Spectra Announces Two New Shows for 2017 at Macon City Auditorium

Staff Report From Middle Georgia CEO

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Since giving up his job as a grocery truck driver in 2002, Tim Hawkins has been establishing himself as one of the most in-demand comedians in the country. With 300,000,000 video views online and over 100 sold-out concerts every year, his Jackwagon Crew has grown into a revolution of multi-generational proportions. Now Tim brings his hilarity to Macon City Auditorium on Friday, April 28 at 7:00 pm. Tickets will go on sale Friday, October 28 at 10:00 am at Macon Coliseum Box Office, online at Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000.

Tim’s gut-busting comedy show entertains the entire family while doubling down on the funny, a daunting task in an age where the obscene has become routine. His act is 1 part gifted + 2 parts twisted, the only certainty being his on-the-nose observations that expose the ridiculousness of daily life while marveling in its hilarity. The perils of marriage, homeschooling, and growing up in the Midwest may not exemplify the rock star life, but they make for really good punchlines.

Sure he’s funny, but fans are often even more amazed at his singing voice and guitar chops. Tim’s hilarious music videos have brought him viral YouTube fame with fan favorites including The Chick-fil-A Song, Yoga Pants, Aging Rockers, Things You Don’t Say to Your Wife, Cletus Take the Reel, A Homeschool Family, and The Government Can. Still, Tim is no rock star: “It’s not like I have a choice. Comedy is my only life skill.”

Tickets are $19, $25, $35, $45, $55 & $85 (VIP Package).

Tickets go on sale Friday, October 28 at 10:00am at the Macon Coliseum Box Office or via Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and any Ticketmaster outlet. The Box Office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM. 

More than four and a half decades after their formation in the Houston area, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees ZZ Top are set to begin a new tour in 2017 with initial performance dates this February and March. The Tonnage Tour takes the trio to several American cities in the South, Northeast and Midwest. Tickets for select dates go on sale in October and November.

The legendary rockers begin their trek in the Southeast, and then snake their way north, making stops in Nashville, Louisville, Ohio and Upstate New York. They will then head back down the east coast via Atlantic City, Shippensburg, PA and the nation’s capital, arriving in Louisiana and Georgia by mid-March.

The Tonnage Tour comes at the heels of the release of ZZ Top’s Live! Greatest Hits From Around The World album from Suretone. Consisting of 15 tracks recorded live in 13 cities across three continents, the album is notable for having two collaborations with guitar legend Jeff Beck that were recorded in his native London. One of these is a heavy rock version of “Sixteen Tons,” Tennessee Ernie Ford’s #1 hit from 1956. ZZ Top’s take on the song is based on a mysterious YouTube video posted years ago that was falsely attributed to the band and Jeff Beck.  What started as “a mega meta sorta thang” according to singer/guitarist Billy F Gibbons, has now flourished into a staple of ZZ Top’s live sets and the inspiration for the forthcoming tour’s title.

Billy Gibbons expressed enthusiasm for the upcoming Tonnage Tour.  “It’s gonna be a good time,” he commented.  “We’ve been at this long enough that we’re starting to get good.  Come and see us; it’s gonna be loud and live.”

ZZ Top is notable for having the most consistently stable lineup in the history of rock music. Gibbons, bassist/singer Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard continue to impress audiences, drawing material from their 15 studio albums, with combined record sales of over 30 million units in the U.S. alone. The band rocks on with timeless hits like “La Grange,” “Legs,” “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Tush” keeping generations of audiences coming back decade after decade.


Feb-19                    Greenville, SC                                        Peace Center Concert Hall

Feb-22                    Nashville, TN                                          Ryman Auditorium

Feb-24                    Louisville, KY                                          The Louisville Palace Theater

Feb-25                    Northfield, OH                                        Hard Rock Live

Feb-26                     Schenectady, NY                                     Proctor’s Theatre

Mar-3                       Atlantic City, NJ                                    Caesars Atlantic City– Circus Maximus

Mar-4                      Shippensburg, PA                                       H. Ric Luhrs PAC– Shippensburg University

Mar-5                      Washington, D.C.                                       MGM National Harbor

Mar-11                    Lake Charles, LA                                     Golden Nugget

Mar-14                     Macon, GA                                              City Auditorium