2009 Satchmo Summerfest Kicks Off Friday Night with Club Strut

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This Friday, July 31, 2009, the clubs of Frenchmen Street will be percolating with a different energy than on a regular Friday in the summer.  The Jazz Centennial Celebration’s 9th annual Club Strut fills all of the clubs and several of less-used balconies with jazz to kick off the annual celebration of the life of Louis Armstrong.

From 6:00 PM until 2 AM, the cream of the crop of New Orleans musical talent including Ellis Marsalis, Irvin Mayfield, Kermit Ruffins, Lionel Ferbos, Leah Chase, Shamar Allen, Charmaine Neville, and Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz Orchestra.  The participating venues include Snug Harbor, Blue Nile, DBA, La Maison de Musique (formerly Ray’s), Apple Barrel, Bicycle Michaels, Marigny Brasserie, Checkpoint Charlie’s, Cafe Rose Nicaud, R Bar, The John, and Tomatillo’s.

The Club Strut serves as both a fundraiser for our non-profit jazz outreach programs and a promotional vehicle for our music community’s rebuilding efforts. There are two levels of admission, general ($25) and VIP ($75). General admission gets you access to all the clubs on Frenchmen St (except Snug Harbor) all night, with a multitude of outstanding New Orleans musicians playing in the spirit of Louis Armstrong. VIP admission gives you all that as well as access to our VIP balcony parties, featuring New Orleans’ top musicians in an intimate setting along with fantastic food and beverages from notable New Orleans eateries. VIP admission also gets you access to New Orleans’ premier jazz club, the legendary Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro, which is a limited seating venue.

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