Satchmo SummerFest

Summer provides the perfect opportunity for locals to enjoy the city and rediscover the reasons New Orleans is recognized as the festival capital of the country. During first weekend of August (July 30-August 2), the birthplace of Jazz will celebrate the life and legacy of its native son, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong with Satchmo SummerFest. Presented by French Quarter Festivals, Inc., the festival showcases the music of the Great Satchmo as well as the innovative sounds of rising stars that have been influenced by his work.

Locals and visitors alike are invited to enjoy three full days of live performances by local and internationally renowned artists, food served by local vendors, educational seminars, interactive arts demonstrations and more.

Musical performances will take place on two stages outside of the Old U.S. Mint, located within walking distance of the French Market, Jackson Square and world-famous Frenchmen Street. Performers include Deacon John, Ellis Marsalis, Kermit Ruffins, Rebirth Brass Band, Preservation Hall Brass Band and Yoshio Toyama. Each of the stages will feature shaded areas to enjoy food and music away from the summer heat.

Festival-goers can also retreat from the summer sun at the Louisiana State Museum's Old U.S. Mint to view the never-before-seen exhibit Satchmo: His Life in New Orleans. This collaboration between the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens and French Quarter Festivals features rare artifacts from Armstrong's life, including his first cornet alongside the trumpet he brought to his final performance in New Orleans. Visitors will also geet the chance to hear rare recordings from Armstrong's private tapes and view pages from unpublished manuscripts. 

This August  marks the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and the festival will honor the "musical first-responders" who supported and helped to rebuild the infrastructure of New Orleans music in the wake of the storm. Festival-goers can stop in for a panel at the Old U.S. Mint as they discuss what has been learned in the decade since the flood and interview the individuals who fought to save local music. 

Satchmo SummerFest will also feature indigenous traditions, including a Sunday morning Jazz Mass at St. Augustine Church in Treme, a second line parade, a trumpet tribute to Louis Armstrong and traditional jazz dance lessons. 

So put on your dancing shoes and join locals in celebrating a pioneer that put New Orleans' music on the world stage. For more information on Satchmo SummerFest, visit www.fqfi.org/satchmo.

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