This weekend (well, really today) marks the kickoff of the 10th annual Satchmo SummerFest in New Orleans. Satchmo is a weekend-long celebration dedicated to the life, music and legacy of New Orleans’ native son, Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong (who was born on August 4, hence the celebration taking place the first weekend in August every year).
Satchmo Summerfest is more than just a free music festival. There are guest speakers and seminars, dance competitions, live music, dance lessons, a club-strut and more. Here are our top must-dos during Satchmo SummerFest.
1. Satchmo Club-Strut — strut your stuff down Frenchmen Street with this musical club crawl. For one night Frenchmen is closed to cars and all of the music clubs that line the street feature special performances in the spirit of Satchmo. Tickets are $30.
2. Satchmo Seminars — We realize you won’t be able to catch them all, but plan at least one hour for one of the Satchmo seminars. They’re interesting, informative and inside (which means AC).
3. Dance Lessons — Every day, there are different dance lessons at the Back o’ Town Stage (3rd Floor of the Old U.S. Mint). Learn how to second line, do the Charleston, swing dance and more
4. Music (of course!) — Don’t miss New Orleans favorites Kermit Ruffins, Rebirth Brass Band, Soul Rebels and more. Who doesn’t like good music for free? For a preview of the music you’ll hear, listen to the New Orleans Festivals Facebook Page’s Satchmo SummerFest Playlist.
Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint
400 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, LA