Saturday Night Concert

The Reverend Peyton
to highlight night of music

Paid-admission concert is a new event this yera

(June 23, 2017) – Several local groups are working hard to make Madison, Ind., a music destination for travelers. Now, the Madison Regatta Committee is also working to accomplish that goal.
Low attendance due to bad weather at the last two years has forced Regatta organizers to look for ways to create additional revenue for the annual Unlimited hydroplane weekend. The decision was made to add a concert with a separate admission price as a way to generate revenue. And so they added the Regatta Music Festival and Food Truck Challenge from 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday, July 1, at Madison Bicentennial Park.
“There is already a lot of buzz around town with it,” said Regatta President Dan Cole. “We feel we have a quality lineup. The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band from Nashville, Ind., is a very well know national act.”

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The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band from Nashville, Ind., includes (from left) Breezy Peyton on washboard, Reverend Peyton on steel guitar and drummer Max Senteney.

The headliner band will be preceded by the country band, Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters of Louisville, Ky. The concert opens with Madison’s own Jimmy Davis Band at 5 p.m.
The Regatta committee says it has priced the concert properly to attract a good crowd of music lovers.
“At $10 or $15, I don’t know anywhere you can go see three bands and have the food options we have,” Cole said. “And to have it topped off with free fireworks is a deal for that kind of money. The goal is to make it both a music and racing event.”
The success of other music events in Madison was a key factor in the Regatta committee’s decision to introduce a concert to the hydroplane races.
“Madison is becoming a music destination,” Cole continued. “With RiverRoots (folk and Americana music festival in May) and the Madison Ribberfest (blues and barbecue event in August), we are a nice fit in the middle. We are going to be a very family friendly event. We encourage people to bring their kids, their coolers and lawn chairs and spend the evening with us.”
Cole is also looking to the future of the event.
“My hope this is the first of many years to come,” said Cole. “We hope music can play a bigger part of our festival. Bicentennial Park is one of the nicest outdoor venues you can find.”
Running a concert is new to the Regatta organizers, but members are preceding with confidence.
“This is kind of an experiment,” said Cole. “It is one of the things we tasked ourselves in order to bring in new revenue. We will schedule the races five hours each day instead of all day a so we can give people time to go home and come back for the evening festivities.”
Reverend Peyton is a southern Indiana-bred singer-guitarist. He is the bigger-than-life frontman who has earned a reputation as both persuasive performer and a convincing evangelist for the rootsy country blues styles that captured his imagination early in life. That style has inspired him and his band to make pilgrimages to Clarksdale, Miss., to study under such blues masters as T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour and David “Honeyboy” Edwards.  
That passionate inspiration has made Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band one of America’s foremost country blues outfits and fuels their new release, “The Front Porch Sessions.” 
Peyton has an amazing guitar mastery that is equaled by his knack for vivid, emotionally impactful songwriting. His originals are matched in their authenticity by the deeply felt vintage blues tunes that he covers. 
Another strong nationally touring band on the concert bill is Nick Dittmeier & The Sawdusters.  They are a four-piece Americana band that has released two EPs, “Extra Better” in 2013, and then “Light of Day” in 2014. Through relentless touring, they’ve become mainstays of the Midwest Americana scene.
The Food Truck Challenge will also take place Saturday at Bicentennial Park during the concert. This event pits six food trucks against each other in competition. The food trucks are coming from Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Bloomington, Ind., and Louisville, Ky.
The night will be capped off with the free fireworks show on the banks of the Ohio River.

Early bird tickets can be ordered for $10 online at www.MadisonRegatta.com. Children under 10 are free. Visitors are encouraged to bring their families.

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