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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.




Teddy’s Twilight Serenade

Sunday, April 21  7:00PM


Join us April 21st for our second installment of “Teddy’s Twilight Serenade”, a special evening in the Music Box Village where we feature the talents of local musicians and local chefs features incredible talents from across our local music scene in concert with the sounds of the Music Box Village. These one-of-a-kind performances, led by Tif “Teddy” Lamson (GIVERS), highlight the special sonic qualities of our installation. A frequent Airlift collaborator since her work as Musical Director of our very memorable Peaches retrospective in October 2017, Tif brings to the Music Box Village a playful percussive ear and knack for orchestration.

This month’s cast features Helen Gillet, known throughout New Orleans for her work as a cellist, singer-songwriter, and improviser, and in-demand drummer G Maxwell, known for his work with country sensation Miranda Lambert. We’re also joined by one of New Orleans’s favorite voices, Meschiya Lake, making a special appearance at the Music Box Village on her return trip from Ireland.

The ensemble is rounded out by “house band” members Ben Polcer (King James & the Special Men, Doro Wat) and Jonny Campos (Lost Bayou Ramblers). These hour-long performances include original songs, improvisation, and compositions written especially for the Music Box Village.

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“Teddy’s Twilight Serenade” is a special opportunity to enjoy dinner and a show at the Music Box Village. Designed as a supper club experience, we offer package tickets that include a spread fit for two and a bottle of wine. Individual packages include dinner only. This month we are featuring a hearty antipasto spread put together by the folks at Echo’s Pizza!

If you would like to dine with us, be sure to purchase your dinner in advance. Vegetarian options will be avaiable. A la carte dinner options will be limited and first-come, first-serve while supplies last on the night of the show. Individual dinner packages do not include drinks – our full bar will be available for purchase! BYOB is not allowed at the Music Box Village.

Limited seating is available at shared tables, but we encourage guests to bring blankets and festival seating to dine al fresco.

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During Jazz Fest, we welcome world-class improvisers and renowned artists
into the mix at the Music Box Village.

Robert “Sput” Searight of Ghost-Note plays the “Junkit” during “The Essence of Time”, May 2018. Photo credit: Camille Lenain

Call & Response

Friday, April 26  7:00PM

Martín Perna and Mike Dillon’s Punk Rock Percussion Consortium bring the Music Box Village to life 


Call and Response is the earliest form of musicianship and language, and the first way most people teach and learn. In a nod to this deep human expression, Martín Perna, bandleader and founder of Antibalas and an original member of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, will lead fellow musicians and our audience through the musical traditions of giving and receiving, and of inventing and reinterpreting. To bring this experience to life, Mike Dillon returns to the Music Box Village with his dynamic and beautifully boisterous Punk Rock Percussion Consortium(featuring Benny Divine(Benni), Logan Schutts (Batebunda/Kumasi Afrobeat), Marion Tortorich (fmr. Sweet Crude) and more!) to share their melodic bombast with guitarists Tim Jamesand Raja Kassis(Antibalas/Toubab Krewe), using call and response as the foundation for expression and improvisation on the unique “musical houses” of the Music Box Village!

Punk Rock Percussion Consortium Members: Brady Blade / Daria Dzurik / Paul Thibodeaux / G Maxwell / Benny Divine (Benni) / Michael Gourdin / Stephen Montalvo / Otto Schrang / Marion Tortorich (fmr. Sweet Crude) / Logan Schutts (Batebunda & Kumasi Afrobeat Orchestra) and additional musicians still to come.

Mike Dillon in the Music Box Village, Jazz Fest 2018. Photo credit: Linka Odom

Damo Suzuki’s Network

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen delays with Damo’s visa, the upcoming Damo Suzuki’s Network U.S. dates have been canceled.  We will be honoring tickets that have already been purchased at any of our future shows . 

If you have already purchased a ticket you will be contacted via Eventbrite about next steps.

We are in the process of rescheduling these performances to 2020, with dates to be announced soon. Please be alert for more updates and announcements.
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Ghost-Note’s “Junk Yard Funk Jam”

featuring secret special guests!

Friday, May 3. 7PM Doors

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During Jazz Fest, we welcome world-class improvisers and renowned artists into the mix at the Music Box Village.

Last seen in our 2018 production “The Essence of Time”, Ghost-Note captivated audiences with their next level artistry and approach to the unique instruments of the Music Box Village. This year the band, headed by Snarky Puppy‘s Grammy-winning percussion duo, Robert “Sput” Searight & Nate Werth, have dreamed up an all new show called the “Junk Yard Funk Jam”.

The members of Ghost-Note consist of an expansive roster of next-level musicians—representing members of Prince, Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu, Herbie Hancock, Kenrick Lamar, Marcus Miller, Toto, Justin Timberlake, and more. “Junk Yard Funk Jam” features the full band, alongside special guests from their 2018 release, Swagism

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. On arrival, check in at our Will Call window with your ID (keep it out for a 21+ wristband!) 

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.

Sold-out shows will be announced via Instagram and Facebook – if you do not see those announcements – then shows are not sold out! 

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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 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.

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

Fall/Winter 2018

Building the Impossible 2nd Annual Dinner featuring Nels Cline of Wilco, Sunpie Barnes, Tif Lamson & Ben Polcer on “Porch Life”

Tony Allen & Kumasi Afrobeat Orchestra Return! 

Promised Estates: immersive “haunted house” created with Yamil Rodriguez

Halloween Trick or Treat “Scary Fair” for kids

Sun Ra’s Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen

Teddy’s Twilight Serenade

Holiday Throwdown with Queen Kold Madina

Snow Ball with Alli Logout, Bobby Bonsey, BRIDE, Benni Divine, Ha Sizzle, Pandora Gastelum, Triple Threat NOLA & more.


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