Gig Guide

August 30, 2013 

Friday August 30th

Bo Ponder at Grant’s Lounge

When it comes to local soul singers, Bo Ponder is the man. When I first started hanging out around downtown and he stepped to the microphone, I perked up. I knew I was in for something good. Years later, it’s still true and I am not the only one who thinks this way. Friday night, local musicians, friends, family and fans will get together at Grant’s Lounge to play tribute to Ponder’s soulful career. It will be a night filled with tributes and a performance by Bo Ponder himself. 21 and up. 8 p.m. $5.

Christopher Bell and Soul Gravy at Roasted Cafe and Lounge

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen Christopher Bell. This man plays a cello in a way that is rarely ever seen, sometimes picking it up and thumping out notes like it’s some acoustic guitar/electric bass hybrid. His lyrics are full of stories and walk a line between poetry and singing -- not what you would expect to see on a Friday night in downtown Macon. He’ll be joined by St. Simon’s Island’s Soul Gravy, known for their easy vibe soul and gospel hybrid sound. It’s going to be a night of extreme styles! 18 and up. 9 p.m. Free.

Saturday August 31st

Radio Cult at Wild Wing Cafe

College football season has arrived! Head on over to Wild Wing Cafe and watch all of your favorite teams and enjoy some live music, too. After the University of Georgia game, Radio Cult will crank up all of your favorite ’80s tunes. You can celebrate your team’s victory or drown your sorrows for their loss -- either way, it’s a good day to be surrounded by friends and enjoy sports and music. All ages. Doors open at 11 a.m. Free.

A2Z Band at Cherry Street Plaza

Mercer University has football! Can you believe it? How many of us have been dreaming of this day for more years than we can count? To start this inaugural season off right, A2Z Band will be performing at a tailgate party in front of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. Get out early, enjoy all of the eateries downtown and then hop on the $2 shuttle and head to the stadium to cheer on the Bears! All ages. Noon. Free.

Monday September 2nd

Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University’s Fickling Hall

Robert McDuffie and the Center for Strings are wrapping up their Labor Day Festival for Strings with a free concert at Mercer University’s Fickling Hall. McDuffie will be joined by Amy Schwartz Moretti, Elizabeth Pridgen and the very talented students from the McDuffie Center for Strings. This is your chance to see some of the most highly regarded classical musicians in the world playing with the next generation of greats. All ages. 3 p.m. Free.

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