Macon DJ Roger Riddle and Y-O Latimore of Poetic Peace Arts join us to talk about fun things to do in Middle Georgia over the weekend and beyond.
Roger's picks for Jan. 16:
The Black Lips at the Cox Capitol Theatre
I am overwhelmed by the amount of live music that's been coming through Macon recently. We just had Gregg Allman and Don Williams playing earlier this week. Famous jazz bassist John Pattitucci will be at Mercer next week.
And this weekend the Cox Capitol Theatre is hosting The Black Lips on Friday, and of Montreal on Saturday!
It was hard to decide which one of these shows I wanted to highlight but I finally decided on The Black Lips. This is the Atlanta based band's very first trip to Macon. They became known for their wild stage shows.
They've matured quite a bit since their early days and it has become more about the music. While it's easy to see them and compare them to punk rock groups, I honestly think The Black Lips style of play has more in common with 50s rock groups like Bill Haley and the Comets, or Dion and the Belmonts, than any other groups.
Tickets are $18 day of show. Doors open at 7 p.m. More information from the Cox.
"20 Feet From Stardom" at the Douglas
This is an odd to think about, but can you name which of your favorite songs has the best backup singing?
Without a doubt, mine is Gladys Knight and the Pips' “Midnight Train To Georgia.” It's the only song I know where I only sing the backup parts. I become a Pip. I have a little dance routine I do and I make the train whistle hand movements when I sing the “woo-woo” part.
But the Pips are a rarity in the world of music. Backup singers becoming famous for singing backup doesn't happen too often. Some backup singers go on to have their own successful career as a lead singer but most of the time the position of backup is as high up the ladder as many make it.
Tuesday, the Macon Film Guild is hosting a screening of their winter documentary, "20 Feet From Stardom," a film that showcases the careers of backup singers, and what it's like to be the voice behind some of the biggest names in music.
This movie is full of rarely seen footage of live performances, interviews with musical legends like, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, and Mick Jagger, and lots of great music.
The movie starts at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 at the Douglass Theatre. Admission is $5. More information from the Macon Film Guild.
Y-O's picks for Jan. 16:
"Bring it On" at the Grand
First and ten, do it again. Go team go!
I was a cheerleader for three years, during high school. And, it was competitive within the squad, as well as against other squads. So, I can relate to the plot of Bring It On: The Musical. Although, I have only seen the movie, I am interested in seeing the twist that the musical portrays.
"Bring It On: The Musical" opens its non-equity national and international tour at our very own Grand Opera House, and it runs January 21 and 22.
For more information, log on to TheMaconGrand.com or call (478) 301-5470.
Central's Got Talent
Back in the day, I can remember our generation having a lot of talent shows. Unfortunately, it seemed like those type events were becoming extinct. Well, tonight, Central High School's choir presents Central's Got Talent in the high school auditorium at 6:30 p.m.
This group of students along with their advisers are bringing that old thing back to life. All are invited to come out and experience a night artists display their skills. Plus, Hayiya Dance Theatre will open for this premier event. Tickets are $3 in advance and $5 at the door.
Visit Central Chorus on Facebook for more details.