Bragg Jam, Middle Georgia’s night of live music, is 24 hours away — 57 bands performing across stages in downtown Macon. Some of those bands are coming from surrounding states, like Those Darlins from Nashville. But most of the talent at Bragg Jam is home grown, like The Whigs, who are from Athens . This is the 15th year of Bragg Jam in Macon, and it’s not like other music festivals. The proceeds of Bragg Jam go to the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail-- a riverfront recreational walk. Think of it as Macon’s equivalent of the Atlanta Beltline. But philanthropy isn’t the only thing separating this night of music from other festivals.
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.”