Satchmo SummerFest shifts to week-long virtual celebration for 20th anniversary

Satchmo SummerFest heads to music lovers online after the ongoing pandemic forced organizers to cancel the 2020 event.

The annual summer festival celebrating the life and legacy of Louis Armstrong shifts to a week-long virtual event, called Seven Days of Satch, from July 27 to Aug. 2.

Photo credit: Zack Smith Photography via French Quarter Festivals, Inc.

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During the “multiplatform, virtual celebration,” fans can look forward to live-streamed performances and talks from Armstrong scholars on Facebook Live, complemented by thematic programming on WWOZ, French Quarter Festivals, Inc. announced in a release.

The music lineup includes performances from beloved New Orleans artists including James Andrews, John Boutté, Wendell Brunious, Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony, Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns, Herlin Riley, Treme Brass Band and Tuba Skinny.

Musical performances will be filmed on-site at the New Orleans Jazz Museum and shared on Facebook Live Saturday, Aug. 1 and Sunday, Aug. 2.

The virtual event pays tribute to 20th anniversary of Satchmo SummerFest. Traditionally, Satchmo SummerFest has been a weekend filled with music, education, cuisine, and culture on the grounds of the New Orleans Jazz Museum.

Due to public health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers announced the cancellation of the event in May. Satchmo SummerFest will return on July 30 to Aug. 1, 2021.

“Since 1984, we’ve been committed to our non-profit mission to showcase our incredible local music and culture,” said FQFI president & CEO Emily Madero. “For the remainder of 2020, FQFI has refocused its energy on creating new ways, like the Seven Days of Satch, to support the community and deliver on this mission. We are thrilled to work with our generous partners, talented artists, chefs, and speakers, to produce this virtual tribute.”

In 2019, French Quarter Festival alone generated nearly $200 million in economic impact for the city and hired over 1,700 local musicians. Visitor spending at festivals produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. create or support nearly 2,100 full and part-time jobs for the community.

For more information on the schedule and how to access the performances, visit

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