Preparations for Bragg Jam 2010, taking place on Saturday, July 31, are well underway. Changes have been implemented, new venues have been added and bands are being booked in hopes of making this year another banner year for the community event, which has donated over $100,000 to local charities that enhance nature, arts and culture in Macon.
Festival organizers announced in March that the Moonlight Miles 5K has moved from the weekend before the music festival to May 1, 2010. The race will begin at 8:30 p.m., following the Macon Cycling Classic in downtown’s Tattnall Park. The race application is now available on Bragg Jam’s website at www.braggjam.org, under the Moonlight Miles page. In addition to the race, there will be entertainment in the park and a movie shown after the awards are given.
The festival’s free daytime family arts event has been moved from the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail to Third Street Park. Now known as “Bragg Jam’s Arts from the Heart,” the event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. on Saturday, July 31.
Music acts from the festival’s signature Concert Crawl are also being confirmed. One of the most anticipated performances will be the reunion of one of the early 1990s’ original jam bands, Allgood, set to take place at the Cox Capitol Theatre. Allgood, originally called Allgood Music Company, was based out of Athens. They released their first full-length album Ride the Bee, containing the hit song "Trilogy," in 1991 and earned a top spot performing at the first Super Jam. After constant touring, including a co-headlining spot on the H.O.R.D.E Festival, Allgood was signed to A&M Records where they released their second album Uncommon Goal. Their third and final album was a live album titled Kickin’ and Screamin’ before breaking up in 1995.
Other bands to date include The Moaners, American Aquarium, Deep Blue Sun, the Ralph Roddenbery Band, 16 Bars Hip Hop Orchestra, The Soulphonics featuring Ruby Velle, Abby Owens Band, Little Country Giants, The Bushels, Hank Vegas, Mississippi John Doude and Big Mike and the Booty Papas
Concert Crawl starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 31, and will include free trolley rides to and from Bragg Jam venues. Venues include the Cox Capitol Theatre (non-smoking; all ages), the Rookery (non-smoking; all ages until 10 p.m., then 18 & up), the Hummingbird Stage and Taproom (21 & up), the Shamrock (non-smoking; all ages until 10 p.m., then 18 & up) and Rivalry’s (18 & up). New to the Concert Crawl will be the 567 Café’s new location at the Thorpe’s Building on Cherry Street (non-smoking; all ages), Bottoms Up (18 and up) and the Mellow Mushroom (non-smoking; all ages).
Check www.braggjam.org for the latest updates on the festival, as well as artist and venue additions.
Inspired by late musicians and brothers Brax & Tate Bragg and operated as a 501c3 under a volunteer board of directors, the Bragg Jam Festival has contributed over $100,00 of its net proceeds to charitable organizations in the Macon community. Since 1999, Bragg Jam has evolved from an impromptu jam session to citywide music festival to a full-scale arts festival and Macon’s premier music event.