Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Georgia Allman Brothers Band Association Presents GABBAFEST This Weekend

GABBA, the Georgia Allman Brothers Band Association, has been helping to preserve the history of the ABB since the early 1990’s through the work of its members and their collaboration with the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, the Macon – Bibb Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Big House Foundation. GABBA is known for hosting the world-famous GABBAfest, the good time reunion of ABB fans. GABBA is a registered non-profit organization in the state of Georgia. Membership is open to all fans of the Allman Brothers Band.

This weekend, GABBA is hosting their annual GABBA Fest in Macon, GA. The lineup for the event is as follows:


4:00- Registration for GABBA members & anyone wanting weekend or Saturday passes
begins at the Cox Capitol Theatre.
5:00 – Doors at the Cox open for GABBA members & weekend pass holders
6:00 – Doors at the Cox open for the general public
7:00 – “Please Call Home”, followed by a question and answer session
9:30 – The Lefty Collins Band with special guests Pete Vancura and J. P. Vancura

11:00 – 1:30 Big House Tours, presentation of guitar to Wanee Raffle winner
1:00 – 5:00 Grant’s Lounge – September Hase & Member’s Jam
5:00 – 6:00 Dinner break
6:00 – Doors at the Cox open for GABBA members & weekend pass holders
7:00 – Doors at the Cox open for the general public
8:00 – Dianne Durrett, followed by GABBY presentation, live auction, announcement of
winners of silent auctions and announcement of Rose Hill Tree memorial tree to
be planted in the fall, followed by Wet Wille.

12:00 – Rose Hill Cemetery cleanup

GABBAfest 2009
June 19 - 21, Macon, Georgia
Presented in conjunction with
The Big House Foundation
The Cox Capitol Theatre

Special Wet Willie Reunion
Diane Durrett
The Lefty Collins Band with special guests Pete Vancura and J.P. Vancura
September Hase

The Macon Premier of "Please Call Home"
Tours of the Renovated Big House
Member's Jam at the World Famous Grant's Lounge featuring the Historic "Grant's Wall of Fame"
Live & Silent Auctions
ABB Merchandise from Hittin' the Note
The 2009 GABBY Award Announcement
Rose Hill Cemetery Clean-Up
Discounted Admission to Georgia Music Hall of Fame

Ticket prices for a weekend pass to all events: $45
One night tickets will be available for musical events

The GABBA mission statement reads:

"GABBA is a foundation of fans who feel like family, dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Allman Brothers Band musical heritage in Georgia by making tangible contributions to projects, programs and plans to insure this heritage is not lost but indeed remembered, revered, and reveled in as an important part of Macon’s, the South’s, the nation’s and even the world’s musical and cultural legacy whose very roots are found here in Georgia. We respect and admire their music and feel as if we are members of their extended family yet still respect and admire their personal families without infringing or imposing on their private lives.

From the beginning to now, through tragedy and triumph, their music has enriched our lives, and we feel we must, and we can, give something back to insure the proper and perpetual preservation of this musical heritage that has so blessed our lives. Our goals include the collecting, preserving, nurturing, and sharing of this music history, contributing to the care and upkeep of Rose Hill Cemetery and recognizing other ABB landmarks in Georgia, and contributing to the development of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame (GMHF) and the Big House Foundation Museum."

If you are interested in becoming a member of GABBA, you may contact Greg Potter at gamuleman@aol.com, or visit the official GABBA website http://gabba.org/ and print out a membership application and mail it to:

The Georgia Allman Brothers Band Association
P.O. Box 2658
Macon, GA 31203-2658

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