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Townsend Hosts Trio of Jazz Events with Guest Artist “Slammin” Sammy K ercer University’s Townsend School of Grammy nominated Music jazzes up its conmusician Sammy K cert season with three events featuring guest artist, percussionist “Slammin” Sammy K. The music begins with Masterworks at Noon: Twelve O’Clock Jazz this Friday, Feb. 24, at noon in Fickling Hall. Sammy K will perform with Boudleaux Allen, jazz guitar; Martha Malone, soprano; Marcus Reddick, percussion, and Monty Cole, clarinet. The concert is free and open to the public. That evening Sammy K takes the stage to perform with the Mercer Jazz Ensemble in a 7:30 p.m. concert at Fickling Hall. Dr. Monty Cole, Associate Professor of Music at Mercer, will direct the concert that is also free and open to the public. Finally on Saturday, Feb. 25, Sammy K will conduct a Saturday Jazz Clinic for area high school students beginning at 10 a.m. at the McCorkle Music Building. Admission is free of charge but advance registration is required. For more information call (478) 301-5751. “Sammy K is one of the most exciting drum-set Artist and Clinicians in the Country,” said Cole. “Our students have been working tirelessly to prepare for this electrifying concert. The Saturday morning drum-set boot camp with Mercer's own Dr. Marcus Reddick will offer area drummers a chance to work with two of the finest drummers in the country.” A Grammy nominated, Los Angeles-based drummer, music educator and drum circlefacilitator, “Slammin” Sammy K has performed or recorded with an impressive array of artists including Bob Hope, The Coasters, Michael Orland of American Idol, Engelbert Humperdinck, Lucy Lawless, Burt Bacharach, Dave Brubeck, and The United States Air Force Band of Flight, to name a few. Learn more about the artist at Mercer University’s Townsend School of Music, the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings and the Townsend-McAfee Institute for Graduate Studies offer undergraduate and graduate professional music studies in a comprehensive university environment. Townsend is nationally recognized for its outstanding faculty, award-winning students, performance ensembles and state-ofthe-art facilities. The McDuffie Center, a special institute within Townsend School of Music, is a highly selective program that prepares string students for success in the real world. Students study with some of America’s most renowned string musicians, receiving music instruction of conservatory quality, while earning an academically well-rounded education from a comprehensive, nationally recognized university. For more information and a complete listing of this season’s concerts visit or call (478) 301-5470.

Mark your calendars for the return of two Corridor traditions! Second Sunday Brunch and the Magnolia Street Soapbox Derby will both take place in College Hill on Sunday, April 1. Get your soapbox derby team together now and enter to race your creation: Deadline is March 15.



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n March 9-10, Golden Isles Parkway will become a Mecca for treasure hunters as communities along this peach-lined path to the coast participate in the 12th Annual The Peaches to the Beaches event. Georgia’s longest yard sale spans over 200 miles and features vendors selling everything from antiques and locally crafted items to traditional yard sale fare. Thousands of visitors will find spectacular sidewalk sales at downtown businesses and traditional yard sales offering handmade crafts, collectibles and pre-loved treasures. “We benefit from the economic impact from those traveling to and through Perry for the sale,” said Sheila Jones, Executive Director Perry Area Convention & Visitor Bureau. “We have vendors from out of the state that have come to sale their items as well as the shoppers are not only spending money with the yard sale vendors but they are eating in our restaurants, staying in our hotels, and buying gas and that effects our tax base in a great way. We also benefit from the exposure it gives our community for future visitation.” While traveling along Hwy 341, be sure to look for special “Official Vendor” signs which identify each official Peaches to Beaches yard sale

site. Organizers ask shoppers to be sure to stop at the official vendor sites as the vendors pay a small fee to participate which, in turn, makes it possible to keep the event returning and growing. Be sure to pick up your shopping passport and have it stamped while visiting official participating communities. Then drop your passport off in an official drop box to qualify for the “shop til you drop” contest. Participating communities include Roberta, Fort Valley, Perry, Hawkinsville, Eastman, Helena, McRae, Lumber City, Hazlehurst, Graham, Baxley, Surrency, Odum, Screven, Jesup, Brunswick, St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island. The Peaches to the Beaches Yard Sale is sponsored and organized by the Golden Isles Parkway Association, and all monies collected from vendor spaces sold are split between the local community organizer (Chamber or CVB) and the GIPA; 100% is used to promote the next year’s event. Official yard sale hours will be Friday – Saturday, 8am – 6pm, rain or shine. Check out more information on The Peaches to the Beaches Yard Sale, by visiting JENNY MURR



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JOHN STANLEY BAND, GRANT’S HOUSE BAND 6-10pm, Outside at Poplar Park (weather permitting) Benefiting the Mentor’s Project of Bibb County

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CONCERT MIRANDA LAMBERT AT THE MACON CENTREPLEX Miranda will be on Fire when she hits the stage February 23rd with Chris Young and Jerrod Niemann at The Macon Centreplex Coliseum, just three months after her highly anticipated new CD ‘Four the Record’ enjoyed its November 1st release. Tickets $28.25 and up. Macon Centreplex Box Office or by phone at 800-745-3000.


FREE EVENT WINTER ARTS FESTIVAL AT MGAA The Middle Georgia Art Association Gallery, Free and Open to the Public, (478) 744- 9557. Thru March 10. GEORGIA NATIONAL RODEO, PERRY February 23 - 25, 2012 at The Georgia National Fairgrounds, Open to the Public, (478) 987-3247. MERCER THEATRE PRESENTS “THE COLORED MUSEUM” In celebration of Black History Month, Mercer Theatre presents The Colored Museum, a modern satire by playwright George C. Wolfe, at the Back Door Theatre at Willingham Hall on the Macon campus of Mercer University, Feb. 16 – 26. Performances run Tuesday through Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 general admission, $5 for students and those with Mercer I.D. Tickets are available at the door or by calling (478) 301-2974. Theatre major Sheri N. Wilson directs the production of what is widely considered a modern classic and one of the most important works of African-American theatre. The play is structured like a Vaudeville show with a variety of scenes and characters that capture elements of African-American culture and history over the past 200 years. “The vignettes poke fun at, enlighten, teach and criticize a myriad of different aspects and issues within the African American community,” Wilson said.



CONCERT THE OFFICIAL “BLUES BROTHERS” REVUE 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Opera House. The Official Blues Brothers Revue and their ten-piece intercontinental rhythm & blues revue band, pay homage to the humor, music and mayhem of the Blues Brothers, as well as the rich history of blues, gospel and soul music. Tickets $38. 651 Mulberry Street, (478) 301-5470. FREE EVENT MASTERWORKS AT NOON Twelve O’Clock Jazz with Sammy K & Guests 12pm – 3pm Fickling Hall at the McCorkle Music Building, 1329 Adams Street, Presented by Townsend School of Music at Mercer University Admission is free of charge. For more information call (478) 301-5751. Guest percussionist Sammy K performs with Boudleaux Allen, jazz guitar, and Monty Cole, clarinet.



SATURDAY BLUES NIGHTS THRU FEB AT THE OPENING ACT Doors open at 4pm, music starts at 7. Cover is $5 at the door and a cash bar is available. Tonight featuring the Neal Lucas Band. Located at 567 Cherry Street, downtown Macon. FAN FEST AT GA SPORTS HALL OF FAME Georgia Sports Hall of Fame 2012 Induction FanFest 1pm – 6pm. Meet the Class of 2012 and the other inductees in town for Hall of Fame weekend at the museum during FanFest. Guests will be able to


RUSSION NATIONAL BALLET’S “ROMEO & JULIET” 3pm – 5pm, Tickets: $32 Call Mercer Ticket Sales at (478) 301-5464. The world’s most famous love story is brought to life on stage in a full-length ballet performed by the Russian National Ballet Theatre. Chopiniana made its premiere on Feb. 23, 1907, in St. Petersburg, Russia, inspired by Chopin’s Seventh Waltz. The favorite oeuvre of its creator, Mikhail Fokine, this work has now become standard repertoire for many of the world’s leading ballet companies. The ballet version of Romeo and Juliet follows the Shakespearetragedy interpreting the poet’s words into dance set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music.

get autographs from and take pictures with some of Georgia's best coaches and athletes. This will also be the first opportunity to see the exhibits honoring the 2012 inductees. Admission is free. MACON MUSIC STROLL 1pm – 5pm Rock Candy Tours will host its next series of the "Macon Music Stroll" walking tours on Saturday, Feb. 25. begin at 1 p.m. in Washington Park.Tours take up to two hours. The walking tours cost $15 per person and trolley tours cost $20 per person. Reservations can be made for either tour by calling 478.955.5997 or emailing DOUGLASS THEATRE PRESENTS : THE METROPOLITAN OPERA HD LIVE “EMANI” 12:30pm – 2:30pm The Douglass Theatre, Macon, 12:30 PM Opera Chat, Performance at 12:55 PM Tickets $24/$20 Seniors & Students Call (478) 742-2000 for more information



GUITAR RECITAL AT MACON STATE COLLEGE Dr. Dusty Woodruff, classical guitarist and founding member of the Athens Guitar Trio will present a solo recital at Macon State College on February 28, 7:30 p.m., in the Arts Complex Rehearsal Hall. Contact Rebecca Lanning for more information at 471-5773 or Rebecca.lanning POETIC PEACE OPEN MIC AT THE OPENING ACT 8:00pm – 10:30pm 567 Cherry Street, The Second & Fourth Tuesday of each month - Come out and express yourself during Poetic Peace Open Mic hosted by Y-O w/DJ Matrix & DJ Uh Oh! Sign up starts at 8 p.m. $5General/$3 for open mic artists/college.




Mercer University. Championship game Saturday, March 3, 7pm. For tickets visit



TY HERNDON IN CONCERT AT COX CAPITOL THEATRE Herndon will perform along with Macon’s own Molly Stevens and Nick Malloy at the historic Cox Capitol Theatre. Ty Herndon is a household name to country music fans due to his impressive string of hits that began in 1995 when Herndon’s debut single, “What Mattered Most,” rocketed to number one. With 17 singles that have landed him on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, numerous industry awards, and more than 4 million albums sold, Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show is at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 Reserved Floor Seating, $20 Reserved Box Seating, $15 Balcony General Admission Seating and are on sale now at, at the box office or by calling (478) 257-6391. FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY HOP Enjoy dinner and drink specials downtown after sipping your way thru downtown Macon’s gallery receptions. Macon Arts Alliance, Contemporary Arts Exchange, the 567 Gallery. Free event.



WWE PRESENTS ‘SMACKDOWN ROAD TO WRESTLE MANIA’ at Macon Centreplex Arena. Tickets start at $15. Featuring “The largest athlete in the world” Big Show vs. “Gusty” Danield Bryan for the World Heavyweight Championship. Also Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett in a Street Fight. Call the Macon Box office 478-751-9232. RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET’S “ROMEO & JULIET” at Grand Opera House 3pm – 5pm Tickets: $32, $28 students. Call Mercer Ticket Sales at (478) 301-5464 or visit

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- Getting to Know your iPad, Tues. Feb 16, 21 and March 1, 5-6pm. Cost, free! PeachMac of Macon at Shoppes at River Crossing You have just purchased the coolest, newest, greatest device Apple has ever created. Learn how to maximize your iPad’s capabilities. Please join us for an hour of hands-on experience with your new iPad 2. While not necessary, you are invited to bring your iPad along with you. DATES: February 7, 16, 21, March 1 (Tuesday or Thursday) - Intro to Mac; Every Saturday thru March 10:00 – 11:00am. Cost free! If you're new to the Mac, or to OS X, this workshop is for you. You'll learn your way around the desktop and how to use preferences and settings to make your new computer work the way you want it to. You should walk away from this class feeling comfortable with the basics of your new computer and be ready to discover the remarkable things you can do with your new Mac. Middle Georgia Art Association: Free and open to the public. Gallery open Tuesday - Friday, Noon 5 p.m. Saturday, Noon - 3 p.m. 478.744.9557. 2330 Ingleside Ave. Macon Arts Gallery The Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is always free. For more info call 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. Art on the Avenue Fine Art Gallery New monthly gallery shows. 2368 Ingleside Ave, 478-743-3720 Celebrating 175 years of history through art, artifacts, and archives. Six-venue exhibit of Wesleyan Treasures –– priceless objects d’art, silvers, textiles, archive papers, and paintings dating from the early Renaissance to Warhol and Dali, plus the world’s first college degree earned by a woman and a special display of period dresses. The exhibit runs through May 25, 2012. Gallery hours: Monday - Friday, 1-5 pm. All events are free and open to the public. 757-5171.

farmer’s markets

City Market on the Green, 9am - 1pm. Every Saturday morning in Poplar Street Park, middle Georgia merchants, craftsmen and artisans set up booths of locally grown produce, plants, delicious bakery items, art, crafts and more! Wesleyan Market every second Saturday 9am - 1pm. Held monthly, this fun community event features a variety of locally grown and produced items ranging from flowers and organic fruits and vegetables to baked goods. Music, fun & educational events also offered. Free and open to the public. (478) 757-5233. Mulberry Market every Wednesday. 4:30-7pm. The Mulberry Street Market is part of the Macon Main Street Program's efforts to bring life and business to Downtown Macon, and is directed by vendors dedicated to the people of Macon. Find a variety of all things fresh and local, from honey to breads, seasonal vegetables to grass-fed beef.

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Museum of Arts & Sciences. Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m. $4 - $8. Free for students & Bibb Co. residents the last Friday of each month, 5 – 8 p.m. 477.3232. 4182 Forsyth Rd. 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 at the Big House in Macon. This house-turned-museum was where members of the Allman Brothers Band, their roadies, friends and families lived between 1970 and 1973.Call for hours. 741.5551. 2321 Vineville Ave. Georgia Sports Hall of Fame Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-5pm (admission $8 for adults; $6 for seniors, college students, & military; $3.50 children). 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





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Promises, Promises “… the covenant theme offers an alternative perception of how things are in heaven and how they could be on earth. Covenant as a recharacterization of God, church and world is not simply a restatement of conventional Western assumptions; it requires drastically new affirmations.” - Walter Brueggemann in Covenant as a Subversive Paradigm

Mark your calendars and be with us this season as we journey together. Feb. 22nd Ash Wednesday service 6:00 pm Feb. 26th God’s Covenant with Noah: Please Allow Me To Introduce Myself March 4th God’s Covenant with Abraham: Bless You! Wednesday March 7th Wonderful Wednesday 6:00 p.m Dinner; 7:00 pm Choir March 11th God’s Covenant With Moses: Traveling Light Thursday, March 15th Cotton Patch Gospel Movie and Conversation 7:00 pm March 18th God’s Covenant with the World- Part 1: Tattooed by God March 25th God’s Covenant with the World- Part 2 April 1st God’s Covenant with Jacob: Walking with a Limp – Picnic & Egg Hunt following the 11:00 a.m.worship Thursday, April 5th Maundy, Maundy* 7:00 p.m. Easter Sunday April 8th God’s Covenant with Us – Play It Again, Sam! And Again

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Tattnall Square Park Playground for Macon’s Kids Since 1823



Ed Grant Jr, has a big job. Filling his dad’s shoes isn’t an easy task. His father started Grant’s Lounge in 1971, and it quickly became a home for Southern Rock gods like Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers, Charlie Daniels and many more. During the Capricorn Years, Grant’s was probably the most important place in Macon, as far as culture was concerned. Ed Jr. started working there when he was 16 years old, and in March will be busy celebrating the 41st anniversary of the storied night-club. We caught up with Mr. Grant at his office on Mercer University Drive. Tell me about the first time you worked at Grants Lounge. Well it was the first day it opened in 1971, and I was 16 years old at the time. Dad got the family together in the living room, and told us that he was going into the bar business, that he’d taken out a mortgage and that we were going to have to tighten our belts for a while. At the time, I was playing music and I had no interest in being behind the bar. I wanted to be on the stage. So I really wasn’t to happy about it at the time, but it grew on me. Describe those first years. Well, dad worked at Idle Hour, which you know. He started as a caddie and worked his way up to the bartender. He was sort of known as the guy that just knew where everything was and how everything worked. If a vendor or someone had a question, it usually went to my dad. So dad knew a

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lot of the up and comers in Macon at the time, and he felt like opening a bar was going to be a good idea. Now, he was always coming up with ideas. He had us selling candy out of our basement when I was just a kid. But he hired a white bartender to sort of be front of house, and a lot of people probably didn’t know that he owned it. It was 95% caucasion when it opened. And it stayed that way for a while. What are some of your favorite moments from Grant’s? By far the jam sessions. Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Gene Robinson, Butch and Jaimoe. Just to see those guys up there jamming was amazing. You were hearing music that you had never heard before and that no one would ever hear again. It’s really hard to describe. What’s your challenge these days with Grant’s? Well grants has gone through many phases. As a Jazz Club, a rock club, a Disco, a Dance Club and all those phases are important to us. We want to create an atmosphere that tourists can come by and enjoy, see the Wall of Fame, and really have a unique experience here. If the live music works out in March on Friday’s we’d really like to turn that into a year long thing.

hether you have kids, are a kid, or just feel kid-like at heart, I’d like to encourage you to consider a visit to Tattnall Square Park. Positioned directly across the street from Mercer University or Alexander II Magnet School (depending on your perspective), this pretty park is poised to get a face-lift. It may need a little of your TLC, but it’s still worthy of a visit, and perhaps regular trips may help us all better understand its needs for the future. Established in 1823, Tattnall Square Park is 34 years older than New York’s Central Park. (To put it in perspective, when the Commons was created, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were still alive.) According to Dr. Andrew Silver, organizer of Friends of Tattnall Square Park, the park became the site of Macon’s first public (although, at the time, White-only) lawn tennis courts, playground, and baseball diamond. But a long time has passed since then. The tennis courts (not the originals, but still notably antiquated) have fallen into disrepair with torn screens. The playground area lacks shade entirely, and the equipment is old. Trees have died, red ants have moved in to stay, and there are only sidewalks on two sides of the park. Residents of College Hill and other participants in the Master Planning process identified park improvements as their number one priority. But while infrastructure and street-level upgrades are in the works (thanks to federal grants routed to Macon through the Georgia DOT), that implementation process is a slow one. Enter Friends of Tattnall Square Park. Working with Mercer, neighbors, City Parks and Recreation, and the College Hill Alliance, and other stakeholders, the group strives to “preserve, protect, and promote responsible care and use of Tattnall as an historic property.” Past and future projects include painting and improving the pavilion near the playground, re-mulching the playground area (with special support from Doc Dougherty), and working with consultants to advocate for appropriate design and tree-plantings. Its Facebook group is active, weighing in on everything from favorite (climate-appropriate) trees to bench design, with participants also sharing photos and historical tidbits. Its members also organize clean-ups, conversations with master gardeners and arborists, and painting shifts. This is not a group that sits around waiting for others to create the ideal park; they are the change they want to see at Tattnall Square. What the group has really succeeded in is (re)capturing our love and energy around the park. Generations of Maconites have planted trees there, strolled babies through, frolicked, picnicked. It waits there now for all of us—rich and poor, of any color—and is ours to save. True, big grant funds will help to make the Master Plan concrete (so to speak), but this group has shown us all what a little TLC and a lot of volunteerism can do. And the group still needs your help. So take those kiddos out to Tattnall on our sunny spring days and share your ideas about what the Park can be for all of us. Maybe pick up some trash while you’re there. And keep dreaming big. Your kids (and their kids—and theirs) will thank you for it. For more information about Tattnall Square Park, plans for improvement, or to volunteer to help with FOTP efforts, join the Facebook page or send an e-mail to Sarah Gerwig-Moore is a law professor at Mercer Law School, the CoChair of the College Hill Corridor Commission, and—most importantly— Dean and Eliot’s Mama.

The things making our world just a little bit better | by brad evans

HBO’s horse racing drama Luck finally hooked me this week. At first I thought I was looking at another pretentious, John From Cincinatti, let’s drown in the art form show from David Milch. But as the season has gone on, the character development and their relationship with the horses has proven worthy. So, if you were like I was in the first two episodes, watch them again, and give it another chance. Nick Nolte alone is worth the price of a subscription. And the oxycotin fueled FX draw down party, Justified, has gotten even better in it’s third season, with Walton Goggins, and Timothy

Olyphant showing their aggressive love towards one another in the only way they know how, with guns. I’ve gotten to interview loads of cool people over the years for the 11th Hour. Gregg Allman, Mike Mills, Clarence Carter, Rodney King, Taj Mahal, just to name a few. Just a few weeks ago, I interviewed Merle Haggard, and it was an unbelievable half hour. So when I got the goahead with Digital Underground front man Shock G, I really didn’t expect too much. But this guy gets around. (he also produced the song “I Get Around” by Tupac). From discovering Tupac to hanging with George Clinton, Shock’s interview is up there with the most fun I’ve ever had “working.”

The way he talks, the way he describes things was phenomenal. To stay on the phone with anyone for almost two hours is a challenge. With him, it was easy. Make sure you read the interview, whether or not you’re a big nose rapper fan, you’ll enjoy it. I’ve been listening to Southern Bitch “Live at the Caldedonia Lounge” in 07, “Orphans Brawlers Bawlers and Bastards” by Tom Waits, and “Life of Leisure” by Washed Out this week. Oh, and the Reader’s Choice Awards show is coming March 8. I’ve heard that’s a really good time. And I’ve heard you might want to go ahead and get your tickets. Reserve a table for six by giving me a call, 508-7096, they’re the best seats in the house!



Hey man, its Brad Evans. What’s going on? YO, YO this is Shock. Man, I just stumbled across this white kid covering “She’s always in My Hair” by Prince. And man, this kid is baking this sh**. Deangelo covered this song too, but I’m telling you the bass lines in this version is crazy. I’ve been bumping this all week and I finally had to reach out to this kid and tell him how good he is. I’ll send you the video so you can see it. Cool. How’s the wifey man? She’s good. I appreciate you writing the rhyme for her. She really appreciated that. Man I was thinking about that today. You know I was just trying to send positive energy that way for ya’ll. And I was really hoping it worked out. I was worried the ankle was broken and then I’d be like ‘AAAHHH.”

Rapper, producer, musician, and cartoonist Shock-G is the mastermind behind multi-platinum artists Digital Underground. Formed in Oakland in the late '80s, DU dropped their first single, "Your Life's a Cartoon" b/w "Underwater Rimes," in 1988, generating sufficient notoriety to land a deal with Tommy Boy. “Underwater Rimes” went to #1 in Amsterdam, Holland. While the second single, "Doowutchyalike," charted in Europe, it was "The Humpty Dance" featuring Shock's Groucho-nosed alter ego, Humpty Hump-that propelled the group to platinum status in the US. Sex Packets (1990), the album that followed, rewrote the book for funk-based hip hop with its extensive use of George Clinton grooves, anticipating by two years the sound Dr. Dre would use to anchor The Chronic. '91 saw DU in the Chevy Chase/Dan Aykroyd comedy “Nothin' But Trouble,” performing the hit "Same Song" from “This is an EP Release.” This was also the recording & big-screen debut of 2pac, for whom Shock would later produce the hits "So Many Tears" & "I Get Around." DU has since dropped two indie discs, “Future Rhythm” (Critique 1996) & “Who Got the Gravy?” (Jake 1998), as well as “The Lost Files” (1999), a collection of rare & nonreleased tracks available exclusively through the group's website, They continue to record & tour, having earned a reputation as a live act without peer on the hip hop club circuit. In addition to 2pac, Shock has brought up a considerable amount of talent through DU, including the Luniz, Saafir, & Mystic. In 1995, Shock appeared on the Bay Area anthem "I Got 5 on It," alongside the Luniz, Richie Rich, Spice1,E-40, & Dru Down. He has also produced & recorded with such acts as Murs, DJ Quik, George Clinton, & Prince. When we called Shock G for an interview he called us right back. Unfortunately, Brad’s wife Meg had taken a spill and they were on their way to the emergency room, to look at what might be a broken ankle. The next morning, it was Shock G’s words that would let the world know that the couple was pregnant, when he posted on Facebook a rhyme he wrote for them. No worries Brad, Fam’s more important no doubt, I bet my life your wifey is a very special sprout, Good ta know it might go that her ankles only sprained Prayers that she heals fast widdout 2much pain, Specially since a door knock from a stork is in store With a very special gift who you both will adore. With the first page in their baby book created by this hip hop legend, Brad finally caught up with Shock G at his LA home a couple of days later.

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Tell me about the first album you ever bought and how it made you feel. The first album I bought, I didn’t really love it. I was eight or nine. My mom was standing there saying ‘Do you want this one, or you want this one?” And all the lights and advertising and information were getting to me. It was like being in Vegas to me at that age. I was stuck. I wound up buying I Want to Take you Higher by Sly. And it was good, but I don’t remember it really affecting me. Now the first one I bought that I knew about was around 1974 Chameleon by Herbie Hancock. I ended up using a bass line from that album on our first release, not even thinking about it being the first album I ever really went out and bought. You know, everybody talks about “Flashlight” being the first song that used synthesized bass in the mainstream, but Stevie Wonder did that with “Boogie on Reggae Woman.” P Funk just sort of stayed on that move. But now, when I think about it, Herbie Hancock introduced that shit. (Shock starts beat boxing Chameleon by Herbie Hancock) boh bobh boh boh boh boh. He had that shit down man. Herbie was the Man. I mean he had all that blue note respect, but he also started electric funk, and then he came in the ‘80s and had scratching on a record before anyone. I got to see the Headhunters, at the Fillmore, at their reunion. It was beyond ecstasy, like when hyenas are around you at night. When they start howling and going crazy. It was like that. Scary almost. Talking about Parliament. I know that you are a huge George Clinton fan. And I know you got to work with him a bit. Tell me about the first time you met George Clinton. The very first time I met George Clinton. Wow. Well we have do whatcha like out. We just sent another batch of songs for an album. They played the “Humpty Dance” for George at the studio, who was there working with De La Soul. They called me and they had put George on the phone. He was like ‘What’s up man. You got one here man, this humpty dance, it’s doing it man.’ And I was like WTF it’s George Clinton! I eventually met him again in Hollywood. He invited us to something and we got to pow wow a little bit. We had the concept of our Sons of the P record and we wanted George and Bootsy somewhere on the album cover. So we were meeting with him about that. We brought in six packs of beer and he didn’t’ even drink. He wasn’t hard on the coke or anything back then. It was real cool. But George is weird. We were so much younger than him and we were partying, but still we were all trying to find a place to curl up in the corner and go to sleep and George, he was the only one up at the Ping Pong table at like six in the morning. Still going! He’s extra terrestrial. You eventually went on to work with George on some other projects. Any crazy stories? There are so many. Well, we sealed the deal with that

album Sons of P. He told us what he wanted us to do. We set up to go to the studio with him in Detroit. We were kind of having a debate over something. We were all into the recording. George walks in, and he transformed the room. It was the first time I saw him in his element. He had lyrics on a crumpled up huge piece of cardboard. It was like a TV box, it was shaped weird, and his lyrics were written all over it. His clothes were just wrinkled and dirty. Not like spilled on something dirty, like he may have been living in those m** F** dirty. He smelled awful. He had the real funk, you know what I mean. He had these cocaine clusters in his beard, cocaine clusters in his moustache, this m**f** had cocaine clusters in his ears. I didn’t know what to think when I saw him. Even though I was a fan. It was just crazy. He had on those orange camo pants, and roller blade boots on with no blades. His sweat stains had stains. But the moment he walked in, the whole energy changed. We were all taken to this other worldly place. We were on the Mother Ship and there was no getting off. We really were pretty typical Americans before that moment. After, we were something else. It’s really hard to explain. To have this alien-looking guy come in and to be so good at what he does. He just went into the vocal booth and did his thing in one take, and it was perfect. We were most definitely in awe. Knowing George is like being able to sport that dope new cologne that ‘aint even out yet. People are like “what is he wearing” and they’re like “that shit isn’t even on the market.” George isn’t on the market yet. What would you do if you weren’t a rapper? Man that question just made me smile when you asked it. I’ve never thought about that. As a kid people paid me to draw stuff. When we started DJ’ing at my parents just for fun, people would start hiring us to do parties. From just rapping in the bedroom, we’d get hired to perform. I’ve always been doing art, and I’ve been lucky enough to make a living at it. If I wasn’t singing, I’d like to think I’d be playing the piano somewhere, but if not in music maybe I’d be a painter, or an interior decorator. Something to do with art, that’s for sure. Do you ever get tired of doing the Humpty Dance? What bugs me sometimes, is when we go to a show, and that’s all they want us to play. They asked us to close the BET awards in 2010 and do the Humpty Dance. I told them “no” just said doing the Humpty Dance again doesn’t help us. We’ve done that to death. You want to do something hot, let me sit at the piano, and sing some Tupac, let us do one other song, I’ll come up and blow the Humpty Dance. He didn’t want to at first. But he finally said yes, and for the first time ever, I got goose bumps. We went out and really blew it up. We ended up closing the awards show. It was a great time. The theme of that years show was when hip hop was fun. And I think we showed them what that was all about. Tell me about how you met Tupac? I heard that Tupac was reading poetry on a bus bench and was taken in by an older Jewish lady. She didn’t think he had a place to stay or something. Her husband was like what the hell? She told him to listen to Tupac’s poetry. He did and he let him stay. Eventually she finds our manager somehow. He tells her he needs to see a video. They didn’t have anything like that. So Tupac puts on this concert at this old Jewish lady’s house. They videotape it and send it to our manager. He’s pretty blown away, but he’s more of a business guy than a music guy so he calls me. I tell him to send the kid down and I’ll have him come and do some things and I’ll let him know what I think. I really didn’t think anything else about it. Then one day, we’re in the studio and there are people everywhere, people’s girlfriends, people’s kids etc. This kid comes in and he’s just beaming at me. READ ENTIRE INTERVIEW - 11THHOURONLINE.COM

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Barberitos Opens 26th Location in Macon, 4921 Riverside Drive

Barberitos Franchising, Inc. announced the opening of its 26th restaurant location in Macon, Georgia. The new store will open March 5, 2012. Brothers, Philip and Martin Kohnen, owners of the Milledgeville location, have decided to open another Barberitos in Macon, GA. The new store will be located at 4921 Riverside Dr. across from the Shoppes at River Crossing. The southwestern grille and cantina will offer free internet for customers. “Philip and I are honored to opening a second store in Macon. We look forward to making ties into the community and serving the people of Macon with the freshest and best product out there” said owner Martin Kohnen. Barberitos is a quick service restaurant offering fresh, Tex-Mex cuisine including a variety of burritos, tacos, salads, quesadillas and nachos made to order. Committed to serving “farm fresh” food, Barberitos serves all natural vegetables delivered to stores and hand-cut daily. Whole breasts of chicken are grilled fresh, as is the high quality cuts of steak, and choice ground beef. Barberitos restaurants are not equipped with freezers or microwaves as all food is prepared fresh, with no fats or preservatives added at the time of preparation. Barberitos’ salsas, guacamole, hot sauces,

meat marinades, and salad dressings are made from scratch each day. Each menu offering is prepared at the time it is ordered right in front of the customer. Barberitos “7 Under 7” menu features seven items each under seven grams of fat including a mini grilled chicken burrito, jerk fish taco, and a variety of salads. Barberitos provides full-service catering ranging from burrito boxed lunches to taco, salad, nacho, or fajita bar that can be customized to serve a few to several hundred people. Barberitos has 25 restaurant franchise locations in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee, and Florida.

College Hill Market Public Meeting, Tues. Feb 28

Bringing a grocery store to the Corridor is a key recommendation of the public-guided College Hill Corridor Master Plan; and, the College Hill Alliance has been working to help bring this part of the community's vision to fruition. An indoor market concept has been identified as the most viable grocery project for the area and now a private partner with available space for multiple vendors has been secured. To learn more about the College Hill Market project, please join us for a public meeting on Tuesday, February 28, at 6 p.m. at Centenary Church's Fellowship Hall. During the meeting, details will be discussed concerning the market concept, location and potential vendors.


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Fowl Play Downtown Macon’s only wing house specializing in dozens of flavors, bar food staples and some surprising specialties, including Sloppy Joe Nachos, amazing sandwiches (such as the fried shrimp po boy), entrees, salads, and more. Also open late Thur - Sat til 4am. LD • BAR • $ 580 Cherry St Locos Grill & Pub Casual, kid-friendly, family dining.We’re talking great food, sports on the big screens and a full bar. Fantastic weekly specials and live music on the weekends. Delivery and catering also available. LD BAR • $ 2440 Riverside Drive.

Montana’s Steakhouse, Byron Specializing in some of this areas finest steaks, ribs, chicken & seafood. Located in the Peach Outlet Mall and open Monday - Sunday 11 am - 10 pm! 311 Ga Highway 49 N Byron, (478) 956-0441.

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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 Wild Wing Cafe Newly opened franchise at the Shoppes at River Crossing, fantastic wings in over 30 flavors, over 20 brews on tap, great salads and one of the few dining options in North Macon that offers live music on the weekends. LD • BAR $-$$, 477.WILD

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Ingleside Village Pizza IVP has the best pizza in town and the best beer selection. Keep it classy with the white pizza and a Stella Artois or, keep it real with a slice of the ultimate and a 24-oz. High Life. LD • BAR $ 2396 Ingleside Avenue, & downtown across from Mercer Univ.

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uffington Post recently featured Macon as one of the top places in the South to take a vacation, with references to the Cherry Blossom Festival, Lake Tobosofkee and our rich musical heritage. While most of us that live and work here can't wait to take a vacation elsewhere, it's great that our city is recognized on a national level for some of the things we're most proud of. I can't even begin to count the things I would change about Macon if I could but it takes recognition like this to sometimes re-charge your local-pride. The more time I've spent here, the more the age old Conservative bumper sticker "If you don't love it, leave it" rings true. As ignorant as that may sound, there are plenty of other places around the country that might be much more suiting to you and the family. If moving isn't part of your agenda, than do what you can to improve your surroundings. Check out the "i love macon" campaign if you haven't. Get a free sticker if not anything else. The 7th Annual Macon Film Festival wrapped up last weekend and was clearly the most successful to date. Again, congratulations to everyone that was involved the production of the festival, you all did an awesome job. There's been some talk that the films that won awards will be presented again during an all-day showcase so make sure to keep up with that if you were unable to make it to any of the screenings. Long time Macon rock and rollers Sugar Virus have a milestone event this weekend and I hope everyone will do their best to be there. After spending 20 years together, playing shows, touring and generally causing ruckus, they will be celebrating an anniversary that few bands (or couples alike) ever make it to. The band has a special box set available containing releases from


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over the years and will be joined on stage by friends Grievances, Dragon Sleeper, Stranger Than Most, The Riggs, and Iron Whip. This is all going down on Friday the 24th at the 567 Center. If you need something a little more low key, IRE, a reggae fusion group, is playing at Roasted or you could always head down to the Hummingbird to watch JuBee get insulted and called-out for his birthday roast. No matter what you do, it should make for a fun Friday Downtown. Macon Noise makes their return to live shows Downtown with one of the most talented musicians I've seen come through Macon. Christopher Bell, a native of Jamestown, New York, is a multi-instrumentalist singer, songwriter and storyteller who is proficient in communicating with his audience both onstage and off. He's going to be joined by Tanosweg, the newest project of members and friends of Xavii. The best part about this might be the return of live music to the most eclectic bookstore in Georgia, the Golden Bough. The show is free but gas isn't, so if you like what you hear, pass along a few dollars to help Chris make it to his next show. Roasted will be providing free coffee. This show couldn't cost you less..Tuesday the 28th at 9:00pm. I have to work that night so get out and show some support for me if you can. I realized I was way behind deadline when writing this and I'd love to go into full detail about all these events, but the last thing I need is Brad showing up at my apartment with his bow demanding something to print, so I'm going to keep the rest short and sweet. I look forward to seeing you around town. Here's a list of some things you can be looking forward to over the next few weeks: 3/3 - Ty Herndon, Stevens Layne, Nick Malloy @ Cox Capitol Theatre 3/5 - Mercer-Macon Symphony Orchestra presents "From Russia With Love" @ McCorkle Music Hall 3/8 - The 11th Hour's Annual Awards Show @ Cox Capitol Theatre 3/9 - WoolFolk, Jon Lindsay, DRGN King, Lennox @ Roasted Death on Two Wheels, Stonerider @ The Hummingbird The Dirty Guv'nahs, Reluctant Saints @ Cox Capitol Theatre 3/10 - Little Tybee, River Whyless, sunDollars @ Hummingbird *Bragg Jam 2012 Lineup Announcement!* 3/15 - Mothers Finest, Caroline Aiken @ Cox Capitol Theatre 3/16 - 30th Annual International Cherry Blossom Festival Begins!

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Positive Developments

Even though we are subjected to occasional glimmers of hope on the national economic front, most of us fail to be convinced until we see proof on the local level. Fortunately, we now have some good news that should bode well for Macon’s future. RICK HUTTO City Councilman, published author

irst, Jim Daws is a local developer who has already had great success building Mercer Village across from the main Mercer campus off Tattnall Square. Phase one of that project added apartments with 117 beds along with much-needed retail space including the new Barnes & Noble bookstore and several restaurants. Phase two, now under construction, will add another 72 beds to be ready by July 1st. Perhaps the most exciting part of Phase two, however, is the ground floor of that building which will house Mercer’s journalism school along with the editorial department of the Macon Telegraph. The newsroom and all its reporters will be housed in the facility. Georgia Public Broadcasting’s WMUM studios are already across the street. As anyone knows who has visited the Mercer location of Ingleside Village Pizza


or Francar’s Buffalo Wings or Jittery Joe’s Coffee (where my daughter and I met friends when she was recently home from college), there is now a vibrant mass of people on a site that was, until recently, non-descript with little foot traffic. Following those great successes, Jim Daws is now turning his attention to downtown Macon. A prominent seven-storey building at 401 Cherry Street, on the corner of MLK backing on to the Douglass Theatre, will now be transformed. You may know the building as the site of Cesare Mammarella’s Bearfoot Tavern which was, until recently, Luigi’s. Plans for the new development will retain the ground floor as retail space, including the Bearfoot Tavern, and keep the top two floors as offices. Floors 2-5, however, will now be converted to 20 apartments with a mixture of one and two bedrooms offering spectacular views of Macon. Reflecting a growing trend, the apartments will be furnished and, unlike a classic loft space, will be more urban contemporary with bamboo floors and stainless steel kitchens. All

access will be strictly enforced by security card and surveillance cameras will be strategically placed. There is a municipal parking deck owned by the City located directly behind the building with another two commercial parking lots within a block’s walk. Most of the clientele is expected to be young professionals with an emphasis on law students and medical students, and Daws is already fielding calls from those eager to sign a rental contract. He hopes to have at least one floor ready by July and will continue his work on a floorby-floor system. The project confirms the study NewTown Macon commissioned which found a pressing need for downtown residential options. While downtown Macon receives a great deal of attention, perhaps the most neglected part of the City has been the east side where my family and I live (we like to think of it as the right side of the river). Because it is so rare to have developers who bring capital investment into our area, I was particularly pleased to learn of an exciting project which has so far remained under most people’s radar screens. A few years ago an investor from the San Francisco area came to Macon when he purchased the 144-unit Lakeview Apartments off Masseyville Road directly behind the City’s Bowden Golf Course. As he upgraded the property (one Macon police officer and his family were given a rent-free apartment as a means of making the residents more secure) and spent more time in our City, he became so impressed that he and his wife purchased a beautiful home in my neighborhood and now divide their time between the two coasts.

He eventually decided that Macon’s prospects are so bright that he incorporated a new business, Lasalle Nottingham, to put his capital where his interests were. Many in Macon will recall the old Reagan’s Lake amusement part that was so enjoyed decades ago. It is remembered so fondly that people still contact Charlie Reagan, the former owner, who want to hold reunions at the location that brings back so many family memories. Reagan’s Park has recently been purchased by Lasalle Nottingham and is under complete renovation. The two swimming pools have been cleaned and relined, a lakeside pavilion is being readied, and the ballroom is under complete renovation to be rented for wedding receptions, family reunions, and other community uses. The pools will be used for Eagle Scout training and certification and the neighborhood association will be offered a location for their monthly meetings. Walter Massey, whose family has lived for generations on the road that bears their name, has been intimately involved in all the planning and implementation. In short, Lasalle Nottingham has done everything right. I have asked the Macon Transit Authority to improve their bus stop at the location and the City’s Economic and Community Development department recently visited the site at my invitation to see how we can support this exciting new project in an area that is sorely in need of it. It seems somewhat ironic that it took someone from the west coast to envision the possibilities. It is a lesson we should all take to heart.



WED 2/29

Finale - Songwriters Competition CJ’s Sports Bar

Matt Pippen Wild Wing Cafe, 8:30pm

B Keith Williams 20’s Pub, Riverside Drive

Whale Bone Locos

Jubee Roast! The Hummingbird

I.R.E. (reggae fusion) Roasted Cafe & Lounge Burning Angels The Rookery Sun Dollars The Shamrock

Unmentionable Wild Wing Cafe

SAT 2/25

Yesterdaze Rock AP’s Hideaway

Gringo Grande The 567 Gallery Stage Dallas Rogers CJ’s Sports Bar

Mystery Road The Opening Act, free Echospeed The Hummingbird

Mike Brookshire The Shamrock Radio Cult Wild Wing Cafe

SUN 2/26

Big Mike & Booty Papas APs Hidden Hideaway, 3pm Live acoustic on patio Wild Wing Cafe

MON 2/27

Shawn Bradshaw 20’s Pub, Riverside Drive

TUES 2/28

B Keith Williams The Shamrock


FEB 23 - MARCH 8, 2012

Open Mic Night Backporch Lounge

THUR 3/1

Rob Walker & Eddie Stone Wild Wing Cafe The Winter Sounds The Rookery

FRI 3/2

Big Daddy & Co 20’s Pub, Riverside Drive

Karaoke every Friday! APs Hidden Hideaway Ty Herndon Cox Capitol Theatre Stoopgrass The Hummingbird

Jubee & the Morning After, Grant’s Lounge Anniversary party, Poplar Park Midnight in Macon Locos

Art Show f/t Roger Riddle & Ployd Roasted Cafe & Lounge tba Wild Wing Cafe

SAT 3/3

Papa Bear APs Hidden Hideaway Tent City Hummingbird

Crossroads Band The Opening Act, free Mystery Road The Shamrock

Matt Pippen Band Wild Wing Cafe

SUN 3/4

Big Mike & Booty Papas APs Hidden Hideaway, 3pm Jazz Brunch The Rookery

MON 3/5

tba 20’s Pub, Riverside Drive

TUES 3/6

B Keith Williams The Shamrock

WED 3/7

Open Mic Night Backporch Lounge

Matt Pippen Wild Wing Cafe, 8:30pm

THUR 3/8

Big Mike & the Booty Papas Wild Wing Cafe 11th Hour Readers’ Choice Awards Cox Capitol Theatre


Happy hour til 9pm, jam & rehearse 7-10pm, 20’s Pub

Everyday 4-7pm: $1 beers and $6 domestic pitchers $2 Beers All day Everyday, Locos

Daily Happy Hour; 4-7pm. 241 drafts, house wine and well drinks Guiseppi’s Pizza $1 Wells all night, The Bird

$3.25 22oz Bud & Bud Lt Drafts • $13 Bud & Bud Lt Buckets • $2 House Vodkas Wild Wing Cafe

25% off all appetizers, Happy Hour 3-6 and 9-Cl Macon Mellow


Trivia 8:30p Trivia Special - $1.50 PBR Pints | $4.50 PBR Pitchers 8Close Macon Mellow

B Keith Williams 20’s Pub, Riverside Drive

Everyday 4-7pm: $1 beers and $6 domestic pitchers $2 Beers All day Everyday, Locos

Dirty Guv’nahs Cox Capitol Theatre

2 for Tues- buy 8 wings and get 8 free! $2 domestic drafts Wild Wing

FRI 3/9

Karaoke every Friday! AP’s Hideaway

Death on Two Wheels The Hummingbird

Wooldfolk, DRGN King & Sun Dollars Roasted Cafe & Lounge Southern Gothic Grant’s Lounge Loose Skrews Wild Wing Cafe

SAT 3/10

Fresh Heat AP’s Hideaway

Whale Bone The Hummingbird Gunshy Wild Wing Cafe

$8 bottomless mugs HL, PBR, $5 carbombs, $3 Guinness The Hummingbird

2-4-1 drafts Johnny’s Pizzeria


Country Fried Weds- $1.50 natty lites, $2 bud & bud LT drafts, $4 rodeo bombs and country fried chicken wings Wild Wing Cafe Ladies Night All Day: $1.50 House Wine, $4.50 Jager Bombs Macon Mellow

Everyday 4-7pm: $1 beers and $6 domestic pitchers $2 Beers All day Everyday, Locos 8-9pm: Free cocktails and Miller High Life Draft, Kaos Macon $5.99 Pitchers - Trivia Johnny’s Pizzeria


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

$1.99 drafts, Johnny’s Pizzeria

BJ Billiards, $3 wells and $2 domestics, shots

Ladies night Tara’s Tavern Ladies Night: 20’s Pub

Gals, $2 drinks all night Rivalry’s Taco Rita Nite- $2 tacos, $3 margaritas, $6 Mega-ritas, $4 Irish Bombs, 2-4-1 Jager Bombs Wild Wing Everyday 4-7pm: $1 beers and $6 domestic pitchers $2 Beers All day Everyday, Locos


Happy Hour prices for poker players, BJ’s Billiards Karaoke Tara’s Tavern

Buy 1/Get 1 wells 8-until, Giveaways! AP’s Hideaway

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


Everyday 4-7pm: $1 beers and $6 domestic pitchers $2 Beers All day Everyday, Locos $10 Beer Buckets, 20’s Pub

Happy Hour Special 3pm-6pm & 9pm-Close Mellow Macon

Game Day Specials: 2 for 1 bombs and $1 domesic drafts Billy’s Clubhouse

Game Day Specials: $3.25 Miller Lt & Coors Lt Stadium Cups • $13 Miller Lt & Coors Lt Buckets Wild Wing Cafe


$10 beer buckets, 20’s Pub

$7.99 Beer buckets Giuseppi’s

$3 Margaritas, Bloody Mary's, Long Island's, Sangria's (Red or White) Happy Hour Special 9pm-Close Macon Mellow Live acoustic on patio, 6:309:30pm. $3.25 22oz Bud & Bud Lt Drafts, $13 Bud & Bud Lt Buckets $3 Bloody Marys Wild Wing Cafe Lady’s Hour 7:30-8:30pm. Gals enjoy $1 Wells/Domestics BJ’s Billiards 12:30-5: Bloody Mary Buffet Locos

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Macon’s newest dance club, Element open Wed-Sat! DJ Tremendous, Macon’s best dance party at Club Kaos Fri & Sat.

DJ Dance Party every Thursday night, Backporch Lounge


Tuesdays at 9pm, and Wed,Thurs, Sat & Sun, 8p, 20’s Pub

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Friday, March 2nd

Benefit Concert @ The Rock THE ROCK will be hosting a charity benefit in honor of Jessica Marie Long, (19792011), a Macon native, from 9pm-2am. Proceeds from the event will be donated to The Methodist Home for Children and Youth. Cover at the door will be $5. The Rock is located at 4821 Sheraton Dr. in Macon. The evening will be memorable with live music from local bands, Ashutto Mirra, Far From Over, and DJ ELEMENT. Thanks for sponsoring this benefit goes to many people including the owners of The Rock Nightclub and Tabu Ultra Lounge. Other sponsors include TCL Auto Sales, Georgia Mattress and Furniture Co., Southern Precious Metals Exchange, Awaken Aveda Salon and Spas, B-95.1. Jessica’s memory is synonymous with love, laughter, and friendship. Share in the fun! Donations can also be made directly to the Methodist Children’s Home.

Friday, March 2nd

Jubee & the Morning After @ Grant’s The legendary Grant’s Lounge is celebrating its 41st anniversary thru the month of March with live music every weekend. To kick off the celebration, come enjoy a free, outdoor concert in Poplar Park (in front of Grant’s) featuring live music by Jubee & the Morning After, John Stanley and Grant’s House Band. 6-10pm all ages welcome! Kids and pet friendly and a non-smoking event. Proceeds will benefit the Mentor’s Project of Bibb County. Reserved tables of six for sale for $100. In case of rain, event will be held inside Grants.

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Wednesday, Friday & Sunday 8pm-until at AP’s Hidden Hideaway Wednesday and Fridays at Tara’s Tavern

Every Friday & Saturday, Friends Bar & Grill, Macon Sundays with Brad, 9pm The Backporch Lounge


Every Tuesday night, come play with friends, great prizes! 7-9pm 20’s Pub


NOW TUESDAYS: Hardest Trivia in Macon 7-9pm at BJs Billiards Wednesdays, Johnny’s Pizzeria

Tuesday nights at Giuseppis, hosted by Outspoken Ent. Tuesday Night Trivia (8pm) with Outspoken Entertainment., Wild Wing Cafe

Trivia every Monday night with Woody at the Backporch Lounge Tuesday night trivia with our own Jammin’ Rivalrys Wednesday nights, 7:30pm at Billy’s Clubhouse

Trivia with T-Bag at Loco’s every Wednesday, 8:30pm!

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 Nightly Poker 8p, BJ Billiards

Sat 2p,Wed 7p, Billy’s Clubhouse Tues,Wed and Thur:Texas Hold ‘Em 7pm at AP’s Hidden Hideaway

the Winter Sounds @ The Rookery

Little Tybee @ The Hummingbird



9:00pm. I.R.E. (Intello Rhythm Eclectic) is a band based out of Atlanta. The band describes itself as World sound infused with Reggae, Blues/Funk and lots of Rock n' Roll. I.R.E. members hail from from Ohio, North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia. There is so much raw talent and many different styles being thrown into the equation that they touch it on many different levels.

With opening acts, Macon’s own LayneStevens and Nick Malloy. The journey continues for No. 1 hit recording artist Ty Herndon, as the singer and newly discovered songwriter debuts a collection of Countrytinged inspirational songs, titled Journey On. Journey On is Ty’s eighth studio album in a 15 year career that has earned him three Number One singles, seven Top Ten hits, numerous Top 40 hits, a Grammy nomination and Dove Award. If you like country, you won’t want to miss this show.

I.R.E. @ Roasted Cafe & Lounge

Finale - Songwriter’s Competition at CJ’s Come out and support Macon’s best songwriters. The six-week competition ends tonight, with one lucky person winning 5 hours of studio time and 50 pressed CDs. Free event, drink specials.


Ty Herndon @ Cox Capitol Theatre

Stoopgrass @ The Hummingbird It’s Macon’s supergroup; Its rock, jazz, reggae, and southern funk...with a little bit of grass. Featuring Matt Moncrief lead vocals, Travis Bryant, Carling Schatzman and Billy Lions.

Radio Cult @ Wild Wing

Midnight in Macon @ Locos

Since 2005, Radio Cult has performed over 750 shows from their hometown in Atlanta to the U.K. Playing the hits of the ‘80s and ‘90s and a stage presence like no other, this supergroup has become middle Georgia’s favorite party band.

This group of veteran Macon musicians play everything from classic rock to country. Chris Patterson was featured in Gritz Magazine under the caption of "Bottleneckin' BluesMacon's Chris Patterson May be The New King of Slide Guitar."


The Winter Sounds @ The Rookery “The Winter Sounds opt for national attention, churning out a well-coalesced mixtape of indie rock’s finer moments from the past 10 years, resulting in a familiarly anthemic wall of guitars, electronics, strings and melancholy meoldies that all add up to a no-brainer for critical acclaim.” - The Nashville Scene

Radio Cult @ Wild Wing Cafe


Tent City & Little Tybee @ The Hummingbird With recent song placement in season finale of MTV's "Skins", song premiered on Filter Mag, NPR, Live Studio session with BreakThruRadio, multiple Paste Magazine features ('top 100 bands at SXSW), Much Music First Spin listening party feature, upcoming AOL/Spinner listening party, BreakthruRadio "Discovery Artist Of The Day", Little Tybee is a band to see, while you still can in a bar scene atmosphere.

Mystery Road @ The Shamrock Macon’s own ABB tribute band, they really do get southern rock right. These guys are talented and play all your favorites with some originals thrown in.


11th Hour Readers’ Choice Awards @ Cox Capitol Theatre And the gold record goes to... Join 500 other 11th Hour fans to celebrate the “Best of Macon!” Red carpet 7pm. General admission $5. Reserve a table of six for $100, call 478508-7096. Live music, giveaways & More!

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Apartments for Rent Multiple apartments for rent in downtown Macon from $450/month to $2,000 month. All very nice. Call (478) 318-7680 to view.

House for Rent! 1700 Square Feet 3 Bedrooms 2 baths, Dining Room Living Room Den that can be Fourth Bedroom. Has an unfinished Basement. Central Heat and Air, Ready For Rent. Lease $975 a Month with 1 year Lease, or $950 a month with 2 Year. Call 478-808-6344

2008 SmartCar for two. Original owner. All service work has been done. Has been used for last 3 years to commute to and from work by business manager. Great room for two people. The air conditioning works great as well. Gets about 45 MPG! Car has 32,000 miles. $11,000 BlueBook, but selling for $9,000 (firm). Contact:

Servers wanted for fast pace restaurant, take home cash, must have reliable trans. & good driving record. Apply in person @ Locos between 2pm-5pm daily.

EVERY DAY OR WEEKEND RIDE! From your first vehicle to your Dream Ride Safety, reliability, great value, and No PRESSURE.

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Subaru, Volvo, Mercedes and many great trades.


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FEB 23 - MARCH 8, 2012


n the months before their deaths, relatives say Mildred and Jewel Cleveland had struggled living in the same house with Mildred's grown son, Jason Howard. Jobless and socially withdrawn, Howard was a disturbed man who had been committed to a mental institution for schizophrenia following his arrest for robbing a bank. Although his mother thought that Howard could be rehabilitated and insisted that he live with them, relatives say her husband, Jewel, wasn't so sure. Police think that after killing and burying the Clevelands, Jason Howard continued to live in the house. He paid bills, cared for the family pets, and even took a trip to the family's vacation home. With the aid of cadaver dogs, Liberty County police found the bodies of Jewel and Mildred Cleveland JASON HOWARD wrapped in tarps and buried in a barn on June 15, 2004. An autopsy later conArrested 4/13/2009 4 Cts Felony Murder firmed that both had been shot in the head and that Mildred had been beaten first. In his own words from a November 1994 note, Howard explained: Let it be known that I, Jason M. Howard, can be extremely paranoid, therefore as a fugitive I will not only be carrying firearms but explosives as well...I'm not dangerous until I am crossed or cornered, so stay away. Keep away and don't blame me for a dead tactical team. Only yourselves to blame. For the next several years, Howard would live in the woods in Macon Georgia, in a camp he constructed out of camouflage tarps and tents and everything else he could find. He was featured on America’s Most Wanted during those years, though he would elude arrest until 2009, when Macon Police found him breaking into a rental car. Some months later, a friend of the 11th Hour, and a cross country runner, came across Howard’s camp in the woods. In it three journals were found. What follows is a page of one of these journals, the first in a series of pages that look inside the head of a suspected killer.

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