Cyril Neville is among a dozen acts making their Satchmo SummerFest debut when the annual three-day festival returns to the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint on Aug. 2 to Aug. 4.
The 19th annual festival produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. is dedicated to the life, legacy, and music of New Orleans’ native son, Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong.
Other SummerFest debuts include Big 6 Brass Band, Big Easy Brawlers, Catie Rodgers and the Gentilly Stompers, DinosAurchestra, Lafayette Charter Academy Marching Band, Michael Ward, New Orleans Classic Big Band with Ricky Riccardi, Smitty Dee’s Brass Band featuring Dimitri Smith, The Garden of Joy, Tonya Boyd Cannon and Troy Sawyer and the Elementz.
“The 2019 festival lineup includes more than 30 acts, ranging from traditional jazz to swing, brass and marching bands, funk, R&B, jazz fusion, and more performing on two tented stages over three days,” according to a press release announcing the lineup.
Festival producers also tease the culinary lineup, announcing newcomers Dorignac’s Food Center, Gulf Tacos and Rusty Pelicans. Organizers say the complete culinary lineup and menus will be announced in July.
Daily admission to the fest is $6 (children 12 and under enter free). Admission also provides access to the Jazz Museum’s collection and exhibitions plus indoor activities like Pops’ Playhouse for Kids powered by Entergy and the Hilton Satchmo Legacy Stage featuring discussions, and presentations by renowned Armstrong scholars.
Returning Satchmo SummerFest favorites include Ellis Marsalis, Jr., Charmaine Neville, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, Preservation Brass, Robin Barnes & The Fiyabirds, Trumpet Mafia, Jeremy Davenport, and the Treme Brass Band.