Home of Southern Rock
Grant’s Lounge . . . the Original Home of Southern Rock
Grant’s Lounge first opened its doors on February 16, 1971. Located at 576 Poplar Street in Macon, Georgia, the original Grant’s Lounge had a seating capacity of 75.
From the beginning Grant’s Lounge was more than just another night club. It’s existence made a loud statement about people and the oneness of human beings. Also, it was from this modest establishment that much of what the world now knows as Southern Rock was conceived.
When Mr. Edward Grant, Sr. decided to open a night club, he wanted an atmosphere in which people from all walks of life would feel safe, comfortable, and welcome. He accomplished all of this and more than he and others thought would be possible.
Grant’s, as the place was popularly known, opened on a Wednesday night. “Crimson Soul”, a blue-eyed soul rock group, opened with a packed house. Mr. Grant, Edward Grant Jr., Elizabeth “Liz” Graham, and Maintland Webb (picture on right) beamed with joy as they greeted and served the first night’s guests. They had no idea that this was the first night of a living legend. Grant’s Lounge was born.
Between 1971 and about 1976, guests at Grant’s would be exposed to over 100 Rock and Jazz bands. Most of these bands were looking for that “lucky break”. Some of them got the break, many others did not make it. The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Wet Willie were among the lucky ones.
Before Grant’s dropped its emphasis on live entertainment, it became internationally known as the place to go to be “discovered” as a Rock artist. Groups of all sizes, colors, and styles came from all parts of the country to jam at Grant’s. Mr. Grant had achieved his goal; everyone was welcome at Grant’s.
Grant’s success led to many physical changes to increase its size and provide better services. In 1972 the horseshoe bar was moved from the right side to the left side. Grant’s expanded the first floor after Mr. Grant acquired access to a furniture store next door. The front part of the place was used as a restaurant, “G’s Fast Food”, and the back part was a game room.
The upstairs section was opened in 1975. The idea was to have Jazz upstairs and Rock downstairs. This idea was turned on and off, but the guests at Grant’s, for the most part, preferred either Rock or Disco.
In 1976 Grant’s turned almost exclusively Disco. The live band era was over. But Grant’s continued to live.
Today, Grant’s continues to provide an atmosphere where everybody can feel comfortable and welcome — at the Grassroots “Original Home of Southern Rock“.
The year was 1971. We were the first “real” band that Grant hired. Crimson Soul actually opened the joint but they were very bad, to say the least. Dennis brought in the older white crowd and when Capricorn artists started showing up the young hip crowd came also. Left to right, Ken Woodard on Hammond B-3 organ ( which he bought right after Led Zepplin used it at the Coliseum show), Greg Crawford on his 1952 Les Paul, Fred Hays on drums and John Baker on Rickenbacker 4000 bass (that was in the Peavy, pre-Acoustic 360 blow down the walls amp days). Of course that is Ron Dennis Wheeler out front on vocals.Prime Source