Jules Boult is the celebrity host of the 2024 Blues Music Tour of America’s Deep South. He is an award-winning blues singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and recording artist. Jules’ musical career has taken him across Australia, the United States and Europe. Since 2011 he has released five albums to critical acclaim and been awarded a coveted Australian Blues Music Award. From 2015 to 2018 Jules toured the US annually, from New Orleans to New York, via the Mississippi delta, performing and recording with various musicians, including Kermit Ruffins, Mississippi John Horton, & The Oak Ridge Boys.VIEW ITINERARY
DAY 1 Tuesday 23 April 2024 Houston, Texas
Depart Australia on your flight, arriving Houston same day. Transfer to our hotel after going through customs. Overnight: Fairfield Inn & Suites.
DAY 2 Wednesday 24 April 2024 Lafayette, Western Louisiana
Morning: Travel to Lafayette, Louisiana. Nearby, visit the charming town of Breaux Bridge, in the heart of western Louisiana’s swamp country. Enjoy a swamp tour, by boat. See amazing wildlife (alligators, turtles, birdlife) and distinctive swamp vegetation. Evening: Enjoy welcome dinner and live music at a Cajun restaurant/dance hall. Jules Boult will perform a few songs with the Cajun band, if possible. Overnight: Hilton Garden Inn, Lafayette. (B,D)
DAY 3 Thursday 25 April 2024 New Orleans, Louisiana
Today we travel to New Orleans. Morning: Enjoy guided tour of antebellum homestead, Laura Plantation, including original slave quarters. Afternoon: Sightseeing coach tour of New Orleans with local guide. Visit an above ground cemetery, see the mansions on St Charles Ave., and visit areas ravaged by Hurricane Katrina (2005). Evening: Explore the French Quarter, including Bourbon Street. Or you may like to enjoy a dinner/jazz cruise on a Mississippi paddle wheeler (optional). Overnight: Wyndham Hotel French Quarter. (B)
DAY 4 Friday 26 April 2024 New Orleans
Today attend the famous New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (‘Jazz Fest’). You’ll be entertained by some of the biggest names in blues, jazz, rock, and funk music from around the world. Each day’s program commences at 11am and finishes at 7pm. Evening: Free time to further explore the French Quarter’s outstanding music venues, e.g., Preservation Hall and Fritzel’s European Jazz Bar (both optional). (B)
DAY 5 Saturday 27 April 2024 New Orleans
Our 2nd day at Jazz Fest. Grab your festival program, camera and dancing shoes….another opportunity to explore the many stages, stalls and unique culture on offer. You will be entertained by the biggest names in blues, jazz, soul, zydeco, etc. Evening: Free time to further explore the French Quarter and the Frenchmen Street area (on the edge of the French Quarter), with excellent music venues like the Apple Barrel, Snug Harbor, and The Spotted Cat. (B)
DAY 6 Sunday 28 April 2024 New Orleans
Today is our final day at Jazz Fest. With 13 stages of soul-stirring music – jazz, gospel, Cajun, blues, R and B, rock, funk, African, Latin, Caribbean, folk, and much more – Jazz Fest is an outstanding festival. Evening: Further free time. There will be many impromptu late night after-party performances in the French Quarter/Frenchmen St. precincts. (B)
DAY 7 Monday 29 April 2024 Jackson/Canton, Mississippi
Travel to Jackson, Mississippi, in the heart of the historic Delta Blues region. Afternoon: Coach tour of the city. See Jackson’s impressive State Capitol building. Visit the Smith Robertson Museum, which chronicles the everyday lives of black people living in the South during the late 1800s/early 1900s. Then travel north to the Bentonia Blue Front Café, an historic old juke joint. Enjoy our own informal blues jam session, with some local blues musicians joining us. Evening: Stay in Canton, Mississippi. Overnight: Hampton Inn Canton. (B)
DAY 8 Tuesday 30 April 2024 Tupelo, Mississippi
Travel to Tupelo, birthplace of Elvis Presley. Before departing Canton visit the town square, with many historic buildings including an impressive Court House. Also visit Canton’s historic Hickory Hollow precinct. ‘The Hollow’ was a hub of social life, commerce, and entertainment for Central Mississippi’s black community for several decades. Blues musicians including Elmore James, B.B. King, and Howlin’ Wolf appeared at venues like Bessie’s Hideaway, on Hickory Street. Afternoon: In Tupelo, visit the excellent Elvis Presley Birthplace Park, which includes the small house Elvis first lived in, the church he attended as a boy, and an Elvis museum, gift shop, etc. Then visit Tupelo Hardware store, where Elvis’s mum bought him his first guitar, and see the elementary school he attended. Evening: Group dinner, including performance by Jules Boult and local blues musician. Overnight: Hotel Tupelo. (B,D)
DAY 9 Wednesday 1 May 2024 Muscle Shoals, Alabama/
Morning: Travel to Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Enjoy guided tour of FAME Studios….home of ‘The Muscle Shoals Sound’. Artists to record at FAME Studio include Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, Wilson Pickett, Etta James and Otis Redding. Also, see Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, where many famous soul/blues/rock ‘n’ roll recordings have been made. Afternoon: Travel to Memphis. Evening: Visit colourful Beale Street, famous for its live blues music venues, including B.B. King’s, the Rum Boogie Café, and the Blues City Band Box (all venues optional). Overnight: Holiday Inn Downtown Memphis. (B)
DAY 10 Thursday 2 May 2024 Memphis
Morning: Visit Tennessee Welcome Centre (excellent Memphis Visitor Information Centre, on the banks of the Mississippi). Then visit the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Afternoon: Visit Graceland, Elvis Presley’s famous mansion. Our Elvis Experience Tour tickets provide admission to all the main attractions at Graceland, including the mansion, grave site, automobile museum, Elvis’s airplanes, etc. Evening: Enjoy group dinner at a top Memphis restaurant. After dinner visit one of Jules’ favourite blues music venues (optional). (B,D)
DAY 11 Friday 3 May 2024 Memphis
Morning: Visit the Bass Pro Shops at The Pyramid (amazing hunting/camping/ fishing superstore in impressive glass, pyramid-shaped building). Then enjoy guided tour of Sun Studio (famous recording studio where Howlin’ Wolf, Elvis, Johnny Cash, and others recorded). Afternoon: Free time. Evening: Explore the excellent live blues venues on Beale St. (B)
DAY 12 Saturday 4 May 2024 Indianola, Mississippi
Morning: Travel to Clarksdale, Mississippi. On arrival visit the Devil’s Crossroads, at the intersection of highways 49 and 61….the place where bluesman Robert Johnson supposedly sold his soul in exchange for the guitar prowess that made him one of the most revered blues musicians ever. Then visit the outstanding Delta Blues Museum. Lunch at the famous Ground Zero Blues Club. After lunch visit the excellent Cat Head Delta Blues record/ CD/book store. Continue on to Indianola. Visit B.B. King’s burial site and the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center. Evening: Take in some live blues music at Indianola’s historic Club Ebony (if available), where Ray Charles, Count Basie, B.B. King and other legendary acts have performed (optional). Overnight: Hampton Inn Indianola (B)
DAY 13 Sunday 5 May 2024 Shreveport, Louisiana
Morning: Travel to Shreveport, Louisiana. Shreveport has a rich musical heritage, stretching back to legendary bluesman Huddie (Lead Belly) Ledbetter. Afternoon: Enjoy a sightseeing coach tour of this attractive city, with impressive bridges spanning the Red River. See the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, where The Louisiana Hayride (landmark radio/TV show) commenced, in 1948. Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley played on the ‘Hayride’ before becoming household names. At the conclusion of our tour, adjourn to Fatty Arbuckles, an historic Shreveport bourbon and whiskey bar, for refreshments. Evening: Shreveport serves up gaming like no other city in Louisiana, including world-class riverboat casinos. Tonight we will visit one of Shreveport’s impressive casinos, for dinner and live music (optional). Overnight: Hampton Inn Shreveport/Bossier City Hotel (B)
DAY 14 Monday 6 May 2024 Dallas, Texas
Morning: Travel to Dallas, Texas. Dallas is an impressive city, with an abundance of architectural highlights. Afternoon: Enjoy a sightseeing coach tour of Dallas, with local guide. We will plan to finish at a Farmers Market type place, for afternoon tea. Evening: Free time. Overnight: Hotel Indigo, Dallas. (B)
DAY 15 Tuesday 7 May 2024 Austin, Texas
Morning: Travel to Austin, capital of Texas. The long-running Austin City Limits music TV show and annual South by Southwest music/media conference/ festival have helped Austin become widely known as the ‘Live Music Capital of the World’. Afternoon: Sightseeing tour of Austin, with local guide. See many impressive buildings, including the Texas State Capitol and the LBJ Presidential Library buildings. Evening: Group dinner. Jules Boult will sing a few songs. After dinner visit Austin’s Sixth Street/Red River precinct for live blues music at Maggie Mae’s bar (optional). Overnight: Drury Inn & Suites Austin. (B,D)
DAY 16 Wednesday 8 May 2024 Austin, Texas
Morning: Enjoy Austin City Limits’ ACL Live Venue Tour, if available. Afternoon: Free time or visit Stevie Ray Vaughan sites with Jules Boult. Evening: Visit popular blues venue, Antone’s, past playground for Stevie Ray Vaughan and other music legends (optional). (B)
DAY 17 Thursday 9 May 2024 Houston/commence flight home
Morning: Travel to Houston, 4th largest city in the US. Afternoon: Sightseeing coach tour of Houston, with local guide. Then free time in Houston’s Museum District. Many of Houston’s outstanding museums and art galleries have free admission on Thursday afternoons. 6pm approx.: Transfer to airport. 9.30pm approx.: Commence return flights to Australia. (B)
DAY 18 Friday 10 May 2024 In flight
DAY 19 Saturday 11 May 2024 Arrive back in Australia
Arrive back in Australia and the tour concludes.
|TWIN FARE PER PERSON||SINGLE FARE||Plus Air taxes and fuel surcharges at 20/4/23|
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12th - 17th June 2023
Day 1 Monday 12 June 2023 New York
Morning: Today we fly to New York, arriving in the afternoon. Evening: Attend The Iridium Blues/Jazz club (optional) near our hotel, where musicians such as blues legends Jimmie Vaughan, Charlie Musselwhite, and Canned Heat regularly perform. The Iridium is a musical landmark famously known as a destination for intimately experiencing the best rock, jazz, and blues artists in the world. Overnight: Hotel Edison New York. (B)
Day 2 Tuesday 13 June 2023 New York
Morning: Enjoy a sightseeing coach tour of New York with local guide. Visit the Midtown area, Central Park, Harlem, Wall Street financial district, and Ground Zero (World Trade Centre Site). Afternoon: Free time. You may wish to visit the Empire State Building (optional). Observatories on the 86th & 102nd floors offer spectacular views of New York. Alternatively, you may like to go shopping. New York is a shoppers’ paradise; in addition to famous department stores, like Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, and Saks Fifth Avenue, the Big Apple has every kind of shopping experience you could imagine. Evening: Attend a Broadway musical, theatre production or blues club of your choice. (Optional) (B)
Day 3 Wednesday 14 June 2023 New York
Morning: Enjoy guided tour of Radio City Music Hall. You will go behind the scenes and discover the art deco masterpieces including the palatial 60-foot high foyer and visit Radio City’s secret apartment, The Roxy Suite. Get exclusive views of the majestic auditorium and learn the history of the iconic Great Stage. Afternoon: Visit Manhattan’s Greenwich Village area where, in the 60s and 70s, musicians such as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Peter, Paul & Mary, Joan Baez, and Simon & Garfunkel used to perform. Greenwich Village still has many excellent live music venues. Evening: We will have our End-of-Tour Dinner in the Village before taking in some live music at one of the Village’s legendary blues venues, e.g., Terra Blues. (Optional) (B,D)
Day 4 Thursday 15 June 2023 Departure
Morning: Free time for shopping and packing. Mid-Afternoon: Transfer to airport. Commence return trip to Australia. (B)
Day 5 Friday 16 June 2023 In flight
Day 6 Saturday 17 June 2023
Arrive Australia Arrive back in Australia and the tour concludes.
“One of the best tours we have ever done. Great program and lovely people.”
“Well organised tour that ran smoothly. Very impressed with Wayne Horsburgh, intelligent, talented and caring.”