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The 17th Annual Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron

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The 17th Anniversary Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron is August 4-6, 2017 at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint.

Produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI), Satchmo SummerFest is an unparalleled celebration of the life, legacy, and music of New Orleans’ native son, Louis Armstrong.

The event brings performances from New Orleans’ most talented musicians, with a focus on traditional and contemporary jazz and brass bands. The Back o’Town Stage, Satchmo Symposium, Pops’ Playhouse for Kids, and Women of Note – a new exhibit by the New Orleans Jazz Museum – are scheduled inside the air-conditioned Mint. The nominal daily admission of $5 (children 12 and under are free) helps support local musicians and pay for the event.

Kickoff Party and ‘Spirit of Satchmo’ Awards

On Thursday, August 3, Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron will kick off with a fundraiser to benefit French Quarter Festivals, Inc. The party will take place from 7:00-9:00pm at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel. Guests will enjoy a performance by Germaine Bazzle, with special guest Dee Dee Bridgewater. The ‘Spirit of Satchmo’ Awards Ceremony will take place during the party; the annual awards are given to individuals and/or organizations that champion New Orleans music and culture and help keep Armstrong’s legacy alive. The 2017 recipients are James Andrews, Germaine Bazzle, and David Kunian. A limited number of tickets are available by clicking here.

Live, Local Music on Three Stages plus Free Dance Lessons

Grammy-winning trumpeter Nicholas Payton makes his Satchmo SummerFest debut on Friday, August 4. Payton, widely considered one of the greatest artists of our time, began his professional career at the age of ten as a member of James Andrews’ All-Star Brass; he was given his first steady gig by guitarist Danny Barker at The Famous Door on Bourbon Street. Payton’s 2017 release, Afro Caribbean Mixtape, fuses the traditions New Orleans with modern jazz, hip-hop, mixtape, and spoken-word. Other 2017 Satchmo SummerFest debuts include: Stephanie Jordan, Quiana Lynell, David L. Harris, Pin Stripe Brass Band, and Ashlin Parker Trumpet Mafia.

In addition to returning to its original location at the Mint, Satchmo SummerFest brings back the indoor Back o’ Town stage, which will be located on the second floor of the museum. The stage will feature a dance floor, dance instruction by NOLA Jitterbugs, and live dance music on Saturday and Sunday. Outside, two tented stages will provide three days of musical performances. The full festival lineup includes Hot 8 Brass Band, Catherine Russell, New Orleans Swamp Donkeys, Bill Summers & Jazalsa, Kermit Ruffins, John Boutté, Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns, Jeremy Davenport, Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs, Evan Christopher’s Clarinet Road, Ellis Marsalis, Wendell Brunious, Charmaine Neville, and a Trumpet Tribute to Louis Armstrong featuring Kermit Ruffins, James Andrews and the Crescent City All-Stars. Click here to view the full music schedule:

Satchmo Symposium: Three Days of Fascinating Speakers and Discussions

Fascinating lectures and discussions about Louis Armstrong and the history and influence of jazz in New Orleans will also take place inside the museum. Curated by Fred Kasten and Dr. Connie Atkinson, the lecture series attracts the highest caliber of speakers and jazz historians. The 2017 lineup includes Ricky Riccardi, Director of Research Collections for the Louis Armstrong House and Museum, famous jazz writer and multi-Grammy winner Dan Morgenstern, singer Daryl Sherman, David Sager (trombonist and curator for the Library of Congress’ National Jukebox), author and educator Mick Carlon, Dr. Bruce Boyd Raeburn (Curator of Tulane University’s Hogan Jazz Archive), music writer John Swenson, clarinetist Evan Christopher, Tulane University Professor Courtney Bryan, and more. A full schedule is online at

New Eats and Drinks

Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron will feature cuisine from a dozen of New Orleans’ favorite restaurants, including four new vendors: Blue Runner Foods, Café Dauphine, The Company Burger, and New Orleans Ice Cream. Festival favorites returning for 2017 include Crepes a la Cart, Lasyone’s Meat Pie Restaurant, Palmer’s Cuisine, The Praline Connection, Rib Room, Royal House, and Vaucresson Sausage Co. The options include many traditional New Orleans dishes like Louis Armstrong’s favorite meal, Red Beans and Rice with Sausage, which will be offered by Blue Runner Foods; Café Dauphine will serve Creole Shrimp and Grits, and the Rib Room brings back its popular and decadent Prime Rib Debris Po-boy. Satchmo SummerFest also brings a range of refreshing summer dishes like Ajun Cajun’s Seaweed and Cucumber Salad, Crepes a la Carte’s Bacon & Nutella Crepes, New Orleans Ice Cream’s Café Bar, Plum Street Snowballs, and Royal House’s Chopped Salad with Fried Oysters.

Abita Brewing Company’s To-Gose, the local brewery’s take on a traditional Gose beer’s slightly salty and sour style, will make its debut in 2017, joining returning favorites Amber, The Boot, Big Easy IPA, Purple Haze, and Blueberry. Luzianne Iced Tea also makes a debut, serving fresh brewed iced tea. Other beverages include Finlandia Vodka’s Bloody Mary, Jack Daniel’s Lynchburg Lemonade, and fresh squeezed juices from Cool Fruit Sensations.

Family Fun at Pops’ Playhouse

Throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, children and parents can relax in air-conditioning on the second floor of the museum and enjoy an array of educational, entertaining family activities, movies, and exhibits. Pops’ Playhouse for Kids features a variety of activities that teach the next generation about New Orleans traditions. Children can make crafts like second line umbrellas, homemade instruments, and Zulu coconuts. Other activities include Pops’ Puppets with Andrea North, which will tell the story of the relationship between Louis Armstrong and Joe “King” Oliver; after the show, kids will get the chance to make their own Armstrong puppet. Trumpet Tips from Tips presented by the Tipitina’s Foundation will give children an opportunity to learn from band leader, singer, percussionist, songwriter, and trumpeter, Desmian Barnes, and his son, Ian Barnes.

Jazz Mass, and other Special Events Planned

In addition to a weekend full of great music, food, seminars, movies, and children’s activities, Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron features an array of special events including the annual Jazz Mass at the historic St. Augustine Church in Treme, a traditional second line parade led by Treme Brass Band, and the annual Trumpet Tribute which closes the festival Sunday night with a Satchmo birthday party.

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