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Are free festivals a thing of the past?

The upcoming (and always free) Bayou Boogaloo will be forced to charge a $5.00 admission on Friday, and on Saturday and Sunday a $10.00 admission fee after 3 p.m. The […]

Satchmo, Not in Armstrong Park. Again.

It’s just been announced that Satchmo SummerFest event in early August is leaving its home of the last 15 years at the Old U.S. Mint, and is moving to Jackson […]

The Louis Armstrong Effect

Louis Armstrong was born in New Orleans, but he didn’t stay in the city. This weekend is our annual Satchmo SummerFest, the festival that pays tribute to one of the […]

Redevelop Municipal Auditorium and Armstrong Park!

Armstrong Park has been a political football for as long as I can remember. I’ve suggested in the past that there needs to be a commission or an agency that […]

Satchmo SummerFest is great,
with much potential

The press conference for the 13th annual Satchmo SummerFest is this Thursday morning , one of the unsung heroes of local festivals. You might think it’s a crazy idea to […]

Satchmo Summerfest: Much More Than I’ll Ever Know

I grew up believing that Louis Armstrong was born on the Fourth of July in the year 1900. I always thought it was appropriate for the great, American cultural hero […]

Louis and Patches

Last weekend was hot as hell, but a lot of fun:  Satchmo SummerFest all weekend, the Club Strut on Frenchmen on Friday evening, White Linen Night, and the highlight of […]

A Little Urgency, Please

In her editorial this week, publisher Jan Ramsey advocated moving Satchmo SummerFest to Armstrong Park, which is a provocative idea. FQFI, the festival’s producers, would have to find a nearby […]

SatchmoFest Needs to Be in Armstrong Park

Back in 2000, 11 years ago, I was working with the Louisiana Office of Culture, Recreation and Tourism (known colloquially as “CRT”) to work on some projects involving Louisiana music. […]