Celebrating the birthday, life and music of “Skydog”
Duane Allman would have been 66 this coming November 18th.
Macon, Georgia has been called home by some of the very best musicians to ever live. Their influence, plus the presence of thousands of dedicated music fans, helps to make my birth town a wonderful place to live and work. Macon is a city with a rhythm and a style all its own; a place where rock, jazz, country, hip hop, rap, blues, soul, gospel and church bells fill the air. We are also blessed with the Big House Museum.
The Cause…Food for the Hungry
When Duane and Gregg Allman first came to Macon, Georgia with the Allman Brothers Band, they often frequented H&H Soul Food on Forsyth Street. There, Louise Hudson and Inez Hill kept the band well fed, even in the early years when they had trouble paying the bill. Gregg Allman, at a recent birthday party for Mama Louise, said..”There is a good possibility … a very good possibility… that without Mama Louise there wouldn’t be an Allman Brothers Band.”
Being from a town with such a rich musical heritage is a true honor. Much of what we have learned is that great music flows out of great people. We also know that music and musicians in history can be forgotten. Events like this help assure this doesn’t happen.
Six years ago, on what would have been Duane Allman’s 60th birthday, the Skydog Music Festival (60) got it’s start. It continues as the annual benefit concert that celebrates the life, birthday and music of Duane Allman. “Skydog” We play the music that he played and or inspired. We give to a need that I believe he would give to today, were he alive…helping feed the poor and homeless.To date, the Festival has hosted thousands of fans, provided an enormous amount of food for the hungry, and given dozens of talented musicians a place to express the music of “Skydog” and his influence on them. Devoted volunteers help make this event happen and they are much appreciated. Our wonderful sponsors and contributors are the other side of the coin. Please thank them and support their business.
Tommy Talton is one of our many special guests this year! Tommy is very busy touring, recording and making spectacular music. Welcome to Skydog Tommy! As always, the infamous Paul Hornsby will join the rhythm section for totally tasteful and inspiring keys. Paul was recently inducted into the Alabama Music Hall Fame. Welcome back Mr. Robert Coleman.
Other guests will be announced soon.
You can count on our Class A rhythm section led by Ken Wynn to do it up right.
We are proud to have The Macon Rescue Mission as our beneficiary. This wonderful organization began in 1952 here in Macon, Ga. They provide shelter and food for the poor and homeless.
Admission this year is TEN or more canned goods PER PERSON.
The goal is 8,000 pounds Add some non-perishables to your bag.
3,000 in attendance last year The plan is to go over 4,000 this year
You gave over 5,000 pounds of food last year make it 8,000 in 2012
Glenn Harrell, Event Coordinator