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have purposefully waited to say anything about the shooting of Sammy Davis Jr, AKA Junebug. I waited because I had no idea what went down out there. It sounded pretty bad that a cop had shot an unarmed man three times but I didn’t know what happened before that, so naturally I kept my opinion to myself. I heard that some half-wit blogger who still lives off his mom was calling our paper a sell out because we hadn’t done a full page story on the “Murder of Junebug.” I didn’t read it because I don’t care what he thinks. But now that all the information is out, I certainly don’t mind saying out loud that I probably would have shot Junebug too. That poverty and mental illness is a big issue is a no-brainer. Yes, this guy should have been better taken care of by his family, by the state, by one of the organizations that take care of such people in Bibb County. Kroger shouldn’t have allowed him to sit on their property if he, as has been reported, had caused trouble there before. It does look bad that Officer Sutton’s record is less than perfect. Coupled with the fact that other officers were arrested over the last few weeks for stealing, our Police force’s image is understandably tainted. None of these issues would have come to my mind, however, if Junebug had grabbed hold of me and threatened my life. After I was burglarized for the first time, by a homeless mentally ill guy, back when I lived on Cherry Street, I got my concealed carry permit. It seemed like the thing to do, and it was easy enough. I ended up finding the guy, dragging his ass to the police

station myself, and dragging witnesses there myself, and getting him put in jail for commercial burglary. I don’t consider myself afraid of homeless people, or mentally ill people, or any people for that matter, except maybe that weird priest on Poltergeist II. But still, had I been walking into Kroger that day, and had I been accosted by Mr. Davis I would have been pretty wary of such a large guy. Personally, I probably would have told him to f-off rather than call the police, as did the 84-year-old woman he allegedly frightened. And for any reason, had he gotten violent with me, like he allegedly did with Officer Sutton, and if I would have felt like my life was threatened, I would have reached into my back pocket and I would have grabbed my gun that I’m licensed to carry and I would have shot him as many times as it took to get him off of me. I would have then been arrested, I would have been released on bond, and since a person in Georgia has a right to defend themselves if they feel their lives are being threatened, I would have more than likely been cleared of any wrong doing. Officer Sutton not only has that same right, but he had a responsibility to protect the people in the parking lot of that Kroger. That Junebug allegedly grabbed him around the neck shows restraint to me. I can’t believe he got that close to an armed police officer. For our community to judge Officer Sutton or Junebug without the facts, as I have seen some do in recent weeks, was irresponsible and foolish. His life is every bit as valuable as Junebug’s and I’m glad that he chose to defend it at all costs. I would have certainly done the same.

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MARCH 22 - APRIL 5, 2013



“Need for Speed,” a DreamWorks Studios film, is an adaptation of the popular video game of the same name. It will be directed by Scott Waugh, who directed “Act of Valor” in 2012, according to a statement from the Macon Film Commission. So far, the cast includes actors Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”), Dominic Cooper (“Captain America”), Imogen Poots (“Fright Night”), and Michael Keaton (“Batman”). An estimated 200 cast and crew members will come to Macon as part of the production, which is scheduled to begin shooting mid-April.





13TH ANNUAL BLUEBIRDS & BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL Featuring Live bluegrass bands (Packway Handle Band, Johnny Roquemore and the Apostles of Bluegrass, ), Outdoor recreation booths and demonstrations, Easter Egg hunt (at 11:00 sharp), Blacksmith Demonstrations, Artisans, and more. Free admission and Parking. Food and Drink will be sold. Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Dauset Trails also features live mammals, birds of prey, reptiles on exhibit that are native to Georgia. Most have either been injured or orphaned, a woodland garden trail and lotus pond. Dauset Trails is located at 360 Mt Vernon Church Rd Jackson, GA (770) 775-6798

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In 1931 John L. Spivak received credentials from the Georgia Prison Commissioner to visit chain gangs throughout the state for a report on prison reform. He documented cruel and inhumane conditions, and his investigation led to a novel about the dehumanizing system of sharecropping, chain gangs, and peonage in the South. While researching his book, Spivak took photographs of inmates working, incarcerated, and tortured. These pictures, which have not been exhibited before, show a terrible period in America’s human rights history. Reception: Thursday, March 28, 6:00 – 7:30 PM. Gallery Talk: 6:30 PM David A Davis is the curator of this exhibition of Spivak photographs. He is assistant professor of English at Mercer University. He specializes in twentieth century Southern literature, and recently republished Spivak’s novel Hard Times on a Southern Chain Gang. Tubman African American Museum, 340 Walnut Street, Macon. Free for Museum Members, Mercer Faculty and Students with I.D. $5.00 for the General Public


3.22 SPRING SPIRIT STROLL Presented by Historic Riverside Cemetery Enjoy a one hour guided tour featuring actors in costume at graveside who bring to life stories of selected individuals buried in the cemetery. Meet a few of the "Incredible Firsts" introduced at Spirits in October last fall. $10 per person. 1301 Riverside Dr. Thru March 24th LANTERN LIGHT TOUR Presented by Ocmulgee National Monument The annual Lantern Light Tour will take place at Ocmulgee National Monument and guided and self-guided tours are available. Each family participating will receive a lantern to carry during the tour. The length of the tour is one mile. The first portion of tour is handicap accessible, multiple stairs and a steep incline are required to complete the tour. $5 per person, kids 12 & under are free. No reservations required March 15-March 24. 1207 Emery Highway FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY OLD BOOK SALE AT MACON CENTREPLEX March 21 – 24. This year the popular annual event will take place at the Macon Centreplex.There will be over 100,000 books in 75 categories, with free admission and parking – cash or checks accepted for book purchases. Hours of the sale are: Thursday and Friday, 10am – 7pm. Saturday, 10am – 5pm and Sunday, Noon – 5pm.


MARCH 22 - APRIL 5, 2013

CLAIRE LYNCH BAND AT THE DOUGLASS THEATRE 8pm - Tix, $15 and up. Claire Lynch has long been recognized as a creative force in acoustic music and at the forefront of women who have expanded the bluegrass genre. She has twice earned The International Bluegrass Music Association’s “Female Vocalist of the Year” title, as well as two GRAMMY nominations. Most recently, Lynch was awarded one of the 50 USA Fellowships from United States Artists (USA). Lynch will be previewing new songs from a forthcoming album in 2013 on esteemed roots label Compass Records, called by Billboard Magazine, “one of the greatest independent labels of the last decade.” GALLERY TALK BY PHOTOGRAPHER KIRK WEST AT MACON ARTS 5-7 p.m. West will discuss the stories behind the photos in his exhibit 'Kirk West's Playlist" now on display at The Gallery. Admission is free. The exhibit showcases music photography by Kirk West, photographer and former tour manager for the Allman Brothers Band. Free and open to the public. 486 First Street COLEMAN HILL JAZZ CONCERT Presented by Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc. at Coleman Hill. Enjoy the smooth sounds of jazz from the Joey Stuckey Band while you picnic on beautiful Coleman Hill in Downtown Macon. FREE 6-8pm.



CANNONBALL HOUSE Clark Powell along with his friends will demonstrate the artistic talents of blacksmithing. See amazing pieces of jewelry made out of raw steel right before your eyes and learn how the tradition of this once thriving trade is carried on today. $6 per person and includes tour.. 856 Mulberry St. 10am-5pm. MULBERRY STREET ARTS FESTIVAL Middle Georgia Art Association proudly presents the Annual Mulberry Street Festival. The Festival was established in 1969 with a handful of artists from Middle Gerogia Art Association (MGAA) selling Fine Arts & Crafts at tables on Mulberry Street in Downtown Macon. The festival is located between Second Street and Broadway in Macon. Each year over 200 vendors from across the nation set up their booths to sell Fine Arts & Crafts. Food truck frenzy is available. Saturday & Sunday! 10 am - 6 pm CURRY SCURRY 5K Presented by Mercer Service Scholars at Mercer Village This is both a Mercer University and Macon community event to benefit the Trivandrum (India) Fuller Center for Housing (TFCH). All proceeds will benefit the TFCH to alleviate poverty housing in Trivandrum, Kerala, India. 7:30 - 8:30 am Race Day Registration $30 Race Day Registration, Mercer Village MIDDLE GEORGIA DERBY DEMONS vs. Coastal Derby Empire in a Cherry Blossom Brawl, Bibb Skate Arena, 5335 Hawkinsville Road. Action starts at 7pm. This event is BYO chair. Please no strollers, coolers or beverage containers; concession will be available inside the arena. Adults are $10, children 12 and

under are $5. There are only 200 tickets for this event, so purchase yours quickly! We will sell tickets at the door(cash only). Join skaters and fans for the after party at Billy’s Clubhouse, on Forest Hill in Macon.


3.24 STAINED GLASS PRESENTED BY HAYIYA DANCE THEATRE STAINED GLASS, now in its second year, is an integrated collaborative arts concert based on God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse (1927) by James Weldon Johnson (18711938). The collaborative concert features sermonic poems by James Weldon Johnson (Lift Every Voice and Sing), dance performances by Hayiya Dance Theatre, Inc., other orators and dancers and a community choir. 7 PM at the Grand Opera House. General Admission: $15 Proceeds will benefit Hayiya Dance Theatre, Inc. Scholarship Fund and the Hayiya Dance Theatre Senior Scholarship Fund. BLUEGRASS IN THE PARK Presented by Cherry Blossom Festival. FREE EVENT. Come enjoy some great bluegrass music in Central City park. 11:30 am - 6 pm GRAND FINALE AT WESLEYAN COLLEGE Presented by Cherry Blossom Festival, 5-8pm. Free! Enjoy live music from Gringo Grande & Louise Warren, as well as items from vendors and more! Picnics and blankets are encouraged! Watch the amazing fireworks show at dusk as the community celebrates another year of the Pinkest Party on Earth!


3.26 STORYTELLERS: SCHOOL DAYS For March, we're telling stories about school! You can talk about your crazy high school days, that funny thing that happened in college, or even the first fight you got into in elementary school. We want to hear it! The rules of Storytellers is simple! You come, tell a story based on the topic, but you can't write it down or read from a piece of paper. And it has to be true to you - or at least you had a large part in what was... 6:30 pm at Roasted Cafe


3.28 DR. SKETCHY’S ANTI-ART SCHOOL FIGURE DRAWING Presented by Bible Belt Burlesque at Shadows Interactive Dinner Theatre. Grab your art supplies and come on out to Shadows 438 2nd St. in Macon for Dames, Drinking and Drawing. This will be a 3 hour event with a live model posing for 3-20min per pose . There will be games and prizes including awesome stuff from baby tattoo. The cost is $10 and there will be a cash bar. This will be a monthly event held on the last Thursday of every month and will feature burlesque performers, belly dancers, circus performers, drag queens and other interesting characters.


3.30 RIMSHOT URBAN MUSICAL Presented by Exposure Multimedia, at Douglass Theatre. RIMSHOT Urban Musical is a theatrical production integrating the works of a dynamic group of musicians, artists, scribes and dancers while conveying an enlighening and stimulating message. General admission: $15





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Macon City Auditorium Downtown Macon 5:00pm-11:00pm Macon, Georgia's International Cherry Blossom Festival is proud to welcome multi-platinum selling artist 38 SPECIAL back to the "Birthplace of Southern Rock" as the headlining act for the 2013 STREET PARTY - MARCH, 23RD. Best known for their #1 hit singles - including "Hold on Loosely", "Caught Up in You", "If I'd Been the One", and many more - the group has sold over 20 million records to date.THE DIRTY GUV'NAHS, a Knoxville-based group whose critical success following the 2012 release of Under These Southern Skies propelled them to sold out shows around the country will offer support. Since 2010, The Guvs have shared the stage with Zac Brown Band, Grace Potter, Easton Corbin, and many more - including an appearance at the 2012 Bonnaroo Music Festival. Closing out the Street Party lineup will be the ATLANTA FUNK SOCIETY, whose '70s and '80s inspired brass grooves are responsible for parties around the country, as well as an opening performance from THE WILD FEATHERS, a down-home rock act who've spent time of the road with the legendary Paul Simon. $12.00 advance $20.00 at the gate



RIVERSIDE CEMETERY & OCMULGEE HERITAGE TRAIL RIBBON CUTTING Official opening of the Trail's newest section at the Cemetery's historic gatehouse located at the corner of Riverside Drive and Madison Street. 2:30PM. Groups affiliated with the funding and construction of the Trail's first section on the river's west side stretching north toward Amerson River Park will be on hand to do the honors. Live music will accompany the festivities, provided by Macon's summer music festival Bragg Jam, which was one of the financial benefactors for this section and has been a major supporter of the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail since its beginning.

TAB BENOIT IN CONCERT AT THE COX CAPITOL THEATRE Tab Benoit is a Cajun man who’s definitely got the blues. Playing guitar alongside Thomas, Raful Neal, Henry Gray and other high-profile regulars in his past, Benoit learned the blues first-hand from a faculty of living blues legends. This is going to be a spectacular blues show, get your tickets now!



THE RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET AT THE GRAND OPERA HOUSE The ballet will delight audiences of all ages as premier professional dancers from around the world bring to life this timeless classic featuring the humorous antics of the ugly stepsisters and the magical elegance of Cinderella at the ball. Performed by the esteemed Russian National Ballet to the much-loved musical score. Tickets start at $22. 478-301-5470




FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY OLD BOOK SALE Helping Bibb County Libraries Since 1966. There will be over 100,000 books in 75 categories, with free admission and parking – cash or checks accepted for book purchases. Thursday and Friday, 10am – 7pm, Saturday, 10am – 5pm, Sunday, Noon – 5pm. To donate books for the Old Book Sale, bring them to the desk of the Washington Memorial Library or any of the Bibb County library branches. Be sure to mark your bags or boxes “Friends” or “Book Sale” so we will be sure to get them.

FREE CONCERT WITH MERCER JAZZ ENSEMBLE Guest Artist Gordon Vernick Plays Johnny Mercer, John Coltrane, Miles Davis & More With Mercer Jazz Ensemble at Free First Friday Concert. Mercer University’s Townsend School of Music presents the Mercer Jazz Ensemble and combos in concert with guest artist, jazz trumpeter, Dr. Gordon Vernick, in a free concert on Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Fickling Hall at the McCorkle Music Building, located on Mercer’s Macon campus. Dr. Monty Cole, directs this concert that includes works by Johnny Mercer, Frank Mantooth, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information call (478) 3012748 or visit “THE MUSIC MAN” BY THEATRE MACON April 5-April 20 There is no other musical show that celebrates the unique joys of turn-of-the-century America as wonderously as "The Music Man". Experience the comic genius of Professor Harold Hill, the fast talking salesmanf. $20 adults; $18 seniors (60+); $15 students. Theatre Macon 438 Cherry Street

Free classes at 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, learn all about your Mac, and explore iCloud. All free classes thru March. To register call478.257.6310 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.

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. Wild Music: Sounds & Songs of Life Presented by Museum of Arts and Sciences at Museum of Arts & Sciences March 1-September 8, 2013 - a remarkable exhibition that celebrates every note of every player in the symphony of life — is an interactive exhibit with rich experiences from three immersive environments — underwater, forest’s edge, and a city square. $10 for adults, $5 children 17 and under. 4182 Forsyth Road

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

farmer’s markets

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. Mulberry Market every Wednesday. 4:30-7pm. Find a variety of all things fresh and local, from honey to breads, seasonal vegetables to grass-fed beef.

museum hours

Museum of Arts & Sciences. Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 – 5 p.m. $5 - $10. Free for Bibb Co. residents the first Sunday of each month. 478-477-3232. 4182 Forsyth Rd.

Tubman African American Museum Tuesday-Friday 9am – 5pm Sat – 11-5pm $8general admission $6 for seniors/students/military $4children

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 houseturned-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

Georgia Sports Hall of Fame TuesdaySaturday, 9am-5pm (admission $8 for adults; $6 for seniors, college students, & military; $3.50 children).

The Hay House, 934 Georgia Ave. Open Tuesdays-Saturdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. - 4. Tours are on the hour with the last tour at 3 p.m. $8 adults, $4 students. Children under 6 free. The Sidney Lanier Cottage House Museum, 935 High Street in Macon, is the birthplace of noted poet, musician & soldier, Sidney Lanier (1842-1881). Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm and tours are $5. 478.743.3851


165 MILES MARCH 20 - APRIL 6, SAVANNAH, GA TICKETS BOX OFFICE: 912.525.5050 The Savannah Music Festival is dedicated to presenting a world-class celebration of the musical arts by creating timeless and adventurous productions that stimulate arts education, foster economic growth, and unite artists and audiences in Savannah. It is the largest musical arts event in Georgia and one of the most distinctive cross-genre music festivals in the world. Individual tickets need to be purchased for evening concerts. Free daytime music and activities around the squares. Concerts include; Steep Canyon Rangers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dr. John and the Nite Trippers, The Wailers, Zydeco Dance Party, Emmy Lou Harris, Joy Kills Sorrow, Tedeschi Trucks Band and many more.


90 MILES APRIL 18-21, VIDALIA, GA TICKETS: WEEKEND PASS $40, DAY PASS $15 Each spring, Vidalia anticipates the harvest of Georgia's Official State Vegetable, the internationally known Vidalia Sweet Onion. The occasion is celebrated with an array of fun-filled activities. The Vidalia Onion Festival has been featured on The Food Network and recognized as one of the Five Don't-Miss Festivals Across the U.S. by MSNBC. The festival is a four-day event that offers something for everyone. Organizers of the 36th Annual Vidalia Onion Festival have set April 18-21, 2013 as the dates for this year's celebration of Georgia's State Vegetable in historic Vidalia, Georgia. In addition to a wide array of activities for the entire family, such as cooking competitions, a rodeo, carnival and more, music legend The Charlie Daniels Band and country singer/songwriter Craig Campbell are set to entertain at the Vidalia Regional Airport on April 20. The world famous United States Navy

378 MILES MAY 17 - 19, GULF SHORES, AL TICKETS: START AT $229 FOR 3-DAY PASS Hangout Music Festival is a 3 Day Music Festival held annoually in on the Beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The festival’s music performances will take place across five stages — including two located just steps from the Gulf of Mexico. All fans will enjoy access to extraordinary


Friends are invited to the weekend event at Bickley's Lake and can enjoy their fill of

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the Southeast's best barbecue and live entertainment. As part of the Triple Crown Championship Series, S.O.T.W. is a Florida Barbecue Association (FBA) sanctioned event. Thousands of dollars and bragging rights are up for grabs in the BBQ competition. Great musical headliners are scheduled for this year’s music experience including Sonia Leigh, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, Coy Bowles of the Zac Brown Band, and Conner Christian and Southern Gothic. Over 70 cooking teams participated in the 2012 cooking competition and 4,000 people attend the weekend event. Teams entering the BBQ competition may compete in the categories of chicken, ribs, pork and/or brisket. Teams competing have the potential to win trophies and cash prizes from a pot of over $12,000. Cooking teams can sell their product along with a multitude of other unique vendors. Vendor and cooking team applications are being accepted up until the March 25, 2013 deadline. This year’s musical talents will include Soul Kitchen, Hound Brown and Plowology, Due South, Scott Little Band, Ben Ratliff and Friends, Macon’s own Saint Francis, Brent Cobb, Tyler Hammond Band. Sonia Leigh kicks off Friday night’s headliners. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit will cap off Friday nights highlights on stage. Isbell is a former member of Drive by Truckers and recently featured on David Letterman. Capping off Saturday night will be headlining acts, Coy Bowles and the Fellowship and Conner Christian and Southern Gothic. Conner Christian and Southern Gothic has become a fixture on CMT’s Pure 12 Pack Countdown and is ranked in the top 10 for the Most Popular Artist chart. Weekend passes are $25 and includes admission to both days of the festival. Tickets for Friday only are $20, and tickets for Saturday only are $10. CHILDREN UNDER 10 GET IN FREE!! Rent a camper spot for $30, or take your shot on first-come, first-serve tent camping for $10. Gates are open from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Friday, and from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are available online at Area vendors and the expanded Kidz Zone provide fun for the entire family. Coolers, lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Bickley's Lake is located on a 100-acre farm with a 30-acre lake just outside of Thomaston, GA, at 189 Rock Hill School Road. The festival is 45 miles west of Macon.

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Flight Demonstration Squadron, The Blue Angels, will perform on Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21. Gates at the airport open at 9:00 am on Saturday, April 20, and The Blue Angels program begins at 12:30 pm. Lyons, Georgia-native Craig Campbell, who has had major radio hits with "Family Man," "Fish" and the new "Outta My Mind" single from his upcoming sophomore album will take the stage at 7:00 pm. The legendary Charlie Daniels Band, whose new cd, Hits of the South, was just released, will rock the crowd with such hits as "Devil Went Down To Georgia," "In America," "Long Haired Country Boy," "Simple Man" and others beginning at 9:00 pm. Weekend parking passes (unlimited entry) are $40. Friday parking passes (single entry) are $10. Saturday parking passes (single entry) are $25. Sunday parking passes (single entry) are $15. All fees are per car. For a complete list of events, directions, news, parking, photos, sponsors and more, visit

amenities including: the comfortably shaded relaxation area, Hammock Beach; the Sky Bar tower, which offers 360-degree views of the festival; amusement rides and games; diverse dining options, including fresh Alabama Gulf seafood; and much more. The Hangout Music Fest has announced the third headliner for its highly anticipated 2013 lineup: legendary singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and 22time Grammy winner Stevie Wonder. Also newly added to the festival are Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Imagine Dragons, Afrojack, Big Gigantic, Holy Ghost!, Baauer, Ra Ra Riot, and Wild Feathers. Scheduled for May 17, 18 and 19, 2013 —just miles from the Florida border on the sugar-white sand beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama— the festival will also feature previously announced main stage headliners Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Kings of Leon. Confirmed artists previously announced to perform include: Trey Anastasio Band, The Shins, BASSNECTAR, Kendrick Lamar, The Black Crowes, Slightly Stoopid, The Roots, Ellie Goulding, Steve Aoki, Passion Pit, Bloc Party, Gov’t Mule, Jim James Band, Porter Robinson, Public Enemy, moe., Galactic, Dirty Projectors, Grouplove, Toots and the Maytals and many more!


90 MILES MAY 4-5, ATLANTA, GA TICKETS: SINGLE DAY $61 (WEEKEND PASSES SOLD OUT) Atlanta will welcome a brand new music event, Shaky Knees Music Festival, to the Historic Fourth Ward Park and the Masquerade Music Park on May 4 and 5th. The two-day festival will feature 28 bands across three outdoor stages as well as local food trucks, artisans and vendors. Two-day general admission tickets as well as VIP passes go on sale on February 7 at Ticketmaster. The lineup for Shaky Knees includes everything from up-and-comers The Orwells to “Best New Artist” Grammy nominees The Lumineers, with an eclectic lineup that includes Band of Horses, Jim James, Welsh rockers the Joy Formidable, Kurt Vile & the Violators and more. Curated by longtime Atlanta promoter Tim Sweetwood, the fest offers live music fans two days of music in an urban outdoor setting.

Howard Finster may very well be the most well know modern folk artist of the 20th Century. The culmination of his artistic genius was a visual art site known today as Paradise Garden. Paradise Garden was begun in 1961near Summerville, Georgia. Originally called the Plant Farm Museum by the artist, it was later dubbed Paradise Garden after Esquire magazine published an article titled Gardens of Paradise in December of 1975. Sadly, toward the end of Howard's life and career, the historic site began to fall into disrepair as his health declined. After Howard's death in October of 2001 the site stayed open and was maintained for almost a decade. FinsterFest isjust one of the many fundraisers to help with the rehabilitation of the site. Approximately 100 artists will be on hand Saturday to offer their work, which includes everything from paintings and sculptures to woodcarvings and screen-printing. The event also features live music at both the festival and at Paradise Gardens, and multiple food options and children’s entertainment offered at Dowdy Park, located on Highway 27 in Summerville. There is no cost for entrance to the festival or for the tours

CALL FOR ENTRIES Magnolia Street Soap Box Derby

WHEN: Sunday, April 14th 2013 WHERE: Magnolia Street at Washington Park, Macon GA MORE INFORMATION: In partnership with GEICO, Bragg Jam, The Hummingbird, The Knight Foundation, College Hill Alliance, and other community partners the InTown Macon Neighborhood Association is proud to announce the 5th annual Magnolia Street Soap Box Derby. Derby car entries are being accepted now for the race to be held on April 14th. Entry forms and rules are available online at The entry fee is $50. Space is limited. This year’s race precedes the 2nd Sunday Concert and will feature live music with The Cotton Avenue Hustlers, DJ Shawty Slim, the StreetLine drum crew, food vendors, and activities including a free uphill Big Wheel race for children ages 5 to 8.Derby cars will have one chance to race down the hill for the grand prize, 2nd, and 3rd place with trophies and prizes from local businesses. This fun, free, family friendly event highlights the community spirit in downtown Macon on College Hill. For more details, contact Koryn Young at or 917-412-4661.

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As the sun sets and Holy Week draws to an end, We invite you to join us to experience the mystery of the moment as we remember the night Jesus gathered around the table one final time for a sacred meal with friends and followers.

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Just the music of the likes of Joe Cocker, Tracy Chapman, Gungor, Neil Young, Elton John, Mumford & Sons, John Hiatt, Stevie Wonder, Yusuf Islam and more…. Then we will gather around the table together to receive The Bread of Life & The Cup of Blessing

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DANCING WITH THE STARS he reality is quite staggering and difficult to digest. Every 68 seconds someone in America develops Alzheimer's disease or other dementias which means that a half million new cases will be diagnosed this year. Currently, an estimated 5.4 million Americans are afflicted including 200,000 who are under age 65.

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I now am honored to have been selected as one of the 2013 "celebrity dancers" by our Central Georgia Chapter, and I have some very busy weeks of preparation ahead of me now. One in eight individuals over the age of 65, and nearly half of those over 85 are affected. 10 million baby boomers will develop Alzheimer's. The number of people in our State of Georgia with Alzheimer's disease is over 200,000, with some 21,500 residing right here in our own Central Georgia region. A person with Alzheimer's disease will live an average of eight years and as many as 20 years or more from the onset of the symptoms. More than 7 out of 10 people with Alzheimer's disease live at home, where family and friends provide almost 75% of their care. Finally, in 2011, some 15.2 million family members and friends provided some 17.4 billion hours of unpaid care for people with Alzheimer's and other dementias. The Alzheimer’s Association works on a global, national and local level to

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are paired with 10 professional dancers. These pairs then raise funds by soliciting votes where each dollar donated in their names to the Association equals one vote. All of the pairs then come together and compete in a one-night gala dance competition that is really not to be missed! I was in the audience last year at the initial Dancing Stars of Central Georgia event, and I was astounded at just how remarkably and graciously everyone performed onstage. I now am honored to have been selected as one of the 2013 "celebrity dancers" by our Central Georgia Chapter, and I have some very busy weeks of preparation ahead of me now. I am absolutely delighted that I have been paired with dance professional Kailey Rhodes, and we are already working on our Broadway dance number. This year's culminating gala will take place at the Macon City Auditorium on Saturday evening, May 4. The cause is worthy, and as the statistics show, none of us are completely immune from this disease, so we all have a stake in the Alzheimer's research and patient and family services that these charitable funds will provide.

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The Return of Malaria Jack Ellis Redux: Or The Revisionists Gospel According to Hakim

When I originally wrote the original column almost three years ago I would have never imagined in my worst nightmare that 6420 lost and misguided souls would have actually cast a ballot for our former mayor Jack Ellis in the primary election back in July of 2011. (There were 2 additional voters I did count on, Jack and his wife. Ellis actually received 6422 votes.) Back in September, 2010 when I wrote this I felt a sickness coming on. I had been getting headaches, chills, and muscle pain, the sweats, along with fatigue accompanied by nausea and vomiting. Now that Jack has made it to a runoff against Mayor Reichert my symptoms have doubled…maybe even tripled in their intensity. If you Google all of these symptoms, you will most likely think that I’m coming down with malaria. I’m reasonably sure that I have another explanation for my illness: The return of “Clarence Jack Hakim Olajuwon Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Belks Macys Mansour Ellis.” Ahhhhh yes, can we all recall a return to the “glory” years of Macon under the Ellis Administration? Let me see….I recall Jack getting Macon about 28 sister cities all over the globe, including one in Ghana. Ghana??? Did anybody else ask WTF when he pulled off that one? What about all the times Jack went on “goodwill” and “fact-finding” missions to, according to Wikipedia; Ethiopia, South Africa, the aforementioned Ghana, Senegal, Uganda and Cameroon. (I don’t think poor ole’ Mayor Reichert has even made it to the Big Pig Jig in Vienna.) Or maybe the time when Jack was pulled over by a Macon police officer as he rushed down Vineville Avenue in his city issued car equipped with a flashing red light that was never approved for his use...(That one made the Neal Boortz show and got us much needed national attention.) Then of course there was the time in 2007 when Clarence Jack Ellis converted his faith from Christianity to Sunni Muslim and renamed himself. Don’t you all think this is what we all in Macon need to return to? (Another mention on the Boortz show… and I think this one actually got on CNN if I remember right.) Back in 2008, a year after Ellis left office, then U.S. Attorney Max Wood found that the Ellis Administration had misused federal funds and also made false statements to government officials. Let us not forget the out of wedlock child he fathered to a young lady in Warner Robins or the fact that he openly embraced convicted child molester Dwight “Malachi” York and the Nuwabians. (Please see the picture.) And last, but certainly not least, does anyone remember the letter of solidarity that Ellis sent to the Venezuelan despot Hugo Chavez? That one certainly made CNN along with almost every other news outlet on the planet. I mean after all, Jack got us all the attention Macon could ever want! And for free!!! Way to go you nitwit. And you want your job back? (I didn’t even mention the fact that Ellis tried to steal the portrait of Otis Redding that ‘Machine Gun’ Ronnie Thompson had commissioned. Well, I guess I just did mention it.) Macon already has so many strikes against her in bringing in new industry, tourism and new citizens as we are “blessed” with a poor school system, a dysfunctional city council and a severely high crime rate. (And we can’t keep a damned decent sports team like the Whoopee or the Macon Braves.) Now we’re cursed with “Malaria Jack”: a corrupt, incompetent politician that just won’t go away no matter how many figurative stakes are driven into his

heart. With all of this going against us, do we really stand a chance in competing for industry? Do we really stand a chance in being selected as a family’s new home destination? Does Macon really need C. Jack Ellis back at the helm as Mayor? Hell no! Wake up people! Jack has already come back to his old ways. Leopards can’t change their spots. Tigers can’t change their stripes. Ellis can’t change his character or apparently his name. When asked a few days ago by The Telegraph’s Julie Hubbard if he had in fact changed his name, Ellis stated that “No, I didn’t change my name. My name is C. Jack Ellis,” and claimed that media reports of the name change were reported from “someone else.” Strange thing the internet is. I found a 2007 interview that Ellis did with WMAZ’s Randall Savage. In the article, Savage wrote, “he’ll be going through the legal process of changing his name. His new name will be Hakim Mansour Ellis. The mayor said he kept his last name to maintain family ties.” Ellis was later quoted as saying “I’m the same person even though I’ll be changing my name.” Since he was technically Hakim Mansour Ellis at that point, maybe Hakim was the “someone else” Jack was talking about. Again I ask: WTF? In 2003, Malaria Jack won re-election by a substantial margin over a virtually unknown Republican candidate. What people don’t remember about that race however was the extremely high turnout of write-in votes that the Libertarian hero of the massage parlors, David Corr, was able to get. Corr received the highest amount of write-ins in Georgia history and actually carried a several precincts in North Macon. This should tell everyone what a bad idea Jack Ellis was and still is. Electing Jack in 1999 was like going to your refrigerator and taking a big drink of milk only to find it was sour. In 2003 we took another big gulp of the same sour milk. The milk will still be sour in 2013, rancid as a matter of fact. I sincerely hope that the people of Macon can remember the aftertaste. I wonder who Jack will idolize now that his buddy Hugo Chavez has died. Will he publicly endorse Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or will it be North Korea’s Kim Jung Un like he did Chavez back in 2007? He can play golf in a threesome with Sean Penn and Dennis Rodman for all I care if he’s a private citizen, but is Macon-Bibb so desperate that we would even dare consider him to lead our county and city? People have to reach back in their memory and recall these events, because Jack sure as hell isn’t going to remind you of them. The field for Mayor of Macon’s first consolidated government is getting very crowded with candidates as I write this with not only Ellis announcing but current Mayor Robert Reichert, current County Commission Chairman, and all around ‘King of Conflict of Interest’ Sam Hart, our local version of Harold Stassen (Google kids…Google…), David Cousino as well as unannounced candidates activist Al Tillman, former County Commission Chairman Charlie Bishop and current Commissioner Joe Allen, so I hope that one of these men will help the electorate with their memory as well.


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Community Health Works (CHW) and The Moonhanger Group will host a Farm to Table Benefit Dinner on Monday, April 8th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at The Armory Ballroom. The dinner will feature an elegant four-course menu prepared with fresh, locally-grown and raised seasonal items harvested from the Mulberry Market. Community Health Works has partnered with Bibb County 4-H to host a Silent Auction at the benefit dinner. Proceeds from the Silent Auction will directly benefit the Bibb County Cooperative Extensions’ youth development program. Tickets for the Farm to Table Dinner are now on sale and can be purchased for $50/ticket through Community Health Works’ website at Tickets will include two cocktails, your choice of entrée, and dessert. All proceeds will be benefit the Mulberry Market and CHW’s Wholesome Wave Georgia program. As the manager for the Mulberry Market, CHW is committed to supporting sustainable, local agriculture as a way of improving the health of Central Georgia by making higher quality, healthy, locally produced food available to all residents regardless of socio-economic factors. Through a partnership with Wholesome Wave Georgia, CHW has increased the market’s capacity to offer a double-value coupon program for

SNAP beneficiaries (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). Essentially, the market accepts Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards and offers a matching dollar incentive for consumers to purchase fresh, healthy foods. In addition to the health benefits of increasing access to affordable and nutritious foods, the local farmers also experience the economic impacts of the $2 for $1 matching program. This benefit dinner will help raise funds to enable the sustainment of this important community program. The Moonhanger Group is passionate about the farm to table movement and is one corporation that believes in the benefit of purchasing local and recirculating business into the local economy. Dovetail, offers an entirely farm to table dining experience prepared by Chef Doug Sanneman. Dovetail was inspired by the concept of supporting a sustainable, community-based food system while providing customers with food that is fresh, healthy and at its peak in flavor. As a local advocate and champion for the Mulberry Market, the Moonhanger Group is proud to align with CHW for this fundraiser and provide their catering and event services. Learn more about Community Health Works at

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

Bearfoot Tavern Downtown Macon’s only sports tavern with loads of beers on tap, 25 in bottles, great food and flat screen tvs at every booth. LD • BAR • $ 401 Cherry Street. Open Monday through Friday at 4:00 p.m and all day on Saturday and Sunday at noon.

Billy’s Clubhouse Come try Billy's new menu with our angus burgers, colossal sandwiches, great salads, appetizers and more. Lunch and dinner specials available as well as our late nite menu. "We upped our standards, Now up yours!" LD • $ • BAR 1580 Forest Hill Road, Macon. Mon-Sat 11a2p, Sun 12:30p - 12a. Buffalos Cafe on Zebulon You know this place has great wings, but they also feature a large selection of salads and sandwiches, large screen tvs to watch all your favorite games and a popular trivia night for the whole family. LD • BAR • $ 5990 Zebulon Rd. CJ’s Bar & Grill You can’t really call this bar food. Is it fried, yes, but it’s fresh and so, so good! Sloppy nachos, great burgers and chicken wraps. LD • BAR • $ 2910 Riverside Drive, 757-3262

The Dawghouse Bar & Grill Open Monday - Sunday, serving daily lunch specials and a daily happy hour. LD • BAR • $ 634 Shurling Drive

Friends Bar & Grill Serving up your favorite homestyle dishes, along with famous burgers, chicken tenders and other bar food staples. 7405 Industrial Highway, 784-9191

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.

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


Caliente’s Burrito Shop We’ve all had this style of big burrito by now, but Caliente’s does them the best. If you can handle it, get the MOAB… if not, there’s always the Thrilla From Tha Grilla, which is just right. LD • $ 6255 Zebulon Road El Sombrero Witha brand new outside dining patio, this is the place to get some fresh, authentic mexican cuisine in downtown Macon. LD • BAR • $ Located off Spring Street in the Baconsfield Shopping Center.


Jim Shaw’s Casual dining with Macon’s best seafood, tuna tidbits, scallops, wild Georgia shrimp. Seperate bar area with smoking. D • BAR $-$$ 3040 Vineville


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 locally-owned and operated, with their own distinct, funkified flavor. Gourmet pizza, original sandwiches and a large drink menu. Family friendly! LD • BAR • $-$$ 5425 Bowman Road, Macon.

Guiseppi’s Pizza With fresh baked pizza and exclusive wedgies, pasta dishes and salads, this pizza place has a little something for everyone. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7pm. LD • BAR • $-$$ Tom Hill Sr. Blvd.


Adriana’s Quick & delicious cafeteria-style 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 • $-$$


Friends Bar & Grill of Byron Daily lunch specials, poker, pool and karaoke. 101 W. E. Green Jr. Parkway Byron

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

Greek Corner Deli Serving delicious lamb gyros, monster greek salads, subs and specialty sandwiches 7 days a week. One of the few restaurants downtown open on Sundays and the only late night eatery on Saturdays 12:30am til 3am! LD • $ 587 Cherry Street, 254.3059. Second location; Greek Corner Pizza also offers calzones, pizzas, greek firies and plenty of ready-made desserts. Forsyth Street. Roasted Cafe & Lounge Serving delicious specialty deli-style sandwiches like the Cali Club,The Greek Heat and Roasted Chicken. Also, delicious salads and grown-up PB&Js.Try their famous Date Shake or specialty coffees. 442 Second Street, downtown Macon.

The Downtown Grill Slightly upscale dining serving specialties like Andouillecrusted rainbow trout, cranberry and goat cheese stuffed filets and desserts to die for. Also features an extensive wine list and 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. Serving traditional Irish favorites, salads and gourmet sandwiches. Plus, he’ll surprise you every week with some interesting seafood selections. D • BAR $-$$ 342 Rose Avenue, Payne City The Tic Toc Room Contemporary setting with a sophisticated menu, great wine selection. D • BAR • $$-$$$ 401Cherry Street, 743.4645


Taki Japanese Steakhouse Serving traditional hibachi with flair and fresh and creative sushi selections. Private bar area,The Blue Diamond Bar, features Happy Hour all week 4:30-6:30pm with specials such as 20% off sushi and $5 sake cocktails including Plum and Saki Sunrise. Thursday and Sundays enjoy $1 sushi specials. LD • BAR • $-$$ 6255 Zebulon Rd

All new Happy Hour at The Blue Diamond Bar, located inside Taki! 4:30-6:30 pm every Mon-Tue-Wed-Fri. $2 drafts, $2.50 wells, $5 saki cocktails, $3 wines and daiquiris and 20% off all sushi! Metropolis Cafe Offering Greek, Mediterranean and Indian Cuisine. Macon - 2460 Riverside Dr. (478) 464-0247; Hours of operation: Mon. – Sun., 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. $-$$

Ninja Japanese Steakhouse Newly opened in downtown Macon, enjoy their unique and delicious sushi options prepared by owner and 20-year chef, along side freshly prepared Japanese offerings. Open for lunch and dinner. Full bar available. Located in Mulberry Street Lane, across from Tokyo Alley. LD • BAR • $-$$


J. Christopher’s Open 7am-2pm daily, and their signature breakfast dishes all day long. Strawberry waffles to eggs benedict, fresh salads to innovative sandwiches. BL • $ 220 Starcadia Circle, Macon, 476-0220

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EVERYDAY IHOP (Tom Hill Sr. Blvd. 254-7100 or Eisenhower 784-0800 ) – 12 and under eat free; one per adult – 4:00 – 9:00 pm S & S Cafeterias – 10 and under eat for 99¢ – purchase one adult meal and dine in; no limit on number of kid’s meals – all day Sunday Cici’s Pizza – Kids 3 and under eat free from the Cici’s Pizza buffet everyday!

MONDAYS Sticky Fingers - Recieve one free kids meal with the purchase of one adult meal $7.99 or higher. Valid Monday through Wednesday only. McAlister’s Deli (Presidential Parkway 4747783 and Zebulon Road 405-6825) - 12 and under; one per adult – after 5pm (Tuesday also) Barberitos- Kids eat free after 3pm with the purchase of an adult entree. Dine in only. One per adult, twelve and under

TUESDAYS Sticky Fingers - Recieve one free kids meal with the purchase of one adult meal $7.99 or higher. Valid Monday through Wednesday only. Moe’s Southwest Grill - One kid 12 and under eats free with the purchase of any adult entree. Locos Grill & Pub- Kids eat free on Tuesdays at Locos Grill & Pub. Purchase of an adult entree is required.

WEDNESDAYS Calientes Burrito Shop (471-8110) – 12 and under eat free; one per adult – after 6:00 pm Georgia Bob’s (257-6710) – 10 and under eat free; one per adult – and after 5pm Saturday

THURSDAYS Barberitos- Kids eat free after 3pm with the purchase of an adult entree. Dine in only. One per adult, twelve and under

SUNDAYS Bearfoot Tavern - Children Eat Free All Day Sunday with purchase of adult entree, child must order from Kid's Menu; Dine-In only; One per adult; ages 12 and under


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DON BARNES Co-founder of the southern rock band 38 Special Headlining Macon’s Cherry Blossom Festival street party on Saturday, March 23rd, 38 Special is still rocking after more than three decades. Their many Gold and Platinum album awards stand in testament to the endurance of a legendary powerhouse. With sales in excess of 20 million, most associate the band with their arena-rock pop smashes, “Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin’ Into the Night,” “Caught Up in You,” “Fantasy Girl,” “If I’d Been the One,” “Back Where You Belong,” “Chain Lightnin’,” “Second Chance,” and more – Timeless hits that remain a staple at radio, immediately recognizable from the first opening chord, and paving the way to their present-day touring regimen. The co-founders of the group, vocalist DONNIE VAN ZANT and guitarist/vocalist DON BARNES, say it's all about maintaining that intensity in their live shows. Publisher Brad Evans was able to talk to Don about their humble beginnings and their experiences on the road, playing southern rock around the globe. Tell me how you got into music? My initial influence was church music, and church hymns. I was influenced by the British Invasion. We all became big guitar giant fans. Hendrix, Clapton and Muddy Waters. We were all big blues fans too. Then in the singing arena, Steve Winwood all of those type people. We were from Jacksonville, which was a big Navy town. So there were a lot of “singles” clubs. So you had folks like Duane Allman, Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, all those guys were coming through, playing those clubs in their early years. So when we were 15 years old, we started playing them too, playing all the popular songs of the day. You could make 100 bucks a week playing, and that was a lot of money as a kid. So we learned all the structures of those kinds of songs, and what kind of goes into making those kinds of songs. So we had that great formation, and you don’t really get that somewhere else. It was one of those things, where we got cocky, and started thinking “hey we can write songs like these,’ Then you know you do that whole “starve for the next ten years’ thing. Was Macon are part of that development at all? As far as Capricorn was involved, no not really. We went through West A and


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M records. But of course, were very close with Skynyrd and everything. I think the last time we played Macon was at Cherry Blossom Festival, and tons of people came out, and we had a great time. I’m really looking forward to coming back. Did you ever play Grant’s Lounge? Gosh yes, we did. We played there a couple of times, coming up. Not a whole lot. We of course played the Coliseum later on and such. Grant’s Lounge? Wow, how old are you?

I’m 37, but I was ther e just last week. It’ s still open. Still probably just like you remember it. Are you serious? No kidding? There still carpet on the walls?

They just had their 42nd anniversar y there, and Birnam Wood played. I remember Birnam Wood. I remember seeing Mindbender there; I know a lot of Macon bands came through there. I heard about it more than I was really there. That’s great, that ground zero for Southern Rock is still kicking. Is Greg still living in Macon? No he lives in Richmond Hill, Georgia, I

When are you writing one? Well we probably could, as much as we have been through. We’ve got a few decades in this now I suppose. But you know we saw all the decadence and we always felt that we wanted to be smarter than that. Wanted to be around or to be able to enjoy our success if we ever made it. We watched everyone else do a lot of damage to themselves, and tried to stay away from it as much as we could. You know we just got inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame recently, and it’s funny because back in the day we had two drummers and one of them was kind of the Wildman of the group. Well, he came back for the induction. And you couldn’t have a finer group of guys; I mean we all grew up together. We had day jobs, rehearsed every night. Anyway Jack was the Wildman of the group. Anything and everything. He had this big lions man of hair, had all the women. And today he’s traveling the world as an evangelist minister, and he does testimony on his days as a rock star. He’s very happy, and it was great to see him all again.

How is touring different now that you guys are older? Is being on stage dif ferent? Physically yes. We used to have walls of amps right behind us blaring. So you can imagine we all have hearing issues. Everything was always turned up to 11, now we have in ear monitors, and everything seems to be a little more contained. Not so by the seat of our pants anymore. Probably a few more tennis shoes on stage these days? Yeah, I still have to wear the boots though, I feel like a warrior by doing it, but I have to.

Willie Nelson told me once that taking his boots off was the best thing that ever happened to him. That’s funny. We played some shows with Willie. It was kind of an odd pairing. But Willie went on like an hour and a half after we did. Our crew drinks a lot of that Red Bull, I don’t drink it but our crew does. Anyway, one of Willie’s people came back into the dressing room asking if we had any Red Bull. He said Willie couldn’t go on without Red Bull. I told him I thought the crew had some. So he went and grabbed like three. I was thinking “wow he drinks three red bulls, if I drink one I’m bouncing off the ceiling.”

What would you say your most memorable moment as a musician was? I’d say Nuremburg, Germany. We played this huge music festival there. And everyone was there, Kansas, Foreigner, just everyone was there. But there were about 50,000 people there, hanging off these walls watching us. And Just standing on that stage and looking out at that, and at the statue where Hitler had declared war on the world not to long ago. Just 40 years later, all these rock stars were there. I am a big history fan, so that was a huge memory for me. Also the Meadowlands is a big memo-

ry. It holds like 23,000 people. We were invited to play there, and our handlers and managers told us not too, they were afraid we couldn’t fill it up on our own. They were all worried about ticket sales. But we decided to take that risk. We got in there and 23,000 people came and sold that place out. That was a big triumph for us. I won’t ever forget that. We had some sad times too, with the Skynyrd Crash. I went to the crash site with Ronnie’s dad, and Donnie stayed with his mother. Going through all that. I saw his dad trying to keep the spirits up for the rest of the band. They didn’t know what had happened to Ronnie. But his dad kept going to their hospital beds and telling them that he was just fine, because he didn’t want that getting in the way of their healing. I’d never seen anything like that.

Wow. That’s a pretty big part of Rock History to be a part of. Yeah, you know Donnie and I had flown on that plane the week before. It was an old plan. And you know the history of it, with flames shooting out of the engine the night before. I wouldn’t have booked a commercial airline, I think, had I seen that. Especially with history and aviation and rock stars not going together so well. Yeah. It’s funny you mention that. You know Skynyrd had a rehearsal space right next to ours. When we rehearsed, we’d just walk next door and listen to them. We got to see the most seasoned guys in the world play, which was huge for us. I remember them writing “Sweet home Alabama,” and I remember thinking how weird the phrasing was in the song. But I remember them talking about Jim Croce dying in a plan crash, and talking about how scary and tragic that would be. It was pretty prophetic, looking back.

Where would you guys be without all the guidance ya’ll got from Ronnie and Skynyrd? I don’t know. I tell you we all grew up together. Ronnie was 4 years older than Donnie. We would see the strength he exuded. I remember telling us not to eat a big mean before you go on stage, because you needed to feel that hunger. I still do that. Going through the hard times too. He was a big proponent of suffering together. When you suffer together as a team you build strength and are able to endure anything. We went through a lot of bad times, so we needed that. I mentioned something at the hall of fame. We had a manager that would bring a cooler of Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches in it. And we were doled out two dollars and fifty cents a day to eat on. We would buy peanut butter and jelly sandwiches from him, and he made out pretty good. But all that helps build a family. And that’s what we are. It’s hard to believe the songs we made, are still being played on the radio. People think “Hold on Lucy”, was the first song, but there were albums that didn’t work before that. It’s work. And Ronnie taught us that.

Well we really look forward to hearing you in Macon. Man we look forward to coming, can’t wait.



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The gals of Moon Trash will be releasing their first full-length album, “Choo Chii” next month, and were voted “Best Experimental Band” in this years Readers’ Choice awards.

Tell us about MoonTrash? Member names and instruments, how you got started, what you sound like. MoonTrash is an all-girl 3 piece band...Esther Altman is the bassist and vocals, Meghan Dowlen is guitarist and main vocals, and Jenny Lawson plays drums. We got started in summer 2011 when we all were just playing around at Esther's place. We can't really pin point a genre but we go with "femme-punk". We just have fun when we make songs and it brings out our personality when we play. Where do you play around Macon and when is your next show? We have played at The Golden Bough,

Roasted, No Space, and we have done a couple house shows also. Our next show is in Athens with Cult of Riggonia at Flicker Bar on April 4th! Who are your influences? I think all 3 of us can agree with Sonic Youth, and also The Velvet Underground, The Slits, Beat Happening....

What do you like and dislike about the Macon Music scene? Jenny-I like the commradre and love with musicians and show-goers, lots of positive support. I dislike the limited places to play, there's so many places that could be great venues that are empty downtown. Meghan-I like the community as well. There is something about the connection here that is rarely found in other local scenes that I've witnessed. However, I agree...I do wish there were more venues. What local news story are you guys following closely, if any? Jenny- I can't think of anything in particular, just all of the awesome spring things that will be happening here soon. Meghan- I agree. Just looking forward to what is in store, paying close attention to the synchronicity of everything that's already here.



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David Beale Bearfoot Tavern, 9-12 on patio Sidewinder Billy’s Clubhouse

Claire Lynch Band Douglass Theatre Yesterdaze Rock Grant’s Lounge

Connor Christian & Southern Gothic The Hummingbird

Deacons of Disaster Mellow Mushroom Loose Skrews Wild Wing Cafe

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Bermuda, After Me, the Flood, Face All Fears 567 Center for Renewal Stereomonster The Hummingbird Far From Over Billy’s Clubhouse

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Matt Pippen Wild Wing Cafe, 8:30pm

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FRI 3/29

Midlife Chrysler 20’s Pub, Riverside Drive Fail Train Billy’s Clubhouse

Saint Francis & Thomas Wynn & the Believers Cox Capitol Theatre


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Dwight Raby The Hummingbird

Soulshine Mellow Mushroom

Eddie Stone Mellow Mushroom

SAT 4/6

Old Man Shoes Grant’s Lounge

Spiritual Rez Roasted Cafe & Lounge Big Daddy Wild Wing Cafe

SAT 3/30

Five 40 Billy’s Clubhouse

Tokyo Spa The Hummingbird

Jubee & the Morning After Roasted Cafe & Lounge

Travis Bryant Band Wild Wing Cafe

SUN 3/31

Big Mike & Booty Papas APs Hidden Hideaway, 3-8pm Open Mic Night Backporch Lounge

WED 4/3

Tab Benoit Cox Capitol Theatre

Dirk Quinn Band The Hummingbird

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Travis Bryant Band Wild Wing Cafe Dead in the Dirt, Coastlines, Steadfast 567 Center for Renewal Eye Candy The Hummingbird Jet Edison Billy’s Clubhouse

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Gareth Asher & the Earthlings Billy’s Clubhouse Trey Teem Mellow Mushroom

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David Beale Bearfoot Tavern, 9-12 on patio Session Road Billy’s Clubhouse

Back City Woods The Hummingbird


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Long recognized and praised as a creative force in acoustic music, Claire Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre. The current Claire Lynch Band is a powerful juggernaut, a quartet that has the innate ability to perfectly interpret the beauty, subtlety, and genredefying sophistication of Claire’s music. Claire’s career is fittingly bookended by two IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year awards. Friends for a Lifetime was released in 1993 followed by Moonlighter in 1995 (Claire’s first GRAMMY nomination) and Silver and Gold in 1997 (also nominated for GRAMMY glory). She graced albums by other artists including Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Pam Tillis, and Ralph Stanley.

Doors at 7pm Show at 8pm Opener: Josh Graff. Tickets are $16. Tab Benoit is a Cajun man who’s definitely got the blues. In 2006 with the release of Brother to the Blues, a recording that encompasses not only Benoit’s trademark Cajun blues but also traditional country and vintage R&B. Joining him on the project are members of the cult blues/R&B/rock combo Louisiaina LeRoux, veteran country songwriter Billy Joe Shaver, Americana pioneer Jim Lauderdale and Cajun fiddler Waylon Thibodeaux. Brother to the Blues received a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Traditional Blues Album. In 2007, Benoit won the dual awards of B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and Best Male Performer at the Blues Music Awards (formerly the W.C. Handy Awards) in Memphis.

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Playing the classics from Lynryd Skynryd to Bob Dylan, ABB to Santana, these veteran musicians put on a great show of all of the sing-along favorites.



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Time to take it back to the days of REAL Hip-Hop , R&B, and Neo Soul. Old school party at JD's will be in effect. DJ Ron will be the captain of this funky journey( Old school Hip Hop, R&B, and Neo Soul). Doski is your host and Frankshadey will be mixing up something special at the bar. Break out the Adidas Suits, Pumas, you have be looking for a reason to rock. Will be serving a southern Breakfast at the end of the night.

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Fridays 7pm at Chasen’s Lounge

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The Spiritual Rez reggae-ska-rock dance experience is an unabashed display of riveting showmanship. This Boston-based sextet was once described by legendary Tampa, FL venue Skipper’s Smokehouse as having “the ferocious live energy and bombast of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and P-Funk” blended with the their own signature “chill island grooves” and “raucous, urban tribal vibes.”Founded eight years ago by the core rhythm section when they were at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, Winners of a Boston Music Award for Best World

SPIRITUAL REZ @ ROASTED Music Act, the band’s unique blend of reggae, funk, Afrobeat and rock has lead to Spiritual Rez sharing the stages with the likes of Steel Pulse, Israel Vibration, Parliament Funkadelic, —as a testament to their ability to entertain —opened for Jimmy Buffett. Spiritual Rez infuses its positive message music with spry horns by a two-horn section of trumpet and trombone, and mixes laid-back grooves with fiery funked-out psychedelia.


Saint Francis was created by front man, Scott Baston, in 2007 after leaving the highly successful band Moonshine Still.Formerly of Macon now based in Athens, GA the band has recently been signed to KrossOver Records out of California. Recordings include “One of Many” recorded at Star Motel Records of Macon, and mastered at Music Farm Recording of Loganville; single, “Revolution Radio” from John Keane Studios in Athens; and currently in production an album out of Omni Sound in Nashville with Tommy Cooper producing and engineering, and John Keane Studios in Athens. $8 General Admission



Former Doc Holliday Member, and Current Solo Star, Eddie Stone will be at Mellow tonight for some americana acoustic at its best.


TRAVIS BRYANT @ WILD WING Co-owner of Macon Music on Ingleside, Travis Bryant is an expert guitarist and showman and loves to play your favorite southern rock jams. Come sing along to one of Macon’s prolific musicians.



Dirk Quinn is a Philadelphia based jazz/funk guitarist who has utilized nearly a decade of constant performing to develop a unique and progressive style. Drawing inspiration from music of all types, his full band compositions bear resemblances that range from the honest, urban funk of Soulive to the brave experimentation of Medeski, Martin and Wood. ALSO PLAYING BILLY’S ON 4/4.

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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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