Hello again, folks. It’s your local purveyors of funk back here to give you an update. I checked out The Temptations and The Four Tops at Chastain Amphiteater last weekend, and boy was it a delight. I only wished I’d seen them sooner, as there are really only one remaining Top as well as one remaining (original) Temptation which still perform with their respective acts. More on that later, though, as I plan on a more detailed show review in the coming days or so.
Right now, it’s time to remind you, if you’re asking yourself, “Why in the hell did I not know about some Motown legends playing in Atlanta?” Well, look no further than our latest What’s Up with What’s Going Down, which runs down these funky events for your convenience. It’s about time for a new one of those, but first I’d like to highlight one of the events on that list, which is coming up this weekend…
Named for late brothers, musicians and locals to Macon, GA, Tate and Brax Bragg, The Bragg Jam is in its 13th year. Initially begun as a healing memorial event of sorts to remember the tragic loss of these brothers, it has really evolved into a musical event of great cultural significance, which says a lot considering the musical impact which Macon has had through the years.
Bragg Jam consists of several events, but is highlighted by Saturday’s Concert Crawl which features 46 bands on 12 stages this year. Sounds like it will be more of a sprint to me, but there is trolley service between the venues and all are relatively close together in downtown Macon. Proceeds have always and will once again go to benefit the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail, as they’ve donated over $150,000 to this cause to date.
The Crawl is headlined by DJ Muggs, Right Away Great Captain, and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. And of note to you Electric Boogaloo fans, Noot d’ Noot, Col. Bruce Hampton, Funk You, Flannel Church, and many more sure to excite the senses. The Atlanta Funk Society will even be playing the Patron Party (think customer, not a brand of tequila) this Friday night. Take a look see at the full schedule of performers and venues and we hope to see you down there.