Cigar box guitar fest comes to Walla Walla

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Cigar Box Guitar Fest comes to town

The third - but brand new to Walla Walla - Cigar Box Guitar Fest will be presented in downtown venues on Nov. 7. Fans from all over will gather to see some of the truly great cigar box players, organizers say.

Sapolil Cellars, Walla Walla Village Winery, and Morrison Lane Vineyard will open their doors. Tickets - good for all three venues - are $15, are

available at each participating business and the Tourism Walla Walla Visitors Center at 26 E. Main St.

The event starts at 4 p.m. with open mic performances. The first headliner plays at 5:30 p.m.

Gerry Thompson, from New Jersey, sings melodic songs, such as "Worn Out Jenny," "Prom Queen" and "If I Had a Handgun." The pieces are whimsical looks at some not-so-easy material mostly from Thompson's life.

Rollie Tussing comes from the Midwest via Portland. He is the winner of Portland's 2007 Waterfront Blues Challenge and the 2004 National Slide Guitar Challenge. Tussing makes cigar-box guitars he calls "Subverso Fiddles," and plays both acoustically and amplified, focusing on old-time simplicity.

John McColley, or "Right On John," is also Portland-based. He uses multiple instruments in a one-man-band style of play.

For information call 509-301-4780.

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