The Fly South Music Festival has found a new home this year at the Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House. With a lineup Saturday featuring a rousing mix of bands and musical styles, it promises to be a great festival.
This year, the Mathis Brothers, the Travis Denning Band, Lingo, Flannel Church and Saint Francis will take the stage to entertain and amuse at this family-friendly event.
Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged and the entire family is welcome.
Food and beverage is available onsite and there will be a kids corner sponsored by Macon Arts Alliance, and a silent auction to benefit Macon Purrs and Paws.
The festivals main event, of course, is the music.
The Mathis Brothers, made up of brothers Mathew and Martin, mix acoustic and electric guitars to create their unique sound.
Based in south Georgia, this group is undeniably up and coming.
Travis Denning, along with Josh Graff on guitar, Brad Sorrell on drums and Jake Johnson on bass, wanders through a variety of genres, including country, rock, bluegrass and blues to create what he calls homegrown American music.
Yall be sure to come out to the Big House next Saturday, Denning said on his website. Were opening for some buddies of ours. Gunna be a great show. You never know who may get up there and jam.
Lingo joins the Fly South Music Festival as a stop on their Rearrange EP tour. The band takes its name from the concept that music is a universal language -- but with a twist.
Music may be the universal language, but that doesnt mean it should all sound the same. There are a lot of people speaking the language of music, but most of them dont really have anything new to say, the group said on their website.
Lingo, made up of members Nick Johnson (lead guitar, vocals), Tony Giordano (keyboards, vocals), Alex Tramble (bass), Greg Perry (drums, percussion) and Justin Tramble (acoustic, lead vocals) have set out to change that.
A band that considers itself greater than the sum of its parts is Flannel Church, which includes Duane Trucks, drummer and frontman, along with Atlanta funk bassist Kevin Scott, guitarist Gregory Wolf Hodges and vocalist Marshall Ruffin.
With a show that is a raw celebration of jazzy NOLA funk and deep South rhythm and blues, the band gives a blunt warning on their website: Dont expect to be preached to, but you may just find salvation.
Saint Francis is the new project of Macons own Scott Baston (former frontman of Moonshine Still). Having left for a while because he felt that touring had taken a toll on the things that were important to him, Baston returns to the stage with Mark van Allen (pedal steel master), Rackley Davis (drums/vocals), Jeremy Johnson (lead guitar/vocals), Carlos Enamorado (bass guitar) and Mason Davis (percussion).
The group prides itself, according to their website, on playing with the fire and spirit of a down home Georgia gospel church on revival Sunday, and promises that all audiences will find something to transcend them to a new plane.
For more information on the bands or the festival, visit www.thebighousemuseum.org.
Fly South Music Festival
When: 3-10:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: the Big House, 2321 Vineville Ave.
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 day of, free for kids ages 10 and younger