The first-ever ‘Farmstand Live’ drive-in festival heads to the Shrine on Airline this spring

Festival-goers anxiously waiting for the return of Jazz Fest in October can look forward to a new event hoping to fill its void this spring.

The inaugural Farmstand Live, a drive-in music and food event, will head to the Shrine on Airline on April 24 and May 1, traditionally the two Saturdays of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

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Organizers say the new event will feature live performances by New Orleans musicians in a socially-distanced setting. Attendees will also receive prepared boxed dinners from local restaurants and farm-fresh produce boxes from Crescent City Farmer’s Market.

The music lineup includes Jon Cleary, George Porter Jr., Dumpstaphunk, Honey Island Swamp Band, Smoke N Bones and SOUL Brass Band. Restaurants slated to participate include Cochon Butcher, Justine, Addis NOLA, Bywater Bakery, La Petite Grocery and NOLA Charcuterie, among others.

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The latest event to hit the New Orleans spring festival schedule is produced by Farmstand Entertainment, an organization recently founded by Emily Vanlandingham, founder and chef of New Orleans-based all-natural food manufacturer Locally Preserved.

Vanlandingham says her new organization was created to help rebuild New Orleans’ post-COVID-19 cultural economy through entertainment, hospitality and farming.

“I set out to find a way to change the distribution models of New Orleans’ most profitable sectors. We rely heavily on our incredible live music, on our renowned dining scene, and on our year-round farming. Farmstand Entertainment, and specifically, Farmstand Live, is a way to combine the three and pump money back into the economy,” Vanlandingham said in a statement.

Presale tickets for Farmstand Live go on sale Thursday, April 1. General Public tickets go on sale Monday, April 5. All shows are rain or shine. Tickets will not be sold at the gate.

All tickets include the price of admission to the show, one boxed dinner and one produce box per person. Vehicles must have a minimum of two people, with discounts for additional tickets up to eight people per vehicle.

Each vehicle will have three dedicated parking spaces, based on the current state COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, organizers said.

Three price points are available: VIP, general admission 1 and general admission 2. Ticket prices start at $120 per person at the general admission 2 level, $140 per person for general admission 1, and $225 per person for VIP.

Gates open each day at 4 p.m., and all vehicles must arrive by 6 p.m.

Farmstand Live will take place at the Shrine on Airline, 6000 Airline Drive in Metairie.

For more information about Farmstand Live, visit the website.

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