Out & About

Summer is coming… and that’s OK

Spring has certainly sprung. Like it or not, our brains are slowly accepting the realization that summer is coming. Thankfully, a smart person invented air conditioning, swimming holes and cold beverages to provide comfort during our long summer months.

Summer also marks the beginning of festival season and the time of year when bands everywhere hit the pavement for shows across the U.S. due in no small part to the fact that the roads are easier to traverse these United States.

Field Note Stenographers just finished another episode of our podcast, “Diggin’ the Field,” which we do with Georgia Public Broadcasting. In it, we reflected on some shows that have come through Macon in the past six weeks or so, during which we witnessed Billy Joe Shaver return to Macon, Pylon Reenactment Society proudly carry the torch of one of the most important bands to come out of Athens, and look forward to a highly-anticipated release from local hero Floco Torres.

We also talked a bit about Bragg Jam, which recently announced its first wave of bands — a list that is impressive, to say the least. Better yet, this is only part of the list. The second — and final — announcement of bands is forthcoming, specifically at the next Second Sunday concert event in May. I cannot wait.

Go ahead and mark your calendars for Bragg Jam on July 30. It’s gonna be a good one.

As we look forward to summer, don’t fall into the trap of staying in the house. There’s plenty of great live music coming through Macon, and many of these shows (like the aforementioned Second Sunday) are free.

The Cox Capitol Theatre has been bringing some killer acts to town (see: Dave Rawlings Machine, Billy Joe Shaver, CeeLo Green, Les Brers, Grace Potter) and will continue to do so during the next few months. Roasted Cafe and Lounge, one of the grandest cafes in town, hosted a few shows in the past few weeks, including one of my faves, Megan Jean and the KFB. The Hummingbird Stage and Taproom brought Brett Harris a few weeks back and will have Gringo Star with local dudes Elroy Love this weekend.

Fresh Produce Records never fails to surprise us. It brought Athens royalty, Pylon Reenactment Society, in early April and continues to host great shows and events. The new rehearsal space, 5/4 Space, hosted a local band showcase this past weekend, and it looks like they’re starting to host music movie nights as well.

Bragg Jam is one of the best music festivals anywhere and it happens right here. The point: There’s plenty of great music to be seen and heard in our community. All you have to do is pay attention and get off that comfortable couch of yours.

Chris Nylund is a founding member of Field Note Stenographers, a collective of local musicians who write about shows in Middle Georgia. Contact him at fieldnotestenographers@gmail.com.