After the success of last year’s Cherry Blossom Music Festival, a departure from the traditional street party event, the festival’s organizers decided to go that route again this year. The pub-crawl-style music event will take place Saturday at a handful of venues downtown.
“This is the second year we’ve put together an indoor/outdoor live music pub crawl featuring local and regional artists and bands in downtown Macon,” said Jake Ferro, president and CEO of the Cherry Blossom Festival. “It went over really well last year. People seemed to enjoy wandering between venues and enjoying a variety of bands.”
This year’s performances will take place at three venues -- the Hummingbird Stage and Taproom, SparkMacon and the Mill -- and will feature the musical talents of nine bands. Armbands, which cost $15 and can be purchased at the door of each venue, will grant entry into all of the venues Saturday night.
At the Hummingbird, festivalgoers will see Seven Handle Circus, Bombadil, C2 & the Brother’s Reed and Crescent Moon Dogs.
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Seven Handle Circus will showcase their modern rock with bluegrass roots, played with energy, skill and folk instruments. They are in the middle of a tour and have recently been at Mardi Gras and intend to keep the party going. Bombadil, a band which is increasingly gaining the attention of national outlets, will bring their combination of “open-minded chamber folk and the bright and sunny pop music of the 1960s” to the stage. The night at the Hummingbird will be rounded out by C2 & the Brothers Reed. Hailing from Lexington, Kentucky, they describe themselves as “bourbon flavored rock and soul.”
Over at SparkMacon, festivalgoers can enjoy Jared and the Mill and Korby Bohannon. Jared and the Mill says their music “ain’t blues and it ain’t country. It ain’t bluegrass and it ain’t indie rock. It’s something in between like most things here in the Southwest, and that’s just the way we like it.”
Korby Bohannon, a singer songwriter from Macon, is doubly excited about the performance. Not only will he be performing in his hometown, but “this is where I’ll be releasing my very first EP. ... It’s gonna be a great show!”
The Mill will be hosting Almost Kings, Kilo Ali and local favorite Floco Torres.
The motto that independent and unsigned rock/hip-hop band Almost Kings from Atlanta heeds in daily life is, “If you want it done right, do it yourself.” In 2012 they found themselves playing at the 54th annual Grammys awards, making them the first unsigned act to ever do so.
Kilo Ali is from Atlanta and his brand of hip-hop comes with a distinctive Southern flavor. His most well known singles include “Show Me Love,” “Baby Baby,” and “Love In Ya Mouth.”
Flocco Torres, another Macon local and an undeniable favorite, will help get the party started at the Mill. As an independent artist, he has been named Macon’s “Best Hip Hop Artist” three times and recipient of “Best Local Album” twice. Well known and well loved in Macon, Flocco always draws a crowd.
Cherry Blossom Music Festival
When: 4 p.m.-2 a.m. March 28
Where: Hummingbird Stage and Taproom, 430 Cherry St.; SparkMacon, 557 Cherry St.; the Mill, 425 Cherry St.