There is good music to enjoy this weekend and in the coming months -- and the lineup has something for almost everyone!
MCA ANNOUNCES SEASON
The Macon Concert Association recently announced its 2015-2016 season, which opened last evening with pianist Fei Fie Dong, a 2014 Concert Artists Guild Competition winner and top six finalist at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
The concerts continue with a piano quartet in November, then the internationally recognized wind quintet, WindSync, in January. The season concludes with the Athens Guitar Duo in February.
Call 478-301-5470 now to purchase your season tickets.
THE SIDEMEN REUNITE
A group of world-class musicians is reuniting this weekend for a three-day celebration, as they do every year at the same time and place. Most of the festivities are private, but the gathering features a one-night concert tonight, the 9th annual Sidemen Reunion Show, which spotlights some of the best talents from the 1950s until today.
These musicians originally performed and recorded with such R&B icons as Joe Tex, Otis Redding, Johnnie Taylor, Candi Staton, ZZ Hill, Sam & Dave and others. Those on stage tonight will include Macon native Newton Collier, who played horns for both Otis Redding and Sam & Dave bands.
Call 404-787-9397 to purchase tickets for the 9 p.m. Sideman Reunion concert at Atlanta’s Sheraton Downtown.
FOOD & MUSIC
The first Mid Georgia Doc Holliday BBQ & Blues Festival (www.docbbqand blues.com) starts today in Historic Downtown Griffin at 6 p.m. Tonight you can meet the hopefuls participating in the Georgia BBQ Association’s cook off, where they compete for part of a $7,500 purse.
On Saturday, there will be a Peoples’ Choice BBQ tasting and street festival with arts and crafts vendors. Enjoy tours, carriage rides, two re-enactments of the gunfight at the OK Corral, and a special guest appearance by Georgia Music Hall of Famer Alan Walden.
The festival ends with a 5 p.m. concert by Macon’s Barry Darnell & the Mobile Slim Band and Crossroads Band. Headliner for this concert is son of blues legend Muddy Waters, Big Bill Morganfield, who is a legend in his own right.
LAST SUNDAY NO MORE
Sunday is the final Last Sunday of the year at the Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the Southern rock sounds of Kunio Kashida, 68-75 and Otis. The free show begins at 2 p.m. Call 478-471-5551 for details.
Contact Melanie Byas at firstname.lastname@example.org.