The Satchmo SummerFest is returning to the Mint for its 17th anniversary this year. The festival began back in 2001 to celebrate Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong's 100th birthday. It would make sense, then, that the festival commemorates long-held New Orleans traditions with Sunday morning Jazz Mass at the historic St. Augustine Church in the Treme and a second line parade. Of course, the main draw to the festival is the music.
Satchmo SummerFest has a reputation for hosting some of the best and most jammin' tunes straight from the home of jazz itself. The Big Easy blues are sure to attract all the swingin' cats this side of the Mississippi. This year's line-up is coming out fresh with local flavor including Ellis Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbeque Swingers, the Hot 8 Brass Band, as well as Corey Henry's Treme Funktet.
But music isn't the only thing that's going to satiate you. Don't eat lunch beforehand, because there will be a line of vendors that will make your mom's fried chicken look like fast food fare. Vendors Include Café Dauphine, Ajun Cajun, Lasyone's Meat Pie Restaurant, Palmer's Cuisine, and Royal House, just to name a few. Red beans and rice is even nicer when complemented by brass bands, so don't miss the opportunity to indulge!
Of course, there's no question as to why we are celebrating Louis Armstrong. Satchmo was born in New Orleans on August 4, 1901. He is best known for his classic songs such as "When the Saints Go Marching In" and "What a Wonderful World," which feature his raspy voice and lyrical trumpet skills. He became famous not only around town, but also around the world. The city just wouldn't be what it is today without him.
The music stretches all three days of the weekend, featuring plenty of big hits and many New Orleans favorites. Sometimes they are one in the same. Daily admission is only $5. See the schedule for yourself online, and keep on swingin'!