St. Louis Cigar Box Guitar Festival

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What is a Cigar box guitar?
From Wikipedia: The cigar box guitar is a primitive chordophone that uses an empty cigar box for a resonator.
They have been used by North Mississippi AllStars, ZZ Top and Tom Waits for his Real Gone CD.


On June 8, 2013, the first Cigar Box Guitar Festival (click on the graphic above) was held at the Highway 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen in Webster Groves, Misouri.  There was food, music, cigar box guitar players, and builders.  In addition, Justin Johnson performed on Friday night, and at noon on Saturday.  Guitar World calls Justin “The Wizard” and says his act is a “must see”; check out Justin’s work here.  There was also a special appearance by The Thin Dimes, playing Cigar Box guitars.

On Saturday during the Cigar Box Guitar Festival we held a raffle to raise money for Six String Heroes, they teach veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to play guitar.

We raffled off a $50 gift certificate to Hwy 61 Roadhouse, a retro Leinenkugel cooler filled with frosty Leinenkugel beer, and an original work of art by Bruce Toulmin (pictured), who was on hand all day selling his artwork.

 

 

 

Here are pix from the TV promotion before the 2013 Festival