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 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
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.