Macon, GA’s Capricorn Sound Studios was the production hub of numerous recording projects from southern rock pioneers ranging from The Allman Brothers to the Marshall Tucker Band throughout the 1970s. Now, 50 years after the studio’s purchase and opening in 1969 by Phil Walden, Alan Walden, and late singer Otis Redding, the famous recording house will be reopened as part of a new complex in partnership with Mercer University.

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Backed by $4.3 million in restoration investments, Mercer University will re-open Capricorn Sound Studios as Mercer Music at Capricorn with VIP parties and performances on Monday, December 2nd. The reopening celebrations will continue into the following day (December 3rd) with a VIP party for donors and other invited guests as well as a free re-opening ceremony which is open to the public and set to feature performances from the University’s string ensemble and the Otis Redding Foundation’s DREAM Choir. Live music will also take place inside the newly refurbished, 20,000-square-foot recording complex throughout the afternoon with performances from the Robert Lee Coleman Band, Chris Hicks (the Marshall Tucker Band), Magnolia Moon, and Caleb Melvin (Hindsight).

The December 3rd celebrations will be capped off with a ticketed nighttime performance at the nearby Macon City Auditorium featuring former Allman Brothers Band member/current Rolling Stones music director Chuck LeavellJaimoe (Allman Brothers Band), Taj Mahal, John Bell (Widespread Panic), Charlie Starr (Blackberry Smoke), Marcus King, Brent Cobb, Duane Betts (the Allman Betts Band), Randall Bramblett BandJimmy Hall (Wet Willie), and Tommy Talton (Cowboy). More participating artists will be announced closer to the December 2nd event.

Tickets for the evening performance will go on sale beginning Friday, October 11th, at 10 a.m. local here.

The renovated Mercer Music at Capricorn will also plan to host artifacts and exhibits of Capricorn and Macon’s music history, in addition to housing a 24/7 “music incubator” comprised of 13 total rehearsal rooms available to musicians to facilitate the development of local talent.

Watch the video below for more info on the reopening of the historic recording studios. Head here for more info on the studio’s reopening.

Mercer University + Capricorn Sound Studios Reopening

[Video: 13WMAZ]

Mercer Music at Capricorn

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