OCT 2014

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w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 4 Hip Music Venues M U S I C C I T I E S In The Heart Of Things Formerly the Raleigh Amphitheater, the Red Hat Amphitheater in the heart of downtown Raleigh, N.C., seats 5,000 and hosts acts throughout the year. This facility allows groups to take advantage of its easy-to-reach location as it's immediately adja- cent to the Raleigh Convention Center, the Progress Center for Performing Arts and nearby hotels. ■ Through The Woods Surrounded by lush forests, The Cyn- thia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, Texas, just outside of Hous- ton, is an outdoor amphitheater with an impressive canopied stage and the abil- ity to accommodate nearly 20,000 peo- ple. In fact, the facility has been the second-most heavily used amphitheater in the world (2010). Nearby meeting spots include The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, and The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center. ■ 1 Down By The River RiverPark Center in Owensboro, Ky., not only sits along the banks of the Ohio River, but offers a series of indoor and outdoor gathering spaces, including a state-of-the-art 1,479-seat auditorium, the 300-seat theater and an outdoor entertain- ment patio. Adjacent to the center, you'll find Smothers Park, which offers open spaces for festivals and events, and the new Owensboro Convention Center. ■ 3 On The Island The Amphitheater at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Ala., is an outdoor facility that sits along the back water- way of Pleasure Island along the Gulf of Mexico. The resort's entertainment complex at The Wharf allows groups to experience a live show as well as take a boat ride through the on-site marina and enjoy unique shopping and restaurants, a movie theater and the South's tallest ferris wheel. ■ 4 2 With grand stages and state-of-the-art lighting and sound, these four ultra-hip music venues offer rockin' opportunities for your groups to catch a live performance or plan a special event. O C T O B E R 2 0 1 4 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ 39

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