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’d been in bed sick pretty much all day last Saturday, dreading having to rise and go downtown to help the Zombie Dance come to life. I felt like a zombie myself as I stumbled up to Cherry Street Plaza to find out that the place we were supposed to dance was a full parking lot. Thank heavens for Mr. Ben Hamrick and the Macon Police Department, for helping us get 23 cars moved just in time. We’d had over 100 dancers at each practice this year in Tatnall Square Park, so we knew the meat of the dance would be as big as ever. And we knew last years 2000 people that squeezed into Third Street intersection to watch was way too big for the area, hence the move. But we had no idea that the new bigger area would be packed with over 3500 people just to watch a few folks dance. That’s pretty damn awesome. The greatest thing about this event is its diversity. We had people from every age group and every ethnicity

crowding in to watch. Even after doing it for several years, it never gets old. Thanks to Macon for supporting this event. We’ve got another one for you this Saturday. Last year Bragg Jam decided to do an event in December. Cold weather got us pretty good, but it didn’t stop a couple of thousand people from braving the wind to see Derek Trucks play at Luther Williams Field. Bragg Jam decided to partner with The Ocmulgee Heritage Trail this year for Fly South, and they’ve done a great job putting together a festival at Waterworks Park. Waterworks is one of the coolest places Macon’s got to offer if you haven’t been there. Boat launches, river landings, a great playground for the kids, and big grass fields suitable for a festival. With A2Z, Gringo Groucho, Ocha La Rocha, and The Marshall Tucker Band playing, a festival is exactly what they’ve put together.

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The Grand Opera House Off-Broadway Series Continues Menopause, the Musical

Friday – Saturday, November 5-6, 8 pm Saturday – Sunday, November 6-7, 2 pm Tickets: $42 Four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black-lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This joyful musical parody set to classic tunes from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s such as “Puff, My God I’m Draggin’” and “Stayin’ Awake, Stayin’ Awake” will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! It’s definitely not “The Silent Passage” anymore! Come see what nearly 11 million people worldwide are laughing about!

11/6: Fly South Festival



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We Like The things making our world just a little bit better | by brad evans While Meagan can’t stop listening to fellow Michigander Daisey Mae in the office, I’ve been on a vinyl kick, spinning Eddie Hinton, (one of my all time favorites) Taj Mahal and an old Tom Waits album. Voices meant for records. I’ve also recently discovered Bronx River Parkway, from New York, who I’m loving. Speaking of music it’s time for Fly South Fest again, this year out at Waterworks Park, the perfect backdrop for the swampy southern rock of Marshall Tucker, who is headlining the festival. You can bring your own coolers in too. A 2 Z and Ocha La Rocha are also on the bill. I just bought David Sedaris new book, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, a Modest Besitary, just because I love him so. He’s THE authority on

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t is that time of year to celebrate Macon's love for music with the Second Annual Fly South Fest! This year, all proceeds will benefit the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail [which will be routed through Riverside Cemetery]. Mark your calendar's for Fly South! This event is FREE for current Trail members, so sign up today by visiting This years Fly South Fest will feature great music from local acts such as the A-Z Band, Athens rockers Ocha La Rocha with headliners The Marshall Tucker Band. Ready to rock and roll on the River? Gates open at 2pm and music starts at 3! We encourage people to bring their coolers, chairs, pop-up tents, and other tailgating gear! Located on an overlook of the Ocmulgee, the seating will be open air and first come first serve. Set up a tailgate, tent, or whatever you'd like! Set up early and hang out all day, or just bring a lawn chair and blankets when the music gets started that evening. Get your tickets to this years festival by visiting!

the worst in us all. The Hiccup Girl Story that’s been hitting the news lately reminds me a lot of a Sedaris tale. This poor little girl who couldn’t get rid of the hiccups for six weeks found her way on the Today Show, CNN, and other major networks many years ago, (They called her Hiccup girl) and was just arrested for murder. They say it’s possible the attention from the hiccups caused her to snap. Good Lord. I will say that my neighbor, John Bonner, had the hiccups for over a year and never once made the news, or even the local paper. I’ve been a daily consumer of two websites lately. The Daily Beast, which is a conglomeration of news stories from all over the globe and features a cheat sheet of the top 10 stories you



ou have come a long way Baby! Brett Butler is brazen. She is southern, she is smart, she is defiant, and she is certainly not the kind of woman that is going to hold her tongue. When asked what she has been up to lately, she counters “Writing Chicken Soup for Cunts.” “I always wanted to be as funny as the guys!” she states and clearly, she is. Brett Butler has come a long way. Her early years seem full of strife. Her mother reportedly left her father after years of abuse. Struggle has been no stranger to Butler, and she uses it to her advantage. She explains that humor is where she found solace. “Laughter was and is my medicine,” she

Tuesday, November 16 Tickets: $24 For over 60 years, her words have kept her spirit alive in the minds and hearts of readers all over the world. Relive the incredible life of Anne Frank as she shares with you her hopes, aspirations and observations on family, love and life. Caught in a world of hate she couldn’t comprehend, this young Jewish girl has become an icon of light for all who dare to dream.


Brett Butler was in Macon this week to promote her stand-up event at Cox Capitol Theatre on November 5, 2010. She took time out of her busy schedule so we could ask the southern comedian a few questions.

says. Butler rapidly talks of the excitement in performing her first stand-up act at eightyears-old ~ the pleasure of watching The Ed Sullivan Show, George Carlin, and Jonathan Winters. She laces a tale of her rise in the comedy circuit, her television series, Grace Under Fire, her demons, her obstacles, and her desire to return to performing. Upon further self examination, she announces, “It is time to get back on stage. I feel like I have something to say!” Brett Butler’s past is her present. Her comedy routine is filled with memories, mistakes, and antidotes. Brett Butler can take a bad situation and make it funny! She explains, “A sign of my advancement is learning to love, forgive, and accept.” Butler has many ideas and ideals, but she clarifies, “I have no desire to preach.” In fact, she expresses a distaste in comedians who “want to become journalists.” “All I want to do is help people get along and not be so separate,” she states. Brett Butler will be performing the first leg of her comedy tour at Cox Capitol Theatre on November 5, 2010 at 8pm. Tickets are on sale at or charge by phone at 478-257-6391. -GRACEN STRONG


11/5: Comedy Night with Brett Butler at the Cox Capitol Theatre

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should be keeping up with. And Yardbarker, a sports gossip site, like Perez Hilton all hopped up on Powerbars and free weights. If you thought you knew everything about Brett Favre’s package, think again. SNL’s new spoof of his Wrangler touch football commercial is hilarious. One of my best friends in the world, Daniel Dixon, also known as Sam Hatchet if you were to google him, came down to see Yacht Rock perform at the Second Sunday Brunch in October. It ended up an almost all nighter, with Dan telling us about the Double Reverse Pavlov Effect that was used by a Night Urination Specialist to eliminate his bed wetting when he was twelve years old.




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arts New Macon Co-Ed Book Club:

Thur Nov 4 This day in history: (1948) T.S. Eliot wins the

Looking for a hobby? Love to read? Want to make new friends? Possess intellectual conversation? The new macon co-ed book club is just what you are looking for. For more information please call 912227-4212.

Nobel Prize in literature, for his profound effect on the direction of modern poetry.

Seasons of the Vineyard Wine Tasting & Auction to benefit Hay House, 934 Georgia Avenue, 7-9 pm. Sample reds and whites from a variety of distributors while you peruse fabulous silent auction baskets! Celebrity Chef dinners by Paul Harpin, Shari Morgan, Christian Losito, and the new Mirko's Pasta promise unique, delicious and personalized dining experiences in private homes. Among the top items is a seated, 3-course meal for 12 guests by Natalia's in the newly restored Dining Room at Hay House! Tickets are $40 each and available online at, or by calling 478-7428155, or in person by coming the back door of Hay House, Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm.

The Best of Broadway Featuring The Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber 7:30 p.m. Revisit the powerful rock musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, the thrilling strains of Evita, the playfulness of Cats and the heartpounding rhythms of Starlight Express. The Grand Opera House, 651 Mulberry St., Macon, Ga. 31201 Tickets: $38 Call (478) 301-5470

Fri Nov 5 This day in history: (1994) George Foreman,

age 45, becomes boxing's oldest heavyweight champion.

Comedian Brett Butler live at Capitol Theatre Comedian Brett Butler, from television’s hit show, “Grace Under Fire” will be performing at the Cox Capitol Theatre to kick off comedy night at the theatre. She will be appearing for one show only. Get your tickets now for this special event! Tickets $25/$40 reserved.


ip, shop and stroll down First Street, Cotton, Cherry and beyond. Browse shops open late, enjoy drink and dinner specials, live music and art openings. 510p.m. downtown Macon. Beer & wine on the street allowed in a plastic cup only!


Art Openings:

• Opening art reception 6:00-9:00 pm (FREE). Featured Artists, Wall Decor and Gifts at Joycine’s, 333 Cotton Ave. • Macon Arts presents "Visions and Vessels" features paintings by Louisiana artist Jerry Wray with ceramics by Don Penny.. 5 - 8 p.m. FREE. 486 First St. • Second Street Ceramics presents paintings by Lauren-Summers Hodgens. 6-8pm, 362 Second Street. Enjoy wine and food with the artist and friends! • Contemporary Arts Exchange houses over 30 local artists in a modern, loft style atmosphere, 6-10pm! The CAE is located at 590 Mulberry Street, upstairs.

Live Music:

• A must see show! Comedian Brett Butler at the Cox Capitol Theatre, $40 Reserved/$25 General Admission • First Friday at the Hummingbird, Live music with Josh Roberts & the Hinges. • Macon Noise hosts Manray, Chu Feng and Re:penter at Grant’s Lounge, 8pm12am, Admission $3. • Live music outside in Third Street Park with Gertrude’s Mojo

Macon Arts Gallery "Visions and Vessels: Jerry Wray and Don Penny”. First Friday opening,Nov 5, 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. 478.743.6940. 486 First St.

Open gallery exhibits at Contemporary Arts Exchange. Resident and guest artist exhibits every First Friday, 7 - 10 p.m. 2nd Floor, 590 Mulberry St.

Dig In. Eat Up. Thursday, November 18 The Relish Cooking Show & Expo 2010 featuring Chef Jon Ashton at the Macon City Auditorium Mercer Theatre presents Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, a sharp-edged comedy that is consid-

Thurs Nov 11 This day in history: (1953) Indiana Textbook

ered Wilde’s most popular play. The satire, which is filled with witty dialogue, physical comedy and moments of comic, sentimental drama, will be performed at the Back Door Theatre. November 5, 6, 9-13 at 7p.m. and November 7, 14 at 2p.m. Tickets $5. For reservations and information, call 478-301-2974, M-F 9am-3pm.

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Sat Nov 6 This day in history: (1860) Abraham Lincoln

is elected president over a deeply divided Democratic Party, becoming the first Republican to win the presidency.

Cornhole Tournament at The Hummingbird hosted by Macon Love, our only Rugby team. 4pm registration, first bags thrown at 5pm. Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, $40 buy in per team. Hamburgers, Hotdogs and Shirts will be available for purchase. Family Jam—Interactive Rhythm Making with Dave Holland First Saturday for Kids Rocks at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Kids and their families participate in a drum circle, a highly interactive activity in which no experience is needed - everyone is provided a drum or rhythm instrument and the group is guided through an "in the moment" musical experience with percussionist/educator Dave Holland. The programs begin each First Saturday at noon; admission is $3.50 for kids ages 4-17 and under 4, free.

Fall Behind the Scenes Tour at The Hay House This two-hour tour includes an indepth look at the fascinating technology, decorative arts, and hidden workings of all seven stories of this Italian Renaissance Revival mansion, built 1855-59.Reservations required by calling 478742-8155. $20 per person. Ages 8+ only. Moderate walking and stair-climbing involved.

Tues Nov 9 This day in history: (1989) East German offi-

cials opened the Berlin Wall.

“All Through the Night,” a play by Shirley Lauro, will be presented by the Macon State College Company of Players Tuesday-Thursday, Nov. 9-11, and TuesdayThursday, Nov. 16-18, in the Arts Complex Theater on the Macon Campus. All performances, supported by student activities fees, are free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; production begins at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Company of Players Director Jason Levitt at or 757-7387.

2nd Tuesday Rock 'n Roll Picture Show doors 6:30 p.m./film 7:30 p.m. $5 ($3 with a rock 'n roll t-shirt) Screening Standing in the Shadows of Motown.

Commission member charges that the book Robin Hood is communistic.

Walk the footsteps of Macon’s legendary music past with Jessica Walden. The two-hour walking tour begins at noon in Washington Park and includes a lunch stop at the H&H (bring lunch money). Urban Hikes are free thanks to a Knight Neighborhood Challenge Grant. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for a moderate walk along the sidewalks and slopes of downtown.

Sat Nov 13 This day in history: (1953) Indiana Textbook Commission member charges that the book Robin Hood is communistic.

The LOVE Band Fest will be held on Nov. 13, 2010 at The Cox Capitol Theatre to help support Crisis Line and Safe House. The event will feature five bands competing for a grand prize. Ticket and T-shirt sales will go to benefit CL&SH. The five bands competing this year are: Whittles, 4U2C, Mystery Road, Matt & Lewis, and Long Hot Summer. Each band will play a 45 min. set and the winner will be announced around 12:30 a.m. The audience will decide the winner. The Douglass Theatre Presents:The Metropolitan Opera HD Live "Don Pasquale" 1:00 PM Tickets $24/$20 Seniors & Students. 355 MLK Jr Blvd. 478-742-2000

Sun Nov 14 This day in history: (1953) Indiana Textbook Commission member charges that the book Robin Hood is communistic.

The Macon Film Guild at the Douglass Theatre Presents:”Winter's Bone” 2:00 PM, 4:30 PM,7:30 PM. Tickets $5. 478-742-2000

Second Sunday Brunch at Washington Park featuring music by GQ Quintet, 1pm, free event. Bring your picnic or buy a boxed lunch for just $5. For more info, visit

Wed Nov 17 This day in history: (2003) “The Terminator” becomes “The Governator” of California.

State Bank and Trust Co. CEO to Discuss Community Banking Crisis Joseph W. Evans, president and CEO of State Bank and Trust Company, will discuss "The Crisis in Community Banking: How We Got Here and Where We Are Headed" at 5:30 p.m. in the banquet hall of Macon State College. Free and open to the public.

Art on the Avenue Fine Art Gallery presents "Celebrating Life" a group show featuring the new artwork by all of the gallery's artists including selected works by the students of Debbie Anderson. 2368 Ingleside Ave, 478-743-3720

“Harriet Tubman: A Moses to Her People” at the Tubman African American Museum. Also: Works by Michael Schoffield Thru January 2011. Weekdays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Noon – 4 p.m. $4 - $6. 478.743.8544. 340 Walnut St.

Steve Penley exhibit at Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Macon native artist’s portraits of Macon-related artists. September 9 – July 11 Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, 1 – 4 p.m. $3 - $8. 478.751.3334. 200 M.L. King, Jr. Blvd. Joycine's Art, Attitude & Accessory Gallery Costume jewelry, art and so much more! 333 Cotton Ave. For schedule and information contact Barbara at 478-743-3144. “The Art of Joy Hulgan” exhibit at Middle Georgia Art Association. Tuesday – Friday, Noon – 5 p.m. Saturday, Noon – 3 p.m. 478.744.9557. 2330 Ingleside Ave. Thru Nov 30 Macon Architecture: the Story of Structures at Museum of Arts & Sciences. Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m. Admission $4 $8. 478.477.3232. 4180 Forsyth Rd.

family “Sky Over Macon”, Fridays at 8p.m. Mark Smith

Planetarium 4182 Forsyth Rd. Weekly, live star talk explore the constellations and far away celestial objectsvisible from Middle Georgia. Admission by donation. 477-3232. Live music for kids every First Saturday at Georgia Music Hall of Fame Every first Saturday from noon until 2 p.m., Included with museum admission, $3.50 ages 4-17. Featuring Pilar Wilder and Hayiya Dance Theatre.

museum hours The Musuem of Arts & Sciences

Monday - Saturday, 10 - 5 p.m., Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m. Last Friday of Each Month, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Admission - Adults $8, Students 12-17 $5

Georgia Children’s Museum: Tuesday – Saturday 10:30 -5:30, $4 per person, 2 and under free. Free admission on Tuesdays from 10:30 -1:30 for City of Macon residents and First Fridays from 5:30-8:30. The Allman Brothers Band Museum / The Big House. Call for hours. 478.741.5551. 2321 Vineville Ave.

Georgia Music Hall of Fame 9am-5pm Mon-Sat, 1pm-5pm Sun. 1-888-GA-ROCKS. $8/$3.50.

Georgia Sports Hall of Fame 9am-5pm Mon-Sat, 1pm-5pm Sun. Admission $8, children 4-16 $3.50.

The Hay House, 934 Georgia Ave. Open TuesdaysSaturdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. - 4. Tours are on the hour with the last tour at 3 p.m. $8 adults, $4 students. Children under 6 free. Tubman African American Museum Monday-Saturday 9a.m.-5p.m. Admission $5 for adults $3 for Children 4-17. 340 Walnut Street.

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Detroit is different from other urban centers in terms of the musical traditions amongst blacks. In Philly, the black people were more urban as they have been here longer. In Detroit, a lot of the black society had come up within the past two to three decades to work in the car factories so they had brought a lot of their southern roots with them – a lot of the Deep South, the black Baptist churches. That was unique about it. So they had a lot of unique conditions that made Motown come about. You roll the dice, and it comes out one way in one place, and one way in another. Motown just happened to be that the time was right, the societal conditions were right, the musical scene surrounding it was right. Most of the Motown studio musicians came from the south: James Jamerson was from South Carolina, Joe Hunter (piano) was from Tennessee, Earl Van Dyke (keyboards) was from down there originally; so they had deep country roots. There are a lot of things that have to happen to have a musical operation like Motown that was so big with so many parts and still have it run like a Maserati.


llan Slutsky is more than a composer and musical historian; he is a believer. He believes in the truth and the sincerity of music. While it might have been his guitar tablature transcription talents that led to his nickname, “Dr. Licks,” it was his passion for honest musicianship that led to his writing the book Standing in the Shadows of Motown and later to his producing the film about the greatest hit machine of all time. On November 9th, the 2nd Tuesday Rock ‘n Roll Picture Show is very proud to present the Grammy Award, the New York Film Critics Circle Award, and the Austin Film Festival Award Winning film “Standing in the Shadows of Motown” at the Cox Capitol Theatre. Happy Hour doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with a delicious, full dinner menu also available by Good to Go; the film will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is only $5 ($3 when you wear a rock ‘n roll t-shirt)!

Motown is not simply our parents’ music; it everyone’s music. That Motown sound was born out of a small studio in Detroit, and it has touched every corner on the planet, and yet the Funk Brothers are still not a household name. I know the idea for the film came from your book Standing in the Shadows of Motown which focused primarily on bass great James Jamerson , but how did you originally decide to get to the core of the Motown sound? When I was 15, I was playing guitar in a band called the Majestics. It was an old black band out of a suburb of Philadelphia, and they were all a bit older than me. We used to play everything that came on the air. I was playing this music when “Get Ready” came out, and two days later, we were playing it. So, it was the music of my youth, and I was playing all of the black clubs when I was 15 years old. We were all so smitten with the stars, I never gave a thought to who the musicians were. I didn’t know it was all the same guys on every single record. I just figured it could have been any roster of musicians; my ears weren’t developed enough at that time to recognize that the bass sounds like the same guy each time. I had been writing a lot of guitar tab transcription books, and I did a book called The Art of Playing Rhythm and Blues, and it was a sampling of a bunch of R&B schools from the 60s - you know, Memphis, Motown, New Orleans, Chicago – and when I transcribed the Motown stuff, I was smitten. For people who aren’t transcribers, it’s almost better in a way because

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Q&A with Allan “Dr. Licks” Slutsky A composer and musical historian, Dr. Licks talks about his book and two-time Grammy winning documentary, “Standing in the Shadows of Motown” BY DAVID HIGDON

they can sit there and enjoy the music, but when I listen to music, it’s hard for me to shut down my brain and just dig it. In being a transcriber and writing out each note, it gives you a much deeper perspective when you look at it like “Oh my god! Look at what this guy did!” For most of my life when I was listening to Marvin Gaye doing “What’s Going On,” I was listening to Marvin Gaye sing more than I was listening to the music. When you sit down and tear it apart, you see that this music is as good as what Marvin did. So that book Rhythm and Blues was sort of my entry into this. I was talking with the bass player that I was working with on that book about the bass lines, and he said, “Oh yeah, that’s (James) Jamerson; you should do a book on him.” So I

went up to Detroit to find his widow, and I was basically going to do a bass tab book on him with just Motown bass lines; that’s all. Then, this story starting pouring out from his widow about him and the other members of the Funk Brothers, and I realized that I had stumbled upon something special. Bringing the unknown and overlooked musicians which helped shape the Motown sound their deserved recognition is really what this film is about. After so much time has lapsed, and after members had passed away, was there any bitterness or extra coaxing that you had to do in order to get some of these individuals to talk or get into the same room together after a 30 year hiatus? No, the majority of them were willing to talk; a few were a little weird. Like the first time I called drummer “Pistol” Allen I said, “Pistol, I want to talk to you about Motown bassist James Jamerson,” and he cut me off, and said, “Motown, Motown! Fuck Motown!” and he hung up. Some guys had more bitterness about their experiences than others, but mostly they were all very open and very ready to talk. Motown has been playing for decades and it has never lost its power. It has been sampled in rap music, people have attempted to revise the sound, but it has never had the same force because Motown had that raw power. Do you think that there could be any movement of music in the future, or sound in the future, that could attain the same amount of staying power and depth as Motown, or was this a onetime sound that could never find itself in another setting? I’m sure there will be at some point. What made Motown so unique was it was a confluence of a lot of preconditions. You had societal conditions; the people of Detroit were basically broke, but at the same time having a huge, rich musical legacy where every corner had a bar with live music. People had moved there to work in the car factories, and they were a hungry, ambitious people. So that was one aspect.

And it grew. It was born during one of the most tumultuous times of our society’s history, but it also grew along with the times, through the presidencies, through the Vietnam War, and it continued to change in such a way that it even became a political voice without ever loosing the emotional voice. That’s exactly right. A lot of things had to happen at the same time, but one of the biggest things was probably the car industry. Barry Gordy was a preacher in the car industry, and he worked at auto plants, and that was where he got the idea to put that assembly line mentality to the music. That was another important aspect of it.

When we were talking about musical movements, I was thinking about that part in the film when you compare, as immediately recognizable, the guitar riff of “My Girl” to that of The Beatles’ “Paperback Writer,” the Stones’ “Satisfaction,” and Nirvana’s “Come As You Are.” That spread covers soul, psychedelia, classic rock, and grunge; was Nirvana an important band to you personally? Oh sure, absolutely. I’m a very diverse musical person. I’m in a musical trio ( with a mandolin, an accordion and an upright bass, and we play all classical violin music and film score music; that is about as far away from Motown as you can get. So, I have a lot of influences that go into my musical life.

Do you currently have another book idea or film idea on the horizon? Yeah, I just pitched one to Time Life; they actually came to me and asked if I had any good ideas. I gave them this one, and they liked it. It is apparently on their roster, and I hope that they get to it at some point. It is on the Chitlin Circuit which was the theaters and clubs across the country in the 40s, 50s, and 60s that blacks played at.


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listen up Cousins Alex Walker and Tripp Spears formed "Friends and Family “out of pure luck in Macon, Georgia in the early part of March 2009.Using powerful, honest lyrics and harmonies this indie/alternative duo paints vivid pictures of the different chapters of their lives. They draw influence from bands like Death cab for Cutie, Damien Rice and Copeland. With big plans in the future- be on the lookout for these guys around town. Name a song you've listened to in the past 24 hours? I've listened to- "Cute without the E" by Taking Back Sunday- Live from Orensanz- because it reminds of highschool.The lead singer recorded the song when he was 18 and continues to sing it.

I recently just got the new Jimmy eat World Cd: Inventedit seems that whenever I start a new chapter of my life- a new jimmy eat world cd comes out. Whose band t-shirt do you wear proudly? I like rocking my friends merch/t-shirt- Rookie of the Year. Recommend a band our readers must hear now? Aidan Knight, his album "Versicolour" is amazing. (an intimate eight-song collection of haunted chamber folk and moody acoustic pop.) Favorite happy hour spot? I love the Hummingbird- I am a big fan of Vanilla Vodka and Coke - i got a sweet tooth! Favorite local independent restaurant? Jeneane’s! I love me some vegetables.

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mondays MON vinyl $1 Wells all Day! karaoke with mitch TUES 4-8: $1 pbr & Highlifes Trivia 7-9pm WED Team free wells for gals


Josh Roberts & the Hinges SAT. NOV 6

2 finger jester TUES. NOV 9 karaoke with mitch, 9pm


Back Row Baptists SAT. NOV 13 Scott Little Band FRI. NOV 19

Swimming Pool Q’s 11th Hour fan Chad Stark recemmends taking a listen to and watching the online Flash series “Salad Fingers.” Salad Fingers is a psychological horror cartoon series originally created by British cartoonist David Firth in 2005. The San Francisco Chronicle ranked it in the "top 10" pop culture phenomena for that year. The cartoon revolves around the eponymous Salad Fingers, a schizophrenic, green thin man who inhabits a desolate world.

Dylan York is listening to Deadmau5; Jodie McNeil Gooch is digging Steppenwolf on; Shana Dixon is playing James Brown “Cage the Elephant”, and Michael Collins is listening to Grinderman.


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MACON’S LIVE MUSIC SCHEDULE THUR 11/4 DJ Extreme Asylum Nightclub

TUES 11/9

Matt Pippen Wild Wing Cafe

Open Mic Locos Bar & Grill

SAT 11/13

B Keith Williams The Shamrock

FRI 11/5

WED 11/10

Packway Handle Band Mellow Mushroom

Titania Billy’s Clubhouse

Lubriphonic, Big Mike & the Booty Papas Cox Capitol Theatre

Mike Brookshire 20’s Pub, Riverside Drive September Haze Bottoms Up

Josh Roberts & the Hinges The Hummingbird Megan North Mellow Mushroom

Groovestain Rivalry’s Sports Bar DJ Dance Party The Rookery

The New Skrews The Shamrock Matt Pippen Wild Wing Cafe

SAT 11/6

DJ Ricardo Billy’s Clubhouse

Chanel Stevens Club Kaos

A2z Band, Ocha La Rocha & Marshall Tucker Band Fly South Fest,Waterworks Park

Chris Hicks & Friends Backporch Lounge

THUR 11/11 DJ Extreme Asylum Nightclub DJ Slim Bottoms Up

Literoke The Rookery

Matt Pippen Wild Wing Cafe

FRI 11/12

B Keith Williams 20’s Pub, Riverside Drive John Meyer & Dave Billy’s Clubhouse Soulshine Bottoms Up

Monica Van Pelt Club Kaos

Backrow Baptists The Hummingbird Caleb Grimes Mellow Mushroom

2 Finger Jester The Hummingbird

Robert Lee Coleman Rivalry’s Sports Bar

Comedy Night Rivalry’s Sports Bar

Mike Brookshire The Shamrock

Shane Bridges Mellow Mushroom

Bill & Keith The Shamrock

Ken Will Morton Wild Wing Cafe

MON 11/8

CJ Warren 20’s Pub, Riverside Drive

The Acacia Strain Show Cox Capitol Theatre

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DJ Dance Party The Rookery

The New Skrews Wild Wing Cafe

SAT 11/13

John Stanley Band Billy’s Clubhouse

L.O.V.E. Band Fest f/t 4U2C,Whittles, Long Hot Summer, Matt & Lewis and Mystery Road Cox Capitol Theatre

Monica Van Pelt Club Kaos

Scott Little Band The Hummingbird

Stoopgrass Rivalry’s Sports Bar Tokyo Spa The Shamrock

NSP Wild Wing Cafe

MON 11/15

Jim Cable 20’s Pub, Riverside Drive

TUES 11/16 Open Mic Locos Bar & Grill

B Keith Williams The Shamrock

FRI 11/19

Sugar Creek 20’s Pub, Riverside Drive Villanova Bottoms Up

Matt Moncrief Billy’s Clubhouse

Swimming Pool Q’s The Hummingbird Jeremy Johnson Mellow Mushroom

Joey Stuckey Band Wild Wing CAfe


Happy hour til 7pm, jam & rehearse 7-10pm, 20’s Pub $1 beers 4-7p, $5 Domestic Pitchers, 50¢ wings Locos

$1.50 wells and $1 drafts all day Tara’s Tavern 2-4-1 wells and $2 Domestics until 8pm CJ’s Sports Bar $1 Wells all night, The Bird Happy Hour open to close Rivalry’s Sports Bar

Free Red Bull mixers, only at Wild Wing Cafe

Service Industry Night 6PM-Close: 2 for $10 Jager Bombs; $3 House Margaritas; $3 3 Olives Vodka; $2 select Pints Macon Mellow


Trivia: $1.50 PBR Pints, $4.50 Pitchers, $2 Blue Moon & Yuengling Macon Mellow $1beers 4-7p, Locos

All drinks $2 all night at Bottoms Up

$1.50 domestic beer and $1 drafts all day Tara’s Tavern 2-4-1 wells and $2 Domestics until 8pm CJ’s Sports Bar

2 fer Tuesday: 5-10p, featuring $2 Domestic drafts Wild Wing


Taco Rita Nite: $2 Tacos, $3 Margaritas, $4 Skinny Margaritas Wild Wing Cafe

Macon’s Hottest Trivia, $3 Ritas & $3 Big Drafts, El Azteca Surf ‘N Turf Night, Cornhole Tourney 8p Tara’s Tavern $1.50 Domestics Locos

2-4-1 wells and $2 Domestics until 8pm CJ’s Sports Bar

Ladies night, free wells for the gals The Hummingbird 2-4-1 all drinks, Bottoms Ups

Hippy Chick Night 6PM-Close: $1.50 House Wine & $4.50 Jager Mellow Mushroom


2-4-1 wells and $2 Domestics until 8pm CJ’s Sports Bar

The Rookery 11-1am: $2 Bud Lt bottles, $4.50 well doubles, and 2 for 1 Jager.

Ladies Night: $10 all you can drink wells, $2 High Life Pitchers Bottoms Up Ladie Night 6pm to close: $1 wells, 2-4-1 one bombs for everyone at Tara’s Tavern

Gals, $2 drinks all night Rivalry’s Beer pong: $2 pitchers for teams, $1.50 wine for ladies, $3 wells, $3 Ritas Macon Mellow 2 for 1 Jager Bombs, $4 Irish Car Bombs Wild Wing $4 Jager Bombs! Locos


Happy Hour prices for poker players, BJ’s Billiards

$2 pints of Mellow Blonde, $2.25 PBR Tall Boys Mellow Macon 2-4-1 wells and $2 Domestics until 8pm CJ’s Sports Bar

The Rookery 11-1am: $2 BL bottles, $4.50 well doubles, $3 Sex on the Beach and 2 for 1 Jager. Everyday, Miller Lite buckets just $12! Wild Wing


2-4-1 wells and $2 Domestics until 8pm CJ’s Sports Bar

The Rookery 11-1am: $2 Bud Light, $4.50 well doubles, $3 Sex on the Beach and 2 for 1 Jager. 2-4-3 PBR and High Life Bottoms Up

College Football: Bucket of beer and wings $15 Tara’s Tavern $2 pints, $3 wells, $3 Ritas Mellow Macon $4 Firefly cocktails Wild Wing Cafe


Nascar, drink specials, 20’s Pub $3 Wells, Ritas & $2 select pints Macon Mellow

$3 bloody marys & Margaritas, live acoustic on patio, 6:30-9:30pm Wild Wing Cafe Lady’s Hour 7:30-8:30pm. Gals enjoy $1 Wells/Domestics BJ’s Billiards

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Fri, November 5

Wed, November 10

Barefoot Southern boys and honest rock and roll seem to be a tradition in the history of Georgia music. And it seems that the players of September Hase have stomped their way through all three with their own young gunsin-old souls sound. Its no surprise they tend to kick their shoes off when they are feeling the heat on stage. Or that their original songs invoke your gut like real music used to. Or that they made Alan Walden, a veteran music publisher and 2003 Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductee, shed real deal tears the first time he heard them. But for the boys in the band, they are just doing what they believe in...what keeps them up at night...what drives them to work harder every day. They just want to be artists. And its working.

With opening act Big Mike & the Booty Papas. Digging deep and giving it all in everything they do Chicago’s Lubriphonic specialize in a unique offering of funky rock n’ roll. The Lubriphonic sound is full of precision orchestrations made up of blazing guitars, tight three piece horn lines, soulful songwriting, bluesy vocals and the habit to cut the funk loose. The best description of the band’s sound comes from Relix Magazine: “Superb, adventurous, diverse, simply mesmerizing instrumental work. Steeped in soul, rock, pop, and blues Lubriphonic's members play with a tenacity and precision that sets them apart from equally proficient bands.”

September Hase @ Bottoms Up

Lubriphonic @ the Capitol Theatre

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Wed,Thursday & Sat, 8p, Sundays, Tuesdays at 6pm, 20’s Pub

Mondays with Brad “the Man in the Box” at Rivalry’s

New to Tuesdays! Karaoke with Mitch The Hummingbird, 8p Wednesdays with Mitch Kersey from 9p-1a at BJ Billiards

Josh Roberts & the Hinges @ The Bird

Every Wednesday with DKH, Macon Shroom


Wed, Fri & Saturdays at Tara’s

Josh Roberts & the Hinges @ The Hummingbird

Every Friday 7:30, Mondays at 5pm, Friends Bar & Grill Sundays with Brad, 9pm The Backporch Lounge


NOW TUESDAYS: Hardest Trivia in Macon 7-9pm at BJs Billiards Every Tuesday, Macon Mellow

Tuesday Night Trivia (8pm) with Outspoken Entertainment., Wild Wing Cafe

Every Wednesday with $3 Ritas & Big Drafts El Azteca Wednesday nights, 7:30pm at Billy’s Clubhouse

Trivia with Jacob at Loco’s every Wednesday, Big payouts!

Every Wednesday at The Rookery, compete for $5,000 grand prize! 8pm

Every Wednesday at The Bird, 7pm.

Thursday nights 9p, The Shamrock


Nightly Poker 7:30p, Friends Bar

Sunday Poker League 2:30,Tuesdays at 7pm, Rivalry’s Nightly Poker 8p, BJ Billiards

Thur & Sun 7pm, Billy’s Clubhouse

September Haze @ Bottoms Up See Editors Picks

Josh Roberts and the Hinges formed in early 2005 in Columbia, SC and immediately began touring and recording. Embedded in their style of rock and roll are blues, country, punk and soul influences that link elegant harmonies with the raunchy guitar work of Josh Roberts. Their powerful sound is raw and uncompromising, creating new rock and roll anthems that leave their dedicated fans speechless'and sometimes exhausted, yet always wanting more.'I want to cross folk mystery with country and blues emotion and AC/DC power,' said Josh Roberts. 'We want to make melting pot American music, real rock and roll music with the roots showing.'

Groovestain @ Rivalry’s Sports Bar

Groove Stain was established in 1997, originating from the suburbs of Coweta County, Georgia. Founding members Eric Patterson, Chris Pope and Jon Etheridge met while performing together in the East Coweta High School marching band. From this experience they branched out to form an original rock ensemble that would deliver a brass punch bedded in the music of a hard rock band.


Shane Bridges @ Mellow Mushroom Shane Bridges is a singer song-

writer that has been on the scene since 1995 when he and fellow friend Josh Carson formed Acoustic Workshop. During this time other individuals have supported Shane Bridges, including a young sensational singer from Macon, Nick Malloy. Shane’s influences are The Jayhawks, Gram Parsons, Steve Earl, Willie Nelson to The Replacements. Strong songs with good lyrics is the mold he takes with songwriting. Check the tunes and see for yourself.

The Acacia Strain Show @ The Capitol

Ken Will Morton @ Wild Wing

After many years of strumming a six string, writing songs, stirring up trouble while touring the country, music has become the lifeblood of Ken Will Morton. He can't stop. is he nuts? probably. after many bombastic yet traditional rock band experiences, In the spring of the new millenium , Ken joined the fantastic Indicators. 2003 saw the release of the band’s sophomore CD, Kill the Messenger, a rootsy pop rock record, which received rave reviews from No Depression, Relix, Harp, Paste Magazine and more. he also learned a lot from fellow bandmates with far more skill and experience under their belts.


The Acacia Strain Show @ Cox Capitol Theatre

After seeing their latest album “Wormwood” debut at #66 on Billboard’s Top 200 with first week sales of totaling nearly 7,000 copies and combined sales already nearing 15,000, Western Massachusetts’ anger fueled, welloiled touring machine, THE ACACIA STRAIN are proud to announce their upcoming full U.S. headlining tour. The “To Catch a Predatour” presented by All In Merchandise, Revolver Magazine and Metal Injection sees THE ACACIA STRAIN heading out along the East Coast with support from TERROR, THE RED CHORD, GAZA and THE CONTORTIONIST.

FRIDAY 11/12

Backrow Baptists @ The Bird

Contrary to popular belief, The Back Row Baptists did not meet in prison or church. Instead, this band of seasoned troubadours was born out of the dive bars and local taverns of The Magic City – Birmingham, Alabama – and their sound conjures up an eclectic mix of Gospel, punk and Americana music.

Caleb Grimes @ Mellow Mushroom Caleb puts everything on the line and in front for his fans. He'll play a million gigs and look

Packway Handle Band @ Mellow for more, taking the time to shake hands and have a drink and a smile with everyone. More musicians should have the class and downhearted approach of this guy." - Jason Hawk Q106.3

Robert Lee Coleman @ Rivarlys

Former lead Guitarist for the James Brown Band lays his own music down the only way he knows how, funky. Get there while you still can to see this Macon Legend.

L.O.V.E. Band Fest

f/t 4U2C, Whittles, Long Hot Summer, Matt & Lewis and Mystery Road @ Capitol The L.O.V.E. (Lending Our Voices to Empower) Band Fest is the first major fundraising event produced by Crisis Line & Safe House. Proceeds will help benefit the organization and services for victims. This event will be the conclusion for Domestic Awareness Month in October. Crisis Line & Safe House is a local organization that helps men, women and children affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. Crisis Line & Safe House offers support, safety, planning, therapy, judicial assistance, among other services, to victims of these violent acts.

Packway Handle Band @ Mellow Mushroom

The Packway Handle Band emerged from the small Athens Bluegreass scene, finding national acclaim first as finalists at the Telluride bluegrass competition in 2002 and 2003, then taking 2nd place in 2004. The band’s 2003 debut album, “Chaff Harvest” was produced using prize awards from a local Battle of the Bands when they beat out 72 other rock bands for first place. The band now plays upward of 200 shows a year in theUnited States and in 2008 Packway embarked on an overseas tour to play the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Scotland as well as a string of other dates throughout the UK, Belgium, Holland, and France




Marshall Tucker Band

“I could sit here all day and talk about stuff that is just too unbelievable too have ever happened. But it all did... Music gave me my life and it’s a pretty dang good one, and I don’t think I can ever abandon that. I just plain out love it.” - Doug Gray, founding member Marshall Tucker Band

To play Fly South Fest at Waterworks Park on Saturday, November 6


he gates to Amerson Water Works Park will open at 2 p.m. Tailgate set ups are encouraged and tents will be allowed around the periphery of the venue. Although there will not be a BBQ competition like last year, local vendors will sell BBQ, hamburgers, hotdogs, beer and other beverages. Coolers and picnics are permitted. The second annual Fly South Festival is being presented by Friends of Ocmulgee Trail with generous assistance from Bragg Jam Festival Inc. and the Community Foundation of Central Georgia. Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail. Publisher Brad Evans was able to get Doug Gray on the phone for a few minutes to discuss his long run (and the only remaining founding member of) The Marshall Tucker Band, who will be headlining the festival. We caught up with Gray at his home in Spartenburg, South Carolina, warming up for his return to Macon. First of all , we’re so glad you’re coming back to Macon. I know the band has a lot of history with this town? Can you tell me how you first came to Macon and hooked up with Capricorn? The good part was, a lot of the connections of everything that happened in Macon, had a lot of fingers that reached out to the rest of the country. That helped things that happened there. But how we got involved with everything was through Jimmy Hall, who I’m sure you know. He was friends with Tommy (Caldwell, original member of MTB), and we told him that we were getting ready to cut a demo. Jimmy took the tape down to Frank and Phil Walden. They invited us down to play Grants Lounge. By the way, ya’ll are so lucky to still have that place. I can’t wait to go see it while I’m there. I’ve got like eight years worth of memories in that place. So many good memories. But that first night we played there was probably as good as the band ever played. We were just excited and everyone was there. As far as we knew, they were all music people, associated with Capricorn, because by that time the Allman Brothers had been around and the place was already famous for

L to R: Marcus Henderson, Rick Willis, Stuart Swanlund, Doug Gray, Barry Bordin, Pat Ellwood. Photo courtesy Ramblin’ Records

breeding acts. But after the show, Phil and Frank came up to us and said “let’s make a deal.” The great thing about Macon is that everyone looked out for everyone else. Nobody ever just left you sitting on the curb. I bet it’s still the same way there. I was fortunate enough, after that night, to get to work with Paul Hornsby, who I still love and who is still there in Macon. I know it had to be pretty surreal, after the album became such a hit, and Marshall Tucker became such a big name across the country. Well, we didn’t think of any of it as momentous at that moment. Because we’d had opportunity before, we knew we had to make something of it. And everything was sort of strung together, you know. We’re out on the road, probably for one more day than God, and we’re borrowing cables from Eric Quincy Tate, and we’ve got a couple of roadies from Grinderswitch, so you know we were just so full of being able to book shows and tour with people like the Allman Brothers, that we didn’t think about style or exactly what we were trying to do. People would come up to us and be like, “hey ya’ll aren’t rock or country, what are ya’ll trying to do?” Oftentimes, we didn’t know how to answer that question, because we hadn’t stopped long enough to think about it. But the momentous occasion came for me on Myrtle Beach, after we’d played a show and we were out there on the sand, just sort of riding a wave you know, and Joe Mconnell came outside and yelled “Gray, ya’ll’s record

just went Gold!” and we got pretty excited then. We were yelling, jumping up and down, giving each other five back before people gave each other five. I could sit here all day and talk about stuff that is just too unbelievable too have ever happened. But it all did. How is that different from today? Obviously it’s a different group of guys you are travelling with, but how is the dynamic different? Do you still get excited before a show? Probably more so. You have to work harder now. Back then you didn’t know how hard you were working. You didn’t have a clue. Now I can walk into a room and see the platinum and gold records, and realize, fairly easily, what it’s all for. And I’m simple. I love Wal-mart as much as anyone else. The reason that we still play so much is because people want to see us. The people in the band now, don’t want to be like Toy Caldwell, or Jerry Eubanks, and certainly we’re not the same band. But these guys are out here now, and they want to play like they play. And we’re all great friends. We all go out and have lunch together. It’s sort of like being married. Everyone has good and bad moments, but the care never leaves your heart. We all have the same intention. They don’t want to imitate, they want to do those songs and extend their personalities within that. And as a result everyone reaps the benefit, including the audience, I think. Music gave me my life and it’s a pretty dang good one, and I don’t think I can ever abandon that. I just plain out love it.

Fly South Fest Music Schedule 3pm: A-Z Band

Probably the best cover band in Macon these days, A2Z plays a little bit of everything, and will be a perfect way to get the afternoon started at Fly South. They are in high demand on the private party and club circuit here in Macon and have already been nominated mulitiple times for Best Cover band of the year in the upcoming Readers Choice Awards.

4pm: Gringo Grande

The members of Gringo Grande have been active participants in the middle Georgia music scene for several years in other bands, and came together to play original music approximately three

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months ago. Gringo Grande is making their public debut at Fly South Festival.

5pm: Ocha La Rocha

Ocha La Rocha was formed in 2004 by Johnny La Rocha. They evolved into a live act that debued in Los Angeles and Atlanta, quickly taking over the underground rock scene. Johnny la Rocha’s grainy vocals and irreverent lyrics evoke a juke joint bluesman, a libidinous southern rocker, and a tenderhearted, crooning cowboy. This unlikely mix of styles is accomplished in the skillful juxtaposition of stripped down rock songs paired with lavish, quasi-psychedelic arrangements, next to wailing coun-

try folk. The result is a debut of both lush complexity and spare vintage rock. The Band has completed their 2nd release this July; "Stealing Time" with James Barber a record producer of such acts as Ryan Adams and Courtney Love.

7pm: Marshall Tucker Band

One of the major Southern rock bands of the '70s, the Marshall Tucker Band was formed in Spartanburg, SC, in 1971 by singer Doug Gray, guitarist Toy Caldwell (died February 25, 1993), his brother bassist Tommy Caldwell (died April 4, 1980), guitarist George McCorkle, drummer Paul Riddle, and reed player Jerry Eubanks. The group's style combined

rock, country, and jazz and featured extended instrumental passages on which lead guitarist Toy Caldwell shone. The band was signed to Capricorn Records and released their debut album, The Marshall Tucker Band, in March 1973. They gained recognition through a tour with the Allman Brothers Band and found significant success during the course of the '70s, with most of their albums going gold. Their peak came with the million-selling album Carolina Dreams and its Top 15 single "Heard It in a Love Song" in 1977. With a new lineup now including Maconite Marcus Henderson, it’s said the band sounds better than ever, like we “Heard it in a Love Song.”



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20’s Pub Boasting freshly prepared sandwiches, salads and dinner specials in a well-lit tavern-like setting. LD • BAR • $ 3076 Riverside Dr.

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The Rookery There isn’t a place downtown that has been serving us longer.The Rookery offers some of the best comfort food in Macon. Burgers, Nachos, Sandwiches and daily lunch specials that can’t be beat. LD BAR $ 543 Cherry Street, 746-8658

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we saw you Kelly Dixson What she's wearing: Flowered tunic top from Macy's Studded belt from New York and Co. "Leather" leggings and ankle boots from Target Describe your style or fashion sense: My style is simple. The cut and color/pattern of clothes go a long way. I'll occasionally add a belt or some earrings, but, to me, the simpler the better.

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ecently, I began taking ballroom dance lessons here in Macon. It has been a very long time since I was on the ‘bar/bat mitzvah circuit’ when I was expected to look fairly competent on the dance floor. So at the tender ages of 11 and 12, most of my classmates and I were traineded in the likes of the ‘cha-cha’ and the’ jitterbug’ so that we could respectably maneuver around the floor to the music of our parents’ generation. That was more than 45 years ago, and I must admit that ever since, I really haven’t put any time or practice into any of those formal ballroom dances. So after being encouraged to do so by some acquaintances already taking lessons here, I found a willing partner, enrolled, met a number of new and lovely people, and have sincerely enjoyed reliving a part of my childhood out on the dance floor. I have even been told by some


more skilled and experienced that myself that I actually have a knack for it, and that patience, practice and persistence will pay off. So with renewed interest in this art form, I headed downtown at the end of last month to partake of and enjoy the ‘Thriller’ dance performances that were sponsored by this 11th Hour publication. Though this Halloween event is of relatively recent inception, it was the first time I took the opportunity to attend what has now become an annual downtown Macon dance event, as well as a tribute to the genius and legacy of Michael Jackson. Jackson’s inspired and enduring songs provided the musical backdrop that evening for some of Macon’s most talented dancers and performance groups. As the racially mixed audience that attracted both the young and old (including some familiar faces from my ballroom dance class) steadily gathered and grew, Khicks Ballroom Dancing demonstrated its unique urban dance style, the Hyiyah Dance Theatre group in traditional garb performed a rather complicated African-inspired routine, the

@ children of the Flag City School of Dance were simply a delight to behold, and Laura Thompson and Daniel Boudrealt (both of whom I had actually met and observed on the floor at one of my dance lesson classes) glided gracefully across Cherry Street’s asphalt surface. These preliminary performances concluded with the audience captivating ‘Moonwalk’ contest. I, for one, never figured out just how Michael Jackson was able to move across the stage that way, but a number of the 25 or so contestants who demonstrated their ‘moonwalking’ abilities that evening apparently did, and I am pleased to announce that the City of Macon professes a number of young and very talented Michael Jacksons-in-training. Finally, the ‘Thriller’ Dance and Zombie Parade that culminated the performances recreated Jackson’s classic 14-minute music video, and suddenly Cherry Street was filled with some of the most creative costumes and gruesome looking characters this city has ever produced. When that was all said and done, DJ Dirt Dog cranked up the music, the block party began, and, incredibly it seemed, Cherry Street was teeming with people ‘Dancing in the Streets’ in the classic Martha Reeves and the Vandellas way. I stood there just marveling at, and taking in, the entire night, sight and spectacle. The weather was absolutely beautiful, and the Terminal Station, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, the (regrettably unfinished) Tubman

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Museum and the Children’s Museum surrounding were all aglow. Downtown that night was vibrant and alive with people participating in, and enjoying, what is truly an extremely creative, annual Halloween event that has become a Macon tradition that seems uniquely our own. Events like this, Bragg Jam, Second Sundays, Friday Fest, and the Cherry Blossom Street Party and Fair clearly demonstrate that, indeed, people will fill Macon’s downtown streets if something creative and worthwhile is offered and happening there. What impresses me most about this Halloween event as well as the others is just how an extremely imaginative and engaging idea can be conjured up and implemented, and then just takeoff and become a unique event and an ongoing tradition. In a recent (9/24) article published in the Telegraph regarding the inception of Friday Fest, Phillip Ramati quoted me as saying that “downtown Macon is the hippest place to be in all of Georgia and especially mid-Georgia. . . . It’s definitely the place to be.” The ‘Thriller’ Dance and Zombie Parade are evidence and confirmation of the reality of that belief. So on behalf of many, I extend kudos to the 11th Hour for its sponsorship of this event, and I encourage one and all to continue to keep those creative and imaginative juices that distinguish us flowing.

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Sick of politics... but not of Macon Just before I started writing this column, the thugs of Macon celebrated their 19th homicide this year. It is certainly a sad state of affairs when more people know who Leon Jones the coroner is than who the Vice President of the United States is. (Sorry, I had to get a little political dig in there.) BY BILL KNOWLES

nd now for something completely different…Ok, I stole that from Monty Python but I know that everyone reading this column is sick of politics. The one writing this column is a little tired of it too, so I have decided to give the column a political hiatus of one column. You’re welcome. Just before I started writing this column, the thugs of Macon celebrated their 19th homicide this year. It is certainly a sad state of affairs when more people know who Leon Jones the coroner is than who the Vice President of the United States is. (Sorry, I had to get a little political dig in there. And if you can’t remember his name, I’m not going to remind you. He won’t be there long enough anyway.) As I read the news of the latest victim’s killing, I had to ask myself, “Why in the world am I staying in Middle Georgia?” It took me a few minutes, but I started thinking of the things that have and do keep me and my family here. Middle Georgia is convenient. We’re less than an hour away from everything we could ever want to do, but far enough away not to have to deal with Atlanta. We can get in our car and be at Turner Field or the Georgia Dome in about an hour to catch the Braves, Falcons, Thrashers or Hawks. We used to be able to hop down to one of the oldest baseball parks in the


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country and watch the Macon Braves play at Luther Williams Field, but we sadly let them get away. In their place, a series of well-meaning attempts at baseball have been made with the Macon Music, Peaches and most recent team the Pinetoppers. If we want to travel, we have two major interstate highways that pass through our region and again, we are about an hour from the largest airport in the world. The old joke goes; if you’re going to hell, you have to change planes in Atlanta. I really don’t think they’re kidding. Have you seen some of the travelers at Hartsfield-Jackson? Sheesh! Middle Georgia is historic. From prehistoric times at the Ocmulgee National Monument, better known as “the Indian Mounds” to the Museum of Aviation at Robins Middle Georgia has something for everyone if you love history. Where else but in Middle Georgia could you see Marty Willet in full Sidney Lanier regalia, telling us the history of this often overlooked and underrated hometown poet? Does he still ride people around in a horse and carriage doing his schtick? That was really neat-o, as us children of the 70’s say. Add to Marty, the cottage he his historian over, the Hay House, the Allman Brother’s Big House, the Douglass Theater, the Cox Capitol, the Tubman Museum and our beleaguered Sports and Music Halls of Fame,

Macon alone has enough to keep a history lover occupied for months. Then add the surrounding areas of Eatonton, Milledgeville, Forsyth, Juliette, Perry and all points in between and you have a paradise for that history lover. Something else you probably didn’t know is that the Washington Library in Macon has one of the largest and finest Genealogy libraries in the country. One of the best feelings is finding a missing link in your past. Willard, the chief Genealogy librarian, is one of the best there is and is always there to help. (And he never gets upset when you mess up one of the Microfilm machines.) Middle Georgia has the best food there is. There is no better smell than walking into NuWay on Cotton Avenue at about 11 in the morning and there’s no better taste than that first bite of your dog all the way. Ok…It’s not The Varsity, but Nu-Way is right here and the staff doesn’t bring your wife almost to tears if her order isn’t ready. (The other locations of NuWay all have the same great food, but there’s nothing like the dining experience of the original Nu-Way on Cotton.) Eating a fresh Pig at Fincher’s on Houston Avenue, some wonderful fried chicken at the Bear’s Den or the best potato soup in the world, next to mine, at The Shamrock in Payne City are all Middle Georgia treats as well. Please keep in mind that I am

most certainly an expert in Middle Georgia cuisine. When I moved to Bibb County in 1989, I wore a size 28 waist. 38’s fit, but a 40 feels a lot better now… I’ve had a lot of other wonderful experiences in my twenty plus years in Middle Georgia. Have you ever spent Easter morning watching the sun rise over Lake Tobosofkee or Coleman Hill? If that doesn’t bring you closer to God, your soul is beyond help and you need to move to Tibet and commune with the Dali Lama. I proposed to my wife on Coleman Hill on a crisp December night. It was so peaceful and serene up until the time I actually proposed and she broke into tears, so loudly in fact that I think she possibly scarred another hand-holding couple for life. My wife gave birth to our son Teddy at one of the best hospitals in the state, when she delivered him at the Medical Center. Then I got to see him play his first organized game of soccer at the Macon Soccer field behind the old Sam’s Club. (I know it’s been Goodwill for a while, but for those of us who remember it, it will always be the old Sam’s Club.) There are just too many wonderful memories of this area and not enough space to write them in my little column, so I’ve decided to keep my family in Middle Georgia for a while longer so that I can share more fantastic memories with you. If the thugs will let me.

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alloween in my neck of the woods was the usual sugar-fueled melee. My husband decorated with his signature eccentricity — a cemetery stretching across the front lawn, a flock of bats swooping down the sidewalk. We had over one-hundred-and-fifty trick-or-treaters tromp through our yard Saturday night, and every single one left with a chocolate-coated grin. Of course, this all happened on October 30th, not the 31st. Not on Halloween proper. Statesboro, like many other area communities (including Savannah), chose to move the “official” hours for trick-or-treating to Saturday night instead of Sunday. Now, there’s a lot about this that should bug me. For one, tagging anything related to Halloween with the word “official” smacks of governmental nanny-nagging. But as a parent, I like knowing what hours the community will be ding-donging and knock-knocking on my door. Likewise, I like knowing when my child will be welcome to do the same. It’s a purely practical standpoint, not an ideological one. I suspect this makes me a traitor to my liberal sensibility, but there it is. Not that I don’t harbor a lot of suspicion about the motives of such moves. The ACLU sure got its ire up about one in particular. When Livingston Parish, Louisiana, adopted an ordinance regulating the hours that residents could trick-or-treat, the ACLU sent a letter protesting the decision, citing the First Amendment right to free assembly.

Their argument had two parts, the first being that every resident of Livingston Parish ought to be able to ring doorbells for legitimate purposes or pass out treats whenever they wanted. I had no problems with that, especially since according to the ordinance, violators would be subject to a fine and possible jail time (!). The second part of the ACLU’s argument, however, was more problematic. The ACLU argued that since Halloween was a religious holiday both Celtic and Christian in origin, its official date could no more be moved than the official date of Christmas. And while I can’t argue with that either, I would surely hate to stand up and defend why trick-or-treating as it is practiced in contemporary America has any religious significance whatsoever. Halloween’s Christian expression is linked to the Catholic All Saints Day or All Hallows Day, held on November 1. This is the holy day that gives Halloween its name, since the night before this day was called All Hallows Eve, or Halloween. It’s a day to honor all of the saints of the Catholic church, both known and unknown, and as such, contains nothing even faintly resembling a wildly costumed candy scramble. Neither does the ancient Celtic celebration of Samhain (pronounced kinda like “sow when” for those of you without a CelticAmerican dictionary handy) which is also a somber and solemn event. Furthermore, the ancient Celts reckoned time very differently than we do, using lunar and agricultural cycles,

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not solar ones — October didn’t exist for them, much less the 31st, so to suggest that this particular night was sacred to the ancients is blatant bad scholarship. This isn’t to say that religion has nothing to do with moving trick-or-treat times — oh sure, it does, which is why I remain suspicious even in my practicality. Here in the Bible Belt, Halloween gets a bad rap. My own child has had classmates tell her that Halloween is Satan’s birthday (these were probably the same children who told her that Jesus wasn’t a Jew, he was an American). I am certain this kind of prejudice lurks behind “when-to-trick-or-treat?” decisions an awful lot of the time. Was there such ignorance behind Statesboro’s decision? I don’t know. All I know is that as a parent, I appreciated having trick-ortreat on Saturday since it wasn’t a school night. Dealing with a sugar hangover is one thing; doing it bright and early on a Monday is quite another. I am equally grateful that while I enjoy the flash and spooky and all-out giddy abandon of trick-or-treating, it’s not a part of my religious practice. I have a hard enough time escaping materialistic consumerist gluttony without trying to incorporate it into my faith. Halloween has lots of myths (the one about the high risk of tampered candy being most prevalent) when the truth is a lot more mundane (a kid’s greatest risk on Halloween isn’t from bad-intentioned strangers, but from being hit by a car). Trick-or-treating is neither sacred nor profane. It’s just good fun. So let’s

keep it that way, safe from our good intentions and misguided prejudices. Let’s keep it about the candy, and the costumes, and the pretend fright on the neighbor’s face. Let’s keep it for the kids, and for the kid that still lives in all of us.



Why are we obsessed with finding out God’s “plan” for our lives? This terminology has crept into our national religious consciousness to the point where it is the default language in theological musings and in our prayer life. “Finding God’s will for our lives” is of utmost importance. I would argue that this “finding God’s will” language is decidedly unhelpful, can be harmful, and most certainly fails to recognize the larger biblical narrative. I have watched as some people have become obsessed and paralyzed by trying to base all their decisions on what they perceive God has in mind for them. Let’s be clear - The Bible outlines God’s will without equivocation: Love God. Love Others. Love yourself. Serve. Period. “Obey this and that is all that is required of you”, according to Jesus. But there are millions of evangelicals who want more from the mind and will of God. They believe that God controls all facets of their lives – their friends, careers, life choices, partners, who to marry, what financial decision to make, etc. You name it, and God has a chosen path for it. Failure is defined as not figuring out the correct path. If life goes

awry and one has sought God’s guidance, then the underlying logic is that either I am not listening well to God or God is jerking me around and wants to teach me a lesson. I want to speak a word for my deep belief that God loves us so much that many times truth and God lie in several directions when a decision confronts us. We become obsessed with the microcosm of life when God is tilted more toward the macrocosm. Could it be that the Bible is right? The essence of the will of God is simply wrapped up in “Love God. Love others. Love yourself. Serve.” Once you commit yourself to this Bible truth, then God lies in more directions than we realize. Don’t raise your anxiety level or waste your time in performing spiritual contortions by trying to figure out that which is pretty simple. Just love God, love others, love yourself, and serve. Now THAT is the will of God. And frankly, that is all we need.

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The Beach Boys, The Who returning to tour, The Swell Season records Neutral Milk Hotel The Beach Boys, the '60s band that's influenced the sounds of everyone from Wilco to The Shins, Apples in Stereo to Belle and Sebastian, are set to reunite in order to mark their 50th anniversary, with none other than a live - and probably free - performance, although the locale has yet to be determined. The line-up for the event is reportedly going to include Al Jardine, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston, early guitarist David Marks and possibly (emphasis on maybe) the evasive (and busy) Brian Wilson. Jardine recently told Rolling Stone magazine that he personally "wants to see a hundred-date anniversary tour," but that if one show is all they're going to do together, then he'll take it... Jack Johnson has announced that his ongoing To the Sea Tour is partnering up with local and national non-profit organizations in areas that were affected by the Gulf oil spill to help accrue donations and encourage volunteerism. In addition, Johnson's own charity organization, the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation, is committing up to $70,000 to the All at Once non-profit partners that are working on Gulf oil spill relief efforts; so in addition to paying for good music by buying Jack Johnson concert tix, you'll also be helping a very worthy cause...

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LINK OF THE WEEK: It's been two years since The Swell Season won the Oscar for Best Song (and found that they had a fan in President Obama), and since then they've released two albums and have kept on touring. Most recently, though, they recorded a cover of Neutral Milk Hotel's tune "Two Headed Boy" for the Onion's AV Club. Catch up with the talented duo and check out the video here: Killers singer Brandon Flowers, whose solo album Flamingo was released in September, said in a recent interview that

Actor Hugh Laurie is switching from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Houseâ&#x20AC;? music to New Orlelans blues... most of the songs on his solo set were originally penned by him for The Killers themselves... The Hold Steady have added new shows to their current tour; the expanded schedule will keep the band on the road to November 23rd... Retro-geezer-rockers Van Halen are reportedly in the studio with original vocalist David Lee Roth working on a new album - their first together in over 25 years - that's due for release in 2011... Aussie dark-rocker Nick Cave is rumored to be taking over screenplaywriting duties on a remake of the 1994 action movie The Crow... Neil Young has confirmed that he'll be releasing four "lost" albums that have

been in storage since the '70s; Homegrown, Oceanside-Countryside, Chrome Dreams, and Odeon-Budokan Live are reportedly set to be issued for starters, on vinyl from analog masters... Hugh Laurie, the main character on the TV show House, is going to be the latest actor to move over into music, and is set to record an album of what he's calling "New Orleans blues" with producer Joe Henry...

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FOR SALE 1986 JEEP GRAND WAGONEER Black with wood paneled sides, leather interior in good condition. Rebuilt, used motor, $3000 OBO. Call 478-508-7096.

2002 BMW 330 CI Has 92,000 Miles, asking $10,500. Please call 478-718-9307, ask for Elizabeth.

RETAIL SPACE, 1ST Street, 2,320 sf fully renovated, with large basement area for storage. CAN’T BEAT $1,795 per month for over 4,500 square feet of usable space. Call SPP Commercial Group at 478-477-0000.


2 Bed/1 Bath Apt in the Heart of Downtown Macon, located on 2nd Street. Includes hardwood floors, great skylight, all new kitchen appliances and washer/dryer. Call 737-5972. 1 Bed/1 Bath Apt located on Cotton Includes washer, dryer, stove, fridge, dishwasher and microwave. Call Betsy: 478-737-5972.

PERSONALS Friendly Easygoing, Attractive white male 44 years old seeking similar male 20-45 for tennis, friendship and roadtrips. If interested please call 478-451-7381.



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HOME FOR SALE in the CORRIDOR 1481 Chestnut Street Live in the happening and historic College Hill Corridor in this 2 bedroom / 2 bath house, rehabilitated by Historic Macon. Located two doors down from the Macon Dog Park, professionally landscaped, irrigation system, privacy fence and three-tiered party deck with outdoor bar and eight-person hot tub. Hardwood floors, new fixtures, designer paint throughout.

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Brett Butler Acacia Strain

Drywall, finishing, painting, jobs Showsmall at 7:30pm and pressure washing

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Call Bobby 229-325-0795 Comedian Brett Butler, from television’s hit show, “Grace Under Fire” will be performing at the Cox Capitol 30,000 Loyal Readers. Theatre to kick off comedy night at the One theatre. Publication. She will be appearing for onea month. Just $50 show only. Get your tickets now for this special event! Restaurant Open with Full Call 464-1840 today. Menu available

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After seeing their latest album “Wormwood” debut at #66 on Billboard’s Top 200 with first week sales of totaling nearly 7,000 copies and combined sales already nearing 15,000, Western Massachusetts’ anger fueled, well-oiled touring machine, THE ACACIA STRAIN are proud to announce their upcoming full U.S. headlining tour. The “To Catch a Predatour”

2nd Tuesday Rock ‘n Roll Picture Show Screening “Standing in the Shadows of Motown” Movie 7:30pm, $5 ($3 when you wear classic rock t-shirt)

WED 11/10: Lubriphonic with Big Mike & Booty Papas, 8pm, $8/$10 day of show

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You will say things without thinking. You can be arrogant, presumptuous, and your own interests will come first. There is some confusion over paperwork you are doing and may have you running in circles. Some older papers may have to be rewritten or resubmitted within the next three weeks. Be sure to keep all your receipts for the next few weeks. You may need them as other people are inclined to make mistakes this month. You could receive bills that have already been paid. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You are practical, peace loving, stubborn, and deliberate. Taurus has a natural interest in money, and you like the finer things in life.Your prior investments are being reevaluated. Some will be paying off in a big way by the spring or summer and others need to be reinvested by mid December. You should be hearing some good news about your finances. In the spring you might find something new for your investments. It will be something that gains profits immediately. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Gemini is versatile, fickle, intelligent, creative, quick, neat, and curious. You might have company staying at your home for a short period this week. They will probably return in mid December for a longer stay (about two weeks). Any news you receive this month will be repeated in a few weeks, but completely changed. Tests you have experienced will have to be redone. Do not allow your mind to drift while you work between Wednesday and Sunday as mishaps are likely during that time. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Cancer is sentimental, sensitive, and needs to have a sense of security. Cancer is intensely romantic and has a vivid imagination. One of your investments should be paying off shortly. You may already have had a confirmation of this fact. If not, be patient; it is on the way. Other folks are careless this week so watch for errors and drive defensively. Save all your receipts - you might need them later. This is not a good time for shopping; if you wait until the last week of this month you will be much more satisfied. LEO (July 23-August 22): Leo is colorful, self assured, outgoing, impulsive and expansive. If you give in to your urge to shop now, you may find yourself in a long line at the return desk returning most of your purchases. Wait until next month for the good bargains. Keep all receipts and go over your bank statements. Errors are easy to make this month. The news you receive this week may look disastrous at first, but later it changes completely. VIRGO (August 23-Sept 22): Virgo is intellectual, critical, fussy, and shy and needs constant reassurance.News that you receive this week may not make you happy. However, three weeks from now it changes in your favor. Real estate deals, home improvements, and/or business deals go along very smoothly. Between Wednesday and Sunday you will need to keep your mind on what you are doing. Accidents to hands and feet can easily happen during that period of time.

LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct 22): Libra is artistic, musical, level headed, sympathetic, and generous. You can be gossipy, critical, and bitter. Your energies are too scattered. You will have too many projects that are half finished and then it is easy for you to be overwhelmed. Now is a good time to decide on a strict diet to lose those extra pounds. You will not be happy with purchases you have made during the next three weeks. Be patient, wait to shop during the fourth week.

SCORPIO (October 23-Nov 21): You are very intense, strong willed, determined and secretive. You can be willful and sarcastic, but a deep thinker with a fine mind. It is very easy for you to over dramatize this month. Doing so for shock purposes may backfire by this weekend. Holiday shopping should wait until the last week of this month for better deals or you may be dissatisfied with your purchases. Save all your receipts for bills and purchases for the next few weeks. You may be billed in error or double charged as this is a time for others to make errors. SAGITARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21): Sagittarius is warm and friendly. You like to talk a great deal making it difficult for others to get a word in edgewise. There are too many hidden factors lurking about now that make any kind of a firm decision difficult. Wait until the middle of next month. By that time you should also know where you stand. Meanwhile the hidden facts will come to light. You will probably be much better off next month as far as money is concerned. Right now you are only looking at the rosy side of things. CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19): Capricorn is very often politically minded. Capricorn is also patient, reserved, cautious, faithful and shrewd. A deal of some sort that looks good to you right now changes completely in two weeks. You need to investigate a little further. Take at least two weeks (three is better) to make a firm decision. You are not a fool but you are simply too busy now to give everything your full attention. It is safer to say no than to make an big error. AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18): Aquarius has a strong will, and is inventive, and will always enjoy doing the unexpected, but you can be self centered.This is not a good time for you to relocate - things appear better than they actually are. Meanwhile do some research and do not sign any papers until mid December. If you absolutely must sign on the dotted line, read the fine print very carefully. Money should be better after next week. PISCES (Feb 19-March 20): You are emotional, easy going, artistic and sociable, Pisces will see only the good in others, but you can often be self-centered. Fear not; the news you will receive this week changes dramatically three weeks from now. Do not take the bad news too seriously. Mistakes are easy to make toward the end of this week so double check your receipts, other paperwork and save important decisions for next month. At that time more details will be available to you. This is an excellent time to start that exercise program.

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