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There’s lots to do for music lovers and kids this weekend

Nashville's Me and Molly plays Bragg Jam

Singer Molly Stevens says it's great playing her home town of Macon. Here she is performing at Bragg Jam 2016.
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Singer Molly Stevens says it's great playing her home town of Macon. Here she is performing at Bragg Jam 2016.

If you think there is nothing to do in Macon, you haven’t been here in July, when the city is filled with all types of art, film and music. The Macon Film Festival just wrapped up its schedule of independent offerings last weekend, and this weekend bands galore will entertain lovers of all types of music. Here’s the scoop!

Seeing stars

Corner Concerts & Friends of Macon Music kicks off Sky Over Macon at the Museum of Arts and Sciences Friday. The blues and rock trio, American Blvd, is the featured artist at the free concert that starts at 6:30 p.m.

After the concert, guests will enjoy the museum’s planetarium, which houses a rare projection system that is one of the finest in the world. Only a handful of these magnificent machines exist anywhere in the world, and one of them is right here in Macon. If you love gazing at stars in the night sky, don’t miss this exceptional Sky Over Macon experience.

Music abounds

The Bragg Jam Concert Crawl will feature more than 90 acts on at least 15 stages in downtown Macon.

Bragg Jam expands this year to a two-day event, and it kicks off with a premier concert at 7 p.m. Friday the Cox Capitol Theatre. The headliner is blues and funk band the Cedric Burnside Project, anchored by Cedric Burnside, a four-time winner of the prestigious Blues Music Award’s Drummer of the Year. The opening acts are Hank Vegas and Stokeswood.

Beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, the legendary Concert Crawl features acts in these genres: blues, soul, reggae, groove, funk, electronic, pop, country, folk, bluegrass, honky tonk, jazz, ska, punk, hip-hop, psychedelic, rock, lots of “fusions” with rock (country, soul, folk, funk and surf), and more. There will be something for everyone.

Looking for activities for the kids this weekend? You’ll appreciate the family-friendly Bragg Jam Arts & Kids Festival, which takes place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Cherry Street Plaza. Live music will be provided by some of the campers from Otis Music Camp, and there will be crafts, rides, inflatables and free entry to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

While you’re there, stop by the Tubman Museum to catch the “Macon Trailblazers and Activists” exhibit before it closes Saturday.

Jazz highlight

The Jazz in The Courtyard series at the Douglass Theatre wraps up its season Sunday with the GQ Jazz Ensemble. Francar’s Buffalo Wings food truck returns for the free concert that begins at 7 p.m.

Contact Melanie Byas at melanie@retrowarehouse.com.

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