Created: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 04:03:00 EST
Updated: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:46:12 EST
The biggest music night in Macon is two weeks away and is promising to be a huge event with some big names playing this year.
Bragg Jam Arts and Music Festival will celebrate 15 years on July 26. On that night
Downtown Macon venues as well as Twang and the Hangar Bar and Grill will feature 57 bands.
"Each stage sort of has a flavor,” Bragg Jam Entertainment Chairman, Sean Pritchard said.
“We've got hip hop, R& B, funk, soul, rock and roll, and singer-songwriter."
The expansion is a 180 degree turn from its original beginnings. The event started as a tribute to the legacy of musicians Brax and Tate Bragg. They were scheduled to play at the Rookery in 1999 following a road trip. Unfortunately, both died in a car accident while traveling through Texas.
"Group of friends decided that it would be much more appropriate to continue with the show, play the songs that Brax had written,” Pritchard said. “Play some of their favorite cover songs and have a wonderful night to commemorate their memory."
Now the night is a way for people to enjoy music and benefit local Middle Georgia organizations including the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail.
"We like to keep everything in Central Georgia and since 1999 we've donated over $150,000,” Pritchard said.
Big bands including this year’s headliner, “The Blind Boys of Alabama” are major draws for people to visit the area. “The Blind Boys of Alabama” are a five time Grammy award winning gospel group who will perform at the Cox Capital theatre at 9:30 on concert crawl night.
“Thanks to a generous grant from the Knight Foundation, “Blind Boys of Alabama” will be coming to Macon. I believe it's their first time playing here."
There’s a chance more musicians may perform in Macon when Bragg Jam partners with the Macon Film Festival next year.
"The idea is to program free or low cost music, cross over entertainment leading up to the festival so that for people who want to come visit for that long or for people in the area can enjoy 10 very unique days," Pritchard said.
Until then, tickets for the one night of music on Saturday, July 26 are on sale now at www.braggjam.org
Advance purchases are only $20. Tickets sold on the day of the concert crawl will be $25. They can be purchased at a Third Street Park ticketing location, Twang, The Hangar and Margaritas on Bass Road.