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Satchmo Festival

July 18th, 2013 by katiep

At the beginning of August in New Orleans, even the locals are seeking comfort in the shade or in air-conditioned homes. When the City of New Orleans was planning a tribute to the late Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong on the centennial of his birth, they had doubts about the success of an event held at the height of the summer.

However, the summer heat was not the deterrent many skeptics thought it would be – thousands of people turned out for the first Satchmo SummerFest in 2001. It was so successful, Satchmo Festival is now an annual three-day event held on the first weekend of August. This year’s Festival is taking place August 2 – 4.

Kermit_Ruffins_The_Barbecue_Swingers_LiveMusical headliners for the 2013 festival will be:

  • Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers
  • Wendell Brunious
  • James Andrews
  • Jeremy Davenport
  • Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony
  • Preservation Hall-Stars
  • Connie Jones and Tim Laughlin
  • The Dukes of Dixieland
  • Charmaine Neville
  • Don Vappie & The Creole Jazz Serenaders
  • Sharon Martin

Satchmo Fest takes palce primarily on the grounds of the Old U.S. Mint, on the edge of the French Quarter between the French Market and Esplanade Avenue. The festival is free and open to the public.

Beat the heat and take a break inside the Old Mint. Informative seminars and lectures by musical authorities will take place as well as scaled-down concerts at the recently opened cabaret-style theater inside the Old Mint. Also view musical exhibits, including a 50-year anniversary tribute to Preservation Hall. See vintage artifacts, such as a cornet reported to be the first one ever owned by Armstrong.

Lodging for Your New Orleans Travel

Get your dancing shoes on and be ready to second line for Satchmo! (Photo Credit: Eliot Kamenitz of the Times-Picayune)

Get your dancing shoes on and be ready to second line for Satchmo! (Photo Credit: Eliot Kamenitz of the Times-Picayune)

If you are coming into town for Satchmo Fest, or simply to enjoy all of the delicious New Orleans cuisine and take in some live music, we have beautiful and unique bed and breakfast lodgings throughout New Orleans.

 

Satchmo SummerFest, 2011

July 21st, 2011 by bbnola

The 2011 Satchmo Summer Fest takes place in less than 2 weeks; jazz fans from all around the country and world are preparing to travel to New Orleans for this grand celebration of jazz in general and Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong in particular. Many will stay in New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts.

Satchmo SummerFest will be held at the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint in the French Quarter, August 6 – 7, 2011.

Two stages mean a variety of music can be heard in two days. Red Beans & Ricely Yours Stage is to host such greats as the Jason Marsalis Quartet, Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers, and Yoshio Toyama & the Dixie Saints. The Coronet Chop Suet Stage will showcase the likes of the Bone Tone Brass Band, Will Smith & the Jazz Cats, and Leon ‘Kid Chocolate’ Brown. Performances begin at noon and run until 8 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

In addition to music, Satchmo SummerFest presents free seminars and discussions on Friday August 5, Saturday August 6, and Sunday August 7. All are welcome to attend discussions lead by the Satchmo of Japan, Yoshio Toyoma, recording industry icon Geroge Avakian, and Armstrong scholar and musician Dan Morgenstern, among others.

It wouldn’t be Satchmo SummerFest without a Birthday Party for Louis Armstrong, a Sunday morning Jazz Mass at St. Augustine Church in Treme, and a traditional second line parade. Many New Orleans restaurants will highlight some of Satchmo’s favorite dishes. There will be a host of activities for folks of all ages.

Be spontaneous. Head to New Orleans for Satchmo SummerFest in early August. New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts will, as always, welcome jazz fans.

For additional festival information, please see Satchmo SummerFest.

Satchmo Summerfest: Celebrate Louis Armstrong Aug 5-8

July 30th, 2010 by insideout

What a wonderful world (?)

Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong and his trumpet

Born in New Orleans on August 4, 1901, Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong came to embody the spirit and music of New Orleans to millions of fans of jazz and the Big Easy.

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