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Bigger, Badder Satchmo SummerFest to Come With $5 Fee

The krewe behind Satchmo SummerFest rolled out some key details about the festival’s 15th anniversary this year. The most significant change will be the addition of five dollar admission daily fee.


Festival organizers say that they have been planning to expand the jazz celebration for years and the added feel will help build a bigger festival.

"As we celebrate Satchmo SummerFest's 15th anniversary - and Louis Armstrong's 115th birthday - we are thrilled to see his influence grow stronger. He's beloved by new generations of musicians and fans, and those who worship at the altar of Armstrong can't get enough. Our incredible speakers, traditional jazz musicians, and special events make this event a true, pure, and heartfelt celebration of Satchmo. French Quarter Festivals, Inc. takes enormous pride in producing Satchmo SummerFest and is positioning it for growth in the coming years," said Marci Schramm, Executive Director of FQFI in a statement.


2015 will also see the introduction of the "Spirit of Satch" Awards. The awards will celebrate jazz advocacy in music, media, philanthropy, and education. Winners will be announced at the Fest on July 31st. 


SummerFest will also continue to grow out their educational elements. Numerous seminars and panel discussions including a talk on “musical first-responders” will be hosted in the Old U.S. Mint.


The Mint will also provide a home for a temporary exhibit about Satchmo himself. “Louis Armstrong - A Boy from New Orleans” will include numerous artifacts from the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens. In addition to photos and staples like Pops’ first cornet and last trumpet, the exhibit will tackle some oft ignored topics like Armstrong’s handling of racism in New Orleans.


Satchmo SummerFest runs from August 30 until July 2 this year.

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