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And the Richard Betts Award for ‘Being Yourself’ goes to...

I won’t ever forget the first time I saw Denny Hanson. It was a long time ago, when I was young. We’d just started this paper, and I didn’t know much about the Macon music scene I’ll admit. The owners of CJ’s Bar & Grill up on Riverside Drive asked me to come and judge a songwriter’s competition they were having to help drum up some business. At the time, they were very connected to some of the bigger names in local music here. A lot of people were in attendance, and a lot of musicians came up on stage that night. Lisa Love, who worked at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame was on the judges panel, and Marcus James Henderson, who would go on to play on the road with the Marshall Tucker Band was also up there with us. We listened intently and were impressed by a lot of the local talent there that night. But it wasn’t until a 16 year old kid wearing jean shorts and a really tight green-striped tank top came up on stage with a beat up guitar and wailed into a microphone that I knew we had a winner. He looked afraid. But he wasn’t. When

he started playing he was not afraid. “Livin Without You” was the name of the song. I can still sing most of it, though I haven’t heard it in more than a decade. His voice was high pitched and broke up sometimes, like it hadn’t even finished changing yet. Some people didn’t like it... A lot of people didn’t like it. But we all did. It was unpolished and original and that spoke to me, and we gave him the prize, which probably didn’t amount to much more than a bar tab-- and he wasn’t even old enough to use it. People got mad and complained about it, and we were not asked to come back and judge again, but that was ok with me. Later on, Wes and Rob and I would record that song with Denny. And after that, Denny would front dozens of bands, get kicked out of the Bird for trying to play a microwave one night, and he would continue to write, and he would create a collective called Nomenclature that changed things, and he would move away, and he would visit some dark places, and he would come back from them. I see him sitting somewhere today, with his hair perfectly placed on his skull, and his skinny legs, and his fingers long and made from the edges. He’s in a skimpy jacket , perfect shoes, reading some e.e. cummings book on erotic poetry and not trying to be

anything. But he is. He’s original. And as long as I’ve known him he has been that. And I met someone like that one time. Not too long after I’d seen Denny that first time, I ran into Richard Betts at the home of Bill Lucado, and we screamed into the night together for a couple of days, and he sang to me and tried to fight people and it was the most legendary thing that ever happened, and I’m sure he doesn’t remember it at all, but I felt something about Dickey that night. He was an American original. So, when we decided to give out the Richard Betts Award For Being Yourself award this year, my vote went with Denny Hanson. The Denny Lama we call him around these parts. Lucky for me, my vote still counts. Denny Hanson, I love you. I love where you’ve been, and I can’t wait to see where you go my friend. Congrats.

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True South: No Single Story APRIL 21 Taylor Amphitheatre

The event is free and open to the public.

Wesleyan College has partnered with Georgia Humanities to share “stories that move us and make us,” as Georgians and as people. You are invited to escape into the worlds of some of the South’s best storytellers at: 2:00pm Storytellers from the Macon community*: Nathan Dee, Judge Verda Colvin, Gordon Johnston, professor and director of the Creative Writing Program at Mercer University and writer-inresidence at Ocmulgee National Monument, Wesleyan Assistant Professor of Education Wendy Hamm, and Wesleyan Assistant Dean of Students for Diversity and Inclusion Tonya Parker

3:20pm Eleven Wesleyan student storytellers 4:20pm Andy Offitt-Irwin, an American storyteller, arts educator, singersongwriter, and humorist. Born and raised in Covington, Georgia, he is equal parts mischievous schoolboy and the Marx Brothers, peppered with a touch of the Southern balladeer.

6:30pm Caroline Herring is an American singer/songwriter who inspires audiences through her songs about injustice, hope, and perseverance. Herring’s career began in Austin, TX, when she won Best New Artist at the SXSW Austin Music Awards. Since then, she has recorded eight albums and for almost 20 years she’s toured throughout the United States and Europe. 7:50-9:00pm Andy Offitt-Irwin will wrap up the evening with more stories and songs.

Refreshments will be served throughout the event and CDs will be available for purchase. *Content might be offensive to some and not suitable for children


Eleven-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson in concert at the Macon City Auditorium Wednesday, April 18th!





7:30 AM - 12 PM Girl Scout Camp Martha Johnston 1500 Girl Scout Road, Lizella, Georgia 31052 Come on down for a morning of treasure hunting, property viewing and memory sharing! Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia is hosting a yard sale at our Macon area property to make way for more fun before our summer campers take over in June. We’ll have 20+ canoes, a small tractor with bush hog and box blade, microwaves, dorm fridges, an air hockey table and much, much more! Come see for yourself and help support our camp programs.


6-9 p.m. Presented by Macon Arts Alliance at The Round Building at Central City Park. The 13th Annual Fired Works Regional Ceramics Exhibition and Sale will be held April 14-22, 2018 Macon’s beautiful Central City Park. The 2018 exhibit will feature 60 potters from Georgia and the Southeast. A Special Preview Party will be held Friday, April 21 with food, fun, and an exclusive chance to purchase work before the exhibit opens to the general public. $40 Advance $50 Day of Party–Purchase at Door (Free re-entry with ticket). AFTER DARK


8 p.m. Hosted by Southern Comfort Burlesque Company at Grant’s Lounge. Join us for a night of Tasteful Tassle Twirling! Tickets on



Getting away with murder can be so much fun… and this 2014 Tony Award® for BEST MUSICAL tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro. “Pure delicious fun – a superbly crafted musical.” – The Chicago Tribune. Suitable for all ages. Tickets $45 and up. Visit Also, Sunday, April 15th at 3:30 p.m. FAMILY FUN


8am-3pm Central City Park. Rock ‘N Rides 2018 will feature live entertainment from a Macon favorite Connor Christian, food trucks and activities for the entire family. The event will be emceed by your favorite DJ, Laura Starling, with performances by several local groups prior to the main event. In addition, we are excited to include motorcycles and classic cars in our event this year. With all of the additional fun, the ticket price remains the same! Bring your entire family for a day of fun at Central City Park. General admission $6. ART/KIDS

KOOL-AID AND CANVAS AT THE 567 CENTER FOR RENEWAL For kids ages 6-12. At Kool-Aid & Canvas,

an artist takes children step-by-step through the process of creating a fun painting with acrylic paints on a real canvas. The workshop starts at 10:30 am and lasts an hour and a half. $20 includes all materials for the class and a snack.

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Kevin Dye, Director of Leisure Services for the City of Perry, will be the speaker at the bimonthly meeting of the Georgia Wilderness Society on Tuesday, April 17th at 7:30 at the Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road, Macon GA. Kevin will present a program on recreational services offered including the new parks and additional trails that are being constructed. Kevin previously served as the Parks and Recreation Director for Bristol, VA. He has also worked for the City of Kingsport, TN, the United States Army and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. All are welcome. Admission is free. MOVIE SCREENING


7 p.m. Douglass Theatre. A ground-breaking new documentary about the global refugee crisis from Ai Weiwei. (Germany-USA-China, documentary, 140 min., rated PG-13) $5 general admission.



Presented by Macon Arts Alliance at The Round Building at Central City Park. Watch a live demonstration with Mary Pinson to learn how to combine the natural beauty of orchids with custom crafted pottery during Fired Works. Free with $5 general admission. CONCERT


Eleven-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson is “one of the greatest country singers of our time,” according to the Washington Post. He is one of only a few people in the history of country music to win two Song of the Year Awards

from both the CMA and ACMs. His 2008 album, That Lonesome Song, was certified platinum for 1 million in sales, and his 2010 ambitious double album, The Guitar Song, received a gold certification. Presented by Moonhanger Group. General Admission Floor (standing room only) – $28. Balcony Seating – $33 and $43.


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^ GET CULTURED A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder at The Grand Opera House April 14-15th

A nationally-touring musical, this 2014 Tony Award® for BEST MUSICAL tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro. “Pure delicious fun – a superbly crafted musical.” – The Chicago Tribune. Suitable for all ages. Tickets $45 and up. Visit Also, Sunday, April 15th at 3:30 p.m.



Shake up your lunch routine! Ditch your desk, grab your lunch and join us outside for Downtown @PLAY. Can’t make it at lunchtime? Join us after work and finish your day with an hour of play! Downtown @PLAY is a free three-part event where downtown employees and residents can connect and enjoy live music, lunch and outdoor games together. Downtown @PLAY takes place in Poplar Street Park between Second and Third Street. Join us during lunch from 11:30am-1:30pm and in the evening from 5:30-6:30pm on April 12th, April 19th and April 26th.



Free 8 p.m. Tattnall Square Park. Screening “Jumanji”. Join the Recreation Department for an amazing series of movies. As always there will be popcorn and snow cones, while supplies last and plenty of family fun. Feel free to bring your own snacks, lawn chairs and or blankets.

^ FREEBIE OF THE WEEK Downtown @ Play Thursday, April 19th

A free three-part event where downtown employees and residents can connect and enjoy live music, lunch and outdoor games together. Downtown @PLAY takes place in Poplar Street Park between Second and Third Street. Join us during lunch from 11:30am-1:30pm and in the evening from 5:30-6:30pm.



Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Georgia is celebrating 16 years of service to families with their 7th annual Red Shoe Run Road Race on Saturday, April 21. The event includes a tot trot for those ages 4 and under. 5k, 10k and 15k. All races begin and end in Central City Park and begin at 8 am. Awards will follow the 5k race (at approximately 9 am) and the 10k and 15k races (at approximately 10 am). Funds raised at the event directly support the families who stay at the Ronald McDonald House of Central Georgia. For more information visit www. COMMUNTIY


Presented by Ocmulgee National Monument 10am3pm. Want to do something for Mother Earth? Volun-

^ BE SEEN Just Tap’d Craft Beer Festival Saturday, April 21st

Sample a variety of craft beers while enjoying live musical performances, food and fun for the whole family right in the center of beautiful, historic downtown Macon. Breweries from all around the country will be representing their beers, answering questions about the brewing process and addressing the finer points of drinking great beer. Admission is free for all ages. Tickets for beer tastings are available for purchase by guests 21+ years of age only.

teer here at the park! Trash often floats into our park and gets caught along river and creek banks. We would really appreciate your help! We will provide all the cleaning supplies. Please wear closed toed shoes! You will be in and out of shallow water. All volunteers must be older than 14. Check in at the Visitor Center before 10 am. SPORTS


7:30 p.m. The Georgia Doom, a professional team based in Macon, GA, plays as part of the American Arena League (AAL) indoor gridiron football league. Visit for the latest news and information about Georgia Doom arena football, call 1-833-GODOOM1 for game tickets, and Text “Doom1” to 50601! Single game tickets are $21, $26, $30 and $38. Parking is $5 and is CASH ONLY. You can purchase parking in advance on or at the Box Office. LITERATURE


Former Poet Laureate of the United States and Pulitzer Prize winning poet Natasha Trethewey will be presented with the Sidney Lanier Prize for Southern Literature. She will read from her work and sign books. The prize presentation and reading, supported by the Thomas McRae Hamilton Robinson Endowment, will take place on April 21 at 1 p.m. in the Presidents Dining Room of the University Center on the Macon campus. Free event and open to the public. FAMILY FUN

INTERSTELLAR SATURDAY AT MUSEUM OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Bring your curiosity about things in the universe to the Museum for an afternoon with Phil Groce, a planetarium design consultant, writer, and President of Helping Planetariums Succeed. Groce will present two unique planetarium features at 2 and 4 pm. The 2:00 show will be “The Upcoming Sky Extravaganza” featuring sky events coming in 2018. Included with regular Museum admission.


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“Mozart’s Requiem”: Dr. Stanley L. Roberts, conductor. 4:00 pm–6:00 pm. Featuring the Choral Society, University Choir, Mercer Singers and Robert McDuffie Center for Strings The timeless Requiem Mass by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart stands as a hallmark in the repertoire for choir & orchestra. Mulberry Street United Methodist Church, 719 Mulberry St. Tickets $10.



7:30 p.m. The Duttons are international touring and recording artists who perform bluegrass to classical music and everything in between. Their show features a variety of instruments, including violin, guitar, bass, viola, banjo, mandolin, keyboard, harmonica, and drums, among others. Tickets $39 and up. CONCERT


Mount de Sales Academy’s fourth annual Music at the Mount concert series starts Friday, April 27. Enjoy live music and dinner under the stars in the Academy’s amphitheater! For tickets and news, visit Music at the Mount is open to the community. Caleb Caudle will perform in the first concert of the 2018 series. Caudle, dubbed “the musical equivalent of high-proof bourbon—rich in flavor, with a subtle, satisfying bite,” by Rolling Stone, was named one of the magazine’s “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know.” General Admission: $20 in advance; $25 at the gate Guests may bring picnics, blankets, and chairs (no tables); first-come, first-served seating; boxed dinners are available for purchase at $10 each with advanced tickets only; boxed dinners will not be

Reclaim public streets once again on Sunday, April 22nd from 2 to 6 pm! Nearly two miles of Downtown Macon streets will leap to life as a paved park on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (from the Ocmulgee River to the Industrial District) and Cherry Street (from Cherry Street Plaza to Bernd Park). Organized by Bike Walk Macon, OSM is a car-free celebration of public space; bringing people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds together to walk, skate, bike, play, and re-imagine how we use our public streets. There is no registration, and Open Streets Macon is free and open to the public.



Presented by Kingsland Farm at Kingsland Farm, Hawkinsville. This southern rock concert that is a fundraiser, held at Kingsland Farm in Hayneville Georgia, is to support the Museum of Aviation Foundation. Performers include Stillwater, Wet Willie, Jack Pearson Band, and the Eli Carlan Band. Music starts at 6:00pm. $45 per person | Advanced ticket sales only and this is a limited ticket event. Bring your own lawn chairs, BYOB. Food trucks will be available.



Hay House presents the 25th annual Spring Stroll of Macon Houses and Gardens May 4-6 2018. Amble at your leisure through twelve blooming private gardens in the Stanislaus Neighborhood during the day, Friday through Sunday. On Friday and Saturday evenings, the Historic Interiors Tour will offer guests an excursion through nine private interiors in buildings designed by noted local architects. $25.00 in advance $30.00 day of. 09


Macon-Bibb’s Relay for Life

Join Relay For Life in the world’s largest fundraising event against cancer Friday, April 27 at Central City Park. Survivors, families and friends will unite for an evening of community, kids activities, live music and more. On August 6, 2011, Glenda Davis and her husband again? Relay For Life is marching towards that cause, Jim were busy, getting ready to spend the day with and the march begins in our hometown on Friday April their granddaughter on her third birthday party. Their 27 at Central City Park in downtown Macon. granddaughter had been feeling some pain in her legs, In the past 10 years, The Relay For Life in Bibb Counhad gone to get some testing done just days before at ty has raised 3.6 million dollars for cancer patients and her primary physician’s office. As Glenda and Jim were for cancer research right here in our hometown This making preparations to head to the party (with way event not only promotes awareness, but it brings a comtoo many gifts in tow, I assume) they got the call that munity together by remembering lost loved ones and they would instead be heading to Memorial Hospital honoring the folks who fought cancer and won. This in Savannah, where Anna Hayes had just been diag- year they have set a goal of $235,000 and are proud to nosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. I can’t announce that for the first time in the 30 year history imagine that moment. It’s every parent’s fear right? Not of the Relay For Life here in Bibb County, they have a only that you might lose a child or a grandchild, but presenting sponsor in Navicent Health. you know that they will have to suffer with that mo“We are excited about their support and excited ment themselves. That they will have to grapple with about the partnership that we have with them in the survival at such a pristine moment in their life. That’s fight against cancer in the Central Georgia area.” Says hard to grasp, unless you’ve been there. And we all Glenda, who now serves as Community Development know someone who has been there don’t we? It’s hard to manager for The Southeast Region of the American find anyone in today’s world who hasn’t been touched Cancer Society. by cancer. And among those people who have fought They also have a new venue in the newly renovated this disease in some way, the American Cancer Soci- Central City Park. There will be STEM activities, blowety has touched a great many of them. Glenda found ups for the kids, live music, and tons of other famimuch needed resources to help her family through her ly-oriented activities. There will be a luminary lighting grandaugher’s illness and today, Anna that honors those we’ve lost to cancer, Hayes is 10-years-old and cancer free. and as with every relay, it kicks off with The ACS is the #1 not for profit funder a lap by cancer survivors. Teams and cancer of cancer research in the country-The dollars raised help cancer pasurvivors can register right behind the federal government. tients in Central Georgia and beyond at One in three people on this planet will with free transportation to and from bibbga, and they take be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetreatments as well as lodging for those teams up until the day time. That is a staggering, terrifying who need including a caregiver with of the event. Come Join our Hope Lodge’s and the Hotel partnumber. And that’s why the 406 Million dollars in research grants the ACS gave ner program. They also have hotlines the The 11th Hour and out last year is so important. Survival and a website that offers counseling The Creek as we Relay rates have improved so much for many and guidance for families facing some For Life in Bibb County. different types of cancer, but wouldn’t it of the hardest times of their lives. be great if no one had to be diagnosed - by Brad Evans 10 APRIL 13-27, 2018

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The 13th Annual Fired Works Regional Ceramics Exhibition and Sale will be held April 14-22, 2018 in Macon's beautiful Central City Park. The Round Building exhibit will feature Ester Lipscomb and 60 master potters from Georgia and the Southeast. Tickets for Preview Party, Workshops and Classes are available at


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What will parking meters mean for Downtown Macon employees & residents? And will the meters improve business?

Macon-Bibb County Downtown has reached the point where on a busy night it is almost impossible to find parking. This is the next step for a city that has growing and thriving downtown. Folks will park on the street and leave their car all day, so this is needed not to generate money but to generate turnover in the parking spots. I don’t think $1.50 or whatever for an hour of parking is going to deter anyone from coming downtown. - Mike Horner for Commissioner District 2 Really? You don’t know much then. Must not have lived here your entire life. If so, you’d remember what a catastrophe it was when they used to have meters downtown. Now, so much money spent on downtownbring people to downtown, get people downtown......this will kill it! - Jennifer R Aren’t the meters only active until 8pm? How is that supposed to help on a busy night? People show up at 6pm, pay for 2 hours and can stay in that spot for the rest of the night. Don’t use the busy nightlife as a justification for this when the proposed parameters will have no affect on it. Perhaps Macon should finish construction on the new parking decks before you implement the meters. As it is now, there aren’t a whole lot of off street options if you’re on Poplar, especially if you have mobility issues. The one parking deck on the street is at the far end, and unless you have a monthly pass, you can’t use its only door to get back in because it requires a card key for entry. And has the city reached out to the downtown business owners and let them know what options they have for their employees? My boss has not been told anything about the meters and had to hear it from me. What parking decks or off street parking lots will offer reasonable monthly packages? Surely Macon doesn’t expect the downtown employees to pay hourly rates every day just to come to work. If Macon wants to take this “next step,” I would hope that the commissioners would be taking every step before it to make sure that it’s an easy and successful transition for the people it affects the most. - Erin F I definitely won’t pay to park downtown. - Brandon H We don’t have an issue with parking usually until four or five. We’re open until seven. On Cherry, I can see a need, but honestly, down poplar, first, Cotton, there’s decent parking that is sorely under utilized during the day. Putting meters 12 APRIL 13-27, 2018

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there could hurt the businesses that are struggling to maintain their grasp on sustainability. - Heatherly W

Great idea. If anyone has a problem with it then Uber. - Nich G

I just won’t come anymore. I think it’s ridiculous! - Natalie F

I think that this is the worst idea EVER for a downtown which is just now rising up from a deadly torpor. - Cathy B

Y’all, we are talking about POCKET CHANGE to park to enjoy your city. What is wrong with y’all? Have you ever been to another city downtown? Guess what? You pay to park. Get over it. - Sarah R

We love coming downtown for dinner and events but parking is always difficult. But we love the growth of residency downtown, too. Hopefully there will be an even answer to support both. - Wendy K

If you don’t live down town you should park in the parking decks and walk your happy ass to wherever you want to go. Not once have I seen any of the parking decks fill up. - Seth L

If daily parking garages are cheaper than street parking, it would encourage their use. I don’t think the garages or lots out of the way, like behind the Tubman museum are are well marked as options for visitors. If someone is driving down Cherry, shouldn’t there be signs pointing towards the available garages on Mulberry and Poplar? I’ll also point out that the address for the garage next to Douglass theater takes you to it’s exit, not the entrance. You have to make it easy and cheap. I also think that the first 30 or so minutes of on street parking should be free to encourage turnover and make the 2nd hour of parking in the garage free to keep the restaurant crowds longer. I’ve seen these meters work in other small cities. - Megan K

Another desperate ploy by Macon to make up for all the tax revenue that is moving out of Bibb County. - Brandon H I worked downtown before when meters were in place and watched downtown die.

Monday at 2:45, Cotton Avenue towards First. Huge parking problem. Insert sarcasm. - Heatherly W.

I would personally find it very helpful if someone put together a “guide to parking garages in downtown Macon.” Like with a map and price comparisons, details on hourly vs daily options, pros and cons on each such as access/lighting/automated vs manned with an attendant/security. No joke. - Nikki H NO ONE wants to walk, not even a block, from where they want to go. This is not exclusive to Macon, but definitely an issue here. The parking garage at Gateway Plaza is free after 6:30 and all weekend and there is never anyone parked there unless they are going to the Douglas Theater. - Lacey R

Downtown is a great place to visit, shop and dine. The meters however are a bad idea and I feel they are a deterant for a lot of people. Its just another charge that for a lot of young couples on budgets that fee could go toward their dinner tip or an ice cream at Scoops. - Java P

Perhaps enforcement of the existing parking regulations would be more useful. Also, if the meters won’t discourage people from parking downtown, how is this supposed to improve parking? - Margaret G Was a long time Macon resident, and now live in Decatur. Decatur’s downtown has gone through many iterations of parking meters, but they finally have a system that seems to work. You can pay with cash or card, but you pay referencing your license plate number. That way, if you have paid for, say, an hour, but you are only in a shop for 15 minutes, you can get in your car and move to another spot across the way and your payment goes with you. You can also instruct the meter to alert you if you are about to run out of time (and if you’ve paid with a card, you can add time remotely). They have a 2 hour max (some meters in Atlanta have a 4 hour max). But, parking is free after 6pm daily, and is free all day Sunday. The last thing I’d want to have to do is worry about moving my car every 2 hours if I were at a restaurant or bar. - Holly B

The meters came up...downtown came back to life. Sure some big cities have them...and it works because those big cities actually have something to go do and see...not just visit the bars and a few stores and specialty shops. It will kill the downtown area once again. People will not pay to park for a 5-10 minute stop and I, for one, will not trust my debit card in a meter on a Macon street anywhere! - Dawn E I may not be able to park in front of the business I am supporting, but there is always parking available if you don’t mind a short walk. We do need more parking downtown. I often wonder why some parking a garages are not open at night? I would use them a great deal. - Cindy F I don’t mind paying to park but I am not going to go move my car to a different spot when the time runs out. I would leave before moving my car. I don’t understand why you can’t pay for parking beyond two hours! - Lesley M


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cat I mentioned earlier) decided to stroll down the hall and hang out in our room for a bit. We had some drinks and decided it was too early to quit. So, what did we do? Well... We did what any sensible person would do in Poncey-Highland... We went to the famous Clermont Lounge. Now, if you’re not sure what the Clermont is, I’ll fill you in: The Clermont is Atlanta’s first and longest continually operating adult entertainment venue. Known for it’s funky atmosphere and unusual dancers, The Clermont is a place you MUST visit (if you’re over 21). We got there right before the Friday night crowd and were able to get a seat at the bar and talk to our bartender, Chandra. Chandra has been bartending at The Clermont off-and-on for nearly 30 years. She’s served everyone from Ashton Kutcher to Lady Gaga, Anthony Bourdain and more. The crowd grew, and after copious amounts of PBR and tequila shots, it was time to go.

We took the 10 minute walk back to the Highland with bellies full, thirsts quenched, and exhausted. The next morning, we grabbed a bite at Home Grown in East Atlanta. To say Home Grown is “just” a local-sourced casual diner doesn’t do it justice. It’s a modern take on the meat & 3 with an expansive breakfast and lunch menu to fill any appetite-- and it’s ALWAYS packed! But don’t worry, the wait is never long. We were seated in the main dining room, surrounded by every demographic imaginable-- young & old, hipster & yuppy, families and more. Our server was awesome and quick to respond to anything we might need. Being a good Southern boy, I had to go with biscuits & gravy and fried chicken. Once the food arrived, I think I just blacked out because the next thing I knew, my plate is empty, and I’m slowly falling into a food coma (or “The Itis” as some call it), but I can’t nap just yet. We pay our tab and start the trek back to Macon, full and happy yet again. If you’re looking for a great time and an easy getaway-- visit some of the best (and quirkiest) places Atlanta has to offer. It’s a fun day trip or a quick overnight. Just remember: have your finger on the trigger at noon every second Friday for a Staplehouse reservation, Clermont is cash only, and don’t mind the wait at Home Grown. It’s all worth every minute and penny . 15

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Dr. Chara Willaford, Superintendent of DREAM Academy 1. Tell me about the first time you ever heard an Otis Redding Song. The first time I recall hearing Otis Redding was when I was a little girl. My grandmother lived with us and played Otis Redding often on the record player. 2. When was it you became aware of the Foundation, and it’s “Dreams” to start a school here? I learned about DREAM Academy last fall as my husband and I were researching various places to live and work. I came across DREAM as we researched Macon, and I immediately became excited because I love ARTS and the whole concept. I have been in love with DREAM Academy, the Otis Redding Foundation and Macon ever since! 3. What’s the most important thing you ever learned in school? I was fortunate to go to diverse schools that encouraged us not to judge a book by its cover. Get to know people. At our core, people are more alike than different.

4. Did you have a least favorite subject and why? Math. I hated fractions. 5. Arts and music in education. Why is it so important? And what happens when it’s not important in a school system anymore? Arts and music education are the impetus to critical and creative thinking. The arts teaches scholars how to express themselves, how to work with others, how to think outside the box and discipline. When arts is taken out of the school, students lose a critical component of a well-balanced education. I am 100 % for rigorous academics, but I am also an advocate for schools producing scholars who possess 21st century skills, or what most people know as softskills. Scholars of today must be prepared to create jobs and pathways for themselves. When the arts are combined with academics, scholars learn how to be thinkers and problem solvers who will confidently take on the world. 6. It’s no secret that the thing that haunts Bibb County development more than just

about anything is our school systems. Is there a way to fix this perception? Yes, everyone is responsible for educating scholars. If the entire community comes together and shares all the great things happening in all the schools, this definitely helps. 7. Describe your favorite color to someone who is blind. The color is full of happiness and joy. It is bright, colorful and exudes the warmth of the sun. When you are having a great day or feeling excited, this is what this color represents. This is the color of spring. 8. Where do you see The Dream Academy in 10 years? I believe that in 10 years from now, DREAM Academy will be a prestigious, model school in regards to arts integrated instruction on a state and national level. We will have art scholars who are in college and perhaps even touring the world! The best is yet to come. 9. What’s the best thing you’ve heard about Macon? The people. The music. The arts. The overall culture! 10. Would you rather fight a Horse Sized Duck or 100 Duck Sized Horses? Lol! If I had a choice, I would rather fight 100 duck sized horses. I do not think I want to take on a huge duck. 11. What’s your Favorite Otis Redding song? My favorite song is “Try a Little Tenderness”. The message still holds true today. 17



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Fincher’s BBQ has been voted THE BEST IN MACON by 11th Hour readers for the last 8 years! Try their legendary BBQ plate, or give their smoked chicken a try!

Macon A.P.’s Hidden Hideaway 4274 Broadway Macon 478-781-5656 Classic rock n’ roll bar with burgers, salads, sandwiches, wings and more! Homestyle Southern Cookin’ Sundays! Outdoor seating available. L/D/Bar $ Amici 1510 Mercer University Dr Macon 478-336-5999 Italian inspired fare made with fresh ingredients-- pizza, pasta, sandwiches, salads, wings. Rooftop bar and outdoor patio. L/D/Bar $-$$ The Backburner 2242 Ingleside Ave Macon 478-746-3336 Elegant dining featuring steaks, chops, seafood, and more! Thursday is Lobster Night (call ahead to reserve), Saturday Brunch. Outdoor seating available. Reservations encouraged. L/D/Bar $$-$$$. Barberitos 4123 Forsyth Rd Suite G Macon 478-621-4883 4921 Riverside Dr Macon 478-254-5802 Burritos, tacos, salads, quesadillas, nachos, and more using locally sourced, farm-fresh ingredients. L/D $-$$ The Brick 1305 Hardeman Ave #100 Macon 478-254-3632 Made-from-scratch pizza, calzones, and stuffed sticks. Fresh salads, wings, and pasta. Wide variety of draft & bottled beer! L/D/Bar $-$$ Circa 4420 Forsyth Rd Macon 478-621-4140 American brasserie, featuring classic and contemporary French and European cuisine, salads, seafood, steaks, sushi. Saturday Brunch starts 2/24! Reservations encouraged. L/D/Bar $$-$$$ Dovetail 543 Cherry St (above the Rookery) Macon 478-238-4693 Farm-to-table casual fine dining. Southern crafted small plates and a cultivated bourbon selection. Reservations encouraged. Complimentary valet located on Mulberry St Lane for dinner only. Saturday & Sunday Brunch. D/Bar $$-$$$ Downtown Grill 562 Mulberry St. Lane Macon 478-742-5999 English-style steak and chop house with nightly features, extensive wine list, and amazing bourbon and whiskey selection. Cigar bar and private humidor. Complimentary Valet. Reservations encouraged. D/Bar $$-$$$

Edgar’s Bistro 5171 Eisenhower Pkwy Macon 478-471-4250 City Chic and a foodie’s dream! Edgar’s Bistro presents a dining experience that nourishes the body and soul. Open for lunch & dinner Monday-Friday, Edgar’s serves as a hands-on training facility for the Culinary students at Helms College’s Polly Long Denton School of Hospitality. Reservations encouraged. L/D $$-$$$ El Camino 382 2nd Street Macon 478-257-6393 Simple and refined taqueria-- tacos, tortas and tequilas with daily features. L/D/Bar $-$$ Fatty’s Pizza 344 2nd St Macon 478-744-9880 Pizza, calzone, wings, & salads. Gluten Free options and delivery to Downtown Macon. L/D $ Fincher’s Bar-B-Q 3947 Houston Ave Macon 478-787-4648 5627 Houston Rd Macon 478-7876947 891 Gray Hwy East Macon 478-787-4649 So fine, it went to the moon in ‘69! Delicious Southern barbecue at four locations in Macon and Warner Robins featuring pulled pork, chicken, ribs, burgers, and more. Family owned & operated since 1935! L/D $ Greek Corner Deli 587 Cherry St Macon 478-254-3059 Greek Corner Pizza 3267 Vineville Ave Macon 478-254-7060 Old world favorites and new world classics. Hummus, Gyros, Souvlaki, Baklava and Loukoumades, Salads & Subs and more! L/D/Bar $ H & H Soul Food 807 Forsyth St Macon 478-621-7044 “The H” is an institution woven into the fabric of Macon’s history. Since 1959, H&H has kept Macon’s most diverse clientele well-fed with delicious, stick-to-ya-ribs soul food while gaining global fame from the unique friendship between founder Mama Louise Hudson and the Allman Brothers Band. B/L $ Harp & Bowl La Bistro 520 Mulberry Street 478-743-8682 Healthy and delicious acai bowls, hormone-free sandwiches, quinoa bowls, fresh seasonal salads, desserts, a massive juice bar and more! B/L $ Ingleside Village Pizza 2396 Ingleside Ave Macon Hand-tossed, homemade dough and fresh toppings, salads, sandwiches, and the sloppiest breadsticks! Voted the best pizza in Central Georgia by readers of the 11th Hour and the Macon Telegraph! 80+ cold, craft beers! L/D /Bar $ 19




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COMMUNITY Best Local Artist - Heidi Clinite Heidi has been providing public and commissioned art for this community for a long time. You can see some of her beautiful work around town at local business like El Camino and Ocmulgee Brew Pub. Best Tourist Spot- The Big House The original home of the Allman Brother’s Band, The Big House is home to the largest collection of ABB memorabilia and is one of the South’s best musical landmarks and pilgrimages. Opening it’s doors for fans to flock to and pay homage and even offering educational programs for school children, The Big House is continuing a musical legacy sure to last for many, many years to come! Best Salon/Spa –Signature Salon Elegance, flair, and outhern hospitality meet you at the door at either of the Signature Salon locations, Downtown Macon or Bass Road. Owner Nicole Brewer’s philosophy was to take a different approach to opening a comprehensive, community oriented salon. We’d say she succeeded. They offer a full line of services and products that can take it up a notch for anyone interested in beauty and style. Best Tattoo Studio - Cherry Street Ink If you are looking for a simple tattoo or an exquisite custom portrait, Cherry Street Ink can get it done. Their ink stopped just short of sparking a dog-gone cultural renaissance in this town, and this ain’t their first win. They’ve taken home Best Tattoo Shop for two years running. Go see any of their six artists to see why. Best Photographer- Ashah Smith Asha Smith started taking photos when she was only 19 years old. Though she worked with another photographer, by and large, she’s self-taught. After going out on her own in 2008, her wedding and engagement photos took off. She also started a Facebook page called Beards of Macon, that pretty much made her famous around these parts. Many of the photos in this issue, and the cover photo were taken by Ashah. Check her out at Best Annual Event- The Cherry Blossom Street Party The pinkest party on Earth spills into the streets of Macon, uniting visitors and Central Georgian’s alike with a variety of music. There’s nothing like seeing a diverse crowd of faces, holding hands, swaying back and forth to a song. Eat, drink and be cherry! Best Local Store Front Travis Jean Emporium Travis Jean Emporium is the heart of Downtown, Macon. Owned and operated by one of Downtown’s

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In the Arline household, music is another member of the immediate family. Music is a brother, a sister, a son, a father. Calvin Arline was raised with music here in Macon, in Tindell Heights. He grew up in the most dynamic, experimental, and profound decades of popular music, and because his ability was like breathing, and by that I mean essential as well as natural-- Calvin found opportunity. Marvin Gaye, Percy Sledge, The Temptations, Bobby Womack, and even Cher recognized the power of Calvin Arline and whether it was live on stage or in the studio, Calvin’s bass and prescence made them all better.

biggest and most loved ambassadors, Scott Mitchell strives to promote local art, crafts, products and more. With over 65 local Georgia Made artisan products and growing, you realize quickly that Travis Jean Emporium is unique, eclectic and promotes the true meaning of buy local, shop local. Best Boutique- Daphne’s 525 Daphne’s 525 is truly where fashion begins. Named after owner Aprill Maxwell’s late Mother, Daphne’s 525 is a tribute to the stylish, chic and affordable clothing that her mother dressed Aprill in. Offering custom embroidery and clothing in ALL sizes, from children to women of all shapes, Daphne’s 525 is a legacy boutique on Cherry Street. Best Use Of Downtown Challenge Grant Christmas Lights on Poplar Brian Nichols had an idea.(Cue the light bulb above his head.) Brian applied for and received a Downtown Challenge Grant for the displaying of thousands of tiny Christmas lights on Poplar Street. These lights transformed downtown Macon into an urban Thomas Kinkade painting full of families, children, pets and shoppers, benefiting so many local businesses and uniting Macon-Bibb as one.

Best Renovation of 2017 The Society Garden When Meg Evans said she was going to open the Society Garden, people believed her and knew it would be successful. I don’t think they had any idea of just how much love, time, and hard work she would pour into an abandoned gravel lot on Ingleside Avenue. From the gorgeous concrete bar, plant life, and outdoor lights to the swings, vintage playground slide, stage and murals, Meg brought Ingleside Villiage’s Society Garden to life, blooming right before everyone’s eyes in a multitude of bright colors, smiles, and blackberry wine slushies. Best New Business - Oliver’s Corner Bistro The ever changing menu of Oliver’s Corner Bistro always includes one things. Hand-made, hand-rolled pasta prepared daily. Pair that with dishes that are created from ingredients grown right here in Central Georgia, and folks, you’ve got a winner. Matt and Nikki Hammock opened the doors to Oliver’s in November of 2017 and haven’t looked back. People rave about the ravioli, but you’ve got another favorite is the Smoked Salmon BLT. They are open for lunch and dinner and located right at the corner of Second Street and Poplar in downtown Moon. DINING IN CENTRAL GA Best Soul Food- H&H The H&H has been a staple since 1959 when Mama Hill and Mama Louise first started stirring pots of love for Macon and soon, the Allman Brothers. Now part of The Moonhanger Group, H&H continues serving up award-winning soul food to hungry travelers, Maconites, and music thirsty masses. Best Burger- The Rookery The Rookery is a legend. A landmark. The go-to spot. It’s also home of the best burger-- whether it be the Johnny Jenkins, the Jimmy Carter, or the Big O, The Rookery knows what to do with a hamburger patty, two buns and an array of eclectic toppings. Best Lunch Spot In Houston County My Grandma’s Empanadas When you have customers lined up outside of the doors to get a taste of your food, you must be doing something right. You can eat to your heart’s desire at My Grandma’s Empanadas with their wide variety of sweet and savory dishes sure to please even the pickiest palates. Best Lunch Spot In Bibb County The Rookery With the expansion of the Rookery happening late last year, The Rookery continues to be the go to lunch destination for hundreds of customers for decades. 25

From their fantastic burgers to their mouth watering milkshakes, a lunch date at “The Rook” is never a bad idea. Best Brunch Spot - Parish on Cherry If you are looking for a great place to being your Sunday Funday, then Parish on Cherry is the place to be. Whether it’s the live music on the patio, the decadent Bloody Mary bar, or the Louisiana infused cuisine, Parish on Cherry makes you feel like you are right on the Bayou. Best Ethnic Choice - La Bella Morella One of the most talked about new restaurants to hit the downtown scene in a long time is La Bella Morella. Fans of their traditional Mexican dishes arrive day in and day out to sample the incredible food coming out of their kitchen.

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Best Healthy Choice - Harp & Bowl The people over at Harp & Bowl strive to make fresh, organic, healthy meals that taste great every single time. From their fantastic African soup to their Detox drink that helps with hangovers, Harp & Bowl has become one of the staples of Downtown Macon. Best Wings- Piedmont Brewery and Kitchen New kid on the block, Piedmont Brewery and Kitchen has come to kick @** and take names with their incredible, lip smacking smoked wings- dry rub, medium, hot, sweet and smokey bbq, Carolina BBQ or white bbq…… Piedmont Brewery and Kitchen has shown those chicken wings much respect and love! Best BBQ- Fincher’s Proudly serving Middle Georgia since 1935, Fincher’s Bar-B-Q was the first in space, and is still best in taste! With 4 locations to serve you award winning BBQ, Fincher’s will start and end your day in the most delicious way.

Consistently voted the best pizza in town, the queen of Ingleside, Ms. Tina Dickson.

Best Pizza- Ingleside Village Pizza Homemade and hand tossed by the Pizza Gods, IVP is more than a local pizza joint-- it’s nation wide! When you mention that you’re from Macon, many folks reply: “That’s where Ingleside Village Pizza is!” IVP has solidified its spot as best pizza through it’s amazing selections of pizzas and craft beer, incredible customer service and having Our Lady of Pizza, Ms Tina Dickson as it’s proprietor and all-around mascot. Best Fine Dining- Downtown Grill The best bourbon selection, the best steaks, the coolest ambiance-- what more needs to be said about the Downtown Grill? Thank you Richie Jones. Best Wait Staff- Downtown Grill … One of the reasons Downtown Grill was voted best fine dining experience! If you want the to26 APRIL 13-27, 2018

tal package (atmospehere, food, service) then the Downtown Grill is the place to celebrate a banner day or simply improve an average one. The staff is exceptional, with an ability to recite 3 full minutes of nightly specials, and recommend fine wine and craft cocktails to pair with any entree. NIGHTLIFE Best Happy Hour The Hummingbird Stage & Taproom A rendezvous point between what Ray Wylie Hubbard might call “The Day People & The Night People.” Known for excellent bartenders with attitude and ridiculously cheap booze, nobody beats The Bird. Best Dive Bar: Grant’s Lounge There are varying accounts of Grant’s Lounge. Some folks call the home of Southern Rock the coolest bar in Macon. Others say the world. Best Bartender: Misty Lamb, Parish on Cherry Alchol & alchemy with the perfect ratio of spirits to style-- that’s what makes the Best Bartender in Macon. Whether she’s mixin’ up a classic or treating her customers to something fresh, Misty Lamb will get you where you want to be. Overall Bar Experience: Reboot Retrocade & Bar For the most original and entertaining spot in Downtown Macon, look no further than Reboot Retrocade & Bar. Grab a concept cocktail and a hand full of game tokens, admire the local art, and enjoy all your inner-child’s arcade favorites. LIVE MUSIC Best Singer/Songwriter: Drew Whitehead Open-Mic veteran and chronicler of “The Struggle,” Drew Whitehead puts his stories to music and tells ‘em true.

Best Indie Band: One Horse Parade One Horse Parade’s pursuit of the sonic horizon has earned them fans from all walks. Don’t bother labeling when all you really need to do is listen. Best Country Band: The Matt Brantly Band These boys might be the hardest working outfit in Central Georgia. Want real country music? The Matt Brantley Band is it. Best Rock Band: Magnolia Moon In an ever evolving realm of sound, the members of Magnolia Moon describe their band as “rock n’ roll, plain and simple. But there’s nothing “plain” happening on stage when Magnolia Moon plugs in and turns up to 11. Best Hip Hop: Bob Lennon To make a dent in the Southern Hip Hop scene, an artist has to make a statement and create more than just a gimmick. Or to quote the man himself, “When you real, you real.” Best Overall Band: Hindsight How do you become the best band in Central Georgia? You write the songs, play the shows. You make a memory out of every moment. You take it on the road, tell ‘em who you are, where you’re from, where you’re goin’ next. You bring it home, make it count... And then create something new, do it again. Music is motion, and Hindsight moves. Best Local Music Venue: The Hummingbird From national touring acts to homegrown heroes, the stage at the Bird has seen ‘em all. Their annual Big Bird Bash has provided a day-long celebration of the best in local music, and we thank you. Best Live Music Venue: The Hargray Capitol Theatre The parade of artists that have graced the stage at the Capitol Theatre this past year rivals any venue in the Southeast. Think 2017 was something? 2018 is monster! And it’s just getting started.


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Pretoria Fields Brewery is a phenomenal, brand-new brewery out of Albany, Ga. Whenever I try out a new brewery, I always start with my favorite: an IPA. Let me tell you-- Pretoria’s “Shoalie” IPA is excellent. Brewed with El Dorado hops with hints of melon and other fruit, this is a perfect warm weather IPA. Not too hoppy and not too filling, this is a beer you can kick back and relax with at a party, take with you floating down the river, or just enjoy with a nice dinner. Do yourself a favor and grab a Shoalie when you can. It is now available at a variety of bars and restaurants in Macon. ANTHONY ENNIS

I’ve got a younger buddy that always tips me off to cool older stuff in the power pop vein. Much of it becomes permanent listening for me, so when he recommends I listen. I was really digging the song, “Hanging on The Telephone” (probably listening to it for the 10th time in a row) when my wife came in and said, “Hey, they’re doing a Blondie cover.” It turns out that Blondie was doing a Nerves cover, and had a top five hit with it in the UK. I discovered that other bands have also covered The Nerves’ songs with success. I don’t need the world to vindicate my taste, but to me that indicates that these guys were doing it right in more than just one person’s opinion. It turns out that The Nerves were a super group before anyone in the band had become super. The three-piece outfit from Los Angeles consisted of Jack Lee on guitar, Paul Collins (later of The Beat) on drums and Peter Case (later of The Plimsouls) on bass. One Way Ticket encompasses the band’s entire catalogue but is not an “album” in the traditional sense because it wasn’t released during the bands lifetime (which was tragically short, from ’74 to ’78). This compilation, released by Alive Records in 2008, contains a remastered version of The Nerves’ only original EP (self-titled) along with some demos and other previously unreleased material. It’s power pop in its pure, rawest form. The sound simple, kinda sparse, and perfect. The songs are all catchy and all over too soon, most clocking in at less than two minutes. You will doubtless spend many more than that on repeat listening. It is that dang good.



One of the best documentaries I have seen in a long time is the Netflix original, Wild Wild Country. Directed by filmmaking brothers Chapman and Maclain Way, the docu-series chronicles the followers of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, an Indian guru who advocated free love and radical meditation to cultivate an intense following in the late 1970s and early ‘80s. From the group moving to Oregon and attempting to take over the town, to the thousands of homeless people they bussed in to the compound, this film grabs your attention and does not let go. You even had the founder of Nike and the ex-wife of The Godfather producer Albert S. Ruddy involved with this guy! I’m telling you, once you start-- just buckle in, and hold on. It’s one hell of a ride. CHARLES DAVIS


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I’m not a high-maintenance guy when it comes to my morning regimen. At the most, I spend about seven minutes in the shower. I don’t have a man-cabinet full of lotions, skin care products or anti-aging creams. I rely on classic men’s grooming products, with one exception. I love me some goat’s milk soap. As it turns out, so does Hubble Beasley, the dapper and well-groomed manager of the Hargray Capitol Theatre. Don’t ask me how the topic of goat’s milk soap popped up in a random conversation. It’s not important. What is important is the fact that Hubble hooked me up with his goat’s milk soap guy. Yes, he has a goat’s milk soap guy. Greg Kearney, owner of Homegrown Trading Post in Statesboro is a goat’s milk soap guru. Names inspired by classic music…. choose from manly tunes such as Dr. Feelgood, Ramblin’ Man and Blue Sky. No foofoo colors… they are a manly off-white. Natural and organic ingredients... manly lumberjack type stuff. Great scents… the way a manly man should smell. Order Homegrown Trading Post goat’s milk soap on Etsy, and find them on Facebook #bathebetter! TONY DOOLIN

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INGREDIENTS: 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 tablespoon fine sugar 2 teaspoons sesame oil 1 teaspoon soy sauce 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger 1 beef rump steak or sirloin cap (butterflied) 1 pkt grape tomatoes, quartered 1 continental cucumber, halved lengthways 1 red onion, halved, cut into thin wedges 2 bell peppers (your choice of colors) 1 bunch fresh Thai basil, leaves picked, torn 1/3 cup toasted peanuts, coarsely chopped Sesame seeds for garnish 4 limes, quartered In large mixing bowl, combine lime juice, garlic, sugar, sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger, reserve 4-5 tblsp for topping- marinate beef in this at room temperature for 30minutes to an hour. On grill, grill meat to desired preference. Allow to rest for 15 minutes before slicing very thinly. Place in large zip lock bag and pour reserved marinate onto beef and allow to chill in the fridge until serving. Serve with thinly sliced Thai basil, chopped peppers, sliced tomatoes and cucumbers, red onion, top with peanuts and sesame seeds with a squirt of fresh lime. 29





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Hashtag... Not My Easter! Easter... a magical holiday where pagan symbolism is honored through allowing an egg-hiding, candy-delivering rabbit to break into our homes. Pastel colors are really important as well. And the story about that Middle Eastern guy being tortured, murdered, then coming back to life is thrown into the mix, because at this point-- why the hell not? It might be the very strangest holiday celebrated on such a large scale. But I think it’s time we examine our system, and the traditions we continue to ingrain in our children’s’ lives. Too many kids today are spoiled and entitled, and everybody knows it’s all because we’re too soft on them when they’re in those fragile, early developmental years. When I was a kid, you could get your ass beat by a grown up... and things had to have been better then because I was there, and look how good I turned out. But I’m afraid our Easter traditions are reinforcing these namby-pamby attitudes. Over the holiday, I went to an egg hunt where kids were actually sectioned off according to age, and the people tried to ensure each child was able to find an egg. Excuse me? How is that going to prepare these children for the real world? Life isn’t some springtime holiday in the park. So, I propose we change the rules. Some eggs have candy, while others are full of dirt or mud. Maybe one special egg has some money in it, and one identical egg has a small venomous snake inside. We can celebrate all our jumbled culture’s histories

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without having to sacrifice our kids’ futures the way they sacrificed that peace-loving Jesus man. In a way, these egg hunts are a lot like participation trophy ceremonies. Both become devoid of meaning through rote consistency. My boys have gotten so many trophies that I have had to rent a temperature-controlled storage space just to have somewhere to put all of them. Just the other day, as we were getting into our minivan after dinner, a strange man appeared out of the shadows and tried to give each of my children a “cutest kids in the parking lot trophy,” whatever the heck that is. He said it was behind the dumpster and that their mother and I had to wait by the car, which seemed unusual, but they have so many trophies already I had to tell him no thanks. I’m not sure he was even a part of any legitimate trophy distributing organization, to be honest. Things are clearly out of hand, and there’s more at stake than which kind of Cadbury eggs you get in your basket. Because it isn’t about the rich milk chocolate shell... What matters is the crème filling inside us. William “Bo” Walker is a Mercer University graduate and a lifelong Macon native, whose passions for comedy, music, writing, and an often passive commitment to success are only surpassed by his passion for reliable shopping carts.

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Agitators, auteurs, curators, and chroniclers-- Luther & Cody Dickinson are their father’s sons and children of the hill country. As the North Mississippi Allstars, the Dickinson’s take blues tradition and amplify it ANgenerations. INTERVIEW WITH for the world and future For them, it’s not just about homage or preservation-- it’s also about moving the blues forward, onward. Recently, the Dickinsons released the EP Blues Dance Music, an ultra-modern remix of selections from 2017’s excellent Prayer For Peace album-- a curious project to be sure. Luther Dickinson had a few minutes to talk about the new electronic EP, the secret of Sun Records, and the true legacy of the blues. And kids, rarely have I enjoyed a conversation more.


Can we call Blues Dance Music an annex of Prayer For Peace? Definitely. You know, we recorded the record as we always do-- live and loose, and sloppy, and just full of blood and guts... and we recorded it on the run, on the road. And then my brother... took the record and did a remix-- like any proper, modern producer/DJ would! He learned this music program called Ableton, which is a modern, very creative music program and workflow... and he took our music and just ran with it, man! And it’s great because it’s totally modern, but to my tastes. I stand behind it 100%. I didn’t do a thing except write the songs, play guitar, and sing. Cody took it and just ran with it! Have you considered doing a full-length project of new material using that same dynamic? Yeah, maybe so. It all depends on what inspires Cody. With our last record, World Boogie Is Coming, he was into making films, and he made four great videos, and musical films, and a whole live concert film-- and he just really ran with it! And it helped that record, World Boogie Is Coming... really helped it splash and have it’s own life. And this time-- he’s inspired by making elec-

wanna ask you... A project that you and Cody worked on, were heavily involved in was the Red Hot Celebration of Sun Records album... Yes!

Now, I love Sun Records... I love the guerilla recording philosophy of Sam Phillips, that experimental spirit that Roland Janes and Jack Clement had... I can only imagine that a lot of that material that ya’ll recorded for that album were like nursery rhymes growin’ up... You were talkin’ about your style, and how you go into makin’ a record-- so, was there any prep for that album whatsoever, or did you just plug in, push tronic music! And the think about us is, what we do record and go? with North Mississippi is only what he and I can do to- Well, the fun thing was, that record... ok, so in gether, you know? I can’t predict or steer him in any Memphis... if you’re gonna work at Sun studios, you direction. He does what he does, and I do what I do. can only work after 6(pm)! Because it’s a museum, It’s a real funny thing, but it’s a healthy work-flow for you know? They have people runnin’ in and out all brothers. And it’s kinda... I got kids, and I try’n tell my day-- so, there’s a parameter, right? But then we kids what’s right and wrong... and I don’t think it’s right also wanted to record at Sam Phillips Recording... for people to tell other people what to do, you know You know, in 1959 Sam sold Sun, and he moved what I mean? Of course, we have to abide by the basic and built Sam Phillips Recording, which has relaws of humanity-- but I’m not into anybody tellin’ any- mained like a time machine ever since! It’s been body else what’s right and what’s wrong, in operation the whole time! In the and people forcing their agenda on other last four or five years they’ve really people. fixed the place up, but it’s still like a modern 1959 recording studio-- and North That’s kinda been the philosophy of your it’s amazing! So, what we were doing Mississippi music, of the way your father played was, we were working in the daytime music, and kinda... of that hill country, at Sam Phillips, and then we’d go to Allstars Memphis music scene altogether. Sun and work at night. So, we had April 19th That’s true, man. That’s a good point. I two different crews, and that was Hargray never thought about it, but you’re right. really fun, man. And it was great to Capital It is a total... Memphis spirit, man. Even work at Sam Phillips again... everyTheatre Sun! That was underground, man... body in Memphis grew up working there. Roland Janes, Jerry Lee Lewis That leads me into another question I and Billy Lee Riley’s guitar>33

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music... rock n’ roll, early rock n’ roll, blues... all that stuff was played quietly! Changed my life. That’s truly amazing. I had never considered that. It’s not easy. It’s a lost art.

he kept that studio open his whole life... and Sam’s granddaughter, Halley Phillips, she really has taken charge,,, and she’s got the fire, man! She’s got the spunk! I didn’t know that! Yeah! And she’s takin’ charge-- and, man, that studio has really still got the Phillips fire! Halley’s a very powerful person... So, it was fun workin’ in both historical spots, then workin’ at Sun was a real codebreaker for me. Ok... the key to workin’ at Sun is you have to play quiet. That music, be it Howlin’ Wolf or Elvis-- they were playin’ quiet. They didn’t have head phones! They were all playing at the level... with such intensity, but at the level of the vocals-- which is a lost art! Nobody can do that anymore, you know? If you go in there and play loud (like we all do now), it doesn’t sound good. Not at old Sun. But, man, we opened the doors... I won’t tell all my secrets, but we recorded in Sun in a new way and utilized the whole space... and got a REAL exciting sound! It was very exciting for me! I’ve experienced goin’ into Sun and people playin’ too loud-- and bein’ disappointed. Man, that’s not what it’s ‘sposed to sound like, you know!

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That’s interesting... cause I listen to a lot, A LOT of records recorded there, and that’s not somethin’ I’ve ever considered... There’s a film... Check it out, this is what turned me on-- there’s a film of Howlin’ Wolf. You know they made the German films? It’s called the American Folk Festival, and every year the bluesmen would go to Europe and do proper, legit concerts in all the theatres in Europe and the UK... And you know what Robert Plant said? That every year, he and Page, and Clapton, and Beck and all of ‘em... they would go and watch the masters! Yeah, I just showed my daughter the one from Howlin’ Wolf! Right, right! Exactly! There’s the one where he’s sittin’... it’s like a storefront set... and there’s the saxophone and a piano, and he and Hubert are plugged into the same amp... Well, this is what broke the code for me: Howlin’ Wolf counted the song off, stomped his foot four times, and then the band kicked in. Well, they were playin’ so quiet that not only could you hear his voice, you could stillhear his foot! You know, granted, it was Howlin’ Wolf... his foot’s like a yard long! But I was like, “Oh my God, all that music is quiet!” It’s quiet

Speaking of lost arts... There is a particular aspect of preservation when it comes to what you and Cody do with the North Mississippi Allstars. The hill country blues that you’ve come to embody... but you’ve also worked to expand what the genre can do. It’s 2018. Is there still room for innovation in blues music? Oh, yeah. Has to. It was always there, and it has to to stay alive, you know? I think a common misconception is that blues music was ever tryin’ to be “old-timey” in the first place. I mean... nobody was tryin’ to be old-fashion. Charlie Patton was a pioneer! Howlin’ Wolf was a pioneer! Robert Johnson went in that studio and sang those songs, man... He was singin’ into the future! Muddy Waters was not tryin to be old-fashion, you know? It’s insulting to the history... to look at it that way. There’s nothin’ wrong with tryin’ to play and make it sound old-timey but don’t think that’s what they were doin’. That’s what I’m tryin’ to say. To keep it alive... the thing about it is... here’s the truth of the matter: I can’t help it. When I play... when Cody and I play together-- it just sounds modern, you know? That’s just what we do! It turns into rock n’ roll, and that’s ok-- but what needs to be protected is the repertoire. That’s what I believe. The trappings, the rhythms, and the sounds, and the bells & whistles... They can come and go, but what needs to be protected is the repertoire-- the poetry and the melody. If you look at the American roots music as a fine art form... it’s really young. It’s a very young art form in the big picture, and it has to be protected. It’s an important part of our history and culture... and that’s what I owe to my father, who was a song collector and taught me his repertoire; to RL Burnside, who was a genius with words and taught me his repertoire... and carryin’ it on and makin’ it your own is the appropriate way of participating in the oral tradition. 35

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SAM MORROW With his latest record, Concrete and Mud, Sam Morrow cuts the profile of a Southern

gentleman-rocker. Morrow harnesses the swampiest guitar licks reminiscent of Lynyrd Skynyrd while finding genuine grooves that evoke Leon Russell and the Tulsa Sound. Currently, Sam Morrow sits atop the heap of a fresh crop of country rockers that are perpetuating the attitude held by Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman five decades ago. Ahead of his appearance at the Hargray Capitol Theatre on April 24th, Wes Griffith invited Sam to discuss Americana, his influences, and his evolution as an artist. | By Wes Griffith Thanks for sending me an advance copy of Concrete and Mud. You are one of our favorite discoveries here at 11th Hour and 100.9 The Creek this year. I’ve been listening to all of your music, and this new record has a different quality about it. It has a little more attitude and energy about it. I feel some Southern Rock influence in there and some Waylon Jennings-type swagger, and even some roots rock vibes that make me think of The Band. Tell me about your approach to this album. I approached this album much differently than the last. I wanted to make music that people can bob their heads to and dance too rather than the sorta sadder stuff of my old records. I really dug into my influences a lot deeper. The Band and Waylon being some of them, but also Little Feat, Skynyrd, and many more. I focused a lot on groove on this record, and I think it shows. You currently hail from California. There seems to be a burgeoning country music scene there with some great new artists like Sam Outlaw, Jamie Wyatt, Jade Jackson and Elijah Ocean. What’s that scene like? The scene in California is really growing. There are so many great artists out here that I respect and its small enough still to have a family sort of vibe. The Grand Ole Echo is to thank for a lot of the scene development out here, and it just keep growing and getting better. Did you grow up in California? Tell me about your musical influences growing up. I actually grew up in Texas. One of my favorite bands growing up and still is ZZ Top. They are Houston guys just like me. I honestly avoided country music till about 10 years ago just because I had this punk rock kinda attitude. Country is of

course very big in Texas and the South, so I always wanted to go against the grain. Once I found Americana and Country music, I couldn’t resist, and there was no going back. You got sober just before releasing your first 2 albums. How has that process informed/affected your work? Getting sober really influenced my writing a lot and made me a lot more mature as a person and an artist. When I was out drinking, I basically used being a musician as an excuse to not have a real job. Now that I am sober, I'm much more focused and involved in my career. Have you ever been to Macon? We have several musical giants that have come out of this town. Any of those artist have a profound effect on you? I’ve never been to Macon. I’d say my biggest influence from there is The Allman Brothers. I’m really excited to come for the show and check out the city. What are your thoughts on the Americana scene these days? Do you like being lumped in to that category? I think the Americana scene is great. It lends a community for artists making good American music that maybe isn’t so mainstream. I make the music I make, and I don't really feel a need to label it, but I like what the Americana Music Association has done for artists like me by giving them a spotlight. What can we expect to see when you take the stage on 4/24 to open for Shinyribs at The Hargray Capitol Theatre? A kick-ass rock n' roll show.



The Tree of Forgiveness By Wes Griffith

I’ll never forget the first time I listened to John Prine’s self-titled debut from 1970. There were illegal smiles, ears inside the walls, a hole in daddy’s arm where all the money goes, and an angel from Montgomery. Prine told me to blow up my TV, throw away my paper, go to the country, and build me a home. I was hooked…mesmerized and amused by Prine’s unique wit – sly, casual, but also poignant and at times caustic in its social commentary…melancholy and whimsical at the same time. And for every comedy of errors, he also offered up a tragedy. Prine has masterfully maintained this complex wit for 5 decades now. And The Tree of Forgiveness finds him no worse for the wear. Producer Dave Cobb steers the ship here as Prine offers up 10 originals with a cast of co-writers and some help from Brandi Carlile (background vocals). Cobb handles guitar on several tracks, and Mike Webb’s piano and organ contributions are especially noteworthy. Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires pitch in on the last two tracks, “God Only Knows” and “When I Get to Heaven.” The latter may steal the show here as Prine tells us what he would do when he gets to Heaven: “I’m gonna get a cocktail / vodka and ginger ale / I’m gonna smoke a cigarette that’s nine miles long / I’m gonna kiss that pretty girl on the tilt-a-whirl / cause this old man is goin to town.” The opening track “Knockin on Your Screen Door” is another feel good number. However, my favorite track is “The Lonesome Friends of Science,” who say the “world will end most any day,” though Prine doesn’t care because he “doesn’t live here anyway.” He lives “down deep inside [his] head / where long ago [he] made [his] bed.” Prine goes on to tell us that Pluto never stood a chance “when he got uninvited to / the interplanetary dance.” Now he is hanging out in Hollywood “in some old funky sushi bar.” As if that’s not enough, “The Vulcan lives in Birmingham….his pride hangs down below his knees / Venus left him long ago / for a guy named Mars from Idaho / The Vulcan sent a wedding gift / a three legged stool and a wheelchair lift.” In classic Prine fashion, the innuendo, irony and tongue-in-cheek wit wraps around this album like kudzu. And while we find Prine, obviously entering his twilight years, dealing with death, dying, God and the afterlife a bit more than in the past, he undoubtedly does so with the same ease and stoic wit that all Prine fans have come to know and love. 37

A Conversation with

Anderson East

When you think of Americana music, one of the most relevant artists that come to mind is Anderson

East-- just don’t label him as only an Americana artist. From his gospel roots to his love of Aesop Rock, Anderson East is a once-in-a-generation musician who melds everything we love about classic records and takes it to the next level. Anderson took some time to talk to us about growing up in Athens (Alabama, that is), the reason he named his latest album Encore, and the prevailing thought that drives his quest to create great music. For the complete interview, visit

With this latest album Encore...this makes the second album that you have worked with Dave Cobb, a legendary producer with a really big reputation of creating this very soul-filled music. With Delilah, were you going in that direction with the album as a concept or was it something that Dave did to guide you towards that? To speak to his credit, I think there may be some kind of aesthetic in mind. But really, we just strip it down to what the song is in its essence and try to just provide service for the song, and let it speak for itself. For Delilah at least, it was a lot of songs that we recorded-- and once we had our theme, we were able to see where the actual record is. As much as we might be enjoying these other songs, this is the narrative that fits for this record. For Encore, we had the concept pretty early on. The title of this one comes from where I expressed to him that I wanted every song to be able to be played as an encore, and I wanted each song to first be able to hold up and have that importance, but also sonically... to be able to get to that place. What’s the one piece of advice or knowledge that Dave has said that you can always keep in the back of your head? I don’t really know if it’s a piece of advice. It’s more of an action, and it’s knowing when to stop. A lot of people want to dress things up, and be perfect. I think that’s the entire goal of making some piece of music, especially as the artist. You want what you do to be flawless, and the best thing that I’ve ever learned from him is that those ugly parts are the human parts. And that’s what continues to draw at least myself and him included, to make great records. It’s that part of the human vulnerability. And to try to extinguish that, you’re turning into a computer .

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The range that the album goes through is incredible from “Girlfriend” with this raucous feel to it to “House Is Not A Building” that has the gospel influence that comes through. But the one song on the album that I am mostly enamored with is the last song on the album, “Cabinet Door”. I’ve had that song for quite a while. We actually recorded that for part of Delilah but it just didn’t fit that narrative from what that record actually was. Every now and again, throughout the past couple years, I’ve snuck it in live in some places. It just means a whole lot to me. You know, every line is not like a true occurrence, but it’s an amalgamation of a lot of my entire family. Still to this day, my grandparents sit around watching the Braves games. It’s kind of a song for everybody all at once, and it also reminds me about being thankful and being grateful for the people that you have around you that you love.

to me. And yeah, I’m far more attracted to making classic records and classic sounding records because it’s human, you know? And I like that. Again, it goes back to that vulnerability. We don’t autotune things on these records. A computer is used to store it, not to really manipulate it. I want to make timeless records. There’s a reason “Hammer pants” went out, and blue jeans are still around. You can’t mess with timeless and classic, but with that being said... I still want to make music that’s relevant in 2018 and 2019. Ok. Here are just a couple of rapid fire questions... You mentioned the Atlanta Braves in the song “Cabinet Door”. So, I’m guessing you have seen a few games in your life. Best Braves pitcher of all time: Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, or Tom Glavine? I’m going to have to go with Greg.

I can’t disagree with you there. I would have also In this Americana genre, there seems to be a soul accepted Steve Avery as well. Not a lot of people revival of sorts going on. Now, I am nowhere know about that guy. Number two: Best hip hop near the singer you are, but I do sing, and I feel artist you’ve ever listened to? like sometimes I get placed, or in better terms, Ooh, that’s tough... Mos Def is up there. Common is pigeon-hold into the soul genre. I sometimes feels up there for me. I was always a big fan of the Rhymelike it’s hard to pay homage to the legends like Otis sayer group where it was Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Redding, Sam Cooke and Al Green while also creAesop Rock. I really liked all that stuff. Just a lot of ating something fresh and new. Is that something the positive hip-hop out there. Talib Kweli too. I that you deal with when you’re in the midst of your could talk all day about that. songwriting, when you’re writing stuff for yourself or for others? Last but not least, if it was not music You know, there are a lot of opinions that you were doing, what else Anout there. I think the only one that derson East be doing with his life? I’d Anderson matters is your own. If people like soul probably be cutting glass. (laughing) East music, and they want to call me a soul I’m dead serious man. I’d either be cutsinger, then do it. If you want to call ting glass, or I’d have a house cleaning April 26th me an Americana singer, then go right business or something like that. Hargray ahead. I’m trying to make art that I Capital BY CHARLES DAVIS love, and I believe in... that matters Theatre


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Boot Hill Reunion Billy’s Clubhouse Shufflin’ country and southern rock

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Abby Owens The Society Garden Singer-songwriter returns to Macon!

Bob Ross Bar Crawl hosted by Just Tap’d, 567 Center for Renewal and Reboot Retrocade!

Macon’s Young Professionals Network held an evening social at The Society Garden. Photos Maryann Bates

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Abby Owens is a story teller of songs hailing from Indiantown, FL. Working alongside the likes of Jason Isbell, Drivin’ N Cryin’, and Leon Russell, Abby’s roots-style music is inspired by the South. “I like to play what I like to listen to.” Abby states. “My songs are about what I’ve experienced directly or indirectly.” Abby’s songs, while unpredictable, weave through relatable experiences, thoughts, and emotions. Her songwriting combined with a percussive acoustic guitar style and smooth vocal makes for an engaging performance.

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Cunabear Fresh Produce Records Jazzy, Lascivious, Psychedelic Rap



With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, Davina & The Vagabonds draw from the last 100 years of American music, and they’re converting audiences one show at a time. So much more than just a blues act, DATV’s shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments that evoke Kurt Weill, and tender gospel passages. Davina’s voice and stage presence defy category in a different way. Davina has been compared to Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday and Betty Boop, but comparisons don’t suffice. Davina Sowers is a true original.- SATURDAY 4/21


“Ain’t No Life I’d Rather Live...Than This Country Life I Live”- Lyrics that perfectly describe this pure country boy from middle Georgia. Scott Brantley comes from a musically gifted family that is deeply rooted in its music, The gift of such talent handed down to him simply couldn’t be ignored, and he has fully embraced the charge of delivering this gift to the masses.-

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Crazy Bull Larry Frick(county) 9pm/$5 Creek Stage @ The Rookery Jazz Soul Brunch w/ Greg Black Trio 11am-3pm Hargray Capitol Theatre Jon Langston 8pm. $15+ w/John King, Trea Landon

Fresh Produce Records Gyan Riley 8pm $5 w/ Half Acid & Whispers of Night & Nathaniel Kiser Reboot Retrocade & Bar Sunday Funday 1pm

Hargray Capitol Theatre Susto 8pm. $10+ w/Neighbor Lady

The Hummingbird Hot Rod Walt & The Psycho Devilles (Intense Rock-a-billy) 10pm/ $5

The Hummingbird Swim In the Wild (Blues, Rock) 10pm $5

Pub 96 Jim Jam Karaoke & Dance Party 9pm

Pub 96 (Bonaire) Big Hairy Monster (Variety) 9pm

Reboot Retrocade & Bar Big Kids Brunch 1pm

Piedmont Brewery & Kitchen Comedy Bingo 6pm

The Society Garden Abby Owens (singer-songwriter) $5 8-10 p.m.

Pub 96 Trivia 7pm / Free Pool

Society Garden Hindsight (Local Indie), $5 8-10 pm Wild Wing Cafe Robbie Parker (Local Southern Rock) 9:30pm/No Cover

SATURDAY 4/14 A.P.’s Hidden Hideaway The Skeeterz (Classic & Southern Rock) 8:30pm/ No Cover Billy’s Club House The Hippies (Variety) 10pm /

Wild Wing Cafe Wes & Ronnie 9:30pm/ No Cover

SUNDAY 4/15 A.P.’s Hidden Hideaway Big Mike 3pm/ No Cover Billy’s Clubhouse Karaoke 9pm/ No Cover


The Society Garden Reggae Sunday with Dean Brown 4-7 pm/Free

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TUESDAY 4/17 Billy’s Clubhouse Karaoke 9pm Hargray Capitol Theatre Beatles vs Stones: A Musical Showdown 8pm $25-$35 The Hummingbird Open Mic Jam 9pm Pub 96 Texas Hold ‘Em Poker 8pm

LIVE MUSIC 4/13: Boothill Reunion Show! 4/14: The Hippies 4/20: Some Kids 4/21: Big Daddy & Co. 41




A Shinyribs show is an exaltation of spirit. It’s a hip shaking, belly laughing, soul-singing, song-slinging, down-home house party. All styles of American music are likely to be touched on, squeezed on, kissed on by this world-class band featuring Winfield Cheek on Keyboards, Keith Langford on Drums, Jeff Brown on Bass, the Tijuana Trainwreck Horns, and The Shiny Soul Sisters - Sally Allen & Alice Spencer.-shinyribs. org



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Society Garden Trivia w/Ben Potter 7-9pm Happy Hour 4-6! 1/2 off Wine Slushies, $1 off drafts

Crazy Bull Karaoke 8:30pm $1 Fresh Produce Music Hall Flesh Narc 8pm $5 w/ Golden Oriole Hummingbird Trivia @ 7pm; Karaoke w/ Man In The Box 9pm Pub 96 Dart League 8pm Karaoke w/ Jim Jam 9pm Reboot Retrocade & Bar Question Quest Trivia 7:30pm Society Garden Yoga + Wine 6pm. $15 Happy Hour 4-6! 1/2 off Wine Slushies, $1 off drafts

THURSDAY 4/19 Billy’s Club House Open Jam Night 9pm The Brick Karaoke 8pm Creek Stage @ The Rookery Davina & The Vagabonds 8pm $12 (free with Capitol Theatre ticket stub) The Hargray Capitol Theatre North Mississippi Allstars 8pm $20-$30 The Hummingbird Darts Tournament 7pm-9pm Piedmont Brewery & Kitchen Taps & Tunes; Aris & Artis 7pm/Free Pub 96 Karaoke & Dance Party 9pm

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Reboot Retrocade & Bar Cards Against Humanity 8pm

Wild Wing Cafe Scott Little (Country) 9:30pm/ No Cover

FRIDAY 4/20 A.P.’s Hidden Hideaway Karaoke w/ Chris 8pm-Midnight Billy’s Club House Some Kids (Country, Southern Rock)10pm/ No Cover Crazy Bull Chris Bandi(Classic Rock, Country, Southern Rock) 9pm $5 The Hargray Capitol Theatre Jimmy Hall Bithday Bash 8pm $25-$35 w/ T Carter & Kosmoknot The Hummingbird In Good Nature (indie reggae) 10pm $5 w/ Little Stranger Pub 96 The Wall (Variety) 9pm

The Crazy Bull Bobby Compton (Country) 9pm $5 Creek Stage @ The Rookery Jazz Soul Brunch w/ Greg Black Trio 11am-2pm Fresh Produce Records Cunabear 9pm $5 w/ SB the Moor & Wrongboy Hargray Capitol Theatre M. Ward 8pm $20-$28 The Hummingbird Emma’s Lounge 10pm $5 Pub 96 Jim Jam Karaoke & Dance Party 9pm Reboot Retrocade & Bar Big Kids Brunch 1pm The Society Garden Macon Makers Market 12-3 The Medicine Men 8pm $5 Wild Wing Cafe Scott Brantley (variety) 9:30pm/ No Cover

SUNDAY 4/22 A.P.’s Hidden Hideaway Big Mike 3pm/ No Cover

Society Garden Dave Cole & The Daymakers 8pm / $5

Billy’s Club House Karaoke 9pm

Wild Wing Cafe Steve & Dave (Country) Never a cover

The Society Garden Reggae Sunday with Dean Brown 4-7 pm/Free


Reboot Retrocade & Bar Sunday Funday 1pm

A.P.’s Hidden Hideaway Big Mike & the Booty Papas 8:30pm No Cover


Billy’s Club House Big Daddy & Co. (Rock, Country) 10pm No Cover

The Hummingbird Darts Tournament 7pm-9pm

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Piedmont Brewery & Kitchen Comedy Bingo 6pm Pub 96 Trivia 7pm / Free Pool

TUESDAY 4/24 Billy’s Club House Karaoke 9pm Creek Stage @ The Rookery Shinyribs 8pm $15 w/ Sam Morrow Hummingbird Open Jam Night 9pm Pub 96 Texas Hold ‘Em Poker 8pm

WEDNESDAY 4/25 Billy’s Club House Trivia w/ Woody 7:30 The Creek Stage @ The Rookery Amanda Shires 8pm $16-$22 w/ Cory Branan Hummingbird Trivia @ 7pm, Karaoke 9pm Pub 96 Dart League 8pm Karaoke w/ Jim Jam 9pm Reboot Retrocade & Bar Question Quest Trivia 7:30pm Society Garden Yoga + Wine 6pm. $15 Happy Hour 4-6! 1/2 off Wine Slushies, $1 off drafts

THURSDAY 4/26 Piedmont Brewery & Kitchen Taps & Tunes w/ Megan Fowler, 7pm/free The Society Garden Trivia with Ben Potter 7-9pm Hargray Capitol Theatre Anderson East 8pm $15-$22

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Kitty City Cat Rescue is a cage-free, no-kill cat shelter located in Macon, GA. Our cats are pulled from local animal control facilities and pampered in a homelike environment while they wait for their forever homes. All of our kitties roam free in our shelter. They are able to play, eat, and lounge as they please! Kitty City’s $100 adoption fee covers spay/neuter, combo testing for FeLV and FIV, and vaccinations. We always need volunteers to help us clean the shelter and take care of our cats. We are also looking for people who would like to work in our ‘Kitty Clinic’, medicating sick or injured cats at the shelter. Come volunteer with us – it’s a cat-lover’s paradise! Kitty City Cat Rescue 4530 Knight Rd. Macon, GA 31220 Facebook – KittyCityMacon 478-305-7799

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Kitty City is a non profit, 501(c)3, cage free, no kill cat rescue. Most of our cats come from local animal control facilities. All cats/kittens are spayed/ neutered, vaccinated and then offered for adoption. We provide a healthy, comfortable and safe place for them to live while waiting for adoption.

4530 Knight Rd. Macon • 478-305-7799



> Usually it is allergies, which affect pets just as much as their owners. Excessive quantities of pollen combined with the start of flea and tick season combine to cause ear infections, itching, scratching, hair loss and pyodema or skin infections. Veterinarians now have several great new treatment options including immunotherapy that can resolve or significantly decrease the symptoms for your pet. In Georgia we recommend using flea and tick medicine year round as we still see these pesky creatures even in the middle of winter. Having said that the main flea and tick season usually runs March through September in Middle Georgia. If you can start using your preventatives at least by the end of February and continue into October you will cover the worst of the season. If your product stops working we recommend you contact your veterinarian for advice for your pet. We now have many oral products available that may be indicated if your topical is not effective. Some products have age and breeding specifications as well as some medical limitations. Always talk to your veterinarian first.

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