So where is The Southern Music Hall of Fame?
Actually it is currently located at this blog. I have been working on this project for over 19 years with my associate/co-founder, Ron Rich. We have looked at more than a dozen locations including Atlanta, GA; Jacksonville, FL; Myrtle Beach, SC; Winston Salem, NC; Durham, NC; Macon, GA; Dalton; GA; Greenville, SC; Charlotte, NC; Chattanooga, TN and Marietta, GA. Each location had its plusses and problems with the main one being parking for as many as 1000 vehicles daily. Our research showed we needed this at any location we might select. We project at least 100,000 visitors the first year of operation. Seeing the first year attendance numbers for the Georgia Aquarium, this projected number could go much higher.
So what is The Southern Music Hall of Fame?
It is a high tech/high touch facility telling the story of Southern Music which includes eight genres that originated in the South USA: folk, gospel, blues, bluegrass, country, rock, r&b, and jazz. Out of these eight genres over 100 more have morphed including Tex Mex, jazz fusion, zydeco, Carolina beach music, Southern rock, country rock, etc.
We plan to use video kiosks, holography and eventually augumented virtual reality as opposed to the traditional physical museum items. We will have opportunities to bring museum items ocassionally; however, our research has shown that especially young people are not interested in static museum items. They want interactive displays as they are accustomed to.
Recently I decided to develop a music project tied to the history of Southern Music. It will be called Southern Nights modeled after the world famous Austin City Limits as seen for many years on PBS. It will showcase up and coming talent from all nine genres that originated in the South. I hope this new music project will lead to finding either a permanent home for the Southern Music Hall of Fame or developing a traveling show or possibly both.
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