“Songs Inside The Box,” the cigar box guitar documentary was shown as a part of the 2017 New Orleans Cigar Box Guitar Festival.
The three-day event began on Thursday, January 19th at New Orleans Jazz Museum in the Old U.S. Mint, with a special New Orleans premiere screening of the Max Shores documentary, preceded by an informative historical introduction and performance on vintage instruments by musician/folklorist Shane Speal, who is featured in the film.
The New Orleans Cigar Box Guitar Festival is a cultural and musical celebration of handmade stringed instruments. On January 20th and 21st, the festival featured workshops and performances at the Frenchman Theatre.
“Songs Inside The Box” documents the 2007 Alabama Cigar Box Guitar Festival which attracted enthusiasts from across the eastern U. S. and has become a model for similar events around the world. The New Orleans Cigar Box Guitar Festival is now in its second year.