Take a Tour of the Macon Music Trail with Visit Macon's new App
Visit Macon will celebrate the release of the Macon Music Trail mobile app later this month with a day of celebration at several locations around town.
The Macon Music Trail website was already available to Macon visitors but the new app will be released for free starting Wednesday, January 25th and will be available from the Apple or Google Play app stores or online .
The new phone app will act as a mobile "tour companion" for Macon's visitors and direct them to some of Macon's many music related attractions like H&H Restaurant and Fresh Produce Records, according to a Visit Macon press release.
Marisa Rodgers, Visit Macon's Director of Marketing, said about the upcoming release of the app, "We had already planned to launch the app in 2023, but with Macon's notable inclusion on several national ‘Best Places to Visit in 2023’ lists -- by internationally recognized publishers such as The New York Times, Frommer’s, Conde Nast and Bloomberg -- the timing couldn't be better."
Macon is also celebrating 200 years since its founding this year, so Visit Macon will take advance of the the release of the Macon Music Trail app to celebrate both occasions.
“This is also a special year of celebrating Macon’s rich history during our bicentennial celebration. And with music roots as deep as those here in Macon, we needed to have this beautiful history more accessible and readily available to anyone who plans to join us in the future!”, Rodgers said.
A press event and ribbon cutting will take place at 2 p.m. at the Macon Visitors Center (located at 450 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard). Visit Macon’s team along with Rock Candy Tours will offer a limited amount of guided tours from the Macon Visitors Center.
Then at 6 p.m. a launch party for the app takes place at Grant's Lounge. Afterward the party, starting at 7:30 Charles Davis and the Velvet Sound will take the stage to perform their weekly "Macon Music Revue", which Visit Macon describes as a "living history sermon" with performances of songs by well known Macon connect artists like Little Richard, Otis Redding, and the Allman Brothers Band.
The Historic Macon Music Registry project of 2016, which placed memorial plaques at significant musical history connected location in Macon, was significant to the development of the new app. The Macon Music Trail app conveniently takes advantage of the historic registry to create a "self-guided tour experience" for important locations.
The music tour brochure released in 2018 by Visit Macon, Historic Macon Foundation, The Georgia Allman Brothers Band Association, and Rock Candy Tours (with funding from the Charles E. Cox Family Trust) also led to the development of the app, according to Visit Macon.