Music in the Park

Singer Noel has released two CDs,
performs at various local venues

She will open for Rusty Bladen at September concert

(September 2021) – Opening for Rusty Bladen at Madison, Ind.’s last Music in the Park this season will be the “Famous” Amy Noel. She won’t be playing with her band or trio. “It’s just me – all Amy,” Noel said.
Music in the Park is a free event presented by the Madison Main Street Program. Noel is scheduled to open for Bladen at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10. She plans to perform solo until 6:45 p.m. Bladen is scheduled to headline from 7-9 p.m.
“Come out and make a great Friday even better. This is a ‘good-by summer - hello fall’ event,” said Austin Sims, Madison Main Street Program’s executive director. “The last Music in the Park is always pretty popular.”
Music fans can look forward to an upbeat evening. “I’ll play ‘dancy’ older stuff from the ’60s and ’70s,” Noel said. Music in the Park has moved from the Broadway Fountain to Bicentennial Park this year. “I really like it down there. I opened for The Rumors last month, and this month it’s Rusty Bladen. It’s just great. I love it.”
Being along the Ohio River elevates every performance for both the performer and the fans, she said. Noel’s music includes original songs as well as popular hits from Fleetwood Mac, Bobby McGee and Jefferson Airplane.

Amy Noel

Photo provided

Amy Noel often performs with other bandmates around Madison, Ind.

A local performer, Noel has played at many other local venues such as Thomas Family Winery, House of Jane, Mad Paddle Brewstillery, Riverboat Inn and First Street Country Saloon. Noel and her band have also appeared at many area festivals and concerts such as Music in the Park, Live for Lunch, Soup, Stew, Chili, & Brew, Mad Hop Music Festival and the 2019 Roostertail Music Festival. 
How did she become the “Famous” Amy Noel? Noel said Councilman Dan ‘the man” Hoffman, started calling her “Famous Amy,” and it stuck. “It always made me feel like a million bucks,” she said.
Noel has released two CDs. The first one, “Love Is,” is a solo CD. Her second CD, “The Way It Must Be,” was recorded with her band. “I’m working on the third now,” she said.
Bladen, meanwhile, is a veteran local musician with nine albums and almost 50 original songs to his credit, including “Ride that River,” which was part of the soundtrack for the 2005 movie, “Madison.”
“Music is something I always wanted to do,” Bladen said. “Perseverance made it happen. To get to the next level, you have to do more out of town, not just local.” He likes to do special events in Madison.
“I am looking forward to Music in the Park. I met Amy after a performance at the (Off Broadway) Taproom a few years ago. I admire her music.”
For the September finale, Bladen is bringing his full band, including his son, Jackson, 20, on the piano. “He’s amazing,” Bladen said. Michael Fortunato, on sax, will join Bladen. Fans will hear songs from all of Bladen’s albums.
In addition to his original songs, his repertoire includes more than 500 cover songs. “When you do it for a living, they add up,” Bladen said. “I only have one job: to please people and help them have a good time.”
When he was about 8 or 9, Bladen’s mom gave him a ventriloquist doll. He performed as a ventriloquist at the Boys Club in Madison. “I was born to entertain,” Bladen said. He started performing music professionally in his early 20s.
He said he loves the travel involved in performing on the road. “Meeting new people is like a breath of fresh air. Performing frequently doesn’t get old because I know so many songs. I could do three-hour shows for four nights in a row and not repeat one song,” he said. He is continually learning and writing new songs. 
Bladen has started working on a new album. In the past, an artist had to do 10 songs to create an album. “Now no one buys CDs, so it makes sense to just release one or two songs at a time,” he said. “Sending songs out to radio stations, marketing, posting on the Internet – whatever it takes, it’s all me,” he said. The Internet is more important than the radio now.
“I want to thank Austin Sims for all her hard work to put this park series together and also thank the fans who support us,” Bladen said. Several of Madison’s favorite food trucks will be onsite during the concert: House of Brisket, Kona Ice, Mad Hot Dogs Mad Paddle Brewstillery and Pakalana’s Poke.

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