The 17th Annual Satchmo SummerFest happen this weekend

Eric Craig

This Weekend, French Quarter Festivals, Inc. will hold its 17th Anniversary Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron. The festival will run August 4th-6th at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint. Daily admission for adults is $5. Children 12 and under are free.

The longstanding tradition of Satchmo SummerFest honors and celebrates New Orleans Legend Louis Armstrong. With the same powerhouse behind the Annual French Quarter Festival, this year’s Satchmo SummerFest will showcase some of the best cultural performers around nation.
The annual festival aligns with Armstrong’s true birthday, which was August 4., 1901.

The Events
This year, New Orleans Data News Weekly will serve as a sponsor for the 17th Annual Event.
On August 3rd, FQFI will hold a Kickoff Party and The Spirit of Satchmo Awards that will both benefit FQFI. The party, which will be held at the Omni Royal New Orleans Hotel, will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. Taking place during the party, The Spirit of Satchmo Award recipients include James Andrews, Germaine Dazzle, and David Kunian. Tickets can be bought on the FQFI official website via Eventbrite.
Starting on August 4th, there will be several breathtaking performances; dance lessons (free for those admitted) by NOLA Jitterbugs; several food and drink vendors; Pops’ Playhouse— an interactive active created for children to learn about jazz music; and several panels, discussion, and lectures on the history and influence of Jazz music in New Orleans.

Performances will take place across three distinct stages at the old U.S. Mint: Back o’ Town Stage, Cornet Chop Suey Stage, and Red Beans and Ricely Yours.

Anticipated performances include:
Hot 8 Brass Band, Catherine Russell, New Orleans Swamp Donkeys, Bill Summers & Jazalsa, Kermit Ruffins, John Boutté, Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns, Jeremy Davenport, Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs, Evan Christopher’s Clarinet Road, Ellis Marsalis, Wendell Brunious, Charmaine Neville, and a Trumpet Tribute to Louis Armstrong featuring Kermit Ruffins, James Andrews and the Crescent City All-Stars.

For a list of the full lineups and specific times of performances, visit

On Sunday, FQFI will hold a special Jazz Mass at the St. Augustine Church in Treme’, followed by a traditional second-line parade led by the Treme‘ Brass Band. The night will end with a Trumpet Tribute closing out the event during the Satchmo Birthday Party.

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