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Cigar box guitar concert reset

A weather closing on Jan. 14 led to the cancellation of the Cigar Box Guitar concert at the Allen County Museum.

The concert has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Allen County Historical Society Museum.

Eric "Joker" Baker will travel back to Lima from Cincinnati to share his talent and unique instruments with the public.

Cigar box guitars came into existence in the 19th century. The instrument was an inexpensive, homemade alternative to professionally made and retailed guitars. The instrument found its niche in jug bands that included other homemade instruments such as washboards, spoons, and jugs.In the 1920s and 1930s, southern Blues musicians readily embraced this inexpensive instrument. In recent years, the cigar box guitar has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity.

Baker worked with students of North Middle School and St. Gerard Elementary School the week of Jan. 12. The students designed and created their own cigar box guitars and Baker taught the students how to play their instruments.

This program is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Source: Delphos Herald

Cigar box guitar concert reset