I have been on the club scene for a couple of years now, and I remember the days of when some of these clubs I am about to mention had their biggest events & turnouts. But it seems as though with using unprofessional promoters, over-charging at the door, watered down alcohol, fights, shootings, and wack DJS seemed to turn patrons to party at other venues. So sit back, relax, and read where I take you on the journey on the rise & fall of some local clubs in the Middle GA area.
-The Rock- The Rock was actually the first nightclub that I ventured to once I was old enough to get in and I was taken over ever since. There wasn’t a Saturday night when The Rock, known as Rock-A-Billy’s at the time after they changed the name from (Club South Beach), that it wasn’t packed, the line would wrap around the building twice sometimes. Everyone always knew to get to The Rock by 11pm, because if you wasn’t going through the cut line, (like myself & my friends) then ladies prepared to stand in line(feet hurting & all) and guys as well for about an hour at the most. One vivid night that stands out in my mind is when they hyped up The Rock around 2007 for Lil’ Wayne to be coming through for an performance. Well what most people didn’t know was Lil’ Wayne was paid for an appearance, not to perform. I was actually there that night and when Lil’ Wayne and his camp entered the club, Lil’ Wayne came out sat on the stage, lit a cigar, and listened to his Ipod. He didnt even get on the mic and say what’s up Mac-Town or nothing. Well let’s just say The Rock got tore up that night as bottles was thrown and tables were overturned because of the false advertisement of the event. 2nd mishap:4th of July weekend of 09′ when the owner cut the air off to persuade patrons to leave the club because he had made his $$$ for the night, people had passed out, the bar ran out of bottled water and everything, but unlike most people, me and my friends knew how to make the best of the night…we partied in the parking lot for free (because no one was at Studio 32 that night). So as The Rock continued to hire wack DJS(and I dont have to name them, you know who they are-played the same songs every week), charged outrageous prices at the door, held the line too long, and fights/shootings outside of the club in the parking lot, people grew tired of it, hence the Downtown scene & Scarlett Carson’s started to prosper. The Rock is now under new management, so let’s see if this helps with their current struggle to obtain a crowd.
-Studio 32-When Studio 32 first hit Macon maybe around early 2000s(don’t quote the year, but close enough) it was the only Grown & Sexy 25 and up club where a strict dress code was administered, live band on Sundays, great food, drink specials and music. Studio 32 continued to bring local artists and bands down to the Macon area as well as serve as the official after-spot for comedy shows, concerts, and event occurring at The Macon Centreplex. First Fridays at Studio 32 was a ritual, everyone went there, line wrapped around the building every first of the month, like clockwork. But after they stopped being strict on the dress code, lowered the age limit to 18 & up, allowed pretty much anyone to come in, & start getting known as the “Hood Club” alot of patrons traveled else where for a night out. Today Studio 32 sits unoccupied & has been sold to an Indian owner and no telling what he is going to do with the building, but the fun was good while it lasted.
-Dirty Iguana (now Asylum Nightclub) I was a loyal patron when Celebrity Tuesdays first hit the club scene about 08-09, where every Tuesday a local celebrity artists or hosts would come down and party with the Downtown crowd every Tuesday of the month. There was a photographer( Mr. Mallory), DJ Wiz(who usually got to the club round 11:30p but the party started at 10:00pm though smh) & sometimes DJ Smooth stopped through were the DJs for the event, great drinks, and people always had a great time. Tuesday nights at Dirty Iguana attracted a lot of college students such as Mercer, Macon State, FVSU, & Middle Ga. Celebrities such as: Rocko, Shawty Lo, The Rich Kidz, Yo Gotti, Myamme from Flavor of Love 3 reality show on Vh-1, Pastor Troy, Jody Breeze, Juney Boomdata, & many others came down and performed. Now as most of us know, Dirty Iguana wasn’t
in favor of a African-American crowd when they first opened up because people perceive us as starting fights and acting reckless when Out & About. But it seems as though when Celebrity Tuesdays started, we were the loyal supporters coming out every Tuesday night to spend our money (go figure). After people got tired of waiting in line all night, (because ladies were free until 11p), we soon stopped going and Dirty Iguana crumbled away like most other clubs. Today Asylum Nightclub sits in the same spot as Dirty Iguana, which is one of the hottest nightclubs in Middle GA right now(sad to see they were sitting on a gold mine and didn’t realize its potential).
-Club Moneys’(then Club Status, which never opened): I went to Club Moneys twice in my entire life while it was in open, once for a friend’s birthday & another time when rapper Plies came down for an live performance on Mother’s Day weekend in 08′. Club Moneys was the “HOODEST” club in Macon Ga owned by G-Money(who sat on the board of council for Macon & wrote a book, doubt if anyone read it though) known for fights, shootings, and making the 13WMAZ & Fox News on a regular basis. The location was horrible, it sat on Highway 247, no parking really, and security was just there to feel on the ladies as they entered the club because they damn sho didnt break up any fights. Now Club Money’s at the time was the only club that brought hot artists to the city but I rather watch them on TV, go to Atlanta, GA to see them, or buy their cd before I lose my life trying to go to Club Moneys to see them. But for some bizarre reasons, people continued going there on a regular basis, so I guess it didnt’ faze some people to say the most. Well after finally closing there doors for good, a sign with Club Status sat on the vacant lot, bought by another owner, but due to him not being able to obtain a liquor license among other things, the lot sits vacant with a “For Sale’ sign on it. Farewell to the “one way in, one way out” club(oh did I mention it only had one entrance to the building), you probable won’t be missed, well by some maybe.
-Scarlett Carson’s (then Playaz Club, now Club Guilt): Advertised as the only 3 story or 3 floor nightclub in Middle Ga brought people from all over to come out & see what all the hype was about. 3 things that I disliked about this club: 1) no where to park 2) line was always long, stood in line for 2 hours once, 3) that wobbly azz stairwell and small azz bathroom +if a fight broke out you had to rush down those stairs to get out the club on the bottom level(so I guess 4 reasons really). I went here twice, once for Christmas in 10′ with friends, and another time with another group of friends. The first time I went, I received water-down alcohol and was sick as a dog after I got home that night. Now to popular belief, Scarlett Carsons popped up right after The Rock started to lose their crowd and Scarlett began to be the new hot spot in Macon for about a year. But as soon as The Rock remodeled there club and did an official grand opening party, Scarlett Carsons lost their crowd swiftly and never seemed to get it back. Then someone bought is and turned it into Playaz Club, a strip club, which was short-lived as well with weak dancers and bad promotion. Today under new management, it is now Club Guilt. The only thing done to the inside is re-enforcement of the stairwell and a fresh coat of pain on the walls. Wow what an accomplishment…..lol!
I wrote this post specifically for the people who criticize my thoughts and opinions of local club events made known by my famous “Guru Reviews” on my site. I have been on the club scene for about 6 years now and I have pretty much seen it all. DJs, promoters, and socialites from Macon(who are still around) can probable relive some of the nights I discussed here, so my credibility is very strong.
Check out photos from all of the old club days here.