We had the privilege of experiencing the Music Box installation, “A Shantytown Sound Laboratory, this past weekend right before they closed. It was pretty amazing to witness. Picture the Swiss Family Robinson’s tree houses built with musical instruments installed into the structure. From the sound of it, they’re actually looking for a permanent space to relocate it. ~ clndstn
I’m spending June in New Orleans, digging into the soft wet earth of American music. A week in, I feel like I’ve barely begun to explore. The minute I try to say what draws me to New Orleans music, I realize that the core of it is always changing. It’s not just the variety, though I love that in the first few days here, I caught classic blues on Frenchmen Street, a wild bounce night downtown, my longtime favorite Susan Cowsill singing Dusty Springfield covers in the Garden District, and a brass band on the corner in the French Quarter. It’s the fact that no live set unfolds quite as you’d expect: here, musicians are truly making it up as they go along.