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.
So, real talk.
I’m not Justin Cutway or Chris Nylund, people who have learned to play music, taught themselves about music, immersed themselves in music, etc. I’m not an expert. Never claimed to be. But I love music.
I love to sing, even though I can’t carry much of a tune.
I love to dance and will dance until the things required for dancing have long broken down. And as long as my shoulders can move, you know they’ll move!
And I love live music. I enjoy listening to an album over and over again and then discovering the difference between the album and the live set. I enjoy sinking my teeth into the personality that comes out on stage that gets hidden behind the vinyl, plastic, and paper of albums.
But I wasn’t always like that. I would get angry when the artist would deviate from the album. I used to only want to hear covers so I could sing along. And if you were a local band, I only followed a couple of local bands so that I could know them as well as those with albums.
But live music won me over and I’m not looking back.
I’ve been writing a lot about music, so I’m going to take it to it’s most essential. I made a Bragg Jam 2014 playlist. I used Spotify because it is the easiest way to put it together to share, but it was missing Madre Padre.
So, in order of how I’m going to try to see these bands:
Madre Padre: 5:45 – 7:15
Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires – 6:30 – 8:00
Family & Friends – 7:30 – 8:15
Cusses – 7:45-9:15
The Black Cadillacs – 8:30 – 10:00
Kopecky Family Band – 10:15 – 11:30
Moon Hooch – 10:15 – 11:45
American Aquarium – 10:30 – 12:00
Back City Woods – 12:00 – 1:30
JuBee & the Morning After – 12:15 – 1:45
The Whigs – 12:30 – 2:00
Feel free to like, share, copy, listen, etc. And if you make your own playlist, tag me in twitter (@angelcollins1) or leave a link in the comments!
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.
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!
Sponsored by the Revival Fest, a Savannah, GA music festival and self described “modern day low country hoedown”, the upstairs at The 567 Center for Renewal (533 Cherry Street) holds the bands that you will want to groove to. Being one of the few “all ages” stages, the bands here will offer you good, clean fun, and music that almost anyone can groove to.
I met Shawn Durham more than 20 years ago when we were both volunteers for the Health Department’s Sex Education program. They convinced us to get in front of other students and teach them about things like sexually transmitted diseases and how to put a condom on a banana. It was the early 90s when AIDS was a hovering cloud and adults thought that maybe kids would listen to other kids when it came to these things.
And now, all these years later, J. Shawn Durham is still tackling the tough issues that hover like a cloud over our adulthood, but from a black man’s perspective. Now I’ll admit my copy of The Broke Brother’s Revolution is sitting on one of the stacks of books in my apartment, the bookmark a few chapters in, but the fact that he uses the book as a discourse for how black women believe black men should act, how black men react to this view, and how both look at “the game” is at times a little painful but also funny, at least for the characters. It is from this field that Shawn is mining the gold for his one man show.