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 21 THE SOUTH'S MUSIC CITIES A city that treasures its eclectic musical heritage, Louisville has long been a way station for some of America's most original music including the blues, jazz, rock and roll, country, jugband, roots and bluegrass. Today, intimate downtown and neighborhood music clubs host nightly concerts and summer music festivals showcase everything from homegrown American folk music to jazz. Louisville is also home to orchestra and ballet, musical comedies and bars and restaurants that feature local bands. Music Venues: n Churchill Downs, famous for hosting the annual Kentucky Derby, can be rented for music events. A recent convention party, held in the Paddock, featured a live band for entertainment. n Louisville Palace, built in 1928, offers elegant meeting/reception areas, a private VIP Marquee Lounge and a 2,800-seat theatre set with a Spanish courtyard motif. Groups can also use the Faces Lobby (139 repeating faces of com- posers, philosophers and playwrights) and ad- joining bar space for events. n Mercury Ballroom, a downtown music venue in a revitalized 1928 building, offers two levels with one-of- kind rock royalty motif. Used for corpo- rate events, private parties, live concerts and social gatherings, it's near the historic Louisville Palace Theatre. n Louisville Waterfront Park, an 85-acre site, offers a grand view of the river, with space for concerts and festivals. The park is home to the Forecastle Festival, drawing over 60,000 attendees, but also offers smaller spaces for more intimate performances. n Fourth Street Live! is a premier downtown dining and entertainment destination. The outdoor complex has a canopied roof. n Louisville Slugger Field can be booked for events and concerts. In 2009, the stadium hosted a trifecta line-up with Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson. LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY Louisville Palace Louisville Tourism

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