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.
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 70 2014
SKYDOG 70 Sunday, November 20, 2016
On Sunday, November 22,2015 - Noon to 5:00PM Central City Park, Macon, GA
Over 2,500 people gathered to Celebrate the birthday, life and music of Duane "Skydog" Allman. This was our 10th Anniversary! The good people who came donated 5 tons of food to benefit the Rescue Mission of Middle Georgia. Erin Reimers, director, tells us that this one offering assures that their residents will have canned goods for most of the year and adds a big THANK YOU!
Each year, I struggle with who to thank first. Our sponsors, musicians, stage personnel, food and t-shirt staff, security. In reality, it takes each and every one of us to see this evert through each year. So please, put yourself at the front of the line. You are loved and appreciated.
We must give a hearty shout out to Buddy Lovell with AV Services. The stage and sound took us to a new level. It was spectacular. Don Brown mixed it down to “I like it!”Thank you Buddy and we honor Christopher’s life with you and your family.
We were all sorrowful, yet encouraged as we honored the lives and memories of our friends Greg Brooks, Tim Brooks, Mark Storey and Christopher Lovell.
We presented the Skydog Award to three well deserving individuals, Kyler Mosely, Greg Potter and Kirk West
Mama Louise Graced Us with her beautiful presence!
And what about the music? Wow-Thanks to all the musicians!! Dave Perkins came down from Tennessee and laid down the law. He infused the event with his own creative writing and stepped up to play on some of the ABB classics as well. E.G. Kight with band in tow put some blues on the table like no one else can do. The Young Brothers played arguably the most fearsome set of the day. How refreshing to hear the context of youth of Duane’s age when he was launching out. Paul Hornsby, a singer? Who knew? Go Paul. A true musical giant among us each year. The great rhythm section: Ken Wynn, Mike Harrell, Adam Gorman Gary Porter, Rhonda Porter, John Tinker, Kemper Watson, Dave Ricketson, Special guests: Doyle Williams, Dusty McCook, Nick Riffle, Drew Smithers, Nico Deluca-Verley, Brayden Long, Mitch Harrell.
We thank all of our sponsors and volunteers.
It can't happen without you.
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. 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 7,000 pounds Add some non-perishables to your bag
We'll see you at the 11th annual Skydog 70 and your generous food donation. Noon to Five , Sunday November 20, 2016 Central City Park Macon, Ga.
Rain site: City Auditorium in Macon
Glenn Harrell, Event Coordinator
Skydog 70 2016 is proud to support the Macon Rescue Mission
In 1952, Police Sergeant A.E. McGee began to provide shelter for the homeless and alchoholic men on his beat. Four years later, The Resuce Mission of Middle Georgia, 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