A day of all American made and played Cigar Box instruments playing American roots music, with the most talented and hottest musicians around! Special guests THE STRING ASSASSINS all on Cigar Box instruments!
When : 11-5 pm
Summer Crush Winery, widely known for their unique venue and diverse music scene, is proud to announce the 3rd Annual FLORIDA CIGAR BOX GUITAR FESTIVAL Februray 1st 2020 from 11-5pm. The day will include 2 of the nation’s premier Cigar Box Guitar acts; Ben Prestage, and the Steve Arvey band, PLUS special guests and a one-time event: The areas hottest string band, The String Assassins, playing all Cigar Box instruments for the very first time! You won’t see that again anytime soon! The day also includes several Cigar Box instrument vendors and a free musicians workshop with Steve Arvey!
So what is a Cigar Box Guitar? Simply put Cigar Box instruments are literally made with old cigar boxes, but it goes deeper than that. The first trace of such instruments dates back to 1840-1860, when cigar manufacturers started using smaller boxes to ship about 20-50 cigars instead of the previous larger crates that shipped hundreds. In addition to guitars, cigar boxes were turned into all varieties of stringed instruments including fiddles, mandolins, basses (and their cousin the Diddly Bow), by handy folks who most often could not afford a manufactured instrument. The cigar box guitar was integral in the rise of jug band music and even more importantly - the blues. The great depression saw a resurgence in the home building of these instruments, especially in the rural south, followed by a waning with the introduction of cheaper mass produced instruments. Today it’s not just cigar boxes that are used to make the instruments, builders often use ammo boxes, shipping boxes, old bed pans, hub caps, and anything else that works.
Recently, however, there has been a revival of interest in Cigar Box instruments, called the Great Guitar Box Revolution. It has resulted in a growing number of talented musicians, especial those wanting to play the Delta Blues in its purest form, as well as home builders, and primitive luthiers.
Cigar Box Festivals have become popular nationwide, with some of the biggest being in the Ozarks, Huntsville Alabama, York Pennsylvania, and Clarkdale Mississippi! Now Summer Crush is proud to be added to that map with the Florida Cigar Box Festival right here on the Treasure Coast.
The day’s lineup includes the manager of the American Cigar Box Association, Steve Arvey, with his Steve Arvey Band, from Bradenton Florida. Steve is an accomplished blues musician, even having played the Crossroads Stage in Chicago and backing several Blues greats. He is also the director of the Florida Blues Festival in Bradenton. Steve will be leading a free afternoon workshop for those who wish to attend. There will be Cigar Box instrument vendors on hand too, so you can purchase one and get a lesson from one of the greats! www.stevearvey.com
Also on stage will be Florida legend Ben Prestage. Ben, who was taught the blues by his grandfather, a Mississippi sharecropper, grew up in rural Florida and picked up the appreciation for the banjo from a wine making and bluegrass playing neighbor. Ben moved to Memphis as a busker (street performer) with these skills in his bag. Influenced by other buskers, Ben soon added drums and the diddley-bow to get the attention of the tippers. Ben’s unique style and seemingly impossible talent has earned him three consecutive years of top 4 finishes in the International Blues Challenge, as well as, being the only two time champion of the Lyon/Pitchford Award for “Best Diddley-Bow Player,” and being, "The Most Unique Performer" at "The Song- writers' Showcase of America!” www.benprestagemusic.com
Steve Arvey kicks the day off at 11 am. The artists rotate preforming throughout the day until 5pm. (11-12 and 4-5pm: Steve Arvey Band. 12-1 and 2-3pm: Ben Prestage. 1-2 and 3-4: The String Assassins). Steve Arvey leads the workshop at 2:30-3:30pm. For great food, Creative Chef will be serving their delicious favorites. Food is not included in the ticket price. Summer Crush will have their popular beverages; Handcrafted Florida Wines, Wine Slushees, Sangria, and Wine based cocktails (like Margarita, Rum Punch, Bloody Mary, Sea Breeze & more) as well as over 30 local microbrew and select beers and ciders.
As with all our events: No off premise coolers, food , or beverages of any kind, including water is allowed. We will have everything you need, including free ice and water. Also, a No Tailgating policy is strictly enforced.
There are several other fun things to do besides listening to great music all day, like a wine tastings in the winery tasting room and browsing the unique gift shop, and games like; 9 hole disc golf course through the vineyard, giant lawn checkers, giant 4 in a row, lawn shuffleboard, giant jenga, several corn hole games, hula hoops and more.
What's to Eat?
Creative Chef Food Truck