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Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Bitchin Bajas head to the Music Box

Emmett Kelly and Haley Fohr also perform March 24-25



in September, Spin called it "the wildest venue in New Orleans." Given the relative tameness of the rest of the U.S., that provinciality is probably selling it short. What New Orleans Airlift cofounders Delaney Martin and Jay Pennington — the wily Wonkas of this living, breathing, singing Chocolate Factory — have done with The Music Box Village is create a category of one. First they raised it, then they razed it, then they toured it, then they raised it again. And sure enough, people have come: A motley crew including Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone and Gogol Bordello joined local conformity killers Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Big Freedia, Lost Bayou Ramblers and Tank and the Bangas — all flocking to what Martin aptly calls a "collaborative juggernaut." This booking is the kind that the facility seemingly was built for: former Palace royalty Will Oldham, aka Bonnie "Prince" Billy, whose tender, cracking hymnals have defined both the gorgeous film version of Pete's Dragon ("The Dragon Song") and the egregious letdown of True Detective season two ("Intentional Injury"). Joining him are Chicago droners Bitchin Bajas, with whom he recorded last year's soothing, raga-esque Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties (another literalized title), as well as Cairo Gang leader/Ty Segall accomplice Emmett Kelly and Circuit des Yeux's Haley Fohr. Sometimes life throws us all a pleasant curve. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 door.

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