Get your laundry going: White Linen Night happens this Saturday, so be sure to have something clean and bright on hand for the occasion. Satchmo SummerFest also starts on Friday, offering plenty of options all weekend to hear musical tributes or acquire obscure facts about the music and pop culture legend. Need more music? Done: Rebirth Brass Band takes over Howlin’ Wolf on Saturday night. Die-hard Potterheads can head to a Harry Potter birthday party at Tubby & Coo’s (muggles only). A craft beer tasting at Billy Reid and a concert from Idina Menzel are other pertinent picks.
1. Satchmo SummerFest – The area near the Old U.S. Mint at Barracks Street and Decatur Street morphs into a veritable shrine to Louis Armstrong during Satchmo SummerFest. Dozens of artists play the Red Beans and Ricely Yours and Cornet Chop Suey stages with food, drink, and special programming like lectures and a kids’ second line happening all weekend. Tickets are $5.
2. Harry Potter’s Birthday Party at Tubby & Coo’s – Starting at 6:30 p.m., the Mid-City bookshop casts a spell to celebrate all things Potter with trivia, a make-your-own-wand activity, a Bertie Botts Jellybean tasting competition, and a Hogwarts Feast. According to their website, even surly Professor Snape approves. Tickets are $15 online; limited number available.
3. Whitney White Linen Night – Don your Saturday best and head to Julia Street for White Linen Night, the free, art-centric block party wherein guests show off white or light-colored duds. Food and live entertainment are part of the fun at this free event starting at about 6 p.m.
4. Rebirth Brass Band at Howlin’ Wolf – Catch the award-winning local band in town before they embark on a nationwide tour that crisscrosses from Maryland to California and back. The 18-and-up show starts at 10 p.m. with tickets ($15) available online.
5. “Louis Armstrong: In His Own Words” – In tandem with Satchmo SummerFest, Café Istanbul inside the New Orleans Healing Center co-hosts this event with the New Orleans chapter of the Jazz Journalists Association. Starting at 8:30 p.m., authors, actors, and musicians will read from Louis Armstrong’s autobiographic essays and other texts ranging in topic from politics to opinions on other musicians.
Lagniappe, Thursday Night Edition
Craft Beer Tasting at Billy Reid – Your weekend can start a little early with craft beer tasting from 6-8 p.m. at Billy Reid, the Magazine Street retail space studded with rugged-lux clothes and a lo-fi Southern aesthetic. You’ll taste the newly released Blackberry Farm Brewery’s classic saison craft beer as you browse the beautifully curated racks. Free.
Idina Menzel at the Saenger – Besides catchy songs and one-word adjective names, “Wicked” and “Frozen” have one thing in common: Idina Menzel. The acclaimed singer performs at the Saenger on Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. Find tickets online from $120.