Bragg Jam Festival
SATURDAY AT VENUES THROUGHOUT MACON
The last Saturday of July is Macon’s ultimate summer music festival where, rain or shine, bands spanning all genres take on a variety of stages across the city and put on one unforgettable show after another in a jam-packed, rock, blues and soul-infused night. But the Bragg Jam Festival isn’t just for live-music lovin’ night owls. During the day, Bragg Jam’s Arts & Kids’ Fest hosts a free daytime event where families are invited to create, perform and play in the heart of the city. The event features fun activities, art, food and beverage vendors, live music and community performances. As the sun goes down, Bragg Jam’s signature Concert Crawl is already geared up, featuring live music performances at a variety of Macon hotspots, with free shuttle service throughout the night. Indie band Moon Taxi will headline the festival. In addition to bars, there are all-ages performance venues that are smoke-free and family-friendly. Arts & Kids Fest is free and runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Bands start about 2 p.m. and a $20 ticket will get you into all the venues.
Roly-Bots and Oak House
FRIDAY AT A SECRET LOCATION
Seriously, it’s a secret show. The location will be announced at this year’s Bragg Jam Patron Party on Friday night, so if you don’t have your tickets to the Bragg Jam Patron Party, you should get on that. Local favorites Roly-Bots are joined by Athens-based Oak House. Both bands put on killer live shows. We’re sworn to secrecy on the specific location, but we can say it’s gonna be a great night of music downtown ... maybe we’ve said too much. 11:30 p.m. Free.
FRIDAY AT THE HUMMINGBIRD STAGE AND TAPROOM
Come out and listen to a band that is a little rock, a little jazz, a little reggae and a little Southern funk ... with a lotta grass. Sounds fun, right? I’ll do ya’ one better: This local band features some of Macon’s most talented musicians and, as far as we know, this is their first local gig in quite some time. 10:30 p.m. $5.
Jazz in the Courtyard with the GQ Jazz Quartet
SUNDAY IN THE DOUGLASS THEATRE PLAZA
If the GQ Jazz Quartet sounds familiar, but you can’t quite place it, you may have seen them open for the one and only Stephanie Mills at the 19th annual All that Jazz fundraiser for the Tubman African American Museum. Whether or not you’ve heard of them before, this is a free evening of jazz outside the historic Douglass Theatre. That’s really all that you need to know. 7 p.m. Free.
Jodie Jam 2015
SUNDAY AT THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND MUSEUM AT THE BIG HOUSE
Who wouldn’t want to hang out in the backyard of the former house of the Allman Brothers Band while listening to some live music and celebrating the life of an amazing person? Come celebrate the life of devoted volunteer Jodie McNeil Gooch with an afternoon of music from Pallot and Porter, Dirty Uncle Bob, Royal Johnson and Frank’s Garage. 1-5 p.m. $10. Visit www.thebighousemuseum.com for more information.