Oh yeah. Getting back to my neck of the woods. I have been invited down to play the New Orleans Cigar Box Guitar Festival. Looking forward to playing there and eating that good cajun food.
The New Orleans Cigar Box Guitar Festival is a one-of-a-kind event that pays homage to a simple yet profoundly expressive instrument – the cigar box guitar. Held annually in the vibrant heart of New Orleans, this festival showcases the rich history and creativity associated with this DIY musical instrument. Whether you’re a seasoned musician or simply someone with an appreciation for distinctive and soulful music, this festival offers an unforgettable experience.
A Brief History
The cigar box guitar has a fascinating history that dates back to the 19th century. Originating from the United States, it was born out of necessity and creativity. Crafted from empty cigar boxes, a piece of wood, and a few strings, these instruments have been used by musicians who couldn’t afford traditional guitars. Over the years, the cigar box guitar has become a symbol of grassroots innovation, reflecting the resourcefulness and ingenuity of musicians.