Chances are that if you are a true music enthusiast, especially of guitar-driven Southern rock and blues, you have heard of Macon, Georgia’s official music ambassador Joey Stuckey. The blind producer and recording artist launched a new music festival in his hometown on September 29, 2017. The festival, “Joey Stuckey’s Alive Day”, hosted an array of talented musicians from across the state of Georgia. This free, family-friendly event was held in celebration of the anniversary of Stuckey’s surviving brain tumor surgery as a child. While the brain tumor left Stuckey blind and with other health challenges, his parents started celebrating the anniversary of the successful removal of the brain tumor as a way to turn what could have been a traumatic experience for a child into a triumphant experience!
Stuckey sees his “Alive Day” as a chance to connect with family, friends and fans and to revel in the joy of living and music. It is a day dedicated to positivity and to uplifting the community. The inaugural concert featured 8 artists, a variety of activities for families, food trucks, perfect weather and over 500 music-lovers in attendance! Mayor Robert Reichert honored Stuckey by issuing a proclamation naming September 29th “Joey Stuckey’s Alive Day in Macon/Bibb”.
“The outpouring of love and support was humbling. It was great to have so many people gathering to enjoy the beautiful weather and outstanding music. I am excited about the continued growth of the festival and am already looking forward to next year,” says Stuckey. A big surprise for Stuckey came in the form of video messages from friends who could not attend the event but wanted to celebrate with Stuckey and the community.
Check out just a few of the moving messages here:
Berklee Professor John Kellogg https://youtu.be/PxzvYVqLcho
Berklee Professor Marc Cross https://youtu.be/0EP6n21liHw
Producer Mark Hornsby https://youtu.be/onEIjCx_tXQ
Producer Ross Hogarth https://youtu.be/rMoX4wEw03Y
To see more videos visit: www.joeystuckey.com