The Group Travel Leader

FEB 2017

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GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E 1 9 on indie music and up-and-coming bands, but there are also a couple of places that bring in more national bands." The Pearl area near downtown is a former beer brewery complex that has been reimagined as an enter- tainment, shopping and dining district. Several venues at Pearl offer live jazz, and Sam's Burger Joint features both live local jazz and concerts from touring artists. San Antonio has a number of famous festivals and events in various parts of town, and many feature lots of live music. The La Villita neighborhood, a historic area near the Riverwalk, hosts the Maverick Music Festival in April, as well as the many musical performances that are part of Fiesta, San Antonio's celebration of all things Hispanic. The Dia de Los Muertos festival, which takes place in La Villita the day before Halloween, features music at multiple stages in the neighborhood plaza and local theaters. — W W W. V I S I T S A N A N T O N I O . C O M — O K L A H O M A C I T Y Oklahoma City has garnered a lot of attention in the past decade or so for its Bricktown entertainment district. This downtown neighborhood, once a blighted industrial area, has been revitalized and turned into a world-class entertainment destination, complete with dining, shopping, a canal and live music. Bricktown doesn't have a row of bars offering live music like some other cities. Instead, it delivers music experiences in a variety of ways. "Bricktown is home to our Academy of Contemporary Music," said Tabbi Burwell, communications manager for the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau. "They have live music performances there on the week- ends that are open to the public." Another Bricktown attraction, the American Banjo Museum, gives visitors a fascinating look at one of America's most iconic instruments and musical genres. Groups that tour the museum can arrange to have live banjo performances during their visits there. Right across the street from the museum is the Criterion, a live music venue that can accommodate up to 4,000 people and that frequently hosts concerts by regional and national performing artists. — W W W. V I S I T O K C . C O M —

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