Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Duane “Skydog” Allman.
The Skydog 72 Music Festival is an annual concert tradition every November in Central City Park that pays tribute to the late Duane Allman and celebrates his birthday. What began as a small tribute among friends is now a major outdoor concert event, drawing Allman Brothers fans and musicians from all over.
Before Duane Allman arrived in Macon with the newly formed Allman Brothers Band, it was Wilson Pickett who gave Allman his studio nickname “Skydog” because “he hits the heights, man.”
This Allman Brothers Band tribute festival started in 2006 to celebrate what would have been Duane “Skydog” Allman’s 60th birthday. Since then, thousands of Allman Brothers fans from far and wide have gathered at Macon’s Central City Park to celebrate the life, legacy and music of one of the most celebrated guitarists of all time.
The live music is provided by a rhythm section of who’s who in southern music and avid players in music today. The concert is centered around Central Park’s historic gazebo bandstand, a favorite venue of the Allman Brothers Band’s earliest shows.
In addition to the live music, the Skydog Music Festival gives back to the community: admission is always given as a contribution to a local charity. Recently, the Festival has collected specific supplies for Macon’s Daybreak Center to serve the homeless.
The annual tradition and concert takes place rain or shine, with a rain location announced if needed.
About the Surrounding Geography.
Skydog 72 takes place in Macon’s most sprawling and oldest parks, Central City Park, which stretches along the levee of the Ocmulgee River at the southernmost end of the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail.
Located in Downtown Macon, Central City Park can be accessed off I-75 and I-16, just over the Otis Redding Bridge. The park features a distinct round building for special events, like the annual International Cherry Blossom Festival and the Fired Works Regional Ceramics Show & Sale. It also has an expansive greenspace with playgrounds, areas for children, large picnic shelters, public grills and its historic gazebo bandstand.
Macon’s first public park, Central City is home to Luther Williams Field, the historic, original baseball stadium where Pete Rose got his start and where movies such as “Trouble with the Curve,” “42” and the 1976 movie “Bingo Long and the Traveling All-Stars,” starring Richard Pryor, were filmed.