Where it began
The roots of American music run deep in Macon, Georgia, where Little Richard helped birth rock ‘n’ roll, James Brown recorded his first demo and Otis Redding took soul music to unsurpassed heights.
Thanks to Capricorn Records and Grant's Lounge attracting artists like the Allman Brothers Band, Marshall Tucker Band and Wet Willie to the city, Macon became ground zero for Southern Rock in the 70s. That lively scene provided inspiration for two local high school musicians, Mike Mills and Bill Berry, who went on to help found rock band R.E.M. in Athens. Jazz and R&B singer Randy Crawford, classical bass-baritone Allan Evans and Grammy-nominated violinist Robert McDuffie were all born in Macon. Bursting into the country music scene, Superstar Jason Aldean even named his latest album after his hometown: Macon, Georgia. The list only keeps growing with new artists representing a wide variety of genres now performing in the same venues as our music legends.
Today, Macon's distinctive and diverse musical landscape connects its past, present and future. Attractions including Capricorn Sound Studios and Museum, the Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House, The Otis Redding "Mini" Museum and The Little Richard House provide exclusive experiences. Rock Candy Tours hosts weekly walking tours full of decadent music history while the 43 spots on the self-guided music tour recommended by Visit Macon include the iconic H&H Restaurant and Rose Hill Cemetery.
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Live Music Today
Nightlife in Macon bustles with venues hosting local, regional and national touring acts alongside one-of-a-kind jam sessions and gatherings. First Friday is like a music festival downtown every month with annual events including Bragg Jam, GABBA Fest and O'Tis the Season. Performances by the Macon-Mercer Symphony Orchestra, Macon Pops and an extraordinary musical theatre community anchor the city's sound and soul.