GABBAfest 2002


At the Historic Douglass Theatre
355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

Sweetwater Brewery is the official brewery for GABBAfest 2002. 


Schedule of Events   

Friday April 5 at the Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd

Start End Event
4 PM 8 PM Registration and Big House Tour Sign up
6 PM 7 PM Welcome Dinner         
7 PM 8 PM Music Featuring  Highway 
8 PM 8:30 PM Raffle & Auction
8:30 PM 12 AM Music Featuring Tim Brooks and Breau Jam 


Saturday April 6 at the Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd

Start End Event
9 AM 6 PM Kirk West’s Rock n’ Roll Yard Sale at the Big House,2321 Vineville Ave           
10 AM 5 PM Collectors Revival
12 PM 6 PM Big House Tours (Hourly) $5 donation requested, 2321 Vineville Ave
12 PM 5 PM Registration, Members JAM
5 PM 6 PM Douglass Theatre closed for Band Rehearsal
6 PM 6:30 PM “I Almost Cut My Hair” charitable event
6:30 PM 7 PM GABBY Award Presentation, Raffle and Auction
7 PM 12 AM Music Featuring Sky Dog w/ Greg Henderson, Marc Ford and Friends – Johnny Neel, Berry Oakley, Duane Betts, William Ibarra 


Sunday April 7 at Rose Hill Cemetery, 1091 Riverside Drive    

Start End Event
12 PM  3 PM Rose Hill Tour and Cleanup,  Member Goodbye Social 



Band Information

To see these great acts get your GABBAfest weekend Laminate at the Registration Table located in the lobby of the Douglass Theatre.  The Douglass Theatre is located at 355 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd down the street from the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.  Based on availability, same night Tickets will be sold at the Douglass.



Set to appear as the opening act Friday April 5, 2002 at the Douglass Theatre.

This rocking band from Crown Point, Indiana will be making their first appearance at GABBAfest this year.  Influenced by the Allman Brothers, Rolling Stones and other classic rock groups this band rocks out like no other young band today.  Highway invites you to join them “for a magical experience along a forgotten path that ascends to the peak of excitement, where raw body and soul unite in the euphoric passion of music”.  GABBA is pleased to present this up and coming band to those fans that will truly appreciate them.  Rock on with Highway and you won’t be sorry.  Check out the bands Web site at


Tim Brooks and Breau Jam

Set to appear as the headline act Friday April 5, 2002 at the Douglass Theatre.

Tim Brooks is a local Macon guitar legend and has achieved a mass following of awestruck fans throughout the United States and after a sold out tour of Europe last year, the world.  Tim was awarded the Grand Prize winner in Guitar Player Magazine’s 25th anniversary Ultimate Guitar Competition.  He not only won the slide guitar category but his entry so impressed the judges that he also won the Grand Prize out of thousands of worldwide entrants.   He was flown out to San Fran to participate in the Ultimate Guitar Concert sharing the bill with Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Steve Morse, John Lee Hooker, Ry Cooder, Adrian Belew, Harvey Mandel and Gregg Allman, with whom Tim joined in a rousing rendition of “One Way Out”.  Tim has paid his dues for over thirty years now, playing with various members of the Allman Brothers Band and other Capricorn Studio recording stars.  He has opened shows for Muddy Waters, Steve Morse, Roy Rogers and Tinsley Ellis.  Tim’s appreciation for Allman Brothers music has never waived and he can play their music like no one else.  Tim has performed and attended many past GABBAfests and we are proud and extremely pleased to welcome him and the band Breau Jam back this year.  Check out more about Tim Brooks at


Tyler Thompson

Set to appear during the Welcome dinner Friday April 5, 2002 at the Douglass Theatre.  Described as “American Rock and roll, Bob Dylan meets the Black Crowes”.  This band is from Des Moines, Iowa and recently completed recording a CD at the Phoenix Studios in Macon Georgia, which was formally the historic Capricorn Studios that the Allman Brothers recorded at in the 70’s.  Tyler Thompson consists of brothers Paul & Wade Thompson, Mike Tyler, Jake Berhow and Kim West.  The new CD, “Living on the Border” will consist of 15 tracks, all original band compositions.   The CD includes guest performances by Chuck Leavell, Mick Thomson (“7” of Slipknot), Macon native Goose Goodrich, Lee Roy Parnell and Col. Bruce Hampton.  While we can’t guarantee that any of these guests will be there, you never know who may show up.


Skydog w/ Greg Henderson

Set to appear as the opener Saturday April 6, 2002 at the Douglass Theatre.

Greg Henderson has been a local, successful Atlanta performer for many years.  His appreciation for the Allman Brothers Band and their music has led him to form a kind of tribute band that performs once a year, the first or second Sunday of June, at a small bar in the Buckhead community of Atlanta for what has become a tradition of sorts for local ABB fans called the ABB Southern Revival.   ABB videos play on the inside of the bar and beautiful ABB music comes from the outdoor deck, shocking many a Sunday Buckhead stroller into thinking that the Allman Brothers themselves have come to play on this otherwise quiet Sunday afternoon.  Soon after hearing this band GABBA immediately got them involved in GABBAfest and they have been there helping out ever since, whether performing for the masses or just helping out with the Fest.  They really have come though for GABBA in more ways than one and we are extremely pleased to have them perform once again for us this year.


Marc Ford and Friends

Set to appear as the headliner Saturday April 6, 2002 at the Douglass Theatre.

For this special performance, Marc Ford and Friends will consist of Marc Ford, Berry Oakley, Duane Betts, Johnny Neel and William Ibarra.  They will perform two sets of music.   The first set will be highlighting Marc’s newest release “It’s about Time”.  The second set will be just for us and will feature ABB tunes that we know and love to hear.  This very special lineup will be going on to tour the Southeast in support of the new CD.  But you’ll only hear the ABB set at GABBAfest so don’t miss this special night of music.  For more information about Marc Ford visit the website



“I almost/did!! cut my Hair”

As you all know GABBA is always trying to give back to the community.

We love to help children the most.  So this year we are going to try and help some kids with alopecia areata.  This is a medical condition that causes all their hair to fall out.  It is not known why this happens and there is no cure.

I’m sure all of you can imagine what the kids go through on a daily basis with no hair.  So here’s what we are going to do at GABBAFest 2002.  Some of us are going to donate our hair so that prosthesis can be made for these children.  This is custom designed wig, which will help return their confidence and self-esteem.  We have several members that have already pledged to cut their hair.  If you or anyone you know would be interested, please contact us.  I know there are lots of long-haired hippies out there.  For more information about this worthy cause check out .

Contact Greg Potter at if you would be interested in this.

Yes, I will be cutting my hair at GABBAFest 2002, also Penney and Kenny Tullis will be joining me.  This sight alone should be worth the trip down to Macon.  The dates are April 5,6,7 2002 and we will most likely do the haircutting on Saturday evening before the bands start up.


Thanks, Greg Potter


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