Our hip-hop, electronic and country music scenes get a lot of coverage here in Macon. These sounds and the players involved are a bit more brash and in your face. However, the indie-rock movement in Macon has been slowly but surely creeping into the forefront.
I think this is due in part to the efforts of the shows put together by the folks from the Blue-Indian and Macon Noise.
When we got our first dose of this new generation of indie-rock, it was treated just as every prior generation of the movement was treated. A small group of people supported and loved the Macon groups like Nomenclature and Citizen Insane. A few folks regularly gathered on Tuesday nights at the Golden Bough where local bands and traveling bands showcased their sounds. But the majority of the people who heard it didnt get it -- and didnt care to try. More than a few bands were essentially run off of stages and out of venues.
Now, with the efforts of people such as Clark Bush and Sean Pritchard, this young creative sound is taken much more seriously around town. It also helps that venues such as the 567 Center for Renewal and Roasted Cafe and Lounge have embraced the crowds that come along with the music.
Bush has been on the forefront of this movement for a long time. He was a member of several of those early Macon-based bands. He the started the Macon Noise music zine, which turned into booking many of the bands he covered for the zine. Now, he runs sound at Wild Wings and still books some very interesting and eclectic groups around downtown.
Pritchard seemed to explode onto the scene. Blue-Indian hit the town and lots of young indie-rockers suddenly had a chance to see some of the big up-and-coming groups as they quietly came through Macon, playing in front of ever growing audiences. Now, Pritchard is the event coordinator for the Cherry Blossom Festival, and the Blue-Indian even sponsored a stage at Bragg Jam.
As our music scene makes room for this new sound jockeying to play with the big sounds, Macon takes one more step into having a music scene that would make any city jealous. This Friday you can get a taste of this sound at the Cox Capitol Theatre as All Get Out headlines the Favorite Gentlemen Tour. More details about the event are on page 16E.
You can e-mail Roger Riddle at email@example.com.