He had a smile brighter than the sun, the voice made of grit, and endless talent on the trumpet: Louis Armstrong is considered one of the most iconic jazz musicians of all time. As a NOLA native, his music and mark is forever etched upon our streets, our clubs, and our memories; and the city’s annual Satchmo SummerFest keeps him alive in our hearts. Join us during the weekend of August 4-6, 2017, and help us honor a famously iconic man!
Created in 2001 to celebrate Mr. Armstrong’s 100th birthday, the festival immediately made its mark – so much so that it became a regular part of our city’s vibrant festival lineup. And because the festival is named for one of the most influential figures in jazz, you can bet that music will be on tap during the entire event!
Three stages (two on Friday) feature music from about noon to 9:00 p.m. each day, and there will even be some dance lessons thrown in for good measure. Some of New Orleans’ top musicians will be performing including Kermit Ruffins, Tim Laughlin, and Jeremy Davenport.
Take the family to the Louisiana State Museum for Pop’s Playhouse for Kids as a break from the heat. On Sunday, August 6th, a Jazz Mass will be held at the church of Sidney Bechet, 1210 Governor Nicholls Street (seats are limited). Immediately following Mass, the ‘Satchmo Salute’ Second Line Parade makes its way to help finish out Satchmo SummerFest. Other special happenings include the Kickoff Party and The Spirit of Satchmo Awards on the evening of Thursday, August 3; and the Satchmo Symposium, covering many amazing Jazz-related topics.
Daily admission for the event is $5 (children 12 and under are free). Wristbands will be provided at the gates to allow festival-goers the option of coming and going throughout each day.