Wednesday, July 31, 2019


Entertainment One Nashville welcomes its newest signee: GRAMMY-nominated recording artist and daytime television host, Syleena Johnson
Known as the “Queen of Chicago,” and one of the most underrated singers of the new millennium – Johnson returns to music with the release of her 10th album, “WOMAN” in Fall 2019. Syleena empowers and calls all women to stand up for themselves and to be bold, brave and fearless, declaring 2019 as the “Year of the Woman.” Her current viral single, “Woman” can be viewed here.
Johnson states, “I am so excited that the ‘Woman’ album has found a new home with Entertainment One. Thank you to Gina Miller for believing in me and Entertainment One for helping me bring this project to life. Galatians 6:9 says, ‘Do not grow weary in well doing, for in due season you shall reap what you sow, if you faint not.’ I thank God for this season. The season of the Woman."
In recent years, Johnson has enjoyed mainstream exposure appearing on such television shows as TV One’s “R&B Divas: Atlanta” and WE TV’s “Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars” and, since 2017, Syleena co-hosts the live TV One daytime daily talk show “Sister Circle,” alongside Rashan Ali, Quad Webb-Lunceford and Trina Braxton.
In 2018, Syleena Johnson added the title of author to her repertoire by releasing her well-received, self-help book, The Weight Is Over. The book follows Johnson’s compelling and triumphant journey toward self-love and discovery, while chronicling her battle with body image birthed in adolescence and carried throughout her music career.
As an established singer/songwriter, Johnson has nine albums to her name, including the critically acclaimed debut album, “Chapter 1: Love, Pain & Forgiveness,” and her most recent album “Rebirth of Soul” which features covers of classic Motown records. In 2004, Kanye West tapped Syleena to handle the vocals on the top-10 Billboard hit “All Falls Down,” which also garnered her and West a GRAMMY nomination and four MTV VMA nominations for the accompanying video.
As a fitness enthusiast, Johnson launched, SheLean Health & Fitness, which helps women in the area of health, nutrition and fitness. SheLean Nutrition, Health, and Fitness is an online company created to cater to women of various demographics. ​​
Entertainment One's Gina Miller, VP & GM, Urban Inspirational Music, says, “If you have been following Syleena for any period of time, you’ll notice that by the title alone, the ‘Woman’ album moves away from ‘chapter’ being included in its formal album title, although this moment still represents one. It is a new chapter for us, and in Syleena’s career, but the music does not move away from the core of what Syleena has always included in her work: raw heart and stories that embody the woman. I am looking forward to building together as women. I am excited about being able to frame and shape narrative related to what you hear and see, because of our shared culture and experiences as black women. That said, women and men are going to appreciate the music, the messages, the authenticity and the freedom this new album offers!”
Follow Entertainment One Nashville on all social media platforms at @eOneNashville and visit for instant updates on Syleena Johnson and the “WOMAN” album. 

About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a global independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. The Company’s diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales; family programming, merchandising and licensing; digital content; and live entertainment. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world.

Entertainment One’s robust network includes international feature film distribution company Sierra/Affinity; Amblin Partners with DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; Makeready with Brad Weston; unscripted television production companies Whizz Kid Entertainment and Renegade 83; live entertainment leaders Round Room Entertainment; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning emerging content and technology studio Secret Location.

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Monday, July 29, 2019

BronzeLens Film Festival: Celebrating 10 Years

BronzeLens Film Festival will be celebrating its 10th annual festival August 21-25, 2019. BLFF was created to promote Georgia as the new film mecca for people of color. Georgia now ranks third nationally when it comes to film and television production generating over $6 billion dollars to the state’s economy on an annual basis. There is a vibrant production community here, from studio films to indies.
​BronzeLens seeks to showcase films by seasoned as well as the “next generation” of filmmakers that are by, for and/or depicting people of color, particularly of the African Diaspora. The Festival features outstanding films and workshops, Master Classes and Conversations about the art and business of filmmaking. Previous partners have included BET, HBO, OWN, Turner and many others.
BronzeLens Film Festival has been approved as an Academy Awards® qualifying festival for the Short Film Awards.
Recipients of BronzeLens Film Festival qualifying awards will be eligible for consideration in the Short Film category of the Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with Academy rules.
According to FilmFreeway, BronzeLens ranks 
“in the top 2.5% of among more than 4,000 film festivals and creative contests around the world.”
​Recent reviews from attending filmmakers have said:
“Incredible seminars, several amazing filmmaker luncheons, and an “Oscar Like” award ceremony made this festival quite a magnificent affair.”

“Seriously, BronzeLens was an incredible festival with an outstanding awards show, fantastic films, and great panels with people to actually learn from.”

“BronzeLens took care of the pros and the newbies. There was a special liaison just for screening filmmakers and this made introductions and networking easier….”
BLFF has grown from a four-day festival to year-round programming. Since its first year, BLFF was invited by Ava DuVernay to be a charter member of AFFRM, now ARRAY. In that capacity, its a member of a collective of leading African American film festivals​ that comprise a unique distribution model. In addition, BLFF is programmed for the Atlanta Jazz Festival, The Neighborhood Awards Expo, partnered for an on-going bi-annual Family Film series, produced a South Asian Film series, conducted career workshops and provided promotional support for many of our “alums” who have gone on to have theatrical and digital releases. 

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Atlanta Events:  August 2019



Jazz in the Alley is a free jazz concert series sponsored by the City of Norcross, Georgia, Peachtree Awnings, Elite Behavioral Medicine, and When We Speak TV.
The series aims to showcase various 
jazz artists with diverse genre backgrounds.


​August 29 - Sept. 2, 2019
Dragon Con is a giant popular-culture convention for science fiction, fantasy, gaming, art, comics, music, and film, with panels, contests, vendors, and a banquet in five downtown hotels, plus a Dragon Con Parade down Peachtree Street on Saturday at 10 a.m.



August 16, 2019 
Chef Elliott Farmer is a local cater, private chef, food consultant, and television personality, featured on two seasons of Cutthroat Kitchen on Food Network.  

He continues to grow his fan base via cookbooks, a radio show, TV pilot, and his very own spice blend.
Chef Elliott Farmer understands the sensual side of cooking and in this date night class he hopes to bring back the romantic spark in your kitchen.  You'll learn to create this delicious summer surf and turf menu, with a side of romance for good measure.
  • Crab Dip
  • Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad
  • Seared Ribeye
  • Blackened Salmon
  • Roasted Green Beans with Almonds
  • ​Garlic Parmesan Whipped Potatoes

Chandra Currelley's Birthday Celebration at St. James Live

August 31, 2019
St. James Live
3220 Butner Rd
Atlanta, GA 30331
Currelley-Young was a member of the SOS Band from the late 1980s up until 1992, when Chandra left the band to pursue a career in acting and theater. Because of her background in theater, Currelley-Young was selected by Debbie Allen to be the featured soloist in her production "Soul Possessed" which debuted at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta, Georgia.

Currelley-Young was asked to perform in the 1995 Apollo Revival of The Wiz as Evillene The Wicked Witch of The West and was then selectively chosen to act in David Petrarca's hit production, Dinah Was, the story of singer Dinah Washington. She established her acting career by appearing in Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family and many other of his productions.


​AUGUST 17-18, 2019
The Piedmont Park Summer Arts Festival is a 2-day outdoor event with an emphasis on the visual arts and family fun presented by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, for people of all ages,  customs, and interests. The Midtown community of Piedmont Park is considered to be home to one of the largest and most enthusiastic art buying communities in metro Atlanta. The Piedmont Park Summer Arts and craft festival bringing back the tradition to Atlanta’s arts community.
Film festival
August 1 - 4, 2019
Cobb International Film Festival [formerly Marietta International Film Festival] screens dozens of films at Earl Smith Strand Theatre.Ticket deal $9

Garden party for adults
August 1 - Sept. 26, 2019
 (Thurs. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.)
Cocktails in the Garden invites you to explore the garden each week as you stroll with a cocktail, hear live music, and play games at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Admission fee, cash bar.

Atlanta attractions
August 1 - Nov. 30, 2019
multiple locations
These discount prices include all taxes and fees.
​Adult party at the aquarium
August 2, 2019
 (7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)
Adults can wander Georgia Aquarium enjoying DJ music, finger food, and cocktails from the full service bars during Sips Under the Sea for age 21+. Buy tickets online because none will be sold at the door.

Science-fiction film festival
August 2 - 4, 2019
Something Wicked is a film festival that screens animation, fantasy, horror, and science-fiction at Southern Performing Arts Academy in Lawrenceville.

1930s Jive Musical
August 2 - 11, 2019
Have a “foot stomping, swinging Jive, good time as you sing along to the hep sounds” of The Cotton Club Revue, a musical review set in 1930s to 1940s Harlem, at Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square.Ticket deal $25

Shakespeare tragedy
August 2 - Sept. 1, 2019
Othello is the story of a general in the Venetian army, his new wife, and a manipulative man trying to drive them apart, at Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square.Ticket deal $18

Free concerts in Sandy Springs
August 2 - Sept. 27, 2019
 (Fridays 6:30 p.m.)
Bring a blanket or lawn chair, food and drinks (except alcohol, which is sold onsite), and money for food trucks to City Green Live for free concerts on select Fridays.
​Soap Box Derby race
August 3, 2019
Design and build a car, and then race it downhill for prizes at Cool Dads Rock Soap Box Derby [website has sound], with music, food trucks, and activities at Historic Old Fourth Ward Park. The event begins with ceremonies, and then races usually begin at 12:30 p.m. Free to watch.

Greek dinner & cooking class
August 3, 2019
 (7 to 9:30 p.m.)
Begin with wine and appetizers, help the chef prepare souvlaki with quinoa and hummus, and then dine with wine and dessert during the $80 Global Cooking & Wine Pairing Series: Summer in Santorini at Vino Venue in Dunwoody.

Alpharetta soldiers parade
August 3, 2019
Old Soldiers Day Parade includes a band at 9:15 a.m., a memorial service at 10 a.m., a parade at 10:30 a.m., and children’s activities. Free.

Family day
August 4, 2019
 (12 to 4 p.m.)
Splash through sprinklers, play water games, make water crafts, try canoeing (ages 5+), and learn outdoor skills on Summer Adventures Day at Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell.

Family puppet show
August 7 - 11, 2019
Meet the critters and creatures of Old MacDonald’s Farm, an interactive puppet show with songs at the Center for Puppetry Arts for age 2+.Ticket deal $12

Summer jazz
August 16, 2019
 (8 to 11 p.m.)
Hear great jazz once a month this summer during Jazz Matters at The Wren’s Nest. You are welcome to bring blankets, chairs, food, and beverages.Ticket deal $10

Tattoo Expo
August 16 - 18, 2019
Atlanta Tattoo Expo features exceptional tattoo artists, contests, exhibitions, and food vendors at Sheraton Atlanta Hotel.

Concerts in the Garden
August 16 - 25, 2019
See national acts at Concerts in the Garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden. You can pre-order food on the website. The concerts on July 27 & Aug. 25 are in Gainesville.
​Yoga festival
August 9 - 11, 2019
multiple locations
Dirty South Yoga Fest features “a diverse sampling of instructors for a weekend of yoga classes, workshops, community, and festivities” on Friday evening at Monday Night Garage, and Saturday & Sunday at Loudermilk Conference Center.

Romantic comedy about a dog
August 9 - 17, 2019
Sylvia is a captivating canine who befriends a man in Central Park and changes his life (and his wife’s), at The Art Place in Marietta.Ticket deal $10

Free movies - parks
August 9 - Sept. 6, 2019
 (also July)
multiple locations
See free films outdoors at Georgia Movies in the Park in Canton, Cumming, and Dawsonville.
  • August 9 - Wonder Park (Dawsonville: Park)
Burlesque show
August 10, 2019
 (9 p.m.)
The Sweet Spot is a high-energy celebration of the sexy arts that includes spoken word, burlesque dance, body painting, comedy, fashion, and DJ music at 595 North Event Center for age 21+.Ticket deal $10 to $20

Wine party
August 10, 2019
 (12 & 6 p.m.)
Atlanta Summer Wine Festival offers 50 wines to taste with live music and a DJ at City Winery for age 21+. Repeats in January and April.

Pub crawl
August 10, 2019
 (12 to 4 p.m.)
A ticket to Pub Crawl on the BeltLine includes five drinks at your choice of venues plus food discounts.

Magic show
August 10, 2019
3 miles NE
Watch three magicians perform with a combination of magic, mentalism, and humor for all ages at Atlanta Magic Night at Red Light Cafe.Ticket deal $11

BBQ, blues, and bluegrass
August 10, 2019
Decatur BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass Festival [sound] offers 7 hours of blues and bluegrass music, a kids’ area, beer, and barbecue at Harmony Park in Oakhurst. Children age 12 and younger are free.

Christian music festival
August 10, 2019
 (12 to 11 p.m.)
Ignite Atlanta [formerly AtlantaFest] features a variety of music and Christian speakers at The Bowl at Sugar Hill.

Reggae in the park
August 10 - 11, 2019
Atlanta Reggae in the Park is a “celebration of Afro-Caribbean culture and music with live performances, artists, DJs, amazing food vendors, and a market” in Piedmont Park. Free.

Concerts in Alpharetta parks
August 10 - Sept. 14, 2019
 (Saturdays 7:30 p.m.)
Bring a blanket and a picnic to hear “family-friendly performances by different Alpharetta based entertainment groups” at Brooke Street Park Summer Concert Series.

Free concerts in Sandy Springs
August 11 - Sept. 8, 2019
 (7 to 8:30 p.m.)
Concerts by the Springs are held on one Sunday a month at Heritage Green, 6110 Blue Stone Road. Bring food and drinks, or buy them onsite. Beach chairs and blankets are welcome. Free.

Party for a cause
August 15, 2019
A ticket to Eats & Beats gets you unlimited restaurant food, open bars, live entertainment, and a silent auction for charity at The Fairmont.

Monthly family festival
August 15, 2019
 (5 to 9 p.m.)
Alive in Roswell has live bands, food trucks, craft beer, vendors, kids’ games, entertainment, and socializing in three locations connected by a free trolley (on Canton Street, in Roswell Square, and behind city hall). Free.

Underground film festival
August 15 - 18, 2019
Atlanta Underground Film Festival (AUFF) [website has sound] shows films and videos made by grassroots independent filmmakers who break conventional boundaries at Synchronicity Theatre.

Macon Film Festival
August 15 - 18, 2019
Macon Film Festival screens independent films from around the world in historic theaters in downtown Macon, with celebrity guests and workshops.

Coming-of-age rock musical
August 15 - 24, 2019
Teens navigate the confusing and troubled waters of adolescence in Spring Awakening, with an electrifying and hauntingly beautiful rock score and adult subject matter at OnStage Atlanta in Scottdale.Ticket deal $10 to $13
​Gourmet dinner
August 18, 2019
 (5 to 9 p.m.)
The $275 Give Me Five charity event includes a cocktail reception, “an exclusive and tantalizing five-course dinner with wine perfectly paired by five of Georgia’s best sommeliers,” and a live auction at 103 W. Paces Ferry Road NW for age 21+.

​Wine tasting at the aquarium
August 19, 2019
Sample 200 wines from around the world, taste local restaurant food, hear live music, and shop at a silent auction at Aqua Vino in the ballroom and galleries of the Georgia Aquarium for age 21+.

Fake wedding
August 20, 2019
 (7 p.m.)
Attend an emotional wedding ceremony, have a drink and appetizers (included), and dance at a reception while you check out wedding vendors in action at The Big Fake Wedding Atlanta at Pontoon Brewing.
BronzeLens Film Festival
August 21 - 25, 2019
BronzeLens Film Festival screens films by or about people of color and holds workshops and panel discussions at Hyatt Regency Atlanta.
​Can Can Ball
August 23, 2019
 (8 p.m.)
Dance to live music, enjoy a light meal, and attend a silent auction at the black-tie-optional Can Can Ball at The Fairmont for charity.

Jazz on the Lawn
August 23 - Oct. 11, 2019
Hear classic and contemporary jazz, swing, fusion, smooth, and blues with a ticket to Jazz on the Lawn at Callanwolde. Cash bar and BBQ food for sale.

German beer festival
August 24, 2019
 (2 to 7 p.m.)
Celebrate German music, beer, and food (bratwurst, käsepätzle, pretzels, sauerkraut, schnitzel) at the family-friendly German Bierfest at Woodruff Park.Ticket deal $18

Family football festival
August 24, 2019
Football Fest has games, face painting, cheerleaders, DJs, mascots, inflatables, and a skills challenge on the street in front of College Football Hall of Fame. Free.

Beverage tasting
August 24, 2019
 (6 to 10 p.m.)
Drink wine, beer, and spirits grouped by regions of the world at ATL Wine + Spirits Fest, with food for sale and live music on the promenade at Piedmont Park.

Dog walk
August 24, 2019
Walk, Wag, N’ Run is a morning walk or run (1K or 5K) for people and their dogs at Lenox Park in Brookhaven.

Harley party
August 24, 2019
7.1 miles west
Harley-Davidson of Atlanta promises a free concert, food trucks, a beer garden, vendors, and family fun at the Anniversary Party. Free.

Train show
August 24, 2019
Shop from 350 model-train vendors and see a few large working layouts at the Atlanta Model Train & Railroadiana Show at Infinite Energy Center in Duluth. Held in January and August.

Grant Park festival
August 24 - 25, 2019
Grant Park Summer Shade Festival features two music stages, food vendors, an artist market, a Saturday 5K run, and a kids’ zone at Grant Park. No dogs. Free.

Latino festival
August 25, 2019
Festival Peachtree Latino offers music, dancing, arts & crafts, vendors, ethnic foods, and a kids’ zone in the meadows at Piedmont Park. Free.

Chicken wings festival
August 25, 2019
 (1 to 5 p.m.)
Taste wings from 25 restaurants, hear local music, and enjoy a cash bar at Southern Wing Showdown at The Fairmont. Children age 10 and younger are free.

Taste of Italy
August 25, 2019
 (3 to 5 p.m.)
A ticket to Discover France Wine & Food Festivalincludes unlimited tastings of French wine and food during a walk-around style event at Vino Venue in Dunwoody.

Free national park day
August 25, 2019
Entry is free at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area during Free Entrance Days in the National Parks.

Ice cream festival
August 25, 2019
 (2 to 4 p.m.)
Taste 100 flavors of homemade ice cream, join an ice-cream eating contest, and visit the kids’ corner at Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ in Roswell Town Square. Buy tickets online.

Black wine
August 30, 2019
 (6:30 to 11 p.m.)
The wine at vinoTOSA is actually red and white, but it’s created at “the most prestigious Black-owned vineyards” and served amid artwork and music at 86 Pryor Street.

Art party
August 30, 2019
See contemporary art, meet artists, drink cocktails and wine, and hear DJ performances during Artosa Beyondas part of Taste of Soul Atlanta at Herndon Home Museum.

Decatur Book Festival
August 30 - Sept. 1, 2019
Decatur Book Festival has a book fair, author readings, signings, panel discussions, children’s parades & activities, live music, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, and writing workshops in Decatur.

Balloon festival
August 30 - Sept. 1, 2019
The Hot Air Balloon Festival offers live music at 7 p.m., a balloon glow at dusk Fri. & Sun., fireworks Saturday, tethered rides weekend mornings & evenings, and a classic car show Saturday at Callaway Gardens.

Free plays
August 31, 2019
Students at Georgia State University Perimeter College have only 24 hours to write, direct, rehearse, and perform new theater at Plays in a Day Festival. Free.

Vegetarian festival
August 31, 2019
Veggie Connection Event features vendors, speakers, cooking demos, and food samples at Smyrna Community Center.

Flashback music festival
August 31 - Sept. 1, 2019
Flashback Festival is billed as Atlanta’s biggest R&B concert and features legendary artists at Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre.

Air show in Rome (north)
August 31 - Sept. 1, 2019
Wings Over North Georgia has U.S. Air Force jets, aerobatic performers, parachutists, aircraft on display, and food vendors at Richard B. Russell Airport in Rome. Gates open at 10 a.m. Flights 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Soul food & music festival
August 31 - Sept. 2, 2019
 (wine tasting Aug. 30)
Enjoy ribs, fried chicken, grilled shrimp, peach cobbler, soul music, R&B, and a kids’ zone at Taste of Soul next to Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Music begins at 1 p.m. Optional brunch on Sunday and 5K race on Monday. Bring a folding chair, but no pets, food, or drinks except 1 sealed water. Free.

Art in the Park
August 31 - Sept. 2, 2019
Marietta Art in the Park features fine art, chalk art, jazz, food trucks, and a children’s “interactive art area” in Marietta Square. Free admission.

Fireworks at the mountain
August 31 - Sept. 2, 2019
Labor Day Weekend celebrates everyday working heroes with a laser show and fireworks for three nights at 9:30 p.m. at Stone Mountain Park.

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Bronner Brother International Beauty Show in Atlanta

​Come and join over 30,000 beauty professionals and brush up on your professional education to grow your business. The beauty show features over 100 professional education classes, innovative workshops sessions, exciting evening entertainment, an inspirational worship service, creative competitions and much more!
​The Bronner Bros. International Beauty Show is a three-day professional beauty industry event and is the largest multicultural/multi-textural tradeshow in the United States. Held every February and August at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Our Mid-Summer Beauty show will take place on Saturday, August 17th - Monday, August 19th, 2019.
Discover the innovative solutions in the beauty industry today. Browse the aisles for companies displaying thousands of products and services. The Bronner Bros. International Beauty Show is your best opportunity to see the latest beauty technology, shop for professional products, and get all the knowledge you need, all in one place!

Find details in the show planner and begin to make your list of must-see exhibitors before you arrive in Atlanta, Georgia. View the floor plan for a list of confirmed exhibitors.
Use your industry skills and personal creativity to create a work of art that you are proud of and show it off at one of many Bronner Bros. Hair, Makeup, and Barbering or Beauty School competitions. The competitions will be separated into two categories: Students and Professionals.
Take full advantage of opportunity connect and network with your industry peers, Iconic educators and the biggest names in the Beauty and Barber industry at Bronner Bros. International Beauty Show.
With over 100 professional education classes, manufactures and CEU classes, Bronner Bros. International Beauty Show offers you a wide assortment of top notch education- all presented by leading beauty industry professionals and participating companies. Click here
to review our educational class schedule.



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Friday, July 26, 2019

Orange Is the New Black Season 7 is now on Netflix


Orange Is the New Black Season 7

​In the show's final season, a recently paroled Piper tries to get back on her feet while life in Litchfield, as corrupt as ever, goes on without her.

A farewell...

The Poussey Washington Fund

​The cast and producers bid a poignant farewell to fans, looking back on seven seasons of laughter, heartbreak and love.
The series may be ending, but the movement is just beginning.


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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

2019 Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron

19th Anniversary Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron



AUGUST 2, 2019- AUGUST 4, 2019
The 19th annual Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron is August 2-4, 2019 at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint. Produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI), Satchmo SummerFest is an unparalleled celebration of the life, legacy, and music of New Orleans' native son, Louis Armstrong.
Recently named one of the most “interesting things to experience in Louisiana” by Oprah Magazine,
the event brings performances from New Orleans’ most talented musicians, with a focus on traditional and contemporary jazz and brass bands.

Ayo Scott Selected as 2019 Poster Artist

2019 Satchmo SummerFest Poster
New Orleans artist Ayo Scott was selected as the 2019 French Quarter Festivals, Inc. artist, creating the artwork for both the French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest posters. Scott graduated from Xavier University in 2003 and attended graduate school at The Institute of Design in Chicago. Immediately after Hurricane Katrina, he returned home to help the city rebuild. During that time, he started NOYO Designs Inc. and began to evolve from commercial graphic design work to making his own art.
"When looking at the impact of jazz on music and music on the world, Louis Armstrong may be the single most influential person to be born in New Orleans,” Scott said. “I’m humbled to be able to create a tribute to such a man. I’m excited to share 'Reflections of King Louie', the 2019 Satchmo SummerFest Poster."

Culinary Lineup Includes Four Debuts

In addition to music, the 2019 Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron will feature cuisine from some of New Orleans’ favorite restaurants. Four restaurants make debuts this year: beloved local grocer Dorignac’s Food Center will serve Armstrong’s famously favorite dish, Red Beans and Rice; Gulf Tacos will offer up pork belly, shrimp, and fish tacos, along with street corn; attendees can look forward to Jambalaya and refreshing fruit skewers from Rusty Pelican; and Congreso Cubano debuts with Ropa Vieja and Maduros Fritos. Returning favorites include Big Cheezy, Café Dauphine, Company Burger, Plum Street Snoballs, Quintin’s Ice Cream, and Lasyone’s Meat Pie Restaurant.

Click here to see the complete menus.  

Beer and wine lovers will not want to miss the return of the Abita Beer Garden, serving favorites and seasonal brews, and the Sonoma-Cutrer Rosé Café, a shaded place to relax and take in the festival environment. For those seeking refreshing non-alcoholic options, Bubly will offer lime and grapefruit sparking beverages, and Luzianne Iced Tea and French Market Cold Brew will be available.

A Dozen Artists Make Festival Debuts

More than 30 Acts to Perform, Along with Satchmo Scholars
The 2019 festival lineup includes more than 30 acts, ranging from traditional jazz to swing, brass and marching bands, funk, R&B, jazz fusion, and more performing on two tented stages over three days. A dozen musicians will make their Satchmo SummerFest debut, including Cyril Neville with Omari Neville & the Fuel on the Fidelity Bank Stage. Other debuts include:
  • Big 6 Brass Band
  • Big Easy Brawlers
  • Catie Rodgers and the Gentilly Stompers
  • Cyril Neville
  • DinosAurchestra
  • Lafayette Charter Academy Marching Band
  • Michael Ward
  • New Orleans Classic Big Band with Ricky Riccardi  
  • Smitty Dee's Brass Band featuring Dimitri Smith 
  • The Garden of Joy
  • Tonya Boyd-Cannon
  • Troy Sawyer and the Elementz

Returning Satchmo SummerFest favorites include Ellis Marsalis, Jr., Charmaine Neville, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, Preservation Brass, Robin Barnes & The Fiyabirds, Trumpet Mafia, Jeremy Davenport, and the Treme Brass Band.

View the full musical lineup here:

2019 Satchmo Summerfest Musical Artists Line Up


Sponsors and Community Partners

French Quarter Festivals, Inc. is proud of its 36 year history of providing high-quality community events that are accessible to all. The organization relies heavily on the contributions of sponsors and partners as well as beverage and merchandise sales to support the festival. Festival organizers welcome the return of Chevron as Presenting Sponsor of Satchmo SummerFest.

"Satchmo SummerFest is a celebration of the music, life and legacy of Louis Armstrong and is part of Chevron’s commitment to the local community,” said Leah Brown, Public Affairs Manager for Chevron's Gulf of Mexico Business Unit. “His determination, talent, charisma, and charity broke down barriers in the Crescent City, across the country, and around the world. This longstanding event honors New Orleans’ favorite son, while also stimulating economic growth and fueling the social vitality of southeast Louisiana. Chevron is proud to be a part of it.”
Other sponsors for the 2019 festival include Omni Royal Orleans, WWL-TV, GE, Fidelity Bank, Hilton, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, Brown-Forman, Abita Brewing Company, Pepsi, The Bombay Club, Orpheum Theater, Harrah’s New Orleans, French Market Corporation, Friend of Fest, Joseph K. & Inez Eichenbaum Foundation, Entergy New Orleans LLC, Boost Mobile, Very Local New Orleans, Blue Bikes New Orleans, Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, Reily Foods, Bayou Rum, Touro, Zapp’s Potato Chips, National Parks Service, JAX Brewery Parking Lots and the Berger Company, Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans & Company, Rhodes Funeral Home, Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, Louisiana Division of the Arts, Barbershop Harmony Society, The Fertel Foundation, New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint, New Orleans Advocate/Times-Picayune, OffBeat Magazine, WWOZ 90.7 FM, Cumulus New Orleans, Where Magazine, WGSO, DownBeat Magazine, Louisiana Cookin’, Clarion Herald, WBOK, Vinyl District, New Orleans Magazine, Biz New Orleans, IntheNOLA, and Entercom New Orleans.

About French Quarter Festivals, Inc.

Satchmo SummerFest is produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (, the 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, which also produces French Quarter Festival in April and Holidays New Orleans Style! in December. French Quarter Festivals, Inc. promotes the Vieux Carré and the City of New Orleans through high quality special events and activities that showcase the culture and heritage of this unique city, contribute to the economic well-being of the community, and instill increased pride in the people of New Orleans. For more information on all FQFI festivals and events, call (504) 522-5730 or visit online at

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Jermaine Sain is the host/ creator of a talk show called When We Speak. After exiting the U.S. Army in 2003, as a Medical Sergeant, Jermaine began pursuing a career in music after he auditioned for American Idol in 2005, in Austin, Texas.

In 2008, Jermaine moved to Atlanta where he has had the opportunity to provide backing vocals for Kem (Grammy nominated R&B Singer) Heart (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), and Barry Manilow, as well as for companies such as Pink Ribbon Story Foundation and Verizon Wireless. He made his first music video appearance in Kem's Glorify The King.

Jermaine's talk show, When We Speak, caters to entertainment with a close focus on indie music professionals.

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