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Steve Arvey   EPK

Short Bio

Steve Arvey began his career playing the Chicago blues circuit during the 70’s. During that period he shared the stage with many of the legendary blues masters from the Windy City. Now living in Florida, Steve is a fixture at major festivals and nightclubs throughout the South, Europe and the Caribbean. He is also considered by many to be one of the top cigar box guitar players in the world today.

Long Bio

Steve Arvey is a seasoned blues musician known for his soulful guitar playing, expressive vocals, and captivating performances. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Arvey was immersed in the rich musical heritage of the city from a young age. Inspired by blues legends like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and Buddy Guy, he picked up the guitar and began honing his craft.


In the early days of his career, Arvey cut his teeth playing in the vibrant blues scene of Chicago, soaking up the sounds and styles of the masters while developing his own unique voice as a musician. His talent and dedication soon caught the attention of fellow musicians and blues enthusiasts alike, earning him a reputation as a standout performer.


Throughout his career, Arvey has toured extensively both nationally and internationally, sharing his passion for the blues with audiences around the world. From smoky clubs to prestigious festivals, his electrifying live shows never fail to leave a lasting impression.


One of Steve Arvey’s most notable contributions to the blues genre is his innovative use of the cigar box guitar. Drawing inspiration from the rich history of homemade instruments in blues music, Arvey has fully embraced the unique sound and character of the cigar box guitar, incorporating it into his performances and recordings with remarkable creativity and skill.


Arvey’s mastery of the cigar box guitar allows him to coax a wide range of tones and textures from the instrument, from gritty, raw blues riffs to soulful, melodic solos. His inventive approach to playing and crafting cigar box guitars has earned him recognition as a true innovator in the field, inspiring countless musicians to explore the possibilities of this humble yet powerful instrument.


Beyond his musical endeavors, Arvey is also deeply committed to preserving and promoting the blues tradition. He has worked tirelessly to mentor and support aspiring musicians, passing on the knowledge and experience he has gained over the years.


With his boundless energy, undeniable talent, and unwavering dedication to the blues, Steve Arvey continues to be a driving force in the world of music, inspiring audiences and fellow musicians alike with his soul-stirring performances and heartfelt contributions to the genre.


Chicago, IL 


Blues, Blues Rock, Americana, Traditional

Years Active:

1974- Present






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Chicago Blues Festival - IL

Isle of Man Blues Festival - ENG

Clarksdale Cigar Box Festival - MS

Bryon Bay Rivers Blues & Roots - AUS

Melbourne Blues Festival - AUS

Milwaukee Summerfest - WI

Arbroath Blues Fest - SCT

Quincy Blues Festival - IL

Venice Blues Festival - FL 

Guiness Blues Festival - IE

Sarasota Blues Festival - FL

King Biscuit Blues Festival - AR

Pine Island Blues Festival - FL

Castlebar Blues Festival - IE

Bean Blossom Blues Festival - IN

Edinburgh Fringe festival - SCT

Dunedin Wines the Blues Festival - FL

Kalamazoo Blues Festival - MI

New Orleans Cigar Box Festival - LA


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