Macon Music Going Strong
Well once again Macon had an incredible Cherry Blossom Festival with lots of great music! But while I am sad to wait for an entire year for more Cherry Blossom magic, we have some great events happening this month in Macon!
First off there is a truly unique concert being offered on Sunday 4/23 at 4pm by Rabbi Aaron Rubinstein at Congregation Sha'arey Israel at 611 First Street, Macon, Georgia. It is Holocaust Remembrance Day Their Songs Live On:
Music and texts of Josef Pinkhof, Ilse Weber,
William Hilsley, Boaz Bischofswerder,
Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook,
And Chaim Nachman Bialik
Performed by Adrian Gnam,
Rebecca Lanning, Alexander Locke,
and members of the
Congregation Sha'arey Israel choir
I asked Rabbi Rubinstein how he came up with such a great concept for a concert. He told me “This was something I tossed around with Ian Altman. I started researching a few composers (not well known). I had an unusual cd box set given to me as a gift years back - tracks from that collection got me started.” The entire community is welcome and admission is free.
Next up, more incredible artists and bands coming to Macon for Music on The Mount featuring up-and-coming acts. This is open to the community and will be held at Mount de Sales Academy’s Zuver Center Amphitheater. According to the website: Established in 2015, this is the Academy’s Chastain-style outdoor concert series, showcasing musicians and bands from various genres. All concerts are held in the school’s beautiful amphitheater where every seat is a good seat.
Recent acts have included Nashville standout Logan Brill, who debuted her first music video on Country Music Television (CMT), vintage soul band Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics of Atlanta, Texas-based funk-jazz band Mingo Fishtrap, folk/pop band Great Peacock out of Nashville, and singer-songwriter Brent Cobb, a Georgia-raised rising star who has written hit tunes for Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, and Luke Bryan.
APRIL 28: THE DELTA SAINTS
OPENING ACT: THE OLSONS
The Delta Saints count their musical influences from a wide array of artists like Jack White, Led Zeppelin, and The Black Keys. The five-piece band pens their own music and delivers songs with plenty of roots-inspired rock-n-roll flare and bluesy undertones. In addition to their respectable following in the U.S., The Delta Saints continue to grow their international fan base after years of successful tours. The band just embarked on a two-month European tour to promote their new full-length album Monte Vista, “an album brimming with a restless spirit and coming-of-age ruminations on life, love, self-discovery and the world at large.”
GATES OPEN 6:30 P.M. | OPENING ACT 7:00 P.M. | HEADLINE ACT 8:00 P.M.
Guests may bring picnics, no outside alcohol, no smoking
Rain: concert will be held in McAuley Hall on campus
Boxed dinners by FLIK Independent Dining/Chef Josh Nowell
General Admission: $15 in advance; $20 at the gate
Guests may bring picnics, blankets, and chairs (no tables); first-come, first-served seating; boxed dinners are available for purchase at $10 each with advanced tickets only; boxed dinners will not be available for purchase at the concert.
Also on 4/28, the Douglass Theatre presents the Movie Premier "Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary " at 7 PM.
This should be an amazing film here is a YouTube link to a preview:
I will be there so come and say hello!
To rap things up, I also want to mention that my new Americana EP “Six String Soldier” is out and really making some noise!
It features some of the finest musicians from Macon and Middle Georgia along with my friend Charlie Hoskyns from the UK band The Popes. You might remember that I co-wrote with Charlie, along with Paul McGinnis from the Pogues and Will Morison from Modern English on a track that was the featured song for The Ladies of the South compilation. (www.ladiesofthesouthmusic.com)
Check out what people are saying about the “ Six String Soldier” EP:
Patrick Hickey Jr.
With a vocal sound that bites at times and is smooth at others, he’s able to tell a ton of stories across the seven-song EP that his guitar backs up.
The thing that makes this EP a special one is Stuckey’s versatility. Make no mistake, he’s a top-notch guitarist as every track showcases a solo or a riff you’ll get stuck in your head. The case usually with strong guitarists, Stuckey could and should get a pass if his voice could get the job done, but like Eric Clapton, he’s got a solid voice that grows on you the more you listen. But unlike Clapton, he’s got a grit and snarl to his voice- a unique timber that adds flavor to his work that can’t be done with a guitar. Simply put, he doesn’t sound like anyone and is a natural teller of tales.
With a rollicking, rambunctious spirit, Joey Stuckey’s “Six String Soldier” is a true stunner. Over the course of the album Joey Stuckey displays his impeccable chops that define the album. Blues help to anchor the album as all else revolves around them. A communal spirit dominates the album, whether it is the grandeur, stately rhythms or the large, dreamy choirs. Throughout it all the lyrics present a particularly potent kind of storytelling, one that ties the many pieces together. Quite gigantic in scope the songs are a force of nature, one that grows ever more massive. Cyclical in its approach the songs grow in power and intensity.
“Blind Man Drivin’” starts the album off right with a soulful organ vamp. Such an infectious groove brings the whole sound together. Joey Stuckey’s voice adds the overall psychedelic cool of the mood, as the song unfurls with true majesty. By far the highlight of the album it grows and grows in scope until it reaches a fevered pitch with the fantastic finale. Cinematic flair defines the lush work of “10,000 Miles”. A country twang infuses the love lost spirit of “Another Girl”. Spirited in scope the guitar work is downright incredible, as Joey Stuckey proves to be a true master. Closing the album off on an incredible note is the sprawling and ambitious “Mr. Mooney” where Joey Stuckey’s knack for creating a compelling narrative.
Joey Stuckey’s “Six String Soldier” possesses a timeless classic rock sound, one executed with flawless precision.