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Music Box Village


New Orleans Airlift is pleased to announce a new, ambitious endeavor to build a permanent home for their collaborative Music Box installation —The Music Box Village. Each Music Box house is a one-of-a-kind, interactive musical instrument disguised as a whimsical house, allowing visitors to explore, play, and create sound. Originally conceived by artists Delaney Martin, Taylor Shepherd, Callie Curry (SWOON) and Jay Pennington, and built in collaboration with dozens more local and international artists to date, each house is outfitted with hand-made pulleys, levers and other interventions, which are activated by guest musicians and visitors. The nonprofit organization recently acquired a 55,000 square foot forest with an adjoining metal fabrication warehouse in the Bywater, and plans to hold a grand opening of the new cultural destination in October 2016.

Since its creation in 2011, in part as a response to destruction and decay after Hurricane Katrina, Airlift’s flagship project The Music Box has drawn tens of thousands of people to experience a unique mix of ambitious sound art, memorable performances by local and world-renowned musicians, and one-of-a-kind musical architecture. Performance highlights include Thurston Moore, Wilco, Solange Knowles, Preservation Hall, Andrew W K, Mannie Fresh, Lost Bayou Ramblers, and Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes, just to name a few.

This summer, musical houses from several nomadic iterations including New Orleans City Park, and houses built in Georgia Tech, Tampa Bay and Shreveport, along with some other surprises, will be installed for the grand opening. In the 2016–2017 season, Airlift will present an exciting lineup of local and international performers as well as new collaborative musical houses, including a Mardi Gras Indian house with Big Chief Darryl Montana of the Yellow Pocahontas.

New Orleans Airlift is known for organizing large-scale collaborative art and performance works, crossing cultures and expanding upon tradition. For the first time, the organization will offer a membership program to support their organization, in addition to tax-deductible giving, partnerships, volunteering and more.

To celebrate this announcement and invite the public to get involved, the organization is running a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter to support the major build out and site improvements.


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Preservation Hall Announces Jazz Fest and Summer Line-Up

Preservation Hall Jazz Band is excited to announce their upcoming summer tour dates. Kicking off their tour on May 5th at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (where they will be performing twice) and touring until August.

The Hall Band’s first performance at Jazz Fest will be starting at 4:25pm, Saturday, May 5th at the Economy Hall Tent. On May 6th, the Preservation Hall band and friends will close out Jazz Fest on the Gentilly Stage with a mega performance featuring a number of special guests including Steve Earle, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Ani Difranco, Allen Toussaint, Trombone Shorty, Bonnie Raitt, Wendell Eugene, and Lionel Ferbos.

As part of the Superfly During Jazzfest Concert Series, Preservation Hall Crescent City Revue featuring Preservation Hall and Friends will also perform on Saturday, May 5th at the brand new Joy Theatre, located in downtown New Orleans on Canal Street. Reminiscent of the revues of the 1920s, PHJB will be joined by a number of guests including The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Ivan Neville, Stanton Moore, Ernie Vincent, Leo Nocentelli, Benny Jones, Uncle Lionel, Little Freddie King, David Torkanowsky, and many more to be announced. Opening for this all-star revue will be the New Orleans Rock Cabaret The New Orleans Bingo! Show.

Also being announced is this year’s 8th Annual Midnight Preserves Lineup which will feature intimate limited-seating performances at Preservation Hall featuring both national and local artists. This year’s lineup includes Steve Earle, Theresa Andersson, Henry Butler, Tao Seeger, and much more! The Midnight Preserves series will also feature the Hall’s most admired bands paying tribute to legendary Hall musicians. Proceeds from the series will benefit The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program. Tickets are limited and available now at TICKETFLY.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band will also be releasing a limited edition 10” vinyl of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band Live at Carnegie Hall in advance of the full-length concert to be released later this year. The vinyl will only be available exclusively during Jazz Fest and includes “Sweet And Low Down,” “That’s Enough,” “Saints Go Marchin In,” “Bourbon Street Parade,” and “Tootie Ma.” Only 504 copies will be available for sale.

PHJB Tour Dates

5/5: Economy Hall Tent @ New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

5/5: New Orleans, LA @ Joy Theater

5/6: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

5/11: Black Mountain, NC @ Lake Eden Arts Festival Lakeside

5/12: Bethlehem, PA @ Arts Quest River Jazz Festival

5/18: Montreal, QC @ Montreal Chamber Music Festival

5/19: Brooklyn, NY @ The Great Googa Mooga in Prospect Park

5/20: Ridgefield, CT @ Ridgefield Playhouse

5/25: Chillicothe, IL @ Summer Camp Music Festival

5/26: Minneapolis, MN @ Orchestra Hall

5/27: Cumberland, MD @ 5th Annual Del Fest

6/2: Brookfield, WI @ Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts

6/7: Coral Gables, FL @ Coral Gables Congregational Church

6/10: Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Garden (with The Del McCoury Band)

6/16: Croton-on-Hudson, NY @ the Clearwater Festival

6/17: Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl

6/22: Vancouver, BC @ Centre for the Performing Arts

6/23: Victoria, BC @ TD Victoria International Jazz Fest

6/29: Las Vegas, NV @ The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

6/30: Las Vegas, NV @ The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

7/1: San Francisco, CA @ Sigmund Stern Grove

7/4: San Rafael, CA @ Marin County Fair

7/6: Irvine, CA @ Irvine Barclay Theatre

7/12: Grand Rapids, MI @ Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

7/13: Wichita, KS @ The Orpheum

7/14: Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Music and Arts Festival

7/25: Interlochen, MI @ Interlochen Center for the Arts Kresge Auditorium

7/26: Boston, MA @ Boston Globe Summer Arts Weekend in Copley Square

7/27: Boston, MA @ Boston Globe Summer Arts Weekend in Copley Square

7/28: Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival 2012

8/2: Wellfleet, MA @ Wellfleet Preservation Hall

8/8: Fryeburg, ME @ Fryeburg Academy Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center

8/9: Waterford, CT @ B.O.M.B. FEST Harkness Memorial State Park

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