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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 10:49 AM
Here is an article in today's Macon Telegraph about the Big House fundraiser tomorrow night, but there is a comment almost at the very end of the article about the Please Call Home DVD release! I put that comment in bold for you all.

Organizers to hold fundraiser for Allman Brothers museum
By Phillip Ramati - pramati@macon.com

There’s going to be one major difference between Saturday night’s Big House Revival benefit and the two that preceded it.

This year, the Big House is finally expected to open.

Kirsten West, managing director of the Big House — a former Macon residence turned into an Allman Brothers Band museum — said she is confident that it will open before the end of 2009. That would be rather appropriate, since this year marks the band’s 40th anniversary.

“We will be opening at the end of the year,” she said. “It’ll be no later than December of this year.”

The revival is the Big House’s annual major fundraiser, combining dinner and live music with a live and silent auction. Saturday’s event will take place at the Armory Ballroom, 484 First St., beginning at 6 p.m.

Gospel act Mike Farris, featuring the Roseland Rhythm Review and the McCrary Sisters, will be the main entertainment of the evening, with Macon’s Scott Baston & The News Architects opening with special guests David Blackmon and Mark Van Allen. Megan North will be providing live music during the cocktail hour.

Food for the event will be provided by seven Macon restaurants, including Good To Go, Ingleside Pizza, Satterfield’s, Jim Shaw’s, The Red Tomato, Jittery Joe’s and H & H.

John Folsom, whose company Mac Attack owns several Middle Georgia McDonald’s restaurants, bought a table for the event and said Macon’s musical history was one of the few things he knew about the area when he moved here four years ago. At that time, he said, Kirk West, Kirsten’s husband and road manager for the band, was just starting up the museum.

“(The Big House) has been doing some great things,” Folsom said. “They are doing things like mentoring young adults and children. ... Macon used to be the main center of music in Georgia, and they are trying to bring that back. (The museum) will give a lot of people in Georgia the chance to see how music started here.”

Kirsten West said renovation work to the Big House is going well, with much of the labor and materials donated by Allman Brothers fans.

“The roof is done,” she said. “We have brand new windows. All 106 windows were donated. A new heating and air conditioning unit has been installed. We’re about to do the floors. The interior of the house should be done within the next 90 days.”

After that, West said, it will be a matter of installing the displays in the museum.

Despite the nation’s economic woes, West said people still are donating money to the museum and buying tickets to the revival. West said 16 tables had been sold through Wednesday, along with 200 tickets, with some people coming from as far as Kentucky for the show.

Last year’s Revival grossed about $60,000, West said, and she feels this year’s should be able to match that total.

“Last year, it snowed in Atlanta, which affected our turnout,” she said. “But I feel very confident the number of tickets will match.”

The money the Revival raises is important, West said, because the foundation can no longer count on grant money because the economy has dried up available funds.

“But we’ve raised over $2 million from fans and individuals,” she said. “A very small amount of money has come from grants.”

The foundation also will receive funds from an Allman Brothers fundraiser and auction in New York City in April. In addition, the DVD documentary the foundation produced about the band, “Please Call Home,” will be released within the next few weeks.
“We’re always looking for benefactors,” she said. The Big House “is an asset not only to Macon but to the state of Georgia.”


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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 10:51 AM
Thanks LJ. I just hope Lucy does not pull the football away again on this!
 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 10:55 AM
Also here's a list of what's up for auction at the fundraiser from the Macon Telegraph:

What's up for bid at Big House auction
By Staff reports

The Big House Foundation will host its 2009 Revival on Saturday at the Armory Ballroom, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $1,000 for a full table, $500 for a half-table and $50 for an individual ($60 the day of the show.) Megan North will perform during the cocktail hour, and Scott Baston and the News Architects will open for Mike Ferris. For more information about the show, contact the Big House at (478) 742-5005.

In addition to the dinner, there will be both a live and a silent auction. Among the items up for the live auction are:

ź 2008 Allman Brothers Band Instant Live Summer Set in a beautiful wooden box with signature logo burnished in gold. It’s a 22-CD set of all the live performances by the band in 2008, autographed by the band members.

ź Original oil painting of the band by world-renowned artist Steve Penley, done exclusively for this event.

ź ABB autographed Gibson 335 guitar.

ź All-expenses paid trip for two to New York City for the Allman Brothers Band show at the Beacon Theatre, including limo service, plane tickets, hotel and concert tickets.

ź Signed vintage Charlie Daniels 1982 Volunteer Jam VIII extra-large tour jacket, including a letter of authenticity, plus “Charlie Daniels Band Live” DVD, an autographed picture of Daniels and a copy of his book, “The Devil Went Down To Georgia.”

ź Brad Paisley-signed Squire by Fender “Affinity Series Telecaster” with drum head.

Among the items in the silent auction are:

ź Signed and framed Chuck Leavell/Randall Bramblett concert poster.

ź Signed and framed Warren Haynes Christmas Jam poster.

ź Reserved table for four at six of the Cox Capitol Theatre/Big House Foundation “Stay & Play” in Macon concert series.

ź Color photo of Twiggs Lyndon, original ABB road manager by Gilbert Lee.

ź Slot machine with tokens, courtesy of Billiards and Arcade Super Store.

ź Two hours of studio time at Muscadine Sound Studio in Macon.

ź R.E.M. poster, signed and framed.

ź Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers autographed CD.

ź John Griffin framed art, signed and numbered.

ź Yard art sculpture by Bo Baird.

ź Sterling silver cuff bracelet, compliments of Kevin Meadows Fine Jewelry.

ź Dinner for four at Spaghetti Alley

ź Gift Certificate at Bonefish Grill

ź Set of two framed photographs taken by Stacey Orzell at the Beacon Theatre in 2005 — a collage of the ABB on stage and a collage of Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes.

ź Original art painting by Flournoy Holmes.

ź Signed, numbered and framed “Spirit Wings” Widespread Panic commemorative poster.

ź Fresh organic honey & Kona Gold Coffee gift basket from Hawaii’s big island.

ź Ellen Desterno art.

ź Autographed and framed black-and-white photo of Clint Black.

ź Black leather shawl with rhinestones and fringe.

 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 10:59 AM
That's great news. I think a lot of us have been waiting on seeing this long enough.
 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 11:02 AM
I'll second that - wish i had the $$$$ to partciapte in the auction....

 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 11:07 AM
Wow! All great news and thanks for sharing the article We will be heading to Macon in the morning for the Revival and fund raiser - looking forward to it!

 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 12:15 PM
coolstuff

congrads to kirk west and his circle of family and friends

 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 12:37 PM
"In addition, the DVD documentary the foundation produced about the band, “Please Call Home,” will be released within the next few weeks."

I for one, am marking this date on the calendar

 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 12:54 PM
I really wish I was able to go. I'll be spending a quiet evening at home celebrating my birthday with my wife and daughters. Hope it goes well and lots of money is raised.

 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 01:59 PM
I am usually an optimist, but on this one unfortunately I'll believe it when I see it (and trust me I really want to see it!).

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 02:26 PM
Maybe they have been holding the release back so it will coinside with the 40th Anniversary Beacon run being it is a tribute to Duane. I'm looking forward to seeing it.

 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 02:53 PM
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I am usually an optimist, but on this one unfortunately I'll believe it when I see it (and trust me I really want to see it!).

Ryan


I believe i share the same sentiment

 

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  posted on 2/11/2009 at 02:17 PM
I'm guessing this is the last we'll hear of the documentary for months now?
 

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  posted on 2/11/2009 at 02:29 PM
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I am usually an optimist, but on this one unfortunately I'll believe it when I see it (and trust me I really want to see it!).

Ryan


I believe i share the same sentiment



Me too.

"the next few weeks" could mean 2 weeks, 8 weeks, 17 weeks, 140 weeks, 2,472 weeks, etc etc etc

I'm not blaming the ABB people. Its all the legal stuff that causes everything to get bogged down.


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  posted on 2/11/2009 at 06:08 PM
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I am usually an optimist, but on this one unfortunately I'll believe it when I see it (and trust me I really want to see it!).

Ryan


I believe i share the same sentiment



Me too.

"the next few weeks" could mean 2 weeks, 8 weeks, 17 weeks, 140 weeks, 2,472 weeks, etc etc etc

I'm not blaming the ABB people. Its all the legal stuff that causes everything to get bogged down."D"


"Few weeks" to me means 3-4. If it's more than that, "month(s)" ought to be used.

As to the legal issues, seems to me those things ought to be worked out beforehand. Otherwise, why create a finished product and expend time and expense if you'll find yourself unable to release it? And the entity w/ the rights you seek has inordinate bargaining strength knowing you've finished it. Sort of like building a house on someone's land and then negotiating to sell it to them.


 

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  posted on 2/11/2009 at 06:28 PM
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I am usually an optimist, but on this one unfortunately I'll believe it when I see it (and trust me I really want to see it!).

Ryan


I believe i share the same sentiment



Put me in this group

 

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