Travel Weekly names the Dukes in the top 8 US Musical Experiences
Travel Weekly – UK
Writer: Katie McGonagle
Top Eight Musical Experiences.
It only takes the twang of a guitar string to get in the Nashville country-music mood, the quiver of a lip and an ‘uh‑huh-huh’ to know it’s Elvis, and Aretha need only belt out an ‘R’ at the top of her voice before we can tell we’re about to get a lesson in respect.
So iconic are America’s greatest music genres – from jazz and rock’n’roll to hip-hop and R&B – they have become part of the cultural fabric on this side of the pond too. And with a bit of know-how, music can go from pleasant pastime to potential money-maker – just look at the phenomenal success of music-themed tours around the Deep South for proof of how lucrative these bookings can be.
If you want to sprinkle a little musical magic over your next US booking, check out these noteworthy experiences, which are bound to be a hit with clients
4 Jazz in New Orleans
“New Orleans is the epicenter of jazz,” says Gold Medal assistant product manager Ashley Pilkington. “So no trip to the ‘Big Easy’ is complete without an evening on Frenchmen Street in Faubourg Marigny, grabbing a bite to eat, hopping from bar to bar and listening to some of the finest jazz on the planet.”
Jazz is so firmly rooted in the DNA of this Louisiana city that it gave rise to the names of the local basketball team and football club, and even sparked the creation of the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, an area of Louis Armstrong Park in Tremé which has a visitor center and organizes live performances most days.
Pilkington adds: “I highly recommend the Three Muses and d.b.a. bars, plus agents should suggest an evening jazz cruise onboard an authentic steamboat. The New Orleans skyline is breathtaking, the casual buffet dining is delicious and the live jazz from the renowned Dukes of Dixieland is world class.” (the Dukes of Dixieland perform Nightly on the Steamboat NATCHEZ)