The Music Box Roving Village in City Park closes with dancers, horses, motorcyles and musicians.

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One of the Music Box instruments and Tarriona "Tank" Ball

The Music Box Roving Village in City Park is a flexible musical, artistic space. On its opening weekend, the performance conducted by William Parker evoked old school avant-garde, complete with a “town crier” walking through the crowd with a bullhorn reading a text about class and improvisation, and a woman dancing and carrying a censer through the crowd. During Jazz Fest, members of Wilco joined a number of New Orleans musicians for a Quintron-directed performance that was often surprisingly ethereal. The space has inspired singers along side instruments with sounds not found in nature as well as a version of "House of the Rising Sun" with Nels Cline playing guitar through the telephone booth fit with a Leslie-like speaker and Luke Winslow-King playing slide guitar into an instrument that that activates the resonant frequencies in sheets of metal.  

The installation will close on May 10, and the final weekend performances on May 8 and 9 will be conducted by Tropicalia enthusiast Arto Lindsay, the guitarist in no wave band DNA, with the Love of Life Orchestra, Ambitious Lovers, and at times producer for Caetano Veloso and Tom Zé. The band will include Animal Collective's Josh "Deakin" Dibb and Japanther’s Ian Vanek, along with New Orleanians Sunpie Barnes, Meschiya Lake, tuba player Jon Gross, Earl Scioneaux III, Aurora Nealand, Free Spirit Brass Band, Star & Dagger/Rock City Morgue/White Zombie bassist Sean Yseult, and Music Box veteran Quintron.

The final weekend will present shows at 7 and 9 p.m. each night, and it promises to be even more theatrical than previous performances as the shows will also include swing dancers, the 504 Boyz Horse Club, and Caramel Curves Motorcycle Club.

Tickets are on sale now.  

Behind the scenes at The Music Box
Making music at The Music Box
Conducting in The Music Box