From receptions to free concerts, networking opportunities abound at Hardscape North America. The annual trade show is set for October 16-18, 2019 at the Kentucky Exposition Center, but the industry will begin to gather on Tuesday, October 15 for education and networking.
Derek Schneider with Aqua-Paving Construction in Yorkville, IL, who was a first-time attendee in 2018, said, "We're impressed with opportunities that are available here. The networking with others in the industry is invaluable."
On Tuesday evening, after a day packed with education opportunities, the popular party rock band, The Crashers, will kick off the free concert series at Fourth Street Live! The group, back at HNA by popular demand, has performed all over the country, from the Super Bowl (as the official pre-game band for NBC at Super Bowl XLVI) to rockin' it out as the backing band for national artists like Luke Bryan and Kid Rock.
The trade show floor opens on Wednesday with a preview for dealers, retailers and the media at 11 a.m., followed by a networking reception from 3 to 7 p.m. for all industry members. During the reception, attendees will have the opportunity to mingle with manufacturers and peers while enjoying refreshments compliments of the exhibitors. All of this will take place on the show floor among the new products on display.
Following the reception, country music star Easton Corbin will take the stage at Fourth Street Live! for the second free concert. With two No. 1 singles, multiple awards and nominations, plus performances on some of the biggest stages in the world, Corbin has made a lasting impression on the country music landscape with hits such as "A Little More Country Than That," "Roll With It" and "Baby Be My Love Song." His latest single, "Are You With Me," was the most added song at country radio the day it was released. Corbin spent 2016 on one of the biggest tours in country music - Carrie Underwood's The Storyteller Tour.
GRAMMY® nominated artist Cassadee Pope will round out the concert series on Thursday evening. Pope's powerhouse voice, inimitable presence and endless charm have transformed her into a force of nature beloved by millions worldwide. Following her victory on Season 3 of NBC's The Voice, her 2013 full-length debut, Frame by Frame - with its lead single "Wasting All These Tears" - topped the charts. During 2016, Pope teamed with Chris Young for the No. 1 hit "Think of You" and garnered a 2017 GRAMMY® nod in the category of Best Country Duo/Group Performance. Along the way, she has toured with Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts and more.
Rising star JD Shelburne will open for Pope. During his whirlwind career explosion, Shelburne has opened for many national acts, including Miranda Lambert, Montgomery Gentry, Kellie Pickler and others. "One Less Girl," the first single from his 4th studio album, Two Lane Town, made its world-wide premiere on CMT in September.
HNA is an Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) event. For information: www.hardscapena.com. Other contact points. Facebook, firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter @HardscapeNA, 888-580-9960/812-949-9200.
About Hardscape North America
Hardscape North America (HNA) is THE hardscape show for contractors and dealers/distributors. Its focus is to bring top-notch education including certification courses, products and technology to contractors and installers who build segmental pavements and retaining walls and also to provide networking opportunities. HNA features indoor and outdoor exhibits displaying state-of-the-art tools and products and trade show floor demonstrations and offers the latest technology for contractors. Hardscape North America is produced by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute and endorsed by the Brick Industry Association and National Concrete Masonry Association. To learn more about HNA, visit www.HardscapeNA.com or call (888) 580-9960.
About Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute
ICPI is the trade association representing the growing industry of segmental concrete pavement systems in the United States and Canada. The association's membership includes producers, contractors, suppliers, design professionals and distributors. ICPI is the authority for concrete pavers, which are universally recognized as the best value for pavement systems. The association delivers education and technical guidance leading to awareness, acceptance and use of segmental concrete pavement systems in the United States and Canada. For more information, visit www.icpi.org.