Rachel Maddox - April 10, 2018
Some siblings compete with one another, some get along, and some do both, like Macon's most famous pair of siblings: the Allman Brothers. Duane and Gregg Allman helped Macon evolve as the cultural hub it is today. While experiencing downtown's friendly atmosphere- they lived on College Street, wrote songs at Rose Hill Cemetery and cemented their place in Macon culture by performing free Sunday concerts in Central City Park. Their connection to downtown doesn't stop there. Duane and Gregg knew that the owners of H&H Restaurant located on Forsyth Street had a soft spot for the band, so they routinely dined there for free when they were running low on cash. In true Maconite form, Mama Louise and her cousin Inez Hill (the original owners of H&H) had a lasting relationship with the brothers. When the band started touring nationally, Mama Louise even hit the road with them as their personal chef!
Downtown's influence on budding musicians continued with Brax and Tate Bragg. Young, up-and-coming musicians in the '90s, the legacy of the Bragg brothers continues to shape the downtown music scene nearly twenty years after their untimely deaths. Downtown's annual Bragg Jam is a symbol of family strength and cultural rejuvenation, benefiting local nonprofits (like the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail) and encouraging people from all over the state to experience Macon's music scene.
We hope you'll celebrate your sibling(s) today during National Siblings Day. It's not too late to grab a small gift from one of the shops downtown. If you're an only child, celebrate the legacy of the fine siblings that helped shape our downtown culture at one of our fine downtown establishments.
Happy National Siblings Day!