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 67 2013
The weather and crowd was perfect for yet another record day.
We had over 3,500 in attendance -- Thank You for coming!!
You gave 12,000 pounds of food -- Thank You for giving!!
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.
Thank you to all the sponsors, musicians and volunteers.
The music was tremendous. Our special guests Bo Ponder and Mose Davis set the pace with soulful performances. Ken Wynn led our Rhythm Section to new heights as the day unfolded and Hittin the Note was a regular thing.
We thank all our musicians and support staff. You keep it about the cause, the music and the passion. Thank you for your incredible talent and your time.
We thank all our Volunteers. This tremendous group led by Al and Patsy Green never lets up. Our Hipps Security Team is always there keeping us safe and secure. The Hangar food was outstanding.
MC Kyler Mosely -- you are a keeper. Great job!
We thank our sponsors. It can't happen without you. Please see them here and support them with your patronage.
Put the Sunday before Thanksgiving on your calendar. Sunday, November 23, 2014 and send your friends to www.skydogmacon.com for all the details.
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 Macon Rescue Mission and the Dove Center
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