I decided almost at the last minute to head to Macon for the Saturday of Bragg Jam, but still snagged a downtown hotel room for just little over $100 and had a typically great time wandering the festival, which takes over the downtown at the end of July each year.
This year’s Bragg Jam was different, though, largely because the festival expanded the concert crawl to Friday night in addition to the usual Saturday. As a result, I missed some of the bands I would most like to have seen — including Family & Friends and Blackfoot Gypsies — and it seemed to me that Saturday’s crowd was a little thinner than usual. It will be interesting to see what the organizers do next year.
Downtown Macon is simply an awesome location for a festival like this. Grant’s Lounge, the Library Ballroom, Fresh Produce Records, Hargray Capitol Theatre, The Hummingbird State and Taproom — everywhere you turn, there’s an interesting venue that seems just right for the city and this festival. And this year’s weather was surprisingly mild — we barely even worked up a sweat wandering the wide blocked off streets.
I took only my FujiFilm x100t, which limited my shots a little, but it’s a great camera to carry for a long day of great music. Lots more photos with bands labeled after the jump: