Immerse yourself in New Orleans' rich musical heritage at the annual Satchmo SummerFest, a multi-day jazz festival celebrating the life of Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong. French Quarter Festivals hosts the annual event, which features seminars, art displays and live music all weekend. With performances by brass bands, jazz ensembles and lots of locally made beer and cuisine, festival-goers can get a taste of New Orleans' vibrant music culture.
This year's event takes place July 31-Aug. 2, 2020, at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint.
Who is Louis Armstrong?
Louis Armstrong hit his stride in the 1920s as an inventive trumpet and cornet player. His style of music was influential in the jazz genre by inserting solo performances into the collective improvisational music. Armstrong’s recognizable gravelly voice also made him an influential singer, who also enjoyed scat singing (vocalizing using sounds and syllables instead of actual lyrics). Armstrong’s career ended in the 1960s as a famed, popular and highly influential musician who continues to leave his imprint on the world of jazz.
Satchmo SummerFest Events
Here's a roundup of some of Satchmo SummerFest's top events, but be sure to check out the official website for all of the lastest information.
Music: Experience live music all weekend featuring traditional jazz, contemporary jazz, brass bands and children's programming across multiple stages. Entertainers features previous years have included heavy-hitters like the Preservation Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers, Cyril Neville's Swamp Funk, Doyle Cooper Jazz Band, Treme Brass Band, Robin Barnes & The Fiyabirds, Jeremy Davenport, Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony. Check back to view the full music lineup for this year's event.
Seminars and Speakers: During the festival, take advantage of the seminars and discussions, featuring a host of speakers that have included archivist Ricky Riccardi from the Louis Armstrong House Museum in New York, plus many other sessions with educational and entertaining speakers who knew or were inspired by Louis Armstrong. Check back here in early 2020 to view the seminar options for this year.
Special Events: Visitors can seek out extra events taking place during the festival, such as the family-oriented Pop's Playhouse for kids and the Jazz Mass and second line parade that follow.
Food and Drink: No New Orleans party would be complete without amazing Louisiana fare. Abita Brewing serves up the Official Beer of Satchmo Summerfest. Try out some of the fabulous cuisine and dishes that Louis Armstrong loved, plus dishes from local vendors like Plum Street Snowballs, Dorignac's Food Center, Cafe Dauphine and The Company Burger.