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

Spring Season Tickets Now Available – only until March 1!!

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.

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 Tony Allen + Kumasi Afrobeat Orchestra

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.

Kumasi, New Orleans’ own Afrobeat orchestra, will be joining Tony in celebrating both his career longevity and his legacy of ingenuity by performing music from across his storied history.

Friday and Saturday, February 23rd and 24th

One show per night
Doors open 6:30PM/ Performances at 8:00PM
$20 Advance Tickets/ $25 Day of Show
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Friday and Saturday, March 16th and 17th


New Orleans Airlift is excited to welcome experimental pop artists Animal Collective to the Music Box Village for the very first time! Members Avey Tare, Geologist and Deakin are already at work generating new site-specific music to be debuted over two nights of performances.

Working within the genres of freak folk, avant-pop, noise rock, ambient drone, and psychedelia, the members of Animal Collective have been steadily releasing innovative and fresh recordings since the early 2000’s, garnering them ever-larger audiences and critical praise.

In a similar experiment in Florida, the band created new music as part of an “audiovisual meditation on the secrets behind the sexual reproduction of corals,” entitled Coral Orgy — this performance in the Music Box Village will also contain mostly new material.



UPCOMING SHOWS: SPRING SEASON (and more to come!!)

Saturday March 31 : An all-new orchestral show from New Orleans Airlift featuring New Orleans’ own female artists, including Aurora Nealand, Tif Lamson, Meschiya Lake, Leyla McCalla, Helen Gillet, Sabine McCalla, Shaye Cohn, and more!

Saturday April 14: Valerie Sassyfras Album Release
Described as “part lo-fi pop and part performance art”, Valerie Sassyfras is a fearless one-woman band bringing a knowledge of Cajun and zydeco music together with a flare for the crazy, weird, and off-kilter.

Monday April 30: The Residents
New Orleans Airlift is immensely honored to host the first-ever Louisiana performance by legendary musical iconoclasts The Residents! Known for their groundbreaking visuals, appearing exclusively in costume, and often wearing eyeball helmets, top hats and tails – a long-lasting costume now recognized as its signature iconography – the Residents have released over 60 albums, scored multiple films and toured the world seven times since releasing “Meet the Residents” in 1974.


Jazz Fest Shows:
Friday April 27: Mike Dillon’s New Orleans Percussion Consortium

Saturday May 5: Weedie Braimah & special guests – Story of the Djembe


Sunday May 20: Polymnia Quartet & Plessy School in Collaboration



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”

Spring 2018

Instigation Orchestra

The World’s Unfair – Airlift + Vaporwave Carnival Ball