Bragg Jam Festival in Macon, Georgia

Head to Macon for Bragg Jam July 26-27, 2019

Stay for a Day or Three: How to Make the Most out of Your Macon Music Experience

The roots of American music run deep in Macon. Native son Little Richard helped birth rock ‘n’ roll, and Otis Redding, who grew up and started his career here, took soul music to unsurpassed heights. James Brown and the Famous Flames recorded their first demo, “Please, Please, Please,” at Macon radio station WIBB in 1955. In the 1970s, the city became ground zero for Southern rock when Phil Walden co-founded Capricorn Records in his hometown and assembled a label roster including the Allman Brothers Band, Marshall Tucker Band and Wet Willie. Other music-makers who grew up in Macon include Mike Mills and Bill Berry of R.E.M., country superstar Jason Aldean and violin maestro Robert McDuffie.

Macon Pops
Macon Pops

This rich musical heritage provides a solid and storied foundation for a vibrant, multicultural scene today that encompasses venues of all sizes, as well as the world-renowned Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House, weekly Rock Candy walking tours, lively Macon Pops events, the indie-focused Bragg Jam and much more. By the end of 2019, the former Capricorn Records Studio will be fully restored as Mercer Music at Capricorn, which, in addition to offering two recording studios will also have a music incubator for aspiring young musicians and an interpretive area that tells the story of Capricorn and Macon’s music heritage through historic artifacts, static exhibits and interactive digital kiosks.

Historic Douglass Theatre in Macon, Georgia
Historic Douglass Theatre in Macon, Georgia

Macon's music history is far from collecting dust in record bins. It's a vibrant connection between our history and today. So, stay for a day or three. Tour haunts of The Allman Brothers, hear live jazz and soul, and revel under the lights of the Douglass Theatre that once hosted Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and a young Otis Redding. Cap off your days and nights with the music of Capricorn Records and a lively restaurant and bar scene that incorporates the flavors of Macon nearly every corner you turn.

Macon, Georgia, Visitors Center
Macon, Georgia, Visitors Center

With a vibrant, walkable and safe downtown, supported by good food, good people and good music, Macon draws a distinct line between who it has been and who it is today. Whether you are just passing through for a quick bite or planning a long weekend in Macon, its balance of grit and posture will stick with you long after you leave.

Published: March 2019