Roostertail Music Festival
Turnpike Troubadours top lineup
Music Festival to feature 10 bands over two days
Roostertail Music Festival Lineup
July 6-7 at Madison Bicentennial Park (Gates open at 4:30 p.m.)
Friday, July 6
(5 p.m. – midnight)
5 p.m.: Roots of a Rebellion
6:20 p.m.: Brother O’ Brother
7:25 p.m.: Quiet Hollers
8:45 p.m.: Rusty Bladen
9:50 p.m.: Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Saturday, July 7
Tickets: $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. For information, call (812) 274-0400.
(5 p.m. – 1 a.m.)
5 p.m.: Bigfoot Yancey
6:20 p.m.: Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters
7:40 p.m.: J.D. Shelburne
9 p.m.: The High Divers
10 p.m.: Fireworks Show on the Ohio River
10:30 p.m.: Turnpike Troubadours
(July 2018) – The Madison Regatta is back and broadening its horizons this year with the introduction of the inaugural Roostertail Music Festival. This event began on a smaller scale last year with two concerts during Regatta weekend, but it has expanded to include more bands this year.
Roostertail Music Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, July 6-7, in Madison Bicentennial Park. Hours are from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, and 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. Saturday. Gates open at 4:30 p.m.
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Roostertail Music Festival’s Friday night headliner, is making a return to Madison after performing at last year’s Regatta. “We told them that as long as they’d have us back, we’d love to be a part of it as long as we can,” said Reverend Peyton, 37, the guitarist and lead singer of the band.
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is a country-blues band from Bean Blossom, Ind., in nearby Brown County. The band consists of Reverend Peyton himself, his washboard-playing wife, Breezy Peyton, and drummer Max Senteney. The band has been on the road full time for the past 12 years.
“We’ve played in 37 countries and 48 states,” Reverend Peyton said. Though the band is heading to Europe later this summer, they are making a stop in Madison first.
“Reverend Peyton had an amazing reception last year, and we wanted to bring them back,” said Brent Turner, music chairperson of the Regatta Committee.
The Big Damn Band members say they are looking forward to returning to Madison. “We love Madison,” Reverend Peyton said. “It’s one of the great towns in Indiana – really in the country. It’s got a New Orleans kind of vibe with it being right on the river. I almost moved there; that’s how much I like Madison.”
As a country-blues band, Reverend Peyton said he finds inspiration from life in southern Indiana as well as from musicians like Mississippi Fred McDowell and Charlie Patton. “Country-blues is where it all starts for me,” Reverend Peyton said. “I always try to take it to places it’s not been before, which is sometimes hard to do because it’s the oldest genre of uniquely American music.”
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 Roostertail Music Festival will be featuring seven bands in addition to Reverend Peyton.
Saturday night’s headliner is Turnpike Troubadours, a country music band from southeastern Oklahoma. “We thought they would be a good fit for Roostertail. They’re having a very successful solo tour and recently sold out Red Rocks Amphitheater,” Turner said.
Turner describes the collection of bands in the Roostertail lineup as “eclectic.”
“We have reggae, garage rock and country. Some of these genres have never been brought to Madison,” he said. “We’re hoping the festival will bring in a younger crowd and pump in some new blood,” Turner said.
He said that while Roostertail places emphasis on bands that play rock or country music, one of their goals is to not limit the festival to a certain genre. “The other music festivals in Madison like RiverRoots or Ribberfest are strictly folk and strictly blues. We’re not defining what is it that we are,” Turner said. “The festival in 2019 may have a completely different style. We want to focus on what will bring the most people.”
Photo courtesy of David McClister
Turnpike Troubadours is an American country music group from Oklahoma founded in 2005. They started their own imprint, Bossier City Records, in 2007 and have released five albums.
In addition to the concerts, the festival will be featuring craft beer tastings by Roostertail’s title sponsor, Quaff On! Brewing Co., a craft beer brewery in Brown County, Ind. The brewery also will be holding tastings at Off Broadway Taproom in downtown Madison on Saturday afternoon prior to the concerts.
Also, Mad Paddle Brewery will be selling its new Wicked Blonde Ale at the park. Mad Paddle will soon begin producing at its future microbrewery that is under construction in Madison. The first batch was made at New Albanian Brewery in New Albany, Ind., and premiered at RiverRoots Music and Folk Art Festival in early June.
“People in town for just the music will be able catch some of the bands at the Taproom before the shows that night,” Turner said.
Roostertail Music Festival’s central location at Bicentennial Park could allow for up to 13,000 concertgoers at full capacity. “We’re hoping to bring in 5,000 to 7,000 people. We think the festival will bring in a lot of strictly music fans who don’t know about the boat races,” Turner said. “The reception has been good with Madison’s other two music festivals. We though this would be a great addition to Regatta.”
Reverend Peyton agreed saying, “The Regatta is such a legendary thing. More Hoosiers should go to it and be a part of it. We have a big show planned just for Regatta. We’ll be bringing some old stuff and some new stuff, along with some surprises. It’s always great to come back home and do shows in Indiana. It’s always special.”
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