You’re invited to join us as we mark the rebirth of Macon’s historic Capricorn Sound Studios as Mercer Music at Capricorn. The festivities kick off Monday, Dec. 2, with an invite-only VIP party and continue Tuesday, Dec. 3, with a public dedication featuring live music and free tours.
Monday, December 2 • 6 p.m.
The festivities kick off on Dec. 2 with a VIP party for donors and other invited guests. Food, beverages and tours of Mercer Music at Capricorn, plus music by the Randall Bramblett Band, will be on tap from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. No umbrellas will be allowed inside and the facility does not have a coat room.
Dedication and Open House
Tuesday, December 3 • 2 p.m.
A public ceremony will formally re-open Mercer Music at Capricorn on Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. The program, which is free and open to the public, will take place on an outdoor stage behind the studios and will feature music by Mercer’s Robert McDuffie Center for Strings and the The Otis Redding Foundation DREAM Team, as well as remarks from Mercer President William D. Underwood and other special guests. At the conclusion of the brief program, the stage and tent will transition to a concert venue with music by former Wet Willie lead singer Jimmy Hall and Friends. Following the 45-minute set by Hall, Mercer Music at Capricorn will be open for free tours. The live music will continue inside the studios until 6 p.m. with performances by the Robert Lee Coleman Band, Chris Hicks from the Marshall Tucker Band, Magnolia Moon and Caleb Melvin of Hindsight, all artists and bands with Macon roots.
Whether you’re attending the VIP Party or the Dedication and Open House, here’s what you need to know about parking:
Guests are strongly encouraged to use Uber or Lyft. There will be a drop-off and pick-up area in front of the Capricorn building for those using rideshare and for handicapped guests. If you do drive, be prepared to pay for parking. Garages on Poplar Street and on MLK next to the Douglass Theatre are the closest decks. There is also metered parking on streets surrounding Capricorn and free parking in the lot behind Visit Macon. Additionally, there is free unpaved parking along 5th Street on either side of Plum Street, one block behind the Lofts at Capricorn.
Because the public dedication takes place during business hours, we ask those guests to please be considerate of adjacent businesses, and do not park in the lots across MLK from Mercer Music at Capricorn and on Plum Street next to the Lofts at Capricorn.
Tuesday, December 3 • 8 p.m.
The re-opening celebration will be capped off at 8 p.m. with a ticketed Capricorn Revival concert at the Macon City Auditorium featuring former Allman Brothers Band member and current Rolling Stones music director Chuck Leavell, Randall Bramblett Band, and a host of other former Capricorn artists or musicians who have been influenced by Capricorn. The lineup includes Jimmy Hall from Wet Willie, original Allman Brothers Band member Jaimoe, as well as Taj Mahal and former Capricorn recording artists John Bell of Widespread Panic and Tommy Talton of Cowboy. Others scheduled to perform include Charlie Starr from Blackberry Smoke, Marcus King, Brent Cobb, and Duane Betts of the Allman Betts Band.
Macon Music Trail
Many other music heritage sites that draw tourists from around the world are within easy walking distance or a short drive from Mercer Music at Capricorn. Visit the Macon Music Trail website for more details on Macon’s extensive music heritage venues.