Big House Museum, former home to Allman Brothers Band, to open by mid-December

Organizers of the Big House Museum held a news conference today to update the progress of the museum, which is currently undergoing major renovations.

On the day of the Allman Brothers Band’s first concert in Jacksonville, Fla., 40 years ago, museum managing director Kirsten West said the band’s former house, located on Vineville Avenue, has a target date of June to have all of the inside renovations completed. West said the museum is slated to open by mid-December at the latest.

“We know the Big House will be a big revenue stream to the city of Macon,” she said. “Fans are going to come from all over the world to see this museum.”

West said the band’s shows at the Beacon Theatre in New York drew the likes of Eric Clapton and other well-known musicians who performed with the band. The Big House also screened its documentary, “Please Call Home,” while members of the foundation were up there. The film will screen in Macon on June 15 and be shown in several cities around the U.S., West said.

The foundation also raised about $200,000 in contributions since March 9.

West said three new board members had been named to the foundation: David Thompson, president of Piedmont Construction Group; attorney Brown Edwards; and Maria Rosa Menocal, director of the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University.