NOTHING TO DO IN MACON... HA! MUSIC, WHAT? YEAR 9, ISSUE 15 • 11 20 7, CT O 22 PT S SE
Janelle Monae, Dr. John, Mofro, Dirty Guv’nahs, Levee Fest and so much more!
- Crossroads Writer’s Conference - Rebuilding Macon’s 3000th House - Veggie Van Rolls out in Middle GA
Floco and Jubee share the spotlight this week -
Both amplifying a shiny, national light on Macon’s music scene
KNOW MACON: SEPT 22 - OCT 7, 2011
by BRAD EVANS
his non-smoking thing has taken on quite the life here in Macon. Having never smoked a cigarette in my life, and being highly allergic to the stuff, I’ve got to tell you, personally I’m not one of those protesters holding up signs and posting facebook messages every two seconds against it. As most of you know, my formative years were spent out west. And going to a Metallica show at the Fillmore West with no cigarette smoke was a real joy. Coming home from seeing a DJ or Big Mike in this town often is not. Don’t get me wrong, I also think people should be able to do what they want. I’m not about government control. But I’ve lived in cities where smoking was banned and it’s really not that big of a deal. Every smoker I know doesn’t mind going outside to do it, and I hear more people that don’t go to a bar because of the cigarette smoke than I believe will not go because they can’t smoke. So lay off Breath Easy
Macon. #1) Jessica Walden is one of my best friends. She’s doing her job, and she’s good at it. #2) Having an organization like Central Georgia Health Works in our town is not going to do anything but benefit us as a community. Try strolling through Mulberry Street Market on Wednesdays if you want to taste some of their success, and read the article on page 17 about their new Veggie Van. Now I will say that if the city does adopt this, so does the county. I don’t think it would be beneficial if everyone didn’t have to do the same thing. Take a little time and research towns that do have the smoking ban. Savannah and Athens for example. Two of the towns we always say we wish we were more like. Yeah, we’ve got a long way to go and smoking is going to be a small part of that, but those towns have flourished by asking smokers to step outside. Just ask yourself when November comes, is it that big a deal?
VEGGIE VAN ROLLS OUT IN MID-GA REBUILDING MACON’S 3000TH HOUSE
DR. JOHN IN CONCERT
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The things making our world just a little bit better | by brad evans
I’ve been reading Outlaws Inc. I highly recommend it. In the world's most dangerous and war-torn trouble spots, you will find a small band of men risking their lives to fly the planes that bring in desperately needed aid and supplies. But they're not heroes. These combat-hardened veterans fly giant Soviet-era superplanes, which carry a dark secret: 15 tons' worth of secret compartments, which they fill with illicit payloads. Their hidden cargo is virtually impossible to detect, and these cowboys of the air will carry anything, from drugs, guns, diamonds and money to people - whatever you've got, to anywhere you want them to take it. But they pay a heavy price: crews routinely lose their lives to guntoting pirates, terrorists, hostile state forces, jealous competitors and alcohol.
Matt Potter has flown with these men, and in Outlaws Inc. he follows their incredible, actionpacked story around the world. On the way he discovers a secret society populated by mercenaries, dictators, secret policemen, gangsters, businessmen and real-life Bond villains, and finds a story that is all the more terrifying for being true. I’ve also been reading At The Devils Table about a Columbian general hired by the Cali Cartel to take down Pablo Escobar. No real literature for me this month, but both fun reads. Though R.E.M broke up this week you don’t find my mascara running. They were a great band, and they went out being a great band, bravo. Hopefully they won’t do a every-year last tour like their Athens buddies Widespread Panic.
It’s Always Funny in Philly returned last week and didn’t disappoint. By far, the funniest show on television, assuming you enjoy crack. If you haven’t watched this, become addicted with me. Plans begin for this year’s Thriller Parade which will become part of Friday Fest on October 28. Last year over 2500 revelers came to watch. Practice times will be Thursdays, 7-8pm at Tattnall Square Park - as always it’s free to come learn the dance and all ages are welcome. And The Rum Diary is finally out. Based on Hunter Thompson’s first book, Johnny Depp is back. I’m interested, though it can’t be as dead on as Fear and Loathing was. I’ve been listening to Jon Hendricks, Bill Monroe and Wade Mainer this week.
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Friday, Sept 30 – Sunday, Oct 2 567 Center for Renewal Downtown Macon CrossroadsWriters.org
What is this Crossroads thing?
The Crossroads weekend features some of the best writers from all over the country, several who seldom, if ever, come South. This includes Adam Mansbach, the author of the controversial “children’s book for adults” titled “Go the F--- to Sleep,” which has been read by actor Samuel L. Jackson, featured in the New York Times and has appeared on everything from The Today Show to NPR. Mansbach is also the author of the critically acclaimed novel “Angry Black White Boy,” whose protagonist, Macon Detournay, was named for the city of Macon. (Mansbach will be present on Macon State’s campus for reading and discussion on Thursday, Sept. 29th at 7pm. Free and open to the public.) He’s joined by best-selling writers like Rick Moody (Four Fingers of Death, The Ice Storm), comic book scribe Gail Simone (Wonder Woman, Secret Six), Def Jam poet Idris Goodwin (These Are the Breaks), the versatile and prolific Jay Parini (The Last Station, The Passages of H.M.), Southerner Terry Kay (To Dance with the White Dog), screenwriter-turnednovelist Jeffrey Stepakoff (Fireworks Over Toccoa), Robert Venditti (The Surrogates, Homeland Directive), rising star Adam Davies (Mine All Mine), sci-fi icon Jack McDevitt (Seeker), novelist Michael Mejia (Forgetfulness), music writer Scott Freeman (Midnight Riders: the Story of the Allman Brothers) and Steampunk scribe Emilie Bush (Chenda and the Airship Brofman). We proudly feature writers with ties to Macon and the midstate, highlighted by Macon’s own Tina McElroy Ansa, Macon resident mystery novelist Nora McFarland, the always hilarious Ad Hudler, screenwriter/producer Margaret Jennings South (Beaches), poet Alice Friman (The Book of the Rotten Daughter), Tony Groom (Bombingham), comics writer Nathan Edmondson (Who Is Jake Ellis, The Light), pulp fiction writer Barry Reese (The Damned Thing), Warner Robins’ “Cracker Queen” Lauretta Hannon, and Macon native, memoirist John Jung (Southern Fried Rice), the beloved Jackie K. Cooper (Huffington Post) and the 11th Hour’s own, mystery writer Tina Whittle (The Dangerous Edge of Things). On Sunday, in addition to special guest novelist Joshilyn Jackson (Backseat Saints), we’re honoring Melissa Fay Greene (Praying for Sheetrock), who was born in Macon and was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame this year.
Friday, September 30: book launch party for “Writing on Napkins in the Sunshine Club” This book lovers weekend kicks off Friday with the book launch for “Writing on Napkins at the Sunshine Club,” a masterful anthology of poetry about Macon by the nationally-lauded poets who’ve lived here. The celebration features a reading by Georgia Poet Laureate David Bottoms (Shooting Rats at the Bibb County Dump), Judson Mitcham (Sabbath Creek), Anya Silver (The Ninety-Third Name of God), Seaborn Jones (Getaway Car in Reverse), Kelly Whiddon, and the anthology’s editor Kevin Cantwell. The event is free to the public and starts at 7 P.M. at the 567 Center for Renewal.
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Saturday Night: concert with Idris Goodwin, Floco Torres & Doski Wo It’s return of the Wo! The one and only Doski Wo—aka Bobby Slomack— takes the stage again on Saturday night for a party at the 567, and he’s primed to show y’all what he’s been working on since he first rocked the state with “Shagtagulous” and “N My Hood,” so make sure you “Be Owt”! Refusing to be outdone, ironman MC and the winner of the Gateway Project’s music competition Floco Torres, in his third performance of the day, will show and prove why he’s taken home so many awards since moving to town. The highlight of the night, however, is Idris Goodwin, the author of “These Are the Breaks,” performing tracks off his recently released EP, “Break Beat Bars.” The Def Jam poet/playwright/writer extraordinaire will be joined by Kodiak Brinks— aka author Adam Mansbach (Go the F--to Sleep)—as a special guest. Door open at 8pm and the show starts at 8:30pm. Cover is just $5 a head. Sunday, October 2: Crossroads Literary Festival The Crossroads Literary Festival starts at noon on Sunday, October 2, in downtown Macon. The festival, which includes fun stuff for the kiddies, a writing marathon that goes all over downtown Macon, and some unique offerings like Literaoke and Seersucker Live from Savannah. All of this is free and open to the public with readings by many of the conference’s writers, including two special guests, best-selling novelist Joshilyn Jackson (Backseat Saints, Gods in Alabama), who was recently named a 2011 Georgia Author of the Year, and the Macon-born author of
“Praying for Sheetrock” and “The Temple Bombing,” Melissa Fay Greene, who was just inducted into the Georgia Writers’ Hall of Fame. Check CrossroadsWriters.org for details on the schedule.
Who we are: Named in honor of Macon-born writer John Oliver Killens, whose literary stand-in for his hometown was Crossroads, Georgia, our Writers Conference started in 2008 with 75 participants. Last year, we jumped to 225 registrants and this year feature a lineup with a mix of Georgia’s finest writers—many from the midstate— and writers who never make it South. It’s only possible thanks to the hard work of
our all- volunteer board, the support of Macon State College and Mercer University, and the dedication of the local writing community. Of course, we’ve been so successful so quickly because of the generous help of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia, recently awarded us a $10,000 grant for this year’s conference and festival. Crossroads recognizes it has a larger role to play in the community, and is organizing to be a partner in improving literacy in Macon because we know there is a direct connection between a person’s literacy and their chances of incarceration. Our goal is to open a writing center for after-school programs serving children 618 years old, similar to the 826 National centers founded by writer Dave Eggers. The proceeds from our events help us get closer to that dream, which will formally begin in 2012. Additionally, Crossroads received a $29,700 grant from the Knight Neighborhood Challenge to begin the Sidewalk Stories project, replacing broken sidewalks in the College Hill area with new sidewalks embedded with local literature, lyrics, poetry and history.
TINA MCELROY ANSA
THE GOINGS ON IN THE CITY
Thur Sept 22 This day in history: (2000) Michael Chabon's
Pulitzer Prize-winning novel debuts, “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.”
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.
Larkin Poe (The Lovell Sisters) band performing at the Juliette Opry Juliette, 8pm. Doors at 7:30, Special Thursday Night Ticket price of $15, Get tickets and info at www.acousticproductions.com.
"Figures" Exhibit at Middle Georgia Art Association. Thru June 10. Free and open to the public. Exhibit continues Tuesday - Friday, Noon 5 p.m. Saturday, Noon - 3 p.m. 478.744.9557. MiddleGeorgiaArt.org. 2330 Ingleside Ave.
Fri Sept 23 This day in history: (2000) Michael Chabon's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel debuts, “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.”
Macon Arts Gallery Thru July: Tangible and Intangible"Laura Dewberry Surace, paintings and Sheryl Holstein, ceramics. 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.
Friday Fest in downtown Macon Downtown Macon celebrates Fridays each week with Friday Fest. The streets of downtown Macon are alive with music, art, and great food every Friday of the year. Free concert in Third Street Park featuring Echo Speed: 6-9 pm. Get ready for some blasts from the past as Echo Speed plays the hits from the ‘80s and ‘90s. Children’s Play Area: water slide, face painting, sand castle building, giveaways and more from 5 until 7 pm on the fountain side of Third Street Park. Free event.
Sat Sept 24 This day in history: (1864) Union General
WilliamTecumseh Sherman takes Atlanta.
Macon Symphony Orchestra presents “Romantic Voices” - The season opener of the symphony will present world re-knowned violinist Robert McDuffie and Case Scaglione, Guest Conductor. Admission $38.50, students $18.50. Grand Opera House, Macon. 478-301-5300
Preserving Food By Canning Workshop 9:00 a.m. to noon at Centenary Church in Macon GA a hands on workshop will be offered covering pressure cooking canning and hot water bath canning techniques. Workshop participants can gain hands on experience in all aspects of canning, from the slicing and dicing of vegetables to filling and heating of the canning jars. Enjoying samples of what is prepared will be a part of the workshop. The workshop is sponsored by Digging Roots Educational Farm, Inc. Workshop registration is $20.00 which includes a take home jar of an item prepared at the workshop. Registration can be e-mailed to email@example.com or by calling 478-8364564.
Thru October 31 – 55th Anniversary of Museum of Arts & Sciences: Selections from the Permanent Collection. Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.. Admission $4 - $8. 478.477.3232. MASMacon.com. 4182 Forsyth Rd.
MERCER’S QUADWORKS PRESENTS
FALL CONCERT FEATURING JANELLE MONAE; FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7
ercer University’s QuadWorks Fall Concert will feature Janelle Monae and fun. The concert is part of the national Campus Consciousness Tour and will be held Oct. 7 at the Grand Opera House in downtown Macon at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for the public and $8 for students. Janelle Monae is an R&B and soul singer-songwriter from Kansas City, Kan., who has been called “a different kind of diva” by Vogue Magazine and “a true visionary…one of the most important signings of my career” by Sean “Diddy” Combs. She has had success with her Grammy-nominated debut EP, “Metropolis: The Chase Suite,” in 2008, and her first full-length LP, “The ArchAndroid,” in 2010. QuadWorks, the student activities board of Mercer, is holding the concert in conjunction with the environmental non-profit organization, Reverb, as part of the fall Campus Consciousness Tour. The objective of the Campus Consciousness Tour is to educate, entertain and raise awareness about environmental issues and activism through live music. Artists such as Passion Pit, Drake, OAR and Wiz Khalifa have participated in the Campus Consciousness Tour. Tickets can be purchased at The Grand’s box office, located at 400 Poplar St. Additionally, tickets can be purchased through Mercer Ticket Sales by calling (478) 301-5470.
Fall Hay Day at the historic Hay House Museum, 10a.m.-4p.m. Free tours of Hay House will be offered and special events and programming will be conducted throughout the day. The theme of this Hay Day is “World War II and the Georgia Homefront.” Programming will center on the life stateside during the war and through a partnership with the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, GA, special exhibits and military equipment related to the conflict will also be displayed. Matthew S. Davis, Hay House Director noted that “the public will have a unique opportunity to learn what life was like for American citizens at home during the war.” Jessica Graham, Education Coordinator, added, "Hay Day is great family day. We plan activities and exhibits to interest all age levels." All events and programming are free and open to the public. Please contact Hay House at 478742-8155 or on the web at www.hayhouse.org for more information.
Sun Sept 25 This day in history: (1864) Union General
Mercer Library Presents ‘Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine,” on the main floor of the library, located on the University’s Macon campus. The library will also hold a number of events and presentations in conjunction with the exhibit. The events and exhibit are free and open to the public. The first speaker is Dr. Gary Richardson, professor and chair of English, who will deliver a lecture, titled “Elves and Werewolves and Voldemort! Oh, My: Social Commentary in the Fantasy World of Harry Potter,” Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Medical School Auditorium. Following the presentation, there will be a reception and music by students from the Robert McDuffie Center.
Thur Sept 29 This day in history: (1957) nine black students
enter all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Ark.
WilliamTecumseh Sherman takes Atlanta.
The Mentors Project of Bibb County, second annual Gala and Auction
20's Pub's 1st Annual Charity Golf Tournament- 4-person teams, cost $240 per
Thursday, September 29th at the Historic Terminal Station in downtown Macon. The event is from 6 until 9 pm with live music by The Boomers. Tickets are on sale now at The Mentors Project office and NewTown Macon and may also be purchased at the event. The Mentors Project of Bibb County, Inc. is a nonprofit organization working to reduce the dropout rate of Bibb County middle and high school students. The Mentors Project provides disadvantaged students motivations through the encouragement of an adult role model or mentor. The Mentors Project’s Gala and Auction is sponsored by NewTown Macon, NewsCentral, Brilliant Linens, and Macon Occupational Medicine.
team includes; lunch at 20’s, jello shots, water, door prizes, mulligans, 50/50 Raffle and prizes for longest drive! Proceeds go to The Methodist Home for Children & Youths in support of "The Big Henry Fund"- Sunday Sept 25th at Barrington Hall Golf Course- Call for more info! Sign up at 20's Pub.
Wed Sept 28 This day in history: (1864) Union General
WilliamTecumseh Sherman takes Atlanta.
Fri Sept 30 This day in history: (1927) Babe Ruth hits
60th homer, record stands for 34 years.
Friday Fest in downtown Macon Downtown Macon celebrates Fridays each week with Friday Fest. The streets of downtown Macon are alive with music, art, and great food every Friday of the year. Free concert in Third Street Park featuring Macon’s own Deacons of Disaster:
Sat Oct 1 This day in history: (1961) New York Yankee Roger Maris breaks Babe Ruths record.
Levee Fest & BBQ Competition at Central City Park Picnic friendly and free admission! Live music, vendors, kids zone and corn hole tournament. Starts at 11am. Featuring the ABB tribute band Midnight Riders.
Mon Oct 3 This day in history: (1863) President Lincoln
proclaims official Thanksgiving holiday.
Broadway's "Blast" Brings Drum Corps Beat and Big Band Flair What do you get when you mix one part drum corps, one part marching band, one part color guard, and Broadway style special effects? You get one "Blast" of a show featuring rock, jazz, classical, and pop music in a dynamic, multimedia performance. October 3rd 7:30 p.m. Tickets $28 to $46. GrandMacon.com
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 6:30-10 pm or later. 391 Second St, Downtown Macon.
Art on the Avenue Fine Art Gallery New monthly gallery shows. 2368 Ingleside Ave, 478-743-3720 She Got Game: The History of Women's Basketball in Georgia She Got Game explores Georgia's contribution to Women's basketball and features Georgia Sports Hall of Famers Teresa Edwards, Katrina McClain, and Anne Paradise. $3.50-$8
City Market on the Green, 9am - 1pm. Every Saturday morning in Poplar Street Park, middle Georgia merchants, craftsmen and artisans set up booths of locally grown produce, plants, delicious bakery items, art, crafts and more! Wesleyan Market every second Saturday 9am - 1pm. Held monthly, this fun community event features a variety of locally grown and produced items ranging from flowers and organic fruits and vegetables to baked goods. Music, fun & educational events also offered. Free and open to the public. (478) 757-5233. Mulberry Market every Wednesday. 4:30-7pm. The Mulberry Street Market is part of the Macon Main Street Program's efforts to bring life and business to Downtown Macon, and is directed by vendors dedicated to the people of Macon. Find a variety of all things fresh and local, from honey to breads, seasonal vegetables to grass-fed beef.
Museum of Arts & Sciences. Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m. $4 - $8. Free for students & Bibb Co. residents the last Friday of each month, 5 – 8 p.m. 477.3232. 4182 Forsyth Rd.
Georgia Children’s Museum: Tuesday – Saturday 10:30 -5:30, $4 per person, 2 and under free. Free admission on Tuesdays from 10:30 -1:30 for City of Macon residents and First Fridays from 5:30-8:30.
The Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House in Macon. This house-turned-museum was where members of the Allman Brothers Band, their roadies, friends and families lived between 1970 and 1973.Call for hours. 741.5551. 2321 Vineville Ave.
Georgia Sports Hall of Fame 9am-5pm Mon-Sat, 1pm-5pm Sun. Admission $8, children 4-16 $3.50.
The Hay House, 934 Georgia Ave. Open TuesdaysSaturdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. - 4. Tours are on the hour with the last tour at 3 p.m. $8 adults, $4 students. Children under 6 free.
The Sidney Lanier Cottage House Museum, located at 935 High Street in Macon, is the birthplace of noted poet, musician & soldier, Sidney Lanier (18421881). Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm and tours are $5. 478.743.3851
For a complete listing of events, including ongoing exhibits, musuem hours & more visit 11thHourOnline.com 11thHourOnline.com
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Little Love Swindles y children will not be allowed to read this column. It’s on a topic too adult for them—no, not sex, drugs, or violence—but rather about love and the lengths parents (and other caring adults) will travel to protect the children they love. A few weeks ago, I posed a question on my Facebook wall that started quite a debate. I meant it to spark discussion, not name-calling, but it was nevertheless one of the more thought-provoking “discussions” I’ve had through the medium. The question was, “I'm trying to find the word to describe a parent's benevolent lie, told only in hopes of protecting a child from pain. This word may or may not exist in English. Thoughts?” I’ve thought a lot about those protective stories. They are not exactly white lies. They are not as insidious as a typical lie, because they are told in an effort to shield from pain (and not the “Do I look fat in these jeans?” sort of pain—the sort of pain
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that can crush a young spirit). In some instances, as with bird and the bees discussions, misinformation is not appropriate, but (at least in my opinion) neither is the full story until children are developmentally prepared to handle the gory details. What followed next was a little bit German vocabulary lesson, a little bit schoolyard name-calling, and a little bit “shaming” after one friend was mistakenly told that my post meant I had told my children that there is no Santa Claus. The most popular answer was “love.” Others offered, “protection,” “complicated kindness,” and one very creative new word: “blie,” a marriage of benevolent and lie? As usual, my friend Pastor John Sawyer had the best: a German word, “’kleineliebeschwindeln’ which, roughly translated means ‘little lie told because of love’ or ‘little love swindle’ depending on the context.” I love it. Of course, swindle may have
a negative context, but how could a swindle be sketchy when combined with “little” and “love”? And so I found my word for what I often find myself doing to keep my kids kids for as long as possible. I teach my children to believe in (and believe me, go to great lengths to perpetuate the fantasies of ) Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, fairies in general, magic, and that the good guy always wins in the end. (More specifically, that in Disney movies, unless you’re a mother, the good guys won’t die in the end.) When Eliot’s pet mouse died on the morning of his birthday just as an entire pack of 6 year olds were to arrive and meet Softie Sweetie the Fancy Mouse, I went to four different pet stores to find one that looked like our Dear Departed. (What ensued, I should warn you, was a genderbending comedy of errors that led to my family being blessed with 11 little baby mice about a month later.) Children are confronted soon enough with “adult” realities of loss, pain, and fear that I think it is occasionally appropriate to spare them additional worry. But when asked about current events that may be frightening or troubling, I answer as truthfully as I can, calibrating the details to what they can handle. Although Dean and Eliot had not yet been born during the September 11, 2001 attacks, they obviously picked up little earfuls at school and elsewhere and wanted to know more. It would not have been appropriate to dismiss their
questions any more than it would have been to explain the full horrors of that day. And so goes yet another difficult par-
UPCOMING EVENTS JUST FOR KIDS FIRST FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 5:30pm-8:00pm. The doors are open and the admission is FREE during Georgia Children Museum’s First Fridays. GCM will be hosting arts and crafts, kid friendly exhibits and much more. FRIDAYS AT 8PM - MUSEUM OF ARTS AND SCIENCES PLANETARIUM, FREE EVENT Sky Over Macon - This live star talk explores the constellations and planets visible from Middle Georgia. Program lasts approx. 45 minutes, it is an outdoor activity. SATURDAY, OCT. 15 LAUGHING PIZZA AT THE CAPITOL THEATRE 2 shows! Laughing Pizza is a real family band who write and perform all original pop-music for families. Their music videos can be seen every day in over 18 million homes on PBS stations around the country. This mom, dad, and daughter trio travel across the nation. Don’t miss this great family fun!
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Responsible Parents & Very Short Leashes LARRY SCHLESINGER Macon City Council Ward 3, Post 1
t was a glorious few days. Two weeks ago, Macon played host to 2011 Governor’s Conference on Tourism that was sponsored by the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Georgia Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus, and the Tourism Development Alliance of Georgia. Monica Smith, President and CEO of the Macon-Bibb Convention and Visitors Bureau really did put Macon’s best foot forward as these 450 or so people representing convention and visitor bureaus, attractions and hotels from all over the state who attended the three-day event were treated to memorable evenings at the Terminal Station and The Big House. Governor Deal himself delivered a keynote address at the Wilson Convention Center, touting tourism as a major source of revenue for the entire state. The great irony of it all was that on the final day of the conference, September 14,
the rather bold, eye-catching headline splashed across the front page of the Telegraph read: EIGHT SHOT IN MACON. Not exactly what you want these people, in particular, to see. Coupled with a number of recent homicides in our midst, that news also sent another wave of shivers throughout our entire community. I attend the command staff meetings of the Macon Police Department, the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office and the Macon-Bibb Fire Department regularly. I, therefore, am in a position to testify that all such incidents of suspected gang violence are duly scrutinized and analyzed by our very well-trained and competent law enforcement officials who, as I am apt to say, play hide-and-seek with some very dangerous characters each and every day. At the end of August, Mayor Robert Reichert asked the Police Department to review its presence operations and future plans to reduce “crime involving the city’s youth population.” Last week, he and Chief of Police, Mike Burns, presented the Macon City Council’s Public Safety Committee on
Ethics? I Don't Need No Stinkin' Ethics! BILL KNOWLES Active member of the Republican Party
y now most of you have seen that I filed an ethics complaint against our old friend Elaine Lucas. You have probably also seen that Judge Bobby Faulkner has ruled against me in this case and has cited Mrs. Lucas right to freedom of speech under the 1st Amendment. He’s certainly right. Mrs. Lucas is protected under the 1st Amendment of the U. S. Constitution to rant, say or write anything her heart desires, even at the expense of the good people of Macon and Bibb County, and I never would try to inhibit her rights to say or do anything no matter how ridiculous or racist it makes her appear. So why did I file the complaint you ask, if I feel she has the right to say the nasty things she has put on her Facebook page? I ask you this: Mrs. Lucas may have the right under the law to say these things, but does that make it morally right and responsible for a member of City Council, or any public official for that matter, to denigrate and defame political opponents who dare to stand up against
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them? Hasn’t Macon had enough of this type of behavior? Well, I for one have and that’s why I have stood up against her and will continue to try and expose her nonsense whenever I can. Now I realize that Macon certainly has a lot more pressing problems than an inept Councilperson who continues to show her lack of respect for her community and her constituents and I also continue to, in the words of the Macon Telegraph’s Charles Richardson, “consider the source”, but why do we all have to be subjected to her? Ok, so no one has to look at her Facebook page. I get that. But if I hadn’t, would Dr. Kirby Godsey, former President of Mercer University, who by the way has been awarded Macon Citizen of the Year in the past as well as awards from the Salvation Army and has done more in a two week period to promote positive growth in Macon than Mrs. Lucas has in her whole career, known that she has indirectly called him a Klansman, by citing that the group “Move Macon Forward”, which he contributed to, is a modern day version of the KKK? I’m sure he’s considering the source as well but I’m also sure he doesn’t appreciate it.
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which I sit with a 19 page ‘Youth/Young Adult Violence Reduction Plan” that, to be successful, ought to involve us all. The document states: “Implementing a plan specifically to decrease youth violence is a community effort. This plan is much broader in scope and involves not only our department, but continued collaborations with other departments, fellow law enforcement agencies, community clergy members, the court system, social service agencies, business owners, and various civic organizations.” Now here’s the real key to an effective solution: “In order to have success with this plan, we solicit the cooperation and support of the city’s parental element. Parents must be more proactive relative to knowledge of the activities their children are involved in. They must be aware of, and involved in, every aspect of their children’s lives in order to be a formidable force in our quest to control crime among our city’s youth. “The city’s children are our hope for the future. Therefore, parents must be allies for the police department. They are an integral part of our strategy and must be active participants willing to make adjustments in the scope of their parenting. To that end, it is necessary that we enforce little-known laws relative to parental responsibilities. Until now, law enforcement and parents operated under separate cover, with police officers enforcing the law and parents responsible for the safety and well being of their children.
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“Law enforcement must have a mutual partnership with parents in order to be effective. Parents must be held more accountable for the actions of their children. They must be aware of who their children’s friends are, the social network sites their children subscribe to, if their child is associating with known gang members, if their child is attending school, if their child has been introduced to drugs, and if their child is in danger of succumbing to the criminal element.” All of the Macon Police Department’s gang, narcotics and juvenile units, all of the laws it may enforce, and all of the programs and activities that it may institute and support will just not be as effective in confronting and curtailing the current situation as will effective parenting itself. Looking back, I now realize that when I was a child growing up in Washington, DC, my parents kept me on a very short leash. They, and not the city, scrutinized my friends, approved my activities and whereabouts, and set my curfew hours. I clearly knew what and where the boundaries were, and I also knew precisely what price would be exacted if I dared overstep them. The increased vigilance and program opportunities that the Macon Police Department will soon provide will certainly help the situation, but Chief Burns and many others are right: the real solution to the dilemma we all now face calls primarily for responsible parents and very short leashes.
in the least and have only even talked a couple of times. I met Charles Richardson for the first time a few days before Bragg Jam at The Telegraph’s office, where we ran into each other. We haven’t talked since, except for a call in that I did on his and Kenny Burgamy’s show. Kenny and I know each other and I do consider him a friend, though he is not a part of this ‘little association’ that she writes about, and neither are the “unnamed others” as there is no ‘little association’ other than what Mrs. Lucas has dreamed up in her delusions. Further, what happened to my 1st Amendment rights? Don’t I as a citizen have the right to file a complaint when I feel that someone has done something ethically wrong? Mrs. Lucas may have the right under the law to why we make nasty remarks, but does that make it morally That’s have Judge right and responsible for a member of City Council? Faulkner or any judge for that As I have written in a few past columns, matter. As for harassment and intimidation filthere is no conspiracy against Elaine Lucas, as ing one complaint hardly constitutes that, she continues to allege. Just this morning in especially since in that complaint, all I did was The Telegraph, Jim Gaines wrote, outline what Mrs. Lucas wrote herself and “Lucas said Tuesday that she thinks made the observation that her words were Knowles, Erickson, Richardson and his talk- racist and divisive. Judge Faulkner ruled she show partner Kenny Burgamy, and unnamed had the right to be racist and divisive. That still others have formed a ‘little association’ to does not excuse the behavior of an elected pubharass and intimidate her and that she’ll con- lic official who should be spending more time sider filing lawsuits based on that belief.” trying to repair the problems of this communiLet me address a few things. Erick ty than tearing down people of either party on Erickson and I don’t associate with each other Facebook or anyplace else. While deciding to file this complaint, I consulted with a few people whose opinions I greatly respect. Some of them said go for it, others advised that Mrs. Lucas craves the spotlight and this would only give her more fodder to shoot, while coming out smelling like a rose to her core group of supporters. I decided to go forward with this because I felt that no matter what the decision would be, Mrs. Lucas would always be a martyr in her supporters’ eyes and nothing I or anyone else can or will do will ever change that fact, however, bringing her conduct into light would show citizens of Macon and Bibb County exactly what Mrs. Lucas is.
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Q: Will the Macon City Council try to ban guns after they ban smoking? A: Maybe… if they’re insane. Look how folks have reacted to trying to make smokers stand outside to practice their right to a slow suicide. Now imagine a gun ban in middle Georgia. Ain’t happening. And you can, in part, thank outgoing councilman Mike Cranford for that. As a former small businessman and current lawyer, Cranford has stood up for the right of local bars and restaurants to allow smoking despite not being a smoker himself. He also tipped off the NRA when he received an eMail from councilman Virgil Watkins, who heads the Public Safety Committee. The email included an amended version of a gun ban from Cook County, Illinois, and it sent the NRA into a tizzy despite any formal plans to actually pursue it. (If you’re quick, when you pick this up on Thursday, if it’s before 5:30pm, you can jet to City Hall for a public hearing on the proposed smoking ban.) Q: What’s the over/under on Mark Richt returning as the Bulldogs coach in 2012? A: After winning 59-0 over Coastal Carolina, I’d say Richt upped his chances to 59-percent. You can’t blame the Dawgs from losing to Boise State, but you can blame Coach Richt for them not showing up to play. And, you can look at the South Carolina game and say, “Oh, man, they almost beat the #12 team in the country,” but that’s only if you overlook all their missteps and mistakes. The fact they won big over a far inferior team doesn’t inspire pride, but it does give fans hope, right? At least we’re not 0-3.
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Is there any reason you can think of that we should care whether the coroner is a Republican or Democrat? Me either, but Bibb County coroner Leon Jones has to register as one or the other when he’s running for the office. Doesn’t matter if he’s medically trained or otherwise qualified, just matters if he’s a Republican or a Democrat so says the law. Now I was told this is a holdover from ye olden times past when the only person who could make an arrest of the sheriff was, indeed, the coroner. I believe it, though I can’t figure out why that’d be just like I can’t figure out why we still do this. Neither can a handful of locally elected officials, including Coroner Jones. This group of officials recently proposed—gasp!—making their elections non-partisan saying that it shouldn’t matter what party to which the Superior Court Clerk belongs. Or a probate judge, sheriff or the county solicitor general. The judges contend that partisan elections give an appearance of bias, and that alone should be reason to strike it down. Back in the day, a similar proposal was struck down by then-State Senator Robert Brown. That’s what I like: common sense trumping politics. Man, I wish that guy was our mayor!
Telegraph employee David Lucas—who worked in maintenance, not the State Legislator who was crushed in his attempt to take Robert Brown’s State Senate seat in August—took a more, er, pro-active approach when he and his brother were caught stealing scrap metal with a forklift from the Telegraph, which he then tried to use to run over a witness. For some reason the story on WMAZ is easier to find than the one on Macon.com.
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ReBuilding Macon’s 3,000th House! n the coming year, Rebuilding Macon will reach a milestone – the rehabilitation of its 3,000th house! That’s what 19 years of partnering with dedicated community volunteers and sponsors, all sharing the same goal, can accomplish. Rebuilding Macon Inc. is Central Georgia’s largest nonprofit organization working to preserve homeownership in older neighborhoods by tackling the rehabilitation of houses owned by low-income homeowners who are elderly and/or disabled. The organization’s rehab work is free of charge. In the past year alone, Rebuilding Macon rehabilitated 300 houses, repairing roofs, stabilizing floors, updating plumbing, weatherizing, painting interiors and exteriors, adding inside and outside lighting, clearing debris and doing landscaping, replacing electrical wiring, and much more. The market value of this work totaled more than $900,000, according to Debra Rollins, executive director of the organization. “We are filling a pressing need in our community,” Rollins said. “The rising cost of living plus falling social service budgets,
coupled with the current economic climate and mounting health-care expenses, have left our most vulnerable citizens -- those homeowners who are elderly, often disabled, and low-income -- without the most basic of necessities, a warm, safe, and dry home.” That’s where the Rebuilding Macon team comes in. “We focus on these homeowners, identify their home-repair challenges, and create real, sustainable solutions,” Rollins said. To accomplish the rehabilitation p r o j e c t s , Rebuilding Macon relies on volunteers and sponsors who supply the labor. Funding comes from diverse sources (state and federal support, foundations, local businesses and organizations, individuals), plus fundraising events throughout the year. The biggest fundraiser, Rollins said, is the Up on the Roof charity auction, which will be Thursday, Oct. 20th. Butler Toyota is providing the location, its dealership showroom at 4580 Riverside Drive. Local merchants are donating a variety of items for the live and silent auctions, including tickets to local events, gift certificates to area restaurants, original art work and photography,
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Before and after pictures of a house iocated on Gordon Street, off Napier. fine jewelry, and home décor pieces. The honorary chairs are Carol’s Linens owner and interior designer Carol Kaplan and award-winning writer and Telegraph columnist Ed Grisamore. “In fact, eventgoers will have the opportunity to bid on an autographed copy of Ed Grisamore’s new book, along with a lunch date with the author,” Rollins said. The doors open at 6:30. “We’ll start the evening with heavy hors d’oeuvres and wine,” Rollins said. “We’ll also have music by The Crankin’ Daddies. Our live auction will begin at 7:30.” Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased in advance by contacting Rebuilding Macon at 478.744.9808 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets also may be purchased at the door. The organization welcomes sponsorship support from area businesses. All proceeds from Up on the Roof go to Rebuilding Macon’s Emergency Repairs Program, which covers urgent health- and safety-related repairs in individual houses, such as roof damage, inoperable heating systems, plumbing leaks, and non-standard electrical systems. “For many people, a home is their only asset,” Rollins said. “Many of these homeowners have lived in Bibb County for more than 40 years and all they want is to continue to live in the homes they love. Unfortunately, their fixed income barely
covers living needs much less emergency home repairs. Our assistance is provided primarily on a first-come, first-served basis, and we offer this type of emergency assistance as long as funding is available.” In addition to its core home repair work, Rebuilding Macon conducts modifications and repairs related to safety and energy efficiency for elderly homeowners. “Since 1992, Rebuilding Macon, through strong partnerships with community volunteers and area business sponsors, has been rehabilitating the houses of lowincome homeowners, with the priority of helping the elderly and disabled, so that they may live in warmth, safety, and independence,” Rollins said. Rebuilding Macon’s work is evident in neighborhoods throughout the city, including Fort Hill, Pleasant Hill, Village Green, and Mikado subdivisions. Often, there is a huge bonus for their efforts. Helping one family can kick start the revitalization of an aging neighborhood, “and if we are able to rehabilitate two or three houses in that same area, a wonderful thing can start to happen,” Rollins said. “The neighbors of the families we are helping start sprucing up their homes and yards, and we see an entire block, or maybe several blocks, spring back to life. That’s what we want to happen! At Rebuilding Macon, our motto is ‘we’re rebuilding Macon, one house at a time.’” RENEE PEARMAN
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Community Health Works introduced the card reader at the farmers’ markets this summer with much success and experienced an increase in sale of fresh produce to recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, i.e. SNAP (formerly Food Stamps), using their EBT cards. “Eventually the Veggie Van will expand its outreach to additional food deserts in our housing projects of Central Georgia,” said Dent. “During the non-growing season, we will utilize it for exercise outreach, bringing the same concept to the areas but targeting fitness opportunities.” The Veggie Van itself is a retired ambulance donated by Mid Georgia Ambulance. “When we learned of the need for a vehicle and the potential for a retired ambulance to fill this need, we knew we would be able to help out and were excited about the opportunity to contribute,” said Amy AbelKiker, Director of Public Relations, Mid Georgia Ambulance. The interior of the ambulance was transformed to accommodate the project. In addition to a new exterior design, the ambulance is retro-fitted to store produce. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), areas that lack easy access to affordable fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk, and other foods that make up the full range of a healthy diet are called food deserts. These deserts are usually located in low-income neighborhoods that lack grocery stores.
USDA statistics show that there is a food desert in Houston County, located east of S. Pleasant Hill Road and spills on to RAFB; there are two food deserts in Bibb County: Millerfield Road area and between I-75 and I-475 surrounding the Macon Mall. “Our Paramedics and EMTs encounter patients daily, who are suffering from conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. We know that in order to reduce the number of patients in the region suffering from these conditions, we need to promote health and nutrition education. The Veggie Van will serve as a great resource for the community, not only by making healthy foods more accessible, but also by providing an educational tool,” said Abel-Kiker.
The program targets diabetic patients. “The Mercer University STOP (Skills Training on Preventing) diabetes program is a five year translational research project funded by the National Institutes of Health. The program was developed in 2008 through a partnership with faith community leaders and local family physicians, Drs. John Boltri, Monique Davis-Smith, and Paul Seale, as a response to the increasing prevelance of Type II diabetes in the African American population in Macon,” said Dr. Joy Goens Thomas, Project Director, STOP Diabetes, Mercer University Departement of Family MedicineCenter for Educational Research. International City Farmers’ Market Coordinator Jodi Daley looks forward to working with Community Health Works, “I think the Veggie Van is a great idea, especially if the van goes to neighborhoods that do not have close access to fresh whole foods.” “Hopefully, this program will be so successful that it is replicated in other communities, making fresh fruits and veggies more readily available to everyone and therefore reducing the frequency of stroke and heart disease,” said Abel-Kiker. For more information about Community Health Works, visit their website at www.chwg.org JENNY MURR
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20’s Pub Boasting freshly prepared sandwiches, salads and dinner specials in a well-lit tavern-like setting. LD • BAR • $ 3076 Riverside Dr.
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Jim Shaw’s Casual dining with Macon’s best seafood, tuna tidbits, scallops, wild Georgia shrimp. Seperate bar area with smoking. D • BAR $-$$ 3040 Vineville
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Luigi’s Bistro Casual Italian cuisine in a hip, swanky atmosphere. LD • BAR • $-$$ 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.
Johnny’s Pizzeria A New York style pizzeria featuring fresh baked pizza, authentic pasta dishes, calzones, subs and salads. Monday nights, kids dine for 99¢ (one-topping slice and a drink.) This north Macon pizzeria offers an amazing and affordable menu also featuring weekly drink specials and some nightly entertainment. Student Special Monday - Friday 2-5pm, enjoy 2 cheese slices and a coke for just $4.99. LD • BAR • $-$$ 6255 Zebulon Rd. Open Mon-Thu,Sun 11am-9:30pm; FriSat 11am-10:30pm.
Mellow Mushroom In 1974, three college students in Atlanta opened the first of what has now grown to 100 restaurants. Each one locallyowned and operated, with their own distinct, funkified flavor. Gourmet pizza, original sandwiches and a large drink menu. Family friendly! LD • BAR • $$$ Located just off Bass Road at 5425 Bowman Road, Macon. 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 • $-$$ Tom Hill Sr. Blvd.
Adriana’s Quick & delicious cafeteriastyle lunch, serving the most authentic Italian in town, including sandwiches, soup, salads, pasta, pizza. Mon-Thur 11-5, Fri-Sat 11-6pm. L • $ 359 Third Street Market City Café – Superb sandwiches, homemade soups, loaded salads, pizza and pastas. Unique breakfast menu including gourmet coffees and teas. Dinner now being served Fridays and Saturdays featuring seafood and steak specials. Full bar, excellent wine cellar. Full catering services on or off site. Open Tues-Thur, 7am-6pm; Friday and Saturday 7am-9pm. 502 Cherry St., Macon 257-6612 BLD • BAR • $-$$
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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 $-$$ 342 Rose Avenue, Payne City 750.1555
Metropolis Cafe Offering Greek, Mediterranean and Indian Cuisine.Two locations:Warner Robins - 866 Hwy 96 (478) 988-8129 **Indian Cuisine served in W.R. on Wed. & Sat. only; Macon - 2460 Riverside Dr. (478) 464-0247; Hours of operation: Mon. – Sun., 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. $-$$
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 • $-$$
The Tic Toc Room Contemporary setting with a sophisticated menu, great wine selection. D • BAR • $$-$$$ 401Cherry Street, 743.4645
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MACON’S LIVE MUSIC SCHEDULE THUR 9/22 Scott Sanders Billy’s Clubhouse Landis Frier Wild Wing Cafe
B Keith Williamns 20’s Pub, Riverside Drive
Gunshy & Threshold Billy’s Clubhouse Alter Ego APs Hidden Hideaway Saint Francix The Hummingbird tba The Shamrock
Girlz, Girlz, Girlz Wild Wing Cafe
Big Elk Trio APs Hidden Hideaway Fundraiser Billy’s Clubhouse
Josh Daniel Band The Hummingbird
Bo Ponder & Friends The Opening Act, 567 Cherry tba The Rookery
Freelance Ruckus The Shamrock Radio CUlt Wild Wing Cafe
Big Mike & Booty Papas APs Hidden Hideaway, 3pm
Jazz Brunch; Gentleman Dixieland Jazz Band The Rookery Scott Sanders Wild Wing Cafe
TUES 9/27 Darin Curtis Johnny’s Pizzeria
22 SEPT 22 - OCT 7, 2011
EISLEY 567 Gallery Stage - all ages
John Stanley Band Backporch Lounge, no cover B Keith Williams The Shamrock
Man in the Box Backporch Lounge
Matt Pippen Wild Wing Cafe, 8:30pm
THUR 9/29 Matt Moncrief Billy’s Clubhouse
WICK-IT THE INSTIGATOR Cox Capitol Theatre Daniel Lee Band The Hummingbird
Travis from Gunshy Wild Wing Cafe
Mike Brookshire 20’s Pub, Riverside Drive Yesterdaze Rock APs Hidden Hideaway Plethra Billy’s Clubhouse
Vic Henley- comedy Capitol Theatre Bearfoot Hookers The Hummingbird Carol Brown The Shamrock
Gunshy Wild Wing Cafe
Yesterdaze Rock APs Hidden Hideaway
Singer/Songwriter Showcase Anna Mae Kersey, Louise Warren, and Megan North 7-9pm The Opening Act, 567 Cherry St 2 Finger Jester The Hummingbird
Carol Brown The Shamrock
Stoopgrass Wild Wing Cafe
Big Mike & Booty Papas APs Hidden Hideaway, 3pm Jazz Brunch; The Rookery
Amy Godwin, Threadbare, Brother The Golden Bough - free
B Keith Williams The Shamrock
John Stanley Band Backporch Lounge, no cover Darin Curtis Johnny’s Pizzeria
Man in the Box Karaoke Backporch Lounge JJ Grey & Mofro Capitol Theatre
Matt Pippen Wild Wing Cafe, 8:30pm
THUR 10/6 Scott Sanders Billy’s Clubhouse Dr. John Capitol Theatre
Derrick Dove The Hummingbird
Tim McNary APs Hidden Hideaway
The Dirty Guv’nahs Capitol Theatre
Ransom 20’s Pub, Riverside Drive Matt Pippen Wild Wing Cafe
Big Bird Bash - Fall Fest The Hummingbird
DRINK SPECIALS/ SPECIAL EVENTS MONDAYS
Happy hour til 9pm, jam & rehearse 7-10pm, 20’s Pub
$1 PBR, Natty, High Life, $5 Domestic Pitchers, Locos
Daily Happy Hour; 4-7pm. 241 drafts, house wine and well drinks Guiseppi’s Pizza $1 Wells all night, The Bird
$3.25 22oz Bud & Bud Lt Drafts • $13 Bud & Bud Lt Buckets • $2 House Vodkas Wild Wing Cafe 1/2 off salads! $2 house vodka Wild Wing Cafe
25% off all appetizers, Happy Hour 3-6 and 9-Cl Macon Mellow
Ladies night Tara’s Tavern Ladies Night: 20’s Pub
Gals, $2 drinks all night Rivalry’s Taco Rita Nite- $2 tacos, $3 margaritas, $6 Megaritas, $4 Irish Bombs, 2-4-1 Jager Bombs Wild Wing $4 Jager Bombs! Locos
Happy Hour prices for poker players, BJ’s Billiards Karaoke Tara’s Tavern
Buy 1/Get 1 wells 8-until, Giveaways! AP’s Hideaway
The Rookery 11-1am: $2 BL bottles, $4.50 well doubles, $3 Sex on the Beach and 2 for 1 Jager.
$1 PBR, Natty lite and High Life, Locos
Trivia 8:30p Trivia Special - $1.50 PBR Pints | $4.50 PBR Pitchers 8Close Macon Mellow $8 bottomless mugs HL, PBR, $5 carbombs, $3 Guinness The Hummingbird
2 for Tues- buy 8 wings and get 8 free! $2 domestic drafts Wild Wing
2-4-1 drafts Johnny’s Pizzeria
Country Fried Weds- $1.50 natty lites, $2 bud & bud LT drafts, $4 rodeo bombs and country fried chicken wings Wild Wing Cafe Ladies Night All Day: $1.50 House Wine, $4.50 Jager Bombs Macon Mellow
Everyday, Miller Lite buckets just $12! Wild Wing
$1 PBR, Natty lite and High Life, Locos $10 Beer Buckets, 20’s Pub
Happy Hour Special 3pm-6pm & 9pm-Close Mellow Macon
Game Day Specials: 2 for 1 bombs and $1 domesic drafts Billy’s Clubhouse
Game Day Specials: $3.25 Miller Lt & Coors Lt Stadium Cups • $13 Miller Lt & Coors Lt Buckets Wild Wing Cafe
$10 beer buckets, 20’s Pub
$1 PBR, Natty lite and High Life Locos
$7.99 Beer buckets Giuseppi’s
Ladies night, free wells for the gals The Hummingbird $5.99 Pitchers - Trivia Johnny’s Pizzeria
Live acoustic on patio, 6:309:30pm. $3.25 22oz Bud & Bud Lt Drafts, $13 Bud & Bud Lt Buckets $3 Bloody Marys Wild Wing Cafe
The Rookery 11-1am: $2 Bud Lt bottles, $4.50 well doubles, and 2 for 1 Jager.
$3 Bloody Marys Locos
8-9pm: Free cocktails and Miller High Life Draft, Kaos Macon
$1.99 drafts, Johnny’s Pizzeria BJ Billiards, $3 wells and $2
$3 Margaritas, Bloody Mary's, Long Island's, Sangria's (Red or White) Happy Hour Special 9pm-Close Macon Mellow
Lady’s Hour 7:30-8:30pm. Gals enjoy $1 Wells/Domestics BJ’s Billiards
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Eisley quickly found an audience in Dallas’s Deep Ellum crowd about the time Sunny Day Real Estate released their 4th record. With a hand full of inspiring songs, new management and great press from music critics in the burgeoning Dallas scene, the young indie-pop group released their debut ep on Record Collection (Mike Mogis produced), signed w/ Warners, jumped on Coldplay’s Rush of Blood tour and began carving out a National following. 3 ep's + 2 lp’s, 15 US tours, 3 UK tours & 1 Australia tour later, Sherri DuPree - vocals/guitars, Stacy DuPree vocals/keys, Chauntelle DuPree - vocals/guitars, Weston DuPree (drums) and their cousin Garron DuPree - bass, are expanding/growing (median age - 22), hitting stride and persist in writing beautiful, lush, melody-charged pop songs, arguably have the best female vocals in the biz’.
Dr. John is universally celebrated as the living embodiment of the rich musical heritage exclusive to New Orleans. His very colorful musical career began in the 1950s when he wrote and played guitar on some of the greatest records to come out of the Crescent City. A notorious gun incident forced the artist to give up the guitar and concentrate on organ. Further trouble at home sent Dr. John west in the 1960s, where he continued to be in demand, playing on records by Sonny and Cher, Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin and The Rolling Stones' infamous Exile On Main St. to name a few. During that time he also launched his solo career, developing the charismatic persona of Dr. John The Nite Tripper. Adorned with voodoo charms and regalia, a legend was born with his 1968 album Gris-gris, unique blend of voodoo mysticism, funk, rhythm & blues.
Eisley @ the 567 Gallery Stage
Dr. John @ the Cox Capitol Theatre
Wednesday & Sunday 8pm-until at AP’s Hidden Hideaway Wednesday and Fridays at Tara’s Tavern
Every Friday & Saturday, Friends Bar & Grill, Macon Sundays & Wed. with Brad, 9pm The Backporch Lounge
Every Tuesday night, come play with friends, great prizes! 7-9pm 20’s Pub
NOW TUESDAYS: Hardest Trivia in Macon 7-9pm at BJs Billiards Wednesdays, Johnny’s Pizzeria
Tuesday nights at Giuseppis, hosted by Outspoken Ent. Tuesday Night Trivia (8pm) with Outspoken Entertainment., Wild Wing Cafe
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
Nightly Poker 7:30p, Friends Bar Nightly Poker 8p, BJ Billiards
Sat 2p,Wed 7p, Billy’s Clubhouse Tues,Wed and Thur:Texas Hold ‘Em 7pm at AP’s Hidden Hideaway
STOOPGRASS @ WILD WING CAFE
FRI, SEPT 23
St Francis @ The Hummingbird
Macon GA's Scott Baston, former frontman of nationally touring rock band Moonshine Still, has returned to the music scene he left over three years ago- but this time with some apparently divine guidance. After a decade in the bus, and a handful of successful albums to his credit, Baston decided the rigors of the road and the state of the touring scene had taken it's toll on everything important to him. Now, retooled and reinvigorated, Baston is on a mission. And his new project, Saint Francis, is raising eyebrows from New England to Nashville.
Girlz, Girlz, Girlz @Wild Wing Café
Michael St. James. Duffel. Stik E. Sweet. Roxy Rockett. Four earth-shattering rock superstars from the '80s. Besides everyone's favorites from the heyday of '80s rock, they jam out the biggest recent hits with the same arena-imploding feel. Be sure to bang your head and rock your socks off...wear a helmet and leave your socks at home.
SAT, SEPT 24
Freelance Ruckus @The Shamrock
Way too many too list. We are music lovers. Between the four of us we probably like just about everything. Most influenced by popular rock-n-roll of the sixties and seventies. Modern influences include Sublime, Phish, Allman Brothers, Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, 311, Rage against the machine, ...you get the idea.
BEARFOOT HOOKERS @ THE BIRD the natural identity as a bona fide singer-songwriter.
WICK-IT THE INSTIGATOR @ Cox Capitol Theatre
He’s got a reputation for doing some thoughtfully fresh and mindblowingly original remixes that take him from beyond a standard dub step or mash-up artist to a DJ/producer with skills that have turned heads and caught ears all over the Southeast. In a live setting, he sends people off with his mix of humor, ingenious pop culture samples and beats that can’t be touched.
FRI, SEPT 30
Bearfoot Hookers @ The Bird
The Hookers have established a hard-earned reputation for rowdy, foot-stompin', three hour (or more) shows built upon their huge catalog of original songs, and lots of deep cut covers for extra flavor. They have a talent for connecting with audiences, even those who have never heard The Hookers play before, and are at home in venues of all sizes; from The Georgia Theatre to a barbecue joint in Waycross. Hooker shows are known for being raucous, raise your drink in the air, shout out "hell yeah" kind of affairs... that's Beer Drinkin' Gospel.
JJ GREY & MOFRO @ CAPITOL
SAT, OCT 1
The Opening Act presents Singer/ Songwriter Showcase, 7-9 pm "In the
Round with Anna Mae Kersey, Louise Warren, and Megan North.” This is a free event and a great chance to come see some of Macon’s songstresses, playing their own music to their own beat. The Opening Act -567 Cherry Street.
WED, OCT 5
JJ Grey & Mofro @ the Capitol
JJ Grey and his band Mofro exude rocking, funky, melodic, front porch realism in every song they play. Grey is influenced by the sexually charged blues of Howlin’ Wolf, the country soul of George Jones and the hard funk of James Brown, as well as local personalities like street preachers and radio DJs. Tix $15/$17dos.
FRI, OCT 7
The Dirty Guv’nahs @ the Capitol
The swell of grassroots momentum for this 6piece rock outfit has generated considerable buzz up and down the east coast. In 2010, the band recorded their most recent album Youth Is In Our Blood in Levon’s famous barn, and they haven’t looked back since. With opening act Ponderosa. Show at 9pm. Tix $10/$12dos.
THUR, SEPT 29
Georgia’s Indie Music Hub
If music hadnt found its way into his bones from the beginning, life might be much easier albeit boring. But it did and it grew with him, seasoning itself as Matt evolved from church choral boy to imaginative teen, fledgling artist, aspiring bass player and finally an open-eyed adult with
Matt Moncrief @ Billy’s Clubhouse
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CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT SUN. SEPT 25 • BARRINGTON HALL GOLF COURSE Sign up day of event, 7:30am. Shotgun 8am!
Proceeds benefit The Methodist Home for Children & Youth; in support of the “Big Henry Fund”
BENEFIT FOR TONYA CAUSEY SAT. OCT 1 • NOON-7PM AT 20’S PUB
Music by Keith Williams & Daryl Smith • Raffles • Dart Tourney Tonya is fighting breast cancer, and proceeds will help with medical expenses.
TUESDAYS 7-9PM pubingo FOLLOWED BY: KARAOKE AT 9PM Benefiting the Children’s Methodist Home
LIVE MUSIC THIS FRIDAY NIGHT
MONDAYS: 9/12: ANNIE STANLEY 9/19: TONY ELMORE
til 9 Mon-thur Til 7 Fri-Sun
9/23: KEITH WILLIAMS FRIDAYS: 9/30: MIKE BROOKSHIRE 10/7: RANSOM
SAT & SUN $10 BEER BUCKETS TIL 7PM
thursdayS 9pm - close 1/2 OFF MIXED DRINKS FOR GALS
Saturday Tourney 3p
SUNDAYS - NASCAR Pool Tourney 5:30pm 11thHourOnline.com
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SOUTHERN ROCK TO HIP-HOP; WHAT’S NEXT FOR MACON Macon has had its fair share of emerging hip-hop artists over the years.
Floco and Jubee share the spotlight this week - shedding new light on Macon’s music scene. you how amazing this whole experience has been for me, but I sat down with G-Man (his producer) the night before the competition deadline and wrote and recorded the song that ended up winning the competition for me. That’s not to say that I didn’t put my heart and my love for this town into that song but that the things I wanted to say just all came out.” The song, titled “Cherry Street (Downtown)”, pays homage to the motley crew that makes up Downtown Macon. “If anything, this song shows how aware I am of where I am. There are all these different parts to what makes this city what it is and I think the song is a reflection of how those pieces fit together.” When I asked Floco what line from his song stood at the most to him, he laughed for a moment, composed himself and told me: “We kicked out scam entertainment groups / and it’s hot, you’ll need something to change into / We’ve got a real bookstore where I go to get my knowledge / But I’m really talking to girls from Mercer College.” Floco said, “I’m not trying to confuse anyone. This isn’t a song that I thought about for months and months. It was exactly what I felt at the time I recorded it and it’s all because of the last four years.” Floco will be working with Grammy-nominated artist Steve Moretti and a crew of other producers in the next few weeks on a three song EP, an official video for the song and a series of photos used for the Gateway marketing initiative. Jubee shares a somewhat similar story with Williams. The Brooklyn native moved to South Carolina under his Grandmother’s care as a young child. His mother passed away when he was a baby and his father wasn’t present growing up. After pursuing a job opportunity that relocated him to Macon, he did just as Floco did and started writing with new friends. After spending some years with a hip-hop/rock group called City Council, Jubee took some time away from the social scene to focus on his new family life. “I’d just had this kid. The timing of it all has so much to do with where I am at right now. I spent the time at home with my family just... living. I was writing and as time passed, I had this sound in my head that I wanted to get out.” With the help of friends Alex Scarborough and Danny Davis, Jubee began developing the technique he wanted to utilize. Eventually, a full band formed and the real progress began for the group. Barely a year has passed since their first official show together. The five-piece (Jubee – vocals, Alex Scarborough – drums, Danny Davis – bass/vocals, Alec Stanley – guitar/vocals, and newest member Adam Cress
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Young Jeezy, the Macon-viaHawkinsville rapper is the first that comes to mind for most people when discussing the city's talent. Though he wasn't a resident of the city, the rapper spent the earlier portion of his career in Macon before moving on to Atlanta to further pursue his talents. Artists like Kadalack Boyz or Sonny Spoon might come to mind as well for their own accomplishments but to my knowledge, the people of Macon have never really had a true representative in the "House of HipHop". Turns out, we now have two. If you've been Downtown in the past four years, you've probably heard people talk about "Floco Torres" or "Jubee". The two men have had their share of the spotlight in Macon but both realized that their success would quickly reach a peak and then subsided unless they took alternative measures. "You've got to push past the Downtown crowd if you want to go anywhere. They're a great group, they're my family, but you aren't making progress when the same group of people comes to see you every time you play. Don't get me wrong, I love it, but we all want to succeed ", said Williams. Following their recent accomplishments, it seems that they're both headed in the right direction. Floco was recently announced the winner of a competition put on by Gateway Macon, a non-profit community collaboration of 30+ organizations that are collectively promoting Macon’s creative edge, uncommon spaces, and unique opportunities. Jubee and his band (Jubee & The Morning After) spent last week in Seattle opening a show for internationally known artist Pitbull after winning a contest put on by Samsung & ABC. The band’s performance from the show will be featured on Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel in October. I met with Floco one evening this past week to catch up on all he’s been doing the past few months. I felt a bit strange having to formally interview someone I consider a good friend but I was eager to get the full story from him so we made it work. Born and raised in New Jersey, he moved to Atlanta following high school to pursue an internship with Columbia Records that ended up falling through. After calling his Grandmother who lived in Macon, he made the drive and started the next portion of his life here. “When you’re a young artist of any kind and you’re in a new city, if you want to be heard you have to get out and show people what you’re capable of. With the help of Chris Horne, Doski Wo and the new friends I’d made, I just started writing, recording, and socializing to the fullest extent. A few years passed by, I played a lot of shows and wrote a lot of songs but I felt I had a potential to do something great”. The Gateway Macon Music competition was held for the purpose of finding an artist whose music exemplifies the creative spirit of the city. Floco had previously been a spokesperson for Gateway’s initial campaigns and had worked with them for press purposes but said he wasn’t really interested when they announced the competition. “I realized after a while that I was being the person that I hate in Macon. This amazing opportunity has presented itself for me and all I have to do is a bit of hard work and I stand a chance at succeeding with it. I wasn’t going to let that pass me by.” Despite the hefty prize package offered ($25,000 worth of studio, video, and production time), Floco was the only artist from Macon who officially entered the competition. “I’m not saying this to boast, only to tell
– keyboard) hit the ground running and their diligent work ethic has started to pay off. “We’ve played more shows in the past year than I can really remember. We started in Macon; something like every weekend somewhere else and then worked our way into Savannah and Atlanta. Macon is what we hit the hardest though and it really shows”, said Jubee during our interview. Following my interview with Floco, I sat down with him and Adam to talk about the band winning an online contest that took them all the way to Seattle, Washington for a packed out show at the Paramont Theatre opening for Pitbull and a segment on Jimmy Kimmel. “A friend in New York sent me a link to a website for upcoming artists. We set up an EPK and joined the site and just sort of sat on it. We we’re automatically entered for the contest through the website we registered for but we didn’t pay much attention to it. It was the kind of thing that you never think you’ll win, so we didn’t see much point in promoting it”, said Jubee. As the deadline drew nearer, the band began to realize that there was actually the potential to wind up in the Top Ten for the contest. Through a massive social networking campaign, the final twenty-four hours of the contest saw the band advancing more than fifteen spots. “Our fans, especially everyone in Macon that has been a part of our family is the sole reason we made it out to Seattle. We work hard and we write music that we like. Somewhere along the road, other people started liking it and they’ve shown us nothing but love ever since”, said Alec Stanley in a short phone interview. The band played a three song set to over 3,500 people at the historic Paramont Theatre before headliner Pitbull came on stage. Throughout the summer, Samsung has hosted multiple contests allowing artists the chance to open for a nationally known act at a free show. The Seattle show was the final of the summer series. “We played “On”(the single from the album – check out the amazing music video for it), “Whatcha Made Of” and “Weather”. Three songs, that was it but I think for the most part people were really into us. We got a great response from the crowd. It was pretty cool, there was a giant screen next to the stage and people’s Twitter posts about the show were shown the whole time, so we could see what people had to say”. Though I spent more than 45 minutes talking with Jubee and Adam, and 20 more between phone calls, the one thing that stuck out the most was that everyone in the band had the exact same thing to say to summarize the experience. “It was just an incredible moment, standing in a green room in a 4000 capacity theater in Seattle, Washington talking to ABC’s staff that enjoyed us enough to fly us across the country to open for Pitbull and realizing that not only did they put their reputation on the line by selecting us as the winners, but that on the other side of the country in this small city in Georgia, there is a group of people that believed in us enough to make this all possible. Thank you so much to our friends, family, and each person that has been a part of making this reality. I’m speaking for everyone in the band when I say this”, said Jubee. “Thank you all for everything.” Make sure to watch the band’s performance from the Seattle show on Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel on October 10th on ABC. Between these two artists and the steadily flourishing music and arts scene in Macon, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s not long before other Maconite’s gain national attention for their creative efforts. SEAN PRITCHARD 11thHourOnline.com
it’s what you missed | And what you shouldn’t
Dylan York explores the nightlife, character & grit of downtown
’m 24 years old. I’m 24 years old during a recession. I’m 24 years old and I dropped out of college my senior year because I couldn’t stand how much time I was wasting. I’m 24 in an era where being in your twenties means being neither an adult nor a child. Adolescence no longer applies to me and Further Seems Forever no longer has the appeal they did when I was 16. I don’t have any kids and every relationship I’ve been in has always been at best dysfunctional. In my grandfather’s time your life was cut out for you; if you were a white male you joined the military, if you didn’t die for your country you went to school and joined the workforce. You owned a house and had a wife by the time you were the age I am now and you were probably on your second child. I’m a 24 year old white male with no house, no wife and no children. I’m a freelance graphic designer and photographer (and writer, sort of.) I’m able to get by on the money I make doing that, and I am thankful because there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing. My other grandfather, the one on my dad’s side was much older and died from black lung the day my sister was born. My sister is 37. My father is 62, he owns a used car lot. I got my Volvo for a great deal. I'm 24 years old and I feel, as most people my age feel, as though I am in social limbo. However, I feel. That's more than most people can say. Feeling is important. Not the kind of sensual feeling that drives people to one night stands and hallucinogenics but really feeling. The kind of feeling you felt when you were finally tall enough to climb on top of the kitchen counter. The kind of feeling that only comes with sneaking into other peoples' pools or losing track of time talking with someone in the front seat of their car until 4am. When you look back on your life all you'll have is the memories you've made. That's why I don't own a television. I try to live as simply as possible. That way I'll never take something truly beautiful for granted. I'm 24 years old and I still look at the sky in awe of its beauty. I like riding my bicycle and going to thrift stores. I like basement dance parties and bars with low wooden ceilings. I have a tiny Moleskine notebook I write reminders in because if I don't I'll forget. It's lime green. I also have a day planner but I always forget to write in it. My favorite color has been green since I was three. Some people don't have a favorite color. Some people don't have a favorite movie. Mine is The Warriors. A lot of people like my column and they tell me when they see me around town. It always makes me smile. Some people don't like my column. Some people are really vocal on their Facebook pages about how much they don't like me or my column and that's creepy. If The RZA were sitting here he'd tell me, "If you have haters you're doing something right." Maybe RZA is right. Maybe my column isn't very exciting to some people but it's not like I live some kind of rockstar lifestyle. I went to Savannah with Back City Woods last week, that was cool. I'd love to tell you guys I made out with Nicki Minaj and then went skydiving naked with Larry Csonka's yoga instructor but I didn't. I saw some pretty cool shows, hung out with
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my friends and probably went dancing a few times. Sometimes I book and/or promote some pretty cool shows and hang out with my friends at dance parties that I helped put together. That means the world to me. I get to be a part of something that brings people together and makes their lives a little bit more enjoyable. So at the end of October The Rum Diary hits theaters and in honor of my years of anticipation for this film's release and also to celebrate Brad not editing this paragraph out
of my column we are going to have a contest to find someone to accompany me to see it. That's right, next issue will feature Win A Date With Dylan York! Beloved female readers of The 11th Hour (ages 18-29), one of you could have a chance to be my date to see The Rum Diary the evening of its premier. Maybe if you're cute (thick rimmed glasses and bangs) I'll even spring for dinner! Stay tuned to learn how you could Win A Date With Dylan York!
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Jimmy Hinks, Bonaire, could only afford to put a couple of gallons of gas in his van on Sept. 2. But the Swag Patrol saved the day when they ponied up $65 to fill his tank. Diners at the Rookery received gifts and prizes from the Swag Patrol, but it was student Shelby Anthony who walked away with $50.00 Macon when she was the first person to show her Robins Federal debit or credit card. View all the action by visiting RFCU Facebook page to view their videos and stay tuned for more from the Swag Patrol. Next First Friday, October 7!
New Music Venue to Open in Warner Robins “It’s going to be like Masquerade’s smaller cousin,” said Bob Johnson, proprietor of Rock Bottom and founder of Insurrection Sound. “Local musicians have been asking for this a long time and now we are going to give it to them.” The venue is located at 1619 Moody Rd, across from Wellston Pawn Shop, and will be open Wednesday-Saturday and one Sunday per month. “It is a new band-centric venue,” said Operations Manager Lance Rodriguez (138 Records), “with Acoustic Wednesdays; Random Thursdays; LIVE! Fridays and Saturdays; and an all ages show one Sunday a month.” Co-owner Bob Johnson answers a few questions about the new venue.
Besides the bands...what can people expect at your grand opening weekend? Expect welcoming staff, band swag and memorabilia, pool tables and bring your suggestions. We’re counting on the local music community to tell us what they want and we will accommodate.
good headliner is booked, u cam bet they will be paired with a great local.
What kind of music will you feature? Most genres will be covered. On
Bob Johnson & Lance Rodriguez get the venue ready for their grand opening. Who is your target audience? Music lovers will love it because its sole purpose is for live music. They will also really dig it because we will have new bands every night we’re open. Bands will benefit from this because it's designed, owned, operated by musicians FOR musicians period.
Will you be hosting only local bands? No, the full intent is to host regional and national acts on a regular basis. When a
Wednesdays we’re acoustic based, some open mic jam sessions and such. Thursdays will be pretty eclectic but fundamentally electronic based including hip hop, real dj's industrial. Friday and Saturday we will have Metal, punk, bluegrass, 80s cover bands, R&B, whatever bands people want to see, I will try to provide.
How can bands get booked? They can contact me or Lance Rodriguez. Hit us up on line, send us a disc or a link to something we can hear, or better yet come out and support a band and drop something with us! Checkout insurrectionsound.com. I'll have calendar info on there and links, contacts etc. For more information email: Rockbottom@insurrectionsound.com
NIGHTLIFE | the city’s best bets when the sun goes down
THE URBAN EXPLORER
What you should be getting into this week... BY SEAN PRITCHARD
ast week I took a co-worker fishing. It was the first time in maybe two years that I had been but my friend had never actually been in his entire life. After moving to the States from Mexico more than 20 years ago, he began working to send money back to his family for their eventual move here. He's now enjoying a very comfortable and leisurely life but the fact that he'd never had some good old fashioned outdoor fun came as a shock to me. "I grew up in a huge city and then moved to America and began working. For years I didn't have the time to do that and now that I do, I just didn't know anyone to take me." Needless to say, it was a great time. The fish he caught was nothing more than a baby but he insisted on a picture to show to his kids when he got home. My point of all of this: It's really nice to get out of the house, the bar or the office and enjoy all the things nature has to offer. I have to remind myself of that occasionally and this was a perfect way to. If you'd like to go fishing, we should. During the next few weeks, if you see me (which you may not, due to my rekindled affection for all things outdoors) I'll more than likely be out and about in Downtown Macon. That's not to say any of the other parts of Macon aren't fun, I just can't really figure out what people do for fun. Help me out? I am making a short detour up to Atlanta this weekend for my good friends(and possibly yours if you've lived in Macon the past two years) in All Get Out and their CD Release Show. They've been working on this album for over 2 years and Macon is quite familiar with the whole story. Glad it's finally here. I would suggest you head up to Atlanta yourself on Saturday for the triumphant return of Music Midtown. The Black Keys, Coldplay, Manchester Orchestra, Cage The Elephant and more are playing. Tuesday the 27th is a day I've been waiting for for a long time. Tyler, Texas based indie-pop band Eisley will be making their ONLY stop in Georgia in Macon as part of a national tour with Marksmen and Christie Dupree. This all goes down at The 567 Center. Pre-sale tickets have ended but you can purchase your ticket the day of the show after doors open at 7:00pm. I highly encourage you to check out this show and the bands playing.
The Crossroads Writers Conference returns to Macon the 1st and 2nd of October. Chris Horne and a group of his friends have been working like maniacs this year to make this one of the most successful arts events in Macon this year. Featuring nearly three dozen professional writers from around the country and offering workshops, demonstrations and readings throughout both days, plus a live performance from Doski Wo, Idris Goodwin, Kodiak Brinks, and Floco Torres on Saturday. If you have a working brain, you should come to this. It will do you some good. My roommate recently installed a dart board (in a less than convenient location) at our house so we've been working on that a bit. I'll try to get down to the Hummingbird to throw some. Though, the staff of The Rookery has made it a point to rule that turf. They're pretty good, you should come watch sometime. And make damn well sure that you spend the night of Friday, October 7th at The Grand Opera House. Mercer University’s Quadworks (the same people that brought you Bearstock) are bringing internationally known artist Janelle Monae for a night you will not forget. To sweeten the deal even more, fun. is opening the show. If you don’t know who either of these folks are, educate yourself immediately. When I saw Janelle open up for Of Montreal in Atlanta earlier this year, it was mind bending to say the least. You will leave sweaty, happy, and sore from a non-stop good time. Yes, we can dance around the chairs, they won’t be an issue. I've said it possibly in every column I've written for the 11th Hour, but the key to having a good time in Macon is getting out and meeting people. You may not vibe well with everyone and you're not really supposed to. But there are wonderful people that make this city worth living in and even great things to do. Go to Payne City and explore the Antique Mall or head to one of our wonderful museums before they disappear. Head down to The Riverwalk or explore one of our multiple parks. And if you don't have a bicycle by now, that's your first mistake. This weather is only going to get better before it gets worse. I'll see you around.
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