Historic Macon to celebrate 171st birthday of Sidney Lanier | Arts & Culture
by Jonathan Dye
Macon, Georgia is known for its music, past and present. From modern artists like Jason Aldean and Robert McDuffie, to legends like the Allman Brothers Band and Otis Redding, music flows alongside the banks of the Ocmulgee River. But over a century before Little Richard’s first “A whop bop-a-lu a whop bam boo” thrilled audiences and before Otis ever sat on the dock of a bay, Macon’s native son Sidney Lanier was born. In the late 1800s, his ode to the marshes of Glynn earned him prominence in the world of poetry, and his flute playing garnered him first flute in a nationally renowned orchestra.