Regatta fans to be treated
to boat racing, live music
Two-day concert planned along with H1 points racing
2018 Madison Regatta Roostertails Music Festival Lineup
Friday, July 6
(4 p.m. – midnight)
Roots of a Rebellion
Brother O’ Brother
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Saturday, July 7
(4 p.m. – 1 a.m.)
Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters
The High Divers
$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.
(June 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 former president Dan Cole and Music Festival Chairman Brent Turner made the announcement Feb. 7 at the Regatta monthly meeting.
“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.”
Cole has since resigned his position and in May was replaced by Vice President Matt True.
“Despite the change in leadership, everything is going according to plan,” said True, 46, who works as a firefighter EMT at Dow Corning. “It’s not one person but the entire team that makes it happen.”
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.”
The Turnpike Troubadours will headline the Roostertails Music Festival during Regatta weekend.
“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.”
He said the committee already is negotiating with the H1 Unlimited Series for next year’s race weekend.
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.
The Regatta Festival returns with many of the usual events, including the parade, pageants, water ball fight, bed race, fireworks and the return of an air show (see schedule). The parade grand marshal had not yet been announced at press time.
As for boat racing, the committee has 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.
Officials did not release 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.
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.
The Regatta committee received $25,000 of that sponsorship money back in February and used $15,000 of it to hire bands in preparation for this year’s event. The committee also received an anonymous donation of $5,000 to go toward paying off its outstanding debt of $43,082.
In late May, True said he is working on getting a flyover by military plane and re-establishing an air show. He just need a sponsor to bring back the air show.
The committee announced it 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 are available on the new Madison Regatta website.
As of a few months ago, the committee had 54 paid members, which was high compared to recent years.
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.”
True has been with the Regatta committee for seven years, starting out as a safety rescue director, then race chairman and then vice president last year. Although he was due to move up to president this year, he said he asked Cole to stay on another year “so we could move forward in getting our bylaws straightened out and correct some issues with our wristband sales process.”
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