The Satchmo Summerfest preps for its 15th anniversary at the Louisiana State Museum's Old U.S. Mint in the French Quarter.
The three-day event is a celebration of the life, legacy and music of New Orleans' native son Louis Armstrong. A special screening of the 1956 classic "High Society" will take place Thursday at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre to kick off the fest. Limited tickets are available for the screening.
Performers for the weekend include: Deacon John, The Palm Court Jazz All Stars, Jewel Brown, Bill Summers, Rebirth Brass Band, Charmaine Neville, James Andrews, Kermit Ruffins and the Treme Brass Band among many others.
A host of lectures and discussions about the influence of jazz in New Orleans will be held inside the museum, along with a keynote conversation commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina entitled Musical First Responders. The panel is set to honor those who worked to rebuild the city's musical infrastructure. Representatives Jordan Hirsch, Cherice Harrison-Nelson, Robert Lyall, Derrick Tabb, and Reid Wick will discuss lessons learned in the past decade.
Festival-goers can also check out the new, never-before-seen exhibit, Satchmo: His Life in New Orleans. Free dance lessons and children's activities will be available throughout the weekend.
Satchmo SummerFest runs July 31 to Aug. 2. Admission is $5 for adults. Kids 12 and under are free. For more information about daily events and performers, go to www.fqfi.org.
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