NOV 2018

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N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 8 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 17 THE SOUTH'S MUSIC CITIES CURATING THE MUSICAL VIBE In acknowledgement of the importance of music to meetings and events, Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt, one of downtown Austin's newest music-focused boutique hotels, makes a special effort to help meeting at- tendees get a real taste of the world-famous Austin music scene. Janice Bond is a new creative force at the property. As the hotel's new director of mu- sic and social pro- gramming, she is responsible for cu- rating the musical vibe, programming and special events for the property's unique spaces in- cluding Geraldine's, a fourth floor restaurant and a local staple in the Austin music scene, which boasts live music 365 days of the year. Bond books musicians through her artist relationships and knowledge of Austin's musical landscape. "My role is to integrate and enhance an event experience," said Bond, a native Texan who previously served as director of music and social programming at The Kimpton Gray Hotel in Chicago. "When well selected/ timed/placed, the music creates dimension to any space with layers of interactivity and engagement within a group. The addition of great music also increases brand equity and undoubtedly guests will remember their great time!" n MARRIOTT SHOALS HOTEL & SPA 10 Hightower Place, Florence, AL 35630, A part of the Resort Collection on Alabama's Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail MUSCLE SHOALS SOUND "Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers." Names like Aretha Frankin, The Rolling Stones and Jason Isbell are also associated with the Muscle Shoals sound. Discover the South's hidden music gem when you visit the Marriott Shoal Hotel & Spa and enjoy live music in Swampers Bar & Grille every night. To learn more or to make reservations, call 256.246.3600 or visit © 2015 Marriott International, Inc. Janice Bond Hotel Van Zandt's New Director of Music and Social Programming the week to enjoy while dining or grabbing a drink. In addition, Natchitoches hosts festivals and events throughout the year, which incorpo- rate live entertainment on the Cane River Lake Riverbank just below Front Street." A multimillion-dollar renovation for the riverbank was completed in 2017 and it now offers amphitheater-style seating, a new stage that extends over the lake, a promenade along the lake and more accessibility from Front Stage above, according to West. "Planners can hold a reception on the newly renovated River- bank with a live band on the Riverbank Stage or create a VIP experience at one of the many festivals on the riverbank," she said. "Several of the restaurants have places within the venue perfect to hold a band for events, such as the patio at Maglieaux's overlooking the lake, the courtyard at Hana Sushi Bar & Grill or Mama's Blues Room." The Louisiana Realtors Association Fall ►

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