The French Quarter Festival 2020 and Satchmo Summerfest have been officially canceled, finishing coronavirus pandemicSweeping all the major festivals of New Orleans this year.
Satchmo Summerfest, a celebration of New Orleans Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong’s native heritage, is generally the first week of August at Old U.S. Mint
The free French Quarter Festival, which attracts hundreds of thousands of participants each April with a program consisting almost entirely of southern Louisiana musicians, has previously been postponed until October 1-4.
Both events were produced by French Quarter Festivals Inc. the non-profit. The organization released a statement Thursday morning announcing, “very sadly,” that “plans to hold a French Quarter Festival in October are no longer moving forward.
“At City’s direction and because of caution for the safety of fans, musicians, staff and partners, the French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest 2020 have been canceled.”
The statement also revealed the dates for 2021 for the festival: April 8-11 for the French Quarter Festival and July 30 – August 1 for Satchmo SummerFest.
The French Quarter Festival follows the same path as the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the Essence Festival of Culture and the Music + Art Project, all of which were postponed, then canceled. The festivals announced their cancellation in April.
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The French Quarter Fest 2020 was originally scheduled for April 16-19, with 25 stages arranged from the Old US Mint to the Woldenberg Riverfront Park.
Instead of the tent name feature, its appeal is based on the total number of nearly south Louisiana lists, as well as the overall experience of spending consecutive beautiful spring days roaming the French Quarter and tasting the food, music and community where New Orleans is famous.
Last spring the French Quarter Festival, which was founded in 1984, featured 1,700 musicians. Research has pegged the annual economic impact of the French Quarter Festival of $ 200 million, because thousands of visitors from all over the world filled the city’s hotels, short-term rentals, restaurants and bars.
The French Quarter Festival 2020 list includes dozens of local favorites, including Irma Thomas, the Dirty Brass Band, Ellis Marsalis – who died on April 1 due to complications related to COVID-19 – Amanda Shaw, Soul Rebels, Leroy Jones, Sweet Crude, Big Funky Nation Big Sam , Chubby Carrier, John Boutte and Walter “Wolfman” Washington & Roadmasters.
For years, pianist Ellis Marsalis Jr. does not consider himself to have a “jazz career”.
Small staff at French Quarter Festivals Inc. spend months assembling lists and attending various logistical tasks that will hold such large events.
Optimism and anticipation appeared in the air on the morning of February 4 when festival officials, Cantrell, Rockin ‘Dopsie Jr. and dozens of hotel leaders gathered at the beautiful Broussard courtyard to uncover the daily list. As Dopsie danced and the festival’s supporting parade sang the program’s praise, everyone happily did not realize how the world would change a few weeks later.
On March 13, the festival was postponed until October due to a coronavirus pandemic.
But the delayed date finally proved too untenable.
The cancellation of the French Quarter Festival was a big blow to the local music community and the hospitality industry.
That the upcoming cancellation was told by Cantrell during the April 14 press conference as if it were devoted to another topic. He stated that he did not think New Orleans would host a big festival for the rest of the year.
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“My recommendation is not at all major events such as the French Quarter Fest and Jazz Fest, even the Essence Festival, because this is related to 2020,” Cantrell said. “That the focus must shift to 2021.”
The morning after the press conference, the Essence Festival of Culture announced the cancellation of its 2020 event, which had previously been rammed back from the weekend of July 4 to an unspecified date “nearing the fall.”
Jazz Fest was eliminated the next day.
Producer of the Voodoo Experience at City Park, which has been scheduled for October 30-November. 1, pulled the plug at their event on April 17, before this year’s list was announced.
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