Ready to Jam
The Rumors to kick off 2021
Music in the Park concert series
The summer concerts have moved to Bicentennial Park
(June 2021) – It’s not just a rumor, it’s a fact that one of southern Indiana’s most popular bands is coming back to Madison, Ind. The Rumors band is scheduled to kick off the Madison Main Street Program’s “Music in the Park” series on Friday, June 11, at the Bicentennial Park starting at 7 p.m.
Jeremy Sebolt, who is the current leader of the band, says “Coming to Madison is always a treat. It’s like our second home. We just like the city, and sometimes we just go there to hang out.” The Rumors usually perform 50 to 70 times each year, with most of the concerts close to the Louisville area. But they have traveled three or four hours away, which included gigs in Indianapolis, St. Louis and Nashville, Tenn.
The band takes pride in the fact that it has held the group together for 26 years. “One of the reasons we have been successful is the variety of music we play,” Sebolt said. “We can go from the Golden Oldies of the ’60s, all the way through the hits of ’70s, ’80s and ’90s and even some of the current songs. While we are heavy into rock ’n roll, we also can change genres and perform soul and bluegrass.”
The Rumors band has a strong following throughout Kentuckiana. The band members are from New Albany, Ind., and Louisville, Ky. They have performed in Madison, Ind., several times over the years.
All of the band members live in the New Albany, Ind., and Louisville areas and all have full time jobs. Sebolt, who plays guitar and sings, teaches elementary school music. He is passionate about having programs that start kids early in some kind of music instruction. “Music is an art form that’s basic to human beings. Almost everybody has been involved in some form of music, either as a participant or as a listener,” he said.
John Beyl, who helped start the group in the 1990s, is the lead guitarist and does some singing. The drummer is Jerry McBrown, who works as a youth minister at a local church. Jake Mercer, the bass player, is a software engineer and the newest member of the band. The true lead singer is Bekka Wainscott, and she exercises her vocal cords every day as a first grade teacher.
If you get to the riverfront early you can enjoy listening to the opening band, R0manT0ast (not a capitalization error). The band, which is scheduled to play at 6 p.m., is a full energy group that is all about having fun. Many of them are in the praise band at Falls City Church in Madison.
Music in the Park is run by the Madison Main Street program, which is led by Executive Director Austin Sims. A native of Jefferson County, Ind., Sims, 24, is in her second year in the position, although she said it feels like her first. “The pandemic struck a month into my employment, and instead of working on the upcoming festivals, we spent our time shutting them down,” she said.
Music in the Park Series Lineup
• June. 11: The Rumors
• July 9: The Doctors Band
• Aug. 13: J.D. Shelburne
• Sept. 10: Rusty Bladen
All shows at 7 p.m. at Madison Bicentennial Park. Opening acts at 6 p.m.
• Information: (812) 493-4984
“We’re really excited to kick off Music in the Park this year with The Rumors,” Sims continued. “Because of the uncertainty with the virus, we have made some changes, like moving from the Broadway Fountain to Bicentennial Park. This will not only give us more room, but food trucks will have more space and foot traffic will increase.”
There will be four concerts this summer with each one taking place on the second Friday of the month. June’s activities will be sponsored by the Lamplighters Club of Arvin Sango Inc.
“I’m really excited to be working in this position,” said Sims. “What you quickly find out about Madison is that it is a special town. Not only do we have these festivals, but we have many non-profits that are here to make life better in the community. Hundreds and hundreds of residents are dedicated to these organizations and work hard to see that they are successful.”
One of the changes that Sims is overseeing is the Fourth Friday program. “Businesses and restaurants that are open until 8 those nights will have their customers fill out a ticket when they make a purchase. From those tickets a drawing will take place on the following Monday. The winner of the drawing will receive a free meal from one of the participating restaurants.”
• For more information about Music in the Park and the Madison Main Street Program, visit www.MadisonMainStreet.com or find it on Facebook.
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