Live Music Spotlight this Weekend for Macon and Middle Georgia
This weekend there will be multiple artists performing on Friday and Saturday as part of the 2nd Annual King of Soul Music Festival presented by The Otis Redding Foundation, live music on the street as part of the First Street Art and Wine Festival, and much more. The following are just a few of the shows that Middle Georgians can attend this weekend to hear a wide range of talented musicians playing live.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
ZACH BUTLER AT LONGLEAF DISTILLERY (6 P.M.)
Zach Butler will be playing at several venues around Macon this weekend including at Longleaf Distillery on Friday night. Butler is a folk rock singer who will play a selection of both covers and his own original music. Longleaf Distillery does not have a cover charge.
ORCHESTRA NOIR, JAC ROSS, TAJ MAHAL, ANDERSON EAST, REBEL RAE, AND THE DREAM TEAM DURING “AN EVENING OF RESPECT” AT THE MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (7 P.M.)
The Otis Redding Foundation will host their fundraiser event “An Evening of Respect” on Friday night. The event will feature live musical performances from Orchestra Noir, Jac Ross, Taj Mahal, Anderson East, Rebel Rae and The DREAM Team as well as honor Jermaine Dupri, Conductor Roderick Cox, and philanthropist Benjy Griffith. Tickets to “An Evening of Respect” cost $50 on Ticketmaster.com.
SWAIN AT CASHMAN’S PUB (7 - 10 P.M.)
SWAIN is an acoustic trio of rock and roll musicians from Macon and they will be performing at Cashman’s Pub in Downtown Macon on Friday night. Cashman’s Pub does not have a cover charge.
THE WILD FEATHERS: 10TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR AND JB STRAUSS AT THE CAPITOL THEATRE (8 P.M.)
The Wild Feathers 10 Year Anniversary Tour makes a stop in Macon at the Capitol Theatre on Friday local musician JB Strauss will open for them. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets to see The Wild Feathers and JB Strauss in concert start at $20.
C.W.G. PRESENTS NO GUIDANCE WITH PERFORMANCES FROM ENDLESS LA, LOVERBOY.WAV, YUNG PUNX, AND MORE AT JBA (8 P.M. - 2 A.M.)
Children Without Guidance (C.W.G) is hosting a night of music with 14 different artists at JBA on Friday night. Artists who will perform at No Guidance include:
- Endless LA, a Middle Georgia musician who released his album “Forever Endless” last December
- Loverboy. wav, a prolific musician who has release 4 albums so far, most recently an album named “Yellow”
- Yung Punx, an Atlanta artists who recently released a new single.
JBA usually charges a reasonable cover at the door.
KIND HEARTED STRANGERS AT GRANT’S LOUNGE (9 P.M.)
Kind Hearted Strangers is a rock and roll band from Denver, Colorado and they will be performing at Grant’s Lounge on Friday. Doors will open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets to see Kind Hearted Strangers cost $10 online or at the door.
Kind Hearted Strangers released the creative music video for their song “The Egoist” last year
UNIVERSAL FUNK ORCHESTRA AT THE HUMMINGBIRD (10 P.M.)
Orlando band Universal Funk Orchestra will put on a show in Macon for the first time this Friday. The band will also be performing at the popular Suwannee Hulaween festival later this year. The Hummingbird will have a $5 cover charge at the door for the Universal Funk Orchestra show.
THE MIXER WITH DJ LAYLO AND DJ B3 AT FRIENDS ON THE HILL IN WARNER ROBINS (10 P.M.)
It’s Friday so that means the return of The Mixer to Friends on the HILL. This week, DJ Laylo and DJ B3 will perform music from the 2000’s: attendees are invited to dress up in hits from the same era.
There is no cover show at Friends on the HILL but this is a show for those 21 years old and older.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
ZACH BUTLER AT JUST TAP’D AT THE FIRST STREET ART AND WINE FESTIVAL (4 P.M.)
Zach Butler will perform on the Just Tap’d stage in Downtown Macon during the First Street Art and Wine Festival on Saturday. Zach Butler is an indie folk rock musician from Atlanta. The festival will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday and will take place each day of the weekend. Admission to the First Street Art and Wine Festival is free.
CASH’S JUKE JOINT AT TASTE OF EATONTON 2023 (6 - 7:30 P.M.)
Cash’s Juke Joint will be at the Taste of Eatonton on Saturday playing a unique mixture of soul, funk, blues, and rock and roll music. The Taste of Eatonton presents live entertainment as well as food from different restaurants from Georgia’s Lake Country and Middle Georgia. There will also be a car show, a spirit pull, and a raffle. General admission tickets to Taste of Eatonton cost $20.
BROOKE RHODES AT LONGLEAF DISTILLERY (6 P.M.)
Brooke Rhodes will be performing at Macon’s Longleaf Distillery this Saturday. Rhodes will be playing an acoustic Americana, country, and rock and roll set. Longleaf Distillery does not have a cover charge.
ROAD TRIP: MAIN STREET BAND AT GRIFFIN CITY PARK (7 - 9 P.M.)
After the Doc Holliday Festival ends, the Main Street Band will perform at a free concert. Attendees are invited to bring their chairs or picnic blankets for the show.
KENDRA MORRIS, ALANNA ROYALE, AND JACKSON GRIFFITH AT THE BIG “O” HOMECOMING SHOW AT THE CAPITOL THEATRE (7 P.M.)
The Otis Redding Foundation’s The Big “O” Homecoming Show is a fundraiser for the Otis Redding Center for the Arts and will include live entertainment from Kendra Morris, Alanna Royale, and Jackson Griffith! Tickets to The Big “O” Homecoming Show cost $25 online.
DJ ELEMENT AT AMICI MACON (8 P.M.)
DJ Element will be spinning tunes at Amici Macon this Saturday night. Amici Macon is a popular restaurant near the Mercer University campus that does not have a cover charge.
SCOTT LITTLE BAND WITH GOOD HOUSE AT THE SOCIETY GARDEN (8:15 P.M.)
The Scott Little Band and Good House will perform the The Society Garden on Saturday night. Good House is a folk music duo whose speciality is playing covers of musicians like the Avett Brothers. The Society Garden usually charges a cover at the gate.
CHOIR OF BABBLE PRESENTS “PORNO DI PLASTILINA” AT JBA (9 P.M.)
Choir of Babble, a rock band that was formed in Macon, is going to perform their new album “Porno di Plastilina” at their album release party this Saturday at JBA. There will also be a performance from “The Open Seas”, which features Justin Cutway on vocals, Daniel Graves on guitar, Casey Meadows on bass, Wesley Cook on drums, and Shawn Wil. Doors open at 8 p.m.and tickets for the show will cost $10 at the door
THE SHADE TREES ALBUM RELEASE PARTY AT GRANT’S LOUNGE (9 P.M.)
The Shade Trees will performing in celebration of the release of their EP “All I Can Do” at Grants Lounge on Saturday night. The Shade Trees’ sound is a blend of Americana, indie rock and roll, and country and will include “three-part harmonies, mandolin, accordion, piano, organ, guitar, and earth-shaking bass”. Tickets to see The Shade Trees cost $10 online or at the door.
HU$H MONEY AT BILLY’S CLUBHOUSE (10 P.M.)
HU$H Money is a cover band from Athens whose performance of covers is blended with “psychedelic precision”. Billy’s Clubhouse never has a cover charge.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
THE HOLLINGSHEAD BAND AT COLEMAN HILL (6 - 8 p.m.)
Bragg Jam presents the first concert in their fall Second Sunday concert series this Sunday on Coleman Hill. The Hollingshead Band is led by the multi-talented actor and musician Johnny Hollingshed Jr. Attendees are encouraged to bring picnics, blankets, and/or lawn chairs. Friendly dogs on leashes are also invited to this free Second Sunday concert.
GEORGIA BIG BAND COMMUNITY CONCERT AT THE PERRY EVENTS CENTER (6 p.m.)
The Georgia Big Band will perform at the Perry Events Center courtesy of the City of Perry this Sunday and play music “ranging from classic Big Band sounds like Glenn Miller to modern favorites”. Attendees are invited to bring their own refreshments and be ready to dance.
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