The Annual Kansas City Cigar Box Guitar Festival began four years ago with a BANG and has grown every year since then. It has been one of the highlights of my life bringing it to fruition, much like Kevin Costner’s character did in FIELD OF DREAMS
“If you build it, they will come.”
I did. And people came! The response was overwhelming, and I still can’t believe how successful the festival has been—and it’s still one of Kansas City’s most underrated events. We’ve never advertised broadly, never on television. Other than our annual pre-festival appearance of KKFI we’ve enjoyed very little media attention. And STILL people came. We’ve made many appreciative friends as well, some of whom have become synonymous with the festival.
My role as founder and organizer has been rewarding in itself, as I’ve seen something bigger than myself become an annual Kansas City event. So it grieves me that this year, 2014, will be my last at the helm. As much as I loved it, working on the festival last year was quite challenging for me, with other endeavors growing up and increasing in importance. I wondered even then if last year might be my last doing it. And now, just four months into the year, I see I cannot continue as the festival organizer/coordinator.
However, that being said, it is my hope that 2014 will not be the last year of the Kansas City Cigar Box Guitar Festival. I hope to pass the mantle on to someone else, who believes in the festival as much as I have and do.
So I pose the question: Who is willing and able to take over, to accept this honorable mantle? Who will continue, at least for a little while, raise this baby in my absence?
Trust me, tears are in my eyes, even as I write this. But I also know it’s necessary. Regardless, whatever lies ahead for me, rest assured that I plan to attend and play at the festival so long as it exists. By no means has music lessened in importance in my life! And I can’t wait to see where someone, with even more moxie that myself, does with the KC CBG fest from here on out.