published Monday, May 5th, 2014

Macon marks 45 years since 1st Allman Brothers gig

MACON, Ga. — It's been 45 years since a Macon nightclub sold $1 tickets for music fans to hear a new band under local management known as the Allman Brothers Band.

Decades later, fans have commemorated the legendary Southern rockers' arrival in Macon with a plaque outside the Library Ballroom that marks the May 2, 1969, concert as the Allman Brothers' first paid gig.

The Macon Telegraph reports the Georgia Allman Brothers Band Association, a group of die-hard fans, unveiled the plaque at a reception party Sunday. The group's president, Dave Pierson, says the band's Macon debut came shortly after it relocated from Jacksonville, Fla. The Allmans moved to Macon to be close to their manager, Phil Walden, and his record label, Capricorn Records.

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