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Music in the Park

The group will perform at Madison’s Bicentennial Park

Louisville Crashers have built an impressive resume

(August 2017) – Louisville Crashers lead singer Will Martin is no stranger to Madison, Ind. He and his brother, Max, grew up nearby in Nabb. Ind.
“Our very first gig was the 4-H fair in Madison,” he said. “Our band, Trouble, won the talent show. My brother and I used to play Madison every year as kids. I sang and he played drums.”
The town left a positive impression on Martin and his brother. Now they will have the opportunity to return to the small river town to perform at the Music in the Park event on Aug. 11. The summer concert series is presented by the Madison Main Street Program.
Normally the concerts are held at the Broadway Fountain on Main Street. But because the Louisville Crashers is a very popular regional band, the location has been changed to a larger venue – Madison Bicentennial Park. This performance has been sponsored by Morgan Foods.

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The Louisville Crashers have recently played gigs for actress Jennifer Lawrence.

Food vendors open at 5 p.m. The opening act begins at 6 p.m., with the Louisville Crashers going on stage at 7 p.m.
“Madison holds a great place in our hearts, so the event there means a lot to us.” Martin said.
Half of the Louisville Crashers band members live in Indiana, while the other half calls Louisville, Ky., home. Their guitar player, Shane Isenberg, has family near Madison. Other band members include Jesse Vest on bass, Howard Gitti on guitar, trumpet, keyboard and vocal, and Geoff Gitti on keyboard, sax, flute and vocal. Max Martin plays the drums and sings.
“We got together almost nine years ago and decided we can we survive as a band together,” said Martin.
The Crashers are building an impressive performance resume.
“We played the Super Bowl for NBC with Jennifer Lawrence,” said Martin. “There is a bunch of stuff we are blessed to have happen to our lives.”
The band on July 14 made another appearance with Louisville native and actress Lawrence at the Frazier History Museum in Louisville for the exhibit on The Hunger Games to benefit the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation.
“By partnering with The Jennifer Lawrence Foundation, we have ensured that the visitors who come to the Frazier to experience this incredible exhibition will not be the only ones to benefit from its run in Louisville,” said Frazier President Penny Peavler. “It is our mission to ignite the human spirit with stories that matter to this community, and we are ecstatic to be living in that mission alongside such exceptional partners.” 
The Jennifer Lawrence Foundation assists and empowers charitable organizations that fulfill children’s vital needs and drive arts awareness and participation.
The foundation works to positively impact the lives of young people, artists and the organizations that serve them.
The foundation assists a variety of nonprofit organizations in fulfilling their missions, including Uspiritus, St. Mary’s Center, West End Boys School, Boys and Girls Clubs, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Be the Match, Meghan’s Mountain, Agape Flights, Fund for the Arts, Community Foundation of Louisville, Compassionate School Project, American Heart Association, Down Syndrome of Louisville, and Dare to Care.
The Crashers play mostly in Indiana and Kentucky but have traveled for performances in Colorado, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Alabama, Missouri, Kansas and Virginia. The band just returned from Colorado, where they did three dates for Papa John.
“We had a lot of fun and get along well,” Martin said. “We play everything people want. They can email us or post on Facebook, and we will do everything we can to learn it and play it – Frank Sinatra or whatever people want, they get.”
The list of songs they play includes very diverse artists.
“If people ask for Rolling Stones or Luke Bryan, we are going to play it,” Martin said. “It is just what we do.”
The Crasher shows are very interactive. “We want everyone to sing along or clap along,” Martin said. “That is why we bring out the tambourines. We throw out six tambourines every show and tell them to take them home. It costs us a few bucks.”
“We are a seven-man band,” said Martin. “Six of us on stage, and the sound man.”
The Crashers have four or five additional crew members. Each has his own role in the performances.
The Martin brothers were in an earlier band called Spanky lee.
“We played up there in Madison for the Regatta,” said Martin. “I’ll never forget that.”
The band is very interactive because they want to make a positive impression on the lives of the people in the audience.
“We go out in the crowd and make people sing,” said Martin. “People have rough lives. It is our job to make sure everyone has a good time.”
The Louisville Crashers will perform at the Madison Main Street Music in the Park series on August 11.

• For more information on the Music in the Park concert series, visit www.madisonmainstreet.com. For information about the Louisville Crashers, visit www.thelouisvillecrashers.com.

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