2012 Satchmo SummerFest August 3-5
The premiere American Jazz Festival dedicated to the life, legacy, and music of New Orleans' native son, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, will take place August 3 - 5 at the Louisiana State Museum's Old U.S. Mint. This weekend-long celebration will feature traditional jazz, contemporary jazz, and brass bands comprised of New Orleans' most talented musicians.
Live, Local Music, Free Dance Lessons, and Indoor Family Activities
Satchmo SummerFest 2012 music lineup includes Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue
Preservation Hall-Stars, Yoshio Toyama and the Dixie Saints, Leroy Jones and New
Orleans' Finest, Treme Funktet featuring Corey Henry and Travis Hill, Don
& The Creole Jazz Serenaders, Wendell Brunious, The Original Pinnettes Brass
The New Orleans Moonshiners, and many more.
Between musical sets, dancers of all levels can take lessons from New Orleans'
dance teachers at the Cornet Chop Suey Stage Saturday and Sunday of the
Swing and Charleston dance lessons are open and free to the public and are
and sponsored by NOLA Jitterbugs.
Throughout the day, children and parents can relax indoors on the second floor
the Louisiana State Museum's Old U.S. Mint with an array of educational,
children's activities, "Satchmo on Film" for kids, and exhibits. The "Satchmo
Kids'" area features a variety of activities for kids to enjoy including a
collage project, a second-line umbrella creation station, coconut decorating
the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club's "Junior Zulus," and the Jazz National
Park's Junior Rangers program.
While inside, visitors can also enjoy the Louisiana State Museum's
Hall at 50." The exhibit is a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of
Hall through artifacts, photographs, posters, handbills, flyers, newspaper
phonograph records, film and audio clips, interviews, and oral histories. In
items from the museum's jazz collection are on display, including Louis
first cornet. The exhibit and children's area are free and open to the public
the festival weekend.
Satchmo SummerFest hosts diverse and exciting offerings from great New Orleans
and welcomes new additions to the festival menu options. This year, the festival
introduces Lakeside Harbor and Mona's CafÈ to Red Bean Alley, and welcomes back
Plum Street SnoBalls and Cool Fruit Sensations and their refreshing fresh
juices and teas with the option to add Absolut Vodka or Avion Tequila to any
The festival also debuts Avion Frozen Margaritas, Lipton Green Tea, and Gatorade
at the beverage booths.
In addition to a weekend full of great music, food, seminars, movies, and
activities, Satchmo SummerFest features an array of special events including the
annual Jazz Mass at the historic St. Augustine Church in Treme, a traditional
line parade, and the annual 'Trumpet Tribute' which closes the festival Sunday
with a Satchmo birthday party.