Torres: Music scene booms in January

January 24, 2014 

Good afternoon Macon! Do you still have your Christmas decorations up? Yes? Stop reading and go to care of that NOW.

Thanks to everyone who came and saw our show at the Fresh Produce Record shop. If you couldn’t make it, I recommend checking out Brandon Brains and KidDead from Nashville, Tenn.

I feel like we’ve been off to a good start so far this year as far as our music scene goes. I really enjoyed the Black Lips this past weekend and the turnout the Cox Capitol Theatre had. It was nice to see people come out for something that isn’t a band from the late **insert year that most of us weren’t born yet**. No offense, but we do have a lot of shows in town that most 18-32 year olds do NOT care about. I heard that the Of Montreal show the following night had an even bigger crowd and the age demographic was more mixed than the night before.

I’ve also enjoyed the work of the Riverview Ballroom lately led by Talley (F.A.B. for those who know what that stands for). I attended their “Capricorn Season” party this past weekend that featured the Jazz Plex house band and Macon’s own internationally-known Shawty Slim. The party had an upscale dress code and an exuberant atmosphere. I’m looking forward to attending their next big party.

Still not convinced we’re off to a bang? With the help of Nadia Osmon (College Hill Alliance), Shawty Slim and Melissa Macker (the 567), on Jan. 9 we successfully threw the first ever Lunch Beat Macon party at the 567 Center for Renewal. It was a free dance party during your lunch hour with food and water provided, but people could bring their own. This idea started in Stockholm in 2010 and I found out about it from the Boston version late last year. We’re throwing the next Lunch Beat on Feb. 13 from noon-1 p.m. at the same place. There’s only ONE rule: You have to dance.

Now onto this weekend: One of my favorite bands, Megan Jean & the KFB, will be in town to play at Roasted Cafe and Lounge tonight. Megan Jean is one of the hardest working singers I know, and I’ve probably said this a million times, but if you haven’t given her live show a fair shot then I just don’t know what to say about you. And at this particular show, you might get a first ever Megan Jean/Floco Torres remix. Just saying. Show time is probably about 10-10:30 p.m.

Saturday night brings the 18th annual “All that Jazz” event at the City Auditorium. This year will feature Grammy-nominated artist Najee. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served before the concert, and tasty deserts afterward. Balcony seats are available for $25 ($20 for students).

If there’s any event or new idea that I should check out to write about in the future, please email me and let me know! Have a good weekend everyone!

Floco Torres is an artist/songwriter. Contact him at

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