Their influence... plus the presence of thousands of dedicated music fans... helps to make my birth town a wonderful place to live and work. Macon is a city with a rhythm and a style all its own; a place whererock, jazz, country, hip hop, rap, blues, soul, gospel and church bells fill the air. We are also blessed with the Big House Museum.
When Duane and Gregg Allman first came to Macon, Georgia with the Allman Brothers Band, they often frequented H&H Soul Food on Forsyth Street. There, Louise Hudson and Inez Hill kept the band well fed, even in the early years when they had trouble paying the bill. Gregg Allman, at a recent birthday party for Mama Louise, said..
"There is a good possibility ... a very good possibility... that without Mama Louise there wouldn't be an Allman Brothers Band."
Being from a town with such a rich musical heritage is a true honor. Much of what we have learned is that great music flows out of great people. We also know that music and musicians in history can be forgotten. Events like this help assure this doesn't happen.
On what would have been Duane Allman's 60th birthday, the Skydog Music Festival (60) got it's start. It continues as the annual benefit concert that celebrates the life, birthday and music of Duane Allman. "Skydog" We play the music that he played and or inspired. We give to a need that I believe he would give to today, were he alive...helping feed the poor and homeless.
To date, the Festival has hosted thousands of fans, provided an enormous amount of food for the hungry, and given dozens of talented musicians a place to express the music of Skydog and his influence on them. Devoted volunteers help make this event happen and they are much appreciated. Our wonderful sponsors and contributors are the other side of the coin. Please thank them and support their business.
In 1952, Police Sergeant A.E. McGee began to provide shelter for the homeless and alchoholic men on his beat. Four years later, The Resuce Mission of Middle Georgia, Inc. was officially chartered as a non-profit, becoming the first men's residential program in the area. Our most historic location was on Broadway and Popular Street, with the sign "Jesus Cares" on the roof. In 1981 the mission began accepting female victims of domestic violence and their children. Now known as the Dove Center, this was the first domestic violence program in Middle Georgia."
Pat Chastain, CEO/President
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DISCLAIMER: Skydog 71 is an annual, not-for-profit event benefitting The Resuce Mission of Middle Georgia and has no legal or business connection with The Allman Brothers Band/Organization.