2013 Bragg Jam crowd got bigger

Music festival draws more fans to see more acts

jgaines@macon.comJuly 30, 2013 

The Bragg Jam Music Festival and Concert Crawl grew again this year, drawing an estimated 3,750 people Saturday to its venues in and around downtown Macon.

That’s up from an attendance of about 3,500 in 2012, Everett Verner, the festival’s marketing co-chairman, said. Attendance estimates are based on the number of admission wristbands sold and sponsor packages given out, Verner said. Organizers can’t be certain how many of those who bought wristbands in advance actually attended, but the likely increase is significant, he said, because the extra 250 people are more than many of the performance venues could even hold at once.

“It went up really well,” Verner said.

Festival organizers usually aim for attracting about 3,000 people, based on their budget, he said. But this year’s event featured more bands on more stages than before.

Bragg Jam had 46 bands appearing on a dozen stages in 2012, but this year 56 acts were scheduled on 15 stages.

“It went phenomenally well,” Verner said.

Bragg Jam is a nonprofit event, and any proceeds will be donated to the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail.

“I don’t know how much was raised,” Verner said. “We probably won’t know that for a while, because we still have a lot of bills to pay.”

Since the festival began, it has raised more than $150,000 for the heritage trail and arts-related organizations.

Bragg Jam is named for brothers Brax and Tate Bragg, local musicians who were killed in a car accident in 1999. Their music friends found healing in getting together for a jam session following the tragedy, and it became an annual event. In 2003, it grew into a citywide music festival.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Jim Gaines, call 744-4489.

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