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Wes Griffiths

Macon Georgia
GA, USA
Macon, Georgia entrepreneur and music lover Wes Griffith owns the Moonhanger Group, the parent company of music venue The Hargray Capitol Theatre, four restaurants and a catering group, and he also serves as Program Director of Creek Media, a company he co-founded which operates WNEX, an Americana roots-based radio station; the 11th Hour, an alternative bi-weekly newspaper; and Star Motel Records, a recording studio and record label. Wes was born in Macon, where his father worked at Capricorn Records as a young man and his parents owned a store called Falling Star Records while they attended Mercer University. Wes earned a graduate degree at Tulane University in New Orleans before returning to Macon to focus on celebrating and revitalizing his hometown’s influential musical heritage. In addition to buying the landmark Rookery restaurant and adding menu items like the Gram Parson’s Cosmic Club and the Little Richard Pennimelt, in 2014 he purchased and resurrected H & H, the soul food restaurant started by Mama Louise Hudson and Mama Inez Hill that has become an indelible part of the history of the Allman Brothers Band, to save it from closure and ensure it remains a Macon destination. He served many terms on the Bragg Jam Music Festival board of directors, and last fall, he opened Falling Star Records as an extension of The Creek radio station and as a tribute to the business his parents operated together in the 70s. Wes is constantly lauded for his passion and investment in projects that have helped launched a renaissance of music and creativity in downtown Macon. The comparative literature major told Georgia Music magazine in 2014, “…when you study and write poetry, you develop a strong sense of place and you tend to be a romantic.” He said that he is driven to preserve the cultural lore, “which is what Macon is all about” and that he’d rather “be part of something special than in a business that focused only on the bottom line.”