The New Orleans Cigar Box Guitar Festival is a cultural and musical celebration of handmade stringed instruments.
This three-day event begins on Thursday night at the Old U.S. Mint, with a special New Orleans premiere screening of Max Shores’ documentary film “Songs Inside the Box,” preceded by an informative historical introduction and performance on vintage instruments by musician/folklorist Shane Speal, who is featured in the film.
On Friday afternoon, the festival moves to the Frenchmen Theatre, in the heart of the Frenchmen Street music district, where there will be presentations and demonstrations on the construction and use of handmade instruments, an instrument contest and a performance by Encore Academy elementary school children. A talented line-up of improvisd instrument musicians led by New Jersey Boogie/Rockabilly/Swing band April Mae & the June Bugs and The New Orleans Swinging Gypsies will entertain on Friday evening.
Saturday afternoon and evening at the Frenchmen Theatre are filled with outstanding featured performers including Shane Speal, the acknowledged “King of the Cigar Box Guitar,” Jontavious Willis, AJ Gaither, Amzie Adams and others.
For additional info, visit neworleanscbg.com.