Considering a Macon Music Festival

At 11am today, the Hummingbird Stage and Taproom announced the Big Bird Bash, which will take place at Luther Williams Field this year and be a huge festival including Back City Woods, Modern Skirts, Moon Taxi, and Drivin’ N Crying, with Drive By Truckers as the headliners. Music starts at noon with Gringo Grande.

The surprise announcement was that in 2013, a non-profit was going to be formed to start a music festival, a two day event full of music. We’re about to have our very own brewery, we have our day of music in July with Bragg Jam, and as a city steeped in music tradition, it isn’t surprising that someone wants to statt a music festival. I’m not saying that we’re about to be the next SXSW, but two days of music, especially if you get the right mix of pop, local, and indie acts, could bring all kinds of people to some spot in Macon for two days. Can you imagine camping in a field in Bibb County Wanee-style?

So what should a 2 day music festival look like? Is there a way to break the mold or would we follow other festival traditions? We all know the biggest thing is having the funds to pay crowd drawing acts to the city. And the reason we worry about the funds is because we never truly know how many people will show up. Admit it, Macon, we don’t like making a commitment to do anything. We rarely buy tickets in advance or worse, we say we’ll go to something and end up making an excuse (usually lame, sometimes justified) and not going. In that way, we never know if 4 people will show up or if we’ll see the entire city.

So now that you know it’s happening, what do you think the Macon Music Festival should be like? What kind of lineup do you think it should have? Where do you think the festival should be? Do you think it adds to the music culture in Macon? Do you think it could challenge the Cherry Blossom Street Party to be more proactive in getting acts that every citizen in Macon would want to see? Do you think it would make Bragg Jam more appealing to bigger names? Tell me what you think about this announcement.

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