MACON – Mercer University will celebrate its first weekend of competition in the historic Southern Conference with an evening of fun and music on Black Field, adjacent to the Moye Football and Lacrosse Complex. The Sept. 5 event – dubbed SoConFest – will include a concert headlined by the New Orleans-based rock septet The Revivalists. The concert, which is being presented with production support from Bragg Jam, will be opened by local favorites sunDollars.
Students, Mercer alumni and the community are welcome at the free event, which begins at 7 p.m. and will include a pep rally led by the Mercer spirit squad and band and will feature remarks from head football coach Bobby Lamb and members of the team. The Bears take on Furman the next day at 6 p.m. on Anderson Field in Mercer's first Southern Conference contest.
The Revivalists, formed in 2007, are considered among The Big Easy's best original bands for their combination of danceable rock and soulful songwriting. Highly regarded for the strength of their live performances, the band seeks out revival in the sense of "the tangible electricity that can only be created when enough like minds are crammed under a single roof for a singular purpose… a spiritual spectacle, a carnival of the divine, a whole greater than the sum of its parts." Their sound features the older styles and warmer sounds of the golden age of rock 'n' roll with occasional ventures into electronics and what they call "sleight of studio."
Opening the concert will be Macon indie rock quartet sunDollars. One of the bands at the forefront of a local resurgence in young artists seeking to rebuild a cohesive music scene in this tradition-rich town, sunDollars offer "a lonesome, yet vibrant set of songs that are very much inspired by place." The band was formed in 2011.
Additional details on the various festivities will be announced at a later date.