Madison’s newest and arguably most ambitious music festival has announced its full lineup for 2019. The festival, which is in conjunction with the Madison Regatta unlimited hydroplane races on July 4, 5 and 6, is in its third year, but it’s already showing the polish and the stature of a much more mature event.

“We’re all in, fully committed,” said Brent Turner, chairman of the music committee. “We stretching our music budget to bring in the best bands and the biggest names we can. Our fearless Regatta Director Matt True has given us a lot of freedom and support to make this a great music festival.”

Brent estimates first-year attendance was in the 4,000 range, and last year pushed 7,500. Based on the outstanding quality of musical talent they have lined up, this year should be even more successful.

“Thursday is our free night,” Brent said. “It’s a chance for locals and visitors to come down and get a taste of what we’re cooking up. Friday’s lineup is oriented somewhat towards a younger audience, with more of a high-energy rock emphasis. Then Saturday is our something-for-everybody day. Everything from country to rock to Americana.”

Thursday’s music starts at 4 p.m. with local favorite “the famous” Amy Noel. Amy is releasing a new album in February, so things are looking up for her. The next band is very interesting — Steamship is a local collaboration between Greg Zeisemer, Darryl Hewitt, Mark Bear and Robert Reynolds. Nick Dittmeier and the Sawdusters are veterans of the Madison music and festival scene. And finally, the Highdivers are back by popular demand, very high energy and lots of fun.

Friday’s show starts at 6 p.m. with The Pass, a Louisville band with a very cool, ‘80s vibe. Frederick the Younger is up next with a clean alt rock sound.

Little Stranger is an alternative/hip-hop duo out of Philly. That’s right, I said hip-hop! Might be a first for a Madison music festival! And the headliner Friday is Moon Taxi out of Nashville, Tennessee. These guys are a concert party band, for sure.

Saturday kicks off at 2 p.m. with Brent Mathis. Think acoustic, harmonica, and fiddle good-time music.

Next is 16 Bones out of Louisville with a kind of driving, power harmony sound. Edgar Red plays next with straight up hard rock. Bang your head!

Justin Wells Band out of Kentucky brings a country rock vibe. I really like Justin, very charismatic.

Starting Saturday at 7:30 p.m. you basically get three great headliners in a row, running all the way until midnight. First up is American Aquarium, bringing the Americana sound. Brent Cobb follows with a rocking country funk style. Go to Youtube and listen to his song “Ain’t a Road Too Long.”

The last band Whiskey Myers is straight-up southern rock in the vein of Blackberry Smoke, Drive-By Truckers or even Lynyrd Skynyrd. Their Youtube videos have millions of views. These guys are the real deal.

You can see video samples of most of the bands on the Roostertail Music Festival Facebook page.

And in celebration of the new 15-band lineup, they are offering a limited time 15 percent discount on combo tickets for boat racing and the music.

Just $34 for the entire weekend, all events. Click on the EVENTS button on the Facebook page to link to ticket sales.

“We have a great music committee that started all the way back in August to bring this all together,” Brent said. “I’d like to list them so the people in the community can recognize and thank them for their efforts.” Aaron Paul Wood, Andrew Craig, Brent Thacker, Catherine Williams, Heather Ann, Kyle McClanahan, Matt Wells, Megan Turner and Rhonda Birk Dale.