Satchmofest, New Orleans


Satchmo SummerFest (also known as Satchmofest) is an annual music festival held in New Orleans, Louisiana, in celebration of the jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong. It is held in early August in order to coincide with August 4, Armstrong’s birthday. It has multiple stages, including stages for traditional and contemporary jazz, big-band jazz, and a children’s stage for up-and-coming jazz musician.


A New Orleans Second Line

Michael Turtle
Sunday mass at the famous St Augustine’s Church in New Orleans is everything you might expect it to be. A crowded building that only adds to the summer heat and humidity; a large choir that fills the remaining space; and preaching that elicits shouted comments from the congregation. I love the energy of the service that rolls on like a rock concert. This is about as gospel as I’ve ever seen before. This is a New Orleans tradition – “a jazz funeral with the body”. A brass band walks...

Music, Food, and Craft Beer Flourish at New Orleans' Satchmo SummerFest

Bethany & Randy
You don’t hear much about it anymore, but there was a time not so long ago that musicians walked to their gigs. The Grateful Dead walked when they played at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Bob Dylan did it in Greenwich Village. And, I imagine, Louis Armstrong strutted to the smoky music clubs of “Black Storyville,” a four-block area in New Orleans’ former red light district where City Hall now stands. If there is one city where this tradition still exists, it’s likely New...