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W.C. Handy Music Festival

July 23

A week long tribute to the “Father of the Blues”, W.C. Handy. Great Jazz and Blues music can be heard throughout the Shoals at restaurants, theatres, malls, parks and other locations.  The week will include over 300 events perfect for the jazz and blues enthusiast as well as great family entertainment.

Today’s Lineup:

MONDAY, JULY 23

 

BOOK IT WITH JAZZ

11 am-1 pm        Helen Keller Library, Tuscumbia

Cost:                   Free ($7.00 boxed lunch available for purchase)
Featuring:           Jazz Allstars quartet (Ken Watters, Rene Koopman,  Jim Ferguson, Bill Goodwin)

Sponsored by:   Friends of Helen Keller Library * Tuscumbia Utilities* Southern Comfort Services * Renaissance Olive Oil * Flexco * Tennessee Valley Pediatric Associates, Inc.

 

JAZZ IT UP WITH TRASH

N HARMONY WITH NATURE LITTER-FREE EVENT

10:30 am             Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, Florence
Cost:                   Free – especially for kids!!!
Special Guest:   Microwave Dave

Featuring:           Hands-on activities making musical instruments from recycled materials / for ages 3 and older
Sponsored by:   Florence Recycling Center * Florence-Lauderdale Public Library * Keep the Shoals Beautiful *

Shoals Earth Month, Inc.

 

HANDY LUNCH

11 am-1 pm        306 Barbeque, Florence – Denise Thimes & Jazz Allstars (Mel Deal, Robert Dickson, Mark Lanter)

Big Bad Breakfast, Florence – Jazz Allstars (Scott Silbert, Robert Redd, Neal Starkey, Sonny Harris)

11 am-2 pm        Ricatoni’s Italian Grill, Florence – Julia Rich & Jazz Allstars (Tom Wolfe, Tim Goodwin, Chris Burroughs)

11:30 am-2:30 pm   Flobama, Florence – Max Russell

 

FLORENCE/LAUDERDALE TOURISM PRESENTS: SUMMER SOLOS

11:30 am             Florence-Lauderdale Tourism and Visitors Center Gallery, Florence

Music by:            Tosha Hill

Sponsored by:   Florence-Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau * Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area * Crazy Chester Music

SCOPE LIVE ON HELTON DRIVE

11:30 am-1 pm  Scope 310, 4129 Helton Dr., Florence

Featuring:           The Midnighters

Sponsored by:   Scope 310 Authority

 

DOUBLE TROUBLE:  BEEHIVE QUEEN & SWAMPETTE HANDY FEST MUSIC TOUR

12:30-4 pm         Florence-Lauderdale Tourism and Visitors Center Gallery, Florence

Cost:                   $40.00 per person (for information, call 256-740-4141)

Guided by:         Christine Ohlman the Beehive Queen & Swampette Judy Hood

Description:       Tours of the W.C. Handy Home & Museum, Alabama Music Hall of Fame, 3614 Jackson Highway, and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio

Sponsored by:   Florence-Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau * Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area

CHECK OUT THE BLUES                    TIME CHANGED FROM 11:00 A.M.!

2 pm                    Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, Florence

Cost:                   Free so come and enjoy!

Featuring:           Jazz Allstars (Gary Lamb, Tyrone Jackson, Neal Starkey, Sonny Harris)

Sponsored by:  Friends of the Library

 

FLORENCE/LAUDERDALE TOURISM PRESENTS: SUMMER SOLOS

2 pm                    Florence-Lauderdale Tourism and Visitors Center Gallery, Florence

Music by:            Daniel Green

Sponsored by:   Florence-Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau * Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area * Crazy Chester Music

CHILLIN’ WITH THE CRAMER CHILDREN BLOCK PARTY

                                N HARMONY WITH NATURE

4-8 pm                Cramer Children’s Center, 404 West Tennessee Street, Florence (between Locust and Cedar Streets)

                            (In case of rain, event will be rescheduled.  See www.WCHandyMusicFestival.org for updates!)

Music by:            Midnighters * Mary Mason Band * Kidz Idol Winners

4 pm                    Kidz Idol Winners

4:30 pm               Mary Mason Band

6 pm                    The Midnighters

Featuring:           Games, food, treats, and family friendly activities.  (Bring chairs and quilts.)

Sponsored by:   Cramer’s Children’s Center * Florence Housing Authority * Bank Independent * Listerhill Credit Union * BBVA Compass Bank * Long Lewis Foundation, Inc. * Shoals Pest Control * Infant’s and Children’s Clinic

 

HANDY HAPPY HOURS

5 pm                    Pie Factory, Florence – Drumb & Drumber

5-7 pm                Swampers/ Marriott Shoals, Florence – McKenzie Lockhart

6 pm                    On The Rocks, Florence – Travis Wammack & The Snakeman Band

6-9 pm                Stephano’s Southland, Sheffield – Combo Kings with Donnie Fritts & Lenny LeBlanc

6-10 pm              City Hardware, Florence – Mitch Mann

Legends, Florence – Microwave Dave

 

NEIGHBORHOOD LEMONADE PARTY & BBQ SUPPER

                                Westminster Presbyterian Church, Florence

5-6:30 pm           BBQ Supper to benefit the Caring Place Adult Day Services

7 pm                    Featuring Thompson Trio

Cost:                   Free (BBQ tickets $10, available at Westminster, Douglas Kennedy Art Center &

Florence 1st Methodist Church)

Sponsored by:   Westminster Presbyterian Church

 

LOW COUNTRY BOIL ON THE LARIMORE LAWN

5:30 pm               Larimore Home, 1212 Mars Hill Road, Florence (rain location Mars Hill Cafeteria)

6-8 pm                Featuring Iron Horse

Cost:                   $35 for meal and entertainment, $10 for entertainment only (children 12 and under free for entertainment)

Tickets:               Available for purchase at Mars Hill Bookstore.  This event benefits preservation of the Larimore Home.

Sponsored by:  Mars Hill Bible School * Mars Hill Bookstore * Lambert Bookhouse & Printing

 

DETERMINED: Celebrating The Life of W.C. Handy (stage play written by Dolores Swoopes Nash)

6 pm                    Shoals Theatre, Florence

Featuring:           Dr. Eric Kirkman * Kimble Funchess * The Orr Sisters * Renewed * local actors

Cost:                   $10.00

Sponsored by:   City of Florence * BrooksvilleVoice.com * Rhoda P’s Catering * WZZA Radio * Music Preservation Society, Inc.

 

HANDY NIGHT AT THE SUMMIT

6:00 pm               Mitchell-Hollingsworth Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Florence

Featuring:           80 Something

Sponsored by:   Champion Rehab

 

AT SUNDOWN

                                N HARMONY WITH NATURE LITTER-FREE EVENT

6-9 pm                Wilson Park, Florence

Featuring:           Off The Chain

Sponsored by:   Lauderdale County Commission * Music Preservation Society, Inc.

 

LYMAN MITCHELL’S SHOALS BIG BAND

6:30 pm               The Mane Room, Pine Street, Florence

Featuring:           The Shoals Big Band

Sponsored by:   Music Preservation Society Inc. * Florence Ophthalmology, Dr. P. Keith Thompson

 

HANDY ON THE BRIDGE

                                N HARMONY WITH NATURE LITTER-FREE EVENT

7-8:30 pm           Old Railroad Bridge Ashe Boulevard (over the Tennessee River), Sheffield

Featuring:           Kent DuChaine

Sponsored by:   Lewis Electric * Jim Holland Investments * Jimmy Gardner, Singing River Dentistry * TVA Community Credit Union * Phil Wigginton, State Farm Insurance

 

ROCK ’N SOUL ON MOBILE PLAZA

                                N HARMONY WITH NATURE LITTER-FREE EVENT

7-9 pm                 Mobile Plaza, Florence (in case of rain, event moved to Gattman Park, Muscle Shoals)

Featuring:           CC Jags

Sponsored by:   K&S Tree Service * Cornerstone Flooring * Country Financial-Vic Porter * Lewis Electric * Discount Dan’s *

Monty Allen-Patriot Realty

 

SUNSET SERENADE

                                N HARMONY WITH NATURE LITTER- FREE EVENT

7:30-10 pm         Riverfront Park, Sheffield

Featuring:           Doc Holiday

Sponsored by:   Shoals Solid Waste Authority * Zoey Belle’s * Sheffield Utilities * City of Sheffield * Leigh King & Associates * Medical Center Pharmacy

 

DETERMINED: Celebrating The Life of W.C. Handy (stage play written by Dolores Swoopes Nash)

8 pm                    Shoals Theatre, Florence

Featuring:           Dr. Eric Kirkman * Kimble Funchess * The Orr Sisters * Renewed * local actors

Cost:                   $10.00

Sponsored by:   City of Florence * BrooksvilleVoice.com * Rhoda P’s Catering * WZZA Radio * Music Preservation Society, Inc.

 

HANDY NIGHTS

7 pm                    Champy’s, Muscle Shoals – Big Shoes

7-10 pm              306 Barbeque, Florence – Pine Hill Haints

Flobama, Florence – Déjà Vu

7-11 pm              Ricatoni’s Italian Grill, Florence – John Blumer & The Late Blumers

8-11 pm              Swampers/ Marriott Shoals, Florence – Dave Anderson

10:30pm-1:30am  Flobama – Billy Allen & Dusty French

Details

Date:
July 23

Venue

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Florence, AL 35630 United States + Google Map

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