Cigar Box Guitar Festival

Wednesday, January 18, 2023 - 9:00am

New Orleans Jazz Museum

400 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70116

Located at the foot of Esplanade Avenue, the New Orleans Jazz Museum, located in the Old U.S. Mint, is a national historic landmark that is part of the Louisiana State Museum system.

The New Orleans Jazz Museum is strategically located at the intersection of the city’s French Quarter and the Frenchmen Street live music corridor. The Museum celebrates the history of jazz, in all its forms, through dynamic interactive exhibits, multigenerational educational programming, research facilities, and engaging musical performances. For further details, visit

You can hear great music from some of New Orleans’ best contemporary artists in the state-of-the-art performance venue on the New Orleans Jazz Museum’s third floor. The Museum uses the space for evening programs, solo and small group concerts and special events while the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park offers daily live music programs for local residents and visitors to the Museum. Learn more and find a calendar of events at


Upcoming Shows

9am-10pm | The New Orleans Cigar Box Guitar Festival is a unique celebration of the art, music, and cultural history of homemade stringed instruments in the city where those rudimentary devices played a key role in the early development of both the jazz and blues musical traditions. 

Covering 4 days and utilizing the world-class listening and exhibit spaces at the New Orleans Jazz Museum, the festival always presents an unsurpassed lineup of CBG artists. Twenty professional acts will perform, and instrument builders will gather to compare notes and compete for prizes.

New Orleans blues legend Little Freddie King leads the exciting roster, which includes the Wolf Johns Band, Shane Speal, Ghalia Volt, John Nickel, Cigar Box Serenaders, Erin Coburn, Cash O’Riley, Steve Arvey, Brett Gardner, Jamie Lynn Vessels, Ben “Gitty” Baker, Amzie Adams, Beth Patterson, GoatBuskers, Ivor Simpson Kennedy, Max Valentino, Pierce Dipner, Michael Cain, Too Sick Charlie, and Dar Stellabotta.

The final voting in the International Cigar Box Guitar Video Playoffs will be held on Thursday evening, and the winners will be announced on Saturday evening.

Check out the festival website for the Schedule of Events.

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