AWRA 2023 Annual Water Resources Conference

November 6 - 8, 2023 | Raleigh, NC | Embassy Suites by Hilton

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Location: Blowing Rock Ballroom

Join us for fun and networking at this can't miss special Tuesday night event! Registration is open to conference attendees and the general public.
  • Featuring a live musical performance by “Hank, Pattie and the Current.”
  • Doors open at 6:30 PM.
  • Tickets are $60/person and include food.
  • A cash bar is available.
Two Ways to Attend
  1. If you are attending the conference AND want to also attend the Tuesday event, expand the program options for Tuesday and select Bluegrass, BBQ, and Brews to add it to your registration. Then proceed with the check out process.
  2. If you are NOT attending the conference and ONLY want to attend the Tuesday event, select ONLY Bluegrass, BBQ, and Brews from the registration options. This will be your only registration and then you will proceed with the check out process.

More about "Hank, Pattie and the Current": Two of North Carolina’s veteran bluegrass musicians-- Hank Smith on Banjo and Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw on fiddle-- join forces with some of the most versatile musicians in the Carolinas to create modern, American, acoustic music featuring the full range of their talents as composers and arrangers. The band is on tour regionally and nationally in support of their new album, RISE ABOVE on Robust Records.

The band makes use of traditional bluegrass instrumentation in a nontraditional way to present original music to the listener that goes beyond the limits of the idiom. The arrangements take on a new level of maturation that follows in the footsteps of Bela Fleck, Mark O'Connor, Chris Thile, Sam Bush, Edgar Meyer, and Tony Rice. Hank, Pattie & The Current want to pick up where seminal crossover groups like The Punch Brothers, Strength In Numbers and the ever-changing Bluegrass Allstars call home. The music is vocal and instrumental, allowing the band to experiment with arrangements and tailor the compositions to become vehicles for exploration. Hank Smith plays banjo, Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw plays fiddle and is lead vocalist. The Current includes Billie Feather on guitar and Stevie Martinez on bass.


AWRA Code of Conduct

All conference participants (presenters, moderators, panelists, attendees, etc.) must adhere to the AWRA Code of Conduct and must register at the appropriate registration rate. AWRA Gateway members are not eligible for discounted conference rates. The registration fees are the major source of funding for the Conference, and the sharing of registrations is prohibited - every person attending the conference must register. For presenters, if two or more individuals will be presenting, each individual must register for the conference. This includes: all technical session presenters; all panel session presenters; and all poster session presenters.

Cancelations must be made in writing. Those cancelations received by September 18, 2023 will be subject to a processing fee of 30% of total fees. No refunds will be given after September 18, 2023 but we can transfer your registration to someone else. The transfer must be completed by October 30, 2023. Abstract submission fees are nonrefundable. Refunds will be processed after the conclusion of the conference. Conference location decisions are guided by AWRA's policy.


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