One of the most popular, if improbable, recent sensations in the New Orleans art world was at neither a museum nor a gallery; it was part of neither a biennial nor an art fair. Although it coincided with Prospect 2, the less than stellar successor to the critically acclaimed Prospect. Founded by artist-curator Delaney Martin and music impresario Jay Pennington, New Orleans Airlift is mostly known for fancifully edgy art expos and musical performances, as well as surreal Tableau Vivants , among other carnivalesque events. Occupying the site where a two-hundred-year-old cottage had until recently stood, The Music Box gave the wreckage a remarkable rebirth. There was no self-conscious art historicity at work here, but more of a mythic sensibility, as if the ancient planks had somehow reconfigured themselves into a magical village of otherworldly shanties.
Review / D. Eric Bookhardt
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Our new ticketing model
When Airlift began reaching out to musicians about performing their own work in the Music Box Village this fall, a theme began to emerge. Not only were beloved musicians like Louis Michot , of Lost Bayou Ramblers , ready to get back in front of live audiences - they were ready with new music. While Airlift cannot mount our ambitious one-of-a kind Music Box Village programming at this time, we can open our magical outdoor environment to local musicians and our community as a resource for sonic healing and expression. Beginning on the weekend of November 6th, Airlift will present new sounds by old friends at the Music Box Village. Our 13, sq ft outdoor sculpture park and performance venue is uniquely suited to safely presenting live music in these challenging times and we want to put it in service of our community. The safety and health of our guests, staff and musicians are paramount see full COVID guidelines here. Protocols adhering to all City, State, and CDC guidelines are in place including face masks, social distancing, and frequent sanitization. All tickets must be purchased in advance through our website, and audiences will have to remain seated for the duration of the show. Limited capacity and a state-imposed COVID-restriction on selling alcohol at our site means these performances are only possible because of our sponsors who are underwriting generous fees for our out-of-work musicians. Up to 70 guests per set can also choose to help out through our new ticketing model.
The Music Box is an ever-evolving musical village that celebrates New Orleans' rich musical and architectural history. The Music Box rose up in direct response to the heavy toll that Hurricane Katrina exacted on all aspects of life in New Orleans, including its arts and architecture. From , Swoon and the Heliotrope Foundation helped the arts organization New Orleans Airlift to create The Music Box, a playable musical village that is a living testament to the healing capacity of play and wonder. A collaboration between dozens of builders, artists and musicians, the Music Box village is part homemade playground and part experimental music hall.