Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ with the Saint Francis Band
FRIDAY AT THE COX CAPITOL THEATRE
Drivin’ N’ Cryin’s career started at the seminal 688 in Atlanta, a club that served as the epicenter of the city’s underground scene in the 1980s. Shortly thereafter, their career would shoot off like a rocket, due in no small part to hits like “Honeysuckle Blue,” “Straight to Hell” and “Fly Me Courageous.” Friday’s show at the Cox opens with the Saint Francis Band, an Athens-based group that has strong roots in Macon. $15-$360. Doors at 7 p.m./Show at 8 p.m.
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FRIDAY AND SATURDAY AT THE DOUGLASS THEATRE
GABBAFest is an annual festival organized by the Georgia Allman Brothers Band Association. This year’s festival will last all weekend, with performances at the Douglass Theatre on Friday and Saturday nights. The music kicks off Friday night with a show that features Lamar Williams Jr. and Dirty Uncle Bob. Saturday night features a special performance of Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band with musicians from Mercer University’s Robert McDuffie Center for Strings under the expert direction of Amy Schwartz Moretti. See gabbafest.ticketleap.com or www.thebighousemuseum.com for more information. Ticket prices vary. Doors at 6 p.m./Music at 7 p.m.
Piano with American Roommates
FRIDAY AT THE HUMMINGBIRD STAGE AND TAPROOM
Piano began as a side project for three experienced musicians, but quickly grew into a full-time gig, as the band has been touring the Southeast since their formation in 2014. During that short time, they also recorded their debut EP, “Tiny Bullet Choir,” a collection of hard-hitting blues tunes. They’ll be joined by Nashville indie-rockers American Roommates, a band influenced by acts like the Talking Heads and Modest Mouse. $5. 10:30 p.m.
Hey Cicada! featuring members of Good Country People and Red Heifers
SATURDAY AT ROASTED CAFE AND LOUNGE
Good Country People are known to have a good time playing a smattering of covers and originals in the bluegrass/Americana vein. The Red Heifers are led by a Grateful Dead-loving rabbi and they’re known to play anything from zydeco to klezmer to ballads to the aforementioned Grateful Dead. Believe it or not, Hey Cicada! is a conglomeration of members of both Good Country People and the Red Heifers -- musicians who have shared the stage before in other groups, but this will be their first as Hey Cicada! If you’re into rootsy Americana, old time gospel, country blues and klezmer music, you should be here. Free. 8 p.m.
THURSDAY AT THE COX CAPITOL THEATRE
Tennessee-born Ashley Monroe knows a thing or two about country music. She’s been in the business since winning a Pigeon Forge talent show at age 11. From there, she’s worked as a Nashville-based songwriter and also helped form the traditional country girl-group, the Pistol Annies. She’ll be in Macon supporting her new solo record, “The Blade,” which was produced by Vince Gill and Justin Niebank and features the hit single, “On To Something Good.” $20-$520. Doors at 7 p.m./Music at 8 p.m.