Friday October 11
Barry Richman Band at the 567 Center for Renewal
Can you believe GABBA Fest is 21 years old? For those who have been living under a rock for the last 21 years, GABBA Fest is the annual celebration of Southern rock hosted each year by the Georgia Allman Brothers Band Association. This year, they bring blues-rocker Barry Richman to help celebrate this all-important birthday (after all, since they are turning 21, they are legal now and ready to party). Richman has played and recorded with a list of great blues, Southern rock and jam bands so long that a guitar soloist would give up before I finished naming them all. He will be joined by the Peacheaters and the Lefty Collins Band. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 for just Friday night or $45 for a weekend pass to all the Gabbafest events.
Saturday October 12
Macon Symphony Orchestra at the Grand Opera House
Macon Symphony Orchestra kicks off its season with a night of music from the Russian masters. Naming the night, Magic and Enchantment, the MSO will perform works from Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Borodin and Stravinsky. This exciting season opener will be led by the fiery guest conductor Shizuo Z Kuwahara. 7:30 p.m. $38.50 adults; $18.50 students; $13.50 children 12 and younger.
Poanna & Radiolucent at the Hummingbird Stage and Taproom
What happens when Australian musicians move to Columbus? They find refuge in the sweet sounds of soul, blues and country. Poanna then turns around and gives back a sound that is new and yet familiar, exciting and comforting. They will be joined by Athens Radiolucent, a band that celebrates the traditions of Southern rock. 21 and up. 10 p.m. $5.
Sunday October 13
Percy Sledge at Washington Park
Another wonderful season of live music with the College Hill Alliance and Second Sunday comes to an end, and they do it in style. The great rhythm and blues singer Percy Sledge comes to town to join us for our favorite outdoor music event. Best known for his hit, When A Man Loves A Woman, Sledge has been entertaining music lovers worldwide since the 1960s. All ages. 6 p.m. Free.
Thursday October 17
Wesley Cook at the Macon Dog Park
Macon loves pets, so it makes sense that all of Macons dog owners get together every now and then and blow off a little steam after work with their furry friends. Bring your pups to the Macon Dog Park on Adams Street for the monthly Yappy Hour and let them run wild while you enjoy a cold drink, conversation and some great live music. Wesley Cook has been named an Artist To Watch by both Rolling Stone and Billboard magazines. This singer-songwriter will make sure the good times are flowing for you and your best friend. All ages. 5 p.m. Free.