‘Rockin’ the Riverfront’

Local musicians ready to
heat up the night at Regatta festival

‘Power Plant’ has been making music for many years

The Madison Regatta isn’t just about Unlimited hydroplane racing. It’s also a time when the community celebrates the Fourth of July with a weeklong schedule of Regatta Festival events, including all types of music on the Ohio River.

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From left, Michael “Chester” Dalgleish, George “Tweety” Harmon and Peter McLaughlin form the band Power Plant. They will perform Saturday night at the Madison Regatta.

This year’s musical lineup will be highlighted by a local group whose roots go back a few decades. Power Plant, formed in 1975, is a throwback of the best kind of old-fashioned rock-and-roll. They will be the featured performers following the Regatta fireworks show Saturday night, July 5, on the riverfront stage at Fireman’s Park, located at the foot of Jefferson Street at Vaughn Drive. Additional bands will perform prior to the fireworks show.
Power Plant members include Michael “Chester” Dalgleish, 59, on drums and vocals, George “Tweety” Harmon, 61, on bass, and Patter McLaughlin, 61, on guitar and vocals. After five years of making music together, the band mates went their separate ways. Following a reunion for a recent benefit concert recently, the old friends realized that nothing had changed. They enjoyed playing music together just as much as they ever had.
“It all just came back,” recalls McLaughlin.

2014 Madison
Regatta Schedule
of Festival Events

• Sunday, June 29: Cutie Pie Contest. 2 p.m. at Madison Bicentennial Park. Entry fee $10. Call (812) 274-0400 to enter or register online at www.MadisonRegatta.com.
• Monday, June 30: Rubber Duck Regatta and free swimming. 6 p.m. race at Crystal Beach, followed by swimming until 9 p.m.
• Tuesday, July 1: RKO Enterprises Waterball Fight. 5:30 p.m. on Main Street between Jefferson and Walnut streets.
• Tuesday, July 1: The City of Madison presents a free movie “Madison” at dusk at Madison Bicentennial Park.
• Wednesday, July 2: WORX 96.7 FM Street Dance. 8-11 p.m. at Fireman’s Park, foot of Jefferson Street & Vaughn.
• Thursday, July 3: Madison Regatta Golf Scramble at Belterra Casino Resort. 11:30 a.m. check-in and noon shotgun start. $75 per person until July 29, then $100 per person. Call (812) 274-0400 to enter or register online at www.MadisonRegatta.com.
• Thursday, July 3: Parade floats on display at 7 p.m. at Ivy Tech Community College. Public voting for best floats.
• Friday, July 4: Remote Control Boat Racing. 9 a.m. at Jefferson Proving Ground’s Kruger Lake on Hwy. 421 just north of Madison. Free viewing of racing. Information: (812) 292-0535.
• Friday, July 4: Madison Regatta Parade, sponsored by River Valley Financial Bank. 7 p.m. on Main Street beginning at Jefferson Street.
• Saturday, July 5: The Madison Courier 10K Walk & Run. 8 a.m. beginning at the Madison Consolidated High School.
• Saturday, July 5: The Madison Regatta Volleyball Classic. Time TBA on the riverfront at the corner of Vernon Street and Vaughn Drive. Call Ben Canida at (812) 265-4766.
• Saturday, July 5: Regatta Fireworks Spectacular, co-sponsored by American Legion Post 9, city of Madison and the Jefferson County Board of Tourism. Approximately 10 p.m. at the riverfront. With Twilight Air Show before the fireworks.
• Saturday-Sunday, July 5-6: Grote Industries Air Shows by aerobatic pilot Brett Hunter.

Rockin’ the Riverfront Music Festival

Co-sponsored by Arvin Sango Inc., Big-O Tires, Northside Liquors and Riverboat Inn. Music stage is located at Fireman’s Park on the riverfront at the foot of Jefferson Street. Admission is a $5 Regatta button except for Saturday night when admission to fireworks, air show and music are free.
• Thursday, July 3: Jimmy Davis plays from 8 p.m. - midnight at the VIP Tent. Open to the public. Ticket price TBA. WJAA 96.3 FM presents music at Fireman’s Park: Weekend Classic (5-7 p.m.); Ricky Morse Music Co. (7-9 p.m.); Audible Point (9 p.m. - midnight).
• Friday, July 4: 95.3 WIKI presents: Hotwired (3-5 p.m.; Crossfire (5-7 p.m.) Matthew Barringer (9 p.m. - midnight).
• Saturday, July 5: WORX 96.7 FM / WXGO 1270 AM present: Centerline (4-6 p.m.); Nick Dettmeir (6-8 p.m.); The Wheel (8-10 p.m.); Jimmy Davis plays the Star Spangled Banner (10 p.m.); Power Plant (10 p.m. - midnight).
• Tickets: General Admission Weekend Wristbands are $25. To order, call (812) 274-0400 or visit: www.MadisonRegatta.com. Wristbands also available at several local stores. VIP and other passes available. Souvenir buttons $5.

Primarily, the band plays classic rock as well as blues but has also been on a song-writing frenzy. According to Dalgleish, the songs usually begin with McLaughlin, who will then bring the lyrics and the beginning chord structure to the rest of the band for development. This has resulted in 15-20 original songs that the friends are planning to compile onto an album in the near future. 
Growing up together in downtown Madison, the trio has always shared a love of music. They describe living in a time when bands would frequently “battle it out” musically in an empty parking lot. All three young men would pay close attention to the style of their favorite local musicians and then try out the techniques themselves. The men also recall taking music lessons from local performer Charlie Humphrey at Drake’s Music Store for $1.50 per session. It is obvious that Humphrey was a huge influence on the band as well as The Beatles, Grand Funk Railroad and The Rolling Stones. 
The name Power Plant was derived when the group decided that their music was “electrifying.” As the local power plant brought energy to the citizens via three stacks, the band decided that they brought powerful music via three talented musicians. This metaphor seems to be correct as the three are gaining much local attention with their recent comeback.
Now that the group has reformed, they have developed a bucket list of items to be achieved as a group. Happily, they will be able to cross two items off the list this summer. The first when they play after the Regatta fireworks and the second is when they will open the Saturday lineup at 11:30 a.m. at the Madison Ribberfest on Aug. 16.
The Madison Regatta Festival, meanwhile, will also feature two other bands prior to the fireworks show.
Playing first is The Wheel from 8-10 p.m. The band is comprised of Erik Brunner, JT Glasgow, Chris Jesse and Tom Steveley. Brunner is considered a talent on numerous instruments but plays primarily bass and guitar for The Wheel as well as vocals. Glasgow provides a very solid brand of drums and percussion. Jesse supplies his signature vocals and guitar. Lead guitar is performed by Steveley and can only be considered impressive. Together, these four performers create music that is described as spontaneous due to their tendency to play songs according to their mood.
“I feel it’s like we are having a musical conversation amongst ourselves,” says Steveley. The Wheel’s set list is mostly originals but will contain some covers that have been tailored to the style of the band. It is obvious that this group enjoys playing music with one another. Their enjoyment is contagious and merges with their well-executed music for an act that is truly engaging.
Following The Wheel will be Madison favorite Jimmy Davis, who will be ushering in the Fireworks Spectacular show with a rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. Davis, along with Brent Thacker, has been responsible for the development of the musical line up during the Regatta for the last 13 years. Earlier in the evening, Centerline will open the musical lineup from 4-6 p.m., followed by Nick Diettmeir from 6-8 p.m. Saturday night’s musical lineup is presented by WORX 96.7 FM-WXGO 1270 AM.
On Friday night, 95.3 WIKI radio station presents the music, beginning with Hotwired from 3-5 p.m.; Crossfire from 5-7 p.m.; Country Bourne from 7-9 p.m.; and Matthew Barringer from 9 p.m. to midnight.
On Thursday night, Radio 96.3 WJAA presents the music, beginning with Weekend Classic from 5-7 p.m.; Ricky Morse Music Co. from 7-9 p.m.; and Audible Point from 9 p.m. to midnight.
On Wednesday night, WORX 96.7 FM will hold its Street Dance on Vaughn Drive from 8-11 p.m.

Regatta Festival-goers will need only a $5 Regatta souvenir button to gain admission to the riverfront on Wednesday-Friday, but access to the fireworks and music on Saturday night is free.

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