Satchmo's birthday party moves to a historic new home

Satchmo's birthday party moves to a historic new home

NEW ORLEANS (WAFB) - Traditional jazz, a historic park, Louisiana cooking, and some swing dancing seems like the perfect way to celebrate Louis "Satchmo" Armstong's 116th birthday.

The Satchmo SummerFest will take place from August 5-7 in heart of the French Quarter: Jackson Square. For the last 15 years, the festival has been held at the Louisiana State Museum's Old U.S. Mint, but the event's increasing popularity has created a need for some additional space.

"As we celebrate the Festival's 16th anniversary, we are thrilled to move into New Orleans' most beautiful, iconic park," says Marci Schramm, Executive Director of French Quarter Festivals, Inc.  "Like Louis Armstrong, Jackson Square is beloved and integral to New Orleans' history and culture. The new location, along with our incredible symposium panelists, traditional jazz musicians, great restaurants, and special events will make this year's event incredibly memorable," Schramm continued.

In addition to the new location, festival goers can look forward to three stages of traditional jazz (including a new indoor stage!), food from some of New Orleans' best restaurants, and cultural events including swing dancing and a second line.

In addition to the revelry, the Satchmo Symposium will provide three days of seminars celebrating 100 years of Pulitzer. The Symposium will take place in Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré and feature Grammy Award-winning artist, Catherine Russell, and author, Mick Carlon.

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