The Hummingbird's annual concert

Macon’s Mag Tard performs at The Hummingbird’s second Big Bird Bash on Saturday, April 23. The band’s set consisted of both originals and covers, including The Ramones’ “Blitzkreig Bop.”

Macon’s Mag Tard performs at The Hummingbird’s second Big Bird Bash on Saturday, April 23. The band’s set consisted of both originals and covers, including The Ramones’ “Blitzkreig Bop.”

Macon’s Mag Tard performs at The Hummingbird’s second Big Bird Bash on Saturday, April 23. The band’s set consisted of both originals and covers, including The Ramones’ “Blitzkreig Bop.”

Even before they hosted this year’s annual Big Bird Bash, I already thought that The Hummingbird was one of the coolest places in downtown Macon. It has great drink specials, a relaxed atmosphere, and great music from both DJs and live bands. It’s a fantastic place in every way. Now, after their all-day showcase of some of Macon’s greatest musicians,  I’m absolutely convinced.

This year marked The Hummingbird’s second Big Bird Bash, a celebration of the city’s local talent. The show began and noon and featured food, drinks and, of course, a wide and consistently awesome selection of local artists ranging from the down and dirty blues sound of Broken Bootstraps to the experimental rock artistry of Mag Tard. Of course, it wasn’t just a fun time. Proceeds from the night went to the Central Georgia CASA, an organization that benefits children suffering from abuse and neglect. It’s good to know that all of the fun is in support of a fantastic cause as well.

The day started out strong with Barry Darnell and the Mobile Slim Band playing their unique combination of blues and funk-inspired rock. After their sound provided a perfect opener for the festivities, singer-songwriter Louise Warren followed them up.
As the day went on, audiences were treated to sets by The Vineyard, Broken Bootstraps, Chelsea Hughes, and more before Gringo Grande ended the night. The variety of artists was tuly impressive, and the venue managed to pack the house with fans of country, blues, and rock.

I was most impressed with Mag Tard’s set. The four-piece rock band incorporates a saxaphone into their sound, making for a unique experience. The energetic band even dropped in a cover of The Ramones’ “Blitzkreig Bop.” The song has been covered so many times that it’s hard to make any take on it sound original, but Mag Tard’s melodic guitars and saxaphone managed to put a fresh spin on the beloved classic.

I’ve always been a big advocate of Mercer students becoming more involved in Macon affairs. Whenever I go to shows at the 567 or the Golden Bough, I hardly ever see Mercerians there. Unless, that is, they came with me. I just don’t get it. But hey, maybe Mercer kids aren’t the most fond of some of Macon’s more experimental acts. I can understand that, but The Big Bird Bash is the perfect opportunity for Mercer students to engage in the local community. Heck, the only places I ever see Mercer students downtown is at bars, anyway. You’d think more students would be all over an awesome all-day concert. If you’re reading this right now, and you never attend concerts in Macon, stop it. Head out and get connected with your community. I promise, you won’t regret it at all.