The 2016 Satchmo Summerfest is moving from the festival’s traditional home at the Old U.S. Mint to Jackson Square. The 16th annual celebration of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong and his legacy will be Aug. 5-7.

As it did at the Mint, Satchmo Summerfest will feature two main stages – the Red Beans and Ricely Yours Stage and the Cornet Chop Suey Stage – at Jackson Square. Those stages will host mostly local, mostly traditional jazz and brass bands. Sets will alternate on the two stages.

New for 2016 is the indoor Back o’ Town Stage on the second floor of the Louisiana Stage Museum’s Arsenal at Jackson Square. The Back o’ Town Stage will offer traditional jazz bands and swing dance lessons on the festival’s Saturday and Sunday.

The festival’s weekend-long symposium, with scholarly panel discussions and presentations related to Armstrong, also moves to a new home, at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre.

The first 14 Satchmo Summerfests were free. Last year, the festival instituted a $5 cover charge. In 2016, patrons will once again be charged $5 for a wristband that grants admission to all of the festival’s daily activities.

Per tradition, the music roster favors trumpet players steeped in the New Orleans jazz aesthetic: Leroy Jones, Kermit Ruffins, Wendell Brunious, Mark Braud, Jeremy Davenport, James Andrews and Yoshio Toyama, the “Satchmo of Japan” and a longtime Summerfest favorite.

The overwhelmingly local lineup also includes Big Sam’s Funky Nation, the Treme Brass Band, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Brass-A-Holics, Bill Summers & Jazalsa, Charmaine Neville, Miss Sophie Lee, Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony, and the Original Pinettes Brass Band.

Modern jazz saxophonist and clarinetist Victor Goines, a longtime Wynton Marsalis collaborator, will make his Satchmo Summerfest debut this year both onstage and at a symposium. Grammy-winning vocalist Catherine Russell, the daughter of Armstrong musical director Luis Russell, will also appear twice during her first time at the fest.

New setting aside, the festival will continue many of its traditions, from the opening second-line parade to a Sunday morning jazz mass at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Treme to a “trumpet tribute” finale. The Omni Royal Orleans Hotel will host the festival’s opening reception. “Pop’s Playhouse” is an area of the festival grounds dedicated to entertaining children.

Satchmo Summerfest was founded in 2001 to commemorate the 100th birthday of Armstrong, the consensus greatest jazz musician of all time. Chevron is now its presenting sponsor.

The festival’s total three-day attendance averages 40,000 annually, organizers say.

Satchmo Summerfest is produced by French Quarter Festivals Inc., the same non-profit that produces the French Quarter Festival in April and Christmas New Orleans Style in December. The organization is led by executive director Marci Schramm.

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Red Beans & Ricely Yours Stage

12-1 p.m. PresHall Brass

1:45-2:45 Dirty Dozen Brass Band

3:30-4:45 Bill Summers & Jazalsa

5:30-6:45 Kermit Ruffins

7:45-9 p.m. Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Cornet Chop Suey Stage

1-1:45 p.m. Miss Sophie Lee

2:45-3:30 Tornado Brass Band

4:45-5:30 Shotgun Jazz Band

6:45-7:45 Original Tuxedo Jazz Band


Red Beans & Ricely Yours Stage

12-1 p.m. The Ella and Louie Tribute Band

1:45-2:45 Catherine Russell

3:45-4:45 Yoshio Toyama & the Dixie Saints

5:30-6:30 Original Pinettes Brass Band

7:30-9 p.m. Brass-A-Holics

Cornet Chop Suey Stage

1-1:45 p.m. Lawrence Cotton Legendary Experience

2:45-3:45 Treme Brass Band

4:45-5:30 Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony

6:30-7:30 Charmaine Neville

Back o’ Town Stage

11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Traditional jazz bands and swing dance lessons by NOLA Jitterbugs


Red Beans & Ricely Yours Stage

12:45-1:45 Mark Braud & the New Orleans Jazz Giants

2:30-3:30 Victor Goines

4:30-5:45 Leroy Jones & New Orleans’ Finest

6:30-7:30 James Andrews & the Crescent City Allstars

7:30-8 p.m. Trumpet Tribute to Louis Armstrong featuring James Andrews

Cornet Chop Suey Stage

12-12:45 New Orleans Swamp Donkeys

1:45-2:30 DeJean’s Olympia Brass Band

3:30-4:30 Jeremy Davenport

5:45-6:30 Wendell Brunious

Back o’ Town Stage

11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Traditional jazz bands and swing dance lessons by NOLA Jitterbugs

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