OCT 2014

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ O C T O B E R 2 0 1 4 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 36 hether it comes from rockin' guitars or a stately symphony, music can set the tempo for meetings, break down barriers, and draw groups together in a shared experience. Music venues throughout the South, whether historic or hip, add a unique element to special events. In September 2014, readers voted on their top Southern cities that offer a vibrant music scene for group gatherings. W South's TOP SPOTS For Meetings & Events Florence • Alabama Birthplace of W.C. Handy, the "Father of the Blues," Florence also boasts the Shoals Symphony at the University of North Alabama. Swampette Music Tours take groups to the nearby Alabama Music Hall of Fame, then on to Muscle Shoals' FAME Studio and 3614 Jackson Highway, where hundreds of musicians, from Etta James to the Rolling Stones, recorded their work. ■ Austin • Texas The "Live Music Capital of the World®" infuses music with busi- ness to ensure meetings are reflective of Austin's entertainment culture. A music industry manager at the Austin CVB's Music Office is in constant contact with more than 2,000 musicians who are available and eager to showcase their talents. Contact austin- to find the music that sets the tone—or the stage—for a successful experience. ■ Nashville • Tennessee Music built Nashville and remains a major draw for those who visit "Music City." Best known for its country stars, Nashville is home to the iconic Ryman Auditorium, once the site of the Grand Ole Opry and now a popu- lar place for all types of concerts. Thousands of notable musicians and songwriters from around the world came here to record and tour, launching their careers. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum honors them with interactive exhibits and instrument demonstrations, and has a new event hall with stunning views. Tours of Music Row feature RCA Studio B, where Elvis recorded over 200 songs. Nashville's newest sounds, featuring all genres, are honored at the new Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in the Nashville Municipal Auditorium and the Johnny Cash Museum pays homage "the Man in Black." ■ 2 F E A T U R E : M U S I C C I T I E S By Marcia Bradford TO THE 3 1 Meet Beat 1 0

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