Late Bloomer

Wilson to open for The Doctors Band
at Madison's Music in the Park

He learned to play guitar at 14 and didn't
start performing until age 24

(July 2021) – Musician Jordan Wilson considers Madison, Ind., his home base. It’s where he got his start and will return as the opening act for the Madison Main Street Program’s Music in the Park concert in July.
“I’ve played in Madison for the past six years,” said Wilson, 31. “The Off Broadway Taproom gave us our start in Madison.” Other local venues he’s played include Mad Paddle Brewery and Elk Creek Winery. Upcoming shows include the Roostertail Music Festival in Madison and the Bands & BBQ Festival in Carrollton, Ky.
Wilson is originally from Carrollton but has lived for the past seven years in northern Kentucky. He recently moved to Louisville.
When describing his music, he said, “Blues and rock are at the forefront, but I have diverse music tastes. It’s a little bit of everything.” Although he does a lot of cover songs, Wilson is currently working on original music.


Photo courtesy
of Pam Pickens

Jordan Wilson stays busy playing music at many locations and events in Madison, Ind.

Wilson will be the opening act on Friday, July 9, for Music in the Park concert at Madison Bicentennial Park. He will perform from 6-7 p.m. before The Doctor’s Band takes the stage from 7-9 p.m.
This will be the second concert of the 2021 series this summer. Music in the Park is always held the second Friday of the month from June to September. The series began on June 11 with opener R0mant0ast and headliner The Rumors.
Previously, the free concert series was held at Broadway Fountain, but it was moved to Bicentennial Park to allow for more space for social distancing. “We changed the location from the Broadway Fountain to Bicentennial Park in 2020. This was initially due to COVID,” said Austin Sims, executive director for the Madison Main Street Program.
“We love the atmosphere and vibe of the fountain, but it does not allow us the extra square footage and space that Bicentennial Park does. While a few were disappointed by this change initially, they have quickly changed their minds and have grown to love Bicentennial Park. After all, it’s made for concerts. The visibility and community engagement we are receiving after moving the event to Bicentennial Park is unmatched. It has been safer for our golf cart community and way easier on our vendors and families as well.”
The concert always has a few food vendors, a family friendly atmosphere, and the public is encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. Sims said, “we always promote our local restaurants beforehand as well, and encourage all to get carry-out or dinner from a downtown restaurant and bring it down to Music in the Park. Bicentennial is only two blocks from the heart of the commercial shopping district, and steps from the one of many restaurants.”
The concert series features local and regional bands. “We change it up occasionally and invite other bands from out of state,” she said. “The Doctors Band is a local favorite and performs every year at Music in the Park.”
The process of choosing performers starts with gathering suggestions throughout the year from the audience and from volunteers, said Sims. “We have a Music in the Park Event Chair who helps to research and decide on bands each year.” Five committees make decisions and strategically plan events and efforts for the Madison Main Street Program.
She went on to say that this event has been “organized since at least the late ’80s. It was originally held at the waterfront, where Bicentennial is now located, and also around the gazebo on the waterfront.”
Wilson has been asked to perform at this concert series “for the last three to four years,” he said.
“It’s meaningful for me, considering Madison is my home base,” he said. “It means more exposure because I’ve played for folks not involved in the bar scene also.”
He said he “comes from a musical family. My grandfather, uncles and cousins played, but I was not really taught by them.”
At age 14, Wilson picked up a guitar while at a friend’s house and started playing but didn’t “get around to singing until I was 24. Music has become a big part of my life.”
Jordan performs with a group of local musicians who call themselves The Jordan Wilson Coalition. Members put a creative spin on the classic jams they cover, adding their own brand of blues, rock R&B, soul and funk.
Wilson has performed with several greats in the local talent scene such as Joe Perkinson, Danny Cook and Jimmy Davis. He plays with Davis “whenever I have the opportunity. He’s my mentor and introduced me to the owners of Off Broadway Taproom.”
In doing a show like Music in the Park, it reminds Wilson that he “appreciates everyone’s support over the years. It makes it meaningful for us.”
Wilson said he hopes to someday quit his job as a banker and rely fully on his music as a career. “That would be the dream,” he said.
The next step is to get some “regional or multi-state exposure. The big goal is to get some national exposure. But decades down the road, I won’t be disappointed if all we got was some regional exposure.” He is currently working on a five-song EP that will he hopes will be ready in the fall.
“The audience at Music in the Park loves the musical talent from the bands and artists. They also love to see friends and family, and they love to dance and have a good time,” said Sims.

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