The best of New Orleans is coming to Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

The fourth annual Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World Festival will take place at various spots, including Queens Theatre and the open green space adjacent to it, on Saturday, July 8, from 1 to 8 p.m.

As to be expected at an event with Satchmo’s name, music will be at the center of the fun, especially genres that unite the honoree’s upbringing in The Big Easy with his later life as a traveling professional musician who lived in Corona. But attendees will also enjoy food, activities, and art.

Jon Batiste — a Louisiana-born musician, educator, Forbes 30-under-30 selectee, and the bandleader on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” — curated the eclectic music lineup. Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks, a multi-genre Big Band act that won a Grammy in 2012, will headline the show. Expect jazz, blues, show tunes, and popular summer songs from the Great American Songbook. At other times, members of the Dap Kings will bring funk and soul, while Havana’s Roots Collective will get the rumba going. Plus, Batiste’s own band from the Colbert show, Stay Human, will take the stage for some jazz classics.

The music portion will end with Batiste’s signature “love riot” street parade. Performers will take their instruments on a walking tour of the park, improvising and picking up marchers as they party on.

Meanwhile, Queens Theatre will create an indoor beer garden to host the Backyard Bash, modeled after the garden parties that Armstrong and his wife, Lucille, used to throw at their house on 107th Street. DJ Cochon de Lait and DJ Pana Li will play Satchmo-inspired tunes. And as the year 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of “What a Wonderful World,” Ricky Riccardi, the Director of Research Collections at the Louis Armstrong House Museum, will explore this song, which Armstrong wrote about his block. Riccardi will share unique photos and screen rare footage of the jazz leader performing this hit song.

Nearby, the New York Hall of Science will sponsor a tent where youngsters will build structures using simple materials like dowels and rubber bands. There will also be face-painting, carnival games, balloon animals, circus acts, sports, and music by the Talujon Percussion Ensemble Project.

Then there’s the food court. Vendors include Yankee Doodle Dandy, Gorilla Cheese, Andy’s Italian Ices NYC, Coney Shack, Jiannetto’s Pizza, and El Rey del Taco.

Admission is free, but a limited number of preferred access tickets are on sale for $20 each. VIP access is $50.

Be prepared for a “love riot” street parade.

Be prepared for Jon Batiste and a “love riot” street parade.

Images: Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World 2017


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