Grant’s Lounge Celebrates 46 years with a weekend celebration March 3-4
46 years ago, Ed Grant Jr. took on the risky venture of opening his own nightclub in downtown Macon, Georgia – especially risky given the climate of the times, and the fact that a black man running a club that catered to a racially mixed audience was bound to attract more than a little negative attention. As it turns out, that mixture of rebellion, R&B, blues, and rock and roll fed into a new fusion of musical sound that would become world-renowned and inspirational, and that nightclub – the iconic Grant’s Lounge – would go on to host performances by the likes of Wet Willie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the Allman Brothers, thus earning it the title “the Original Home of Southern Rock.”
There have been rocky moments in the club’s past half-century, but you can’t keep a good dive bar down, and Grant’s is still very much alive and kicking and gearing up to celebrate their 46th anniversary in style. The anniversary events will take place daily from March 1st through the 4th – $35 gets you access to all four days’ worth of events. On Wednesday, March 1, don’t miss the chance to steep yourself in Macon’s rich musical history with a 90 minute Rock Candy Music Tour beginning at 5 pm, followed by a reception, a tour of the Grant’s building with emphasis on plans for the future of this storied establishment, and a Wall of Fame presentation with music by Alphonzo Thomas. Later that evening, enjoy one of Grant’s iconic jam sessions, this one hosted by Johnny Hollingshed.
Thursday night will be Customer Appreciation night at Grant’s, and will feature giveaways, trivia, refreshments and, of course, live music. Friday night is the perfect night for a fish and grits dinner accompanied by two stages’ worth of live music – Blueskyblue and David Cole & the Daymakers will be performing in the lounge, and Pamela Bowman, Interchange & Neubreed will take the stage in the loft. Saturday’s activities include an afternoon music workshop for teens from 3-6 pm, followed by a performance by these musically talented teenagers at 7 – and free pizza will be available on site.
Sounds good, right? You can pick up your four-day ticket at Grant’s Lounge, The Big House, Cox Capitol Theater, H&H, The Rookery, or Habersham Records. If you’re not able to make it all four days, single-day admission is available for each event – those prices vary. Proceeds from all these events are going to benefit The Mentor’s Project of Bibb County, a nonprofit agency whose mission is to connect at-risk Bibb County middle and high school students with local mentors who can help them reach their full academic, social, and personal potential. There’s not much better than getting together to celebrate a cornerstone of our rich musical history, hearing some fine music, eating some good food, meeting some new friends, and helping out local kids in the process.