Satchmo SummerFest Celebrates the Legacy of Louis Armstrong

Satchmo SummerFestPhoto courtesy of Satchmo SummerFest on Facebook

Satchmo SummerFest started in 2001 as a tribute to Louis Armstrong, one of New Orleans’ most prominent native residents on his 100th birthday (“Satchmo” was one of Armstrong’s several nicknames). In its 18th year, the fest remains the August highlight and just the respite we need from the long weeks of the summer.

The annual festival, traditionally held over the three days of the first weekend of August in the French Quarter, is easy to navigate and get to. Satchmo SummerFest will be spread on three stages at the U.S. Mint. Grammy-winning Soul Queen of New Orleans, Irma Thomas makes her Satchmo SummerFest debut in 2018. Other 2018 debuts include: Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses, Bonerama, Doyle Cooper Jazz Band, James Williams, and The Nayo Jones Experience. The lineup also includes returning favorites Big Chief Donald Harrison Jr., Bill Summers & Jazalsa, Corey Henry’s Treme Funktet, Ellis Marsalis, Jeremy Davenport, Preservation Brass, and a Trumpet Tribute presented by Popeyes featuring Ashlin Parker. For schedule, lineup and updates please check the event’s website or its Facebook page.

Photo courtesy of Satchmo SummerFest on Facebook

The $5 daily admission fee remains for adults; kids under 12 get in free. You can get the wristband at the gate and come and go as you please — as in the previous years, re-admittance to the U.S. Mint grounds is permitted.

And, don’t forget about the food! As in the previous years, dozens of the best local restaurants as vendors will be featured. The Big Cheezy and Roux Carre; the Central City market will
showcase vendors’ most popular dishes. Festival favorites returning for 2018 include Ajun Cajun, Café DauphineThe Company Burger, Crêpes à la Cart, Lasyone’s Meat Pie Restaurant, Palmer’s Cuisine, Quintin’s Ice Cream, Plum Street Snoballs, and The Praline Connection. Beer and wine lovers will not want to miss the Abita Beer Garden, serving favorites and seasonal brews, and the Sonoma Cutrer Rosé Café. French Quarter Festivals, Inc. will also partner with Eat Fit NOLA by labeling menu items that provide healthy options for those who want to eat clean, count calories, and manage diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol.

Satchmo SummerFest’s 2018 Poster by Lionel Milton—photo courtesy of Satchmo SummerFest on Facebook


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There will also be shaded picnic tables on the grounds for dining.

Parking: Street parking only. You may want to look along the stretch of the French Market and at the foot of Esplanade.

The $5 wristband guarantees re-entry to the grounds.

Pops’ Playhouse for Kids at the Jazz Museum of the Mint (2nd floor) will have children’s activities.

Festival details:

What: The 18th annual Satchmo SummerFest

When: Friday-Sunday, August 3-5, 2018

Where: U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave.

Admission: $5 wristband for daily admission for adults; free for children under 12 – helps support local musicians and pay for the event

Schedule and lineup: