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

Check our Public Hours/Location Page for details about our project at Jazz Fest 2018!

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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Friday April 20: “Ol Eyez Never Die”
Punk and rap artists collaborate in celebration of Biggie, Tupac, and ODB. Featuring Dee1 and Ian Vanek (Howardian + Japanther) 

In this performance, “Ol’ Eyez Never Die”, Ian Vanek returns to the Music Box to perform with special guest Dee1 whose viral hit “Sallie Mae Back” made him a household name for using earnings from his music to pay off his student loans. Dee1 occupies a unique place in New Orleans, traveling frequently and appearing on television often, and his persistent questioning of society and success, often tied up with a do it yourself attitude, aligns with the more message-driven lyrics found in punk.

Nola Fam’s DJ Q, Bounce producer J Dawg, multi-faceted singer Meschiya Lake, poet Kataalyst Alcindor, Scott Yoder (formerly of The Pharmacy), Shawn Randles, Voice Monet, Sheila Santamaria and Karen Wallace (formerly of Jean Eric) and more artists will be joining us in this genre- and culture-bending event.

The task of the artists joining Airlift in crafting this performance is to reimagine the songs of a small sampling of artists who are ever-present in the punk and rap worlds for their iconic, true-to-themselves attitudes and immeasurable talent. All of these collaborators, but especially rappers and poets,  will revisit the work of Tupac, Biggie and Ol’ Dirty Bastard, seeing them through a modern lens, examining familiar issues in their lyrical content while asking new questions of society and ourselves.



Shows at the Music Box Village during JazzFest season:

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


After 2017’s Music Box Village presentation, which Stanton Moore called “one of the most magical nights of my musical life,” the Consortium’s leader, Mike Dillon, began to plan a 2018 return with new works that further develop classical percussion themes in the context of the Music Box. The musical houses that talk, scream and moan are built to be explored by these talented percussionists, bringing new life and sounds to original compositions and familiar works.


Matt Chamberlain – Special Guest Artist // Jason Marsalis – Featured Soloist // Otto Schrang – Artistic Advisor // Brady L Blade Jr. – Special Guest (Anders Osbourne, Emmylou Harris) // Andrew Campanella – Special Guest (The Revivalists) // Tiff Lamson – (Givers) // G Maxwell Zemanovic – (Miranda Lambert) // Paul Thibodeaux – (Royal Roses) // Stephen Montalvo // Nathan Lambertson – (Royal Roses, Mike Dillon Band) // Daria Dzurik (Daria & The Hip Drops) // Andre Bohren – (Johnny Sketch) // Layla Sutton // Benny Devine // Logan Schutts – (Batebunda) // Sage Rouge – (Johnny Sketch) // Marion Tortorich // Michael Gourdin // Brendan Bull – (Mike Dillon Band) // Aaron Walker

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.

Saturday, May 5th: Weedie Braimah’s “Essence of Time” with special guests Ghost Note with MONONEON


Weedie Braimah (Photo Credit: Michael Weintrob)

Our Jazz Fest line-up concludes with a grooving celebration of Africa and its cultural connections to New Orleans. Weedie Braimah & the Hands of Time present The Essence of Time: a Drumming Journey Through the Diaspora with special guests Ghost Note. Essence of Time” is a collaborative performance that will bring together a group of virtuoso African percussionists, including Adama Bilorou Dembele, a master of the chromatic balafon hailing from Burkina Faso, Amadou Kouyate, a 150th generation griot performing on both djembe and 21-string kora, as well as New Orleans luminaries like the accomplished and renowned Bill Summers, with the ultra-modern drummers and musicians of Ghost-Note, featuring Grammy Award winning artists Robert “Sput” Searight and Nate Werth of Snarky Puppy joined by astonishing experimental bassist MonoNeon (Prince), under the leadership of Weedie Braimah himself in creative collaboration with New Orleans Airlift.

One Show/ One Night Only 6:00PM Doors, 7:00PM Performance

Ghost Note

Ghost Note

Friday, May 18th: Kanaval Revizé: A Musical Celebration of Haitian Flag Day with Boukman Eksperyans and Preservation Hall Jazz Band!


New Orleans Airlift and Preservation Hall are back at it again in the Music Box Village on May 18th to revisit last year’s post-Jazz Fest show and commemorate Haiti’s Flag Day with a special evening featuring famed Haitian Rasin musicians, Boukman Eksperyans and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Both groups truly represent their cultures in unique ways, and the Music Box Village is the perfect natural environment to encourage a union of their creativity and intention.

Haitian band Boukman Eksperyans is undoubtedly one of the most representative of the Haitian musical movement called Mizik Rasin (Roots Music). The sound combines traditional elements of many different styles of Haitian roots music, of religious vodou ceremonies, and of Native American and African identity mixed in a with modern instrumentation and sounds.
Since 1987 Boukman Eksperyans has been sharing their musical rebellion with the world. The name of the band is the combined result of two historical figures; the Vodou Priest Boukman Dutty, who led the 1791 slave revolution at Bwa Kay Iman, and the influence of what is said to be the greatest guitarist of all time; Jimi Hendrix and his band The “Jimi Hendrix Experience”. Boukman Eksperyans is continuing the revolution of Boukman Dutty by sharing Haiti’s history and struggle through social messages in song and dance.

One Night Only/Two Sets  Doors at 6:00PM and 8:00PM

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Sunday May 20: Ode to NOLA: A Musical Collage by Tucker Fuller performed by Polymnia Quartet with Homer A. Plessy Community School students



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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.
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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
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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