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TRAVIS TRITT • BO BICE • THE LEE BOYS WET WILLIE • RANDALL BRAMBLETT • BLACK LILLIES

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The Legendary Red Dog

t’s hard to think about the moment when you are going to die. It might be unexpected. A moment you are here and then you are gone. You might be lucky enough to gather everyone around you and say goodbye, or you might suck more wind for longer than you would have liked while everyone watches you wither away and go. I’ve never been a big believer that it matters much how you go. How you live, I think, matters much more, and I doubt there is anyone that would dispute that Joseph “Red Dog” Campbell gave it his all when it came to living. For those of you parking under Idle Hour for the last few decades, Red Dog was one of the original Allman Brothers Band roadies and worked with the band for over thirty years. The guy you don’t know on the back of the Fillmore East Album, that’s Red Dog. He was perhaps the most famous roadie in all of music. Famous enough for Cameron Crowe to write him into his film Almost Famous. His adventurues were also covered in great detail in his 2001 book, The Legendary Red Dog: A Book of Tails. The book didn’t hold back, talking freely about the sex, the drugs and the rock and

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This year Jubee and the Morning After, Citizen Insane, Ballet Dancers, Stephen and Amy Moretti, Floco Torres, Rabbi Larry Schlesinger, and Xavii are on the bill. Red Carpet begins at seven and show starts at seven thirty. See you there!

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roll that ruled much of his life. He liked women, smack and good music. And he was such a likeable person and affable storyteller that it was hard to blame him for any of that. To watch Mama Louise’s heart melt when he’d walk into H&H said it all. She worried about him, sure, but he was still the apple of her eye. It was his attitude and hard work that helped make Macon famous, and it is his legend and his memory that will keep it that way. Keep hollering buddy, we’ll always be listening.

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I DO: LOCAL BRIDAL GUIDE Get tips from local brides, photographers, and more to make your special day.

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Celebrate Grant’s Lounge 40th Anniversary with Wet Willie and The Lee Boys s the late owner Edward Grant Sr. said, “Over one million people have come through these doors, and I thank you all for the wonderful memories.” With that in mind, The Original Home of Southern Rock, Grant’s Lounge celebrates its 40th anniversary with four days of music, old friends and lots of memories from March 2-5. Between 1971 and 1976, guests at Grant’s would be exposed to over 100 rock and jazz bands. Most of these bands were looking for that “lucky break.” Grant’s performaers like the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Wet Willie and Charlie Daniels were among the lucky ones and are honored on Grant’s legendary Wall of Fame inside the historic music venue. The events kick off Wednesday, March 2 at 6p.m. with opening act Davin McCoy followed by the Lee Boys, one of America's finest African-American sacred steel ensembles. Tickets are $12.50 in advance and $15 at the door. This night will be a celebration of Grant’s rich musical history in Macon, with a reception honoring the people and characters who span the decades, from blues and southern rock pioneers of the sixties to dancing disco queens of the 20th century. Grant’s Lounge is located at 576 Poplar Street in downtown Macon.

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Friday, February 25 An Evening with Travis Tritt at Capitol Theatre

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oin the Cox Capitol Theatre and Travis Tritt for a rare solo acoustic performance on Friday, February 25. Tritt is an American country music singer from Marietta, Georgia. Tritt signed to Warner Brothers Records in 1989, releasing seven studio albums and a greatest hits package for the label between then and 1999. In the 2000s, he released two albums on Columbia Records and one for the defunct Category 5 Records. Seven of his albums (counting the Greatest Hits) are certified platinum or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA); the highest-certified is 1991's It's All About to Change, which is certified triple-platinum. Tritt has also charted more than forty times on the Hot Country Songs charts, including five number ones -- "Help Me Hold On," "Anymore," "Can I Trust You with My Heart," "Foolish Pride" and "Best of Intentions" -- and fifteen additional top

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ten singles. Tritt's musical style is defined by mainstream country and Southern rock influences. He has received two Grammy Awards, both for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals: in 1992 for "The Whiskey Ain't Workin'," a duet with Marty Stuart, and again in 1998 for "Same Old Train", a collaboration with Stuart and nine other artists. In addition, he has received four awards from the Country Music Association, and has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1992. Please plan to join us for this special performance on Friday, February 25 at the theatre, 382 Second St. in downtown Macon. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., show at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $30 for Upper Balcony General Admission, $50 for Reserved Lower Balcony Admission. General Admission tickets are on sale at www.coxcapitoltheatre.com, or by calling the Box Office at (478) 257-6391. Also playing the Capitol Theatre on Saturday, March 6th is American Idol star Bo Bice with opening act Mike Kinnebrew. Tickets are $15 in advance.

It’s official! The Cherry Blossom organizers have finally brought their annual “Street Party” back to regional status. Atlanta’s own (and one-half of OutKast) Big Boi and one of country music’s hottest bad asses right now, Jamey Johnson will be headlining the opposing stages. Party on the Pavement in Downtown Macon! will take place from 5 11 p.m. on Saturday, March 26th. Tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the gate. Call Mercer Ticket Sales - 478.301.5470 to reserve your tickets today!

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For the record I’m a firm believer that Baby Showers are for girls. That said, an old friend had one for “couples” so I went, begrudgingly. I just wanted that on record. In going, I missed the Cox Capitol Theatre showing of Lemmy, which I had great anxiety about, since I have long believed Lemmy to be the only true rock and roller ever and this documentary about him was something I’d really been wanting to see. Fuck Keith Richards. Yeah I said it, and he couldn’t do shit about it, but Lemmy probably could. Something else I have anxiety about is sleeping, though I don’t’ whine about it. This past week, I just got up at four and was lucky enough to catch this documentary on Paladium (another thing I LOVE). It was everything I hoped it would be. It caught the Motorhead front man being true human

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being, just doing what he was born to do, and never, ever changing. Rock on fucker! How do you make a dead baby float? Two scoops of ice cream, two scoops dead baby. That’s Lemmy’s joke, not mine. I’ve been listening to the Nirvana Unplugged Album this week, something I usually reserve for depression, which I was on the edge of until the sun came out. I’ve also been listening to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Welcome to Woody Creek and Alejeandro Escovedo’s Street Songs of Love. All of them old, but worthy of your collection. And who isn’t happy that The Cherry Blossom Festival stepped up their game and got Big Boi and Jamey Johnson this year for the Street Party. Congrats to Karen Lambert and crew for making this festival the best I can remember since I was a kid. It is events like this, that bring more than the

normal thousand folks that do everything in Macon to town, that are the ones that matter, in making this a better place to be. I’ve long been a fan of the movie The Assasination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Though it got pretty roughed up in the reviews, I think his legend is an important one and thought this movie was a very real potrayal of how it must have been. There is nothing quite as interesting as a superstitious man. I’m reading the book now, which is even better. And it’s one of the few I’ve actually gone to a bookstore to buy this year. And while we’re talking Westerns, if you haven’t seen the HBO series Deadwood (2004-2006), go out right now, and get it. It beats the pants off any cable series I’ve ever watched.


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CULTURE CALENDAR

Email your event to meg@11thHourOnline.com. Include dates, times, locations with address, cost and a contact number.

Thur Feb 24 This day in history: (1938) MGM had bought

the rights to adapt L. Frank Baum’s beloved children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz for the screen, cast 16 yr old Judy Garland.

Old Crow Medicine Show at The Grand Opera House. American roots music with a rock attitude. 7 p.m. $29.50. 478.301.5470. 651 Mulberry St.

6th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards at the Cox Capitol Theatre. You voted readers, now come to a show dedicated to showcasing the best that Macon has to offer. Featuring the bands you voted the best, celebrity presenters, DJs, giveaways and much more. $5 general admission or reserve a table for 6 $100. Call 4641840 to reserve your table or box today. Walk the red carpet 7:30pm, Show at 8pm.

Mercer University Theatre presents “Six Characters in Search of an Author” thru Feb. 27th. 7 p.m. at Mercer’s Backdoor Theatre. In the play, audiences are confronted with the unexpected arrival of six fictional play characters that have been abandoned by their author. They interrupt and invade the rehearsalof another play and demand that the author not only finish their story, but in a way that they would like it to be told. The play asks probing questions about the nature of reality versus illusion,truth versus artifice and the workings of the creative process. For reservations and information, call 478-301-2974, M-F 9am-5pm. Tickets$5.

Fri Feb 25 This day in history: (1870) Hiram Rhoades

Revels, a Republican from Natchez, Mississippi, is sworn into the U.S. Senate, becoming the first African American ever to sit in Congress.

Every Friday is F1rst Fr1day Improv Open Mic Night, 8-10pm A Night of Improvisation is an open mic night with a twist! Each performance will consist of musicians signing up prior to the show and performing for 10 min. The emphasis of each performance will be on improvisation or simple performing outside of their usual comfort zone. All musicians must bring their own equipment. For more information about this event please contact Matt Miller at Mattmiller523@gmail.com. Enjoy live music, art, and great food at Friday Fest presented by Robins Federal Credit Union. Last year voted Best Entertainment for Adults in Middle Georgia. For more information visit www.MaconFridayFest.com.

Sat Feb 26 This day in history: (1919) The Grand

Canyon is preserved as a National Park.

Georgia Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Macon City Auditorium. Induction of Robert Davis, Joe DeLany, Dale Ellis, Ray Goff, Bill Ploeger, Lisa Spain Short, and James “J.T.” Thomas. Joe Simpson emcees. 6 to 9 p.m. 478.752.1585. GSHF.org. 415 First St.

“Iphigenie En Tauride” The Met Opera live at The Douglass Theatre. Live HD broadcast of New York’s Metropolitan Opera performance. 7 p.m. $24 Adults, $20 Seniors & Students. 478.742.2000. DouglassTheatre.org. 355 M.L. King Jr. Blvd.

Fabian Strings Series presents Robert McDuffie in concert at Fickling Hall. The internationally-renowned violinist performs with Amy Schwartz Moretti, Sabina Thatcher, Julie Albers, and Elizabeth Pridgen. McCorkle Music Bldg., Mercer Univ. 7:30 p.m. $25, Free with Mercer ID. 478.301.5470. Mercer.edu/Music. 1329 Adams St.

Celtic Crossroads at The Grand Opera House. Celtic Crossroads is critically acclaimed as 'the most exhilarating and authentic show to come from Ireland in decades - not to be missed'.. 7:30 p.m. $32. 478.301.5470. TheGrandMacon.com. 651 Mulberry St.

Tues March 1 This day in history: (1969) Yankees Mickey

Mantle announces his retirement from baseball after seventeen years in majors.

Faculty Artist Recital: Marcus Reddick at Fickling Hall. Percussion concert featuring works by living composers from around the world. McCorkle Music Bldg., Mercer Univ. 7:30 p.m. Free. 478.301.5470. Mercer.edu/Music. 1329 Adams St.

Book Reading/Signing: An Evening with Charles Martin, 7pm in the Sidney Lanier Auditorium at the new Central High School. Martin’s book, “At The River’s End” was a New York Times bestseller and “When Crickets Cry” was a Southern Living Book of the Month Selection. The students in the CHS Book Club are reading “Chasing Fireflies.” At the 7:00 pm evening event, Martin will speak about his latest work, “The Mountain Between Us,” which has already had its movie rights obtained by 20th Century Fox.

Wed March 2 This day in history: (1904) Theodor Geisel,

better known to the world as Dr. Seuss is born in Massachusettes.

Centenary presents an evening of music with JJ Hobbs, 6:30pm in the Sanctuary. 1290 College Street. Free event, the public is invited to attend.

Grant’s Lounge 40th Anniversary Celebration with the Lee Boys. With opening act Davin McCoy at 7pm. Lee Boys from 8-midnight. Advance tickets $12.50, $15 day of show. Proceeds from the night to benefit the Mentor’s Project of Bibb County. 576 Poplar Street, downtown Macon. Sponsored by Fast Cash, Inc. and NewTown Macon.

Fri March 4 This day in history: (1933) the man who led

the United States through two of the greatest crises of the 20th century: the Great Depression and World War II, FDR is inaugerated on this day.

First Fr1day presented by Robins Federal Credit Union,5-10pm featuring

Third Annual Macon Blues Fest at Macon Centreplex Arena. Lineup includes Gerald Alston, Mel Waiters, Latimore, Bobby Rush, Shirley Brown. 7 p.m. $37.50 to $45.50. 478.751.9232. MaconCentreplex.com. 200 Coliseum Dr.

Sun March 6 This day in history: (1899) Bayer patents

aspirin, the most common drug in household medicine cabinets.

Russian National Ballet’s “Swan Lake” at The Grand Opera House. Professional touring production of the Tchaikovsky Ballet. 3 p.m. $28 to $32. 478.301.5470. TheGrandMacon.com. 651 Mulberry St.

Bo Bice, American Idol Runner-up in Concert at the Cox Capitol Theatre Featuring Macon’s own Mike Kinnebrew” Tickets are $15 in advance , $20 day of show and are on sale by clicking on Buy Tickets Now. Reserved seats are available by calling the Box Office at (478) 257-6391.

Tues March 8

This day in history: (1938) MGM had bought the rights to adapt L. Frank Baum’s beloved

Second Tuesday Rock N Roll Picture Show at Cox Capitol Theatre. Screening "Alley Pat: The Music is Recorded." The film is quite amazing as it is the true story of one of the first African American DJ's in Atlanta on one of the nation's first black channels, WERD-AM. Director Tom Roche will be on hand to participate in a Q & A after the film. 8 p.m. Admission $5. 478.257.6391. 382 Second St.

great dining, gallery openings, merchant specials and more. Live, free entertainment in Third Street Park. As always, patrons of downtown can enjoy an alcoholic beverage on the streets in a plastic cup until 10p.m. So sip, shop and stroll your way from First to Cotton, and all the way down Cherry for March First Friday!

Sat March 5 This day in history:

(1963) 25 million HulaHoops were sold in its first four months of production.

Behind the Scenes Tours of Hay House. Tour all 7 levels with in-depth explanation of technology and inner workings. Moderate walking and stair climbing. Ages 8 & up. Mar. 5, 19 & 26, 9:30 a.m. Mar. 20 & 27, 12:30 p.m. $20, reservations required. 478.742.8155. HayHouse.org. 934 Georgia Ave.

First Saturday Concert for kids: Macon Symphony at Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Trio of musicians explore and explain classical and folk music. Noon. Included with admission, $3.50 - $8. 478.751.3334. 200 M.L. King Jr. Blvd.

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New Macon Co-Ed Book Club: Looking for a hobby? Love to read? Want to make new friends? The new macon co-ed book club is just what you are looking for. For more information please call 912-227-4212.

Annual Winter Arts Festival at Middle Georgia Art Association. Multi-artist show thru March 12. Tuesday – Friday, Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Noon to 3 p.m. Free. 478.744.9557. MiddleGeorgiaArt.org. 2330 Ingleside Ave. Macon Arts Gallery “Traditions: J. Alan Gibson and Pat Smith” in The Gallery at Macon Arts Alliance. Quilted works and pink-themed paintings thru March 26th. 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. MySpace.com/CAEMacon. 2nd Floor, 590 Mulberry St. La Galerie is an art gallery across from the Cox Capitol Theatre open each Friday from 6:30 pm until 10 pm or later. 391 Second Street, Downtown Macon.

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. TubmanMuseum.com. 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. Out of China thru May 1, Chinese export porcelains have captured the fancy of connoisseurs and collectors for centuries. These finely-crafted items, born from a millennia of tradition, were popular throughout Europe and the table tops of the world. 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.

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“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.

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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. 478.477.3232. 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 / The Big House. Call for hours. 478.741.5551. TheBigHouseMuseum.org. 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.

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MELLOW MUSHROOM’S KIDS FEST BRING THE FAMILY TO BASS ROAD MONDAY, FEB. 28TH

The Mellow Mushroom was voted “Best Place to Dine with Kids” in this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards for good reason. Bring the whole family to Mellow on Feb. 28th for story-telling, face painting, magic shows and more. Free!

MORE FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENTS COMEDY PET THEATER

award-winning children’s books, coloring or craft activity. $4. GeorgiaChildrensMuseum.com. 478.755.9539. 370 Cherry St.

Doors at 6:30 PM/Show at 7:30p.m. Tickets are $27.50 (Adult)/ $22.50 (Children, 12 and Under) fGeneral Admission. Join the Cox Capitol Theatre and Comedy Pet Theater for a family-oriented blend of unique comedy, the juggling skills of Gregory Popovich and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets. As seen on the Tonight Show, Letterman, and America’s Got Talent, Comedy Pet Theater is a blend of unique European style physical comedy, extravaganza of juggling, acrobatics and a furry entourage of over 30 performing cats and dogs. His amazing cast of dogs and cats have been rescued from animal shelters and transformed into big show stars! Audiences will be delighted to see this extravaganza of clowns, amazing juggling and balancing acts, and of course, very talented performing pets. It's a show that both adults and kids of all ages enjoy!

CRAFT TIME AT GEORGIA CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Thursday, March 3

“Voted BEST New Family Show” Saturday, February 26 at the Cox Capitol Theatre

STORY TIME AT GA CHILDREN’S MUSEUM - TUESDAY, MARCH 1

06 FEB 24 - MARCH 10, 2011

11 and 11:30 a.m. Readings of

Special craft activity and museum admission included. First Thursday each month, 11 a.m. to noon. $4. GeorgiaChildrensMuseum.com. 478.755.9539. 370 Cherry St.

THE GRAND THEATRE PRESENTS “RANGO’S WILD WEST ROUNDUP” Saturday, March 5. 1-5pm

The Grand Theatre (formerly AmStar) located on Zebulon Road would like to invite you to a petting zoo, carnival games and more along with the premier of Rango’s Wild West Roundup. Free event.

MACON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TO ROCK AT THE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME Saturday, March 12

The Georgia Music Hall of Fame is proud to present the Macon Symphony Orchestra’s “Artists in the Classroom” series during its monthly First Saturday program, March 5, 2011 at noon. A string trio featuring concertmaster Jason Economides presents an engaging and entertaining look at how string instruments function in classical and folk music. Children are encouraged to be inquisitive and learn about symphonic music. The programs begin each First Saturday at noon; admission is $3.50 for kids ages 417 and children under 4 are free.


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Anniversary week

FRIDAY FEB. 25th

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CENTENARY presents

An evening of music with

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A very special evening, come see the renovated “Grant’s Wall of Fame” and experience the great times at Grant’s all over again!

MARCH 2

6pm: Reception & Dinner 7pm: Davin McCoy 8pm: Memories 8:30pm: The Lee Boys

MARCH 3

Dance to disco sounds of 80s-90s, giveaways & more

MARCH 4

5pm: Doors open, BBQ & chips 9:30pm: Harold Thomas and Danger Zone perform!

MARCH 5

7pm-12: Join us for line-dancing! Cha-Cha, Electric Slide, Hustle Lots of giveaways!

PERFORMING AT THE 40TH ANNIV. OF HISTORIC

GRANT'S LOUNGE

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of onging ongs L Wednesday March 2nd

6:30pm in The Sanctuary

CENTENARY Proceeds to benefit the Mentor’s Project of Bibb County

Rediscovering the Mysteries of Faith

WITH OPENING ACT DAVIN MCCOY AT 7PM

Join us Sundays!

TICKETS: $12.50 IN ADVANCE / $15 DAY OF SHOW

Community Breakfast 7:30am Worship 11:00am

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576 Poplar Street

478.746.9191 / GrantsLounge.com

www.centenarymacon.org

1290 College Street

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The Moretti’s moved to Macon a few years ago. Amy became the Director of the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, Steve is a two-time Grammy nominated percussionist that is currently producing inventive symphonic pops programs for symphonies across the country. Macon is fortunate to have them, and The 11th Hour is overjoyed they will be performing at this years “Reader’s Choice Awards” February 24th. iolinist Amy Schwartz Moretti is recognized for her musical elegance and grace. Her playing has been described as “breathtakingly rich in tone and color” (St. Petersburg Times). Her extensive solo and chamber music appearances include performances in New York’s Weill Recital Hall, Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, Cleveland’s Severance Hall, Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., Atlanta’s Spivey Hall, Italy’s Gonfalone Oratory, and Edinburgh Castle. She was invited to Carnegie Hall for her solo concerto debut. She is former Concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony and The Florida Orchestra and now is Director of the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University. Born in Wisconsin, Ms Moretti spent her childhood in North Carolina and California. She now lives with her husband and two young sons in Macon, Georgia. Her new solo CD is Kaleidoscope.

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Two-time Grammy® nominated, drummer/percussionist Steve Moretti can be heard on over 30 nationally released recordings. Recognized for his musicianship and versatility in multiple styles, Steve has performed with numerous vocal and instrumental artists from Michael McDonald, Arturo Sandoval, Toni Tennille, Lionel Hampton, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Lorna Luft, and Michael Brecker to The Coasters,

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The Pointer Sisters, The Temptations, and Louie Bellson. He has appeared on the Today Show, and The View. Frequently engaged for symphonic drum set performances, Steve has performed in recent concerts with the Alabama, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Columbus, Florida, Milwaukee and Nashville symphony orchestras. Atlanta based music licensing company, Placement Music recruited Steve as a Creative Team Member. Their music had been featured on The Super Bowl, and can be heard at the Georgia Dome during the Atlanta Falcons’ games. Steve is also co-founder of SymPop Productions™, a new company that produces inventive symphonic pops programs for orchestras around the country. Now that you know what this dynamic duo has been doing, take a look at what Steve is also listening to.

When you started playing music, what pulled you toward the classics? I started when I was 4 and became serious about it in my early teens. There wasn't any other type of music on my radar. I always loved playing the violin, and studying classical music became my passion. Even though I perform classical music, I listen and enjoy all types of music.

WHAT OUR READERS ARE LISTENING TO

SAT. FEB 26

gringo grande Abby Owens Band FRI. MARCH 4

SAT. MARCH 5

Tokyo Spa FRI. MARCH 11

Name a song you've listened to in the last 24 hours? “Assassin” by John Mayer

WITH OPENING ACT AARON IRONS

Name a CD you think our readers need to get their hands on? Amy's debut CD, Kaleidoscope (due out in March)! What is your favorite thing about playing music for a living? We are very fortunate to be able to make a living doing something we both love. It's pretty nice to be able to share live music with people.

Dodd Ferrelle

Bill Powell is digging Gregg Allman’s new album “Low Country Blues”, Brad Evans is listening to Dexter Romweber “Live at the Georgia Theatre”, Jen Jones has been playing Pretty Lights, Robin Cook is digging Silver Jews.

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MACON’S LIVE MUSIC SCHEDULE THUR 2/24

Open Mic Night Billy’s Clubhouse

6th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards Capitol Theatre, $5 Open Mic Night The Hummingbird Jeff Hilyer Wild Wing Cafe

FRI 2/25

B Keith Williams 20’s Pub, Riverside Drive Tokyo Spa Billy’s Clubhouse

Travis Tritt Cox Capitol Theatre Wet Willie Grant’s Lounge

Dodd Ferrelle The Hummingbird

Project 77 Rivalry’s Sports Bar

The Black Lillies The Rookery Chris Hicks The Shamrock

2 Finger Jester Wild Wing Cafe

SAT 2/26

40 Daze Billy’s Clubhouse

Live Music Friends II,Warner Robins Gringo Grande The Hummingbird

Latin Night, Free Salsa lessons Mambo’s Bar & Grill Randall Bramblett Rivalry’s Sports Bar The Wood Grains The Rookery

Midnight in Macon The Shamrock

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Lefty Williams Band Wild Wing Cafe

SUN 2/27 Scott Pallot Wild Wing Cafe

Mississippi John Doude The Shamrock Matt Pippen Wild Wing Cafe

MON 2/28

Nathan Garrett 20’s Pub, Riverside Drive

SAT 3/5

TUES 3/1

Bo Bice and Mike Kinnebrew Cox Capitol Theatre

B Keith Williams The Shamrock

WED 3/2

Chris Hicks & Friends Backporch Lounge The Lee Boys 40th Anniversary Party of Grant’s Lounge

DJ Laylo, College Night Mambo’s Bar & Grill

Travis & Bravis (Gunshy) Wild Wing Cafe, 8:30pm

THUR 3/3

Disco Dance night Grant’s Lounge Open Mic Billy’s Clubhouse

Open Mic Night The Hummingbird

FRI 3/4

Crossfire 20’s Pub, Riverside Drive Headshot Billy’s Clubhouse

Saint Francis Cox Capitol Theatre Roadhouse Douglass Theatre

DJ Structure Grand Opening, Element

Harold Thomas & Danger Zone, Grant’s Lounge Abby Owens Band The Hummingbird Soulshine Rivalry’s

Magnificent Bastard The Rookery

Surprise Billy’s Clubhouse

Latin Night, Free Salsa lessons Mambo’s Bar & Grill Tokyo Spa The Hummingbird Homeless Hill Rivalry’s

Bluesbound The Rookery, 10pm Matt Moncrief The Shamrock A2Z Band Wild Wing Cafe

MON 3/7

Larry G Hudson 20’s Pub, Riverside Drive

TUES 3/8

B Keith Williams The Shamrock

WED 3/9

Chris Hicks & Friends Backporch Lounge DJ Laylo, College Night Mambo’s Bar & Grill Matt Pippen Wild Wing Cafe, 8:30pm

FRI 3/11

B Keith Williams 20’s Pub, Riverside Drive Matt & Lewis Billy’s Clubhouse

Chris Knight with Aaron Irons The Hummingbird

The Unmentionables Wild Wing Cafe

DRINK SPECIALS/ SPECIAL EVENTS MONDAYS

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

BRING YOUR OWN GLASS! Ladies $2 wine, guys $2 drafts Mambo’s Bar & Grill 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

1/2 off salads! 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

TUESDAYS

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

Enjoy 75¢ drafts all night at Mambo’s Bar & Grill

WEDNESDAYS

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

Macon’s Hottest Trivia, $3 Ritas & $3 Big Drafts, El Azteca

College Night! DJ Laylo, ladies free til 11:30p. Mambo’s

College Night Thursdays at BJ Billiards, $3 wells and $2 domestics, shots Beer Pong all night at Mambo’s Bar & Grill

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

FRIDAYS

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. Buy one, get one free pints at Mambo’s Bar & Grill Everyday, Miller Lite buckets just $12! Wild Wing

SATURDAYS

Latino Night! Mambo’s

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

$1.50 Domestics Locos

$2 pints, $3 wells, $3 Ritas Mellow Macon

Ladies night, free wells for the gals The Hummingbird

SUNDAYS

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

2-4-1 all drinks, Bottoms Ups

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

THURSDAYS

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

$4 Firefly cocktails, $3 20oz. domestics 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

Dart Tournament 2pm, Tara’s $3 Bloody Marys Locos


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DANCE PARTY / DJ Latino Night! Free salsa lessons. Mambo’s Bar & Grill

Thursday - Saturday at downtown’s newest college hotspot, Bottom’s Up

KARAOKE

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

BAR & MUSIC GUIDE

MUSIC

Fri, February 25

Sat, March 5

Wet Willie were, after the Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd, the hardestrocking of the Southern bands to come to national attention in the early '70s. For seven years, from 1971 until 1978, they produced an enviable array of albums awash in good-time music, rollicking high-energy bluesrock, and white Southern soul, and for their trouble they racked up just one Top Ten hit ("Keep On Smilin'") and a lot of admirers. In contrast to the Allman Brothers Band, whose jumping-off point was really Cream and who based their music on long jams, Wet Willie were closer in spirit to Booker T. & the MG's and perhaps the Mar-Keys, of Stax/Volt fame, much more steeped in sweaty, good-time R&B than the blues-rock of the Allmans or the country-rock of the Marshall Tucker Band. Think of what Lynyrd Skynyrd might have sounded like with but one lead guitar on a white chitlin circuit, if such a thing had existed.

Husky-voiced American Idol singing sensation Harold "Bo" Bice hailed from Helena, AL, and brought his Southern sensibility with him to the fourth season of Fox's long-running talent contest. Bice competed weekly against fellow rocker Constantine Maroulis, his long hair, bell bottoms, and drug rug tunics against Maroulis' biker jacket and stockpile of New York City swagger. Eventually Bice won out (to the shock of some Idol fans), and went all the way to the winner's circle where he was the runner-up to corn silk Oklahoman Carrie Underwood.

Wet Willie @ Grant’s Lounge 40th Anniv.

Bo Bice & Mike Kinnebrew @ the Capitol

Come Hear...

Thursdays 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 Every Wednesday with DKH, Macon Shroom

Every Friday & Saturday, Friends Bar & Grill, Macon

Karaoke with DJ Dale, 9pm Friends II in Warner Robins Sundays with Brad, 9pm The Backporch Lounge

TRIVIA

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 Tuesday night trivia with our own Jammin’ Rivalrys 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

POKER

Nightly Poker 7:30p, Friends Bar Nightly Poker 8p, BJ Billiards

Sat 2p,Wed 7p, Billy’s Clubhouse Texas Hold ‘Em Sundays 3pm, & Mondays 7pm, 20’s Pub Thursdays 7:30pm. Friends II in Warner Robins

The Black Lillies @ The Rookery

THUR. FEB 24

6th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards @ Capitol Theatre, $5 general admission at

the door. Red carpet begins 7pm, Don’t miss the opening act prompty at 7:30! This year Jubee and the Morning After, Citizen Insane, Ballet Dancers, Stephen and Amy Moretti, Floco Torres, Rabbi Larry Schlesinger, and Xavii are on the bill for the greatest show on earth in Macon in February. Seriously, do not miss this.

Jeff Hilyer @ Wild Wing Café

Jeff Hilyer has been singing and playing guitar professionally for over 30 years. His musical influences include artists like Vince Gill, Paul Rodgers, Toby Keith, The Eagles, and Keith Urban. He’s been a part of the Atlanta music scene since 1982 as a singer, songwriter, and performer of country, classic rock, alternative, and original music.

FRI. FEB 25

The Black Lillies @ The Rookery

In April 2009, The Black Lillies released Whiskey Angel, their debut recording. The album was recorded live in Cruz’s living room by Sparklehorse drummer Scott Minor. The album received rave reviews and appeared on multiple “Best of 2009” lists across the country. This past year the band has appeared at Bonnaroo, the Ryman Auditoriium and the Americana Music Association Festival.

Travis Tritt @ Cox Capitol Theatre

Travis Tritt was one of the leading new country singers of the early '90s, holding his own against Garth Brooks, Clint Black, and Alan Jackson. He was the only one not to wear a hat and the only one to dip into bluesy Southern rock. Consequently, he developed a gutsy, outlaw image that distinguished him from the pack.

Roadhouse @ The Douglass Theatre

Dodd Ferrelle @ The Hummingbird

Dodd Ferrelle transitions from Americana to Indie Pop to straight up country on last year’s “Lonely Parades”. After years on the road with the Tinfoil Stars, Dodd went solo in 2009 and the pop/rock album “Hide the World” will be released early 2011 and the more acoustic “Sucker Punch” will be released shortly after.

SAT. FEB 26

The Woodgrains @ The Rookery

One of the newest musical incarnations to spark from the southeastern corner of Georgia and find its home in the city of Athens is a three piece calling themselves The Woodgrains. Soul, rock and the psychedelic revolution.

Wayne Minor Band w/ Randall Bramblett @ Rivalry’s Sports Bar

It becomes evident that when you hear Wayne Minor, he is not only a prolific writer, but a very talented multi-instrumentalist as well. Being inspired by the likes of The Allman Brothers, Chuck Leavell, Little Feat and Steely Dan, Wayne's style of music combined with his somewhat abstract lyrics makes for a bluesy, sultry and soulful funk. And yes, that Randall Bramblett is reported to be showing up to help rock the house.

Randall Bramblett @ Rivalry’s

THUR. MARCH 3

Saint Francis CD release party @ Cox Capitol Theatre Their new album, One Of

Many, was recorded locally with Rob Evans at Star Motel Records. Saint Francis features an AllStar line-up of musicians, starting with Scott Baston. Hints of bluegrass, rock, free-jazz and super catchy “pop” songs will bang around in your head.

FRI. MARCH 4

Roadhouse @ the Douglass Theatre

Jason LaPalme a twenty something stinging guitarist. Playing bass is Reggie Jarrard, a veteran guitarist, blending smooth traditional blues with cool R&B. The rhythm section consists of Mike Jarrard and lead and slide guitar, is Chris Patterson who is regarded by his musical peers as being "one of the hottest guitar players around."

Lefty Williams Band @ Wild Wing

A skilled guitarist with over two decades of experience, Lefty Williams holds songcraft and musicianship at a premium. In turn, we fall for Williams’ powerful guitar licks and candid songs, often long before the origin of his nickname—he was born without a right hand—is clear.

WED. MARCH 2

The Lee Boys 40th Anniversary Party @ Grant’s Lounge The Lee Boys are one of America's finest African-American sacred steel ensembles.

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Daily Lunch & Dinner Specials Fridays @ 8pm Open tables POOL mon-fri 12-6p

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LIVE MUSIC AFTER THE RACE!

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Sat, March 5 DJ Structure

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MONSTER PARTY with special guests

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Open Mic Night Beer Pong

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Trivia with Jammin’

Ladies Night: $2 wells

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THIS FRIDAY NIGHT

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DINING {local restaurant tidbits}

THE DISH

Pho is a type of noodle soup that usually has thinly sliced meat as its main ingredient. Several types of beef cuts are offered, along with shrimp (which I strongly recommend). These lightly balanced entrees are served alongside fresh herbs like coriander, Thai basil and bean sprouts and several condiments are close by to liven up your brothy dish with sweet or hot. Complete your eastern dining experience with some Vietnamese coffee like the Ca Phe Sua Nong. Or, because they do not have a liquor license, you can bring your own cocktail or brew to enjoy. Cheers to the noodle and Pho Saigon. 3076 Riverside Drive, Macon.

CHEERS TO THE NOODLE AND PHO SAIGON

SAVE $10 WITH COUPON

Giuseppi’s Pizza located on Tom Hill. Sr. Blvd. is offering an exclusive special that will save you up to $10 when you bring in their ad from the pages of The 11th Hour. Get a large, one-topping pizza, 10 wings and a pitcher of beer for just $21.95 (regular price over $32!)

MARCH IS NATIONAL NOODLE MONTH

CLASSICAL MUSIC AND FOOD TO MAKE YOU SWOON

OK,really quick, there are two different types of pasta, macaroni and noodles. Noodles are made from Durum flour and egg solids, which distinguishes it from the former. But I digress... I mention this because we ask our loyal readers to celebrate National Noodle Month by dining at one of Macon’s newest ethnic specialty restaurants, Pho Saigon, which we believe has the best “noodles” in town! The first written account of noodles is from the East Han Dynasty around 220, so we believe this Vietnamese restaurant knows a thing or two about serving them.

Reserve your seats now for an elegant evening with renowned violinist Amy Moretti and acclaimed pianist Edward Eikner at the home of Neva and Bill Fickling. Cost is $125 per person (limited to 40 people.) The music will be followed by a dinner catered by Natalia’s. This is a benefit concert and dinner for the Macon Symphony Orchestra. Reserve your seat by calling 478-301-5300 or visit www.maconsymphony.com for details on upcoming dinner and music events.

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Perfect Pairings Large selection of Wine and a fully stocked Humidor

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MACON’S UNIQUE, LOCAL

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Tip from a local bride Write your own wedding ceremony vows. I put together the entire ceremony wording. I wanted the wedding to be about Cliff and I. I wanted it to be special to us and not have your typical wedding ceremony where everyone knew what was coming next. Also, to make it unique I incorporated a poem written by my Great Grandfather into the wedding!

Two Friends’ Events Featured in the Fall/Winter 2010 “The Knot Georgia” Magazine Visit www.twofriendsevents.com for pictures and testimonials.

Tips for the big day: • Middle Georgia is known for its warm weather, which is a perfect time to have

Tip from a local bride

Confirm any and all reservations again one month before the big day to avoid any big problems. And don’t forget to enjoy your reception! If you don't make yourself enjoy the reception and spend the whole time talking to guest after guest you will not even realize that you had a reception, it will feel like a long social hour. Dance and have fun with each other. Talk to guests but try not to get stuck talking to guests the whole time. Make sure you take time to eat at your own reception, you will need it!

Try to enjoy every minute of being engaged! It is so fun, but so many people get so frazzled trying to "plan" everything. We tried to only focus on the big picture of the day and not all of the little details.

EVENT PLANNING

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Lindsey (Wright) and Cliff Evans Married Sept. 18 St. Joseph’s Reception at Macon Auditorium

an outdoor wedding. From the parks in downtown, to historical southern scenery, outdoor weddings can be beautiful. Keeping the outdoors and weather in mind, it’s always a good idea to have a contingency plan should the weather not cooperate. • To save money, there are a lot of do-it-yourself and affordable online options for several aspects of the wedding. Browse the internet for invitation websites. You can find almost any type you are looking for online, order samples, and then place your order. Wedding favors and reception tossing items can also be purchased online in bulk to save you money. There are numerous websites that offer things from wedding bubbles and sparklers to wine for guest favors. You are sure to find what you’re looking for. • The most important thing to keep in mind when planning a wedding is not to be consumed with all the stress! This is a wonderful time that you and your fiancé should enjoy and take in the memories. Visit our website for pictures and testimonials! www.twofriendsevents.com

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hen planning your special day the small things can make a huge impression. Instead of choosing traditional rice or birdseed you might consider using something more unique for a dramatic exit. Sparklers are an option that is quickly lighting up the wedding scene. On any budget choosing sparklers will surely add some glam and glitz to your special night. To make a glowing exit run smoothly, make sure you have a designated “lighter”, possibly a younger friend of the family or wayward groomsmen. Light the sparklers one at a time with a butane lighter for the best results. Keep them at least an arm’s length away, monitor all children, and sweep your veil out of the way. For a smooth exit ask the photographer to organize the guests into two lines about seven or eight feet away. Capitalize on the opportunity to create fun photos by writing names, short assurances, or drawing hearts in the lights path. Success is in the details so make sure you have a bucket full of water or sand for the burnt out wires. You are ready for a spectacular end to the perfect night! Make the guests last image of the happy couple be a glowing one. At the price of a bundle of 96 sparklers for $69.95, they are able to fit into even the smallest budget. Find them at www.skylighter.com. For more examples see: www.swsphoto.com/jordan or call 478-755-0505.

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ative and think outside of the box when selecting musicians. This will allow you to create a distinct touch for your wedding. For the beach front wedding example above, a calypso band may be the perfect addition for that ceremony. A cellist, such as on that can be found at celloweddingmusic.com, would be perfect for the traditional church wedding by adding the romantic touch of string music to go along with the romantic theme. Finally, you must determine the songs that will be performed during your ceremony. Most ceremonies have four distinct pieces that are performed. These include: Prelude: Typically the prelude is a medley of songs that are in your specific music style, which are played for the guest as they arrive and are seated for the wedding. Most

preludes take place 15 to 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Procession: The processional music is played while the wedding attendants walk down the aisle. The processional music often includes a different selection for the seating of the parents, the wedding party, and finally the bride. Ceremony: Couples often decide to have a special piece performed during the ceremony by a choir or a soloist. These take place during periods such as before a reading, during the signing of the marriage license, or a during the lighting of a unity candle. Recession: This is the music played at the conclusion of the wedding. It tends to be a more upbeat joyous piece that will usher the bride, groom, attendants and guest from the ceremony location. One tip is to solicit help from the musician that you have hired to perform during your wedding when deciding on the various pieces. Don’t take them for granted because they can be a valuable resource by helping to make this overwhelming process much easier for you. An example of this can be found on the website celloweddingmusic.com under the “Music Selections” tab.


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hen the City of Macon received our official audit last year, I wrote an article here in the 11th Hour pointing out the serious deficiencies it contained. There were no fewer than 30 “material weaknesses” – double the number of former Mayor Ellis’s worst year, and several were repeat offenses from the year before that had not been addressed. Interestingly enough, many of the same people who applauded me for asking tough fiscal questions of the former mayor were appalled when I asked the same questions last year of the current mayor. Although most of the direct quotes I used in the article were taken from the audit and were not my own opinion, the current Mayor chose to attack me in our daily newspaper, saying he was offended. As to my motivations, he was quoted as saying, “I think he’s seeking some sort of public recognition through this.” We recently lost our excellent Finance Director, Tom Barber, who is a CPA (unlike the newly-posted requirement for his replacement). At his last budget briefing in December before the Appropriations Committee, I asked him (and these meetings are all recorded on audio tape) a question

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I have been pressing for two years. He has supported the administration’s assertion that the City has $6 million in reserves. When I asked him, however, how much of that is unspent and uncommitted, he answered truthfully, “$600,000.” That, of course, is the same figure past auditors and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at UGA agree is in our “real” reserve. Just two weeks ago, our new acting Director of Finance (who holds the City’s only other CPA on staff) briefed us in our mid-year budget review. In writing, he told us that our current unallocated reserve (unspent money) is actually $100,014. Unfortunately, it is even worse than that figure. The City owes our pension funds $6 million and, in December, we instructed the administration to make a payment of $1.2 million toward that debt. When I asked the acting finance director in the recent meeting whether the payment has been made, he answered “No.” I then asked, rather incredulously, “Doesn’t that mean we are $1.1 million dollar in the red?” and he agreed. It is rather difficult to maintain that we have a $6 million reserve when even our acting finance director agrees we have more debts than we have cash. You can imagine, then, why Council was unimpressed when the new audit was presented to

@ us this month with such a rosy spin that you would have thought we were all supposed to hold hands. As the Telegraph reporter wrote, the auditor “sought to put a positive spin Tuesday on an audit report recently delivered to Macon City Council, but council members were having none of it.” The term “clean audit” was constantly offered as proof of our financial soundness, but, of 29 significant findings in the audit, 17 concerned spending in our federal programs and the auditor was unable to provide an opinion concerning those accounts. That money that was mis-spent last year on routine maintenance of empty new houses built by the City? Supposedly we still don’t have any answer from HUD whether it will need to be repaid, but no provisions have been made in case we need to do so. Even worse, when our federal lobbyists came before us to tell why they are worth the $10,000 per month (plus expenses) we pay them, I asked them how soon they thought they might be able to get an answer for us from HUD on that question. They looked like deer caught in the headlights – they were unaware of the issue and had not been asked to help by the administration that is paying them. In case you think things are much better financially than they used to be and that the administration has been able to get its hands around the problems, I offer only two points: • On February 10th the City paid the law firm of Seyfarth Shaw the amount of $30,102.20 for legal work on TADs and redevelopment plans. Not only

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has Council not approved that payment, but the ordinance requesting $35,000 for it was tabled so there is no possibility of “mis-interpreting” that it was approved; • The Mayor’s political aide ran state-wide last year for public office both in the Democratic primary and in the general election. When the Mayor told us that this campaign would be taking place, he assured us that the employee would be taking “an unpaid leave” in order to run. Just two weeks ago we were given the financial “sweeps” that show how much money we have saved in various departments due to vacancies, retirements, etc. I asked the human resources director (again in an audiotaped meeting) whether salary savings for someone who took an unpaid leave would be reflected in the written report. He answered affirmatively. The amount officially listed for the last six months of 2010 for savings in the Mayor’s office, where the employee works, is 0. Occasionally when I have conversations about City finances, I am told that Council should not have control of the City’s finances, and that the Mayor should be able to spend amounts unfettered or unquestioned. My answer is always that I’m not arguing about what SHOULD be the case, but about what is the current law. The next time I’m stopped for speeding at 85 on the expressway, do you think it will matter if I tell the state trooper than I shouldn’t have to obey that speed limit because I don’t agree with it? I hardly think he will be impressed.

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Lurking In The Shadows of Revolution BY BILL KNOWLES

s Americans and the world were glued to their television screens watching the events unfold in Cairo during the latter part of January, we all could not help but feel inspiration as the youth of Egypt stood up in Tahrir Square and toppled the regime of Hosni Mubarak, who had been in power for almost thirty years. What people do not realize is the enormous amount of help given to the young revolutionaries by a group of Islamic fundamentalists called the Muslim Brotherhood, who worked behind the scenes of the Revolution and have been waiting for this opportunity to seize power in Egypt since the creation of the group in 1928. The hand of the Brotherhood can be found throughout Egypt as it runs various daycare centers, hospitals, banks and community centers. Sounds like a great organization, doesn’t it? It almost sounds like an Islamic Salvation Army. But let’s take a closer look. The Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in 1928 by an Islamic school teacher named Hassan al-Banna and has grown into the world’s largest Islamic movement. The Brotherhood started off peaceful enough and did not become violent until sometime in the mid 1930’s as its leaders opposed British rule in Egypt and carried out various bombings against the British military. Further, during World War II, the Brotherhood distributed copies of Hitler’s Mein Kampf throughout the Islamic world, even translating it into Arabic to spread anti-Semitism. In 1948, the

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Egyptian government disbanded the Muslim Brotherhood and outlawed them as a political party, although they have continued on working underground. In 1954 a member of the Brotherhood, Mohammed Abdel Latif, made an unsuccessful attempt at assassination of Gamal Abdel Nasser Egypt’s Prime Minister at the time. Nasser, who earlier in 1948 tried to form a détente with the Brotherhood but quickly decided that they were unreasonable and too radical a faction to deal with, cracked down on them and arrested over 20,000 of the Brotherhood’s members. In 1964, Nasser legalized the Brotherhood and released all of its members from prison. He would then go on to outlaw it again two years later. Nasser’s successor, Anwar Sadat, was more tolerant of the Brotherhood as he began releasing some of its members from jail. Sadat never legalized the Brotherhood, but did use them to help stabilize his government against left wing factions. He also would become their enemy when he signed the Camp David Accords with Israel in 1979. The Muslim Brotherhood was virtually split after the peace agreement with some of the members forming the Tanzim al-Jihad or more commonly known as the Egyptian Islamic Jihad. A fatwa, or edict, was issued by one the members of this group Omar AbdelRaham to kill Sadat and was carried out by several members of the Jihad. Oh, did I mention that Abdel-Raham is currently in jail in North Carolina for his part in the 1993 World

Trade Center bombing? Further, other members of the EIJ have close links to another group you might remember called AlQueda. The 9/11 Commission report reads that not only Abdel-Raham, known as “The Blind Sheikh”, was influenced by the Muslim Brotherhood and the writings of one its’ early theologians Sayyid Qutb, but so was our good friend Osama Bin-Laden, stating that “BinLaden relies heavily” on Qutb and AbdelRaham “preached the message of Sayyid Qutb’s Milestones, characterizing the United States as the oppressor of Muslims worldwide and asserting that it was their religious duty to fight against God’s enemies.” This coming from a group whose mantras are “Islam is the solution” and “jihad is our way”. Gives you a nice warm fuzzy feeling, doesn’t it? Now, getting back to the Revolution in Tahir Square, we were all shocked when the crowd turned on CNN’s Anderson Cooper as he and his camera crew was attacked. Cooper’s video went viral and was on every television in the world. What wasn’t reported until a week later was the brutal beating and rape of CBS chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan, who was assaulted the same day as Cooper. A group of 200 “peaceful” protestors were whipped into a frenzied state and attacked Ms. Logan in an unspeakable manner. Unspeakable, unless you are in a culture who shows absolutely no respect for women; then this becomes the norm. How many of the attackers were members of the Muslim Brotherhood, I cannot tell

you, but I know that they were there. No one actually knows what the Muslim Brotherhood’s role will be in the new Egyptian government, but one thing is certain: They will be a major part of it. One of the more moderate leaders in the National Democratic Party of Egypt, Mohammed Kamal stated on the PBS program “Frontline” that, the Muslim Brotherhood will “try to use the democratic mechanisms to come to power and once in power they will restructure the whole state to fit their ideology…and Egypt might become a second Iran.” That’s just what we need, isn’t it? It hasn’t taken long for the new Egypt to show that there is good reason for the Western world to have reason to worry, especially for our ally Israel. This week, Egypt allowed Iranian warships to cross through the Suez Canal for the first time in decades, as they headed to Syria for a series of war games. Further, it is more disturbing that no one can categorically confirm that Egypt will in fact abide by the Camp David Accords and maintain a peace with Israel. As a people, we should not turn a blind eye on the situation in Egypt and hope for the best. We sincerely need to be wary of any change in Egypt and defend and help our friends and allies in Israel. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration has done absolutely nothing to show Israel and her Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu anything even resembling support. 11thHourOnline.com

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BETTER EDUCATION = BETTER TEACHERS ONLY 5 STATES DO NOT HAVE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FOR EDUCATORS...

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...AND THOSE STATES SAT/ACT SCORES RANK: #50: SOUTH CAROLINA, #49: NORTH CAROLINA #48: GEORGIA, #47: TEXAS AND #44: VIRGINIA They burn out. They sacrifice their economic well-being and their mental health for the love of their students, for the love of learning and teaching. And it is love, yes. But the machine eventually takes its toll. This I know. I watched it happen. I taught in public education for fifteen years. My child is in public education. And I know that teachers are the foundation of civilization, since every other profession — doctoring, lawyering, engineering — would be impossible without them. If we want smart citizens, we need great teachers. And here’s what it takes to make that happen. Studies of the highest achieving countries in the world — and news flash, the U.S. ain’t one of them — show that these countries treat teachers very well. They recruit competitively. They give teachers (and students) the tools they need to do the job, and keep classrooms to a manageable size. And here in the US, the states that do this best have collective bargaining. Here’s a statistic for you: Only 5 states

do not have collective bargaining for educators and have deemed it illegal. Those states and their ranking on ACT/SAT scores are: South Carolina (50th), North Carolina (49th), Georgia (48th), Texas (47th), and Virginia (44th). Governor Walker is using a very real budget crisis as a sledgehammer against collective bargaining. He’s been gunning for it for a while, and now he has an opportunity, supported by some very Big Money interests. It’s a nasty political circus, but at its center, it’s the same old story — those in power want more power. It’s not about money — the unions offered good faith alternatives. But Walker is not backing down. We’re still in an economic mud pit, still sliding deeper in many ways. But the way out is not on the backs of our children. The future is not an exploitable resource. Our teachers are not an expendable line item. We can stick our fingers in our ears if we want to, but that whoosing sound, the sound of the rest of the world leaving us in the dust, will not go away, no matter how much we play ostrich.

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t’s been a common sight in the news recently — crowds of people, brandishing placards, angry people, disenfranchised people, people who have had enough. In Egypt, they have managed to move Hosni Mubarak on down the road. In other places, dictators and despots and fear mongers are starting to crack down, realizing the power inherent in people who have had enough and who refuse to be quiet about it any longer. Egypt. Libya. Zimbabwe. And Wisconsin. In the capital city of Madison, 12,000 Americans took to the streets to protest the proposed elimination of their collective bargaining rights. Now, I don’t know a lot about the value of collective bargaining in the educational workplace because I’ve never benefited from it. Georgia is a “right to work” state, which sounds really cool, but which actually creates a chilling atmosphere on workers’ rights, especially in a corporate environment. And don’t for one second kid yourself that our contemporary educational system isn’t a corporation, red in tooth and claw. It is, and it’s a mighty one, the proverbial cash cow and golden egg-laying goose all in one politically engineered mutant beast. Who sees all this money? Not students, and not most teachers. Hardly anybody at the

school-itself level. But get out your calculator, and start adding up the salaries of the administrators, especially those up there in the Board of Regents, and you’ll see where a HUGE chunk of your change is going. Ditto all the “special interest” consultants and the monolithic textbook industry – all are slurping at the waterhole. And it’s in the best interests of the People In Charge to keep the cash flowing upward. They know this. They are not big dummies up there. So they make laws that keep it that way, setting up a closed circle that one tiny individual person can‘t possibly access. It‘s a machine, a steam roller with the mind of a robber baron, and one person thrown into its gears will be ground to hamburger. One person doesn’t stand a chance. Only the collective has any power. One person, arm in arm with another, each person’s individual self interest laid down and a larger purpose taken up. Because here’s the bottom line, and study after study demonstrates the truth of it — to get quality education, you MUST attract and retain quality teachers. And the only way to do that is to make teaching a profession that our best and brightest get rewarded for choosing. Not that our best and brightest don’t already end up as teachers — I’m convinced that they do. But they don’t stay.

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ll over Macon, in the back of clubs, at house parties, concert venues and the alleyway behind the Rookery, boys and girls are getting down. Getting down is an integral part of the human experience, but sometimes choices and decisions regarding where and how to get down can be troublesome. This column will act as a field guide to getting down in Macon’s divinely complex scene, highlighting various key aspects within. Through examples, definitions of terms and memoirs this guide will become a valuable resource to turn to in the event that you, the reader, decide that getting down is a lifestyle you’d like to pursue. In this issue we will explore and explain the curiously new electronic music genre Dubstep. Dubstep is a form of music that is native to southern England; it is an offshoot of Drum N’ Bass that has taken Downtown Macon by storm. Like a fitted cap clad Prometheus bringing down the fires of Dub to the masses of Macon, DSEL (pronounced “diesel”) Promotions have been the main proponents of this genre. With their monthly party BASSFACE and their weekly residency at Asylum, DSEL Thursdays, the guys at DSEL are ensuring Dubstep’s stay in Macon. With basslines that could crumble the walls of Jericho, this particular music is a great choice for boys and girls that want to get down. For a good example of Dubstep, listen to the song “This Way” by UK duo Nero. Keep in mind that the bulk of Dubstep’s beautiful griminess lies in its low frequency basslines, so be sure

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to use high end headphones or speakers. If at work, school or church, resist the urge to bounce up and down. Where to get down to Dubstep: The largest Dubstep party in Macon hands down is BASSFACE, where DSEL brings apostles of low end megahertz like DJ Gimpmode and MC Armanni Reign to the Asylum stage once a month. However, other parties are beginning to pop up around town. The Electric Social, now held at Caulfield’s Vintage, will showcase local DJs exhibiting their skills. The headliner for the night (Feb 25th) is legendary local DJ Old Flame spinning the best in Dubstep rhythms. For those who are interested in getting down but not sure how to go about it, the Electric Social is a great opportunity to sample various forms of electronic music. Dancing to electronic music is, for many, a key element to getting down. How to get down to Dubstep: This music is best enjoyed in the company of friends; a large group or even just a few of your “homeboys kickin’ it” will suffice. While mainstream dance music requires simulated copulation with a member of the opposite sex, getting down to Dubstep does not. This may seem strange at first, simply give into the rhythm and this strangeness will soon subside. When dancing to Dubstep be sure to have at least a one foot radius between you and others as bouncing up and down and flailing of one’s hands is a standard side effect of Dubstep. Who’s getting down to Dubstep: Be cautious when considering Dubstep as an

NEXT ISSUE: HOW TO SNEAK INTO AFTERPARTIES!

option to aid you in getting down; the heart murmur-inducing basslines of Dubstep make it a non-option for the elderly. For those with no preexisting heart conditions Dubstep is a viable option for those who want to get down and do not want to hear the song “No Hands” twice in one DJ set. Men, women, children, boys and girls, Lutheran ministers; everyone willing and able can get down to Dubstep. Dubstep is only one facet of getting down; in the weeks and months to come we will explore many more. There are many topics to cover and many aspects of nightlife that can make or break your entire experience. To the novice partier this can seem a bit unnerving and a little scary. Fret not; with the help of this guide you, the reader, will be getting down with the best

of them in no time. For a visual guide to getting down, check out my social photography page Trashed&’Stached on Facebook or check out a sampling of my shots in this fine publication. More topics to come will include Dancehall Etiquette, The Reemergence of French House, Why Knowing About the Wu-Tang Clan is Social Currency, and Know Your Venue: A Field Guide to the Getting Down on the Regular. Getting down is not for everyone, but in the event that you do decide that getting down is right for you, this guide will be a valuable resource. In honor of MAGA and how I spent most of the time during its stay, the next issue will be How to Sneak into Afterparties. Until then, stay hip, Macon!


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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.

Nu-Way Weiners Open since 1916, this original store with its neon sign is one of America's oldest hot dog stands and they serve secret recipe chili sauce, famous hot dogs, hamburgers, and other sandwiches. BLD • $ 430 Cotton Avenue, 743.1368

Rivalry’s – The only place in town where you can order Atomic Buffalo Turds and wash them down with a giantsized bottle of Monty Python’s Holy Ale. 3986 Northside Dr., Macon 474-0606 LD BAR $ 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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Captain Jacks Featuring some of this areas finest & freshest seafood entree's with an assortment of dinner baskets & entrees that suits, not only the seafood lover, but everyone in between! Nesteled behind the Bottle Shop on Hwy. 49 in Byron, pen Monday - Saturday 11am - 10pm and Sunday 1pm - 10pm.

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Luigi’s Bistro Casual Italian cuisine in a hip, swanky atmosphere. LD • BAR • $-$$ 401 Cherry Street, 743.4645 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.

Mellow Mushroom In 1974, three college students in Atlanta opened the first of what has now grown to 100 restaurants. Each one locallyowned and operated, with their own distinct, funkified flavor. Gourmet pizza, original sandwiches and a large drink menu. Family friendly! LD • BAR • $$$ Located just off Bass Road at 5425 Bowman Road, Macon.

Mirko Pasta Chef Mirko sums it up best: "When people come to Mirko Pasta, I want them to feel like I felt when I went to my grandma’s house"...enjoying a delicious meal served up with love in an environment filled with enthusiasm, joy and passion. LD • BAR • $ 1693 Bass Road Tel: 478-477-4002. Open at 11am.

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Adriana’s Quick & delicious cafeteriastyle lunch, serving the most authentic Italian in town, including sandwiches, soup, salads, pasta, pizza. Mon-Thur 11-5, Fri-Sat 11-6pm. L • $ 359 Third Street Market City Café – Superb sandwiches, homemade soups, loaded salads, pizza and pastas. Unique breakfast menu including gourmet coffees and teas. Dinner now being served Fridays and Saturdays featuring seafood and steak specials. Full bar, excellent wine cellar. Full catering services on or off site. Open Tues-Thur, 7am-6pm; Friday and Saturday 7am-9pm. 502 Cherry St., Macon 257-6612 BLD • BAR • $-$$

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The Downtown Grill Slightly upscale dining serving fresh fish, prime cut Black Angus and features it’s own humidor. D • BAR • $$-$$$ 562 Mulberry Street, 742.5999 The Shamrock Dargan and his crew cook up some of the best homemade meals in Macon, including his legendary Shepard’s Pie. Plus, he’ll surprise you from time to time with some interesting seafood selections. D • BAR $-$$ 342 Rose Avenue, Payne City 750.1555

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