Bobby Ferguson Band
SATURDAY AT MELLOW MUSHROOM
Bobby Ferguson is one persistent guy. He’s been penning his own tunes for over a decade, during which time he has worked with a wide array of local talent as he has attempted to hone his craft. While his band lineup has certainly changed over the years (this gig will feature Bobby Hall and Grafton Tanner), we’ve all become accustomed to what to expect from Bobby. He also has some fascinating theories on coffee, life, music, and some woman named Carolyn. Grab some pizza, sit back and enjoy the show in the pastoral setting of Macon’s Mellow Mushroom. 7 p.m. Free.
WDEN presents Marty Stuart with Emi Sunshine
SATURDAY AT THE COX CAPITOL THEATRE
If you like country or bluegrass music and the name Marty Stuart doesn’t at least ring a bell, I kindly ask you to skip to the next show review or your favorite spot in the funny papers. Marty Stuart’s career in music started over 40 years ago and frankly, there isn’t enough room in this whole paper to list all of the great things this guy has done. He spent his teen years touring with Lester Flatt’s band; his 20s with Johnny Cash, Bill Monroe, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins; all before striking out on his own as a solo artist. In short, a show with Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives is one that cannot be missed if you have any interest in country or bluegrass music. Emi Sunshine, the opener, is no slouch either. This 10-year-old has performed her blend of southern music everywhere from the Today show to the Ryman Auditorium. For the record: this is no novelty act. She’s the real deal. 7 p.m. $35 general admission. Other ticket packages available.
16th Annual Rhythm N’ Jazz on the Dock Concert Series
SUNDAY AT GATEWAY PARK
The 16th Annual Rhythm N’ Jazz Concert Series promises to showcase some of the best artists in and around Georgia. College Park’s Shantavia Stewart and her band will provide the soundtrack for what will undoubtedly be an afternoon of good tunes and good times. 3KO also will perform, and the “slamming dance control” will be provided by DeeJay Phi & Co. Bring lawn chairs, coolers and your dancing shoes down to Gateway Park (on the riverfront, aka the park where the Otis Redding statue is located). Get more details and updates (including upcoming concerts) on their Facebook page. 6 p.m. Free.
Mercer University’s Townsend All-Faculty Gala Concert
TUESDAY AT FICKLING HALL
Mercer University’s Townsend School of Music kicks off their Fall concert series with a festive gala event showcasing performances by the distinguished faculty artists of Mercer’s Music department. Mercer’s basketball team beat Duke. That’s awesome. Really. It is. This will also be awesome. Put on your Sunday best and get your culture on at Mercer University’s Fickling Hall. 7:30 p.m. Free.
Tash & the Boys with Africana Americana
THURSDAY AT THE HUMMINGBIRD
This Thursday night bill features two local acts: Tash and the Boys and Africana Americana. Tash and the Boys draw inspiration from the Beach Boys, Kings of Leon, and the Rolling Stones in a fashion that they claim combines Southern Rock and surf rock. Any way you shake it, these guys like verbed-out gitfiddles and rock ‘n’ roll. Africana Americana is a collaboration between guitarist/vocalist Tommy Superior and Alex & Her on synth and backing vocals that occurs in a space that they call “somewhere between fate and the Internet.” 10:30 p.m. Free.