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"Thanks for the…

Sep 21 - 21, 2014
Take a seat in the crowd as Bob Hope takes the stage, just as he did during… more

A Taste of the Opera:…

Sep 21 - 28, 2014
A TASTE OF THE OPERA at the French Market every Sunday in September 4:00 p.m.… more

American Theater…

Sep 21 - 21, 2014
American Theatre Project of New Orleans (ATPNO) returns to Dillard University's… more

Auditions for Ballet…

Sep 21 - 21, 2014
AUDITIONS for Ballet Hysell's, The Nutcracker will be Sunday, September 21,… more

Ballet Hysell's, "The…

Sep 21 - 21, 2014
AUDITIONS for Ballet Hysell's, The Nutcracker will be Sunday, September 21,… more

Be the Peace …

Sep 21 - 21, 2014
Be the Peace Meditation Flash Mob is a live event celebrating the… more

CELEBRATE THE BLACK…

Sep 21 - 21, 2014
Get your fix of Emeril's famed contemporary New Orleans cuisine at the flagship… more

CELEBRATE THE BLACK…

Sep 21 - 21, 2014
NOLA, the casual, funky eatery located in the heart of the French Quarter, is a… more

Dance for Social…

Sep 21 - 21, 2014
Dance for Social Change is New Orleans' first outdoor, site-specific dance… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 21 - 21, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel… more

Jefferson Performing…

Sep 21 - 28, 2014
The Jefferson Performing Arts Society will be opening their 37th Season with an… more

Joe Krown Trio feat.…

Sep 21 - 28, 2014
Join us for the  Joe Krown Trio feat. Walter "Wolfman"… more

Kirk Franklin…

Sep 21 - 21, 2014
Kick off Sunday mornings with hoodoo blessings. Get into the spirit with… more

Mark of the Feminine

Sep 21 - Oct 4, 2014
Curator Regine Basha's Mark of the Feminine is the first in a series of… more

New Orleans Fringe…

Sep 21 - Oct 15, 2014
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New Orleans Saints…

Sep 21 - 21, 2014
The New Orleans Saints & Minnesota Vikings  kick-off at 12 noon. more

Rivertown Theaters…

Sep 21 - 28, 2014
Based on the Oscar winning DreamWorks film that started it all, we bring the… more

Thanks for the…

Sep 21 - 21, 2014
This incredible reenactment lets you take a seat in the crowd as Bob Hope takes… more

The Anthony Bean…

Sep 21 - 28, 2014
Two Trains Running is the powerful, often funny, always compassionate story of… more

The National WWII…

Sep 21 - 21, 2014
This incredible reenactment lets you take a seat in the crowd as Bob Hope takes… more

"Thanks for the…

Sep 21 - 21, 2014
Take a seat in the crowd as Bob Hope takes the stage, just as he did during… more

Save the Date! 12th Annual Satchmo SummerFest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Angelique Hill
(504) 227-3126
angelique@fqfi.org

Save the Date!
12th Annual Satchmo SummerFest

New Orleans, Louisiana (May 11, 2012) - Save the date for Satchmo SummerFest - August 3-5, 2012 presented by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. The premier American Jazz Festival dedicated to the life, legacy, and music of New Orleans' native son, Satchmo SummerFest will feature three days of fascinating seminars about the history and influence of jazz music in New Orleans and discussions about the life and talent of Louis Armstrong. Satchmo SummerFest is held annually at the Louisiana State Museum's Old U.S. Mint.

During the festival, visitors can also enjoy 'Preservation Hall at 50' - a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Preservation Hall through artifacts, photographs, posters, handbills, flyers, newspaper articles, phonograph records, film and audio clips, interviews, and oral histories. The exhibit is located on the second floor of the Old U.S. Mint.

Satchmo SummerFest is free and open to the public. Stages feature music from some of New Orleans' finest traditional jazz, contemporary jazz, and brass bands, as well as children's programming. The stage areas will also feature 'Satchmo in the Shade' - tented areas where festival goers can enjoy music and food away from the summer heat.

Satchmo SummerFest hosts special events including: Sunday morning Jazz Mass at the historic St. Augustine Church in Treme; a traditional second line parade; traditional jazz dance lessons; and a Trumpet Tribute to close the festival. The festival also features authentic local cuisine from the area's finest restaurants to create 'Red Bean Alley.'

Visitors should book hotel rooms early to take advantage of rates starting at just $89 per night in the French Quarter and New Orleans downtown area.

About Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong was born in New Orleans in an area known as 'Back o' Town.' Throughout his career, he entertained millions - from heads of state and royalty to the kids on his stoop in Corona, New York. Despite his fame, he lived a simple life in a working-class neighborhood. The man known around the world as 'Satchmo' was widely recognized as a founding father of jazz - a uniquely American art form. His influence, as an artist and cultural icon, is universal, unmatched, and very much alive today. Armstrong was a charismatic, innovative performer whose improvised soloing was the main influence for a fundamental change in jazz. One of the most famous musicians of the 20th century, he was first known as a cornet player, then as a trumpet player, and toward the end of his career he was best known as a vocalist and influential jazz singer. The nickname 'Satchmo' is short for 'Satchelmouth.' In 1932, Melody Maker magazine editor Percy Brooks greeted Armstrong in London with "Hello, Satchmo!" and the nickname stuck.

For more information on all FQFI festivals and events visit our website at www.fqfi.org or call 504-522-5730.

Satchmo SummerFest is produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (www.fqfi.org), the 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, which also produces French Quarter Festival in April and Christmas New Orleans Style in December. French Quarter Festivals, Inc. promotes the Vieux Carré and the City of New Orleans through high quality special events and activities that showcase the culture and heritage of this unique city, contribute to the economic well being of the community, and instill increased pride in the people of New Orleans.

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