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16th Annual Satchmo SummerFest moves to Jackson Square Things you NEED to know! Facts about the Fest

July 22, 2016 Destination North America No Comments Email Email
Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron is moving to Jackson Square in 2016, bringing the best of New Orleans’ traditional jazz, cuisine, and culture to one of the most famous and iconic parks in the world.

Satchmo SummerFest is a celebration of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong and his life, music, and legacy. It is the only traditional jazz festival in New Orleans.  The annual event, produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc., takes place August 5-7, 2016. Since its inception, Satchmo SummerFest – previously held at the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint – has grown to annually attract an average of 40,000 music lovers from all over the world.

Here are five facts about the move and what to expect in 2016:
 1. Why move?

The move will help FQFI achieve its goal of growth for Satchmo SummerFest, a Festival which began in 2001 as a way to commemorate Louis Armstrong’s 100th birthday. Moving to Jackson Square immediately provides extra space and increases future potential for expansion into the neighborhood. For 2016, a third stage has been added – the Fleurty Girl Back o’ Town Stage, inside the Louisiana State Museum’s Arsenal; the Satchmo Symposium, three days of fascinating lectures and discussions about Louis Armstrong, expands into Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre(doubling past capacity).  French Quarter Festivals, Inc. looks forward to adding more music stages and programming in the years to come.

 2. How will I keep cool?

Satchmo SummerFest offers several ways to beat the heat!  The Cornet Chop Suey stage will be completely under a shade tent for the musicians and the audience. Throughout Jackson Square, large picnic umbrellas, picnic tables, misting fans (and of course, the beautiful oak trees) will keep attendees shaded. Several indoor options are also available at Festival: the Fleurty Girl Back o’Town Stage inside the Louisiana State Museum’s Arsenal brings two full days of traditional jazz and dancing; Pops’ Playhouse for Kids, also inside the Arsenal, offers activities ranging from instrument making to scat lessons; and Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre will host the Satchmo Symposium with a world-class lineup.

3.  What else is new this year?

Satchmo SummerFest welcomes an exciting new sponsor, Cornet Restaurant, to the Red Beans and Ricely Yours Stage. Cornet Restaurant is owned by descendants of the Karnofsky family, Jewish immigrants who hired Louis Armstrong as a delivery boy when he was just seven years old, and then took him under their wing as a member of the family and gave him money to purchase his first cornet – setting the stage for his future. The Hotter than Hot Menu (formally Red Bean Alley) brings delicious fare from over a dozen of New Orleans’ finest restaurants. New vendors include Cornet Restaurant, Antoine’s Restaurant, Muriel’s Jackson Square, and Petite Rouge Café Camionette. Musical debuts include Grammy artist Catherine Russell, daughter of Louis Armstrong’s former bandleader Luis Russell, and clarinetist, saxophonist, educator and New Orleans native, Victor Goines; Goines has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis Septet since 1993.
 4.   Where are the restrooms near Jackson Square?
A free, air-conditioned bathroom trailer (as well as regular port-o-lets) for festival goers will be conveniently located directly across from the Decatur Street side of Jackson Square.

 5.    What about everyone who used to camp out on Barracks Street… how will they enjoy the new location?

Jackson Square has a pedestrian mall, where fans who prefer to stay outside the gate can enjoy the celebration.

  6.   Where can I find the complete schedule, map, menu, parking info, and hours for Satchmo SummerFest?
There are a few ways to find Satchmo SummerFest!  Find everything on our, the full printed schedule will be included in the August issue of OffBeat Magazine (free) and on the streets the last week of July; the official schedule will also be handed out at the ticket booths at Festival and the Symposium at Le Petit Theatre.

Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron is produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (, the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, which also produces French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron 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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