(February 5, 2014) – French Quarter Festivals, Inc. unveils two 2014 French Quarter Festival Posters by artists Varion Laurent and Simon Hardeveld. Each year, the festival’s Merchandise Committee selects paintings that portray the fun, festive atmosphere of French Quarter Festival that both locals and tourists will identify with. Consideration is given only to local artists. To keep the festival free and open to the public, French Quarter Festival relies heavily on merchandise and poster sales, sponsorships, and beverage sales to generate its operating budget. Visit www.fqfi.org/shop to purchase the limited edition 2014 French Quarter Festival posters and other official festival merchandise.
For the 2014 poster, artist Varion Laurent, a lifelong resident of New Orleans, pays homage to Grammy award-winning Dr. John, who returns this year to French Quarter Festival for the first time since 1987. In this striking painting, bold colors capture the energy of the French Quarter, a perfect backdrop for Dr. John’s charismatic persona.
In 1995, Varion graduated from St. Augustine High School. On a whim, his parents encouraged him to submit his portfolio to Xavier University’s Art Department, and it was here at Xavier where he was first formally trained as an artist. After Hurricane Katrina destroyed his entire body of artwork, it took Varion nearly two years to emotionally recover and return to art. Since his decision to dive back into painting, Varion has garnered a ground swell of support. He was commissioned by the St. Augustine High School Alumni Association to create a portrait of NBA player, coach Avery Johnson; commissioned by the Gentilly neighborhood association to produce the first three posters for the annual Gentilly Festival; commissioned as the official poster artist for the 2013 Old Algiers River Festival; and in 2010, was selected by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. as the artist to produce the poster for the 10th Anniversary Satchmo SummerFest.
Once again French Quarter Festival features a special limited-edition poster created by New Orleans’ most well-known French folk-art painter, Simon Hardeveld. Since the early 2000s, Simon Hareveld has entertained many with his jovially phrased paintings that hang around New Orleans restaurants like Boulangerie, Chickie Wah Wah, Lola’s, and Joey K’s. Born in France and later moving to the United States to start three of his own restaurants, with wife Maria Hardeveld, Simon found his true calling to be a painter at his brasserie in Metairie when customers always wanted to buy his signs behind the counter. Most well-known for his set design work on New Orleans evening news, WGNO News with a Twist, Simon has been commissioned by restaurants, stores, locals, and tourists to create special original paintings for anniversaries, birthdays, or just home décor that captures the spirit of New Orleans. Overall, Simon’s pieces whimsically embody the unique culture of this spectacular city.
February 5, 2014 – Planning is underway for the 31st Annual French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron. The event will take place April 10th – April 13th, 2014. Locals and tourism officials call French Quarter Festival ‘the kickoff to festival season in New Orleans.’ What started as a neighborhood festival and “locals’ event” has grown into the largest free music festival in the United States: the 2013 French Quarter Festival hosted over 560,000 local and out-of-town visitors and had an economic impact of over $246 million. In 2014, organizers will host some of New Orleans’ finest restaurants at ‘The World’s Largest Jazz Brunch’; employ over 1,400 world class, local musicians; and create special and unique experiences for festival-goers.
Dr. John’s first performance at French Quarter Festival since 1987
Sponsored by longtime Festival supporter, vendor, and friend – Tropical Isle
Dr. John embodies the best of New Orleans’ rich musical heritage, and in 2014, he returns to French Quarter Festival for the first time since 1987. This will be his ONLY appearance at a major spring festival in New Orleans in 2014. Dr. John and the Nite Trippers will perform on the riverfront Abita Stage Friday, April 11th at 4:30 p.m. In what promises to be an incredible musical evening, Dr. John will be followed by the Roots of Music with very special guests, and Grammy award-winning Rebirth Brass Band. Longtime Festival supporter, vendor, and friend – Tropical Isle – has generously provided the support to bring Dr. John back to French Quarter Festival.
Riverfront construction ends and brings the launch of a new music stage: Big River Stage
Year after year, French Quarter Festival is voted ‘locals’ favorite’ while also attracting a tremendous out-of-town audience. A huge part of the appeal is that attendees get a true and authentic New Orleans experience – a broad range of Louisiana artists and a diverse variety of musical styles and genres. Since 1984, French Quarter Festival has been committed to featuring New Orleans’ finest artists every day of the festival, on stages all over the French Quarter. The tradition continues in 2014, when FQFI unveils the Big River Stage with a diverse mix of talented artists that includes Davell Crawford, Paul Sanchez and the Minimum Rage, Glen David Andrews, Jeremy Davenport, New Birth Brass Band, Eric Lindell, Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Flow Tribe, Diablo’s Horns, George Porter, Jr. and Runnin’ Pardners, Lynn Drury, Russell Batiste & Friends with The Wild Tchoupitoulas featuring Jason Neville, Egg Yolk Jubilee, Big Chief Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias, Casa Samba Extravaganza, The New Orleans Suspects, the Iguanas, and more. The Big River Stage will feature music daily, on April 10, 11, 12 and 13, 2014.
Popeye’s Brass Band Jam at the Old U.S. Mint
Brass bands are moving from the Riverside Legacy Stage (formerly located on the riverfront) to the new Popeye’s Brass Band Jam Stage at the Old U.S. Mint. Barracks Street will be closed to traffic, adding more to the ‘pedestrian playground’ and street party feel of the Festival. Popeye’s Brass Band Jam will feature Leroy Jones’ Original Hurricane Brass Band, Hot 8 Brass Band, The Original Pinettes Brass Band, Treme Brass Band, Audacity Brass Band, Lagniappe Brass Band, Onward Brass Band, Corey Henry’s Treme Funktet, The Original Pinettes Brass Band, Andrew Hall’s Society Brass Band, Orleans Brass Band, and more. Popeye’s Brass Band Stage will run April 11, 12, and 13, 2014.
Return of the Chevron Cajun Zydeco Showcase to the Bienville Triangle:
French Quarter becomes a Pedestrian Playground
The Chevron Cajun Zydeco Showcase launched in 2013 at the Bienville Triangle (North Peters near St. Louis Street). It was such a hit with festival fans, that it will return for 2014. One of the most popular stages at Festival, the 2014 lineup includes: Big Easy Playboys, Waylon Thibodeaux Band, Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet, Corey Ledet, Brandon Moreau & his Cajungrass, Bruce Daigrepoint Cajun Band, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Amada Shaw, Feufollet, Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas, Babineaux Sisters Band, Rusty Metoyer and the Zydeco Krush, Sean Ardoin-n-Zydekool, Roddie Romero & the Hub City Allstars, Les Freres Michot, Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots, the Lost Bayou Ramblers, and more.
It’s all about the music; the very best live, local music across 21 stages
Please see attached release for a mostly complete day-by-day lineup of the 2014 French Quarter Festival. Festival organizers will bring back the ‘Chevron Evening Concert Series.’ This year’s Chevron Evening Concert Series artists include Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas, Rockin’ Dopsie and the Zydeco Twisters, and Roddie Romero & the Hub City All Stars.
French Quarter Festival’s Musician Sponsorship Program continues to grow. Local business Tropical Isle provided funding to support Dr. John’s performance, and so far in 2014, over 50 other individuals, foundations, and businesses have signed up to support local musicians by ‘adopting an artist’. Sponsors come from all over the United States – from California to Maryland – and are helping to keep French Quarter Festival free for the community. The 2014 French Quarter Festival will feature over 1,400 local artists. The Festival is still seeking 2014 sponsorships. Contact Georgia Rhody at (504) 522-5730 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
New site for the Film Festival at French Quarter Festival: Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré
French Quarter Festivals, Inc. continues its partnership with Timecode:nola – a non-profit 501c3 organization made up of filmmakers who promote local filmmaking. Because of its incredible popularity at the 2013 French Quarter Festival, the 2014 Film Festival (free and open to the public) will move to Le Petit Theatre, with more room for fans. Movies and shorts will focus on New Orleans music, neighborhoods and culture. Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré, originally organized in 1916 as the New Orleans Chapter of the Drama League of America and one year later as the Drawing Room Players, is one of the oldest community theatres in the country. Since moving into its current home in 1922, the “Little Theatre” has entertained thousands of audience members in a wide array of dramas, comedies, and musicals.
Exciting new additions to Festival food and beverages
The World’s Largest Jazz Brunch will include a new dining area for festival goers. Over 60 food vendors make up ‘The World’s Largest Jazz Brunch’ at French Quarter Festival, featuring classic New Orleans dishes as well as cuisine from the best restaurants in the region. A number of restaurants have been with the festival since its beginning in 1984, and have been great partners for 30 years: Pat O’Brien’s, Ristorante Carmelo, Trey Yuen, Tujague’s, Vaucresson Sausage, Desire Oyster Bar, Court of Two Sisters, and The Gumbo Shop. Other festival favorites return for 2014, including Galatoire’s, Muriel’s, Antoine’s, Praline Connection, Dickie Brennan’s, Restaurant R’evolution, Desire Oyster Bar, Bennachin, Love at First Bite, Crescent Pie and Sausage, Boucherie, GW Fins, House of Blues, Jacques-Imo’s, K-Paul’s, Mrs. Wheat’s, Lasyone’s Meat Pies, and more.
Festival organizers are excited to introduce a new riverfront picnic area where festival-goers can savor fine cuisine in a festive, casual atmosphere. The new picnic area will be located on the riverfront Kohlmeyer Lawn.
Abita Brewing Company and French Quarter Festivals, Inc. are proud to announce a new, five-year partnership for both French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest. This year, Abita will be pouring Strawberry Abita on draft – for the first time ever. In addition, Abita Amber, Purple Haze, Jockamo IPA, and Abita Light will be on tap.
Sponsors help to keep this a true community event – Chevron returns as Title Sponsor, Capital One Bank returns as a Major Sponsor, and French Quarter Festival welcomes GE Capital to the growing number of festival supporters
French Quarter Festivals, Inc. is proud of its history of providing high-quality events at no cost, and being accessible to all. In order to keep the Festival free and open to the public, the organization relies heavily on the contributions of sponsors and partners, beverage and merchandise sales, and vendor fees. Festival organizers welcome the return of Chevron as Title Sponsor of both French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest. Capital One Bank returns as a Major Sponsor of French Quarter Festival. FQFI also welcomes new sponsors GE Capital with Technology in NOLA and New Orleans Original Daiquiris.
In partnership with GE Capital, the French Quarter Festival iPhone App is back, along with the Android App – and they are still both FREE, courtesy of GE Capital. Fans can receive up to the minute announcements, downloadable music schedules, complete menus, special events, merchandise updates, shuttle information, and unique offers to enhance their festival experience. The application will be available for download in March.
Chevron officials noted, “Chevron is proud to be the presenting sponsor of this year’s French Quarter Festival – an event that embodies the cultural diversity and economic growth that serve as the foundation of Greater New Orleans,” said Sakari Morrison, General Manager Public Affairs, Chevron Gulf of Mexico. “We look forward to playing a role in this year’s event as part of our longstanding commitment to all the communities in which we live and work.”
Capital One Bank officials noted, “Capital One Bank is pleased to continue its longtime support of this great local festival, which offers world-class music and food and provides a significant and positive economic impact to our city, region and state,” said Capital One Bank Southeast Louisiana Market President Steve Hemperley. “At Capital One Bank, we are committed to investing for good in greater New Orleans, and by supporting the French Quarter Festival, we’re helping our local economy.”
Returning sponsors include: Abita Brewing Company, BMI, Clear Channel, Court of Two Sisters, Crystal Clear Imaging, Dickie Brennan & Company, DownBeat Magazine, French Market Corporation, Harrah’s Foundation, Hermann Grima House, The Historic New Orleans Collection, Hotel Monteleone, House of Blues, Inthenola.com, ITS, Louisiana Cookin’, Louisiana Lottery, Musician’s Performance Fund, The New Orleans Advocate, New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park, New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, NOLA Jitterbugs, OffBeat Magazine, Palm Court Jazz Café, Pat O’Brien’s, Pelican Ice, Pepsi, Popeye’s, Republic National Distributing, Rolland Lock and Safe, Rouses Market, Royal Sonesta, SDT, Tropical Isle, Tulane Medical Center, Tulane Hospital for Children, The Vinyl District, Where Magazine, Where Y’at Magazine, Windsor Court Hotel, WWL-TV, WWNO 89.9 FM, WWOZ, 96.1 The River, 101.5 WYNK, 102.5 WFMF, and 1150AM WJOB.
Opening Night Gala returns to Antoine’s
April 10th, the opening gala benefitting The Roots of Music will return to Antoine’s Restaurant. The Patron Party takes place from 7-8 pm and Gala from 8-10:30 pm. Guests will enjoy dinner from Antoine’s and other festival-favorite restaurants, with open bar courtesy of Republic National Distributing, Abita Brewing Company, and Pepsi. Entertainment includes Davell Crawford and The Moonshiners Trio. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online at www.fqfi.org or by calling 504-227-3124. Patron tickets are $250 and Gala tickets are $125 ($150 beginning April 1st).
Enhanced Security Measures Boost Safety
The safety of festival-goers is FQFI’s top priority. This year, FQFI will increase its presence with FESS, Inc. and NOPD to provide a safer environment for the public. The measures will include bag checks at major riverfront access points. FQFI will actively enforce a ban on drugs, firearms, pets, and outside beverages.
Special Events, Programs, and Festival Extras
Free dance lessons will return to French Quarter Festival with dance classes at the French Market Traditional Jazz Stage. The Children’s Stage will also feature Second Line dance classes for kids: Heal2Toe dance and exercise classes taught by Darryl Young (aka Dancingman504). Dance lessons are scheduled for the French Market Traditional Jazz Stage; Zydeco dance lessons at the Cajun Zydeco Stage; second line dance lessons and Heal2Toe at the Children’s Headquarters. Between musical breaks, festival patrons are invited to learn traditional dance-styles such as the Charleston, Swing, Zydeco and Second-line. Instructors from NOLA Jitterbugs will demonstrate, entertain, and educate visitors on these various dance styles.
Let them Talk: Conversations about Louisiana Music will return to French Quarter Festival with presentations and performances at the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint, 3rd Floor Auditorium on Saturday and Sunday at Festival (April 12 and 13). This series is free and open to the public.
Battle of the Bands, Dancing at Dusk, Rouses World Championship Crawfish Eating Contest, Pirates Alley Juried Art Show, St. Louis Cathedral Spring Concert, Opera at Dusk, Chevron Children’s Headquarters, and the Friday Morning Second Line Parade are beloved special events that all are part of the 2014 French Quarter Festival.
French Quarter Festival is produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc., (FQFI) the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, which also produces Satchmo SummerFest in August and Christmas New Orleans Style in December. FQFI’s mission is to promote the Vieux Carré and the City of New Orleans through high quality special events and activities that showcase the culture and heritage of this unique city, contribute to the economic well being of the community, and instill increased pride in the people of New Orleans. For more information about French Quarter Festivals, Inc. or any of these events, call (504) 522-5730 or visit www.fqfi.org.
February 28, 2013 – Tourism officials call French Quarter Festival ‘the kickoff to festival season in New Orleans,’ and what started as a neighborhood festival and ‘locals’ event’ has grown into one of the largest music festivals in the United States. The 2012 French Quarter Festival hosted over 574,000 local and out-of-town visitors and had an economic impact of over $260 million. ‘Locals’ Lagniappe Day’ was launched in 2011, and French Quarter Festival officially became a four-day event. For the 30th anniversary, organizers will add new special events to festival; welcome incredible new restaurants to ‘The World’s Largest Jazz Brunch’; continue to program world class local musicians; and create special experiences for festival goers – all weekend long.
Sponsors help to keep this a true community event – Chevron joins as Title Sponsor and commits to multi-year sponsorship of both French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest
French Quarter Festivals Executive Director, Marci Schramm, can often be heard telling people that ‘the hardest thing about producing largescale, high quality events – that are free and open to the public – is paying for them!’ Chevron has been a longtime sponsor of French Quarter Festival, supporting both festival musicians and children’s programming. Under the leadership of Vice President Warner Williams, Chevron has made a multi-year commitment to become Title Sponsor of both French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest. This investment will allow non-profit French Quarter Festivals, Inc. to add new programming to the festivals, to engage in more long term and strategic planning, and to grow the August Satchmo SummerFest – which is a major summertime event for the City, during a time when businesses need a boost from tourism. “Chevron is proud to join the annual celebration of New Orleans’s vibrant culture as title sponsor of the French Quarter Festival. This investment is part of Chevron’s commitment to arts which we believe inspires, celebrates diversity, stimulates economic growth, and fuels the social vitality of the community our thousands of employees call home,” said Warner Williams, Vice President North America Exploration and Production, Gulf of Mexico Business Unit.
Showcasing New Orleans Music and Local Musicians
On twenty (of its twenty-one) music stages, only Louisiana artists are featured (the festival hosts one ‘International Stage’ where traditional jazz bands from all over the world perform). Part of the great appeal of French Quarter Festival is that attendees get a true and authentic New Orleans experience – locals and visitors can hear a broad range of artists and a diverse variety of musical styles and genres. French Quarter Festival is committed to keeping Traditional Jazz alive, and features New Orleans’ finest artists throughout the four days of festival, on stages all over the French Quarter. For 2013, the Cabaret Stage will move to the Palm Court Jazz Café, and is sponsored by the Hotel Monteleone
– the ‘Official Hotel’ of French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest.
For the 30th anniversary, festival organizers will bring back an event from the early years of French Quarter Festival by launching the ‘Chevron Evening Concert Series.’ A second line parade loaded with New Orleans talent and personality will precede these special sets on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Festival. This year’s Chevron Evening Concert Series artists include the Dirty Dozen Brass Band (celebrating their 35th anniversary), Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet (sometimes referred to as ‘the best Cajun band in the world’), and Grammy Award winner Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience (celebrating their 31st anniversary).
Notable artists who will be performing at French Quarter Festival’s 30th anniversary celebration include: Soul Rebels, George Porter, Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, NOLA Nightingale Revue, Raw Oyster Cult, Bonerama, Chris Owens, the Dixie Cups, Harmonouche, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, Preservation Hall-Stars, Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington, Chubby Carrier, Donald Harrison, Jr., Davell Crawford, Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Orchestra, Meschiya & the Little Big Horns, Papa Grows Funk, Washboard Chaz Blues Trio, Bill Summers & Jazalsa, John Autin and ex-Treme featuring Al ‘Carnival Time’ Johnson, Dr. Michael White, and more.
French Quarter Festival’s Musician Sponsorship Program continues to grow. For 2013, over one hundred companies, individuals, and foundations have signed up to support local musicians by ‘adopting an artist’. Sponsors come from all over the United States – from Minneapolis to Maryland – and are helping to keep French Quarter Festival free for the community. This year the Sheraton Hotel (also celebrating its 30th anniversary) joins as the largest single sponsor of festival musicians since the program’s inception. The 2013 French Quarter Festival will feature over 1,400 local artists. The Festival is still seeking 2013 sponsorships. Contact Georgia Rhody at (504) 522-5730 or email email@example.com for more information.
2013 French Quarter Festival – big news for the 30th!
Over 60 food vendors make up ‘The World’s Largest Jazz Brunch’ at Festival – featuring classic New Orleans dishes as well as cutting edge cuisine from the best restaurants in the region. New food vendors include: John Folse’s Restaurant R’evolution (French Quarter); Schiro’s (Indian dishes from the Marigny restaurant), Dreamy Weanies (gourmet meat, vegan, kosher, and Halal hot dogs from the French Quarter), and festival favorite Jacques-i-mo’s returns to Jackson Square. A number of restaurants have been with the festival since its beginning in 1984, and have been great partners for 30 years: Court of Two Sisters, Pat O’Brien’s, Ristorante Carmelo, Trey Yuen, Tujague’s, Vaucresson Sausage, Desire Oyster Bar, and The Gumbo Shop.
Abita Brewing Company continues its partnership with French Quarter Festivals, Inc. for both French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest. A new contract unites the organizations through 2018. For the 30th anniversary celebration, Abita will be pouring Strawberry Abita at French Quarter Festival – for the first time ever. French Quarter Festival is the only Louisiana festival that will have this popular seasonal brew, made with Ponchatoula strawberries. In addition, Abita Amber, Purple Haze, Jockamo IPA, and Abita Light will be on tap.
For years, the TGIF ‘Thank Goodness it’s Festival!’ kickoff party preceded the Festival. For 2013, festival organizers and the 30th Anniversary Committee are planning a 30th Anniversary Gala at Antoine’s Restaurant, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting The Roots of Music. The Gala is scheduled for Thursday, April 11th (opening day of Festival) with a Patron Party from 7-8 pm and Gala from 8-10:30 pm. Guests will enjoy dinner from Antoine’s and other festival-favorite restaurants, with open bar courtesy of Republic and Abita Brewing Company. Entertainment includes Jeremy Davenport, Harmonouche, The Roots of Music, and special guests. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online at www.fqfi.org or by calling 504-227-3124. Patron tickets are $250 and Gala tickets are $125 ($150 beginning April 1st)
2013 welcomes expanded programming for the free dance lessons at French Quarter Festival. New for 2013 – there will be more dance classes at the French Market Traditional Jazz Stage. The Children’s Stage will also feature a new offering in addition to the Second Line dance classes for kids: Heal2Toe dance and exercise classes taught by Darryl Young (aka Dancingman504). Dance lessons are scheduled for the French Market Traditional Jazz Stage; Zydeco dance lessons at the Cajun Zydeco Stage; second line dance lessons and Heal2Toe at the Children’s Headquarters. Between musical breaks, festival patrons are invited to learn traditional dance-styles such as the Charleston, Swing, Zydeco and Second-line. Instructors from NOLA Jitterbugs will demonstrate, entertain, and educate visitors on these various dance styles.
In partnership with Applitite, the French Quarter Festival iPhone App is back, along with the Android App – and they are still both FREE, courtesy of Capital One Bank. Fans can receive up to the minute announcements, downloadable music schedules, complete menus, special events, merchandise updates, shuttle information, and unique offers to enhance their festival experience. The application is now available for download. 2013 schedules, menus, and other information will be uploaded in March, prior to French Quarter Festival.
The Capital One Bank Second Line Shuttle grows with the French Quarter Festival audience! A sixth bus was added in 2012 and will be back for the 30th anniversary celebration. Free shuttles help transport local fans to the festival Friday through Sunday. Parking will be offered in the Central Business District along O’Keefe Street for just $10 per day and the shuttle ride is FREE, courtesy of Capital One Bank.
Strong partnerships play a major role at French Quarter Festival
In order to keep French Quarter Festival free and open to the public, the organization relies heavily on the contributions of sponsors and partners, beverage and merchandise sales, and vendor fees. For the 30th anniversary, the festival is thrilled to welcome Chevron, as Title Sponsor.
Festival Sponsors for the 30th annual French Quarter Festival include: Chevron (Title Sponsor), Capital One Bank , Abita Brewing Company, Ford Motor Company, WWL-TV, Rouses Market, Harrah’s Foundation, Pepsi, Tropical Isle, French Market Corporation, Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation, Popeye’s, Musician’s Performance Fund, House of Blues, Louisiana State Museum, PJ’s Coffee and Tea of New Orleans, Louisiana Lottery, BMI, Hotel Monteleone, United Airlines, Pat O’Brien’s, Dickie Brennan & Company, Palm Court Jazz Café, Windsor Court Hotel, Court of Two Sisters, Tulane Medical Center, Tulane Hospital for Children at Tulane Medical Center, Hermann Grima House, Applitite, New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park, Rolland Lock and Safe, Pelican Ice, SDT, OffBeat Magazine, Where Y’at Magazine, New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, NOLA Jitterbugs, Preservation Hall, The Historic New Orleans Collection, St. Louis Cathedral, The Royal Sonesta, WWNO 89.9 FM, WYES, Entercom New Orleans, Clear Channel, Sunburst Media, Louisiana Cookin’, Kids and Family New Orleans, Inthenola.com, Where Magazine, Curve Magazine, New Orleans Magazine, Louisiana Life Magazine, Acadian Profile, MyNewOrleans.com, St. Charles Avenue Magazine, New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles, DownBeat Magazine, 96.1 The River, 101.5 WYNK, 102.5 WFMF, and 1150AM WJOB.
The premiere American Jazz Festival dedicated to the life, legacy, and music of New Orleans’ native son, Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, will take place August 3 – 5 at the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint. This weekend-long celebration will feature traditional jazz, contemporary jazz, and brass bands comprised of New Orleans’ most talented musicians.
Live, Local Music, Free Dance Lessons, and Indoor Family Activities
Satchmo SummerFest 2012 music lineup includes Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers, Preservation Hall-Stars, Yoshio Toyama and the Dixie Saints, Leroy Jones and New Orleans’ Finest, Treme Funktet featuring Corey Henry and Travis Hill, Don Vappie & The Creole Jazz Serenaders, Wendell Brunious, The Original Pinnettes Brass Band, The New Orleans Moonshiners, and many more.
Between musical sets, dancers of all levels can take lessons from New Orleans’ well-known dance teachers at the Cornet Chop Suey Stage Saturday and Sunday of the festival. Swing and Charleston dance lessons are open and free to the public and are taught and sponsored by NOLA Jitterbugs.
Throughout the day, children and parents can relax indoors on the second floor of the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint with an array of educational, entertaining children’s activities, “Satchmo on Film” for kids, and exhibits. The “Satchmo for Kids’” area features a variety of activities for kids to enjoy including a Satchmo collage project, a second-line umbrella creation station, coconut decorating with the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club’s “Junior Zulus,” and the Jazz National Historic Park’s Junior Rangers program.
While inside, visitors can also enjoy the Louisiana State Museum’s exhibit, “Preservation Hall at 50.” The exhibit is a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Preservation Hall through artifacts, photographs, posters, handbills, flyers, newspaper articles, phonograph records, film and audio clips, interviews, and oral histories. In addition, items from the museum’s jazz collection are on display, including Louis Armstrong’s first cornet. The exhibit and children’s area are free and open to the public during the festival weekend.
Satchmo SummerFest hosts diverse and exciting offerings from great New Orleans restaurants and welcomes new additions to the festival menu options. This year, the festival introduces Lakeside Harbor and Mona’s Café to Red Bean Alley, and welcomes back Plum Street SnoBalls and Cool Fruit Sensations and their refreshing fresh squeezed juices and teas with the option to add Absolut Vodka or Avion Tequila to any drink. The festival also debuts Avion Frozen Margaritas, Lipton Green Tea, and Gatorade at the beverage booths.
In addition to a weekend full of great music, food, seminars, movies, and children’s activities, Satchmo SummerFest features an array of special events including the annual Jazz Mass at the historic St. Augustine Church in Treme, a traditional second line parade, and the annual ‘Trumpet Tribute’ which closes the festival Sunday night with a Satchmo birthday party.
A complete list of the music schedule, special events, and festival menus are attached below or visit the Satchmo SummerFest website at www.satchmosummerfest.com for more information.
About French Quarter Festivals, Inc. Satchmo SummerFest is produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (www.fqfi.org), the 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, which also produces French Quarter Festival in April and Christmas New Orleans Style! in December. French Quarter Festivals, Inc. promotes the Vieux Carré and the City of New Orleans through high quality special events and activities that showcase the culture and heritage of this unique city, contribute to the economic well-being of the community, and instill increased pride in the people of New Orleans.
Satchmo SummerFest 2012 – Music Schedule
Please note: In partnership with NOLA Jitterbugs, FREE dance lessons will be offered on Saturday and Sunday during Satchmo SummerFest (see schedule for details). Fun for novices and experienced dancers! All dance lessons will take place at the Old U.S. Mint at the Cornet Chop Suey Stage.
Saturday, August 4th
Red Beans & Ricely Yours Stage presented by WWLTV
12:00-1:00 Jesse McBride Presents the Next Generation
1:15-2:15 Lars Edegran’s Ragtime Orchestra featuring Lionel Ferbos
2:30-3:30 Treme Brass Band
3:45-4:45 Yoshio Toyama & the Dixie Saints
5:00-6:15 Preservation Hall-Stars
6:30-8:00 Treme Funktet featuring Corey Henry and Travis Hill
Cornet Chop Suey Stage presented by OffBeat
11:40-12:00 Dance Lessons
12:00-1:00 Connie Jones and the Crescent City All Stars
1:15-2:15 Harmonouche featuring Norbert Slama
2:15 -2:45 Dance Lessons
2:45-3:45 The New Orleans Moonshiners
4:00-5:00 Delfeayo Marsalis & The Uptown Jazz Orchestra
5:15-6:30 Big Chief Bo Dollis, Jr. and the Wild Magnolias
6:45-8:00 Stooges Brass Band
Sunday August 5th
Red Beans & Ricely Yours Stage presented by WWLTV
12:00-1:00 Clive Wilson’s Satchmo Serenade
1:15-2:15 Palmetto Bug Stompers
2:30-3:30 New Birth Brass Band
3:45-4:45 Leroy Jones and New Orleans’ Finest
5:00-6:15 Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony
6:30-7:30 Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers
7:30-8:00 Trumpet Tribute to Louis Armstrong (with Kermit Ruffins)
Cornet Chop Suey Stage presented by OffBeat
12:00-1:00 Paulin Brothers Brass Band
1:15-2:15 Kid Merv and All that Jazz
2:15-2:45 Dance Lessons
2:45-3:45 Don Vappie & The Creole Jazz Serenaders
4:00-5:00 The Ritz-Carlton presents Jeremy Davenport
5:00-5:30 Dance Lessons
5:30-6:30 Wendell Brunious
6:45-7:45 The Original Pinnettes Brass Band
Thursday, August 2nd
The Hotel Monteleone
$65 per person
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Opening Reception
7:00 p.m. – Keynote Conversation with Michael Cogswell
Keynote Conversation –“Our Love is Here to Stay”: Louis Armstrong through the Centuries. Today, Louis Armstrong is properly revered as an American Cultural icon. Satchmo SummerFest, the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, and the Louis Armstrong House Museum are merely three indicators of this reverence. But it wasn’t always so. In this keynote address, Michael Cogswell, Director of the Louis Armstrong House Museum in New York City, explores perceptions of Armstrong throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. The address includes rare and unique images and recordings from the Museum’s collections.
Friday, August 3rd
Armstrong Park Birthday Party
10 a.m. – Armstrong Park is located on Rampart Street at St. Ann
Celebrate the 111th anniversary of the birth of New Orleans’ native son, Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong. The event will take place at the foot of the Armstrong Statue in Armstrong Park. Enter at the St. Ann gate on North Rampart Street. Enjoy cake and refreshments. This event is free and open to the public.
Saturday, August 4th and Sunday, August 5th
Free Dance Lessons at Satchmo SummerFest!
Dance lessons for all ages will take place in between sets, Saturday and Sunday, at the Cornet Chop Suey Stage during Satchmo SummerFest. They are fun to participate in, or just observe! Dance lessons are sponsored by nolajitterbugs.com and are taught by NOLA Jitterbugs. Festival goers will learn how to swing and the Charleston.
Sunday, August 5th
Jazz Mass at St. Augustine Church, followed by traditional second line parade
10 a.m. – St. Augustine Church is located at 1210 Gov. Nicholls Street in Treme
Arrive early! Standing room only event
Celebrate the 12th annual Satchmo SummerFest, featuring the Treme Brass Band – a unique Sunday morning music ministry at the church of Sidney Bechet. At 11:30 a.m., following mass, join the ‘Satchmo Salute’ Second Line Parade featuring Grand Marshall Boe Monkey Red, Jennifer Jones, Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, Million Dollar Baby Dolls, Dumaine Street Gang, Sudan Social Aid and Pleasure Club, Undefeated Divas, TBC (To Be Continued) Brass Band, Baby Boyz Brass Band, and more. Sponsored by Rhodes Funeral Home.
Trumpet Tribute and Birthday Party featuring Kermit Ruffins
7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closeout the celebration with a song of Happy Birthday to jazz’s most beloved musician, Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong. The trumpet tribute will feature Kermit Ruffins and is located at the “Red Beans and Ricely Yours” Stage. Don’t forget to stay for free cupcakes and slices of cake courtesy of Buttermilk Drop Bakery.
Satchmo SummerFest Menu
Amy’s Vietnamese Cuisine
Pork & Shrimp Spring Roll – 1 for $3 / 2 for $5
Grilled Lemongrass Chicken with Vermicelli Noodles – $8
Grilled Salmon with Jasmine Rice & Spring Mix – $10
Crawfish Egg Rolls – $3
Fascinating seminars discuss the life, legacy, and music of Louis Armstrong
The premiere American Jazz Festival dedicated to the life, legacy, and music of New Orleans’ native son, Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, will take place August 3 – 5 at the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint. An impressive array of speakers will present seminars, discussions, music, and movies about the history of New Orleans Jazz and the life and music of Louis Armstrong. Enlightening presentations, discussions, and performances will be given by Richard Havers co-producer of Satchmo – a comprehensive box set of Louis Armstrong recordings, Ricky Riccardi author of What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong’s Later Years, Jason Harrelson of Harrelson Trumpets, and many more.
Satchmo SummerFest Keynote Speaker, Michael Cogswell, will open the seminar presentations with a Keynote Address. Cogswell’s presentation will explore the perceptions of Louis Armstrong through the 20th and 21st centuries. The address will also include rare and unique images and recordings from the Museum’s collections and offer insight on how Armstrong became the icon he is today.
Cogswell is the Director of the Louis Armstrong House Museum in New York City and author of Louis Armstrong: The Offset Story of Satchmo (Collectors Press, 2003). In 1991, Queens College hired Cogswell to arrange and catalog the vast collections of Louis Armstrong’s home-recorded tapes, scrapbooks, photographs, manuscripts, trumpets, and other personal items. The Louis Armstrong Archives has grown to include six collections and houses the world’s largest archive for a single jazz musician. In 1995, Cogswell administered the nine-year, two million dollar project to open the Louis Armstrong House Museum, a national historic landmark and a New York City landmark, as a historic house museum. The Louis Armstrong House opened to the public in 2003 and is a popular destination for tourists, school groups, musicians, and jazz lovers. It is the only national landmark for a jazz musician that is completely authentic and open to the public six days per week, 52 weeks per year.
Michael has made several presentations about Louis Armstrong in cities across the United States and Europe. He has also appeared on NPR’s Fresh Air, ABC-TV’s Nightline, and CBS Sunday Morning.
The Opening Reception and Keynote Address at the Hotel Monteleone will take place August 2 at 5:30 p.m. Reception tickets are $65 per person and are available for sale. Please call the French Quarter Festivals, Inc. office at (504) 522-5730 to purchase tickets.
Seminars at the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint are scheduled from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, August 3; 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, August 4; and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, August 5. Seminars are free and open to the public. For a complete list of the seminar schedule and speakers see the attached schedule below or visit the website www.satchmosummerfest.com.
Satchmo SummerFest 2012 – Seminar Schedule
2012 Satchmo SummerFest Seminars will take place at The Louisiana State Museum’s Old US Mint
Made possible by Louis Armstrong Education Foundation
Friday, August 3rd
1pm – My Friend Satchmo – Part 1
Jazz educator, historian and Gully Low Jazz Band leader and tuba man David Ostwald interviews NEA Jazz Master Dan Morgenstern about his long friendship with Louis Armstrong – with key points in their conversation enhanced by audio and images supplied by Armstrong House archivist and jazz scholar Ricky Riccardi.
2pm – Satchmo’s Gear
Trumpeter and custom trumpet designer and builder Jason Harrelson of Harrelson Trumpets – talks about the trumpets and mouthpieces used by Louis Armstrong – and how Jason believes they affected Armstrong’s sound. Jason has played the trumpet for years and founded Harrelson Trumpets when he was just twenty years old. He started by modifying student horns and selling them to friends. Harrelson then began to offer custom modifications for a few select customers, and his reputation grew. Jason is known for bringing new technology and exciting designs to his instruments.
3pm – Gleanings from the Groove: The Exciting Music of the King Oliver Creole Jazz Band
Library of Congress archivist and outstanding jazz trombonist David Sager presents a multi-media examination of the seminal role and continued importance of the early recordings of the King Oliver Creole Jazz Band, which featured Louis Armstrong as second cornet, in his first recorded performances.
4pm - Cinematic Satch – with Ricky Riccardi – Louis Armstrong On Television
If ever there was a medium invented for Louis Armstrong, it was television. In his years studying the trumpeter, Ricky Riccardi has amassed a large collection of Armstrong’s television appearances, including rare treasures from Armstrong’s many visits to television talk shows. Join him for this special session as he screens some footage unseen since it was originally broadcast.
Saturday, August 4th
2pm – My Friend Satchmo – Part 2
Louis Armstrong House Museum Director Michael Cogswell interviews Armstrong House Museum board member and businessman Stephen Maitland-Lewis about his long friendship with Louis Armstrong – which began when Stephen was a youngster in the UK.
3pm – Digital Satchmo
Critically acclaimed British music writer and producer Richard Havers – and jazz pianist, archivist and historian Ricky Riccardi – who collaborated on last year’s widely praised ‘Satchmo: Louis Armstrong – Ambassador of Jazz’ 10-cd boxed set retrospective of Louis Armstrong’s recording career – discuss Universal’s forthcoming digital-only set of previously unreleased Armstrong material. The new recordings are being released in honor of the 2012 Satchmo SummerFest.
4pm – String Bands, Hawaii and Satchmo
New Orleans guitarist and banjoist Seva Venet and a five piece string band present an ‘informance’ about the impact of New Orleans string bands – and Hawaiian music – on early jazz and the music of Louis Armstrong.
5pm – Cinematic Satch – with Ricky Riccardi – Louis Armstrong in Europe
In his years as America’s “Ambassador of Goodwill,” Louis Armstrong enjoyed a special relationship with his European fans. Join Ricky Riccardi, author of ‘What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong’s Later Years,’ as he screens rare Armstrong performances from the 1930s through the 1960s, filmed in Denmark, Germany, Amsterdam, England and more.
Sunday, August 5th
1pm – Dipper and the Kid
Jazz historian John McCusker talks about the influence of trombonist Kid Ory on the development of Louis Armstrong in New Orleans, and their relationship, which stretched from 1913 until Satchmo’s death in 1971. John McCusker’s biography of Kid Ory, ‘Creole Trombone: Kid Ory and the Early Years of Jazz’ will be published by the University Press of Mississippi on October 2, 2012.
2pm – New Orleans Style and the Writing of American Jazz History
Tulane University Director of Special Collections and Hogan Jazz Archive Curator, Bruce Raeburn, talks about his recent book ‘New Orleans Style and the Writing of American Jazz History’ with award-winning radio producer and interviewer Fred Kasten.
3pm – Recording Satchmo
Armstrong House Trustee, attorney, and band leader David Ostwald interviews NEA Jazz Master and legendary producer George Avakian about his remarkable recording sessions with Louis Armstrong – with key points in their conversation enhanced by audio and images supplied by jazz archivist and Armstrong scholar Ricky Riccardi.
4pm -Pops in England
British writer and producer Richard Havers shares great anecdotes about Satchmo ‘across the pond’ – touching on Louis Armstrong’s tours of England in the 1930’s and post WWII.
5pm – Cinematic Satch – with Ricky Riccardi – Louis Armstrong On Film
Throughout his long career, Louis Armstrong appeared in over 30 major feature films. Louis Armstrong House Museum Archivist Ricky Riccardi will screen some highlights from Armstrong’s film career, from well-known Hollywood blockbusters like “High Society” and “The Five Pennies” to rarely seen entries such as “Satchmo the Great” and the European film “Saluti e Baci.”
Satchmo SummerFest will premiere a triptych selection of original collages by Louis Armstrong from the collections of the Louis Armstrong House Museum Archives. The three collages display several personal aspects of Armstrong’s life. While on the road and at home in Corona, New York, Louis Armstrong would spend hours talking into a reel to reel tape, recording stories from his career and private life. Armstrong’s love for the arts inspired him to decorate the leftover reel to reel tape boxes with personal photographs, newspaper clippings, movie stills, handwritten letters, cards, telegrams, and other items he collected throughout his life. The triptych Louis Armstrong collages are a limited edition silkscreen print and will be on sale at the merchandise booth during Satchmo SummerFest.
Armstrong-inspired King Cake Baby Pendants from Molly McNamara Designs (local artist) will also make its debut to the merchandise line. The pewter pendants are $30 and include a chain and a brief history of the New Orleans King Cake and Baby. Other merchandise will be available for sale at the festival and online including Satchmo SummerFest shirts, hats, and neck coolers.
A complete list of all 2012 Satchmo SummerFest merchandise follows. For more information about Satchmo SummerFest call (504) 522-5730 or visit the website www.satchmosummerfest.com.