Bragg Jam 2014 Lineup Preview – Saturday, July 26th
Middle Georgia’s premier Summer music festival returns to Macon on Saturday, July 26th with a packed lineup of 57 bands on 14 stages around the city! Thanks to the generous support of a grant Bragg Jam received from the Knight Foundation, guests will be able to enjoy a headlining set from five-time Grammy Award winning act The Blind Boys of Alabama and many more.
Founded in 1999 in memory of brothers Brax & Tate Bragg, Bragg Jam has been proud to feature sets from Drive-By Truckers, Jesco “The Dancing Outlaw” White, Zac Brown, Billy Joe Shaver, The Dirty Guv’nahs, Southern Culture on the Skids, Jason Isbell, Cracker, The Lee Boys, The Front Bottoms, Futurebirds, Mix Master Mike, Right Away Great Captain, and many more.
Since founding, the non-profit organization that produces the festival is proud to have contributed more than $200,000 towards community projects including the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail and the Ocmulgee National Park & Preserve Initiative.
Tickets for the 15th annual Bragg Jam are now on-sale at BraggJam.org. Tickets range from $20.00 for a general festival pass to $100.00 for a patron pass package that includes two tickets and admission to a pre-party the night before.
Enjoy our full preview of the entire 2014 Bragg Jam lineup!
Bragg Jam 2014 Lineup Preview
The Blind Boys of Alabama – Legendary gospel & soul singers, The Blind Boys of Alabama have been awarded five Grammys, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award, and countless others for their decade-spanning work. Their most recent album, “I’ll Find Away” was produced by Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and features guest appearances from Patty Griffin, Sam Amidon, Merrill Garbus of tUne-YaRds and more.
The Whigs – Athens-via-Nashville rockers who just released Modern Creation, their fifth album. Following Shaky Knees, Bragg Jam appears to be one of their only festival appearances of this Summer. We highly recommend checking out “Hit Me”, the single from their new record and the track featured in their recent Letterman performance. The band will be returning to Macon for the first time since 2010.
Those Darlins – Nashville-based rock and roll with an edge of country and punk! Their 2013 release, Blur the Line, received rave reviews from Rolling Stone, Paste, NME, and many more. If you”re traveling on the festival circuit this Summer, look for them at Bonnaroo, Fountain Square, Pickathon, and Lebowski Fest.
Sam Hunt – Rising country sensation Sam Hunt makes his Macon debut at Bragg Jam 2014. Raised in Cedartown, GA, Hunt turned to music after college and has since earned a spot on tour with David Nail and Cassadee Pope, along with dozens of sold-out headlining slots. “Raised on It”, the single from Between the Pines, is more than tolerable when compared to most of the other songs of country radio these days.
Kopecky Family Band – After rousing performances at Bragg Jam 2011 and 2012, Kopecky Family Bands returns to Macon riding high on the release of their acclaimed album, Kids Raising Kids (2012), and their most recent EP, We’ve Got it Covered (2013). Think joyful, anthemic indie rock performed by a band that delights in rotating instruments throughout their set – and they’re good at it!
O’Brother – Another act that returns to Macon after a four year absence, the Atlanta-based rock band wasted no time during their break from Middle Georgia. Tours with Alice in Chains, La Dispute, Manchester Orchestra, Thrice, Circa Survive, and many more. Definitely check out their track “Perilous Love“.
Razzy Bailey – The chart-topping country singer returns to Macon for a special home coming show at Bragg Jam. Razzy Bailey lived in Macon during the 70’s before heading to Nashville to record #1 tracks like “Loving Up a Storm” and “I Keep Coming Back”. Welcome home!
The Apache Relay – Nashville makes yet another appearance in Middle Georgia! Fresh off the release of their self-titled album, The Apache Relay blends melodic folk with upbeat indie rock. The band is currently on tour with The Weeks and will be playing a number of festivals around the country this Summer. Check out “Katie Queen of Tennessee”. Our “Band of the Month” for May 2014.
Moon Hooch – Two horns, one drum set – huge sound! A favorite on the jam/electronic festival circuit, the band plays “cave music”, a name they gave to their mix of jazz and funk, the band hopes that “anything synthetic can be replaced by something organic”.
Royal Thunder – Royal Thunder left a dramatic impression on the audience that saw them at Bragg Jam 2013; the band was one of the most requested acts to return to 2014 and the Bragg Jam crew is pleased to have them back for what appears to be their only US show of the Summer! Fans can expect a new album from the band out later this year.
American Aquarium – Seven years and seven releases later, Raleigh-based Americana act American Aquarium is set to release an album that fans and critics alike have been waiting for for 2+ years. For Wolves, the band started a Pledge Music campaign that was fully-funded in less than 8 days. BJ Barham and crew are no strangers to Macon, so expect things to get loud, sweaty, and drunk.
Col. Bruce Hampton & Madrid Express – Watch “Basically Frightened” and tell me you don’t immediately love Col. Bruce. Founder of the famed Hampton Grease Band, the surrealist musician is renowned in the Southern rock, psychedelic, and jam circuit and is known for his work with the Aquarium Rescue Unit, The Codetalkers, and various other acts.
The Black Cadillacs – It’s been a busy year since The Black Cadillacs played Bragg Jam in 2013; performances at Savannah Stopover and Hangout, along with upcoming sets at Wakarusa, Bonnaroo, Summercamp and more. Their newest single, “Radio Silence” is a fuzz-heavy rock ‘n roll tune for fans of Kings of Leon, J Roddy Walston etc.
Randall Bramblett Band – As a talented singer, songwriter, and musician, Randall Bramblett’s career has spanned more than three decades and has led him to work alongside acts like Bonnie Raitt, Steve Winwood, Levon Helm, and Chuck Levell. His newest record, The Bright Spots, is out now on New West Records.
Greenhouse Lounge – The Jacksonville-based live electronic trio features heavy samples accompanied by live drumming and unique lead guitar. After a packed performance at Bragg Jam 2013, the band has gone on to perform with some of the hottest acts in the electronic/jam scene.
Packway Handle Band – Some of the quickest pickers in Georgia make up the Packway Handle Band, often referred to by their fans as “Packway”. Based in Athens, the group of five plays and sings around one central microphone, same as players did many years ago. Packway is a Macon favorite and will definitely pull their weight.
Jared Ashley – A quickly rising country artist who calls Nashville-via-Newnan home, Ashley has won audiences around the US over with his down-to-earth charm and approachable, but not predictable songwriting. Since Bragg Jam 2013, Ashley has headlined a number of near-sold out shows in Macon.
Seven Handle Circus – The Ath-lanta-based bluegrass-influenced folk-rock that once randomly got invited by Mumford & Sons to open up their show return to Macon for Bragg Jam 2014 after a performance at Second Sunday in May that awarded them a standing ovation and encore set.
Yacht Rock Schooner – Kenny Loggins? Champagne? Steely Dan? Spandex? Party-rock band Yacht Rock Schooner were a huge hit at the 2013 Bragg Jam Patron Party, so the band’s returning to rock one of the Festival stages this year.
Thomas Wynn & the Believers – Headed by the son and daughter of Tom Wynn, famed drummer for Capricorn Records’ Cowboy, the Believers don’t mess around with their music. Think soul-soaked, blues chased with whiskey.The band easily had the most buzz-worthy performance at Bragg Jam 2013 and returned to Macon later in the year to open for Futurebirds at Weaver’s Weekend.
Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires – These ‘Bama boys recently signed to Sub Pop and currently have their new album, Deconstructed, streaming at NPR. Due out May 26th, NPR says of the album, “This is political music, but it’s also here to party. The Glory Fires’ members understand that rock’s garage is big and full of hidden treasures: Boogie, funk and swamp blues mix with hardcore and classic British snot in their songs.”
Berry Oakley’s Skylab – Fronted by son of legendary bassist and Allman Brothers Band member Berry Oakley, Skylab is an exploration into the elements of funk, reggae, rock, and soul. The band recently performed at the 10th annual Wanee Festival.
JuBee & the Morning After – Are you ready to board the Space Yacht? JuBee & the Morning After originated in Macon before relocating to Athens to hone their mix of hip-hop, funk, and rock. The band was featured on Jimmy Kimmel and has supported Dumpstafunk, Stokeswood, The Revivalists and more.
Back City Woods – Some of Macon’s finest players make up Back City Woods, a “blue-grit” string band responsible for Around the Bend – released earlier 2013. These guys are no strangers to Bragg Jam and we’re looking forward to seeing them on the “big stage” this year. The band was recently awarded the distinction of “Band of the Year” by the Atlanta Braves
The Mantras – Progressive jam-funk with electronic elements, The Mantras are known for consistently delivering eye-opening performances. They’ll be hosting “Mantra Bash” in August, a festival they curated that features Snarky Puppy, Big Something, Consider the Source, and of course – four nights of The Mantras.
CUSSES – Eerie-DIY rock act from Savannah. Since their Bragg Jam 2013 performance, the three-piece has spent ample time on the road and working on new music. They recently won four awards in the “Best of Savannah” program ConnectSavannah holds each year – including “Best Local Vocalist (Angel Bond)” and “Best Local Rock Band/Artist”. Our “Band of the Month” for January 2012.
Wesley Cook – Singer/songwriter Wesley Cook hails from Atlanta, GA but has spent his fare share of time touring around the South. Cook has been featured in articles in Rolling Stone, Georgia Music, Billboard and more.
Tyler Hammond Band – Bragg Jam welcomes the Milledgeville-based country/rock act for their first Festival performance. THB are widely known throughout the Southeast for their high-energy live shows, anthemic originals, and party abilities.
This is ART + Amerigo – Quite possibly the most unique act on the Bragg Jam lineup, audiences will enjoy a collaborative set from bassist/producer This is ART and DJ/producer/MC Amerigo Gazaway. They’re amazing on their own, so the combo should give people something to talk about.
Cranford Hollow – Soulful rock ‘n roll via Hilton Head, SC, these guys busted their chops for years as “Cranford and Sons” before making the change last year due to a certain band with a similar name. It paid off for them – the band has been steadily touring for the last year and have a new album out.
DEBROKA – Heavy-hitting ATL producer and DJ making his Bragg Jam debut. Since breaking onto the EDM scene, he’s appeared alongside heRobust, Ookay, Heroes x Villians, Vilify, HPNTK, and many more.
Travis Denning Band – One of Middle Georgia’s most promising artists, Travis Denning has become known around the area for his original country songs and electrifying covers. Now based in Nashville, Travis and company have supported the likes of Corey Smith, Josh Thompson, and Jordan Rager over the last year.
Good Graeff – “Twin Power!” Fronted by sister Brooke and Brittany Graeff, the band has been writing and recording together for the past ten years. 2013 saw a number of major successes for the band with signing to Madison House for booking representation, performing at dozens of festivals, and working on their soon to be released new album. Our “Band of the Month” for February 2014.
AJ Ghent Band – Often compared to Robert Randolph, AJ Ghent plays a rip-roaring lead slide guitar. When he’s not touring with his band, he’s working with Col. Bruce Hampton. Ghent will be showcasing his skills for Middle Georgia at Second Sunday in the Park on June 8th.
Empire Strikes Brass – Best name on the whole lineup. High energy funk and soul via Asheville, NC.
Benjamin Olsen & Dirty Rhythm – The newest project of Benjamin Cummings, a local guitarist and songwriter. Expect fiery leads and heavy rhythm guitar.
Bombadil – Beautifully textured folk-pop via North Carolina. Currently signed to Ramseur Records, the group was featured by Music Ambassadors: Macon in late 2013 and will be making their Bragg Jam debut at the upcoming Festival. Our “Band of the Month” for April 2014.
The Vegabonds – “With a swagger reminiscent of the Black Crowes and a tight musicianship that will have you drawing comparisons to everyone from Led Zeppelin to the Allman Brothers, Nashville-based rock band The Vegabonds are just getting started. A mix of different musical interests ranging from Pink Floyd to Kings of Leon laid the groundwork for the band’s debut album, Dear Revolution, and its follow-up, Southern Sons.” via the band’s bio.
The Quaildogs – Atlanta-based folk-grass that are loved and highly regarded inside the 285 loop – and beyond. They’ll be making their Bragg Jam debut this year.
sunDollars – A Macon favorite, the band’s website notes that “communion can be found in their songs and at their live shows. Egos are unwelcome and revelry is encouraged, as they swap roles throughout their set, each member never far from a microphone”. For fans of The Strokes, Dr. Dog, etc..
Tha Hugs – Self-described as “New-town with a little doom-wop thrown in, sugar-punk spread evenly throughout, with a slight tinge of psychadelia-leaning-post-garagerock-surfabilly. Or indie”, the band has been winning over crowds in their hometown of Milledgeville and Atlanta over the past year. Bragg Jam will mark their debut in Macon.
Baatin & Top Secret – The project of talented multi-instrumentalist Baatin, who frequently performs with Parliament Funkadelic.
Big Mike & the Booty Papas – Longtime Macon favorites, Big Mike and company are widely regarded for their showmanship and musical talent. The band has been performing together since 1995.
Family & Friends – One of Athens’ newest buzz acts, they’ve played packed shows at Georgia Theatre, the Skaky Knees Festival and much more. Don’t sleep on these guys (and gals).
Madre Padre – Hard-hitting Macon-based hard rock act comprised of members of Eyris, Death on Two Wheels, Awakener etc.. Their sound is “not one of acquired taste but a result of what happens when thick tones and raunchy rhythms find themselves alone in a room with four guys who happen to have a couple of decent ideas.”
Skymatic – Live electronic production meets looped & processed violin. Don’t miss this Atlanta-based duo.
Savannah Alday – This Macon-based country singer made her big stage debut when she opened for Thomas Wynn & the Believers and Futurebirds at Weaver’s Weekend 2013, but she’s since appeared at festivals around the region.
Matthew Hope – Local singer/songwriter in the vein of Ryan Bingham/Will Hoge. Check out his single, “Golden Sunset Skies” on Spotify.
Bootz & Katz – What happens when a few Mercer University fraternity brothers get together and share their love of electronic music? A surprisingly good live-tronic act that’s opened for Dopapod, Dr. Fameus, The Heavy Pets, Sounduo and more.
KR33K3RZ – Mysterious up-and-coming ATL DJ
Squirrelly – ATL-based DJ and producer who’s part of the DSEL/Foe Pound collective. Expect genre-hopping mixes with heavy low end.
Andy Bruh – Producer/DJ/Creator of Bruhstep-Crunk Beats from the Streets of Athens, Georgia. #CrushTeam, y’all
Laylo Lopez – Resident DJ at ENVY Nightclub and three-time “Best Local DJ” nominee.
The Crescent Moon Dogs – Hailing from Bonaire, Georgia, The Crescent Moon Dogs play full-throttle rock ‘n roll with a progressive edge. If you were at Turnip Fest back in November, you may remember their performance.
Old Soul ft. Bo Ponder – Arthur “Bo” Ponder is known as one of the best local players in the blues and jazz circuit. “Bo” has been playing in Middle Georgia since the 60’s.
Rabbi & Friends – Local Rabbi, member of County Commissioners, and all around good guy playing a set of mostly Bob Dylan covers.
The Buckleys – A very special reunion of the band that Brax & Tate Bragg were playing with at the time of their passing. Expect a party!
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