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 whererock, 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.
Seven 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.
Skydog 68 2014
Duane "Skydog" Allman would have been 68 this coming November 20
Once again (our 9th annual) we meet at Central City Park in Macon, Georgia A new celebration and gathering for those who want to give food and receive some of the greatest music ever recorded. Come hear music Duane played and inspired by some of the finest musicians around.
You can count on our Class A rhythm section led by Ken Wynn to do it up right.
Mr. Tommy Talton is coming back ya'll. Count on some serious "note-hittin" from this guy!
Mr. Lamar Williams Jr. is back to put down the vocals.
Special Guests and Honorees
Paul Hornsby - Paul is a recent Alabama Music Hall of Fame Inductee. His history in music goes back to the band Hour Glass when he played with both Duane and Greg Allman.
Mamma Louise - We will honor her as a special guest
We are proud to have The rescue mission of middle georgia as our beneficiary.
This wonderful organization began in 1952 here in Macon, Ga. They provide shelter and food for the poor and homeless. Please see their work at www.maconrescuemission.com. Please support them with your donations.
Admission this year is TEN or more canned goods PER PERSON
Our goal is 14,000 pounds Add some non-perishables to your bag
We had over 3,500 in attendance last year
We plan to go over 4,000 this year
You gave over 12,000 pounds of food last year
Let's make it 14,000 in 2014!
We'll see you at the 9th annual Skydog 68 and your generous food donation. Noon to Five , Sunday November 23, 2014 Central City Park Macon, Ga.
Rain site: City Auditorium in Macon
Glenn Harrell, Event Coordinator
Skydog 68 2014 is proud to support the Rescue Mission of Middle Georgia
In 1952, Police Sergeant A.E. McGee began to provide shelter for the homeless and alchoholic men on his beat. Four years later, the Macon Rescue Mission, Inc. was officially chartered as a non-profit, becoming the first men's residential program in the area. Our most historic location was on Broadway and Popular Street, with the sign "Jesus Cares" on the roof. In 1981 the mission began accepting female victims of domestic violence and their children. Now known as the Dove Center, this was the first domestic violence program in Middle Georgia."
Erin M. Reimers, CPA, Executive Director