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Unique tour operator specializing in African-American heritage tours. Lobster-feasts, seafood feast and jazz festivals. Coaches are new and hold 57- 61 passengers. NY's group tour specialist rated number1 by Group Leader Survey 2002-2004.

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This trip DID happen and it was a church outing. The client was Springfield Assembly Church in Rosedale New York and we went to a religious play at Sights and Sounds theatre. This was two years ago and you are now addressing this on Yelp? Your actions speak for themselves. Like the other comments here, buyer beware.

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Jan 8, 2018

This trip never happened and it is someones imagination to hurt out company. Client has been contacted and no response.

Don't use this company! We are stranded in Pennsylvania at 11pm although we left NY at 8am. Company set a bus that was not up to par and the air condition went out and the bus was smoking. This situation occurred at 5pm and at 11pm the situation is still not resolved and we are stranded at a desolate mall. There are elderly people here and this situation is awful. Most have been sitting on a hot bus for hours while we are waiting. The final solution is that they are sending another bus.. From NY...poor back up plan! I will never go on a bus trip that uses this company, I am beyond frustrated and disappointed. Awful!!!

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"0" stars would be the option! Do not use this bus company. The first bus was inadequate and the second bus they sent as a replacement was worse. The smell of fumes, burning rubber and the bathroom accompanied our bus ride. Every bump in the road was felt. It was truly a dangerous situation. The bus driver claimed the GPS system was broke and the passengers had to direct him from one location to the other. This was suppose to be a Washington DC tour from New Jersey. A "Better Business Bureau" contact is also in order.

This issue was taken care of with the group leader who apologized for the behavior of some of her passengers. Group was compensated very nicely and can be verified by leader.

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Bob Mann Tours are very unprofessional and nasty. A couple of days before our trip we paid the whole amount by depositing a company check into there Chase account. The owner calls us the day before our trip and tells us that he will not send us the bus because the check will not clear until after the trip. He gave us two hours to get $1000 cash or he will cancel the trip. The money for the trip was already paid but he needed everything to be cleared. He didnt care about anything and did not want to work with us even though the money was in his bank account. It was so stressful to find $1000 cash in two hours. I almost had a heart attack. Our trip was all booked and he comes up with this excuse. Now, he still hasnt sent us a check of the money he owes us. Also, it seems he does not own his own buses because he sent us a Peter Pan bus which means he is the middle person...he rents the bus from another company and he then rents it to the people. We do not work with them.

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2022 GROUP TOUR CATALOG TERMS AND CONDITIONS: • All group rates are based on 45 or more paying passengers. When 45 passengers are paid, the following 2 passengers travel completely free of charge. If there are less than 45 persons per coach, the “per person” rate would increase accordingly. Child rate on our tours are children 3-11 unless stated differently on front of contract. On overnight trips, child rate is for a child in a room with at least one adult. On all Bob Mann tours all taxes, tolls and meal gratuities are included. You are only responsible for tip to driver which we recommend at $2.00 PP per day. We are pleased to offer rates for smaller groups, too. • Sleeping Accommodations: Single Room - one person, one bed. Double Room - two persons, two beds; Triple Room - three persons, two beds; Quad Room - four persons, two beds. • Reservations/Cancellations: In general, the following deposit schedules apply: One Day Tours: An initial deposit of $500.00, followed by final payment at least two weeks prior to departure. Multi-day Tours: An initial deposit of $600.00; a secondary payment of $2500.00, followed by final payment at least three weeks prior to departure. Cancellation fees (if any) vary - please call. • Itineraries: Bob Mann Tours makes every effort to adhere to printed itineraries, while reserving the right to alter/ substitute items or schedules as may become necessary in the correct execution of the tour (with your approval, of course). • Rates in catalog are based on departure from the 5 boroughs of NYC. A surcharge may be added to group pickups outside of this area. On charters customer is responsible for parking fee and permits. • Rates are subject to change without notice. Certain rates may be unavailable during peak travel and/or special celebrations. Not responsible for typographical errors. • All prices in this brochure are based on Tours running from January 1, 2022 - December 31, 2022. BOB MANN TOURS

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Sweet Potato Biscuits 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 Tbsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp fine sea salt 1 pinch freshly grated nutmeg 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 3/4 cup mashed sweet potatoes, cold

1/4 cup sorghum syrup, molasses or dark maple syrup 3/4 cup full-fat buttermilk, plus more for brushing 8 Tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small cubes and chilled in freezer for 15 minutes

Preheat the oven to 450° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinna- mon into a large mixing bowl; set aside. In a medium bowl, mix the mashed sweet potatoes with the sorghum and buttermilk until smooth and creamy; set aside. With a pastry cutter or two knives, cut the butter into the flour mixture until it’s fully incorporated and has a coarse, mealy consistency. Make a well in the center of the flour-butter mixture. Pour the sweet potato mixture into the well. With a rubber spatula, begin folding it into the dry ingredients. Mix just to the point that a dough forms. Do not overmix. Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and roll out to 1 inch thick. Dust a 3-inch round biscuit cutter with flour (use a 1 1/2- or 2-inch cutter for cocktail-size biscuits), and cut out the biscuits. Transfer them to the repared baking sheet, spacing them about 1 inch apart. Brush the tops of the biscuits with buttermil,. Bake for 14 to 18 minutes, until golden brown. Serve the biscuits hot. Makes 1 dozen. Recipe reprinted with permission from Sweet Home Cafe Cookbook.

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Bob Mann has been playing guitar since he was thirteen years old. He was initially influenced by what he heard on the radio…Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, and The Everly Brothers. Under the tutelage of his father, an established NY studio pianist, Bob began to expand his musical interests by adding the trumpet to his repertoire and exploring the music of Wes Montgomery, Bill Evans, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane.

Bob continued his education by majoring in music theory at Queens College and the Manhattan School of Music. His college summers were spent honing his performance skills at resorts in the Catskills, playing the shows and jamming after hours with many of the East Coast’s best young jazz players.

A tour with Charles Aznavour led Bob to Washington D.C. where he successfully auditioned for the "Airmen of Not," the official USAF concert jazz band. With the Vietnam War in full swing, it was an offer he couldn’t refuse. In addition to performing, it afforded him the unique opportunity to begin writing arrangements for big band.

Returning to civilian life in New York, Bob was soon in demand as both a session player and a sideman for live performances. His versatility was evident as he did concert and club dates with Chico Hamilton, Herbie Mann and The Brecker Brothers. He played on a diverse array of bit recordings by Tony Orlando, Gloria Gaynor, Bonnie Raitt, BJ Thomas, Gladys Knight, Melissa Manchester, The Chambers Brothers and Astrud Gilberto. He also went on to record and tour with the powerhouse rock group Mountain, featuring Leslie West and Felix Papillardi.

In 1975 Bob moved to Toronto and was soon recording with Anne Murray, Gordon Lightfoot and Dan Hill. While continuing to expand into jingle and TV work, he traveled to LA to arrange and play on albums by Merry Clayton, Bill Medley, and the Crusaders.

The early 80’s found Bob back in the big band mode, recording and touring with Linda Ronstadt and the legendary Nelson Riddle. He also had the honor of arranging and conducting Linda’s duet with James Ingram on the Grammy winning single "Somewhere Out There."

Bob’s recording work with James Taylor began in 1987 on "Never Die Young." Touring with James was a natural progression, and in between the road work Bob continued to record for a stellar roster of artists including Cher, Neil Diamond, Barbara Streisand, Celine Dion. He also found time to arrange Jamie Walter’s number one single "How Do You Talk To An Angel?" as well as compose for episodic television (Matlock, Frank’s Place) and independent films (T-Bone and Weasel, Family Prayers).

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The Moscow Metro Tour is included in most guided tours’ itineraries. Opened in 1935, under Stalin’s regime, the metro was not only meant to solve transport problems, but also was hailed as “a people’s palace”. Every station you will see during your Moscow metro tour looks like a palace room. There are bright paintings, mosaics, stained glass, bronze statues… Our Moscow metro tour includes the most impressive stations best architects and designers worked at - Ploshchad Revolutsii, Mayakovskaya, Komsomolskaya, Kievskaya, Novoslobodskaya and some others.

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The guide will not only help you navigate the metro, but will also provide you with fascinating background tales for the images you see and a history of each station.

And there some stories to be told during the Moscow metro tour! The deepest station - Park Pobedy - is 84 metres under the ground with the world longest escalator of 140 meters. Parts of the so-called Metro-2, a secret strategic system of underground tunnels, was used for its construction.

During the Second World War the metro itself became a strategic asset: it was turned into the city's biggest bomb-shelter and one of the stations even became a library. 217 children were born here in 1941-1942! The metro is the most effective means of transport in the capital.

There are almost 200 stations 196 at the moment and trains run every 90 seconds! The guide of your Moscow metro tour can explain to you how to buy tickets and find your way if you plan to get around by yourself.

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  • 2-hour tour $87:  10 Must-See Moscow Metro stations with hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • 3-hour tour $137:  20 Must-See Moscow Metro stations with Russian lunch in beautifully-decorated Metro Diner + hotel pick-up and drop off. 
  • Metro pass is included in the price of both tours.

Highlight of Metro Tour

  • Visit 10 must-see stations of Moscow metro on 2-hr tour and 20 Metro stations on 3-hr tour, including grand Komsomolskaya station with its distinctive Baroque décor, aristocratic Mayakovskaya station with Soviet mosaics, legendary Revolution Square station with 72 bronze sculptures and more!
  • Explore Museum of Moscow Metro and learn a ton of technical and historical facts;
  • Listen to the secrets about the Metro-2, a secret line supposedly used by the government and KGB;
  • Experience a selection of most striking features of Moscow Metro hidden from most tourists and even locals;
  • Discover the underground treasure of Russian Soviet past – from mosaics to bronzes, paintings, marble arches, stained glass and even paleontological elements;
  • Learn fun stories and myths about Coffee Ring, Zodiac signs of Moscow Metro and more;
  • Admire Soviet-era architecture of pre- and post- World War II perious;
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Sparrow Hills from Luzhniki Metro Bridge – MetroMost, the only station of Moscow Metro located over water and the highest station above ground level;
  • If lucky, catch a unique «Aquarelle Train» – a wheeled picture gallery, brightly painted with images of peony, chrysanthemums, daisies, sunflowers and each car unit is unique;
  • Become an expert at navigating the legendary Moscow Metro system;
  • Have fun time with a very friendly local;
  • + Atmospheric Metro lunch in Moscow’s the only Metro Diner (included in a 3-hr tour)

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Metro stations:.

Komsomolskaya

Novoslobodskaya

Prospekt Mira

Belorusskaya

Mayakovskaya

Novokuznetskaya

Revolution Square

Sparrow Hills

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Slavic Boulevard

Vystavochnaya

Dostoevskaya

Elektrozavodskaya

Partizanskaya

Museum of Moscow Metro

  • Drop-off  at your hotel, Novodevichy Convent, Sparrow Hills or any place you wish
  • + Russian lunch  in Metro Diner with artistic metro-style interior for 3-hour tour

Fun facts from our Moscow Metro Tours:

From the very first days of its existence, the Moscow Metro was the object of civil defense, used as a bomb shelter, and designed as a defense for a possible attack on the Soviet Union.

At a depth of 50 to 120 meters lies the second, the coded system of Metro-2 of Moscow subway, which is equipped with everything you need, from food storage to the nuclear button.

According to some sources, the total length of Metro-2 reaches over 150 kilometers.

The Museum was opened on Sportivnaya metro station on November 6, 1967. It features the most interesting models of trains and stations.

Coffee Ring

The first scheme of Moscow Metro looked like a bunch of separate lines. Listen to a myth about Joseph Stalin and the main brown line of Moscow Metro.

Zodiac Metro

According to some astrologers, each of the 12 stops of the Moscow Ring Line corresponds to a particular sign of the zodiac and divides the city into astrological sector.

Astrologers believe that being in a particular zadiac sector of Moscow for a long time, you attract certain energy and events into your life.

Paleontological finds 

Red marble walls of some of the Metro stations hide in themselves petrified inhabitants of ancient seas. Try and find some!

  • Every day each car in  Moscow metro passes  more than 600 km, which is the distance from Moscow to St. Petersburg.
  • Moscow subway system is the  5th in the intensity  of use (after the subways of Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul and Shanghai).
  • The interval in the movement of trains in rush hour is  90 seconds .

What you get:

  • + A friend in Moscow.
  • + Private & customized Moscow tour.
  • + An exciting pastime, not just boring history lessons.
  • + An authentic experience of local life.
  • + Flexibility during the walking tour: changes can be made at any time to suit individual preferences.
  • + Amazing deals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the very best cafes & restaurants. Discounts on weekdays (Mon-Fri).
  • + A photo session amongst spectacular Moscow scenery that can be treasured for a lifetime.
  • + Good value for souvenirs, taxis, and hotels.
  • + Expert advice on what to do, where to go, and how to make the most of your time in Moscow.

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Bob Dylan is back in Memphis for two shows at the Orpheum: 5 things to know before you go

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At 82, Bob Dylan — Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer, 10-time Grammy winner, Pulitzer and Nobel prize recipient and international music icon — has nothing left to prove, yet he continues to drive himself with an unusual sense of purpose.

Dylan has unofficially been on what’s known as his “Never Ending Tour” since 1988. Officially, he’s been out in support of his 2020 album "Rough & Rowdy Ways" since late 2021. Last year, Dylan played shows across Europe, Japan and North America. This year, kicked off the latest leg of his tour in early March with a series of shows in Florida, before moving on to dates in North Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee.  

This week Dylan arrives in Memphis for a much anticipated two-night stand at Downtown’s venerable Orpheum, on Friday and Saturday. Here are five things to know ahead of this week's shows.

Bob Dylan's love for Memphis

A serious student of American music and early rock ‘n’ roll, Dylan has always paid homage to the great artists and innovators who came from Memphis — including making pilgrimages to Elvis Presley’s old haunts like Humes High School or working at legendary local studios like Phillips Recording Service.

Although Dylan rarely conducts interview anymore, in 2015 he gave a long and deeply felt speech when he was honored as “Person of the Year” by the Grammys' MusiCares Foundation. While most of the coverage of the speech focused on Dylan’s disses — he took shots at country music legends like Merle Haggard and Tom T. Hall, as well rock 'n' roll pioneers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun — he was also full of praise for a group of Memphis icons, specifically the alumni of his beloved Sun Records .

Dylan was especially eloquent in discussing Sun founder Sam Phillips. He noted that Phillips’ work with the label “shook the very essence of humanity. Revolution in style and scope. Heavy shape and color. Radical to the bone. Songs that cut you to the bone. Renegades in all degrees, doing songs that would never decay, and still resound to this day.”

Dylan also remembered his longtime pal and former Sun artist Johnny Cash as “a giant of a man, the Man in Black. And I’ll always cherish the friendship we had until the day there is no more days.”

But Dylan’s strongest praise was saved for Sun Records’ underdog, Billy Lee Riley. Riley, who died in 2009 at age 75, is perhaps best known for his classic 1957 single, “Flyin’ Saucers Rock & Roll” — a rockabilly number inspired by the era’s U.F.O. mania — which birthed the name of his band, the Little Green Men.

That year, Riley also released the equally memorable rave-up “Red Hot.” In his MusicCares speech Dylan spoke at great length of his first exposure to and eventual friendship with Riley. “He was a hero of mine,” Dylan said. “I’d heard ‘Red Hot.’ I must have been only 15 or 16 when I did, and it’s impressed me to this day. I never grow tired of listening to it.”

Bob Dylan's Memphis concert legacy

Dylan’s love for Memphis can also be measured in how often he has performed in the Bluff City. He's been an especially frequent visitor to the Mid-South over the last quarter century.

In 1999, the Memphis venues visited by Dylan ranged in size from the New Daisy theater on Beale Street to the Pyramid arena (on a double bill with Paul Simon). In 2005 and 2013, he played at AutoZone Park. In 1997 and 2001, Dylan appeared at Memphis in May’s Beale Street Musical Festival. Dylan also played regional dates at BancorpSouth Center in Tupelo in 2002 and the former Pringles Park in Jackson, Tennessee, in 2004.

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Just like this year, in 2006, Dylan played back-to-back shows at Downtown’s Orpheum. It would be nearly a decade before he returned to the venue in 2015. In early 2020, Dylan had a summer show on the books for Southaven’s BankPlus Amphitheater, a concert that was postponed and ultimately canceled in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He would eventually make it to Memphis in 2022 as part of the "Rough & Rowdy Ways" tour, again appearing at the Orpheum in April of that year, marking his most recent local stop.

Rough & Rowdy Ways tour setlists and reviews

Casual fans might expect Dylan to be like most of his veteran rock ‘n’ roll peers and play the expected greatest hits set. But Dylan, being Dylan, does nothing of the kind. The setlists on the Rough & Rowdy Ways tour have focused extensively on the material from his most recent album, as well as a few deep cuts from his catalog, the odd “hit,” and occasional often unexpected cover.

The best resource for Dylan these days is Ray Padgett’s Flagging Down the Double E’s . Padgett who published 2023’s essential collection, “Pledging My Time: Conversations with Bob Dylan Band Members,” runs his Dylan-dedicated substack/newsletter, which features the author and occasional guest reviewers covering Dylan’s concerts, among other related matters (be sure check Padgett’s 50th anniversary deep dive into Dylan and The Band’s 1974 Memphis show).

The most recent review, done by musician Jon Wurster (Superchunk, Mountain Goats), captured the contrarian spirit of Dylan's current tour, offering a preview of what fans in Memphis can expect.

Wurster, who witnessed a pair of Dylan dates in North Carolina earlier this month, noted that “there’s a lot of legacy artists out there on the road doing what are essentially crowd-pleasing, hit-packed victory laps,” he wrote. “This is what makes Dylan so enjoyable for so many of us: He knows exactly what people want, and it appears to mean absolutely nothing to him. We forget that Dylan has a handful of genuine hit songs in his quiver. And so does Dylan.”

Wurster added that, “these current concerts feature almost all of his most recent album, and a handful of album tracks and covers a casual listener wouldn’t recognize. It’s almost diabolical when you think about it. But that unique mix of free spirit survivor and flagrant contrarian is what’s so inspiring about Dylan. Most people his age are in the ground, yet he’s out there giving some of the best, weirdest performances of his career. It’s kind of the most punk thing anyone has ever done.”

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A Bluff City special?

Last year, during his tour, Dylan was customizing the covers in his set, playing tunes with a local flavor or connection unique to each market. So far this year, Dylan hasn’t been as consistent or thematic with his cover songs — which have ranged from the Jimmy Rogers blues classic “Walking By Myself” to Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over Beethoven.”

However, Memphis should provide ample inspiration for Dylan to dig deeper and maybe break out something special. He’s already been playing Johnny Cash’s “Big River” — which would certainly make sense at the Orpheum — or he could pull out a different surprise, perhaps an old Sun or Meteor classic, a Riley chestnut, or something else appropriate to the environs.  

Good seats remain for Bob Dylan's Memphis shows

Somewhat surprisingly — given his record of sold-out shows in town — a fair amount of seats are still available for both of Dylan’s Orpheum concerts.

A few VIP “Gold Hot Seat” packages — which includes premium seating, a commemorative ticket and exclusive merch package — are still available, but they will cost you, as those run just over $600 each.   

General seating, meanwhile, offers a few more reasonably priced options for both shows. Tickets in the middle of the orchestra sections can be had for $92 per seat. Just a handful of mezzanine seats remain, which also run $92 a pop. More plentiful options in the various balcony sections and upper gallery areas are also available, starting at $71.

To purchase or for more information go to Ticketmaster.com .

Bob Dylan in Memphis

8 p.m. March 29 and 30 at the Orpheum, 203 S. Main St.

Tickets: $71 to $628. Go to Ticketmaster.com .

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