Bring the family for Backyard Boogie concert at the Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House

lshirley@macon.comJune 20, 2014 

Freddy’s Finest is one of the acts performing Saturday at the Backyard Boogie.

TIM REDMAN — Special to The Telegraph

The Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House is putting the fun in fundraiser with another installment in its Backyard Boogie music series.

From 7-11 p.m. Saturday, guests can bring their blankets and chairs and enjoy an evening of music at the family-friendly event.

“We are excited to continue the Backyard Boogie series at the Big House. This time we are bringing in two bands from Atlanta, Electric Codpiece and Freddy’s Finest,” said the museum’s executive director Lisa McLendon. “Both have a very unique sound we know Macon audiences will just love.”

Opening band Electric Codpiece is made up of David Bard, vocals and mandolin; Don Whitaker, percussion/drums; Brad Baumann, harmonica; Brian O’Neil, vocals and keyboard; Bryan Morris, vocals and guitar; and Tommy Jones, bass.

The group “performs songs about life’s celebrations and challenges that most anyone can relate to,” according to a news release.

McLendon said the music of Electric Codpiece is reminiscent of the music played by local band Gringo Grande.

“It’s fun, toe-tapping type music that will put you in a good mood, and some of the song titles are absolutely hilarious. ‘Pants Fit Funny’ would be one,” she said.

Freddy’s Finest features Michael “Hurly” Hurwitz on bass and vocals, Ian Newberry on guitar, Spencer Pope on keyboards and Will Groth on drums. Their music “combines the groove of classic soul with the energy of modern funk with a heavy blues undertone,” according to the release.

They perform original music with a few covers, including songs by Otis Redding, the Beatles and James Brown.

The Big House also will receive support this weekend from the first Midnight Ryder Cup, a nighttime golf tournament beginning with a shotgun start at 5 p.m. Friday at Canongate at Healy Point Country Club. Participants in the four-man scramble will use glow in the dark balls and glow sticks to light up the course, according to the release. All participants in the golf tournament also will receive two tickets to the Backyard Boogie, McLendon said.

“We thought it would be a fun way to bring in music lovers and golfers to share some music and have a good time,” she said, “and all profits benefit the Big House museum, as we are a nonprofit.”

For those looking for late night entertainment after the kids are asleep, both bands will take the stage at the Hummingbird Stage and Taproom on Saturday night after their performances at the Big House.

Backyard Boogie

When: 7 p.m. June 21

Where: Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House, 2321 Vineville Ave.

Cost: $5

Information: 478-741-5551;

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