Half Week of Tim Fain: Video 2 - Portals Trailer
Half Week of Tim Fain: Video 2 - Portals Trailer
Half-Week of Tim Fain - Video 1: Tim Fain in the movie Black Swan
Gateway Macon is an initiative of the Peyton Anderson Foundation tasked with getting the word out about Macon to other places. We’ve started with Houston & Peach County, the Atlanta area, Savannah, and any other place we can capture the imagination of the traveler and convince them that Macon is a great place to stop.
We’ve been seeing a lot of conversation about Macon, Georgia. How do we express the things we are disappointed about while still being positive about the things that are actually great? How do we push our city forward? Do we believe we have a part to play in rebuilding Macon along the “right” lines? What are the right lines that Macon needs to move along? Everyone has an opinion and every opinion needs to be heard.
A few places trying to help get the word out about the great things going on in Macon:
Sometimes, it’s hard to find anything to do in Macon. This week is not one of those times.
African American Voices at the Museum of Arts and Sciences and the Freddie Styles Exhibit at the Tubman Museum. Also, the Opening Arts exhibits from First Friday at the Gallery of the Macon Arts Alliance and The Gallery of The 567 are still going on.
Music will fill the week. Thursday, Rubblebucket will headline the Cox Capitol Theatre with JuBee and the Morning After (local band whose performance in Seattle was broadcast on Jimmie Kimmel Live), Baby Baby, and Triathalon. Saint Francis takes a break from recording in Nashville and heads home to the Hummingbird Stage and Taproom Friday night. Louise Warren, an up and coming singer/songwriter, will be opening for them. Tokyo Spa, local cover band, will round out the weekend at the Hummingbird Stage and Taproom.
Hip Hop, Rock and Alt Country are not the only music on display. You’ll can also experience culture. Make it to the Douglass Theatre at 1pm on Saturday and you’ll get to catch the final in the Wagner four-parter The Ring, Gotterdammerung, streaming live from the Metropolitan Opera.
Robert McDuffie, who lent his musical skills to the A Little More Soul video for Gateway Macon, will be playing at Mercer University on Saturday at 7:30pm. Students and faculty from the Center for Strings will join the Center’s founder in an evening of Vivaldi, Glass, Bach, Mozart, and a few surprises!
Also, Wednesday, Macon Arts Alliance in connection with the Macon Concert Association presents a preview of violinist’s Tim Fain’s Portals, Wednesday at 5pm at the Gallery of the Macon Arts Alliance. Portals (www.portalsproject.com) is an interactive experience combining film, dance, and spoken word with multimedia elements.
These are just a few of the things going on this week. What are your plans for this week?
On Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 at 7pm, we will be sat in the Grand Opera House in Macon, Georgia witnessing the culmination of a lot of hard work on behalf of the City of Macon. In June of 2010, a group of creative people began the first steps in their efforts to put Macon, Georgia on the map - and in a good way. It started with a song and music video called A Little More Soul. It quickly blossomed into three contests: Macon Shorts, Macon Music, and Macon Mogul. On this Tuesday, Gateway Macon will be announcing the winner of the Macon Shorts competition as well as showcasing the work of talented Maconites in the creation of the 10,000 Hours EP by Floco Torres and giving a live performance of A Little More Soul with all of the original musicians present and accounted for. That’s right, Chuck Leavell, Bobby McDuffie, and Sonny Spoon will be there, as well as the writer and singer of the song, Tony Reyes and producer Steve Moretti - who worked with Floco Torres on the EP. Streetline Drumline will be in attendance and who knows what other surprises await those who come out this Tuesday night.
We waded through more than 70 songs to put together our group of 5 finalists. While we understood the disadvantage outside musicians would have coming up with a Macon song that would accurately capture the feeling that is Macon in some or all of its parts, we were also interested in finding outstanding musicians. Our biggest disappointment was with the small number of entries locally, but our biggest joy was the quality of musicians, singers, and songwriters who let us hear the rough cuts of their songs.
Breaking the over 70 songs down into a smaller group of musicians was hard. What was even harder was choosing the 10 musicians that went to our final judges. Not only did we have to pick from some really great musicians, but we also had to choose a song that was appropriately catchy, a universal tune that would appeal to many, across genre and across generations.
Our 5 finalists were a great group of musicians with an impressive list of accomplishments and many things to recommend them.
Project 51, a jazzy neo-soul group out of Boston, MA was another great offering. We immediately fell in love with lead singer’s Sentirenla Lucia voice as well as the easy going, groovy vibe from the band. This mature effort from the relatively young band stood out against a backdrop of singer/songwriters and rock musicians.
Eric Jennings had a soulful tone that reminded many of us of Counting Crows. His relaxed musical style and strong voice instantly pulls you into his music.
Alexis Vear’s voice was strong and she sings with a passion you believed. Soft and whimsical, there is a fairytale like quality to her songwriting and we enjoyed the rough cut offerings she submitted.
Shari Clarke voice bounded from her tracks, grabbing you from the get go. Her voice was so big, we were very surprised to connect it to the petite singer we met at the Otis Redding Celebration. Her voice stuck with us, even after our jurors picked their winner.
The winner of the Macon Music Competition was Floco Torres. He won because his Macon song, Cherry Street, was so infectious. It had a sound and feel that made us proud of the city we call home. However, because we couldn’t get Shari’s voice out of our heads, we did stick our finger in the stew and set it up so that Shari Clarke provided guest vocals on Floco Torres’ EP.
As the winner, Floco was able to record a 3 song EP at Star Motel Studio, complete with CD design and digital copy setup done by Burt & Burt. Bright Blue Sky filmed the music video for Floco’s Macon song, Cherry Street. If you come for the Nov. 15th event, Rock & Reel, you will get to see the full performance of the EP as well as the music video.
If Gateway Macon does another Macon Music competition, I hope that the performance and the quality of work for the EP and music video encourages more local talent, as well as musicians from around the world, to enter. We hope you can join us for the fun on November 15, 2011 at the Grand Opera House. Doors open at 6 for last minute ticket sales and will call, show is at 7:30.
On Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 at 7pm, we will be sat in the Grand Opera House in Macon, Georgia witnessing the culmination of a lot of hard work on behalf of the City of Macon. In June of 2010, a group of creative people began the first steps in their efforts to put Macon, Georgia on the map - and in a good way. It started with a song and music video called A Little More Soul. It quickly blossomed into three contests: Macon Shorts, Macon Music, and Macon Mogul. On this Tuesday, Gateway Macon will be announcing the winner of the Macon Shorts competition as well as showcasing the work of talented Maconites in the creation of the 10,000 Hours EP by Floco Torres and giving a live performance of A Little More Soul with all of the original musicians present and accounted for. That’s right, Chuck Leavell, Bobby McDuffie, and Sonny Spoon will be there, as well as the writer and singer of the song, Tony Reyes and producer Steve Moretti - who worked with Floco Torres on the EP. Streetline Drumline will be in attendance and who knows what other surprises await those who come out on that Tuesday night.
The Macon Shorts Short Film Competition has been one of the most fun competitions to host. Not only did we get to see creativity from around the world (that’s right, world), but we also got to see creativity from right here. In the end, we chose three films that had something a little different to offer. Final Acts by James Kicklighter offered a view of Macon, with its amazing nature scenes, that was almost other worldly. The Razzle by Joseph Guay gave us a gritty, New York City-esque Macon, one that you don’t realize is truly there until you capture it on film. Superhero by Kristin Wright gave us the feel of what it’s like in downtown Macon - something that should look familiar to those of us who live and hang downtown.
On Nov. 15, we will see the three 10 minute films and we will announce the winners as chosen by our jurors. Our jurors include Carrie Preston (Macon native Actor/Producer/Director - AND Arlene on True Blood), Lisa Sheridan (Macon native Actor/Director), Gabe Wardell (Atlanta 48 Hours Film Festival and Decatur Docs), and Lee Cuthbert (Location Scout at Georgia Film, Music, and Digital Entertainment).
This stellar group will determine our Macon Shorts winner, but really, Macon wins because Gateway Macon will help the filmmakers pay the submission fee for other film competitions. We can only hope that out of town filmmakers will choose Macon to shoot their film and provide much needed economic stimulus for this Georgia Camera Ready town.
It’s going to be an unforgettable night. We hope you’ll be a part of it.
3. Friday Fest - Friday Fest sets the mood for the whole weekend. And now that The Opening Act is in the mix, you can catch some good music and music related events on Friday and Saturday nights. This week, the Deacons of Disaster rocks the stage at Third Street Park. DoD have been getting North Macon and Mellow Mushroom all riled up with their high energy cover style. Now they’ll show Downtown Macon what they’re made of. But that’s not all. Saturday night at the Opening Act, located at 567 Cherry Street, a singer/songwriter showcase featuring Louise Warren, Anna Mae Kersey, and Megan North, will highlight a few of Macon, Georgia’s young female talent. Hosted by Danny D. Glover, this event is sure to please!
2.Levee Fest - It’s not just music. It’s music and barbecue! If you like barbecue and listening to music in a picnic atmosphere, Central City Park on Saturday is the place for you. Local musician Louise Warren (performing earlier in the day before heading to the Opening Act later that night), The Fabulous Boomers, The Connor Project, Mathis Brothers, and The Midnight Riders (an Allman Brothers cover band). Also, the Luke Bryan Farm Tour, though maybe not officially part of Levee Fest, will kick off at Luther Williams Field at the conclusion of Levee Fest. All Levee Fest events are free. Luke Bryan tickets, unfortunately, are sold out.
1. Crossroads Writers Conference & Literary Festival - Crossroads Writers Group is doing the weekend up big. Not just one day, not just two days, but three days of literary events sure to please not just writers, but readers in us all. Whether you’re showing up to hear the irreverent children’s book “Go the F*** to Sleep” by Adam Mansbach, to find out how to become a better writer, or just to hear the creative/musical side projects that writers find themselves in, there is that and plenty more. To get started, Friday night is the release of the Mercer University Press book “Writing on Napkins at the Sunshine Club”, edited by Macon State professor Kevin Cantwell. It is a book of poetry that features national and international poets who have written in Macon, Georgia. The release party will be at the 567 Center for Renewal at 533 Cherry Street. Saturday from 8-6 is the Crossroads Writers Conference. If you’ve wanted to know more about writing or getting your writing to the next level, this is the event for you. 43 writers and editors help you get your writing on track. To register, go to http://www.crossroadswriters.org/conference/. Saturday night, Macon musicians Doski Wo, Floco Torres, and DJ Roger Riddle join Idris Goodwin and Kodiak Brinks for a musicial extravaganza you won’t want to miss. Sunday is the Literary Festival. All events are free and open to the public. A writing marathon, author readings, Literoake, Storytellers, and Literary Trivia will be happening all over downtown town Macon at The Golden Bough, The Opening Act, The 567, The Rookery, Market City and the Hummingbird Stage & Taproom. A schedule of events for the Literary Festival can be found here. Print it out and find your favorite author or event and go!
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Just because these are the three big things going on doesn’t mean they’re the only things going on. Check out Vic Henley at the Cox Capitol Theatre, music on Friday & Saturday at the Hummingbird Stage & Taproom and the Rookery, and all the usual craziness that is a weekend in Downtown Macon, Georgia.
Finalist - Shari Clarke
Shari Clarke Moved to Macon, Georgia in 2007 for school. She started at Wesleyan College and transferred to Mercer University in 2010. After graduation, she planned to attend law school but things didn’t go as smoothly as she hoped. After some soul searching, she decided that music was what made her truly happy. Singing since the age of 6, she saw the Macon Music Competition as a way to reach for her goals. To Shari, music is more than just simply sound. Music is a reason for living and an opportunity to share experiences and gifts with the world.
Listen to her music here.
The Macon Music Competition judges narrowed down all the entries to the top 5. Whether it was a sound, a strong voice, or lyric writing, each of the 5 vying for the $25,000 prize package have something to offer. The Macon Music winner will be unveiled at the Macon City Auditorium in Macon, Georgia on Saturday, September 10 during the Otis Redding Evening of Respect Gala. History was made when Otis Redding was discovered here. Who knows what history we will make Saturday night!