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New venues, cooler temps perfect combination for music

Fall is the time for leaf raking — and music.
Fall is the time for leaf raking — and music.

My calendar and thermostat are at war.

Something called “fall back” just happened, but the season that’s supposed to accompany this time-change phenomena apparently went the way of Punxsutawney Phil after seeing his shadow and running like the wind to whatever hole fall crawled out of for a few sweet autumn days before this heat wave.

That being said, fall may actually have arrived by the time this article hits the presses, at which time my entire rant may seem out of place and wreaking of a serious break with reality. No matter. Let’s pretend that fall has arrived with cooler temperatures and falling leaves. That it is not simply here because the date on the Julian calendar claims it to be true.

Fall should be about music. With cooler temperatures, outdoor music events become much more enjoyable. The Society Garden in Ingleside Village is a rad place to grab a drink, bring the kids and see some live music, especially right now. It seems as though they’ve been booking acts on Friday and Saturday night, and if you haven’t made it over there, it’s certainly worth checking out.

The Rookery recently opened its expanded seating area, which also features a listening room for about 100 people. Piedmont Brewery and the Friends of Macon Music have a free concert series called A Walk In The Park, which is held every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in Third Street Park, which is on Third Street across from Piedmont.

Fresh Produce Music Hall is continuing to keep downtown Macon’s music scene weird in all of the best possible ways, almost always for $5 or less at the door. Emmy-nominated songwriting series “Songcraft Presents” is coming to Macon to film a song inspired by oft-forgotten Macon songwriter Emmett Miller, which will be penned and performed by songwriter Dom Flemons of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. This episode is scheduled to air on PBS in 2018, and I cannot wait to see what comes of this Macon-specific episode.

The takeaway is simple. Bust out your jean jacket (if the climate ever gets back down to an appropriate fall temperature) and get out of the house. There’s plenty of music to enjoy this fall.

Chris Nylund is a founding member of Field Note Stenographers, a collective of local musicians who write about shows in Middle Georgia. He likes books without pictures, good music and playing a variety of instruments with varying degrees of success. Contact him at fieldnotestenographers@gmail.com.