Grant's Lounge first opened its doors on February 16, 1971. Located at 576 Poplar Street in Macon, Georgia, the original Grant's Lounge had a seating capacity of 75. From the beginning Grant's Lounge was more than just another night club. Its existence made a loud statement about people and the oneness of human beings. Also, it was from this modest establishment much of what the world now knows as Southern Rock was conceived. Grant's, as the place was popularly known, opened on a Wednesday night. "Crimson Soul", a blue-eyed soul rock group, opened with a packed house. Mr. Grant, Edward Grant Jr., Elizabeth "Liz" Graham, and Maintland Webb beamed with joy as they greeted and served the first night's guests. They had no idea that this was the first night of a living legend. Grant's Lounge was born. Between 1971 and about 1976, guests at Grant's would be exposed to over 100 Rock and Jazz bands. Most of these bands were looking for that "lucky break". Some of them got the break, many others did not make it. The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Wet Willie were among the lucky ones.