Skydog 67 pays tribute to Duane Allman, helps Middle Georgia charities

November 22, 2013 

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Robert Lee Coleman performs during the Skydog 66 annual benefit concert last year at Central City Park. The annual concert is used to help the Macon Rescue Mission and the Dove Center.

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Duane Allman would have been 67 on Nov. 20, and Skydog 67 is celebrating with its eighth annual concert and benefit at Central City Park in downtown Macon.

“Seven years ago, on what would have been Duane Allman’s 60th birthday, the Skydog Music Festival (60) got its start,” the event’s website said. “It continues as the annual benefit concert that celebrates the life, birthday and music of Duane Allman (known as ‘Skydog’). We play the music that he played and/or inspired. We give to a need that I believe he would give to today, were he alive ... helping feed the poor and homeless.”

The concert benefits the Macon Rescue Mission and the Dove Center. Last year, there were more than 3,000 people in attendance, and they donated more than 5,000 pounds of food. This year, their goal is 4,000 in attendance and 8,000 pounds of food.

The concert will showcase the music Duane Allman played and inspired by respected musicians, including a rhythm section led by Ken Wynn. In addition, attendees will have the chance to hear the musical talents of special guests Paul Hornsby, Mose Davis and Bo Ponder, and will be able to enjoy the special tribute of hearing the entire “Brothers and Sisters” album on its 40th anniversary. The entire celebration will be led by emcee Kyle Mosby.

“To this day,” the website said, “Duane Allman is remembered by family, friends and fans for his peaceful ways, his love of life, his quick wit, and, above all, his outstanding musicianship. Fans still come to Macon from all over the world to visit Macon sites and to pay their respects at his burial site in Rose Hill Cemetery.”

“Skydog” is a variant of the name “Skyman,” which was given to Allman by Wilson Pickett. Allman’s epitaph reads, “I love being alive and I will be the best man I possibly can. I will take love wherever I find it, and offer it to anyone who will take it ... seek knowledge from those wiser, and teach those who wish to learn from me.”

His legacy has inspired thousands of fans to join together yearly to help support Macon’s charitable organizations. It is no secret that the Allman Brothers Band relied on the kindness of others to keep themselves fed in the beginning of their career. The band’s history makes this event an apt cause by musically paying tribute to the past, and just possibly, helping to feed the next set of hungry musicians.

Skydog 67

When: Noon-5 p.m. Nov. 24

Where: Central City Park, downtown Macon

Cost: Ten or more canned goods per person

Information: www.skydogmacon.com

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