Annual festival returns August 2–4 to New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint
The 19th annual Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron takes place at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint on August 2–4, 2019. The festival is the city’s only event dedicated to the life, legacy, and music of native son, Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong and a favorite of locals and tourists alike. Named by Oprah Magazine in June 2019 as the “interesting, unusual thing to see/eat/visit/experience” in Louisiana, Satchmo SummerFest has also been named “the best thing to do this summer in Louisiana” by MSN.com.
The 2019 festival lineup includes more than 30 acts, ranging from traditional jazz to swing, brass and marching bands, funk, R&B, jazz fusion, and more performing on two tented stages over three days. A dozen musicians will make their Satchmo SummerFest debut, including Cyril Neville’s Swamp Funk. Returning Satchmo SummerFest favorites include Ellis Marsalis, Jr., Charmaine Neville, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, Preservation Brass, Robin Barnes & The Fiyabirds, Trumpet Mafia, Jeremy Davenport, and the Treme Brass Band. View the full musical lineup here.
On the Hilton Satchmo Legacy Stage, scholars and historians will present on a wide range of topics surrounding all things Louis Armstrong. Highlights include: Melissa A. Weber: On Louis Armstrong and Black American Music: A Conversation with Nicholas Payton; and festival favorite Ricky Riccardi, Director of Research Collections for the Louis Armstrong House Museum and Archives and the author of What a Wonderful World, screening rare video clips. Fans can dive deep into the life and legacy of Armstrong and learn how his craft continues to reverberate today. View the full Hilton Satchmo Legacy Stage schedule here.
Culinary Lineup Features New Orleans Classics, New & Old
Satchmo SummerFest 2019 welcomes Dorignac’s Food Center to its culinary lineup; the beloved local grocer will serve Armstrong’s famously favorite dish, Red Beans and Rice. Another debut, Gulf Tacos will offer up pork belly, shrimp, and fish tacos, along with street corn, and attendees can look forward to Jambalaya from debut Rusty Pelican. Returning favorites include Big Cheezy, Café Dauphine, Company Burger, Plum Street Snoballs, Quintin’s Ice Cream, and Lasyone’s Meat Pie Restaurant. Click here for the festival menus.
Festival Features Family Fun, Cultural Activities
In addition to music and food, festival goers can enjoy a full slate of family-friendly activities throughout the event. The Pops’ Playhouse for Kids powered by Entergy will feature fun activities August 3 and 4 from 11:30 a.m. — 4:30 p.m. including:
- Zulu Coconut Decorating hosted by Junior Zulus
- Second Line Umbrella Decoration & Celebration Station
- Drum Making with Recycled Materials hosted by Kamau Wesley Phillips
- Instrument Making – Create Your Own Red Bean Satchmo Shakers
Jazz Mass, Satchmo Salute, Trumpet Tribute, and other Special Events
The weekend brings more than great music, food, multimedia presentations, and children’s activities! Satchmo SummerFest also features an array of special events including the annual Jazz Mass at historic St. Augustine Church in Treme, a traditional second line parade, and the ‘Trumpet Tribute’ which closes the festival Sunday night with a Satchmo birthday party.
Visit satchmosummerfest.org to learn more about this special New Orleans weekend celebrating the great Louis Armstrong.
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