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  • Luther Williams Field in Macon, Ga.

    Luther Williams Field in Macon, Ga.

  • Luther Williams Field in Macon, Ga. was featured in the film "Trouble with the Curve."

    Luther Williams Field in Macon, Ga. was featured in the film "Trouble with the Curve." Credit: Norman Bielowicz

  • Today, the Cox Capitol Theatre offers a variety of programming, from movies to concerts.

    Today, the Cox Capitol Theatre offers a variety of programming, from movies to concerts. Credit: Woody Marshall

  • The Grand Opera House in Macon is one of the state's most beautiful performing arts venues.

    The Grand Opera House in Macon is one of the state's most beautiful performing arts venues.

  • Music lovers of all ages gather for Macon's Second Sunday Brunch in Washington Park.

    Music lovers of all ages gather for Macon's Second Sunday Brunch in Washington Park. Credit: Mary Ann Bates

  • Dirty Guvnahs performs at the annual summer music festival Bragg Jam in Macon.

    Dirty Guvnahs performs at the annual summer music festival Bragg Jam in Macon. Credit: William Haun

  • Locals and visitors alike learn about Macon's amazing music history on a Rock Candy walking tour.

    Locals and visitors alike learn about Macon's amazing music history on a Rock Candy walking tour.

  • Macon, Georgia, pays tribute to native artist Otis Redding with a life-size statue.

    Macon, Georgia, pays tribute to native artist Otis Redding with a life-size statue. Credit: Mary Ann Bates

  • The Wall of Fame at Grant's Lounge is filled with memorabilia from the venue's music history.

    The Wall of Fame at Grant's Lounge is filled with memorabilia from the venue's music history.

  • Enter the gate at the Allman Brothers Band Museum in Macon to experience 40-plus years of memorabilia and music.

    Enter the gate at the Allman Brothers Band Museum in Macon to experience 40-plus years of memorabilia and music.

  • In Macon, "Mama Louise" Hudson's cooking is a favorite of the Allman Brothers Band.

    In Macon, "Mama Louise" Hudson's cooking is a favorite of the Allman Brothers Band. Credit: Ken Krakow

  • Duane Allman and Berry Oakley of the Allman Brothers Band are buried at Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, Georgia.

    Duane Allman and Berry Oakley of the Allman Brothers Band are buried at Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, Georgia. Credit: Mary Ann Bates

  • Classical pianist Louise Barfield is known for her parlor concerts in her historic Macon home, which has become a concert hall.

    Classical pianist Louise Barfield is known for her parlor concerts in her historic Macon home, which has become a concert hall.

  • Rock Candy Tours in Macon, Georgia, includes a stop at H&H restaurant, a favorite of the Allman Brothers Band.

    Rock Candy Tours in Macon, Georgia, includes a stop at H&H restaurant, a favorite of the Allman Brothers Band.

  • Many legends of Southern rock played Grant's Lounge during its heydey.

    Many legends of Southern rock played Grant's Lounge during its heydey.

  • Vintage instruments, costumes, photographs and more are among the historic artifacts on display at the Allman Brothers Band Museum.

    Vintage instruments, costumes, photographs and more are among the historic artifacts on display at the Allman Brothers Band Museum.

  • Inspired by this statue in Rose Hill Cemetery, the Allman Brothers Band penned the song "Little Martha."

    Inspired by this statue in Rose Hill Cemetery, the Allman Brothers Band penned the song "Little Martha." Credit: Kelly Sullivan Joyner

  • Macon, Georgia's Second Sunday brunch draws crowds to its free concert.

    Macon, Georgia's Second Sunday brunch draws crowds to its free concert.

  • Andy Hull performs at the Bragg Jam Music & Arts Festival in Macon, Georgia.

    Andy Hull performs at the Bragg Jam Music & Arts Festival in Macon, Georgia. Credit: William Haun

  • Little Tybee performs at Bragg Jam in Macon, Georgia.

    Little Tybee performs at Bragg Jam in Macon, Georgia. Credit: Kristin Kohanna

  • The iconic photograph taken by the late Jim Marshall graces the cover of the seminal "Live at Fillmore East" album.

    The iconic photograph taken by the late Jim Marshall graces the cover of the seminal "Live at Fillmore East" album. Credit: Jim Marshall

  • He began singing in church, but "Little Richard" Penniman later became known as a master of boogie-woogie and R&B.

    He began singing in church, but "Little Richard" Penniman later became known as a master of boogie-woogie and R&B.

  • A star of the soul music genre, Otis Redding was born in Dawson, Georgia.

    A star of the soul music genre, Otis Redding was born in Dawson, Georgia.

  • Jason Aldean is a country music fan favorite, topping the charts and selling out venues across the country.

    Jason Aldean is a country music fan favorite, topping the charts and selling out venues across the country.

  • The Macon community came together to restore the Douglass Theatre to its place as a premier entertainment venue.

    The Macon community came together to restore the Douglass Theatre to its place as a premier entertainment venue.

  • Jazz greats were frequently on stage at the Douglass Theatre in Macon during its heyday.

    Jazz greats were frequently on stage at the Douglass Theatre in Macon during its heyday.

  • In the 1950s, Macon's Douglass Theatre hosted a teen talent show called "The Teenage Party."

    In the 1950s, Macon's Douglass Theatre hosted a teen talent show called "The Teenage Party."

  • In Macon, the Tubman Museum presents exhibitions, events and more that explore African-American history.

    In Macon, the Tubman Museum presents exhibitions, events and more that explore African-American history.

  • Performers present a drum show at the Pan African Festival presented by the Tubman Museum in Macon, Georgia.

    Performers present a drum show at the Pan African Festival presented by the Tubman Museum in Macon, Georgia.

  • Named for opera singer Jessye Norman, the Amphitheatre is located at Riverwalk Augusta.

    Named for opera singer Jessye Norman, the Amphitheatre is located at Riverwalk Augusta.

  • Conductor Ward Stare with the esteemed Macon Symphony Orchestra, a Middle Georgia cultural treasure since 1976.

    Conductor Ward Stare with the esteemed Macon Symphony Orchestra, a Middle Georgia cultural treasure since 1976. Credit: Steve Schroeder

  • Little Carnegie of the South delivers the joy of parlor concerts and conversation in one of Macon's grandest historic homes.

    Little Carnegie of the South delivers the joy of parlor concerts and conversation in one of Macon's grandest historic homes.

  • In addition to Little Carnegie parlor concerts, Louise Barfield presents concerts outdoors in Carnegie Out Back.

    In addition to Little Carnegie parlor concerts, Louise Barfield presents concerts outdoors in Carnegie Out Back.

  • Gifted classical pianist Louise Barfield hosts national and regional performers in concert at Little Carnegie of the South in Macon.

    Gifted classical pianist Louise Barfield hosts national and regional performers in concert at Little Carnegie of the South in Macon.

  • The Capitol Theater, home base for Macon's 9th Annual Film Festival

    The Capitol Theater, home base for Macon's 9th Annual Film Festival Credit: reelga.com

Macon, the fourth largest city in Georgia, developed on the fall line of the Ocmulgee River at the site of early 19th-century encampment Fort Benjamin Hawkins, in the near-center of the state. At one time, textile mills dotted the riverbanks, and Macon emerged as a vigorous transportation hub following the Civil War. Sherman spared Macon on his march to the sea, so numerous historic homes, churches and commercial buildings remain in the hilly downtown area (designed to be a "city within a park"), rendering it especially photogenic. Macon has a rich musical heritage—think Otis Redding, Little Richard, the Allman Brothers Band—and so many beautiful churches that it feels like there's one for each resident.