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 18 THE SOUTH'S MUSIC CITIES Nashville, Tennessee Known as "Music City" and home to the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville has long been associated with country music. From the Country Music Hall of Fame to Honky Talk Row to the Music City Walk of Fame, country music permeates every aspect of the city. But visit this thriving me- tropolis and you'll get to hear bluegrass, rock, pop, Americana, gospel, classical, jazz and blues. One of the newer music venues is the historic Union Station Hotel, which offers the Riffs on the Rails live music series. The grand lobby, first built in the early 1900s, has featured local legends such as Boss Cotton, Donna Frost and Billy Bragg, as well as internationally recognized artists such as The Lumineers and Josh Ritter. Local Notes: A truly legendary music venue, the historic Ryman Auditorium is considered hallowed ground by many musicians and fans. This is the spot where bluegrass was born, where Johnny Cash met June Carter, where Elvis Presley and Emmylou Harris performed. Since it's renovation and reopening in the 1990s, it has hosted notable talents ranging from Paul Simon to the Pixies and from Kings of Leon to B.B. King. Richmond, Virginia Richmond's music scene includes numerous local live-music venues within walking-distance from the Greater Richmond Convention Center, including The National, a historic theater which hosts performing arts and music con- certs. The Altria Theater, a historic downtown theater has recently hosted performances by Winton Marsalis, John Prine and the Beach Boys. Additionally, the city hosts the Richmond Jazz Festival each summer and the Dominion Energy Jazz Café presents area jazz bands year-round. The Hippodrome The- ater, which once hosted legendary greats Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Arm- strong, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Duke Ellington, and Cab Calloway, has been beautifully restored and is available for private events. Local Notes: The Carpenter Theatre at the Dominion Arts Center, a restored historic theater, will be hosting the Virginia Choral, Band, and Orchestra's 2018 Annual Meeting and Competition in April 2018.

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