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Bragg Jam 2017! Every venue, every band.

Every band, every venue broken down so you can plan your Bragg Jam 2017!!!

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Hey friends, it’s almost time for Macon’s favorite super sweaty, super joyful music festival.  Here are some handy tips ‘n tricks to help make your Bragg Jam experience one for the books!

If you attend the Friday night opening concert, ask some of    the die-hard music geeks in attendance who their Saturday must-see bands are. Use the Concert Crawl as an opportunity to go see a show in a venue you haven’t been in before. Check out the Saturday schedule early, before you’ve had too many drinks, so you have an idea of what you want to see. You won’t end up seeing everything you want to, even if you’re the most meticulous of planners – Bragg Jam doesn’t work that way, it operates outside of linear space and time somehow, or else everybody’s just really drunk and about to pass out from heatstroke – but it’s good to have an idea of when and where your must-sees are performing, because you’ll want to catch at least one of them.

Drink a lot of water. A LOT of water. Even more water than that. Like SO much water. Oops, now you have to pee and the bathroom lines are crazy and the only other option is a gross Port-a-potty- sorry about that. I hope you aren’t wearing a romper. But seriously – alternate your alcoholic beverages with water. Don’t drink too much too early. Wear comfortable shoes. Don’t fall asleep in a bar or else you might get gently and apologetically kicked out by the bartender who is also your husband’s co-worker. (I learned that one from experience, sorry to say – but actually I’m not at all sorry because it’s a story that always cracks me up, so there’s another tip – if you do something weird because of being too drunk/too hot/too psyched about music, don’t beat yourself up about it because chances are it’s happened to just about everybody who’s ever tried to throw down at Bragg Jam. It’s cool. It’s part of the deal. Just be safe!)

Most of all, take the time to appreciate this beautiful weirdo city while you’re downtown – I love the origins of this festival, how it started as a friendly low-key jam session in loving honor of those talented Bragg brothers and how it’s blossomed into this epic event where musicians of all genres – over 80 of them – take over every available venue downtown – over 20 of them – on one of the most sweltering weekends of the year, and how people from every walk of life – over 7000 of them – show up and show out and make new friends and have new experiences, all in the midst of what would otherwise be insurmountable heat and humidity, all for the love of music. Dang, Macon. We’re pretty cool.

ALL AGES VENUES

Crazy Bull Parking Lot

Marty Evans – 5-6 pm
Marty Evans grew up in Butler, Georgia where his first exposure to music was singing with his church; he picked up the guitar at age 12 and never looked back. He’s taken a few breaks here and there to get married and start a family, and now he’s back onstage playing his particular blend of pop country music to audiences across the country.

Gannon Adams – 6:30-8 pm
A high-energy country singer from Mansfield, Georgia, Gannon Adams is lucky enough to have had the privilege of opening for outlaw legend Merle Haggard at the Ryman in Nashville in 2012, and again several other times, one of them in Macon. Gannon’s voice is all old-school twang, but his influences are more modern country artists like Florida Georgia Line and Jason Aldean – the end result is a sound with his own unique twist.

Matt Rogers Band – 8:30-10 pm
Eatonton, Georgia native Matt Rogers calls Nashville home now; that’s where all the hardworking country singers go to build a name for themselves, and that’s exactly what Matt’s been doing, earning a long list of awards and accolades for his unique, sincere songwriting and performing.

Jon Langston – 10:30pm- 12 amThis Logansville, Georgia country musician started out as a college football player, but after being sidelined by injuries, he threw himself wholeheartedly into working on his own music. With influences that range from Garth Brooks to Guns & Roses, this set is sure to be good-mood party music.

Bearfoot Beer Garden

Lauren Tuttle – 2-2:45 pm
Local singer/songwriter Lauren Tuttle is also a talented multi-instrumentalist – she can play the guitar, piano, and the clarinet. Lauren’s love for performing shines through each time she takes the stage, and she describes her music as a kind of fusion of pop, soul, and Americana.

Wesley Cook – 3-3:45 pm
This Atlanta-based singer/songwriter knows how to convey sincerity in musical form without ever crossing the line into corniness; he’s an earnest dude, upbeat and positive, yet not afraid to tackle the darker side of life in his material. His musical style incorporates bits of rock, reggae, pop, and more, and his live show is guaranteed to be a highlight of your night.

American Blvd – 4-4:45 pm
Funky swamp-blues rock with a dash of soul and Southern jams, made by a couple of good ole Georgia boys.

Me and Molly – 5-5:45 pm
Molly Stevens is a hometown girl; born and raised in Macon, she grew up singing in church and at revivals led by her minister grandfather; she went on to move to Nashville with a gift from that grandfather – a vintage 1950s Gibson guitar – in tow, intent on following her musician dreams. Her powerhouse vocals and sincerely moving lyrics captivated listeners, and she’s gone on to open for acts like Billy Joe Shaver, Angie Apparo, the Indigo Girls, and lots more.

The Lawsuits – 6:15 pm – 7 pm
Philly band The Lawsuits aren’t easy to pin down, genre-wise, and that’s the way they like it – they blend aspects of pop, rock, groove, funk, and more, and always keep their listeners waiting to see what’s next.

*repeat repeat – 7:30-8:15 pm
“A blend of bloom, doom, and boom,” reads part of *repeat repeat’s bio – a description that’s not only fun to say but also is very apt for the Nashville trio’s particular unique combination of sunny 60s surf rock and broody cooler-than-you art punk. They’ve recently torn up the stage at Firefly Festival and Forecastle Festival and now it’s our turn.

Tall Tall Trees – 8:30-9:30 pm
Mike Savino is the banjo savant behind this band – if you’ve seen Kishi Bashi live recently, you may have seen Mike onstage opening up and/or playing along with the band. Solo, he plays his “Banjotron 5000” like a wild man, using loops and effects to create fascinating catchy weirdness to back up his lyrically driven tunes.

Taste & See Coffee Shop

Hughes Taylor – 2-2:30 pm
Up-and-coming blues musician Hughes Taylor is a hometown boy; he picked up the guitar first at the age of 12, and was lucky enough to be mentored by local musician B. Keith Williams. He’s largely self-taught, inspired by artists like Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. Currently a student at the University of North Georgia, Hughes manages to take a little time to rock out at a gig every now and then, lucky for us.

Atria – 3-3:45 pm
Macon’s Savana Cameron named her solo project Atria because, as she says, “I wanted something that meant space creating, because I feel the music is very atmospheric.” With her ethereal vocals, haunting melodies, guitar prowess, and deeply personal take on songwriting, Savana’s creativity is on full vivid display in her work with Atria.

Faye Webster – 4-4:45 pm
A precocious, folky singer/songwriter recently signed to Atlanta’s largely hip-hop based Awful Records, 19 year old Faye Webster is stunningly talented and wildly creative. In addition to making music, she’s also a skilled photographer, preferring to capture mostly musicians with her lens – and mostly rappers at that. She’s shot portraits of ATL’s finest, including Killer Mike, Lil Yachty, Migos, and more. She’s a badass girl with a badass future, and someone to keep your eyes on.

Louise Warren- 5-5:45 pm
Watching Macon’s own Louise Warren perform is a sincere, heartfelt, charming joy – her love for what she does shines through both onstage and off. The prolific singer/songwriter grew up with a rich musical background, and she’s been able to share the stage with the likes of Jimmy Hall, Chuck Leavell, and Shawn Mullins.

Brett Harris – 6-6:45 pm
A singer/songwriter from Durham, North Carolina with a warm, inviting voice and a classic pop aesthetic, Brett Harris is a pleasure to listen to. He’s spent time on the road touring as a member of iconic alternative group The dB’s, and he was also part of the Big Star Third touring company – a group of multitalented musicians (including members of REM and Wilco) who came together to ensure that the iconic pop music of Big Star would continue to reach audiences even after founder Alex Chilton’s death. The guy has good taste – check out his solo stuff.

Mike Kinnebrew – 7-7:45 pm
A singer/songwriter who is talented at striking the balance between a beautiful melody and a meaningful lyric, Mike Kinnebrew is also a soulful and poetic live performer.

Just Tap’d

TJ Wayt – 2:30-3:30 pm
Perhaps best known as a member of local rock outfit The Bearcats, TJ sometimes likes to take it solo and acoustic.

Matt Brantley Band – 4-5 pm
These local rockers, who were voted Best Local Band at this year’s 11th Hours Readers Choice Awards, describe themselves as “a little bit country and a whole lotta Southern rock n roll,” which is a perfect way to encapsulate their brand of good-time good-ole-boy rocking out.

Wesley Cook (acoustic) – 5:30-6:30 pm
This Atlanta-based singer/songwriter knows how to convey sincerity in musical form without ever crossing the line into corniness; he’s an earnest dude, upbeat and positive, yet not afraid to tackle the darker side of life in his material. His musical style incorporates bits of rock, reggae, pop, and more, and his live show is guaranteed to be a highlight of your night.

Abby Owens – 7-8 pm
Born in Indiantown, Florida, the wildly talented singer/songwriter Abby Owens called Macon home for a little while, and we’re always thrilled to have her back. An angel-voiced dirty-mouthed badass babe, Abby’s been playing and singing since forever – music’s in her blood, and it shows. With album production credits by such luminaries as David Barbe and Jason Isbell and an impressive catalog of emotionally raw, beautifully composed original songs, she’s the real deal.

Me and Molly – 8:30-9:30 pm
Molly Stevens is a hometown girl; born and raised in Macon, she grew up singing in church and at revivals led by her minister grandfather; she went on to move to Nashville with a gift from that grandfather – a vintage 1950s Gibson guitar – in tow, intent on following her musician dreams. Her powerhouse vocals and sincerely moving lyrics captivated listeners, and she’s gone on to open for acts like Billy Joe Shaver, Angie Apparo, the Indigo Girls, and lots more.

Mel Washington – 10-11 pm
Mel started out as a founding member of the indie rock band All Get Out, but now he’s making honest, heartfelt music as a solo artist, and showcasing his amazing vocal skills.

The 567 Center for Renewal

Help Wanted – 4:30-5:30 pm
Upbeat Nashville-based indie folk and rock music to get you goin.

Luke Mitchell – 5:45-6:30 pm
Hailed as a cross between Jeff Tweedy and Bob Dylan, Hilton Head’s Luke Mitchell has some big shoes to fill, and he’s poised to fill them with his particular brand of earnest singer/songwriter craftsmanship.

Becca Mancari – 7-7:45 pm
Recently, Becca Mancari’s been getting a bit of press because of her newly announced band – Bermuda Triangle – in which she’ll be performing alongside Jesse Lafser and Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard. That’s thrilling, but we have to wait a minute for it – in the meantime, check out Becca’s intimate, soulful singer/songwriter set.

Bombadil – 9:30-10:15 pm
This Durham, NC indie folk band has proved itself to be tenacious; after some upheaval with their lineup, they’ve settled beautifully into their new configuration, and their new album Fences, produced by John Vanderslice, is a simple, spare, elegant pleasure.

The Brick

Dan Jerous – 4-4:45 pm
David Dingess, the man behind the indie/electronic band Dan Jerous, is a Bibb County music educator by day and music producer by night. That’s some superhero-sounding stuff right there! His aim is to show his students that you can follow your dreams and give back to your community while you’re doing so – which is also some superhero-level stuff. Very cool.

Elroy Love – 5-5:45 pm
Several members of this Nashville-based alt-country band are former Macon residents; all the members of this Nashville-based alt-country band are interested in redefining what it means to be a Southern man making music these days. Inspired by outlaw country heroes like Waylon Jennings, the dudes of Elroy Love want to make their unique perspective known onstage.

The Georgia Flood – 7-7:45 pm
This Atlanta-based group blends classic rock sensibilities with modern pop aesthetics to create their own version of Americana – one heavy with roots, rock, and soul. Their live shows are notoriously energetic, so come see what’s up.

Piedmont Brewery

Brian and Georgia – 2:30-3:15 pm
Macon’s own Brian and Georgia Olson are no strangers to the stage, whether they’re starring in musicals or covering well-known much-beloved hits.

Dos Blues Guys – 3:30-4:15 pm

Hailing from right here in middle Georgia, this duo, who were the 2016 Atlanta Blues Challenge champions, love playing the blues (obviously, hence the name) but they also bring a deep catalog of rock and country tunes to their energetic live shows.

Joey Stuckey – 4:30-5:15 pm
Born in Green Cove Springs, Florida, Joey Stuckey currently calls Macon home, and we’re lucky to have him. He’s an award winning guitarist, songwriter, singer, composer, producer, radio & TV personality, music columnist, sound engineer, educator, and inspirational speaker. A brain tumor stole his sight and sense of smell when he was just an infant, but as you can see from the above list of accolades, he didn’t let that slow him down one bit – if anything, it served as additional motivation for him to make sure he made each of his dreams a reality.

Bobby Hall – 5:30-6:15 pm
Bobby Hall is a classical guitarist who has been playing for over 20 years; he’s been teaching guitar full-time since 2007 through the business, The Halls of Music, that he owns with his wife, Emily, a percussionist.

The Library Ballroom

The Georgia Flood –  4-5 pm
This Atlanta-based group blends classic rock sensibilities with modern pop aesthetics to create their own version of Americana – one heavy with roots, rock, and soul. Their live shows are notoriously energetic, so come start your evening out right.

Swain and the Highway Souls – 5:30-6:30 pm
It’s impossible to be a musician from middle Georgia and not be influenced in some way by all the talent that’s been homegrown here – Swain and the Highway Souls, a local band blending soul, funk, rock, and R&B, take a lot of their musical cues from our hometown greats. A SATHS set will usually contain some cover songs that’ll have you dancing and hollering, and some original material that’ll have you wanting to hear more.

Okey Dokey – 7-8 pm
This Nashville band is a supergroup of sorts; they’re made up of a rotating cast of musical characters from iconic local bands, and they make use of the talent they’re given to play Motown-inspired psychedelic-flavored music engineered to make you rock out.

Little Tybee – 8:30-9:45 pm
Experimental, progressive folk-rock with some psych and jazz influences – the Georgia natives of Little Tybee, who have been playing together since 2009, defy easy genre categorization, and that’s a good thing. They’ve opened for Kurt Vile, Of Montreal, and Victor Wooten, among other luminaries; their intricate, complex arrangements and appealing melodies will work hard to earn your attention.

Holy Ghost Tent Revival – 10:15-11:30 pm
These North Carolinians started out playing bluegrassy, folky tunes, but since their inception in 2008 their sound has shifted into a slick, throwback soul-rock vibe – and don’t forget that iconic horn section.

21+ Venues

The Crazy Bull Main Stage

Matt Brantley Band – 6-7:30 pm
These local rockers, who were voted Best Local Band at this year’s 11th Hour Reader’s Choice Awards, describe themselves as “a little bit country and a whole lotta Southern rock n roll,” which is a perfect way to encapsulate their brand of good-time good-ole-boy rocking out.

Kasey Tyndall – 8-9:30 pm
In 2014, Kasey Tyndall won a contest held by her local radio station – the prize? Singing a duet onstage with Keith Urban. This sudden boost into the big time helped the North Carolina native realize that music could be more than just a hobby for her. She landed a management deal and a booking agent, and now she’s bringing her tough-but-sweet Southern-girl charm to stages all across the country.

Tyler Hammond Band – 10-11:30 pm
Growing up in Thomaston, Georgia, Tyler Hammond started out like a lot of Southern musicians – singing in church. His college years in Milledgeville helped form his musical aesthetic, which is country-rock fusion along the lines of Luke Bryan or Zach Brown.

Sundance Head – 12-1:30 am

Sundance (given name: Jason) has music quite literally in his blood – his dad is Texas music legend Roy Head. He spent his high school years playing in grunge-inspired bands, but eventually settled back into his soul-country singer-songwriter roots, which earned him a spot in the American Idol semifinals in 2007. Last year, he was the winner of season 11 of NBC’s The Voice – his coach was Blake Shelton, who he hit the road with as an opening act after the TV show wrapped.

VIP Stage- Crazy Bull

Robert Lee Coleman – 6-7 pm
To live in Macon is to have historic icons walking amongst you from time to lucky time, and Robert Lee Coleman is one such icon. Guitarist for Percy Sledge from 1964-1969, he was hired by James Brown to perform in his new band the JBs in 1970. Robert thrills Macon crowds by still continuing to perform regular sets of his deep-groove blues guitar from time to time – if you haven’t seen him perform live yet, tonight’s the night.

Royal Johnson – 7:30-8 pm
These super-Southern funk-rockers have shared a stage with the likes of Jack Pearson, Jimmy Hall, Stillwater, Old Crow Medicine Show, and many many more. Their wildly energetic live shows and cheerful good-time grooves make them one of middle Georgia’s most beloved live bands.

Free Lance Ruckus- 9:30-10 pm
Self-described as Southern alternative Americana rock, Free Lance Ruckus have been around since 2007 and have been steadily growing as a band the whole time. With a touring schedule that has them playing 100-plus dates per year, they’ve had ample time to hone their craft, and they know how to get audiences moving.

The Benjamin Olsen Trio – 11:30 pm- 12 am
This fun, talented, high-energy trio draws their inspiration from Sly-style funk and deep South blues. They’re a relatively new band, and they’re already drawing crowds ready to jam .

Brickhouse at the Crazy Bull

DJ B3 –  10 pm – 2 am
DJ B3, also known as Khalil Blount, knows how to read the vibe of a crowd, get the party started, and, most importantly, keep the party going. He’s ambitious, funny, multitalented – and he was the winner of this year’s 11th Hour Reader’s Choice Award for Best DJ. Come see him spin and you’ll see why.

Hummingbird Stage & Taproom

One Horse Parade -6:30-7:30 pm
This Macon four-piece indie band didn’t set out to be mostly instrumental– it just happened organically, largely because, as bassist/synth player and founding member Mark Griffith puts it, “none of us are really singers.” For their particular blend of broody, chill, shoegaze-inspired rock, instrumental works perfectly. It makes you feel kinda like it’s the soundtrack to something cool that might be just about to happen to you.

Walk Thru Walls – 8-9 pm
Influenced heavily by classic acts like The Kinks, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones, with a little dash of 90s grunge and Britpop a la The Pixies and Oasis thrown in for good measure, Macon-based Walk Thru Walls are a rarity in the folk/fusion-saturated music scene – a straightforward rock ‘n roll band that just wants to kick your ass with some guitar-heavy tunes for a little while. Come let ‘em.

MIGHTY – 9:30-10:30 pm
Angelo Fiaretti, from Atlanta by way of Pittsburgh, cut his teeth in his local DIY punk and indie scene – that’s how he found the voice he now amplifies via the grimy, whacked-out garage rock of MIGHTY. He describes his music as tackling the themes of “revenge daydreams, paranoia, drugs, and self-discovery” – in other words, there’s something for everyone!

Stop Light Observations – 11 pm – 12 am
These South Carolina-based guys have been playing together since they were 14, which is no small feat – these days, their brand of indie-inspired Southern roots-rock – recently described by one bandmate as a kind of “story of the millennial blues” – is catching lots of well deserved attention.

Gringo Star – 12:30 am – 1:30 am
Atlanta brothers Nick and Peter Furgiuele are the backbone of this band – they grew up in a music-adoring family, and share a strong creative vision for what they want to do sonically. Their music is garage rock punched up with surprisingly delicate melodies, with hints of surf-rock and Beatles influences here and there. They’ve shared bills with acts like Cat Power and Weezer, and toured in support of their friends the Black Lips.

The Thirsty Turtle

African Americana – 6-7 pm
Voted The 11th Hour’s Best Experimental Band for two years in a row, AA was conceived as an electronic group in Brooklyn in 2011 by Alex & Her Wrath (production/vocals) and Tommy Superior (guitar/vocals); they brought the party down to Macon, where they collected Kamron Johnson and Cody Kurth (on bass and drums, respectively) and continued to morph their sound into its current iteration of fascinating, funky, perfect-sweaty-summer-soundtrack arthouse trap-rock. Don’t miss ‘em.

Bootz & Katz – 7:30-8:30 pm
These local favorites mix all the goodness of a live rock show with all the excitement and danceability of bass-heavy electronic music. The result? An unavoidable nonstop dance party whenever they’re on stage.

Waker – 9-10 pm
“Nashville’s most woke band” – as Waker describes themselves – wanna use their musical prowess to wake YOU up. These Nashville musicians mesh rock, soul, and funk together into jams to get you moving. They’ve toured with Blues Traveler, JJ Grey & Mofro, and The Wailers, and they’ve rocked stages at such iconic festivals as Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Wakarusa, and Hangout Fest.

Opposite Box – 10:30-11:30 pm
Who could say no to a band that describes themselves as “belligerent jungle funk” – especially when that band is known for its theatrical live shows that feature fire-eaters, belly dancers, and live painters?

Morning Fatty – 12 am – 1 am
Morning Fatty started out as a 12 piece ska band, but in their current iteration, they’re a 4 piece powerhouse of punk-ska-reggae-funk that’ll be happy to melt whatever’s left of your face at this point in the evening.

Roasted Café & Lounge

Little Stranger – 6:30-8 pm
Mixing hip-hop with synth-pop and singer-songwriter vibes, Charleston’s Little Stranger make genre-blending music that stretches conventional boundaries and recalls artists like Beck and the Gorillaz. Though they’re a relatively new band, they’ve shared the stage with acts like Del tha Funky Homosapien, Slightly Stoopid, and Grace Potter.

The Norm – 8:30-10 pm
This Athens-based band is made up of stepbrothers Bryan Rucker and Ryan Bars, who, after they became family, bonded over their love of music – specifically hip-hop, rock, and pop, which as The Norm they fuse into a sound they call “hip-rock.”

Tropidelic – 10:30 pm-12 am
A high-energy six piece band from Cleveland, Ohio with influences that range from Red Hot Chili Peppers to Sublime to Tupac, Tropidelic play a mesmerizing combo of reggae, hip-hop, funk, and heavy metal. They’ve opened for 311, Slightly Stoopid, and The Wailers, among others; all the members have matching Harambe tattoos; and, at a recent show in Philly, trumpet player Derek McBryde stripped down to a neon banana hammock to end the show in style – so all in all, this set looks promising.

Spiritual Rez – 12:30 am-2am
This self-described “reggae funk dance experience” has shared the stage with such luminaries as George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic and Jimmy Buffet; they maintain a rigorous touring schedule, so you know their live show is on point.

Grant’s Lounge

Widow Pills- 5:30-6:30 pm
These local favorites play music that sounds like Southern Gothic honky tonk performed by a garage band on a slight psychedelic bender – fascinating, loud, weird, dreamy, and a little unsettling. Kinda like Macon.

The High Divers – 7-8 pm
Just a week into their West Coast tour, a semi truck barreled into South Carolina-based Americana band The High Divers’ tour bus, totaling the vehicle and leaving the bandmates with broken bones, broken instruments and broken spirits. They’ve been getting lifted up with love and support from their community; the healing power of getting back up onstage and doing what they love best is also super helpful. Be sure to clap and holler extra loud during their set – you can do your part in helping them heal, too.

Quaildogs – 8:30-9:30 pm
This Atlanta alt-country band, whose sonic influences include Son Volt, The Band, Wilco, and Drivin N Cryin, play sweet, simple, jam-worthy music – “some of the happiest music set to some of the saddest lyrics you’ll ever come across,” according to their bio.

T. Hardy Morris – 10-11 pm
Perhaps best known as part of the psychedelic Southern rock band Dead Confederate, T. Hardy Morris solo is, as Patterson Hood puts it, “stripped down and raw, yet sonically thrilling.” With heavy influences from the grunge rock that inspired him as a young teenager and the country twang that’s innately part of his Georgia-boy geographic lineage, Morris is a captivating songwriter, and his music is equal parts loud, belligerent, melodic, and tender – and oh yeah, let’s not forget KICKASS.

Roadkill Ghost Choir – 11:30 pm – 12:30 am
Deland, Florida-based Roadkill Ghost Choir play unpretentious, stripped-down rock & roll, reminiscent of another central Florida rock wizard by the name of Tom Petty, but with a slightly more experimental edge. They’ve recently toured in support of Band of Horses, and they’ve made appearances at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Governors Ball.

Fresh Produce Records

Jade Poppyfield – 4:30-5:15 pm
Want to hear a solo female artist who was lauded by Creative Loafing as one of “6 Rising Atlanta Music MVPs for 2017” perform dark synth-heavy industrial tunes layered with psychedelic ambience and embellished with a little bubblegum-pop sensibility here and there? Of course you do! Don’t miss this set from Jade Poppyfield – which, if you didn’t know, is the onstage alias of former Maconite Meghan Dowlen.

Jake Tobin’s Loose Organization – 5:45-6:30
Lo-fi sonic avant-pop weirdness reminiscent of Zappa, by way of a charmingly weird dude from Atlanta.

Bob Lennon – 7-7:45 pm
East Macon’s own Bob Lennon is a fascinating dude – a self-proclaimed rock star who got serious about rap as a potential career while he was away at ABAC on a golf scholarship, making the most of his newfound freedom by experimenting with drugs. Weed helped unlock his more creative side, and pretty soon he’d dropped out of school and started putting out mixtapes and performing whenever he got the chance. With influences that range from Andre 3000 to T.I. to Michael Jackson, Bob’s a captivating live performer with an impressive catalog of dope songs. Check him out now so you can say you saw him before he blew up, trust me.

Frank Hurricane – 8:15-9 pm
Frank describes himself best on his website, which proclaims SPIRITUAL MOUNTAIN PSYCHEDELIC GANGSTA FOLK upon first click. That’s perfectly accurate, all-caps and all. Frank’s live sets are charming as hell- he’s a meandering, fascinating, debauched storyteller who spins yarns that beckon you to come with him down a weird path – then he plays you a little song about it all. Very very holy. A must see.

Pylon Reenactment Society – 9:30-10:15 pm
Part of the iconic Athens, Georgia early alternative music scene along with REM and the B-52’s, Pylon were, according to their bio, “every Athens band’s favorite Athens band.” Sadly, Pylon came to an end with the death of their guitarist Randy Bewley in 2008, but singer Vanessa Briscoe Hay, along with members of various other Athens bands, have formed the Pylon Reenactment Society to rock out for special occasions like this one.

Kevin Greenspon & J Hamilton Isaac – 10:45-11:30 pm
Experimental musician Kevin Greenspon also runs his own label, Bridgetown Records, which he started as a way to put out music by other dynamic oddball indie artists who might not otherwise have a chance at an outlet. His live performance uses multiple video projectors, tape machines, and synth programs, and is sure to be an immersive, affecting piece of visual art as well as a sonically fascinating dive into the world of ambient techno noise.

Cult of Riggonia – 12 am – 1:45 am
If you haven’t taken any psychedelic drugs to enhance your Bragg Jam experience but you’d like to maybe feel like you have for a little while, this is the set for you. This local weirdo experimental-psych-rock collective makes music that defies description – their aesthetic is fully formed, complete with its own vocabulary and costuming, and their live shows are quite possibly like nothing else you’ve seen. If you need a palate cleanser after all those sets of easily digestible folk-rock or Americana music, this is it.

Gallery West

Abby Owens – 5-5:45 pm
Born in Indiantown, Florida, the wildly talented singer/songwriter Abby Owens called Macon home for a little while, and we’re always thrilled to have her back. An angel-voiced dirty-mouthed badass babe, Abby’s been playing and singing since forever – music’s in her blood, and it shows.

Becca Mancari – 6-6:45 pm
Recently, Becca Mancari’s been getting a bit of press because of her newly announced band – Bermuda Triangle – in which she’ll be performing alongside Jesse Lafser and Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard. That’s thrilling, but we have to wait a minute for it – in the meantime, check out Becca’s intimate, soulful singer/songwriter set.

Lulu the Giant – 7-7:45 pm
Rachael Shaner is a classically trained upright bassist from Savannah; she’s been absorbing all kinds of music for as long as she can remember, from orchestras to grubby dive-bar bands, and her eclectic influence shine through on the music she makes with Lulu the Giant – it’s a mix of folk, country, Americana, and jazz, with lyrics that captivate and fascinate.

Mel Washington – 8-8:45 pm
Mel started out as a founding member of the indie rock band All Get Out, but now he’s making honest, heartfelt music as a solo artist, and showcasing his amazing vocal skills.

Brett Harris Band – 9-9:45 pm
A singer/songwriter from Durham, North Carolina with a warm, inviting voice and a classic pop aesthetic, Brett Harris is a pleasure to listen to. He’s spent time on the road touring as a member of iconic alternative group The dB’s, and he was also part of the Big Star Third touring company – a group of multitalented musicians (including members of REM and Wilco) who came together to ensure that the iconic pop music of Big Star would continue to reach audiences even after founder Alex Chilton’s death. The guy has good taste – check out his solo stuff.

5/4 Music Space

Hughes Taylor – 3-3:45 pm
Up-and-coming blues musician Hughes Taylor is a hometown boy; he picked up the guitar first at the age of 12, and was lucky enough to be mentored by local musician B. Keith Williams. He’s largely self-taught, inspired by artists like Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. Currently a student at the University of North Georgia, Hughes manages to take a little time to rock out at a gig every now and then, lucky for us.

Sean Solo – 4-4:45 pm
This project, from Macon’s Sean Williams, blends Beach Boys-inspired sunny pop music sensibilities with Williams’ own unique modern touch.

Choir of Babble – 5-5:45 pm
With classic and much-beloved influences like The Smiths, Radiohead, Nirvana, and Pink Floyd, Macon’s Choir of Babble play hard-hitting indie-inspired rock and roll like it’s their job. Which it is!

The Bearcats – 6-6:45 pm
An alternative-rock group from Macon who are known for playing both originals and covers – but, according to the band themselves, “most importantly, we play LOUD.” They know what’s up.

Some Kids – 7-7:45 pm
The Warner Robins natives who make up the rock group Some Kids all grew up together; that explains their easy, rowdy camaraderie and natural rhythm. Does it explain the beards, though? Who knows! Just go enjoy their high-energy blend of 90s grunge riffs, power-pop chords and melodies, and occasional forays into blues or hip-hop.

Cox Capitol Theater

Family and Friends – 5:30-6:45 pm
This Athens, GA based indie-folk collective are all about earnest good vibes and the uplifting, connecting power of music. Come let the steady groove of their two drummers, beautiful vocal harmonies, and the sincere joy of their live performance turn you into kinfolk for a little while.

Chrome Pony – 7:15-8:30 pm
This Nashville quartet, who recently toured Europe in support of Cage the Elephant, play heavy-hitting garage rock infused with a little 60’s pop sensibility and a lot of grunge-punk grubbiness.

Twin Peaks – 9-10:15 pm
Back when they chose their band name, these Chicago guys hadn’t even seen the iconic television show – they just liked the way it sounded. Influenced by the DIY aesthetic of artists like the Black Lips and Jay Reatard, Twin Peaks play high energy garage rock with a little power pop and psychedelia mixed in. “I like it to not look too clean or sound too clean,” said singer Cadien James in a SPIN interview last year – so come get dirty.

White Denim – 10:45 pm-12am
These Austin, Texas rockers have had a whirlwind last few years, and now they’re back with an energetic, soulful new album, Stiff, and a new drummer and guitarist, too. White Denim have showcased their soul-and-R&B infused retro rock sound onstage opening for Wilco and jamming at Bonnaroo, and they’re ready to bring the good times to you.

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