Fans of the Allman Brothers Band from as far away as the Netherlands will gather in Macon this weekend for the annual GABBA Fest.
The Georgia Allman Brothers Band Association, started by fans who wanted to connect, is celebrating 21 years with a series of concerts and special events.
Its really going to be a packed weekend full of fun, GABBA secretary Laraine Potter said. Friday night starts with a performance by the Peacheaters, who promise a true Allman Brothers Band experience and not just a cover.
The Friday events begin at 6:30 p.m. at the 567 Center for Renewal on Cherry Street, with the Lefty Collins Band and the Barry Richman Band following the Peacheaters, and an aftershow featuring Muddy Guy being held at Grants Lounge.
A special Rock Candy tour of downtown Macons musical past, including a rare look inside Capricorn Studios, kicks off Saturdays events for GABBA Fest attendees.
A jam hosted by Mystery Road and featuring musicians belonging to the association will begin at 1 p.m. at the Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House, 2321 Vineville Ave., and will be followed that evening by a concert at the 567 featuring the reunion of Boogie Chillun, who opened for the Allman Brothers in 1969 and have not played together since 1970.
Les Dudek, who played guitar on the Allman Brothers Band album Brothers and Sisters, headlines the Saturday night show.
The weekend wraps up at 1 p.m. Sunday in Rose Hill Cemetery, where a tree will be dedicated to former GABBA board member Jodie Gooch, who died this year.
Tickets are $45 for the weekend; $25 for Friday night only; or $25 for Saturday night only. For ticket information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.gabba.org.
-- Laura Shirley