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Save the Date! 14th Annual Satchmo SummerFest

May 16, 2014 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Save the date for Satchmo SummerFest – July 31-Aug 3, 2014 – produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. 

Allen Toussaint at the 2013 Satchmo SummerFestThe premier American Jazz Festival dedicated to the life, legacy, and music of New Orleans’ native son, Satchmo SummerFest will feature three days of fascinating discussions and about the life and talent of Louis Armstrong and seminars about the history and influence of jazz music in New Orleans. The event is held annually at the Louisiana State Museum’s 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.  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.  Throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, children and parents can relax in air-conditioning on the second floor of the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint and enjoy an array of educational, entertaining family activities, movies, and exhibits.

Due to rising popularity, attendance, and title sponsorship from Chevron, in 2013 Satchmo SummerFest became a full, three-day festival (Friday-Sunday).  As a result, 2013 attendance numbers reach almost 60,000 festival-goers.

Satchmo SummerFest hosts special events including: opening reception and keynote address; 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.’

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