NOV 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 8 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 22 THE SOUTH'S MUSIC CITIES MACON, GEORGIA Birthplace to Little Richard and Jason Aldean as well as the place where The Allman Brothers, Otis Redding and Chuck Leavell of the Rolling Stones got their start, Macon has a rich history of musical inspiration. Its diverse culture and broad musical offerings range from soul to indie to Southern rock, and the city offers a variety of unique music venue options. Music Venues: n Macon City Auditorium, one of Macon's oldest venues has a proscenium stage and has featured rock legends like Bob Dylan and Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers Band. n The Hargray Capitol Theatre, redesigned for the best acoustics, has a diverse range of equipment and production gear for various types of events, including movie screenings, theatre productions and live concerts. n The Grand Opera House, first opened in the late 1800s and just reopened after a huge renovation, was home to Harry Houdini, the Allman Brothers Band, and another Macon staple, Jason Aldean. n The Douglass Theatre, opened in the early 1900's, was the premier theater for African American citizens in the South and home to the great acts of Little Richard, Otis Redding, and James Brown. It's now home to films festivals, theater performances, live concerts and is rented out to groups seeking a unique reception space or evening local performance. The Douglass Theatre This quaint destination is known for its distinctively Louisiana-style music and dancing. Many restaurants along Front Street, the city's main thoroughfare, offer live music throughout the week and Natchitoches hosts festivals and events on the Cane River Lake Riverbank throughout the year, most of which incorporate live entertainment. A multimillion-dollar renovation of the river- bank, completed in 2017, created amphitheater-style seating, a new stage that extends over the lake, a promenade along the lake and more accessibility from Front Stage above. This allows groups to hold receptions or create a VIP experience at a festival. Festivals: n Cane River Zydeco Festival & Poker Run, Started in 1999 by members of the Magnolia State Police Officers Association, Cane River Branch, assists in funding various community functions around Natchitoches Parish. n Drake Salt Works Festival & Trail Ride in August is a day of heritage and fun in Goldonna, with arts and crafts booths, food, a parade, an ATV ride and live entertainment. n The Jazz and R&B Festival, held for more than 20 years in the down- town historic district and along Cane River Lake, offers a variety of music from jazz and rock to soul and country. n Natchitoches/NSU Folk Festival provides musical entertainment on three stages throughout the day featuring bluegrass, gospel, Cajun, rock and jazz. NATCHITOCHES, LOUISIANA Visit Macon

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