Macon prepares to Fly South with Derek Trucks Band

The first annual Fly South Festival, set to take flight on December 5, 2009 at Macon’s Luther Williams Field, is accepting competitive BBQ teams on its newly launched website

Along with the point-qualifying Memphis Barbecue Network cooking competitions, there are also Backyard Team opportunities (pulled pork and ribs) for cash prizes.

The BBQ competition, taking place in the parking lot outside Luther Williams Field, begins on Friday, Dec. 4 and lasts throughout the day on Saturday, Dec. 5. The festival officially kicks off on Saturday to the public at 10 a.m. for a $5 parking fee.

Daytime festivities include live music sets by Molly Stevens, Shane Bridges, Mississippi John Doude, Red Swill and the Abby Owens band; kids’ activities in the “Jamboaree;” cloggers and square dancing performers; and a Little Richard Impersonator contest with a $300 grand prize (Little Richard: The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll author David Kirby will be on hand signing the newly released biography).

There will be an assortment of food vendors – local BBQ, as well as Bison, sweet treats, carnival cuisine, hotdogs, hot beverages and cold beer. Art and gift vendors will be selling their wares in the spirit of holiday shopping.

After the BBQ awards are announced, gates open to Luther Williams Field at 5 p.m. for the festival’s evening of live music featuring Laura Reed, the Soulphonics and Ruby Velle, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit and headliners The Derek Trucks Band. Tickets are $20 pre-sale at (on sale now) and $25 day of show at Luther Williams Field.

The first annual Fly South Festival is being presented by Bragg Jam Festival Inc., the City of Macon and the Community Foundation of Central Georgia. Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

Visit the new website at to learn more.