not waiting for H1 Unlimited to “tell us what they are going to do. We’re not just going to sit back and wait for them.”
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band returns to play at this year’s Madison Regatta music festival and will headline on Friday night, July 6, at Bicentennial Park.
As a result, True is working on getting a flyover by military plane and re-establishing an air show. He also is talking with a group that does drone racing, which has become popular in recent years, he said. Other related events being planned are a 3-on-3 basketball tournament and a corn hole tournament.
Enthusiasm in the group runs high. True said, “By adding a two-day music festival to our boat racing, we are giving our guests a great opportunity, since we have the largest footprint of any of the other festivals down there. I think we’re offering a cram-packed festival weekend that we’ve ever had here, and I’ve lived here all my life.”
Cole announced that the Regatta would again hold a golf scramble fundraiser that will pair each foursome with a celebrity boat driver – either from the Unlimited or Grand Prix World circuits. The golf scramble is scheduled for 8 a.m. Friday, July 6, at Sunrise Golf Course in Madison. Cost will likely remain the same as last year at $75, he said.
Wristband sales and campsite reservations will be available when the new Madison Regatta website goes online, which is expected to occur by March 1.
Cole said he was pleased with the 40-some members who attended the February meeting, considering how far away they were from the event. He announced that the committee had 54 paid members, which was high compared to recent years.
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