Songs From Inside the Box
January 17, 2012
I have childhood memories, as I'm sure many of you do, of drums made from coffee cans, cardboard tube horns, and guitars made of rubber bands and a Kleenex box or a cigar box. Not only did these homemade creations roughly (emphasis on roughly) resemble the instruments they were modeled after, but we could occasionally make actual "music" with them.
This past summer, I was invited to and attended the Kansas City Cigar Box Guitar Festival. I was not sure what to expect since my experience with homemade instruments was limited to the childhood memories I mentioned previously. I was amazed when I saw the display of guitars. We are talking serious cigar box technology and design. They ranged from simple and crude to high tech and elaborate. Then the music began. That is when I realized these were not fancy toys but actual instruments, which could make actual music in the right hands. I was blown away.
An added bonus at the festival was a little lesson on cigar box guitar history (believe it or not it goes much further back than my childhood), and some tips on how to make your own musical creations. All these things combined made for a very informative and entertaining experience that has definitely changed my attitude about cigar boxes.
I am happy to tell you that Mr. Kevin Kraft, one of the gentlemen sharing and playing at the festival I attended, is bringing a similar program here, to the Grandview Branch! Kraft, a Kansas City singer-songwriter-guitarist will be here to share with us the history, construction, and music of the cigar box guitar. To top it all off, a drawing will take place where one lucky attendee will receive a cigar box guitar as a door prize!
If you would like to be amazed, informed, instructed, and entertained for the evening, come to the Songs from Inside the Box program at the Grandview Branch on Monday, January 23rd at 6:30 p.m. You'll probably go home humming (and maybe even strumming!) a jazzy little tune.