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Downtown: Can the Poor Creative and the Monied Worker Co-exist?

My consistent fear for downtown Macon has been that the people developing and the people who are actually living in, using, and frequenting downtown are not working together. Yes, having high end lofts is nice, but having places where hippies and hipster can afford to stay, where creative types can set up shop to work and practice without sacrificing an arm and a leg for their craft, that has always been what downtown was about and something for which those who worked earlier for the revitalization of Downtown Macon strived.

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Snacking on Floco Torres’ #DreamBoard

Brazil is handwritten and in bigger letters than the rest of the cities. London, St. Louis, Vegas, Boston, Paris, Melbourne… so many cities I have and haven’t visited. And another word that is necessary with these visits. Passport.

Maybe I should make a dream board.

But more than the physical dream board that exists to show Floco where he wants to go in the next ten year is the lyrical #DreamBoard that is this EP he’s put together, totally produced by DJ Shawty Slim. I would say Slim is a perfectionist and works hard to hone his craft. I’ve also watched Floco work and, whether you like what he does or not, no one can say he isn’t working his ass off to get wherever he is going. You’ll hear this in #DreamBoard. Executive producing with Floco is Shad (Ronshad Berry), a long time friend of Slim’s, called the mastermind by both Floco and Slim, and all around encouraging guy. If you’ve seen them in a room, you’ll have high expectations that you believe they can meet. I’ll be surprised if you don’t like the album.

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Beer, Derby, Beards, Sunday – Snacking on the Weekend

Be prepared to spend the next 4 days with everyone you know.

The Reader’s Choice Awards are back and yours truly was not nominated this year. However, that means that instead of the stomach clenching pain of the possibility of this local only blog winning and then the disappointment of finding out a national website won, I will be able to sit back and watch all the action happen. What that also means is that my friends have all my attention and don’t have to spend the night feeling sorry for me. Also, no one will buy me sympathy shots. Bummer.

But all the things that make Macon great, as nominated by you, dear readers, will be out in full force, usually in their finest and ready to have fun. They will cheer when they win, laugh when they lose, and drink champagne/beer/mixed drinks like champions. Because if you’re out, you’re a winner.

Now does it mean you’re not a winner if you don’t make it to the Awards on Thursday? Maybe if that was the only thing that was going on this weekend, but you will need plenty of rest as you consider where to expend your energy this weekend. Whether you spend the obvious school night and stay out with the people most of Macon considers the best or you decide to indulge in a small park beer fest, whether you consider watching cars built by your friends racing down a very steep hill (nothing could go wrong, right?), or you decide that the music you want to hear is played by a band named KOPECKY and Sunday is the best day for it, you definitely have a lot to consider. So what’s on tap for this weekend? The big things and the small things that equal the awesome things? Check it out below!

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Floco Torres: Childhood Summers, Celebrity Dreams

studiorobThe kid watched me as he walked by, me at the front door waiting in vain for someone to open the door. I say kid because, though he’s taller than me, his peach fuzz has peach fuzz. I’m hot and sweaty from my walk up Orange Street, the dogs inside are barking their fool heads off, and I hope that the kid carrying a guitar is heading to where I was asked to be.

“Are you here to meet Floco?” I ask. He’s sizing me up maybe wondering if he could take me. He nods and inclines his head towards the back of the house where Star Motel Studios is housed. Even though I’m wondering who he is and what I’m in for, I follow him gratefully towards the back because I know I’ll find a cold drink inside.

I’m sipping on a Coors Light and wondering how Rob Evans could possibly consider himself a downtown Maconite and not have whiskey on tap. But as he explains it, the summer is for clear liquids. Since I’ve been incorporating more gin and tonics into my repertoire, I ain’t mad at it. It is, after all, a nice way to begin a behind the scenes recording session that I was invited to earlier that day. My Macon contemporaries Y.O. Latimore and Molly McWilliams Wilkins are invited as well and it’s nice to watch the other writers in action.

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Friday, Friday, Friday! The Local Showcase

For the first part of the Locals Showcase, I will be at the Patron Party. Now, don’t mind if I give anything away, but…

This year, the Patron Party is New Orleans themed and being held at the Marriott Conference Center. That’s right, you can snack on andouille sliders and suck the head of crawfish for most of the night. Drinks abound, including the new Macon Beer Company IPA, Macon Music. And you can gamble… for prizes. Why didn’t you get your tickets already??? Never fear; if you decide you want to go, you can buy a patron party pass the night of the event, which includes a concert crawl ticket, at the Marriott.

Sounds like fun and it will be, but I’m going to trade in my heels* and beads afterwards to mix it up with some of my favorite Macon Musicians at The Bird for The’s Local Showcase.

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Bragg Jam 2014: Middle Georgia State College Stage

Full Disclosure: I work for Middle Georgia State College and I frequent the Hummingbird Stage and Taproom. Often. It is one of my favorite bars. But when I say that the Middle Georgia State College stage is my favorite complete stage for the festival, I’m not saying that out of anything but pure admiration for the team that put this stage together. In previous years, I get why different bands have been at this stage, but this year, the bands match the venue so well – what the bar is on a regular basis, the type of music you normally hear there, etc. The only stages that are put together as well is the 11th Hour Stage at Roasted Cafe and Lounge and The Deeps Roots Festival Stage at the Hangar.

That’s not to say that the other spots don’t offer great music. Far from it. While other stages offer the eclectic mix that might draw a variety of people, those who find themselves crowding the Middle Georgia State College Stage at the Bird will get more their money’s worth.

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Bragg Jam 2014: The GPB Stage

The GPB Stage has a couple of my favorite bands and, possible new favorites. It all goes down on the main stage at The 567 Center for Renewal. Georgia Public Broadcasting writers and announcers have been nominated for awards and is partly responsible for the renewed interest in engaging and informative news in the Middle Georgia area. But yes, their stage will rock your socks off!

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