What’s New at Satchmo SummerFest

From a change in location to new dishes hitting the menu, festival-goers can look out for a few new things in store for this year's Satchmo SummerFest. Music lovers can enjoy the three-day festival celebrating beloved New Orleans musician Louis Armstrong, starting this Friday, August 4 until Sunday, August 6.

Here's a list of new things to keep an eye out for at this year's fest.

The Fest Returns Back to the Old U.S. Mint

This year, Satchmo SummerFest heads back to its longtime location at the Old U.S. Mint, now called the New Orleans Jazz Museum. Organizers say feedback from festival-goers and a review of festival outcomes sparked the decision to return to the original location. “The newly opened Jazz Museum will help us pay homage to Satchmo, plus shade tents and on-site, air-conditioned bathrooms will keep fans comfortable,” said Emily Madero, president and chief executive officer of French Quarter Festivals, Inc. Daily admission to the fest is $5.

Photo courtesy: Zack Smith Photography courtesy of French Quarter Festivals, Inc.

Bite Into More Than a Dozen New Dishes

Look for four new food vendors at the fest this year including Blue Runner Foods, Cafe Dauphine, The Company Burger and New Orleans Ice Cream. We found a total of 14 new dishes festival-goers can bite into this year.

Ajun Cajun

Catfish Poboy served on Dong Phong bread with Pink Sauce — $8
Softshell Crab Poboy served on Dong Phong bread with Pink Sauce — $12

Blue Runner Foods

Red Beans and Rice with Sausage — $4

Café Dauphine

Cajun Seafood Eggrolls — $8 
Creole Shrimp & Grits — $8 
Deep Fried Seafood Stuffed Bell Pepper — $9
Fried Green Tomato and Shrimp Remoulade Stack — $8

The Company Burger

Company Fries: Hand Cut and Twice Fried — $4 
Jalapeno Slaw: House Pickled Jalapenos — $4 
Company Burger: Two This Patties, Bread & Butter Pickles, Red Onions and American Cheese — $9
Turkey Burger served with Arugula, Green Goddess Dressing, and Tomato Jam — $8

New Orleans Ice Cream

Café Bar (Café au Lait or Mocha) – $4
New Orleans Ice Cream Po Boy (Vanilla or Creole Cream Cheese)— $4

The Praline Connection

White Butter Beans with Okra and Greens — $7

See the full food menu here.

Photo courtesy: French Quarter Festivals, Inc.

Six New Music Acts Hit The Stage

Satchmo Summer Fest has quite a few new acts making their debut this year, which gives you a great opportunity to check out some artists that may not be on your radar. Grammy-winning trumpeter Nicholas Payton makes his Satchmo SummerFest debut on Friday, August 4. Other 2017 Satchmo SummerFest debuts include: Stephanie Jordan, Quiana Lynell, David L. Harris, Pin Stripe Brass Band, and Ashlin Parker’s Trumpet Mafia.

See the full schedule here.

Photo courtesy: Zack Smith Photography courtesy of French Quarter Festivals, Inc.

The Indoor "Back o' Town" Stage Returns

In addition to returning to its original location at the Mint, Satchmo SummerFest brings back the indoor Back o’ Town stage, which will be located on the second floor of the museum. The stage will feature a dance floor, dance instruction by NOLA Jitterbugs, and live dance music on Saturday and Sunday.

See the full schedule here.

Photo courtesy: Zack Smith Photography courtesy of French Quarter Festivals, Inc.

Check Out a New Exhibit

For history lovers, head inside the Old U.S. Mint, now officially the New Orleans Jazz Museum, for a new exhibit, “Women of Note,” which highlights the role of women in the evolution of New Orleans Jazz.

Learn more about the exhibit here.

Photo courtesy: New Orleans Jazz Museum via Facebook