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Sounds of the Deep South: A Jazzy Accessible Holiday

Desiree Michels
 


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In America’s musical southern cities of New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville they don’t let much get in the way of their music. In fact, if you mention that you are visually impaired in any of these cities, they’re likely to smile and point out in a slow Southern drawl that you probably hear the music better that way!

The US has long been a great location for holidays for disabled travellers because accessibility is a key issue here and most modern restaurants, bars and visitor centres work hard to ensure they’re open to all. But there are things which transcend modern accessibility policies and guidelines. and the music is one of those.

New Orleans

It’s often said that New Orleans is alive to the sound of music; everywhere you go you’ll hear the strains of different styles of music, from jazz and blues to the more modern hip hop. This is city you can truly ‘see’ with your ears.

The birthplace of jazz, there are a number of clubs here that you must visit. At Can Be Done we can organise visits to the city’s most famous jazz venues, from Preservation Hall to Snug Harbor (also a treat for the taste buds with excellent Creole food). Also make sure to take in the regular sites for street musicians playing in the city’s famous brass bands.

New Orleans is also home to some great hotels which put accessibility and disabilities at the heart of their offering. Our clients always say how impressed they are when we book them into the New Orleans Marriott. As well as adapted rooms for those with disabilities it also hosts regular music events, has a restaurant that serves local food, as well as a location in the heart of the historic French Quarter.

Memphis

Famous for more than just Elvis, Memphis is a great destination for those looking for holidays for disabled friends and family, especially those with visual impairments. You don’t need to see the city to feel the vibration of its beating musical heart.

Known as the birthplace of rock and roll, my team and I can organise accessible tours of Elvis’s home Graceland; Sun Studio, where artists from Elvis to Johnny Cash recorded; and, of course, some of the city’s legendary music venues. Blues fans will love checking out BB King’s Blues Club or Blues City Café.

Let us at Can Be Done arrange some great, disabled-friendly accommodation for you at the Crowne Plaza, Memphis. Set in the heart of the city with great accessible rooms and public spaces, it also has braille on lifts and in public areas.

Nashville

Country and western fans will love Nashville; music runs through the soul of this southern city with much of the town’s business based around music performance and music publishing. This is where many of today’s biggest acts got their start, and you can still go to venues around the city to hear big names or unknown acts looking for their first break through.

Allow me and my team to organise a tour of the city for you and you can drop in at some famous music venues along the way including Bourbon Street Blues, The Stage on Broadway, and Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.

Clients for whom we have arranged stays at the Hyatt Place Nashville have all said it’s the ideal location, in the centre of town, close to many of the music venues.

Visiting the musical cities of America’s southern states can be a fantastic holiday experience for any music lover and, with our tours and our specialist expertise, this includes making them the ideal place for holidays for disabled travellers with an ear for great music.

Philip Scott is the owner and founder of Can be Done, a fully licensed UK tour operator specialising in worldwide holidays for disabled individuals and groups. With over 31 years’ experience organising long and short breaks for disabled travellers, Philip has built a reputation for helping his clients select hotels and accommodation that offer high standards of accessibility, to ensure that those with special needs can experience truly relaxing and carefree holidays.

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