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July 30, 2010

Celebrating Satchmo in New Orleans

Rue Louis ArmstrongEverybody who loves Louis Armstrong knows his birthday was on July 4, right? It turns out that it took until the mid-1980s to learn that Satchmo’s special day wasn’t July 4, 1900, but August 4, 1901.

And why do you care?

Because if you’re anywhere near New Orleans the first weekend of August, you can swing by for a celebration of the life and music of Louis Armstrong at the Satchmo SummerFest. This year marks the festival’s 10th anniversary, and the celebration runs from August 5 to 8 with live music on the grounds of the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint and the French Market. But beside the music, there will be lectures, seminars, a traditional second line parade, a Jazz Mass, and more. The Satchmo Summerfest is free and open to the public.

Another New Orleans event during Armstrong birthday weekend is the Satchmo Club Strut, a musical club crawl on Frenchmen Street and a benefit for the New Orleans Jazz Celebration’s efforts to “preserve, promote, and perpetuate jazz, America’s original art form, through educational outreach to audiences of all ages.” At the event on August 6, the first musicians start playing at 6 p.m. and the last band will end well after midnight. General admission tickets are $30 and VIP tickets (allowing balcony party access, food and beverages) are $80 per person.

Come on out and celebrate in New Orleans style! Look for me; I’ll be the one dancing in the street.

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One Response to “Celebrating Satchmo in New Orleans”

  1. avary Says:

    Pensacola Beach, much like the rest of the East coast, is currently experiencing the negative repercussions of the recent oil spill on our tourism industry. The Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce is organizing two great events for the fall 2010 in hopes of bringing visitors back to our beautiful beaches: The Pensacola Beach Taste of the Beach weekend is being held on September 18-19, and The 3rd annual Art and Wine Weekend on October 2-3.

    At The Taste of The Beach, I get to try the signature dishes of celebrated chefs as they showcase their culinary skills. The event also includes a corvette show, free entertainment, People’s choice awards ceremony, kids games and contests. September 18 – 19 from 11am – 4pm at the Gulfside Pavilion at Pensacola Beach.

    At the Art and Wine Weekend, I get to attend multiple wine tastings going on all weekend. Also, I get to ride the free ‘Art Express’ trolly while I travel to 20 different locations to view all kinds of various modern art. I can’t wait to attend this event, and I encourage all art and wine lovers to visit Pensacola Beach on Oct. 2-3, 2010 for the 3rd annual Art and Wine Weekend.

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