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1 8 GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E live music only on Friday nights between 1 and 6 a.m. "It started as a black musicians union," Alexander said. "Back in the '20s and '30s, they would play their gigs at normal hours; then they would go to their union and play with their friends. You never know who is going to show up there. They're actually celebrating their 100th anniversary this year." Jazz is only part of the music scene in Kansas City, though. There are some 40 live music venues around town, many grouped in other neighborhoods through- out the city. The Crossroads district, located a short streetcar ride from downtown, has a number of clubs, including Crossroads KC, a popular outdoor venue. Others are the Tank Room, the Green Lady Lounge and the Folly, which hosts a recurring jazz concert series. — W W W. V I S I T K C . C O M — L O U I S V I L L E , K E N T U C K Y Louisville, Kentucky, features a variety of live music venues clustered in different neighborhoods around the city. "Our music scene is really cool — we have some great local bands that have made it pretty big, like My Morning Jacket," said Jessica Dillree, marketing com- munications manager at the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau. "And there's a great community of musicians around here, too." The downtown area, known locally as SoFo, is home to the Louisville Palace, perhaps the city's most iconic performance space. "It's a really ornate Art Deco theater, very elaborately decorated," Dillree said. "There are relief sculptures of faces all over the ceiling in the lobby. Inside, the ceil- ing is painted like the sky, so you feel like you're in an outdoor amphitheater. It hosts national touring acts, but it's not very large. It has a very intimate feeling." On the same block is the Brown Theatre, another small, intimate venue. And next door is the Mercury Ballroom, which hosts both up-and-coming touring acts and some of the funky local groups making a mark on the Louisville music scene. Another neighborhood, nicknamed NuLu, has smaller venues and clubs that feature inventive live music from local artists. Haymarket Whiskey Bar is a site on the city's Urban Bourbon Trail as well as a popular music venue. The cellar lounge at Decca plays host to live jazz most nights of the week, including a jazz series that sometimes features performances by the city's orchestra conductor. "We also have a pretty bur- geoning hip-hop scene right now," Dillree said. "One of the guys who is pretty young has col- laborated with the orchestra and the conductor. They have created a mashup of different styles called the Louisville Concerto. It's hip- hop mixed with folksy music." — W W W.G O T OLOU I S V I L L E .C O M — S A N A N T O N I O Many visitors automatically picture the Riverwalk when they think of San Antonio, but there's much more to this city than its cen- tral tourist district. A case in point is the pocket neighborhoods known for their variety of live music. "The largest concentration of live music venues is on North St. Marys Street," said Debbie Racca- Sittre, director of arts and culture for the city of San Antonio. "There are about 10 venues there. It is focused Artwork by David Brown