- The Music Box Village
Friday Nights at the Music Box
4-9pm Open Hours invite guests to explore the Village and get hands-on with the 'musical architecture' in our interactive sculpture garden.
Food and Drinks We have a full bar w light concessions on site and often feature local food popups. Musician Docents Come in the evening to catch local musicians serving as Village guides live improvising & helping visitors make music with the Houses!
6-8pm James Williams Swamp Donkeys James Williams is a vocalist and brass instrumentalist who specializes in the trumpet and tuba. He founded and is the bandleader of The New Orleans Swamp Donkeys Traditional Jass Band. The Swamp Donkeys most recently performed at French Quarter Fest, New Orleans Jazz Fest, and Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Fest, while performing local residencies at DBA, Kermit’s Mother-In-Law Lounge, and the Spotted Cat.
James finds great inspiration in the works of the immortal Louis Armstrong, which led to his role as bandleader of the New Orleans Classic Big Band, most recently conducting and performing original Armstong big band sheet music (courtesy of the Armstrong House Museum) at the 2019 Satchmo Summerfest. Additionally, James performs with the New Orleans-based Trumpet Mafia.