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Village of the Arts Hosts Bradenton Cigar Box Guitar Festival

Friday, February 9, 6-11pm
Saturday, February 10, 1-4pm
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The Village of the Arts hosts Bradenton’s first Cigar Box Guitar Festival featuring the music of Steve Arvey, David Smash, Matthew Richie and RB Stone. Enjoy live music played on handmade cigar box guitars, food and art on 10th Avenue on Friday evening, and at multiple venues throughout the Village on Saturday. 

Over the last 5 years, cigar box guitars have grown in popularity all over the world. As a result, enthusiasts are creating festivals to celebrate this unique blend of art and music that showcases these handmade guitars. The Village of the Arts is joining forces with festival director Steve Arvey to bring the first Cigar Box Guitar Festival to Bradenton on Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10.

The action begins on 10th Avenue in the Village on Friday evening. Mississippi Delta funk meets Ozark Black Hill country stomp when Steve Arvey and Matthew Richie kick off the festival at 6pm. David Smash continues the music at 8pm. Steve Arvey finishes up the evening playing with Koko Ray at Motorworks Brewing. (10th Avenue will be closed to traffic between 10th St and 12th St. from 5pm-midnight.) Village restaurants will be open during their regular hours. Additional food vendors include Atomic Cat Ice Cream, Avocado Gypsy, and Split-Fire Grill.

The festival continues on Saturday from 1-4pm with Steve Arvey, Matthew Richie, and RB Stone playing at several venues throughout the Village including Ortygia Restaurant, The Dude and Mary’s Art of Life & Music, 11th St. Gallery, Jerk Dog Records and Firestone Gallery.

One of the featured musicians is Matthew Richie, a founder of the Ozark Black Hills country stomp style of music. Richie has performed at multiple cigar box music festivals in New Orleans, Greenville and Clarksdale, Mississippi. He also went to the International Blues Competition in Memphis where he represented the Wichita Blues Society.

Find out more info including performance schedule and parking on our event page.

The Village of the Arts is Bradenton’s live/work art district located between 9th Avenue W and 17th Avenue W on the north/south boundaries, and 9th Street W and 14th Street W on the east/west boundaries. Limited street parking is available throughout the Village; parking can best be found during events in the south side of the Village on 11th St. and 13th St. A public parking garage is also available within walking distance north of the Village at the intersection of 12th Street W and 8th Avenue W. A Village map and directions can be downloaded at