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


You are cordially invited to our first-ever Snow Ball!


December 15, 2018  6 – 10 PM

The winter’s renewal is upon us. The trees are baring their forms, and what of ourselves? It is time to rest and reflect so that when spring does arrive it gives us a new birth and we are not thrust back into the same old cycles.  Join us at the Music Box Snow Ball – a night to mark the coming season with communal ritual, dance, invocation and magic.

The Village will be a winter wonderland full of tropical icicles, falling snow, and sizzling snow queens. A giant cast is coming together to create this night with music, performance, group singing, and faux ice skating.

During this season we are close to the veil between worlds. To enter a new world (and to enter the ball) you must take a new form for the night. Don your masks, place your headdresses, and spin your shimmering cloths. As you take stock of what you have and what you really need, reflect on these posessions.To purge is also to renew – bring your jackets and gently used toys to us on the night of the ball (or sooner!).  We will distribute them to our neighbors in need at our free Music Box holiday event the following Tuesday, December 18th.

New Orleans Airlift wraps up 2018 in the Music Box Village with a large-scale collaborative celebration. Join our Snow Queens including Queen Kold Madina, an and Givonna Joseph & Aria Mason (Opera Créole) as we journey toward the close of year and mark the passage of seasons with ritual and spectacle.

Waltz with us in our tropical tundra inhabited by a Music Box Village Orchestra animating the musical houses:  Tif Lamson (Givers), Sabine McCalla, Tasche De La Rocha, Bride, Benni, Alli Logout (Special Interest), Britt Martin and Bryan Cooper from Black Magic Drumline and a whole lot more!

Dance & Movement performance by Triple Threat NOLA!

Live Bounce Performance by Ha Sizzle!

Ritual performance by Pandora Gastelum (Mudlark Theatre), Marcela Singleton, Ruyta Iwashita 

and Julien Fried!

Decoration and design by GlitterBox (Alice McGillicuddy & Kate McCurdy)!

Saturday, December 15th, 2018 || Event Hours: 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Advance Tickets are available here:

VIP TICKET includes an interactive experience with the Winter Huntress, and a special renewal ritual within her lair. VIP guests will also be given a Snowflake, a one of a kind piece of wearable art that they can take home. Package comes with two drink tickets and access to a designated VIP bar area for quick service throughout the night.

Jacket and Toy Drive

We invite you shed possessions and share in the spirit of the season by bringing like-new coats and toys to contribute to a End of Year Gift Drive for our community neighbors. Following the Snow Ball, we will co-host a potluck community party with 9th Ward rapper & filmmaker Queen Kold Madina (Kim Rivers Roberts), director of the iconic film Trouble the Water, on Tuesday, December 18th to distribute these jackets and toys to our neighbors.The event will be our festive sign-off for the season and will be advertised through churches, print advertisements and other neighborhood groups in order to reach those most in need, but all are welcome..

To donate, bring unwrapped items along to the Snow Ball, or to Public Hours and any events leading up to the 15th. Give online by shipping items to Music Box Village, 4557 N. Rampart Street, NO LA 70117 or donate here toward the purchase of toys:

New Orleans Airlift is a 501c3 nonprofit. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Please request a donation receipt at

Ticketing Info: 
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.

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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:

Our parking lot is reserved for those who need special assistance.
Please bike or cab if possible.
– Dogs are not allowed at our shows or markets.
– 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 or request a credit by email to

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

Tony Allen & Kumasi Afrobeat Orchestra

Animal Collective w/ Aurora Nealand & Helen Gillet

Definitive Figures performance festival

From These Roots: Tif Lamson, Joy Clark, Aurora Nealand, Meschiya Lake, Helen Gillet, Leyla McCalla, Sabine McCalla & Tasche de la Rocha

Ol Eyez Never Die: Ian Vanek (Japanther) & Dee-1 w/  Jay Diggy creating new tracks, Meschiya Lake-Härm, Kataalyst AlcindorVoice MonetSheila Santamaria and Karen Wallace (formerly of Jean Eric) & Shawn Randles

Mike Dillon’s Punk Percussion Consortium

The Residents

Weedie Braimah’s Essence of Time w/ Ghost Note, Mononeon, Bill Summers & many more

Boukman Eksperyans & Preservation Hall

Polymnia Quartet & students of Homer Plessy School