Weaver’s Weekend

Aug. 24 saw the 6th annual Weaver’s Weekend held at Crazy Bull, the newest nightlife addition to downtown Macon. A crowd of approximately 650 people filled the venue for music performances by Savannah Alday, Thomas Wynn and the Believers, and Futurebirds.

Weaver’s Weekend benefits The Friends of Mike Weaver Foundation, a Macon non-profit organization.

The music event is held in honor of Mike Weaver, a 2001 graduate of Central High School in Macon who was killed by a friend of a friend. According to their website, it was after attending a concert in Atlanta that “Mike was shot and killed when a friend of a fraternity brother got mad, pulled a shotgun and fired at Mike. He died August 16, 2003 on the way to a hospital. Jason Futch, the person who did the shooting, was convicted of murder and two other charges and now is in prison.”

Weaver’s Weekend not only brings together those who knew and loved Mike Weaver and puts on a music festival to honor him, but also benefits youth sports in the Macon community.

When asked what makes this event different from others, Stephen Adams said that the event is about “allowing something good to come out of bad.”

“Mike’s life was ended way too soon, but his short time here made a big enough impact on so many people that we are continuing to provide the things he loved. He loved good music, he loved good times with his friends and he loved giving back to his community. All of these things are realized through the Friends of Mike Weaver Foundation and Weaver’s Weekend,” said Adams.

TheBlueIndian.com, a website devoted to indie music in Georgia, partnered with The Friends of Mike Weaver Foundation this year as a production and marketing partner.

Sean Pritchard, senior editor and talent buyer for TheBlueIndian.com, said, “Weaver’s Weekend is an ideal way for an organization to engage an audience through sports and live music. Between the morning golf tournament and the nightly concert, there’s something for just about everyone.”

Thomas Wynn, of Thomas Wynn and The Believers said “ Weaver’s Weekend was wonderful, and we are proud and grateful to be a part of a wonderful cause. If Macon keeps on showing up as they have been, you can bet we’ll be back as often as we can! Thanks so much for true Southern hospitality.”

Pritchard went on to say “the event focuses on honoring the memory of a life lost too soon by giving back to the community that Mike Weaver grew up in and loved. We’ve already begin discussions with the Friends of Mike Weaver Foundation on ideas for 2014.”