About

During the summer of 1999, Macon singer/songwriter Brax Bragg was on the brink of something big. He had just recorded a CD with his new band the Buckleys, and they were scheduled to set out on tour. But before hitting the highway with his band, Brax took his baby brother Tate, an accomplished classical guitarist, on a cross-country road trip. While traveling through Texas on July 3, the brothers' lives were tragically cut short by a car accident.

Back in Macon, friends were reeling at the news of the brothers' tragic deaths. Russell Walker, a friend of the family and fellow musician, organized an impromptu jam session of local musicians to celebrate and honor the Bragg brothers' talented lives. The healing power of music began to perpetuate, and a year later, the jam session resumed. "Bragg Jam" had officially been born. By 2003, it was expanded into a city-wide music festival. Two years later, it was incorporated as a non-profit with a board of directors. Today, Bragg Jam has evolved into a full-scaled community arts festival and Macon's premier music event.

What began as an untimely tragedy has found a way to give back to the Macon community. Money raised from Bragg Jam is donated to the Macon's Ocmulgee Heritage Trail and other local causes in Brax and Tate Bragg's honor.

17 years later, countless hours of time put in by all-volunteer board members has led to Bragg Jam becoming a major community event, cumulating in the Macon’s biggest night of music with a huge concert crawl on the last Saturday of July.

Today, Bragg Jam envelops the Moonlight Miles 5K, Arts & Kids Fest, Second Sunday, and the legendary Concert Crawl. The organization also gives an enormous amount of money (over $200,000 to date) to community causes that meant a lot to the Bragg boys, including the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail and Amerson River Park.

 

Board Members

Everett has lived in Macon since 2002, and found his way onto the Bragg Jam board in 2010 after assisting with the inaugural Fly South Festival, a former Bragg Jam fall event. He assisted as the Marketing Co-chair for 3 years followed by 1 year as Treasurer and succumbing to President after that. Outside of Bragg Jam he works for the Macon Bibb County Land Bank Authority working largely in distressed neighborhoods acquiring land for redevelopment and preservation. He was a regular writer for TheBlueIndian.com largely as a travel blogger at music festivals before it closed shop in 2016.

Everett can be reached at everett.verner@gmail.com

Koryn Young has lived in Macon, GA since July 25 of 2008, Bragg Jam was the 1st event she attended upon her arrival and has been a fan ever since. She recently founded a company called Macon Experiences bringing group tours to the Macon area. Koryn has had the pleasure of aligning herself with the many fun events in Macon, namely co-directing the Magnolia Soap Box Derby in which she is now the Emeritus Chair of the Derby, volunteer coordinator, and day of operations. She was the previously the Moonlight Miles Director for Bragg Jam, lead the creation of the Men of InTown Macon calendar,  participated in Spirits in October at Riverside Cemetery, was in the 2012 class of Leadership Macon (best class ever), and was a General Manager of the Middle GA Hashing group, Slackers on Trail.

Koryn can be reached at koryn13@gmail.com

Leila Regan-Porter has lived in Macon since 2012, and the city has her very busy. She works as an administrative assistant at the Otis Redding Foundation and occasionally writes for local publications The 11th Hour, Field Note Stenographers and Macon Magazine. Leila also serves on the board for Main Street Macon (President). Previously, Leila worked as promotions director for Ticket Alternative, editor of Southeast Performer and manager of Eddie's Attic. As a freelancer, she has written for publications like Paste Magazine, Performing Songwriter and Atlanta Magazine.

Leila can be reached at leila@theleila.com

After Graduate School at the University of Kansas, Chris Bryson moved to Macon in 1990, and taught seventh and eighth grade science for a number of years.  He continues to work for the Bibb County School District as the Energy Manager for the District.  Chris has previously served in a variety of leadership roles for the Georgia Wilderness Society, Friends of the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail, and the Middle Georgia Camera Club.  He currently also serves on the Board for the Macon Beer Festival, is an active member of the Middle Georgia Hops Society, and occasionally photographs for the Field Note Stenographers.  Chris can be contacted atvolunteers@braggjam.org

Born and raised in Macon, Mark is no stranger to Bragg Jam or the city's thriving music scene - so when he heard that Bragg Jam was looking to relaunch their website he quickly volunteered his services.  After the successful launch of the 2015 Bragg Jam website, Mark was officially offered a seat on the board.  Aside from the board, Mark's primary job is working as an application developer for TechOps Technology Solutions (TTS), a department of TechOps division of Delta Air Lines where he specializes in user experience/interface design and will be assisting in brand and marketing strategy implementation.  Mark also keeps busy running his own web development company, working as an adjunct professor at Georgia College teaching online computer science courses, serving on the IT Advisory Board for Georgia College, and when his schedule permits, working as a SCUBA instructor.