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ConventionSouth Magazine Releases Its 2018 List of “Hottest Southern Soundscapes”
Natchitoches named 1 of the 10 destinations

Contact: Kelli M. West, Director of Marketing & Communications | | 0. 318-352-8072 | c. 318-623-6636

GULF SHORES, Ala. (Sept. 10, 2018)—This September, ConventionSouth magazine, a national multimedia resource for those who plan events held within the South, asked readers and Facebook fans to vote for the cities they felt were the best places to enjoy music and to hold a meeting or event. The Facebook ballot provided a list of 35 music destinations across the South to select from and the top vote-getters are receiving recognition as the “Hottest Southern Soundscapes” in 2018.

The winners are Athens, GA; Bentonville, AR; Little Rock, AR; Louisville, KY; Macon, GA; Nashville, TN; Natchitoches, LA; Richmond, VA; Shreveport, LA; and Tunica, MS.

“We are pleased to be recognized by ConventionSouth among this list of cities,” says Natchitoches Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Arlene Gould. “Natchitoches has a long history of supporting music and musical events and providing that music to groups. From restaurants who have live music to performances on Northwestern State University’s campus, it is easy to find opportunities to hear great music.”

Each city will be featured within the November 2018 issue of ConventionSouth and can be found online at and on our Facebook page at

Readers and fans were asked to vote on destinations where groups can best experience unique music while holding a meeting or event, according to ConventionSouth Senior Editor Marcia Bradford. “Music is an important aspect of nearly any meeting or event and meeting planners and event organizers from across the country are always looking for unique destinations in the South that offer a vibrant music scene. ConventionSouth’s 2018 list of the “Hottest Southern Soundscapes” includes a variety of cities where musicians and music venues can add a layer of excitement to a meeting or event. This allows meeting planners to create unique themes during their events, infuse upbeat rhythms to their events, and increase attendance and attendee engagement. By adding the element of music to an event, meeting planners create a more memorable experience for attendees and therefore, increase the success of the gathering.”

ConventionSouth magazine is based in Gulf Shores, AL, and is circulated to more than 18,000 meeting professionals located across the country that book meetings held within the South.