But many other musical luminaries hail
from the Peach State, where groups can
arrange tours in music hotbeds like Athens
and Macon, book outings to live music
performances and host off-site events at
historic venues, like Atlanta’s Fox Theatre,
where Elvis Presley himself walked the halls.
The numerous entertainment opportunities awaiting groups in Atlanta include
many that showcase music.
Planners can check out the calendar of
performances at the Fox Theatre, which offers group ticket sales and accommodates
According to Kristin Delahunt, director
of convention services for the Atlanta CVB,
groups will also enjoy the Fox’s 60-min-
ute guided tour that reveals details of the
“The Fox Theatre is a quintessential arts,
music and entertainment venue in Atlan-
ta,” Delahunt said. “The history behind the
construction, renovation and preservation
of the Fox Theatre is something interesting
for groups to explore.”
Over 10 locations throughout the build-
ing are visited during the tour, including
the orchestra pit and Mighty Mo,’ the larg-
est working Moller organ in the world.
Another music experience for groups
meeting in Atlanta is a visit to Venkman’s,
a popular restaurant, bar and live music
venue in the heart of the Old Fourth Ward.
“Venkman’s is an intimate, yet creatively
designed live music venue that highlights
regional talent,” Delahunt said. “It can be
utilized as a dinner and entertainment
location after the conference or used for a
The restaurant’s menu features comfort
food classics like grilled cheese, burgers
and chicken and dumplings, and the eclec-
tic live music lineup includes everything
from rock and bluegrass to soul and salsa.
Located in downtown Duluth is Eddie
Owen Presents (EOP), a music venue
housed in the Red Clay Music Foundry.
The venue, which hosts open mic nights
and weekly concerts by regional musicians,
seats 260 people.
According to Victoria J. Hawkins, mar-keting communications director for
Explore Gwinnett, EOP is surrounded by
restaurants, shopping and the Town Green,
which hosts outdoor concerts in spring and
summer that groups might also enjoy.
Suwanee-based Everett’s Music Barn,
where bluegrass is king, is open on Saturdays
and is well suited for small groups that would
like to experience a bit of local culture.
Athens welcomes groups made up of music
connoisseurs and novices alike. It’s a place
Georgia has a storied music heritage— the iconic song Georgia On My
Mind, made famous by
Georgia native Ray Charles
and designated the official
state song in 1979, just
about sings it all.
THE FOUNDRY, ATHENS
The Peach State rings loud with music history,
performances and group venues
BY CAROLYN BLACKBURN
FOX THEATRE, ATLANTA