Hi, Leila! Tell us a little about yourself!
My 9-to-5 is working for the Otis Redding Foundation as executive assistant (AKA Gal Friday, the Catch-All Queen). I am the mother of Rosemary June, who is all three Belcher children rolled into one tiny little five-year-old package, wife of Tim, who works for McClatchy trying to save the world of newspapers, and the owner of two terrible dogs (Sundance and Tara) and one noisy old cat (Buffy). Music is my passion and love, but I also have made room in my life for many more nerdy endeavors, the latest of which is Dungeons and Dragons.
If you could only take one album on a deserted island, what would it be?
The Beatles – The Beatles (The White Album). Terrifically diverse, mind-blowing, genre expanding, and yet still super enjoyable. Whether I need to party, sleep, cry, think, love, chill… there’s a song for everything on there.
What is your favorite live concert memory?
Wonderful Bragg Jam memories have varied from seeing friends play in coffee shops to see new stars command a theater. But combining those ares was the last Floco Torres Big Band at the (then Cox, now Hargray) Capitol Theatre in 2016. Bringing brass, keys, soul and rock singers, and more the guitars and drums that already made for a great live gig, and playing to a passionate and packed hometown crowd, Floco absolutely held the audience in the palm of his hand and brought the house down.
Non-Bragg Jam memory has to be seeing Janelle Monae at the tiny (now gone) Sugar Hill venue in downtown Atlanta in 2007. It was our first time seeing her, and this was the release of her new EP, Metropolis. We found out the next day that P. Diddy had been there to sign her, which was no big surprise. The energy and talent that shone on that stage was insane. We fell in love with her right there and then, and knew she would go on to take over the world.
Why are you on the board?
Having the opportunity to continue the amazing work of all the folks who have come before us and keep this beautiful thing going is an honor, if also an insane amount of work, especially as we grow and grow. Bringing incredible music and live entertainment to the city that has accepted me, the place that I love and call home, is extremely important to me. The fact that I am a part of something that brings our community together, and also shows what Macon is to the increasing numbers from beyond Middle Georgia, is honestly one of the coolest, most heart-warming things that has ever happened to me.