Where Soul Lives: Introducing the new Macon Music Trail
From Otis Reading to R.E.M. get closer to your favourite artists in Georgia
October 2019: Explore Macon’s rich musical legacy whenever and wherever with the new Macon Music Trail – an online resource and directory of Macon’s local music history, current scene and tourism opportunities. Created by Visit Macon to provide a wealth of information to tour, explore and experience Macon – Georgia’s greatest export, import and attraction: The Music.
The Trail’s website is a comprehensive look at all things Macon music and allows users to interact with Macon’s music scene both past and present, creating their own unique experience.
“Visit Macon is excited to launch the Macon Music Trail website as a showcase of our wonderful musical heritage and live music scene. Not only does this initiative promote Macon as a music destination, it serves as a resource for musicians, performers and venues to connect, communicate and collaborate. Macon is one of the richest musical destinations in America, and the Macon Music Trail will serve as a portal for the world to experience our culture” said President and CEO of Visit Macon, Gary Wheat.
In conjunction with Historic Macon and Rock Candy Tours, Visit Macon plays an integral role to the Historic Macon Music Registry and its ongoing documentation project that interprets and celebrates Macon’s rich and diverse music heritage.
Landmarks of the Georgia Music Scene
There is a good chance that Georgia music is on your mind most of the time whilst in the state, so continue your musical tour throughout these sites in Athens, Augusta, Columbus and Dahlonega.
- Athens is known as the birthplace of some of rock and roll’s biggest names, including R.E.M. and the B-52s. A self-guided tour should include stops at the iconic 40 Watt Club music haunt, legendary music venue the Georgia Theatre, and the Foundry hosts live music acts almost every night.
- Though best known as the hometown of the late, great James Brown, Augusta’s rich musical history and vibrant music scene have more than cemented its spot on the musical map. Did you know, Brown, as well as homegrown musicians, Jessye Norman and Lady Antebellum all have local auditoriums and amphitheatres named after them?
- A visit to the Ma Rainey House and Blues Museum in Columbus is an important stop. Known as the ‘Mother of the Blues’, Gertrude ‘Ma Rainey’ (1886-1939) lived in this home after she retired from recording and touring. By night the downtown district (called ‘uptown’ locally) bustles and you can find a blues-rock band playing at The Loft or Bellos’s Martini and Cigar Bar.
- In addition to its pristine beauty, Dahlonega has long been a haven for musicians steeped in the traditions of Appalachian music. Visitors can often find local musicians performing locally at Crimson Moon, plus don’t miss the annual Bear on the Square music festival every April.
To learn more about the Macon Music Trail and explore, visit www.maconmusictrail.com
For more information on Georgia, USA, visit www.exploregeorgia.org