Gig Guide

August 16, 2013 

Friday August 16th

Old Man Shoes and Crescent Moon Dogs at Grant’s Lounge

Warner Robins invades Macon, and to be honest, when the talent is this good, Macon doesn’t mind so much. Old Man Shoes is a very entertaining band, covering songs you never hear bands play in this area. They’ve been known to play everything from Devo to the Black Keys. They are joined on stage by the Crescent Moon Dogs, who have a really big sound to only be a three-piece band. Their sound is reminiscent of rock bands that came into prominence during the ’90s. $5 for ages 21 and up; $10 for ages 18-20. 10 p.m.

The Districts at the Rookery

The Districts come to Macon all the way from Lancaster, Penn. This up-and-coming young indie band is influenced by Spoon, the Cold War Kids and the Pixies, so expect to get loud and sweaty as things get lively. The Districts experienced a jolt in popularity when their video for “Funeral Beds” went viral on YouTube thanks to support from Reddit. They will be joined by Pine Barrons in a night of indie rock in downtown Macon. 21 and up. 10 p.m. Free.

Saturday August 17th

Besides Daniel and Oh Dorian! at the 567 Center for Renewal

There are some people who listen to music for the lyrics and the melodies. This is the show for those people. Besides Daniel says he fell in love with chords and melodies at age 12 and he’s been song writing ever since. Oh Dorian!’s Heather Kemp has, in my opinion, the prettiest voice in Middle Georgia and her song writing goes well with that beautiful voice. These two are also joined by Noel Stephens and the Darlings and Zach Farr. 7:30 p.m. $5.

The Westbound Rangers at the Rookery

Looking for something different to do? How about some live bluegrass music? Nashville’s Westbound Rangers brings their bluegrass revival sound to the Rookery for a night of toe tapping, hand clapping fun. Inspired by great classic sounds as well as new offshoots such as the Avett Brothers, the Westbound Rangers have been making a name for themselves and claiming a spot on the list of “next big thing” in bluegrass. 21 and up. 10 p.m. Free.

The Sexual Side Effects at the Hummingbird Stage and Taproom

I don’t know what Macon is in for with this show, but I can guarantee everyone will be talking about it on Facebook and Twitter the next day. Atlanta’s Sexual Side Effects is a four-piece rock band led by the voice of Amber Taylor. They will remind you of ’80s rock bands like the Pretenders. In other words, a lot of fun and ready made for dancing. Where things take an unexpected turn is that they will be joined by the Imperial Opa Circus, best described as a sideshow stage show, and the Syrens of the South burlesque troop. It’s going to be a wild night! 21 and up. 10 p.m. $5.

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