Take part 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. With seminars, art displays, live music all weekend with performances by brass bands and jazz ensembles and lots of locally made beer and cuisine, festival-goers can get a taste of New Orleans' vibrant music culture.
What to know:
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. Learn more about Louisiana’s jazz history.
Satchmo SummerFest Events and Info:
Save the date: August 3–6, 2017
Check the official website to get the latest event details.
Music: Experience live music all weekend featuring traditional jazz, contemporary jazz, brass bands and children's programming across multiple stages. Friday kicks off with some heavy hitters that include the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Big Sam's Funky Nation. Saturday's schedule includes performances by Charmaine Neville, the Treme Brass Band and the all-female Original Pinettes Brass Band. Rounding out Sunday's lineup are Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns and The New Orleans Swamp Donkeys. View the full music lineup.
Seminars and Speakers: Everyday during the festival, take advantage of the seminars and discussions, featuring a host of speakers that include Louis Armstrong biographer Gary Giddins and jazz historian Paul Kahn, plus many other sessions with educational and entertaining speakers who knew or were inspired by Louis Armstrong. View the seminar options.
Special Events during the Festival: Visitors can seek out these extra events taking place during the festival. Check out the family-oriented Pop's Playhouse for Kids and the Jazz Mass and second line parade that follows.
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 that include Plum Street Snowballs, The Praline Connection, The Rib Room and Muriel's Jackson Square.