Band spotlight

May 3, 2013 

Friday May 3rd

Vineyard Band at Lemongrass Thai Bistro

I used to love when First Friday was full of bands playing outside. It was great to walk up and down the street and hear music. So, I got excited when I heard the Vineyard Band was going to be playing outside this First Friday. Amber, the lead singer for the Vineyard Band and bartender at Lemongrass, will step from behind the bar and head outside to join the band and let the good times begin! In my opinion, the Vinyard is one of Macon’s most overlooked bands. This very talented group of musicians plays some of the best country music this town has to offer if you are a fan of old-style country music. All ages. 9 p.m. Free.

Uprise and McBeezy at Roasted Cafe and Lounge

Georgia is home to a generation of electronic music producers and DJs whose influence spreads across the nation and world. Without a doubt, the Macon hub of this ever growing and changing music scene is Roasted Cafe and Lounge. For this First Friday show, Roasted brings two of the best in the electronic music game in Atlanta and Macon for a night of dancing. Uprise features bassist Paul Knight in an electronic whirlwind that combines live instruments and electronic production to create sounds that have captivated some of the biggest names in electronic music. He will be joined by one of Atlanta’s most noted up and coming DJs, McBeezy. 18 and up. 10 p.m. Free.

Saturday May 4th

Barry Darnell and the Mobile Slim Band at the Hummingbird Stage and Taproom

Macon is full of blues lovers, so a show like this is a no-brainer for Maconites. Barry Darnell and the Mobile Slim Band are steeped in the tradition of Delta blues, inspired by the rollicking pianos of New Orleans, driven by the electricity found in the blues in St. Louis and Chicago, and full of admiration for Georgia’s Southern rock. You put all that on a stage in one of Macon’s favorite places to hear live music and you have yourself a bona fide party. 21 and up. 10 p.m. $5.

Sunday May 5th

Lance Rodriguez at Grant’s Lounge

Macon is quite a community and it looks out for its own. So when the word went out that Tiffany Collins, a supporter of the music scene and happenings around downtown, lost her home in a fire, the community jumped into action. Grant’s Lounge announced that Sunday brunch from Good To Go would return for Cinco De Mayo. Lance Rodriquez was signed up to come play guitar and sing. Local businesses, artists and musicians even donated items for a silent auction so that proceeds could be donated to help Collins with the costs of starting all over. 21 and up. 12:30 p.m. Brunch buffet is $10 per plate.

Thursday May 9th

Mother’s Finest at Cox Capitol Theatre

Mother’s Finest has been providing funky sounds since the ’70s. They may have toured the world with their music, but they have always called Atlanta home. Mother’s Finest needs no introduction in Macon. They have been loved for years and every performance in Macon is fun, funky and full of their trademark rocking guitars and soulful singing. All ages. 7 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 day of show.

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