Each season, we invite local, national and international musicians and performers to create new experimental works at the Music Box Village.

They explore and develop sounds and rhythms using our musical houses, culminating in an original performance series offered to the public for one night or a weekend. While performers may incorporate their own songs and instruments, this show will be unlike any other you will see from these artists. Each performance is new and an adventure for artists and audiences!

Spring Season Tickets Now Available!!

Advance Ticketing will open online 2 weeks before each show. Box Office opens for Door Ticketing 30 minutes before doors open. Season Ticket Members may enter 30 minutes before doors for Early Seating for all shows.

New Orleans Airlift returns for its third Music Box Village season with exciting Fall performances!

Hundreds of collaborators crossing the worlds of dance, opera, theater, music and art bring all-new orchestral performances, using the Music Box Village as the central site of creation.

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SATURDAY, 12/9 – Two shows! Doors at 6:00PM & 8PM
All previously purchased tickets for Friday 12/8 will be honored at the door.

Lost Bayou Ramblers present KALENDA: a Caribbean dance, a Louisiana rhythm, a Cajun rock’n’roll song, and eventually, a woman’s name – that crossed the black-white and Creole-Cajun divides in many forms.
Special guests will include Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), Spider Stacy (The Pogues), Leyla McCalla (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Jimmy Horn (King James & The Special Men), and avant-garde Cajun saxophonist Dickie Landry.

“Louisiana is a portal unto the world. Since its colonial beginnings, the territory absorbed every race and creed. New Orleans is a living picture of the world,” one observer wrote, “for here the world is concentrated, in a living spectacle of almost every nation, kindred, and tongue.” Kalenda first entered Louisiana through this cultural kaleidoscope before refracting a thousand different ways.

What began as a dance in New Orleans’ Place Congo, Kalenda crossed both the black-white and Creole-Cajun divides to become part of a shared culture that was expressed in variegated ways. By the twentieth century, the refrain “’Dance, dance the Kalendá!  Boujoum!  Boujoum!’” echoed across Louisiana. Kalenda transcended genres and became a source of inspiration for a diverse group of local musicians, evolving into a Cajun lullaby with an added verse mocking the anti-Napoleon stance of New Orleans’ M. Mazereau, a country-and-western arrangement, a psychedelic anthem, and a Louisiana French Rock’n’Roll classic.

Lost Bayou Ramblers’ performance of KALENDA at Music Box is a musical painting of the interwoven cultural influences which has come together over the centuries to create the cultural hotbed we celebrate today. Their Kalenda is at once a mystery and a revelation.”


Please double-check your SHOW TIME and SHOW DATE **before ** completing your purchase!! We are unable to make changes to tickets once your sale is complete.

Three Ways to Buy Tickets:

  • If you have purchased an Advance Online ticket, your name will be at our Will Call window. You do not need a paper ticket.
  • Online ticketing closes the night before the show date. Tickets are also available for sale at our Box Office, which opens 30 minutes before doors, up to capacity. In order to guarantee a ticket in the case of a sold-out show, please buy online before the day of the show.
  • Season Ticket cardholders may bring their membership cards to check in at our Box Office or Gate. Enjoy early entry and seating 30 minutes before we open doors. Get your Season Tickets now!

When coming to The Music Box Village:

Our parking lot is reserved for those who need special assistance. Please bike or cab if possible.
– Dogs are not allowed.
– Children are welcome at a maximum of three per adult. Children must be supervised at all times due to the high risk nature of our site.
– Please do not smoke in, around or near our musical houses.
– Seating is limited, bring picnic blankets or your own seating.
– The venue is outdoors and unpaved, please dress accordingly.
– We provide a reasonably priced bar offering water, cocktails, wine, beer and non-alcoholic drinks. Proceeds support the Village! BYOB is not allowed.


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Ticketing Refund Policy:

New Orleans Airlift is a federal 501c3 nonprofit — funds donated via ticketing and other giving support our mission to collaborate to inspire wonder, connect communities and foster opportunities through arts education and the creation of experimental public artworks. Your ticket and any other funds donated on site support our education programs and access for those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to experience the Music Box Village.

Artists and musicians are compensated out of ticket sales for the many days of rehearsal and creating new performances – so we are unable to provide refunds. If you can’t use your ticket, we suggest you:

  • Transfer, give or sell your ticket to a friend who can simply give your name at Will Call
  • Come to collect a paper ticket good for use at another show

Given these constraints, our policy is not to offer refunds. If you would like to contact us about a special situation, email us at



Fall/Winter 2016

Preview: Quintron with musicians of OneBeat

Grand Opening: Sunpie Barnes & L’Union Creole with Dédé Saint-Prix

Okolona & Kyp Malone

Halloween: Nightmare on Grunch Street

Tank & the Bangas present Alice Lost with Big Freedia

Lost Bayou Ramblers with Spider Stacy and Rickie Lee Jones

Gogol Bordello

Spring 2017

Sirens of the Shallows: Airlift Masked Ball

Tank & the Bangas reprise Alice Lost with Norah Jones

Bonnie Prince Billy with the Roots of Music & Bitchin’ Bajas

Mike Dillon’s New Orleans Percussion Consortium

Dustan Louque & Nels Cline

Quintron’s “The Wrongs of Spring”

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Aurora Nealand’s MONOCLE: “KindHumanKind”


Fall/Winter 2017

A Viper’s Dream with Ben Polcer & Amy Johnson


Treemonisha with OperaCreolé, Cripple Creek Theatre Company, and New Resonance Orchestra

Halloween: Dante’s Disco Inferno

Elegy Highway – a live film scoring project by Asphalt Serenade
A Boy Scout’s journey across America is told through a 10-piece orchestra featuring David Lovering (The Pixies), Helen Gillet, James Singleton, and more!

Prospect 4 Artist Party with The Dixie Cups, Katey Red, Delish, The Pinnettes

The Discovery of Voyager by Blato Zlato with Helen Gillet, Binky Griptite, Carl LeBlanc, Seguenon Kone, Melissa Guion, FLOCK Dance Company,  Furniture Music Ensemble

Lost Bayou Ramblers “Kalenda”