Top 5 Places To Spot Gregg Allman This Week
For more than three decades the longtime leader of The Allman Brothers Band has toured the globe with Georgia on his mind and it looks like Gregg Allman and the city of Macon, GA, will remain inevitably interconnected. To Allman, Macon is a past that spans over four decades, and one place on the map that Allman is fond of. According to Allman “Macon is a beautiful, enchanting place, and it truly was home for the Allman Brothers Band. We played, lived, laughed and cried there, and I wrote many, many songs in that town. It’s always good to play Macon, man.”
Gregg Allman added a show this week’s at The Cox Capital Theater which means he will be in Macon for one night! Allman will also be recieving an honorary degree from Mercer's graduation ceremonies. This means two more opportunities to spot Allman while he is in Macon. Here are 5 known Macon locales that Allman is known to frequently visit and be sure to let us know if you spot him!
1. downtown grill
Located in the quaint alley between Mulberry Street and Cherry Street and 2nd Street and 3rd Street, is this exquisite little building that for many years has been home to The Downtown Grill; an English Steakhouse that specializes in fine dining. Allman has frequented this building since the 1970’s as Macon became the nucleus of Southern rock ’n’ roll. Capricorn Records co-founder Frank Fenter opened a restaurant in this same exquisite little building that would cater to the city’s energetic music scene. Fenter’s restaurant, Le Bistro, opened in September 1974. Le Bistro’s menu introduced its patrons to continental dishes and booth seating with curtains for private dining. And in 1975, it was in one of those curtain draped booths, Greg Allman proposed to Cher.
2. gallery west
As a music photographer and former Allman Brothers Band Tour Manager and “tour mystic,” Kirk West has spent most of his life behind the lens capturing images of legendary musicians on stage and off. His intimate photographs of candid moments from musicians have rarely been seen by the public, until recently. West, alongside his bride Kirsten, opened Gallery West in 2015. Gallery West displays a generous overview of West’s personally selected favorite shots, including Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Tom Waits, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Bob Marley, The Police, Iggy Pop, even the Allman Brothers Band. You can relive the journey of the Allman Brothers Band and other musical icons in this beautiful Gallery on Third Street.
The story of H&H restaurant is forever woven into the history of Macon, GA thanks in part to the Allman Brothers Band. Louise Hudson, better known as “Mama Louise,” opened her soul food eatery in 1959 with Inez Hill, or “Mama Hill,” and together they brought grits and gravy, barbecue ribs, pork chops, collard greens, peach cobbler, and other delicacies to the watering mouths and empty stomachs of all who entered the Cotton Avenue establishment. Mama Louise was nearly 40 years old when she was introduced to Gregg Allman and his merry band of hippies and Mama Louise became especially close to ABB founding members Dickey Betts and Berry Oakley. Mama Louise felt sorry for the hungry musicians and brought them their own individual meals and told them to pay her when they had the money. The Allman Brothers got so hooked on Mama Louise’s cooking that they even brought her on the road with them for several of their tours. Mama Louise ended up never cooking a thing; just enjoying a well-deserved vacation; or so the story goes.
4. mercer university
This year’s Macon commencement at Mercer University will include a message to the graduates by former President Jimmy Carter, who currently serves as a member of Mercer’s Board of Trustees, followed by a musical performance from Gregg Allman who is being awarded an honorary degree.
5. The rookery
A culinary force in Macon, The Rookery is always packed full with Maconites chowing down on the best thing on the menu: the burgers. With a whole page of the menu dedicated to this very Amercian food, the Rookery knows how to do a burger right! Some of our favorites are the Ray Charles (a classic pairing of pepperjack cheese, applewood smoked bacon and gaucamole), the Allman Burger (Swiss Cheese, sauteed mushrooms), Dr. John (fried egg-need we say more) and if you're feeling spicy the Jerry Reed will knock your socks off.