Macon

Heart of Georgia

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Macon is a city that lies close to the geographic center of Georgia. Macon was developed at the site of a fort dating from the early 1800s and recent excavations have revealed the importance of the early fort and settlement. The city thrived primarily due to its location on the Ocmulgee River, which enabled shipping to markets; cotton became the mainstay of Macon's early economy. In the twentieth century, Macon grew into a prospering town and began to serve as a transportation hub for the entire state.

Macon has been the birthplace or hometown of such musicians as The Allman Brothers Band, Randy Crawford, Mark Heard, Lucille Hegamin, Otis Redding, Little Richard, Mike Mills and Bill Berry of R.E.M. The rapper Young Jeezy was discovered in Macon. September Hase, an alternative rock band, was discovered in Macon. Capricorn Records, run by Macon natives Phil Walden and briefly Alan Walden, made the city a hub for Southern rock music in the late 1960s and 1970s.
The Macon Symphony Orchestra performs at the Grand Opera House in downtown Macon, as well as a youth symphony, and the Middle Georgia Concert Band.