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 2-4, 2019
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 Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers and Cyril Neville's Swamp Funk. Saturday's schedule includes performances by Doyle Cooper Jazz band, the Treme Brass Band and Robin Barnes & The Fiyabirds. Rounding out Sunday's lineup are Jeremy Davenport and Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony. View the full music lineup.
Seminars and Speakers: During the festival, take advantage of the seminars and discussions, featuring a host of speakers that include 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. Don't miss Melissa Weber, known to her fans as DJ Soul Sister, interview Grammy winner Nicholas Payton about Louis Armstrong's influence. 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, Dorignac's Food Center, Cafe Dauphine and The Company Burger.