We are hot and heavy into the festival season here in Kentucky, as of this weekend we have friends over in Owensboro at ROMP, we have friends traveling to East Kentucky for the Festival Of The Red, and we have friends headed to The Great Blue Heron. As you know festivals are OUR SPECIALTY, and we cover over 200 a year like this!

We cannot make this one in person BUT WE ARE working in partnership with our friends over at Country Music Armadillo and I’ll be posting ALL of their coverage, as I go up to Wisconsin to tend of some family business. I myself am taking some time off to help my daughter out, and I’ll back on the road in July for Master Musician’s Festival.

We build Spotify playlists for any festivals that do not have one, and I built one for them on accident. I am only going to embed the OFFICIAL playlist on here for you. To be honest I have one giant mission on this website, and THAT IS to intertwined EVERY MUSIC COMMUNITY into one another, so these bands and artists have a plethora of festivals to play and stop at. AND FANS can find NEW bands they may not even have known about!

So why don’t I tell you a little bit about this one in Madison Indiana called Roostertail Music Festival. This one looks VERY FUN folks,with some serious Red Dirt and Americana acts in the first week of July ( July 4rth- 6th).  Here is the website description:

It may look like a sleepy river-town but rest assured we are cranking up the heat this July! In addition to the fastest boats in the world, the Roostertail Music Festival will feature REAL COUNTRY and the best Alt Rock around! From Grammy nominees to Billboard chart toppers, we promise to have something for everyone who loves great music.

Within driving distance of three major cities, make this the family or friend reunion of the summer. Celebrate America’s birthday in America’s hometown with the hottest musical acts touring.

A truly one-of-a-kind experience enjoy local shops and vendors, camping, food, brews, activities, artists, fireworks, festival merchandise and MORE…


Best Way Inn

Family friendly establishment, affordable with many amenities. Weekly rates available.

Address: 700 Clifty Drive


Phone: 812-273-5151

Broadway Hotel and Tavern

Indiana’s oldest hotel & tavern. Award winning restoration in downtown Madison.

Address: 313 Broadway

Phone: 812-265-2346

Clifty Inn at Clifty Falls State Park

clifty-innSuperior lodge rooms & suites, reasonably priced, on-site restaurant. Indiana’s best kept secret!

Open year round.

Address: 1650 Clifty Hollow Road


Phone: 812-265-4135 or 877-925-4389

Comfort Inn

comfort-innPerfectly located for Clifty Falls, historic downtown area and Hanover College.

Address: 3767 Clifty Drive


Phone: 812-273-4443 or 1-800-424-6423

Falls Restaurant at Clifty Inn


Home cooking overlooking the scenic Ohio River.

Breakfast Buffet
Sat. & Sun: 8am-10:30am

Dining room hours
Sun-Thurs- 8:00 am to 2:00 pm | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Fri & Sat- 8:00 am to 2:00 pm | 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Address: 1650 Clifty Hollow Road


Phone: 812-265-4135 or 877-925-4389

Hillside Inn

hillside-innPanoramic river view rooms overlooking historic downtown Madison.

Address: 831 E. Main Street


Phone: 812-265-3221

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

holiday-inn-newNewly renovated, conveniently located. Great for family and business travelers.

Address: 300 Franks Drive


Phone: 812-265-1111 or 1-800-holiday

Riverboat Inn & Suites

riverboat-innRiverfront weddings and rooms, bar, boat parking, meeting room, fun!

Address: 906 E. First Street


Phone: 812-265-2361

Super 8

super-8Enjoy the sights and sounds of river life. Our location , close to Ohio River area attractions like Clifty Falls State Park and local businesses.

Address: 308 Demaree Drive


Phone: 812-273-0757







Amy Noel
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Nick Dittmeier and the Sawdusters
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The High Divers
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm 


The Pass
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Fredrick the Younger
6:20 pm – 7:15 pm

Little Stranger
7:35 pm – 8:30 pm

Jamie Lin Wilson
9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Mike and the Moonpies
10:30 pm – 12:00 am


Brent Mathis
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

16 Bones
3:20 pm – 4:20 pm

Edgar Red
4:40 pm – 5:40 pm

Justin Wells
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

American Aquarium
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Brent Cobb
9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Whiskey Myers
10:30 pm – 12:00 am

Will-Call Rules

From our neighbors at Mad Paddle Brewery we will be slinging some special “Ya Gotta Regatta” Cream Ale and Irwin Irish Red! Find them in the park and along the riverfront.

Mad Paddle Brewery is hosting our will-call at the brewery 301 West Street in Madison:
Monday July 1st: 12:30-5:30
Tuesday July 2nd: 12:30-5:30
Wednesday July 3rd: 12:30-9:30
Thursday July 4th: 8:00-10:30
Friday July 5th: 8:00-10:30
Saturday July 6th: 8:00-10:30
Sunday July 7th: 8:00-6:30

Please bring receipt of purchase and identification. If you have misplaced your receipt please E-Mail us through the website at and we will re-issue your purchase receipt.

RV Rules

  1. Payment
  2. Legacy: Invoices will be sent out January 2nd. Full Payment is due by February 28, 2019
  3. Failure to make payment by this date will result in forfeiture of parking site
  4. New RV Parking: Full payment is due at time of reservation.
  5. Check In: Tuesday, July 2, 2019 after 12pm
  6. No later than Thursday, July 4, 2019 – 4pm
  7. Check Out: Monday, July 8, 2019 before 11am
  8. RV Dimensions:
  9. RV’s in Campgrounds A, B, C, D and E1 to 20’x40’
  10. RV’s in Campground E2 are restricted to 20’x50’
  11. RV’s in Campground F are restricted to 20’x40’
  12. Electric/Water: All electric sites are 30amp service. Water hookups or fill stations are available.
  13. Each reservation will include 2 combo wristbands.
  14. No Fires
  15. Gas or Charcoal Grills are allowed
  16. Quiet time: 12am – 7am
  17. Service Animals with approved documentation and permits.
  18. No bicycles, skateboards, hover boards, roller blades or skates inside Madison Regatta Gates
  19. Dump wagon is available upon request of camper. Camper will pay $25.00 to A1 Portables.
  20. A1 Portables – Mike Benson 812-914-2184
  21. 1 parking pass is assigned to each camper. This parking pass is for 1 vehicle to be parked in designated areas.
  22. No Firearms or Weapons

Camping Rules

  1. $40.00 per 12×12 spot
  2. Reservations can be made online:
  3. Spots are first come first serve. Be generous to your neighbors and follow the 12×12 rule
  4. Each tent camper is required to purchase the Madison Regatta Music and Racing Combo wristband. $40.00/per person
  5. Check In: Thursday, July 4, 2019 after 9am
  6. Check Out: Monday, July 8, 2019 before 11am
  7. Electric/Water: These services are not available for tent camping. Personal Generators are allowed except during following hours: 12am-7am.
  8. Showers: Available at Crystal Beach Swimming Pool.
  9. Daily from 12pm-6pm
  10. $2.00 per shower
  11. No Fires
  12. Gas/Charcoal Grills are allowed
  13. No Fire Pits/Bowls
  14. Quiet time: 12am – 7am
  15. Service Animals with approved documentation and permits.
  16. No bicycles, skateboards, hover boards, roller blades or skates inside Madison Regatta Gates
  17. No Firearms or Weapons

Tarp Rules

  1. Must Present Tarp Receipt Upon Request
  2. Set-Up Thursday, July 4th tarps can be set up
  3. Nothing on the sidewalk.
  4. No Over-Night Camping In Tarp Area
  5. No Open Fires Or Grills IN Tarp Area
  6. No Encroaching On Safety Barrier
  7. All Tarps Must Be Removed On Sunday July 7th After Final Race

Where To Buy Wristbands In Person

German American – All Madison Branches

First Financial Bank – At Clifty Drive and Cragmont Street in Madison

Farmers Bank of Milton – Madison Branch

Madtown Liquors

The Bottle Shop

The Visitor Center

North Side Liquors

Where to Buy Everything Else

For Tarps, Golf Cart Passes, Parking Passes and RV information visit Madison Regatta Office located at 201 E Vaughn Dr, Madison, IN 47250 or call (812) 274-0400.

Racing Gate Hours

8AM-5PM Saturday July 6th and Sunday July 7th. Racing beginning between 10-11AM Saturday July 6th and Sunday July 7th.

Music Hours

Gates to Bicentennial Park open 3:30pm Thursday July 4th, 3:30pm Friday July 5th & 1:00pm Saturday July 6th.

Alcohol/Food Rules

Carry in alcohol is permitted to those over 21 with a valid ID FOR RACES ONLY. Glass bottles are permitted but plastic and aluminum are preferred. Carry in alcohol NOT PERMITTED IN CONCERT VENUE, beer and cocktails will be served by vendors within concert area.


Entry gates to festival at following streets: Mill, Broadway, West, Mulberry,

Jefferson, Walnut, East and Ferry St.

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