Torres: Festival, movie and music fill the weekend

April 25, 2014 

Happy Friday! I want to thank everyone who came to the Hummingbird Stage and Taproom to see us last weekend. We had a great time and from talking to some of you afterward, you did, too. I also want to thank everyone who has been sending me albums to review and topics that you care about for my columns. It’s been more than expected so if you haven’t heard back from me yet, please be patient.

Speaking of albums, check out Sabir Muhammad’s “Make My Dream” album. Sabir is from Macon and is one of our more talented young hip-hop artists. The album is full of soulful production (which I think he produced most of) mixed with positive lyrics. I’m excited to watch him grow as an artist and keep putting on for our hip-hop scene here.

I’ve got a lot for you to do this weekend so let’s get to it: The Pan African Festival of Georgia will be celebrating 18 years of African influence in Middle Georgia this year. The festival kicked off last night and will continue tonight and Saturday. Starting at 5 p.m. tonight, you can stop by the Douglass Theatre for an evening of free entertainment. Saturday starting at 11 a.m., Cherry Street Plaza will be filled with music from all genres, local artists showcasing new work and loads of good food. This event is family friendly and open to the public so throw on your fanny pack (you better not have a fanny pack) and come have a good time. For more information, visit www.tubmanmuseum.com.

Speaking of family-friendly events, the 2014 Sundown Screen Series continues tonight at Luther Williams Field. They’ll be showing “Hook” on the big screen. The gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie starts at dark. As a kid I was terrified of Robin Williams, so I might not be there, but you should go. You’re welcome to bring blankets and picnic baskets or buy food from the vendors on site. If it rains, the event will be cancelled so keep an eye on the weather.

If you’re looking for some live music, then you should go see Boot Hill tonight at the Hummingbird. These guys put on a good show regardless of what type of music you like. It’s probably going to be packed, so get there early. You can also stop by Grant’s Lounge for an evening with Blak Pearl. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Pearl in the studio and she’s fun to watch live. She’s one of our R&B/soul artists who’s making some moves under the radar.

Saturday at 9 a.m. in Central City Park, the annual Fired Works Regional Ceramics Exhibition and Sale will be showcasing more than 6,000 pieces of pottery from more than 70 different artists from Georgia and the Southeast. Featured artist Tammy Beane re-creates prehistoric Native American pottery and she’ll be giving demonstrations about some of her work. General admission tickets are $5 and can be purchased online or at the door. For more information, visit www.firedworksmacon.com.

Have a good weekend!

Floco Torres is an artist/songwriter. Contact him at flocotorres@gmail.com.

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