Live on the Dock of the River.
Macon’s longest-running outdoor concert series seats puts listeners along the scenic banks of the Ocmulgee River. Created by a local musician to feature other local and touring musicians, these free Sunday concerts invite everyone to take in the smooth sounds of live music against Macon’s river backdrop, alongside the Otis Redding Statue at Gateway Park.
Created by long-time resident Bob Fickling, Rhythm and Jazz on the Dock are free Sunday concerts featuring local and national R&B and Jazz. Picnics, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. The shows generally take place from 6-9 p.m. and rain does cancel the show.
In addition to local R&B and Jazz acts, other past performers have included Freddy Cole and Ronnie Laws.
Behind the scenes, the Rhythm N Jazz Foundation aims to build community not just through concerts but by partnering with local schools to obtain new or used instruments and promote marching band programs.
About the Surrounding Geography.
Weekly springtime concerts take place in Gateway Park, an intimate green space at the end of the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail, at the corner of Riverside Drive and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. On-street parking is available along Riverside Drive.
Gateway Park is part of the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail network and is where you will find the Otis Redding Statue and adjacent to the Otis Redding Memorial Bridge, which stretches across the Ocmulgee River and connects to the Phil Walden Memorial Interchange, just off the exit and entrance ramps to I-75 and I-16. This area is a gateway leading into Downtown Macon.
The Ocmulgee Heritage Trail is over 11 miles of walkable, bike-friendly trail along Macon’s Ocmulgee River. The Trail runs on the east side of the Ocmulgee River near Jackson Springs Park to Spring Street, Otis Redding Bridge and continuing into the Ocmulgee National Monument via the Mike Ford Trail and the Walnut Creek connection. The Trail also runs along the west side of the Ocmulgee River in Central City Park, Gateway Park, Rotary Park, and also into Riverside Cemetery. Amerson River Park is the northernmost portion of the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail. The Trail is safe, pet-friendly and also includes canoe and kayak access. Additional plans for expansion are in the works.