The Brief: January 2019



TODAY! January 28: It's National Kazoo Day, recognizing nearly 200 years of kazoo music in the U.S. It all started when Alabama Vest of Macon, Georgia made the first kazoo in the 1840s. It was originally called the "Down South Submarine."

January 29, 1979 : Boston played the Macon Coliseum.

January 31, 1929: Edward Grant, Sr. was born, who would later take his career from Idle Hour bartender to proprietor of the legendary Grant's Lounge.

February 2, 1900: Emmett Miller, the Macon native known for influential yodel that shaped country music, was born. 

[Macon music trivia courtesy of Rock Candy Tours!]


Rock Candy Tours Launches Music + Food Tour

Thanks to our official sponsor Macon Magazine, who partnered with us on this exciting new tour during the release of their heart-thumping, beat-dropping February/March “Food for Your Soul” issue — on stands soon!

We also want to give a huge thanks to our partners Visit Macon for working with us to develop and grow our tourism product and providing transportation on this tour, as well as our weekly Rock n’ Soul riding tour.

This special edition Rock Candy Tour takes you on a culinary ride around Downtown with the tastes and tales of Macon’s legendary and notorious music history. All stops on this tour are landmarks in Macon’s music history, who also happen to serve food!

Stops will be made at H&H Soul Food, Rookery, Dovetail, Downtown Grill, Fatty’s Pizza and Tic Toc Room.

The tour launches THIS Saturday, Feb. 2. Other dates are Feburary 9 (currently sold-out!), March 2 and March 9. All tours take from place from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. All tours start and end at the Visit Macon Welcome Center, 450 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Free parking is available on site.

Tickets are $50 per person. Reservations are made through

Because this is a van tour, there are a limited amount of only 13 tickets per tour. Reservations will also close 24 hours before each tour. There will be light walking and boarding on and off the van. The tasting menu is set by restaurants and will not be able to accommodate dietary restrictions or food allergies.

Questions? Email us at We look forward to tasting and sharing Macon music history with you!


Macon: Proud Headquarters of Pilot International

The globally acclaimed service organization originated in Macon nearly 100 years ago, where our city still remains home to the Pilot International Headquarters. 

It was a true honor to work with Pilot International and their executive committee, who arrived from all over the world in January for strategic planning at their Macon-based headquarters.

Not only did I have the opportunity to work as their facilitator, but I also served as their tour guide during a private Rock Candy Tour of Macon’s music history (which included two landmarks with Pilot International ties!).

What an inspiring group of global servant leaders! Thank you for trusting me with your international message of service and fellowship!


In the spirit of music and food, I agree with anyone who says we should all wait tables some time in our life! My time took place the summer after high school graduation at Macon's Whatapizza Cafe on Tom Hill, Sr. Blvd. My favorite nights were the ones with a live band on the deck. If you came to those shows during the summer of 1996, there is a good chance I was your server!