Irma Thomas (L, photo by Noe Cugny) will make her Satchmo SummerFest debut in 2018, while Ashlin Parker (R, photo by Willow Haley) will lead a trumpet tribute to Louis Armstrong.

Satchmo SummerFest Announces Lineup & Schedule For 2018

The Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron has announced the complete culinary and musical lineup for its 18th annual celebration. This year, the event will take place from August 4-5 at the Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint. French Quarter Festivals, Inc. has honored the life, legacy and music of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong through SummerFest since its inception in 2001. In addition to various live performances, attendees can escape the heat with indoor activities like Pops’ Playhouse for Kids or the Satchmo Legacy Stage, which features discussions and presentations from renowned Armstrong scholars.

Headlining the musicians making their Satchmo SummerFest debut this year is Grammy-winning Soul Queen of New Orleans, Irma Thomas. The famed and decorated vocalist will close the weekend’s festivities with her Sunday night performance. Of festival honoree Louis Armstrong, Thomas said, “Mr. Armstrong was an influence on a lot of young children, including me. I never thought I would be in the business but then saw him as King Zulu when I was nine years old. That parade passed right in front of my house and left such an impression!”

Other musicians slated to make their SummerFest debut include Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses, Bonerama, Doyle Cooper Jazz Band, Dwayne Burns and His New Orleans Band, James Williams, Mayumi Shara & New Orleans Jazz Letters and the Where Ya At Brass Band.

In addition to the first-time SummerFest performers is a host of returning favorites. This list includes Big Chief Donald Harrison Jr., Bill Summers & Jazalsa, Corey Henry’s Treme Funktet, Ellis Marsalis, Jeremy Davenport, Preservation Brass and a Trumpet Tribute to Louis Armstrong featuring Trumpet Mafia’s Ashlin Parker.

Complementing the extensive musical lineup is a slew of New Orleans’ favorite restaurants, including SummerFest newcomer and grilled cheese innovator The Big Cheezy. Festival favorites returning this year include Ajun Cajun, Café Dauphine, The Company Burger, Crêpes à la Cart, Lasyone’s Meat Pie Restaurant, Palmer’s Cuisine, Quintin’s Ice Cream, Plum Street Snoballs and The Praline Connection.

For adventurous beer and wine connoisseurs, the Sonoma Cutrer Rosé Café will be open, and the Abita Beer Garden will be serving company favorites and seasonal brews.

On Thursday, August 2, the Satchmo SummerFest weekend will kick off with a fundraiser to benefit French Quarter Festivals, Inc. An Evening With John Boutté will take place at the historic Omni Royal Orleans, where 2018 Spirit of Satchmo winners Ashlin Parker, Bethany Bultman and Ellis Marsalis will also be honored. Tickets are available for $65 each or $100 per couple.

New Orleans artist Lionel Milton is this year’s Satchmo SummerFest poster artist.

Admission is $5, and children 12 and under are free. Profits help support local musicians and pay for the event. More information can be found at

The full schedule for the 2018 Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron is as follows:


Friday, August 3

Barracks Street Stage:

12:00-1:10: Preservation Brass

1:30-2:40: Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses

3:00-4:10: Jamil Sharif

4:30-5:40: Ellis Marsalis

6:00-7:10: Bill Summers & Jazalsa

7:30-9:00: Bonerama


Esplanade Avenue Stage:

12:15-1:30: Clive Wilson’s Satchmo Serenaders

1:50-3:00: Tim Laughlin

3:20-4:30: Don Vappie & the Creole Jazz Serenaders

4:50-6:00: The Nayo Jones Experience

6:20-7:30: Shannon Powell Traditional All-Star Band

7:50-9:00: The Soul Rebels


Saturday, August 4

Barracks Street Stage

12:00-1:10: Lars Edegran and the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra

1:30-2:40: Yoshio Toyama and the Dixie Saints

3:00-4:10: Mohogany Brass Band

4:30-5:40: Charmaine Neville

6:00-7:10: The Original Pinettes Brass Band

7:30-9:00: Corey Henry’s Treme Funktet


Esplanade Avenue Stage:

12:15-1:30: Doyle Cooper Jazz Band

1:50-3:00: James Williams

3:20-4:30: Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony

4:50-6:00: Joe Lastie’s New Orleans Sounds

6:20-7:30: Calvin Johnson and Native Son

7:50-9:00: TBC Brass Band

Sunday, August 5

Barracks Street Stage

12:00-1:00: Steve Pistorius’ Tribute to Louis Armstong’s Hot Fives and Sevens

1:20-2:20: Storyville Stompers Brass Band

2:40-3:40: Shotgun Jazz Band

4:00-5:00: Wendell Brunious

5:20-6:20: Irma Thomas, Soul Queen of New Orleans

6:40-7:30: Ashlin Parker Trumpet Mafia

7:30-8:00: Trumpet Tribute to Louis Armstrong (with Ashlin Parker)


Esplanade Avenue Stage:

12:15-1:20: Mari Watanabe’s Chosen Few Jazz Band

1:40-2:40: Mark Braud

3:00-4:00: The Dukes Of Dixieland

4:20-5:20: Robin Barnes & The Fiyabirds

5:40-6:40: Jeremy Davenport

7:00-7:50: Big Chief Donald Harrison Jr.