Macon’s music history lives in every corner of the city. Take a Rock Candy Tour and learn about Macon’s legendary and notorious music history. This tour is a must, from homes, offices, and crash pads of some of southern music’s most famous artists. Opening in 1971, Grant’s Lounge is known as the ‘Original Home of Southern Rock.’ Music greats like Tom Petty, Marshall Tucker Band, The Allman Brothers Band, and Lynyrd Skynyrd played there. Capricorn Records, where The Allman Brothers Band, Marshall Tucker, Otis Redding, and more recorded, has been returned to its former glory and reopened as Mercer Music at Capricorn thanks to Mercer University.
Macon is a music town, and live acts can be heard year-round on many nights of the week. From evening music on the patios of our restaurants to bands playing at our bars and lounges, and our music festivals like Bragg Jam and Second Sunday— There are many ways to get into the Macon music scene like a local.
In conjunction with Historic Macon, Visit Macon and Rock Candy Tours, the Historic Macon Music Registry is an ongoing documentation project that interprets and celebrates Macon’s rich and diverse musical heritage. Plaques are placed at influential sites that represent the diversity of music’s role in shaping the character and soul of Macon. These plaques can be found on public and private spaces and in well-known music landmarks. Look for the green and silver markers at the designated sites. To locate the most current plaque locations, download the self-guided tour brochure housed on Historic Macon’s website. Physical copies of the brochure can be found at Macon Welcome Centers and at Historic Macon’s headquarters at 338 Poplar Street.