Edwin Buggage Editor-in-Chief Data News Weekly
It is that time of year again. Where the City of New Orleans honors Louis Armstrong, one of its greatest musical and cultural ambassadors. The two-day celebration is one of the only festivals in the world dedicated to honoring Louis Armstrong and features 2 stages of music, a delicious culinary lineup featuring Louisiana restaurants, and an incredible indoor lecture series poised to educate guests on Armstrong’s history and enduring impact.
Satchmo SummerFest is scheduled annually to coincide with Louis Armstrong’s birthday on August 4th; the first festival took place on what would have been his 100th birthday, the same year the New Orleans airport was renamed Louis Armstrong International Airport. The artist often stated in public interviews that he was born on July 4, 1900 (Independence Day), a date that has been noted in many biographies. Armstrong died in 1971 on his true birthdate.
“Wow there’s a lot that I can say about that particular festival it’s one of my favorites and of course, Louis Armstrong to me is the person who put New Orleans on the map for the world but that’s just my thoughts. I enjoy that festival. I appreciate being asked to represent the music of Louis Armstrong at this particular festival. I’ve been doing it since its inception and hopefully I can continue to do it. Thank you for reaching out, I hope to see you there,” says legendary Singer Charmaine Neville, who will be performing on Sunday, August 6, 2023.
Also performing will be Kermit Ruffins, John Boutte, TBC Brass Band featuring Hasizzle, The Roots of Music, Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz Orchestra feat. Corey Henry and Tonya Boyd Cannon and many more.