Music in the Park
The Rumors band returns to
Madison’s Broadway Fountain
The popular band is well known
among local music lovers
Music in the Park
• Aug. 10: The Rumors (Opening act: Joel Curtin)
• Sept. 14: J.D. Shelburne (Opening act: The Ziesemers)
• Free concert sponsored by the Madison Main Street Program
(August 2018) – Madison Main Street Program’s “Music In the Park” summer concert series will continue on Aug. 11 with a band well known to Madison, Ind., audiences. The Rumors are scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. at the Broadway Fountain. An opening act featuring Joel Curtin will take the stage at 6 p.m. Concessions open at 5 p.m.
“We have probably played Madison 500 times,” said the Rumors’ lead singer Rob Marlin with a laugh. “We are regional and have been together since 1994. The Electric Lady was our base.”
Marlin came from a musical family. “Sleepy Marlin was grandfather,” Marlin said. “He was a drummer and played all around the area.”
The Rumors continue that family tradition, playing gigs around southern Indiana and the Louisville metro area.
“We are excited to have The Rumors back again this year,” said Madison Main Street Executive Director Victoria Perry. “They always put on a great show and do a fantastic job of getting the crowd involved. Plan to bring your dancing shoes because this group will have you moving.”
“We have played Madison’s Music in the Park a lot,” said Marlin, whose group members live around the New Albany area. “We know people in Madison and love coming up there.”
The nature of the band has changed since the members have reached their mid-forties.
The Rumors band of southern Indiana includes (from left) bass player Rob Marlin, guitarist Jeremy Sebolt, drummer Jerry McBroom, fiddler Rebekah Wainscott and guitarist Jon Beyl.
“We are not into the 2:30 a.m. shows as much now,” Marlin said. “We are now gearing up and hoping to do more parties. We have tailored our repertory to an all-ages, family friendly vibe. It has worked out.”
• The Rumors are scheduled to perform Aug. 22 at the Kentucky State Fair.
Other band members include Jon Beyl, doing vocals and guitar; Jerry McBroom on drums; Jeremy Sebolt on vocals and guitar; and Rebekah Wainscott on vocals and fiddle. Marlin does vocals and bass.
The band still plays a few late-night venues, such as Off-Broadway Taproom, but a recent gig at the Broadway Hotel was a daytime gig for a party.
“We have played in the Ohio Theater,” Marlin said. “And we are connected with the Madison Regatta.
They have really taken to us over the years. It seems to be a good fit.”
The Rumors are also scheduled to play in Madison on Sept. 8 at the Shawe-Pope John XXIII Summertime Festival as a fundraiser for the private Catholic schools.
“It is a Shawe Street dance,” Marlin said. “There is a beer tent, gambling and rides for kids.”
Marlin has built up a lot of memories for that event over the years.
“We have played for 10 years,” he recalled fondly. “They are the best people to work with. We love coming there because we get a warm reception.”
“Madison is our home away from home,” Marlin continued. “We just love the feel of Madison. We play a lot of gigs in Sellersburg or New Albany, but it just doesn’t have the gingerbread vibe feel of Madison. Madison has a lot of personality.”
Meanwhile, Perry said singer Curtin is relatively new to Madison. “He has been performing at the Madison Farmer’s Market this year, and everyone has loved hearing him. He’s a talented singer and songwriter, and I believe he’s a great addition to the Music in the Park lineup.”
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