Cigar Box Guitar Fest NW in Eugene Oregon June 6th 2015
CBG Fest NW poster
Master of Ceremony for the Fest: Downtown Vinnie
Diane DeVillers hubpage article writer/novelist
John Lowes Loebow
Eugene Oregon hosts the second annual Cigar Box Guitar Box Fest Northwest
Cigar box guitars are one of the original roots instruments dating back to the 1890’s. Many early blues players made cigar box guitars from a broom handle and a cigar box. They took the wire that held the broom together and used it for string.
We will be showcasing some of the Northwest’s finest cigar box players featuring a multitude of musical styles. Featured artists: Ben Rice from Portland, Jerry Zybach from Eugene, Stephen Cohen from Portland, Cigar Box Joe and Downtown Vinnie from Eugene, and Ice Bob from Florida.
The purpose of this festival is to create awareness for a wonderful, versatile instrument that is easy to play and just as easy to build. Downtown Vinnie traded his Les Paul two years ago for two cigar boxes and a lap steel. He now has thirty cigar box guitars. To say it’s an addiction is an understatement.
Cigar box guitar players come from every country in the world. It is a fast growing trend. Cigar box guitars come in all shapes and sizes; from one to six strings. The musical styles encompass everything from Blues to Bluegrass, to Rock.
There will be cigar box guitars for sale at the event. We will also be having a raffle for a Swamp Witch cigar box guitar. There will be door prizes throughout the day.
Homemade Cigar Box Guitar
Buy a Cigar Box and Get Ready to Play
A Eugene Oregon couple SmartyPants196 and Downtown Vinnie as they are known on Cigar Box Nation a website devoted to all that is Cigar Box Music have been bitten by the Cigar Box Blues Bug, turning household items into instruments.
What one of the sites musicians calls a stick in the box. And commonly known as the best cigar box made is generally on the verge of destruction. American's new pass time has become a world-wide craze.
So go up in your granddad's attic and find one of his old cigar boxes to start. Then go to "Cigar Box Nation" and listen to some video's on Downtown Vinnie's site, or SmartyPants196, or Bemusic, Nancy Kats site or Uncle John, or Clock The Wolf, Robert Depietro, Run "Oily" Sprague, or Rusty Pup, or Maddog, the anonymous pick or The Phrygian Kid and try to stop your foot from stomping.
Downtown Vinnie at Goodfella's
A Zeke Deadwood 3 string from Dan at humidors Guitar
Paul McCartney plays cigar box guitar
Cigar Box Guitar music cd by Downtown Vinnie aka Mark Alaniz
http://downtownvinnie.bandcamp.com/ Buy Downtown Vinnie's cd full of his original cigar box guitar music.