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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Satchmo SummerFest moves to Jackson Square for 16th annual fest in August

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2016 at 10:50 AM

click to enlarge Big Sam's Funky Nation. - ADAM MCCULLOUGH
  • Adam McCullough
  • Big Sam's Funky Nation.

For its 16th annual event, Satchmo SummerFest — held in August to celebrate its namesake's birthday with jazz, brass and funk bands — will move to Jackson Square from its previous home at the Old U.S. Mint.

The lineup for the Aug. 5-7 festival includes the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Bill Summers & Jazalsa, Kermit Ruffins, Brass-A-Holics, Catherine Russell, Yoshio Toyama & the Dixie Saints, Jeremy Davenport and a tribute to Louis Armstrong featuring James Andrews, among others. The full lineup is here.

Music is spread across three stages, including a new "Back o' Town" stage on the second floor of the Louisiana State Museum Arsenal (600 St. Peter St.), and at two stages at Jackson Square (the "Red Beans and Ricely Yours Stage" and "Cornet Chop Suey Stage"). 

The Satchmo Symposium panels at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre include "Celebrating 100 years of Pulitzer — From New Orleans to the World Stage: The Artistic Journeys of Louis Armstrong and Wynton Marsalis," moderated by James Karst of | The Times-Picayune. On Aug. 5, Grammy Award winner Catherine Russell discusses "From Satchmo's Knee to a Grammy" with Fred Kasten. On Aug. 7, the symposium screens "A Conversation with Jack Bradley" from author Mick Carlton, who talked to the photographer about his work with Armstrong.

There also is a morning Jazz Mass at Treme's St. Augustine Church, second lines, dance lessons, film screenings (also at Le Petit), children's activities and other events.

The formerly free festival started charging admission for its 2015 event. The festival charges $5 admission each day.

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