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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, May 26

7PM Doors, 8PM Performance


Teddy’s Twilight Serenade offers a one-of-a kind supper club in the immersive environment of the Music Box Village

Join us May 26th for our third installment of “Teddy’s Twilight Serenade”, a special evening where we feature the talents of local musicians 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 the installation, by using the musical houses as primary instrumentation for inventive arrangements and improvisations. A frequent Airlift collaborator since her work as Musical Director of Airlift’s very memorable Peaches retrospective in October 2017, Lamson brings a playful percussive ear and knack for orchestration to the Music Box Village.

This month’s cast features special guests Leyla McCalla, Julie Odell,  and Friendly Rich. McCalla is an acclaimed cellist and singer-songwriter whose work often explores her Haitian Creole identity. Her new record, Capitalist Blues was released earlier this year. Odell is taking the New Orleans scene by storm with her soaring vocals and powerful performances. She regularly performs with her band, as a solo artist, and with her organ/keyboard project Mosquito Eater.  Madcap Canadian composer, Friendly Rich is perhaps best known in the US for his work on three seasons of MTV’s The Tom Green Show. His sense of play and irreverent nature are a natural fit for the Music Box Village.

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

“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 farm to table flatbreads put together by the folks at Simone’s Market! Limited seating is available at shared tables, but we encourage guests to bring blankets and festival seating to dine al fresco.

It is recommended that if you would like to dine with us, you purchase your dinner in advance. Vegetarian options will be avaiable. A la carte dinner options will be limited 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.


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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