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 24 THE SOUTH'S MUSIC CITIES ATHENS, GEORGIA A hotbed for music, culture and art, Athens offers a one- of-a-kind live music scene. The city is home to multiple music festivals such as AthFest, where hundreds of bands and groups perform, filling the downtown streets with a unique musical vibe and energy. Music Venues: n The Georgia Theatre, built in the late 1800s and ren- ovated following a 2009 fire, has featured notable art- ists such as the Dave Matthews Band, Wu-Tang Clan and Sufjan Stevens. Partner Software uses the theater each year for their conference and has a band, made up of staff, perform. n The Foundry, an intimate music venue, hosts a vari- ety of music styles and offers vintage modern decor on the Graduate Athens property. A 30-foot smoke stack anchors the venue's entry tower. n Live Wire Athens, a rustic, industrial downtown event venue, has three versatile indoor and outdoor spaces with multiple stages. The Foundry This fast-growing city has a diverse and exploding music scene where groups can enjoy performances for a variety of genres; from classical to classic rock, from hip-hop to jazz, from indie to metal and everything in between. The city was featured in a recently released music video by Jason Mraz, who grew up in Richmond. Mraz continues to work with SPARC, the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community, and the Turnaround Arts Program. According to SPARC, more than 100 SPARC students and 100 Richmond Public Schools students were featured in the video. SPARC teachers created the choreography and conducted rehearsals before filming. Throughout the year, the Richmond region hosts local and national musical acts, while the Richmond Jazz Festival, featuring jazz, funk and blues, draws more than 10,000 fans to the city each summer. Music Venues: n The National, a historic theater near the convention center, hosts performing arts and music concerts. n The Altria Theater, located downtown, has featured Winton Marsalis, John Prine and the Beach Boys. n The Dominion Energy Jazz Café presents area jazz bands. n The Hippodrome Theatre, which once hosted music legends such as Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, has been renovated and is available for private events. n Ashland Coffee and Tea is a spot for intimate acoustic performances. RICHMOND, VIRGINIA Richmond Folk Festival

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