Ellis Marsalis (L) and Ashlin Parker will perform at the kickoff party for Satchmo SummerFest 2019

Satchmo SummerFest 2019: Dates, Ellis Marsalis kick-off party announced

French Quarter Festivals, Inc. has announced the dates for Satchmo SummerFest 2019, as well as details surrounding the opening night kickoff party.

The 19th annual Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron, a festival celebrating the life and work of Louis Armstrong, takes place August 2-4 at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint. There is a nominal charge of $6 this year for entry. The opening night kickoff party takes place on Thursday, August 1 at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel.

Ellis Marsalis, one of the world’s most decorated jazz musicians, will headline the kickoff party and fundraiser, where he’ll be joined by special guest Ashlin Parker. The fundraiser takes place at the Omni Royal Orleans (612 St. Louis St.), with Marsalis performing during the opening dinner and cocktail reception from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets for the fundraising event can be purchased here.

Also happening during the kickoff party is the awards ceremony, where three individuals will be given a “Spirit of Satchmo Award” for their “commitment to preserving and honoring Armstrong’s legacy.” This year, those three individuals are Jackie Harris, Corey Henry and Ricky Riccardi.

“For nearly 20 years, we’ve celebrated the beautiful music and spirit of Louis Armstrong through concerts, conversations, and community. We’re proud to continue to produce Satchmo SummerFest for New Orleans locals and visitors from around the country and world,” said Emily Madero, President & CEO of FQFI.

Satchmo SummerFest will announce the full musical and culinary lineup on June 27.