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Part II: “Angels in America” NT Live Presents Aug. 20 at The Douglass

By Larry Fennelly

Theater fans who saw Part I of “Angels in America” will undoubtedly want to see Part II, set to arrive at the Douglass Theatre on Aug. 20, thanks to the NT Live series, transmitted in HD from Britain’s National Theatre, the source of some of the world’s finest theater. Part I of this epic work (which, by the way, won the Pulitzer Prize) was titled “Millennium Approaches.” Part II, “Perestroika,” picks up only a couple of months later and follows the characters some five years into the future. While it is useful to have seen Part I first, both parts of “Angels” can be enjoyed independently. “Enjoyed,” of course, may not be the best choice of words. Although the fate of some of the characters is painful to behold, the end of Part II – like the end of Part I – can be seen as empowering and even uplifting. In Part I we were introduced to two couples, one gay and one straight. Louis Ironson, a gay Jew learns that his lover, Prior Walker, has AIDS. Working in the same law office as

Ironson is a closeted gay Mormon, Joe Pitt, who is married to Harper, a woman with multiple issues. Tying this group together is Roy Cohn, who also has AIDS, and his night nurse, Belize. When “Perestroika” (a Russian term meaning restructuring) begins, Walter has received a surprising message from God: mankind’s progress is causing problems in Heaven and thus God has abandoned Heaven. This second part is rife with angelic revelations, visions and spiritualism. All of the characters are interacting, some in denial, some with acceptance, some embroiled in violence. Cohn, the lawyer who prosecuted Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, is symbolically forgiven by Ethel Rosenberg. The Epilogue takes place at the Fountain of Bethesda, named after a healing pool in Jerusalem where Jesus performed one of his miracles. The message is clear: the progress will continue.

Spark Macon New Membership Levels SparkMacon is a membership-based organization, known as a makerspace. SparkMacon membership includes access to the desk and meeting space, art tools, technology equipment, workshop facilities and high-speed wireless internet located at 557 Cherry Street, Suite B. Macon Makers Discount: If you are a already a member of either Ampersand Arts or 5/4 Music Space, you receive a 25% discount off your SparkMacon membership. Click here for the details, and email, if you qualify for a discount.

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Makerspace Standard Membership $20/mo. Includes access to: SparkMacon during regular Hours of Operation for one individual; Common tools and maker stations, including 3D modeling and printing, CNC machine, electronics, laser engraving, and wood working, on a shared basis; Lounge and snack space; Training classes for tools and equipment. For sign up, and for more information on various access levels including family memberships and private working levels, visit

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CONCERT: Jason Aldean “Concert for the Kids” at The Macon Centreplex

BENEFIT: Macon Arts annual “Taste of the Arts” at historic Terminal Station

CONCERT: The Listening Room Series presents Great Peacock at The Library Ballroom

COMMUNITY / SPORTS: Middle Georiga Derby Demuns

Two-time and reigning ACM “Entertainer of the Year” Jason Aldean announced he will return to his hometown for a second Concert For The Kids on Friday, August 11. After raising more than half a million dollars at last year’s intimate stripped-down performance, Aldean will expand to the Macon Coliseum this year. All proceeds will once again benefit the Children’s Hospital, Navicent Health, which serves as Bibb County’s only dedicated pediatric facility in central Georgia that enhances the lives of children through patient care, research and education. Visit for details. Ticket prices are $39.75-$250.

Surfs up! It’s the ultimate island hop at historic Terminal Station at 7:00 PM on Saturday, August 12th.The Macon Arts Alliance is shaking things up this year with the ultimate summertime social fundraiser to support local programs including the Arts Roundtable, Macon365 Arts and Culture Community Calendar, Mill Hill East Macon Arts Village and the Macon Arts Gallery. The 2017 Taste of the Arts event will feature island tiki bars with a boatload of boat drinks mixed by local arts organizations, Big Kahuna Karaoke, a live auction, boardwalk games and a beach barbecue. $35 per person. For tickets visit

7:30-11 p.m. Come enjoy a wonderful evening in an intimate atmosphere with these stellar musicians on Saturday, August 19, 2017! You can call Great Peacock a folk band... but don’t expect them to make music for campfires or square dances. Raised in the Deep South and headquartered in Nashville, they’re a group of red-blooded country boys whose music finds the middle ground between rootsy, down-home Americana and super-sized arena pop/rock. Tickets available now! $15 or 2 for $25 - advance, $15 - day of. 652 Mulberry Street. For tickets visit

The Demons are bringing the heat to Warner Robins as they take on the fierce and determined Tallahassee Legiskators. Bring your loudest cheering voice and all your friends to Rigby’s Entertainment Complex & Water World on Saturday, August 26 for one of the toughest match-ups of the season. Doors open at 5:00 PM, and the game starts at 6:00 PM. Grab food and drinks from the full bar and diner, and watch the action at the skating rink (located behind the arcade). General admission tickets are $10 in advance ($12 at the door) and $5 for kids under 13. Children 5 and under are free. All adult tickets come with a free well drink at The Hummingbird in downtown Macon. 05


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Start your August off right with downtown Macon’s monthly First Friday celebration! Stroll your favorite galleries, storefronts and restaurants from 5-10 p.m.

Friday 4th COMMUNITY First Friday Happy Hour On the patio at the Macon City Auditorium! Located on the Cherry Street side of the Macon City Auditorium, this First Friday Happy Hour is a free event and open to the public 7:00pm-10:00pm. Downtown Macon celebrates the First Friday of each month, presented by Robins Financial Credit Union! The streets of Downtown Macon are alive with music, art, food, and fun every First Friday of the month. There are activities for everyone from children, families, students and adults. Downtown merchants keep their doors open later each First Friday with art exhibits, dinner specials, family events and more. COMMUNITY First Friday Events Join us at the Tubman Museum for an evening of “First Friday at the Tubman,” with BIG fun for the whole family! Game night, Zumba on Cherry and interactive exhibits. $5 admission. First Friday Art Opening: From Paper to Print at The 567 Center for Renewal from 5-8 p.m. Art Stroll at Macon Arts Gallery with wine and light appetizers 5-8 p.m. End of Summer Art Sale at Travis Jean. Live music on the patios at Kudzu Seafood, Parish on Cherry. COMMUNITY First Friday Open Make Night at Spark Macon Free 6-9 p.m. Ever wondered what SparkMacon is all about or wanted to make something new by collaborating with the community or using state-of-the-art tools and equipment? You can do just that during our First Friday Open Make Night events. The space will be filled with members showing off all the amenities of SparkMacon and providing a place for you to create. Our entrepreneurial members will also be showcasing and selling their awesome creations. 557 Cherry Street, upstairs COMMUNITY Food Truck Friday in Centerville 5-8 p.m. at Center Park, 103 East Church Street, Centerville. You don’t want to miss this tasty alternative for Friday Night Family Dinner!

Saturday 5th ART CLASS Corks & Canvas 7 p.m. The 567 Center for Renewal. Bring a bottle of your favorite wine or other beverage to sip on, bring a friend, and learn to create an 11 x 14 painting. No painting experience required. An artist will guide you through the steps. $28 includes all materials for the class (except the wine), and the class lasts 2 and 1/2 hours. Space is limited. To register, call (478) 238-6051 or you can pay online at http://www.the567center. org/art-classes/. 06 AUGUST 4 - 18, 2017

“...the first single just came out and it’s great and everything seems to be going the way I hoped it would, but it’s like anything, you got to keep putting out good music. If it was up to me, I’d be one of those people like George Straight or Alabama and be around for 25 years and still making music.” - Jason Aldean, 11th Hour interview 2001

COMMUNITY/HEALTH Yoga at Tattnall Square Park 9-10 a.m. A free, weekly yoga class in the park taught by a rotating group of instructors. Bring your own mat and water. Donations are appreciated.

Osteen on guitar and vocals, Jim Vint on bass , and Patrick Gaynor on drums their combined musical experience blends the genres into pure excitement. 2321 Vineville Avenue

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BENEFIT Macon Arts annual “Taste of Macon” at The Terminal Station 7:30-10 p.m. The 2017 Taste of the Arts event will feature island tiki bars with a boatload of boat drinks mixed by local arts organizations, Big Kahuna Karaoke, a live auction, boardwalk games and a beach barbecue. $35 per person. Visit for tickets.

NIGHTLIFE Storytelling at Roasted Cafe & Lounge 7 p.m. Topic: It’s so Gross... Gross Point Blank, Gross Income, Gross Trash Can. Disgusting, Gross Attitude, there is something GROSS to you and we want to hear about it. Storytellers Macon needs you to come along. If you don’t, this puppy will die....just kidding. Last month was great, but only because you were there. All stories welcome. 442 Second St.

Friday 11th NIGHTLIFE Wild Sour Funk Fest at Just Tap’d Start your weekend on a sour note! Join Just Tap’d August 11th from 5p-11p for our Wild Sour Funk Fest! An Orpheus Brewing tap takeover with other berliner weiss and wild sour beers spotlighted from other breweries, lemon drop sangria special, sour candies on all the tables, fresh house-made sour dough bread and funk music hosted and played by Black and Mild of 100.9 The Creek. Also featuring wild, sour and funky beers from each of our favorite breweries! All beers sold by pint or 10oz. Flight paddles available as well as growlers to go. Join us where the wild things pour on August 11th from 5-11PM. MOVIE SCREENING Movie Night at High Falls State Park 8:30 p.m. Bring a blanket and chair for this 1977 fantasy classic on Movie Night at the Park. We will have popcorn, refreshments, and other snacks available for sell. Come early and see if you can cross our asteroid field obstacle course! Movie will start at 8:30 PM. $5 ParkPass required. Movie is free. Call park office for more information. 478-993-3053

Saturday 12th COMMUNITY/HEALTH Yoga at Tattnall Square Park 9-10 a.m. A free, weekly yoga class in the park taught by a rotating group of instructors. Bring your own mat and water. Donations are appreciated. CONCERT Ross Osteen & Crossroads at The Big House 6-9 p.m. Come out to the Big House backyard for a summer concert with Ross Osteen & Crossroads with the Eli Carlan Band opening! Ross Osteen & Crossroads are part of the continuum of Blues and Rock exploration. With Ross

Sunday 13th AUDITIONS Mercer University Youth Choirs The Mercer University Youth Choirs, an outreach program of Townsend School of Music, will hold auditions for the 2017 – 2018 season on Saturday, August 12 from 9:30 – 1:00 and Sunday, August 13 from 2:00 – 4:30 in Neva Fickling Recital Hall of the McCorkle Music Building located at 1329 Adams Street. Singers aged 8 – 17 are welcome to audition. For more information call (478) 301-5751. The Touring Choir will embark on a multi-state tour to attend the Texas International Choral Festival in Dallas, TX (June 18 - 26, 2018). For more information about the program and upcoming auditions, visit or call (478) 301-5751. CONCERT Second Sunday Concert Series on Coleman Hill 6-8 p.m. free community event! August concert featuring Atlanta’s Little Tybee! Every second Sunday of the month, from April through October, expect one of the best community picnics in Macon featuring live music on Coleman Hill. The concerts are free to attend and feature a cash bar and food available for purchase. Picnics, lawn chairs and pets are welcome. Please refrain from bringing tents and grills.

Saturday 19th BENEFIT CONCERT Benefit for Tory Torstenson at The Big House We’ll be having a benefit concert in memory of “Big Tory” Torstenson! August 19 from 5:30-10:00 at The Big House Museum, $5 donation at the gate! Lineup includes: Nathan Garrett, Karen (Barlow) and the Mudcats, David Cole, Chris Patterson and the Daymakers, and Big Mike and a Vice Grips reunion featuring Rick Burnette PLUS special guests! In addition to the music, there will be a bake sale, auction, and a 50/50 raffle!

Monday 21st COMMUNITY Total Solar Eclipse

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM (Ocmulgee National Monument) A total solar eclipse will take place on Monday, August 21, 2017 and you’ll be able to see it in Macon. Macon will be within the 90 % viewing range. This will be the country’s first total solar eclipse in 38 years. The park will be doing a short talk before the eclipse on the astronomy of the Mississippian Culture and the history of solar eclipses. Please meet on top of the Great Temple Mound at 2:15 pm to receive your free solar eclipse glasses. The eclipse is going to be seen from Macon between 2:30pm-2:45pm.

Saturday 26th COMMUNITY / SPORTS Roller Derby: Middle Georgia vs. Jacksonville at Rigby Entertainment Complex the Demons are bringing the heat to Warner Robins as they take on the fierce and determined Tallahassee Legiskators. Bring your loudest cheering voice and all your friends to Rigby’s Entertainment Complex & Water World on Saturday, August 26 for one of the toughest match-ups of the season. The game starts at 6:00 PM. Grab food and drinks from the full bar and diner, and watch the action at the skating rink (located behind the arcade). General admission tickets are $10 in advance ($12 at the door) and $5 for kids under 13. Children 5 and under are free.

Tours TOURS Rock Candy Tours Rock Candy Tours offers Macon music history walking tours every Friday and Saturday plus a variety of private tour opportunities. Please make reservations 24 hours in advance, call 478.955.5997. City of Macon Van Tours Offered every weekend in March and April. From architectural masterpieces to the places that inspired musical legends, this 2-hour journey through the heart of Georgia is a can’t-miss. Contact the Downtown Macon Visitor Center to schedule your tour of Macon today. It’s more than a place on a map. It’s a vibe all its own. $25 for adults, $22 for children (12 and under), $22 for Military personnel and seniors (55+), and $22 for Macon residents. The Hay House The Hay House is one of Georgia’s most distinguished structures, an 18,000 square foot mansion built during the mid 1800s. As a museum, Hay House shares with its visitors the philosophy of historic preservation and introduces them to preservation methods and technology. Daily museum tours offered 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sundays 1-4. Admission $11. 478-742-8155 07




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Sofrito: an aromatic, savory blend of herbs and spices that’s the cornerstone of many Latin dishes – it’s endlessly customizable, usually beginning with onions, garlic, oil, and peppers, and each sofrito is unique to the individual cook who prepares it. Sofrito Fusion, if you haven’t yet had the pleasure of experiencing it, is a much beloved local food truck that specializes in Southern-South American (specifically Venezuelan) fusion delights – they offer empanadas in various flavors, tequenos (cheese sticks), a Latin Dog – a bacon-wrapped hot dog with toppings such as cabbage or potato sticks – and the amazing patacon, a sandwich of shredded chicken, crunchy cabbage, homemade green sauce, and cheese, sandwiched between two fried plantains. It’s outstanding food, sold at a reasonable price by some truly kind and grateful local folks. Jada Smith grew up in the middle Georgia area, but left the area to travel awhile in her late teens/early 20s. She began a career at an insurance company in her mid-twenties, but soon found corporate America wasn’t a great fit for her – she knew she wanted to be her own boss in some capacity, but she wasn’t sure quite how – until the inspiration for Sofrito Fusion hit her. She’d seen Chino Bandido, a popular Phoenix Mexican-Chinese fusion restaurant, featured on Diners, Drive-ins & Dives, and that, combined with a Texas native-owned food truck she’d seen in Hawaii that served up Hawaiian food with a Southwest slant, kept recurring in her mind. Jada’s husband is from Venezuela, and the two of them have a deep love for one another’s cultures, so she decided that creating a foodie fusion of Southern and Venezuelan cuisine would be the perfect way to personalize her new business. Sofrito Fusion opened for business in March of 2016, and in the year-plus that they’ve been serving food, they’ve built a loyal following of customers – “We love getting to know our customers,” Jada says, “and their kids and their dogs.” Dogs eat and drink free, by the way – and it’s just that kind of 08 AUGUST 4 - 18, 2017

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Sofrito Food Truck Where the South meets South America

friendly, welcoming attitude that’s helped Sofrito Fusion become as popular as it has. Well, that, plus the delicious food. So where can you get your hands on some of this goodness? Every Friday, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm, from April through October for Food Truck Fridays at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins– “This is one of our favorite spots,” Jada says. “We love the Museum and its staff, and the opportunity to feed and say thank you to our military men and women.” And just last week, Sofrito Fusion started serving lunch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:30-1:30 at their permanent location in the International Square Shopping Center on Watson Blvd. in Warner Robins. “We wanted to give customers more opportunities to experience Sofrito,” says Jada. But don’t worry, they’re still mobile, serving up goodness at festivals, parties, and even weddings all over the midstate. The best way to keep up with where they’ll be is to follow their social media – check for them by name on Facebook, on Twitter as @SofritoFusionFT, and on Instagram as @SofritoFusion – and you can always email them at Sofritofusion@ with any questions. The most challenging part of owning a food truck? “It’s so much more than just food,” Jada says. “You have to be part mechanic, part engineer, and part marketing director, because there are so many moving parts – literally – in this business that you have to be prepared for anything.” If Sofrito Fusion’s stellar first year is any indication, Jada has done an impeccable job of balancing all the different areas of food truck ownership without skimping at all on the most important two – great food and great service, with a side order of thankfulness and appreciation. “We’d like to thank the community for embracing us the way they have,” says Jada. “We love sharing our cultures and our love for food with middle Georgia.” 09



BALL taste of the arts

Saturday, August 12 • 7 PM-10 PM Macon Terminal Station 200 Cherry Street • Historic Downtown Surf's up. This ultimate island hop gives beach bums a chance to sip signature boat drinks mixed by arts organizations at themed tiki bars. Pull out your favorite Hawaiian shirt, Bermuda shorts or grass skirt. Listen to shagalicious music by DJ Kevin Nichols and sing along with Big Kahuna Karaoke. Bid on fabulous experiences at a live auction, play boardwalk games, and enjoy authentic beach barbecue at this laid back luau.

Buy tickets $35 Advance $50 at Door phone: 478-743-6940 • gallery: 486 First Street

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Join us for our End of Summer Art Sale

featuring works by some of Macon's favorite artists including Priscilla Esser, Sarah Tinsley Parker, Joy Stanley, Heidi Clinite, Hazel Caldwell, and more!!!

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Buy a Book/Pet a Cat! The Golden Bough is a must visit for the local tourist. Tuesday through Saturday, 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Golden Bough is located on Cotton Avenue

$12 includes a tour, 6 tasting tickets, and a souvenir pint glass. Saturday Tours & Tastings are 1-6 pm. Third Thursday Tours & Tastings are 6-9 pm.


Visiting a new city can be exhilarating. New scenery stimulates senses that may have become dormant in the repetition of daily routines. The tongue never grows tired of trying new things. The eyes open as wide as they can to see all that there is to see. The nose knows no limits—a bakery with its door propped open, an old theatre with slightly musty seats. Going on vacation has endless possibilities, but only for a week. Being a tourist is limited because going some place eventually means leaving it too. So you make an air-tight itinerary and begin marching through the city, crossing one big item off after another. In the midst of all this marching and crossing it is easy to

miss what a city is actually all about. It is possible to see a city without really seeing it at all. Being a local tourist, however, means so much more than two additional syllables. When you are an active citizen in a city that you love (and occasionally hate, roll your eyes at, or tease like the embarrassing relative it is), your heart strings tend to get wrapped up and tied to some of the strangest things. For instance, if you haven’t paused at the entrance of Lawrence Mayer Florist to pet, pat, or pose for a photo with one of the purple lions, I would question how long you have actually lived here in town. Maybe you are not into PDA with orchid-colored animal statues, but have felt a tinge of pride, or perhaps just a smirk, when passing the regal pair—well, #ThatsSoMacon of you. You might also feel a gentle tug every time you drive down Cherry Street, gliding over the pink line dividing the two lanes, and then pull into a parking space with the same. Big, pink blooms fading into the asphalt are also there to remind you of the past International Cherry Blossom Festival and future festivals to come. This annual event is also known as The Pinkest Party on Earth, and #ThatsSoMacon. Speaking of pink, there is perhaps nothing more inherently “Macon” than craving that little red hotdog with chili on top. Nu-Way Weiners might seem wrong, but it feels so right. If you are a local tourist here in Macon, then you have probably already mourned the site of the original building, which burned down a few years back. Signs promising to rebuild bring hope, taking that seared heart string and securing another knot. In fact, if you have ever stared into an empty storefront that once housed your favorite spot, shaking your fists at the sky, gritting your teeth, and wondering “Why?”—I hate to say it, but #ThatsSoMacon. If you pass by the

building on Washington Avenue, once home to Joshua Cup, you can’t help but remember the sanctuary of sofas, good company, and hot coffee. The same can be said about the absence of Treasure Vintage on Cotton Avenue. The quirky, little vintage shop was a treasure, indeed! “Tis better to have loved and lost,” Tennyson wrote, “than never to have loved at all.” Not all is lost, though. New businesses are constantly bringing something different to Macon, and a local tourist celebrates each and every one. A thrift store that supports the homeless community here in town? That’s WEAR and #ThatsSoMacon. A brewery [Macon] puns like nobody’s business, where you can hear a grown man lean over the counter and order a “Macon Love” without a hint of humor on his face? That’s Macon Beer Company and #ThatsSoMacon. And there are several old, steadfast businesses still standing on solid ground. What’s more euphoric than snagging a table at one of downtown’s most coveted outdoor patios, and then immediately ordering a Bloody Mary to add a side of salt to your smugness? That’s the Rookery and #ThatsSoMacon. Is there anywhere more sacred than the book shop with black and white checkered floors, green shelves, and feline escorts? That’s the Golden Bough and #ThatsSoMacon. Despite what every “Top Ten” list might tell you, the real beauty and brilliance of our big little city is in the details. It’s in the concrete slide on Coleman Hill; it’s in the dreamy little patio behind BJ’s Billiards; it’s in the constant noise and activity surrounding the fountain on Third Street. Macon is a one-of-kind city that is still growing and expanding every day. But here’s to hoping that some things never change! 11


NATIVE/NEW Meet Jenny Lawson From Butler, GA Occupation: Stylist, Signature Salon

By Traci Burns California surfer girl, punk, beatnik, flapper, hippie – what do these have in common? They’re all easily recognizable icons of countercultural hipness, and they’ve all, at one time or another, served as muse for Jenny Lawson’s ever-evolving, always discerning personal style. Jenny had a happy, easy country childhood in the small town of Butler, Georgia, with doting parents who raised her on classic rock and Motown and an older brother who got her into grunge, but by the time she was a teenager, she knew she needed to explore outside the small-town boundaries. She lived in Warner Robins for awhile, then moved to Atlanta, but it was “expensive and busy and lonely,” says Jenny, “and I couldn’t fit into any scene.” When she came to Macon in 2010 only knowing a handful of people, she felt welcome immediately – it felt like home. She fell right in with Macon Noise, who at the time were “a hivemind unit of artists, musicians, and Macon hipsters coming to the Golden Bough on Tuesday nights” (or a house party, or an old loft, or Grant’s or Roasted) to see whatever band turned up to play. Inspired by all the new, experimental music she was hearing – “there was sludge metal, harsh noise, and everything in between” – Jenny wrote a show review for one of the zines being published, then started designing flyers for lots of the performances, then, after joining in at some impromptu jams and discovering she had a talent for keeping time, she wound up forming and playing drums in the new wave/ punk band Moontrash, along with Meghan 12 AUGUST 4 - 18, 2017

Dowlen and Esther Lee Altman. “Seven years has passed, and lots of things have changed and people come and go,” Jenny says, “but there’s still this same spirit when you go to a show at Fresh Produce Records – that scene evolved from all of us being young punks on Cotton Avenue having weekly shows during the quieter days of downtown, and it’ll always be special to me.” Music is still an integral part of her life – right now, she’s heavily into The Beatles, especially George and Paul’s solo careers – during her more punk rock days she wrote them off as overrated, but she’s making up for lost time now. Other current favorites: Kyle Craft, Father John Misty, The Lemon Twigs, and Foxygen. Love of music and involvement in the downtown Macon scene also landed Jenny a cool and unexpected accolade – Willie D., owner of Fresh Produce Records, showed his pal R. Stevie Moore, prolific and iconic lo-fi legend, some footage of Moontrash, which he dug, and he and Jenny have been friends ever since. Last year, when R. Stevie put out a limited edition re-release of his collaboration with Ariel Pink, he asked to use one of Jenny’s paintings, “Birth of Pisces,” for the cover art. “The old cover was a naked woman in a cemetery,” says Jenny, “so I guess he wanted something more friendly and bright! I was honored.” (Another serendipitous musical connection: Jenny first met her fiancé Cody Kurth, drummer for African Americana, at an Ariel Pink show.) Creativity in all available forms has always been natural and necessary for Jenny; by age 17, she knew she wanted to be a

hairstylist – it was a perfect fit, combining her love of fashion and art with the innate skills she’d honed by practicing on her own hair, DIY-style. She’s been licensed since 2008, and she’s spent the past two years at Signature Salon – she currently works at the downtown location, which just celebrated its first anniversary. Jenny’s a cutting specialist; she’s genius at fixing bad haircuts, and she loves doing pixie cuts, bobs, bangs, and men’s cuts. She’s also renowned for her skills in doing bright fashion colors. Any client who spends time in her chair will leave happy and feeling good about themselves, thanks to her talent and artistry – and that’s what makes her happiest, too. And you can count on Jenny to know what’s trending in the world of hair – right now, lots of texture is coming back in style. “Think of the shag or mullet of the 70s, but very much updated,” she says. “Low-maintenance air-dried hair is also trending, and long, soft, tapered Brigitte Bardot-inspired bangs are popular.” “The teamwork [at Signature Salon] is incredible,” Jenny says. “The system that’s in place is set up to help us succeed – we have Redken educators come in seasonally for classes, and we have monthly meetings and one-on-one checkups to keep us motivated. It’s so helpful.” And getting to spend every day in her beloved downtown Macon is just another bonus – “I’ve always lived downtown since moving here, and seeing it grow and become busy is so exciting. Our clients love people-watching through the windows,” Jenny says, “and I absolutely love seeing my friends walk by on the sidewalk and wave at me while I’m working!”

11 Things You Didn’t Know about Jenny Lawson 1. I have two webbed toes on my left foot.

2. Keith Morris of Black Flag/Circle Jerks/OFF! told me happy birthday from the Drunken Unicorn stage once.

3. I drew my own clothing designs and made little magazines from ages 8-13, based off of Delia’s catalogues I would get.

4. I was a drama kid, I loved acting workshops and my school’s 1-act plays growing up.

5. My favorite hangover food is a Whopper with cheese.

6. In first grade I slipped in the mud and had

to change into a clown suit. (The only thing my

teacher had in the classroom.) So embarrassing. 7. I used to be in the girl band Moontrash from 2011-2013.

8. I can’t stop buying oxford shoes – I have tons of essentially the same shoe.

9. I used to hate hippie shit, now I can’t get enough of it.

10. I’ve never ever been stung by a bee. I credit that to watching Idgie Threadgood on Fried Green Tomatoes.

11. Mandarin’s steamed dumplings and Roasted’s falafel are my food obsessions.

Tennessee Williams, center, and Truman Capote, second from left

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From Jan. 1 to June 2 of this year, Bibb County patrol officers on duty have responded to 61,938 911 calls...

A rash of brazen armed robberies across Macon this summer continues to strain county resources while putting local retailers and shoppers on edge | by Stacey Norwood

Officer Dominique Williams is talking a mile a minute from behind the wheel of her county-issued patrol car. I’ve volunteered for a media “ride-along” and the Macon-Bibb deputy I’ve been paired with is on a serious roll, scarcely stopping to pause between a chirpy string of run-on sentences that are beginning to pile on top of each other like a paragraph in a Faulkner novel. We are halfway down Vineville Avenue in the thick of Friday afternoon traffic before I finally wedge my way into the deputy’s verbal onslaught. “Girl,” I tell her, “take a breath in there somewhere.” This makes her giggle and look over at me in the passenger seat, “I talk a lot when I’m nervous,” she says, smiling. “I can tell,” I respond. And just like that, the ice between us is broken, and my 3-hour tour into a day in the life of a Macon law enforcement officer truly commences. Wearing nary a stitch of make-up, with her hair pulled back into a tight twist, Officer Williams could almost pass for a teenager. But a person would be foolish to dismiss her so lightly. This “lady cop” is also a Marine-tested war veteran, a thrill-seeking motorcycle enthusiast and a designated training officer for newbies on the force. More than that, the patrolwoman is also a certified hero. In less than a week from our patrol run, Officer Williams is scheduled to be honored for helping to save a man from hanging himself at his home on Napier Avenue. With the assistance of an officer she was training, Deputy Williams hefted the man out of a self-made noose and ultimately into an ambulance. The man was over 6 feet tall and tipped the scales at 210 pounds, she tells me. She is 5’5 and weighs in at a buck-38 wringing wet. But make no mistake, Dominique Williams is down to protect and serve, and she is not afraid to tussle if a tussle is called for, she says. I have no doubt that she means it too. As an officer working out of the 3rd Precinct, located on Pio Nono Avenue, Officer Williams’ territory spans Zones B and C, which includes some of the most poverty-stricken and crime-plagued neighborhoods in the 14 AUGUST 4 - 18, 2017

city. Less than hour into our ride-along, we’ve covered countless blocks, and while still chatty, the deputy’s eyes continuously scan the perimeter, looking for a face she doesn’t recognize or anything at all out of the ordinary. A couple of times when we pass through “hot spots” Dominique loosens her seatbelt “just in case.” More than once, she’s had to jump out of the car and chase suspects navigating the well-worn pathways between abandoned lots and derelict houses that serve as makeshift escape routes for ne’er do wells making their getaways on foot. “Don’t make me chase you,” she says, laughing. “Because I can run.” On the other hand, this seasoned officer is also a newlywed with a handsome fireman husband and a beautiful little girl waiting at home for her at the end of every shift. Now that Dominique’s daughter is getting old enough to understand the dangers law enforcement officers can face, her babygirl’s occasional tears, too-tight tight hugs and pleas of “don’t go” before a shift weigh heavily on her, she confides. Now more than ever, safety is an imperative.

Long Hot Summer

Ironically, one of the hot spots we cruise through on our patrol is the off-street side entrance of a Dollar General store on Napier Avenue. Officer Williams has snagged a couple of shoplifters hightailing it across the store’s potholed parking to cross the short cutaway street running perpendicular to Napier. No fleet-of-foot candy filchers or potato chip pinchers are to be spotted on this steamy June afternoon. In exactly one month to the day, however, that will change, and the Dollar General store will become the next headline-maker in a rash of commercial armed robberies hitting Macon businesses so fast and furious, the store names and street addresses are beginning to run together. The Napier Avenue Dollar General robbery occurred the day before the

July 4th holiday, during the dayshift, at 3 in the afternoon. “It was reported that the suspect entered the store displaying a silver handgun. The suspect demanded the money from the store’s cash register. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash from the store and fled the store on foot. No one was injured during the incident,” reads a Sheriff ’s Department news release. “The suspect was described as a dark skinned, black male in his early twenties. He appeared to be 5’7 or 5’10 in height and was wearing a blue hoodie, blue jeans white shoes, black gloves and a black mask.” Those two paragraphs outlining the crime description are practically cut-and-paste similar to more than two dozen other robbery press releases issued in this memorably long hot summer in Macon. As of July 27, the Violent Crimes unit of the Macon-Bibb Sheriff ’s Department has reported a total of 26 commercial armed robberies since June 1, with 16 of them in July alone, and often happening only a day or even just hours apart. And there appears to be little rhyme or reason. According to Department Spokesman Lt. Randy Gonzalez, the robberies are fairly spread out, occurring in three of the city’s five patrol precincts. So far, only Districts 1 and 5 have been spared. Gas stations, convenience stores, retails stores, an auto supplies store and a restaurant – all have been hit, and many in broad daylight, as early as 9:30 in the morning. And it’s not just the businesses themselves that have been targeted. In one dizzying spree on Saturday, July 15, a gunman robbed a Macon woman in the Wal-Mart parking lot on Zebulon Road at 3:30 p.m. before fleeing in a red vehicle. Just 4 hours later a man matching the same description in a red car robbed a woman in the parking lot of the Kroger Shopping Center at 4321 Hartley Bridge Rd. By 8 p.m. or so – and still more than 30 minutes before the sun actually set for the day – a man believed to be the same gunman allegedly walked into Advance Auto CONTINUED ON PAGE 18






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at 3385 Pio Nono Ave and demanded money from the clerk before making his getaway. Armed with security camera photos from the Advance Auto robbery, investigators sought the public’s help identifying the alleged stick-up man, and by July 19th, they had made a suspect in handcuffs. “The suspect, identified as 32-year-old Antonio DeWayne Ivey Sr. of Macon, was arrested at an address on West Marion Road at around 4:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. Ivey was found hiding in a bedroom when arrested,” reads a department news release. “He was transported to the Bibb County Sheriff ’s Criminal Investigative Division for questioning. After being questioned he was taken to the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center and booked on 3 counts of Armed Robbery and a Probation Violation.” So far, he’s the only suspect in any of the summer’s armed robbery cases behind bars, a fact that isn’t lost on local retailers. Lucky China Restaurant, located on Mercer University Drive, isn’t busy at 1 in the afternoon when I try and speak with the woman and a man who appears to be her husband who work there. The only other people in the place are their two young children, a girl and a boy, sitting at a table by the front cash register. Speaking in broken English, the woman asks me to please not mention details of the robbery that happened on July 18, just before closing at 9:30 p.m. “It bad for business,” she tells me. Next door, in a newly opened United Food convenience store, Alex Az, says after having worked in the business in a “rough section” of Atlanta for 17 years, Macon feels relative safe by comparison. Be that as it may, the first thing I see when I walk in is a security camera pointed directly at the front door, as well as the framing for a bullet-proof glass cage being installed around the cash register island to the left of the store’s entrance. The friendly manager admits the recent robbery at the neighboring business has been unsettling and, in his experience, unusual in that it occurred “so early, while a lot of people of people were out and walking around.”

on Brookhaven Road. A woman identifying herself as an assistant manager at the Dollar General on Napier Avenue stares awkwardly at the floor while being asked to discuss what happened there earlier in the month. She finally makes eye contact just long enough to tell me she’s been directed by her district manager to keep mum with the media. She is surrounded by three other employees, all stocking shelves, all intently focused on the task at hand. It’s a little before 2 p.m., and the store is full of customers filling their carts with back-to-school supplies, household sundries, and the kinds of perishable packaged foods that have caused the Dollar General chain - which operates more than 13,000 stores in 44 states - to become infamously associated with so-called “food deserts” in underserved communities across America. Across town, on Houston Avenue, I pull into the Dollar General store parking lot, which I notice is located next door to Charles Bruce Elementary School. Like the Napier Avenue store, this location was robbed at about 3 in the afternoon, in this case by a pair of bandana-wearing gunmen who were last seen running across the street towards Colonial Terrace Apartments after they forced employees to empty the cash register. A manager flatly but politely tells me “We can’t talk to no one in the media about Dollar General business. We’ve been told we will lose our jobs.” One block away, a Family Dollar employee behind the counter at the cash register immediately turns to the safe behind him and punches in some numbers the instant the word “robbery” comes out of my mouth. Though this store has not included in the sheaf of media releases flurrying across the Macon wires this summer, his eyes move upwards and to the left towards what appears to be a camera and he pointedly tells me that he can’t speak with me while he is either on the clock or the premises. Outside in the parking lot, a Mayfield Dairy delivery man whose route includes multiple discount retail stores in the Macon area says, “I’ve heard a lot of customers talking about the robberies happening in the dollar stores lately; I mean a lot. I just stand back and I can’t help but hear their conversations – people are saying they’re getting too afraid to shop.” Just a few miles away, and just before 3 p.m. – what seems to be the witching hour for local Dollar General stores this summer - a clerk agrees to talk to me on the condition I won’t use her name. She doesn’t mince words. “I’m terrified. I feel like it’s only a matter of time before it happens here in this store,” she says. “It’s a shame when you have to come to work every day and be afraid for your life just to make a paycheck.” As she rings up the few items I am purchasing while we chat, I look around the front end of the store and it’s

clear she is the only employee behind the counter. Nor had I spotted anyone stocking shelves or elsewhere in the store while in search of the candles, sugar-free sodas and dog treats I walk out with after paying. So far, calls to Dollar General’s corporate headquarters in Goodlettsville, TN for comment on the Macon robberies remain unreturned.

Another day, another dollar store

Along with the fact that the robberies are relatively spread out geographically and many of the gunmen are clearly unafraid of being spotted during daylight hours, another fact that stands out about the string of brazen robberies is how many local discount retail stores have been targeted. More than 16 local dollar store robberies have been reported this year, 13 of them over the summer. In the past 30 days, along with the Napier Avenue store, Dollar General locations on Mt. Pleasant Church Road and Houston Avenue have been robbed. A Family Dollar on Rocky Creek was also robbed, and so was a Dollar Tree 18 AUGUST 4 - 18, 2017

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Unlike the throngs of Macon beachcombers making beelines for the sands of St. Simons’ this summer, violent crime and the law officers trying to put a dent in it have yet to get a vacation. Along with the blitzkrieg of armed robberies, detectives in the Violent Crimes unit also responded to a spate of aggravated assaults, shootings, and a homicide in July. Patrol officers like Dominique, who serve as their eyes and ears – and the first line of defense in crime deterrence – have been stretched equally thin. Lt. Gonzalez declines to share the department’s total number of patrol officers, saying “We don’t like to give out specific numbers because we don’t the bad guys to know exactly how many folks we have.” He conceded that the Sheriff ’s Department is “short” on patrolmen and women, adding “we have openings.” Despite the shortage, from Jan. 1 to June 2 of this year, patrol officers on duty have responded to 61,938 911 calls Deputy Williams tells me. She pulls the number from the running tally on the laptop mounted in the front of her car between the drivers’ and passenger seats. She has responded to at least two of those during our ride-along. One call is a medical emergency in a room number that doesn’t seem to exist at a run-down extended stay hotel on Riverside Drive and the other comes across the radio as a possible suicide risk for a man who “can’t stop hearing screaming in his head.” As it turns out, the head-screamer isn’t home when Dominique and several back-up officers knock on his door and the suicide threat appears to have been a sort of a shady half-truth, likely in hopes officers would arrest the guy on a parole violation. The apparent motive? There’s a CrimeStoppers reward for his incarceration and conviction. Such calls are commonplace, the deputy tells me, along with a multitude of “emergencies” from Macon citizens with snakes in their homes requesting officer assistance in removal of the offending reptiles. Should an armed robbery or other violent crime in progress take place, of course, those calls are given precedence over snakes and head-screamers. Nevertheless, every 911 call must be responded to, and law enforcement never really knows what or who will greet them once they arrive on the scene.

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BREW PUBS Growler USA Now open on Mercer University Drive across from Five Star Stadium, this place serves 100 craft and specialty beers on tap, boasts a full menu featuring burgers, wings, salads, small plates and more, including a specialty blend of good-for-you kombucha teas! Open 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. seven days a week. I-75 exit 163. Call (478) 292-8777 Ocmulgee Brewpub They curate the best brews, gourmet burgers, super food salads and hand cut fries in town, served by friendly & knowledgeable staff. Ocmulgee Brewpub selects only the finest grains, hops, yeast, and Macon water (best tasting in the country) to form their brews inspired by the river at the heart of Macon. LD $ 484 2nd Street Piedmont Brewery & Kitchen Brewpub offering handcrafted beer, honest food and a family friendly urban arcade! An eclectic menu features fish ‘n chips, Bánh mì sandwiches and mouth-watering brisket. Open 11am-10pm. 450 Third Street

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HOWL, one of the newest bands in Macon, is a raw, sometimes brazenly sexual rock and roll band that gets your feet moving and your palms a little sweaty. Denny Hanson and Chris Nylund have not only created music to easily sink your fangs into, but have done so with a more simplistic approach as a two piece, crafting songs with raw emotion and alluring synchronicity. I spoke with them about their new musical project HOWL, Allen Ginsberg, and guilty pleasure songs.

You are both in other bands, what compelled you to take on another musical endeavor? Chris: It happened organically. We felt like playing one afternoon and didn’t have practice with any of the other projects, so we got in the room and the nuts and bolts of four or five songs simply fell out of the ether. At that moment we decided we needed a name and that we needed to pursue it. We both play in several other projects, but each serves its own purpose. My role in Widow Pills is different from my role in Hank Vegas, and all of those differ from the role I play in songs that I write and perform by myself. I would also argue that outside of the obvious sonic differences of each project, each one has its own unique focus when it comes to song topics and how they are interpreted. It may sound crazy to some people to have three or four projects going on, but I feel like that’s pretty normal for creative people. We all need an outlet and it’s not always the same one. Tell me about the dynamics of HOWL being a two piece as far as writing music. Denny: Usually when we write a song, somebody has a riff they bring to the table. What happens next is what I like to call transcendence. Somehow, someway, without ever saying a word, we know where the other wants to go and 2 to 6 minutes later we have a song, usually in full arrangement. Chris: The beauty is in the simplicity of our arrangement. Outside of the obvious convenience of being able to fit ourselves and our gear into a station wagon for a gig, the fact that we have drums, a single guitar and two vocals gives us a framework to work within. It’s really easy to be overwhelmed by too many choices, be it in music or trying to figure out which mustard to buy at the store, it’s quite refreshing to limit your choices in a project. Some of the best records were cut with just a few channels. Just because

you can have more and do more doesn’t mean that’s always the right answer. Less can be, and often should be, more. Does your band name have any reference to Allen Ginsberg? Denny: It does, for sure, both the poem itself and in reference to the idea of the smoke filled, jazz soaked, sexual Beat revolution we’re trying to carry on the tradition of. Also, sex. Chris: First of all, we spell it all caps because we’re fancy. It’s of course a head nod to Ginsberg and the beats and the traditions and proclivities therein. To me, it’s also about raw emotion. A howl can be celebratory, but it can also be full of pain. Any way it shakes out, a howl is full of passion; messy, uninhibited passion.


There is something wild and even quite carnal about your songs. Was the feeling something you wanted to reflect in your music initially, or something that happened organically? Denny: As it should. Music to me expresses a lot of emotion. Widow Pills and Hank Vegas are definite outlets unto themselves. The stuff I write for “nomenclature.” is typically more poetic, more metaphorical, more open to interpretation - philosophical dissonance, failed relationships, music as a form of insanity. With HOWL, I really wanted a space to express my sexual self in blunt and honest terms. The music naturally perpetuates that as well. The sound to me makes me think of a hot, sticky garage. You’re sitting on the hood of a car that’s still warm while watching the sweat gather on your crush’s brow. You can smell the salt and you begin to salivate. What is your guilty pleasure song, a song you don’t necessarily like to admit you love? Denny: I’m not sure I have any guilty pleasure songs. Like, if I love a song, I fucking love it regardless of if it’s cool or whatever. Right now, I’m loving Judy Garland’s, “The Trolley Song” from Meet Me in St. Louis, Gilbert O’Sullivan’s, “Alone Again (Naturally)” and Bob Welch’s, “Sentimental Lady” featuring Christine McVie on backup vocals. Chris: There are certainly songs that I love that the person reading this interview right now is going to judge me for. It could be, “I dig that song too! He must be great!” or “That song blows hot hairy donkey nuts. He’s an idiot!” My point: people like what they like and that’s okay.

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Aldean has had a busy year: in April he was named Entertainer of the Year for the second time in a row at the ACM Awards and has been touring extensively on his They Don’t Know Tour. Aldean got his start in the house band at the now-defunct Nashville South in Macon. This interivew was conducted in 2001 just as “Hicktown” was hitting #1. Aldean has returned to his hometown half a dozen times since striking country music platinum status, but his “Concert for the Kids” benefit on August 11th is a true testament to his character. The concert – this time featuring Aldean’s full band – benefits the Children’s Hospital, Navicent Health. Aldean raised more than half a million dollars with last year’s inaugural benefit, an acoustic solo performance. Enjoy the excerpt. Where did you graduate high school? I graduated from Windsor Academy in 1995. I read that if you weren’t going to be a professional musician, you wanted to be a baseball player. So, did you play baseball in high school? Yeah, I did. It was kinda what I always wanted to do, I thought, until I was 18-years-old, or so, and had a chance to go to college and just couldn’t hardly see going back to school for four years. And I was already in music by that time and thought that it was what I wanted to pursue. What’s your fondest memory about growing up in Macon? I guess just having my family there. Most of my family was always from Macon, so I guess the biggest thing was just having them there, all my friends, and I was born and raised there. Up until seven years ago [Macon] was all I knew, and I didn’t realize how much I was going to miss until after I was gone.

What’d you do for fun growing up here? Just stuff like most teenagers do, like went to football games and stuff. See, I was playing nightclubs in Macon when I was 14, you know, so I was playing places like the old Nashville South and places like that. I used to go to my cousin’s house a lot. He’s got a big farm in the Crawford County area, so we’d just go out there and hang out at his house, ride four-wheelers and fish, ride horses and whateve. Is Macon a “Hicktown”? No, but there are some places around there that are, that’s for sure! I think Macon’s got a few qualifications, but I don’t think I’d necessarily call it a hick town. What has been the biggest highlight of your career so far? I would say probably playing the Grand Ole Opry. I’ve gotten to do that three times now and as a country music singer, I mean it’s one of those things, it’s kinda one of those things that you hope to get do, and now that I’ve done it and been asked to come two more times, it’s just cool. There’s something about playing on that stage that is just magic, so that’s definitely one of the highlights. Now that you are on your way, what are you looking forward to the most? Hopefully just being around for a while. That’s the thing, you know, the first single just came out and it’s great and everything seems to be going the way I hoped it would, but it’s like anything, you got to keep putting out good music. If it was up to me, I’d be one of those people like George Straight or Alabama and be around for 25 years and still making music.

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Marty Stuart is the keeper of all things heroic and legendary in Country music. He was essentially raised and educated by icons-Lester Flatt, Doc Watson, Vassar Clements, Johnny Cash are just a few of his teachers. Marty’s solo career began in 1985, and he shot to the top alongside Travis Tritt in the early 1990’s. Since then, Marty Stuart has become as enduring a talent as any of his mentors. He’s a historian, a producer, and leader of the greatest hillbilly combo working today: Chris Scruggs, Harry Stinson, and Kenny Vaughn-- The Fabulous Superlatives. When you talk about your music, Marty Stuart’s music-- do you still include the “and Western” at the end of Country? Well, I never have, but I guess after this last record we could. When you do a record called “Way Out West” I guess you could call it... You know, it’s a different kind of western. Sure, it could be Country & Western this go round. Well, then let’s talk about that new record. Now, I myself still have dreams and designs about bein’ a cowboy-- to slightly paraphrase... I even practice my quick-draw when nobody’s looking. Your new album, Way Out West, is described as a love letter to the American West, specifically California. Is that the Mississippi kid still dreamin’ or do you sometimes feel like the last gunfighter looking out into the expanse? Oh, a little of both. That’s a great question. A little of both... But you’re a Southern boy-- I can hear it in your voice. You know, 30 AUGUST 4 - 18, 2017

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down at the bottom of the frame is a toe tag that says, “Dillinger,” that his grandpa stole from John Dillinger’s toe and just took took it away with him after they took the picture for the Tribune. So, John Dillinger’s toe tag is probably the strangest thing I have in my Country music collection. (Laughs) I never know what to do with it other than just look at it, and point, and scratch my head-but it’s there if you ever want to see it!

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when you’re that far removed from the west... There’s probably a lot of people out west that feel the same way about the South, but when I was a kid...You know those cowboy shows? They looked mighty big to me, and they sounded romantic and the characters had that lonesome, roguish kind of quality about ‘em that I liked. So, that all looked dreamy to me. There’s a lot of that in it. There’s a lot of romance in this record and the writing. Dreamy is a good word to use with that one-- those sort of desperado characters. We play “old Mexico” and it’s just... Just so full and... Picturesque is a word I would use to describe it. Well, cinematic is the right word because if you’re gonna write about something, and you’re gonna do the right job... You know, even if you watch those old movies-- some of ‘em are just movies they made. They’re just kinda stock movies. But every now and then one’ll come along that was so beautiful, and it was shot properly, and written properly, acted properly-- and cinematic. It just takes you on a journey. And that’s I wanted this record to be. I wanna ask you about your ridiculously cool memorabilia collection. You have hand-written Hank Williams lyrics, Gene Autry’s boots, Mother Maybelle’s autoharp, Patsy Cline’s make-up case, clothes, guitars, tapes, photos, I don’t know what all... What is the strangest thing you have that you can tell us about? My buddy... Brian Downes. Brian Downes used to... Well, in the 1970’s, when I was in Lester Flatt’s band, Brian Downes was a reporter for the Chicago Tribune. He was the classic Mid-Western Irishman-- little skid-lid hat, red-faced, talks too loud after two beers and is passionate about what he believed in... So, he became my friend. He loved Bluegrass, and so he just started hangin’ around, and we became pals. But his dad was a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, his grandfather was a reporter for the Tribune, so, they had a lot of stories. So, one day he presents me with this photograph, and it’s framed... And it’s of John Dillinger layin’ on the slab in the morgue after he’d been murdered... With bullet holes all in his body and a sheet layin’ over his body... And

I didn’t have any idea what you would come up with when I asked you that question, but now I’m really glad I asked. Alright, I got another one for you now, so you have done... You’ve done a bit of film work yourself, but I wanna ask you about one particular movie-- and let me first say that I am a fan of the movie... 1997’s Fire Down Below-- you share songwriting credit with Steven Seagal. Did you acually write with Steven Seagal? Yeah. I mean... I’ve never acted in a film. I’ve passed in front of a camera a time or two, but I’m not an actor. Steven Seagal came... He was doin’ that film you’re talkin’ about, and he parked himself up in Eastern Kentucky-- which is not too far from Nashville. And it looked like a revolving door of songwriters comin’ and goin’ from Kentucky, writin’ songs for Steven Seagal, tryin’ to get a song in his film. So, I got a call from him one day, and he says, “My name is Steven Seagal,” and I’m bein’ dead honest-- he says, “Some people up here tell me I need to call you about writin’ some songs.” And he said, “I’ve never heard of you.” (Laughs) And I said, “Well, we’re even, I’ve never heard of you!” So, we go up there, you know, at his request... And we found ourselves tryin’ to write a couple of songs, I think which we did, and they made it into that film. But that’s about all there is to this story... Other than the fact that one of ‘em I remember bein’ pretty good... But I really-- if my life depended on it, I couldn’t tell you what they were. But it was an interesting experience writin’ with Steven. Well, that was a strange film. I mean, not only did you have your little cameo in there, but Mark Collie was in the movie and even Levon Helm shows up in the movie, which I thought was-Yeah, Levon! Levon, you know... Levon is actually one of my... Most musicians should never act, and most actors should never try to play music, but you know as far as Levon havin’ fun... Levon was one of those rare people. Levon I believed anytime he acted. He was wonderful. I had that exact same conversation with a fella the other day. We said that whenever Levon Helm speaks, we immediately take everything he says as the truth. Well, yeah! That’s what he wanted! Well goin’ off of that... Now-- Levon Helm, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings-- Lester Flatt, who you mentioned earlier... I’m gonna stop sayin’ names cause I could keep goin’ on and on... Who haven’t you worked with that you would want to-- past or present? Well, in the past it would’ve been nice to sit down with Jimmy Rodgers, the Father of Country Music... Or Hank Williams. But as far as the present... Strangely enough, one of the people I look at out there-- I regard what Wynton Marsalis does with a whole lot of respect. Wynton, you know, does for Jazz what me and the Superlatives pretend to do for Country music: He treats it as a culture. His shows are as much a class room as they are a performance, and I have a lot of respect for Wynton. 31

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This variety cover band is made up of Jarvis W. Coach (lead guitar and vocals), Wally Peacock (percussion), Randy Burch (bass and vocals), and Robert De Mille (rhythm guitar and vocals). Kool Change is a Middle Georgia favorite, so catch them at one of North Macon’s best places for live music!

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Made up of Neil Arrington on vocals, Sam Green on guitar, Mike Smallwood on bass, and Greg Parker on drums, Macon’s own Southbound Mojo plays all the hits of years past and today with a fun, hardcore Rock edge.

Cox Capitol Theatre 8 p.m. No cover


Country music legend Marty Stuart brings his Honky-Tonk show to the Cox Capitol Theatre. In a career that began as a member of Johnny Cash’s backing band, Stuart has three Grammy wins on his resume, as well as Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music awards. Stuart will be joined by The Cordovas, an up and coming Americana group out of Nashville.

THE CRAZY BULL 8 p.m. $5 at the door


Up and coming country artist JB Crockett (yes, a direct descendant of Davy) will bring his strumming and picking from Gainesville, Florida to Macon’s Best Dance Club. A former motocross racer, Crockett began playing open mic’s in his hometown in 2012 and hasn’t looked back, releasing his first EP in January 2016.

10 p.m. $5 Based out of Athens, these young rockers have been touring around the south since they were 17. With influences like Aerosmith, Boston, Journey and Van Halen, you can be sure they will be filling The Bird Stage of good old fashioned, loud Rock music.



One of Middle Georgia’s best full performance bands brings their rocking show to Downtown’s newest music venue. Sister Sandoz will be grooving their large catalog of covers that range from Zeppelin to The Ramones, as well as their dazzling originals.

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From Within will be playing Wild Wing Café, so come on down and enjoy some of their amazing food and drink specials this Friday!

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Made up of Dawn Palmer, Jim Souleyrette, Richard Woods, Grant Kersey and Paul Campbell, Skeeterz is a local band that won the Georgia State Fair Battle of the Bands in 2011. The band has toured all over the state and have opened for Wet Willie and Molly Hatchet.

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The Central Georgia group Southern Outlaws specialize in Southern Rock and Country music, and they’ve been doing it just as well as anyone else for many years. Southern Outlaws is

made up of Larry Saddler (lead guitar), Edward Pinnell (drums), Donald White (rhythm guitar), Frank McClure (vocals and acoustic), Steve Buchanon (vocals and bass), and Leilani Durden (vocals and keyboard).


8 p.m. $5 at the door BOBBY COMPTON The singer/songwriter from deep within the pines of Comer, GA is becoming a familiar face in the country music industry. Bobby Compton began his career playing and singing in small town bars around the Athens, Georgia area in the early 2000’s. Branching out to a larger audience would soon become the next goal of his career.



This country group of hard-drinking badasses are based out of North Carolina, and will bring their old school, outlaw flavor to The Bird Stage. They will be joined by Greco, a rock band out of Athens that sums up their music ambitions with four words: “Sing. Dance. Sweat. Sex.”



In the midst of a national tour, Groove Orient will make a stop in Macon, spinning their funky grooves at Downtown Macon’s newest music venue. Based out of Orlando, Groove Orient is made up of Harry Ong (lead vocals, bass), Tommy Shugart (Hammond organ, electric piano), Chuck Magid (electric and acoustic guitar, vocals), David Vanegas (percussion, bass, vocals), and Aaron Buckingham (drums).

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SUNDAY 6th AP’S HIDEAWAY 2-6 p.m. Never a cover, on patio BIG MIKE Local blues legend Big Mike will be strumming every Sunday afternoon at Macon’s best kept secret, Aps.


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TREY TEEM In 2016, Trey Teem was named by Cumulus Media as one of the Top 10 National Finalists for the NASH Next Challenge. This Macon born artist loves to play southern rock and puts on a hell of a show. Keep an eye out for his EP to be released later this year, and download his new single “Beach Town” on iTunes now!

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Big Daddy is a hot new Dynamic Variety Band, that plays a variety of different jams. They have a little something for all music likes, and tastes. All the members comprise a wealth of years of music and experience and knowledge on the local music scene. If you want to be entertained, you better get down to one of North Macon’s best music venues!

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These four beings traveled through space and emerged from the depths of the Savannah River to mesmerize audiences with their tasty licks. Come see them at one of North Macon’s favorite music venues and hear tales of their adventures.

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Baby Baby is what you get when you combine the Beastie Boys with party rocker Andrew WK. Formed in 2009, this group just wants to bring the party and have a good time. Baby Baby has released three studio albums, and recently dropped their newest single “Here” in February.



Blending originals and covers, these chameleons out of Atlanta like to mix up the likes of Bluegrass, Punk Rock, Metal and Surf melodies. Formed in 2014, these rockers have become a regular on the state bar scene.

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Local favorite DJ B3 will be spinning with another local favorite, Wet Paint, as well as DJ’s Structure and Salty for a night filled with Electric Dance Music.



Having opened for the likes of Bloc Party, Weezer, Fall Out Boy and Cage The Elephant, it’s no wonder why this group out of Jacksonville has been praised as a real up and comer. Made up of Chris Rudasill (lead guitar, vocals), Daniel Mauger (rhythm guitar) and Vitaliy Morgun (bass), this trio will rock your socks off. They will be joined by Analog Existence, an Alt-Rock trio out of Warner Robins.

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RICH KING AND WILD HORSE The Wild Horse Band will be led by Rich King at one of North Macon’s favorite music venues, where there is always amazing food and drink specials!

Hugh, Chris and Lewis, of the premiere 90’s tribute band Broadcast 90, will be rocking out North Macon’s favorite music venue where there’s never a cover!



2-6 p.m. Never a cover, on patio BIG MIKE Local blues legend Big Mike will be strumming every Sunday afternoon at Macon’s best kept secret, Aps.

AP’S HIDEAWAY 8 p.m. Never a cover


YDR is made up of musicians from all musical styles and backgrounds, working closely to create a unique sound by adding their signature to the classics that they play. The musical format is comprised mainly of classic rock tunes with some blues and jazz influences mixed in along with a twist of country added for variety!

Billy’s Clubhouse 10 p.m. No cover


One of Georgia’s favorite bands out of Warner Robins, has been named Best Band at the 11th Hour Readers Choice awards from 2008-1010, including winning Hardrockin80’’s Atlanta Hard Rock Band Of The Year in 2009. The cover band, specializing in 80’s hair metal, after 11 years of touring, the band still remains one of the most loved bands and performances in the area.

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PAUL THORN BAND This Americana artist has been a favorite at 100.9 The Creek and the crew at the station cannot be more thrilled that he will be coming to town on what should be an awesome Thursday night of live music. Raised in Tupelo, Mississippi, Paul Thorn has released seven studio albums and played with the likes of John Prine, Sting, Huey Lewis & The News, as well as many others. Get your tickets now in person at The Rookery or El Camino, or at


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ONE OF ROLLING STONE’S 10 NEW COUNTRY ARTISTS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT: JULY 2017 Why: The Kentucky singer-songwriter’s album was produced by Sturgill Simpson Sounds like: A raw look at the darker regions of modern-day Appalachia, where bluegrass is in the soul, but cocaine is in the blood



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Tyler's aches. The voice in Purgatory wants to know when not if it's going to Hell. Kentucky's haunts and hills have issued some of the finest musicians and songwriters of all time-- Bill Monroe, Merle Travis, Loretta Lynn, Tom T. Hall, Sam Bush, Darrell Scott, Ricky Scaggs... Appalachia and the Bluegrass State continue to inspire artists like Chris Knight, Sturgill Simpson, and Angaleena Presley. The future, uncertain though it may always be, can be heard in the music of Tyler Childers, Kelsey Waldon and Canadian expatriate Colter Wall among others. This new generation could perpetuate the legacy and not the stereotype. Oh, and that's what's going to save Country music.

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The only debate hotter than the salvation of Country music is the name of the superhero who's gonna leap that particular building. Of course, it might be more apropos to say that it's actually Country music radio that's in need of a crusader. At any rate, 26 year-old Kentucky native Tyler Childers couldn't have come along at a better time. Tyler wrote “Whitehouse Road” when he was barely out of his teens. The vanguard track off his debut album, Purgatory, is a driving piece of rednexploitation-- a narration plucked from the outlaw boasts of a wildcatter he once knew. It's tongue-in-cheek but unfolds to a boot stompin' back beat produced by fellow Kentuckian Sturgill Simpson and Jack Clement protege David Ferguson. Purgatory isn't a concept album... Or maybe it is. It's an autobiography in part, a love letter, a lament for what could befall a young man surrounded by addiction, liquor, and mountains. Every character in Purgatory isn't Tyler Childers but could be. Many a songwriter has gotten lost attempting to plumb the depths of human experience... Can't write what you don't know, right? Childers isn't trying to get in, though-- he's trying to escape. Another cut from the album, “Lady May,” is reverent and reminiscent of Johnny Cash's “Flesh and Blood.” It's description is as authentic as a photograph, but where the Cash tale resolves,


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