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Bragg Jam bigger than ever with music for all tastes

More than 90 performances across 20 venues will make this year’s Bragg Jam Concert Crawl the biggest yet.

Macon’s signature music festival kicks off Saturday with everything from soul, funk and punk bands to acoustic acts and DJs.

“We really do try to touch on every genre,” said Leila Regan-Porter, marketing co-chair for the festival. “I think that’s always been something we’ve tried to do ... really try and showcase every aspect of music so there’s something for everyone.”

Indie band Moon Taxi will headline the festival with a 10:15 p.m. performance at the Cox Capitol Theatre. The group recently released their third album, “Mountains Beaches Cities.”

“They’ve been opening for My Morning Jacket and they’ve been playing a lot of festivals,” Regan-Porter said.

Some other highlights include performances by the Athens-based rockers FutureBirds, T. Hardy Morris and the Hardknocks and punk rocker Wreckless Eric.

“Wick-It the Instigator is this really incredible DJ who’s done some really good mashups,” Regan-Porter said. “Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band is one I think that really everybody seems to love. They just do a lot of funk, they do some soul. They really cross over all aspects of the community and bring everyone into one groovy, funky fun show.”

The festival also features “old school legends” such as Robert Lee Coleman and local favorites such as Louise Warren, Dalmatian and Floco Torres, who is pulling together a big group of other musicians to play with him, Regan-Porter said.

“We’ll be able to showcase what we have in our own city, which is exciting,” she said.

A couple of local politicians also will be a part of the playlist. County Commissioner Larry Schlesinger will be back with his band “Rabbi and Friends” at the Library Ballroom. There also will be a performance by “David Lucas & The Soul Jam Band” featuring the state senator who represents part of Macon.

“(Lucas) actually recorded a song with Dexter Redding,” Regan-Porter said. “He’s going to be playing at the Midtown Key Club.”

The festival added more family-friendly venues this year, with early shows at Mount de Sales Academy, Coleman Hill and Taste and See. This adds to the usual venues like the Cox Capitol Theatre, the 567 Center for Renewal, the Library Ballroom, Grant’s Lounge and the Crazy Bull.

“We don’t want people not to be able to get into a show,” Regan-Porter said. “So we really tried to spread the music around, which is why we have more venues. There is always going to be something you’ll be able to see.”

The food trucks on Third Street are back, as are free shuttles to the outlying venues. The main shuttle stops will be at Twang Southern Tastes and Sounds, Mount de Sales, Coleman Hill and downtown at Third and Mulberry streets. There also will be a shuttle at Margarita’s on Bowman Road.

While music is the main event, the signature festival also includes a Patron Party and the Arts & Kids Fest.

PATRON PARTY

This event officially kicks off the festival with food and music from one of the concert acts -- Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band. The party will take place Friday from 7-11 p.m. at the Terminal Station. Tickets are $75 and include food, a two-hour open bar, a T-shirt and a ticket to the Concert Crawl.

“It’s a really good way to support the festival and be able to go to a fantastic party,” Regan-Porter said.

ARTS & KIDS FEST

This pint-sized, free version of the festival is back at Cherry Street Plaza from 10 am.-2 p.m. Saturday. The circus-themed event will include live music, an animal show, a water slide, art activities and some circus staples.

“We’ll have jugglers and a magician too but the most exciting thing is probably the fire breather,” Regan-Porter said.

Bragg Jam Concert Crawl

When: July 25; music starts at 2 p.m.

Where: Various locations across downtown with shuttles to outlying venues.

Cost: $20 in advance online; $25 day of the event. Day-of tickets can be purchased at Third and Cherry streets.

Information: www.braggjam.org

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