Jazz club approved by the Town Planning and Territorial Development Council of Macon

Owner Cedric Penson wants to show people that Macon is a vibrant place.

MACON, Ga. – If you’re looking to brighten up your evening with sweet tunes and tones, look no further. The Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission approved a new Jazz Lounge at its Monday meeting.

While some people may see a closed auto repair shop on Martin Luther King Boulevard, Cedric Penson sees a jazz club. The place will be called “Pressure on MLK”.

Penson plans to have food, live contemporary music and other entertainment options in the lounge. There is a dance floor and even an event room.

David Aaron was downtown Monday night. He thinks it’s a great idea.

“It’s really good to see new people here, new venues opening up, new places to go. It’s really good,” Aaron said.

According to the app, Penson wants to show people that downtown Macon is a vibrant place. Anthony Howard plans to open his own salon in May, just two blocks away. He is happy to see another business owner coming to the area.

“Always excited about new businesses, especially in our market, because we’re trying to create something that people don’t have to bypass downtown and drive up to Atlanta, so I’m excited for what’s to come” , Howard said.

Caleb Osborn has lived downtown for years. He says it’s great to see him develop.

“Before it was this downtown, it was Cherry Street. It was a few blocks from Cherry Street and that was it,” he recalls. “Over the past few years, downtown has basically grown and expanded, and there’s a lot of variety.”

Penson’s timeline for completing the project is quite ambitious. He plans to open Pressure in mid to late summer.

Also on the planning and zoning agenda Monday were entertainment venues on Sheraton Drive and Vineville Avenue.

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