'Music on the River'
to headline Saturday slate
is planned nightly
(July 2012) The 2012 Madison Regatta Music
Festival will run from Wednesday through Saturday, July 4-7, at Firemans
Park on Vaughn Drive.
The festival includes a street dance hosted by WORX 96.7 FM and a varied
lineup of bands and individual musicians playing nightly.
Louisville-based band, Zellus,
will perform late Saturday night
as the headline act for the
Regattas Music on the River.
New to the festival this year is Louisville-based cover
band Zellus. A play on the word zealous, vocalist Wesley
Neidiffer of New Albany, Ind., said the name suits the high-energy musicians
who make up the band.
Zellus was formed two years ago when drummer Dereck Hearn saw Neidiffer
performing with Suburban Situation, another original band Neidiffer
has played with for 10 years.
We decided to throw a little thing together, said Neidiffer.
That thing became Zellus.
Hearn and Neidiffer perform with guitarist Pat Wolfe, bass player Will
Perkins and keyboardist Trey Latham. Hearn also serves as the bands
general manager. Louisville is home to many cover bands, said Neidiffer,
and that means the group must adapt to changing tastes in order to appeal
Zellus describes their music choices as R&B Neo Soul.
They play everything from Marvin Gaye to Prince to Kings of Leon. Depending
on the crowd, they add rock music to cover the broadest possible spectrum
Through covering other bands music, Zellus is also laying a foundation
for its original songs.
Schedule of Festival Events
Saturday, June 30: Little Miss Pageant (ages 5-8) and Morgan
& Nay Funeral Centre Miss Pre-Teen Pageant (ages 14-17). Noon
at the Madison Consolidated High School Auditorium. ISU Insurance
& Investment Group Miss Teen Pageant at 6 p.m.
Saturday, June 30: Remote Control Boat Racing. 10
a.m. at Jefferson Proving Grounds Kruger Lake on Hwy. 421
just north of Madison.
Monday, July 2: Xi Beta Upsilon Miss Madison Regatta
Beauty Pageant (ages 18-26). 7 p.m. at the Madison Consolidated
High School Auditorium. Admission $8.
Tuesday, July 3: Indiana-Kentucky Electric Corp.
Bed Race. 5:30 p.m. on Main Street in front of Jefferson County
Wednesday, July 4: RKO Enterprises Waterball Fight.
5:30 p.m. on Vaughn Drive and Broadway Street.
Wednesday, July 4: WORX 96.7 FM Street Dance. 8-11
p.m. at Firemans Park, foot of Jefferson Street & Vaughn.
Thursday, July 5: Madison Area Chamber of Commerce
& Madison Regatta Business After Hours. 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at
the VIP Tent at the riverfront. (Open to the media, race drivers,
team owners, race officials, chamber members and their guests
Friday, July 6: Madison Regatta Parade. 6:15 p.m.
on Main Street beginning at Jefferson Street.
Saturday, July 7: The Madison Courier 10K Walk &
Run. 8 a.m. beginning at the Madison Consolidated High School
Saturday, July 7: Regatta Fireworks co-sponsored
by American Legion Post 9 and Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre.
Approximately 10 p.m. at the riverfront. (Free admission)
Saturday-Sunday, July 7-8: Grote Industries Air
Shows by aerobatic pilot Brett Hunter.
on the River
by Arvin Sango Inc., Big-O Tires, Miller Automotive and Northside
Liquors. Music stage is located at Firemans Park on the
riverfront. Admission is a $5 Regatta button except for Saturday
night when admission to fireworks and music are free.
Thursday, July 5: Radio 96.3 WJAA presents Total
Rock Radio with Howard Lewis & Lovins (6-6:45 p.m.); Chuck
Barnes Band (7:15-8 p.m.); The Wheel (8:30-9:45 p.m.); Rusty Bladen
Friday, July 6: 95.3 WIKI presents The Texaco Country
Showdown featuring regional winners beginning at 7 p.m. More bands
Saturday, July 7: WORX 96.7 FM / WXGO 1270
AM present presents Darryl Hewitt and Mark Louden (5:15-5:45 p.m.);
Beyond Doubt (6-6:45 p.m.); Power Plant (7:15-8:15 p.m.); Jimmy
Davis Band (8:45-10 p.m.); Zellus (10:30-midnight).
Tickets: General Admission Weekend Wristbands are
$25. To order, call (812) 265-5000 or visit the Regatta website:
www.MadisonRegatta.com. Tickets also available at several
local stores. VIP and other passes available. Parking passes $20.
Souvenir buttons $5. Pit Tours $3. Programs $5.
I love doing covers, but I enjoy making up our own
music, Neidiffer said.
The R&B band performs two or three times a month at venues in the
Louisville area, such as the Hard Rock Café, as well as out-of-town
events like the Kentucky Derby Festivals Chow Wagon.
Zellus has not performed at Madison Regatta before, but Neidiffer said
he and his band mates look forward to the experience.
These are the best people to play with, he said. We
bring something a lot of bands dont have. We just hope people
will get excited.
Regatta music chair Brent Thacker of Madison said Zellus contributes
a different style of entertainment to the festival. He said the best
way to attract people to the shows is with a diverse range of talent.
Thacker should know. He has not missed a Regatta in 41 years.
For Thacker, Regatta is a ritual. He has volunteered to help organize
Regatta events on and off for the last 12 years. He sits on the sponsorship
committee and puts up banners downtown while doing the jobs that
need to be done.
As music chair, Thacker chooses bands and determines the performance
schedule for the Regatta Music Festival. He never has a problem finding
musicians who want to appear onstage in Madison.
My phone rings off the hook from February on, he said.
Thacker added that he is thankful for the abundant interest from bands,
despite the fact that no one is paid to play. He makes his selection
of which bands to invite based on their enthusiasm and whether they
have played at Regatta in the past. Everybody donates their time,
he said. I try to let bands into Regatta, give them a time slot
that may not be preferential to them, then next year give them a better
The music featured during Regatta has evolved over the years. Bluegrass,
formerly the main attraction, has been heard less in recent lineups,
ousted in favor of more contemporary and popular sounds. Another change
from past Music Festivals is the decision not to hold a battle of the
bands this year. Otherwise, Thacker sticks with what works and maintains
a music selection that is just about the same every year.
Thacker said he tries to find something for everybody to enjoy in the
hope that variety will draw audiences from outside Madison to the riverfront.
Regatta means people coming together, seeing your friends,
he said, and music is an important part of that.
This years schedule is organized according to a specific nights
sponsors. The street dance from WORX 96.7 FM kicks off the Music Festival
on Wednesday night.
Thursday night, sponsored by WJAA 96.3 FM, will feature classic rock
performers such as singer-songwriter Rusty Bladen of Madison. This will
be Bladens first appearance on the Regatta stage in eight years,
and he will debut a new band this year.
Country night is Friday with performances by the Woodsman Quarter from
Batesville, Ind., and others.
Zellus will close the festivities on Saturday, R&B night.
The Music Festival is also sponsored by WXGO 1270 AM, WIKI 95.3 FM,
Arvin Sango Inc., North Side Liquors, Miller Automotive and Big-O Tires.
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