Each season, we invite local, national and international musicians and performers to create new experimental works in residency at the Music Box Village.
New Orleans Airlift presents: The Return of Tony Allen
Afrobeat giant Tony Allen had so much fun the last time he was in New Orleans that he’s coming back this Fall to kick off the Music Box Village’s third year of programming!
New Orleans Airlift, non-profit arts organization and creator of the Music Box Village, expands Tony’s conversation with our city through more genre-bending programming and surprising collaboration!
Kumasi Afrobeat Orchestra will be returning with other special guests to explore the depths of Tony’s storied career and the genre that he helped to create. Expect new artists in the mix, including bounce legends Ha Sizzle & DJ Lil Man, and a moment of deep celebration with Rhythms of Congo Square featuring Bill Summers, Luther Gray, Brother Tea and Fanfan.
The late Fela Kuti wasn’t quick to credit other musicians, but when he said “There would be no Afrobeat without Tony Allen” he meant it. Tony Allen, best known as “Fela Kuti’s drummer”, was the rhythmic force behind the music of the legendary Nigerian musical iconoclast and political activist from 1964 to 1979.
Described by Brian Eno as “perhaps the greatest drummer who has ever lived,” a young Tony was influenced by the music his father listened to (Juju, traditional Yoruba ceremonial music), but also American jazz, and the growing highlife scene in Nigeria and Ghana.
In recent years Allen has occupied the spotlight with projects like The Good, The Bad and the Queen (feat. Blur’s Damon Albarn), Rocketjuice to The Moon (with Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea) and is still performing live with his own band regularly. He recently released his first full-length album for Blue Note, The Source.
The Return of Tony Allen in the Music Box Village
Friday and Saturday / October 12th and 13th / One show per night
Doors open 6:30PM – 10:00PM
$25 Advance Tickets/ $30 Day of Show
Online Will Call ticketing will close on the day of the event. Our Box Office opens 30 minutes before Doors for same-day ticket sales.
If you buy online, you will receive a confirmation email via Square. On arrival, check in at our Will Call window with your ID (keep it out for a 21+ wristband!)
Sold-out shows will be announced via Instagram and Facebook – if you do not see those announcements – then shows are not sold out!
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.
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 day of show. 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:
– Dogs are not allowed at our shows or markets.
– 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 or request a credit by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Given these constraints, our policy is not to offer refunds. If you would like to contact us about a special situation, email us at email@example.com.
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