In Macon preparations are underway for one of the biggest music events in the South.
Bragg Jam started 15 years ago after the tragic death of Brax and Tate Bragg. While the brothers were traveling across the country they were killed in a car accident.
Brax had just recorded a CD with his new band and they were getting ready to tour. The band, instead, performed in Macon that year as a tribute to the brothers.
Bragg Jam board member Sean Pritchard says what started out as one band at one venue has grown into a major production.
“We have 57 bands performing this year on 14 stages.”
The most emotional and spiritual moment of the day-long event will probably be back to back performances by The Buckleys and The Blind Boys of Alabama at the Cox Capitol Theatre. Brax Bragg was a member of the Buckleys. Now the band is reuniting, featuring two of the original members, who will perform some of Brax’s personal favorite songs.
It’s expected that they will also have someone reading some of his writing during the performance as well. “It will be very sentimental,” says Pritchard. “I think people that knew the brothers can expect to relive some of those moments that they shared when they were here.”
Thanks to a grant by the Knight Foundation Bragg Jam is able to present five-time Grammy award winners The Blind Boys of Alabama. One of the founding members from the 1940s will also perform.
The sound of Brooklyn, New York will also be heard in Macon thanks to the trio Moon Hootch. The two saxophone players and a drummer incorporate reggae, jazz and electronic sampling which sounds funky, says Pritchard.
Bragg Jam takes place, Saturday, July 26th. Tickets, day passes and schedule can be found at www.braggjam.org.
GPB is a media sponsor for Bragg Jam.