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 23 THE SOUTH'S MUSIC CITIES NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE Known as Music City, Nashville grew from a foundation built on music. The area's earliest settlers celebrated in the late 1700s with fiddle tunes and buck dancing after safely disembarking on the shores of the Cumberland River. Since those days, the city became famous for its country music, but has also attracted nearly every musician of any genre and it's known as the Songwriting Capital of the World. There are so many music venues in this town that it's nearly impossible to sample them all, but some stand out as great spots for group events. Music Venues: n The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum offers exhibits, educational programs and live performances, providing a great overview of the city's country music her- itage. The venue offers numerous event spaces and the 5th Avenue Experience, in which the street can be closed and turned into a block party. n The historic Ryman Auditorium has been beautifully restored and offers concerts from a range of performers. Groups can arrange cocktail parties and dinners on stage, video shoots, benefit concerts and corporate events. n The Grand Ole Opry, located next to the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, offers several unique, historic and behind-the-scenes spots for group events. n The Bluebird Café, one of the world's preeminent listening rooms, is a songwriter's performance space where the "heroes behind the hits" perform their own songs. The Bluebird Café In Northwest Louisiana, Shreveport-Bossier is a border town of musical culture, where Texas roadhouse blues and Louisiana jazz blend together, a cultural crossroads that was a jumping off point for legends such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, James Burton, and Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter. Groups can enjoy a Backstage Music Tour at Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, home to the radio and television broadcast program the Louisiana Hayride from 1948 to 1960, which helped launch the musical careers of Elvis Presley, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. Elvis's guitar- ist, James Burton, maintains a recording studio across the street and musicians like Jack White and Jason Mraz now perform at this iconic venue. Live music flows out of the area's nightclubs and bars, with jazz featured in more intimate settings like Noble Savage Tavern and Lee's. Festivals: n Let The Good Times Roll Festival in June features performances by top names in soul, gos- pel, hip-hop and R&B. n The Highland Jazz and Blues Festival in September features local and national jazz and blues artists, great food and local art. n The Red River Revel Arts Festival in September features more than 100 visual artists, incredi- ble Southern delicacies and music from every genre. n The Prize Fest Weekend every October welcomes chefs, filmmakers and musicians to battle it out for cash, glory and a good time. SHREVEPORT/BOSSIER CITY, LOUISIANA Buddy Flett, a Shreveport native, is a popular festival performer.

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