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J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 selecttraveler.com 27 N o matter what song is playing in your head when you arrive in Macon, Georgia, you will soon find yourself tap- ping your feet to "Rambling Man," "Tutti Frutti" and "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay." The sounds of soul, rock and blues music still ring out in the city, now legend- ary for the number of musicians who have lived and performed there. Groups can discover how Macon preserves its rich music history with stops at the house where the Allman Brothers lived, a site dedi- cated to Otis Redding and the theater where Little Richard and other influential African-Americans performed. Tours of Macon not only highlight the classic hit songs associated with the town, but also relate captivating stories about the musicians, such as Redding's start as a 15-year-old dropout who performed at talent shows for prize money. Your group can sing along to some of the innovative tunes that changed American music forever on a trip to Macon's music attrac- tions. DOUGLASS THEATRE In 1921, the son of a former slave opened a music venue that at- tracted an astonishing amount of talent to the small Georgia town. The Douglass Theatre, founded by Charles Douglass, hosted early jazz and blues giants, among them Ma Rainey, Cab Calloway and Little Richard. Though it looked like the end for the theater after it closed its doors in 1972, it reopened in 1997 following an extensive renovation. Today, groups can take a guided tour through the opulent structure and listen to the stories about those who worked and performed there. "The Douglass Theatre has a history of famous African-American performances, such as Otis Redding when he was a teenager," said Valerie Bradley, vice president of marketing for the Macon-Bibb County Convention and Visitors Bureau. "He started his musical ca- reer there." macon is all about the music Follow the sounds of Macon and you'll discover our vast musical heritage. Our legends defi ned the sounds we know so well today. Learn about the music and stories when you book a group trip to visit. 800.768.3401 | VisitMacon.org The Big House Museum SOUL SOUNDS. SOUNDS.

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