August 2, 2011 | Upcoming Events

The 11th Annual Satchmo SummerFest will be August 4th – 7th, 2011 at the Louisiana State Museum's Old U.S. Mint in the French Quarter.

Get ready for it. The Satchmo SummerFest is back with enough jazz music, special events and great food to help you beat the heat.

Satchmo SummerfestThe 11th Annual Satchmo SummerFest kicks off at Muriel’s Jackson Square on Louis Armstrong’s birthday, Thursday, August 4th! The evening will feature an opening reception and keynote conversation with critically acclaimed British music writer Richard Havers and Grammy-winning record producer Russ Titelman. What better way to kickoff the festival named after Louis Armstrong than with a new comprehensive boxed set of Satchmo’s music? Already being hailed as “the most complete Louis Armstrong boxed set ever made available,” the set entitled “Satchmo” will be officially released.

You can still catch plenty of free music this weekend with several New Orleans mainstays in jazz including the Rebirth Brass Band, the Treme Brass Band and many, many more. Check out the official Satchmo SummerFest music schedule for the latest. And don’t forget the incredible food, special events and free seminars all weekend long.

Here is the official rundown of events from Satchmo SummerFest, and be sure to visit the festival’s website for schedules and the latest info.

Music all weekend on festival stages featuring traditional jazz, contemporary jazz, brass bands & children's programming. A sampling of performers who play the festival include Leroy Jones, Jeremy Davenport, Connie Jones' Crescent City Jazz Band, Yoshio Toyama and the Dixie Saints, The Palmetto Bug Stompers, Shamarr Allen, Rebirth Brass Band, Tim Laughlin, Soul Rebels, Treme Brass Band, Leah Chase, James Andrews, Lars Edegran's New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra, New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park programming for kids, & more!

Join us Fri., Sat. & Sun. during the festival for free seminars & discussions, featuring a host of speakers, including recording industry icon George Avakian (Armstrong's producer & friend); Michael Cogswell of the Armstrong House & Archives; noted Armstrong scholar and winner of multiple Grammy Awards Dan Morgenstern; writer and Armstrong film collector Ricky Riccardi; Yoshio Toyoma, aka 'Satchmo of Japan,' who also performs with his Dixie Saints; & many other sessions with educational & entertaining speakers who knew or were inspired by Louis Armstrong.

SPECIAL EVENTS, FOOD & DRINKS Special Events: Louis Armstrong Birthday Party, Satchmo Art Show, kids' activities and entertainment, Sunday morning Jazz Mass at historic St. Augustine Church in Treme, a traditional second line parade, a Trumpet Tribute to close the festival, the Satchmo Club Strut, & more! Food & Drinks: Featuring Abita – 'the local beer for the locals' festival' – Plum Street Snoballs, and 'Red Bean Alley' – New Orleans restaurants serving up fabulous New Orleans cuisine and dishes that Louis Armstrong loved.