Fall Out Boy lit up Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. (Getty Images) The region’s venues are taking full advantage of a strong economy Venue managers across the Deep South touted a strong 2018 and are expecting an even better 2019, hopeful that the economy will remain sturdy. Country, pop and rock continue to rule the stages, and words like “diverse” and “outstanding” popped up to describe venue schedules and their results at the gate. Venue operators rely on strong industry relationships and — in some cases — good weather for gigs to go smoothly.  READ ON: The Circuit: What stood out in the last 12 months for four of the region’s venues Scene: Little Rock — Hometown helped rising rapper Goon des Garcons learn to innovate

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