NOV 2017

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 7 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 16 THE SOUTH'S MUSIC CITIES Tunica, Mississippi Located along America's Blues Highway 61, Tunica is home to the Gateway to the Blues Museum, which offers music fans and tour- ists an authentic blues experience, complete with the chance to record a blues tune. Set in an 1890's train depot, the museum tells the story of the blues and how it has influenced every style of music known today. The venue also marks the beginning of the state- wide Mississippi Blues Trail, which tells the story of legendary blues artists, providing a great activity for attendees outside the meeting schedule. Local Notes: Throughout Tunica, local and regional bands light up Horseshoe's Stage Bar (above), Gold Strike's Stage 2 and The Fitz's Stage Bar. Lafayette, Louisiana Known for its unique blend of Cajun, Creole, Zydeco and modern music, Lafayette offers planners several music events to incorporate into their meeting schedules. The self-proclaimed Free Music Capital of the World offers a series of free concerts featuring local musicians of all genres each spring and fall. These include the Mercredi Concert Series at Pelican Park, Rhythms on the River at River Ranch's town square, Bach Lunch and Downtown Alive. Festival Acadiens et Creole takes place the second weekend in October, a four- day event filled with food, music and dancing. Local Notes: The Acadiana Center for the Arts, which serves as a cultural hub in down- town Lafayette, features an intimate theater with adaptive acoustics, a broadcast venue, workshop and rehearsal spaces, which can be used for pri- vate events.

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