Macon’s rich music heritage enjoys worldwide recognition, but Bragg Jam is all about the present, bringing a melting pot of musicians and fans from across the South together every summer. This year, the annual concert crawl expands to two days with a concert on Fri., July 28 at the Cox Capitol Theatre featuring Stokeswood, Cedric Burnside Project and Hank Vegas. Then on Sat., July 29, the Concert Crawl takes over downtown and points beyond with dozens of bands featured in multiple venues. Advance tickets are $20 for Friday night only, $30 for the Concert Crawl and $45 for both. VIP 2-Day passes and Festie-Bestie passes that include admission to Bragg Jam and the Macon Film Festival are also available.
Bands participating in the Concert Crawl include: White Denim, Twin Peaks, Sundance Head, Family and Friends, Jon Langston, Stokeswood, Spiritual Rez, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Gringo Star, Morning Fatty, Roadkill Ghost Choir, The Norm, Little Tybee, Stop Light Observations, Tripidelic, Bombadil, Repeat Repeat, T. Hardy Morris and Opposite Box.
Cedric Burnside Project, Tyler Hammond Band Reenactment Society, Chrome Pony, The High Divers, Quaildogs, Lulu the Giant, Mighty, Mel Washington, Becca Mancari, The Lawsuits, Kasey Tyndall, Okey Dokey, Little Stranger, Widow Pills, Daniel Gleason, Waker, Me and Molly, Wesley Cook, Jake Tobin’s Loose Organization and Kevin Greenspon.
J. Hamilton Isaac, African Americana, Bootz and Katz, Matt Rogers Band, Cult of Riggonia, Brett Harris, Hello Cobra, Matt Brantley Band, Hank Vegas, Royal Johnson, Swain and the Highway Souls, Faye Webster, Cannon Adams, Marty Evans, Some Kids, Frank Hurricane, Abby Owens, Choir of Babble, Luke Mitchell, Louise Warren and The Georgia Flood.
The Benjamin Olsen Trio, Free Lance Ruckus, DJ B3, Joey Stuckey, TJ Wayt, American Blvd., Bearcats, Jade Poppyfield, One Horse Parade, Hughes Taylor, Bobby Hall, Mike Kinnebrew, Sean Solo, Help Wanted, Lauren Tuttle, Walk-Through Walls, Elroy Love, Atria and Dan Jerous.
Bragg Jam continues to honor the spirit of brothers Brax and Tate Bragg. During the summer of 1999, Macon singer, songwriter and poet Brax Bragg had just recorded a CD with his new band, the Buckleys. They were headed out on tour, but before hitting the highway, 28-year-old Brax wanted to take his baby brother, 17-year-old Tate, an accomplished classical guitarist and rising senior, on a cross-country road trip. While traveling through Texas on July 3, the brothers’ lives were tragically cut short in a car accident.
Back in Macon, news of the tragic loss hit friends hard and an impromptu jam session of local musicians celebrating and honoring the Bragg brothers’ lives was held. The healing power of music was evident and the jam session resumed the following year. It has continued to grow into a community-wide festival incorporating the annual Moonlight Miles 5K and monthly Second Sunday concerts on Coleman Hill. Proceeds are donated to the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail and other local non-profits in memory of Brax and Tate Bragg. For more on how to support Bragg Jam, visit http://www.braggjam.org. While in Macon, learn about the city’s world famous music heritage by checking out Rock Candy Tours.