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W.C. Handy Music Festival

July 27, 2018

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:

FRIDAY, JULY 27

 

MOVIE:  ST. LOUIS BLUES 

10 am                  Alabama Music Hall of Fame Lobby, Tuscumbia

Featuring:           St. Louis Blues, movie starring Nat “King” Cole as W.C. Handy

Sponsored by:   Alabama Music Hall of Fame * Music Preservation Society, Inc.

 

 

HANDY LUNCHES

11 am-1 pm        306 Barbeque, Florence – Jazz Allstars (Gary Wheat, Mel Deal, Jim Ferguson, Chuck Redd)

Big Bad Breakfast, Florence – Steve Cothren

                              Ricatoni’s Italian Grill, Florence – Christian Turner

11:30-2:30 pm    Flobama, Florence – Microwave Dave

 

MOUNT MORIAH HANDY FEST FISH FRY

11 am4 pm        Mt. Moriah P.B. Church, Florence

Cost:                   Free to attend / $10 Old Fashioned Fried Fish plates available for purchase

11 a-noon          Mt. Moriah Choir and other musical guests!

Sponsored by:   Mt. Moriah P.B. Church

 

MUSIC AT THE MUSEUM

12-2 pm              Children’s Museum Shoals, 2810 Darby Drive, Florence

Featuring:           Blind The Sky

Info:                    Free music on the courtyard and discounted museum admission for the day

Sponsored by:   Children’s Museum Shoals

SWAMPFEST SONGWRITER SHOWCASE SERIES #4

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

Presentation by: Mark Narmore & Lenny LeBlanc

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

 

 

LISTENING ROOM                                               

3-4:30 pm           Mane Room, 310 N Pine St, Florence

Featuring:           Jazz Allstars (Gary Lamb, Rene Koopman, Tim Goodwin, Mark Lanter)

Sponsors           Friends of the Festival

 

CITY OF FLORENCE PRESENTS RIVERSIDE BI-CENTENNIEL JAZZ

N HARMONY WITH NATURE LITTER – FREE EVENT

5-10 pm              McFarland Park, Florence /Rain location Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum

Featuring:           Handy Jazz Camp Students * Gabe Allen Band * Mary Mason Band * John Bull * Josh Couts Trio * Charles Rose Trio * Mississippi Stomp * * Dee Lucas * Off The Chain

Transportation:    Free shuttle from Florence Parking Deck to McFarland Park

Sponsored by:   City of Florence

 

HANDY HAPPY HOURS

5 pm                    On The Rocks, Florence – Ham Bagby & the Siege

Pie Factory, Florence – Kenny P

5-7 pm                Swampers/ Marriott Shoals, Florence – Doc Dailey

6-9 pm                Stephano’s Southland, Sheffield – Blue Max & Howard Luedtke Band from Wisconsin

6-10 pm              Legend’s Steakhouse, Florence – Denise Thimes & Jazz Allstars (Tyrone Jackson, Neal Starkey, Bill Goodwin)

6:30-9:30 pm      Flobama, Florence – Big Mike Griffin

 

LISTENING ROOM                – CELEBRATING COLE PORTER                     

5:30-7 pm           Mane Room, 310 N Pine St, Florence

Featuring:           Jazz Allstars (Sue Matthews, Robert Redd)

Sponsors           Friends of the Festival

 

10TH ANNUAL MASSIVELY COOL AIR-CONDITIONED STREET FESTIVAL

6 pm                    Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa, Florence

Info:                    Doors open at 5 pm, Cash Bars all evening.

Featuring:           The Kerry Gilbert Band * Rewind

Cost:                   $15 with BBQ Buffet or $10 General Admission (tickets available at the door and at Eventbrite.com)

Sponsored by:   Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa * Big River Broadcasting * Muscle Shoals Sound Studios

 

17th ANNUAL ROLLIN’ ON THE RIVER             

6:30 until             Joe Wheeler State Park, Rogersville

Featuring:           Dorothy Cole as ‘Tina Turner’ * McTazz Band * Charlie Brown & Lacey Snider

Sponsored by:   Joe Wheeler State Park * Florence-Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau

 

PARK ’N SOUL

N HARMONY WITH NATURE LITTER-FREE EVENT

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

Featuring:           CC Jags

Sponsored by:   Cook’s Pest Control

 

FORREST McDONALD BAND & COMBO KINGS

7 pm                    Shoals Theatre, Florence (doors open at 6pm)

Cost:                   $10 (tickets available at TheShoalsTheatre.org, or call the theatre at 256-764-1700)

Featuring:           Forrest McDonald Band * Combo Kings

Sponsored by:   Shoals Community Theater

 

BLUES ON THE BLUFF

N HARMONY WITH NATURE LITTER-FREE EVENT

7:30-10 pm         Standpipe Park, North Montgomery Avenue, Sheffield

Featuring:           Doctors, Lawyers & Such

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

 

DONNIE FRITTS SINGS ARTHUR ALEXANDER              

8 pm                    116 East Mobile St, Florence

Music by:            Donnie Fritts

Featuring:           CD release party for Donnie Fritts’ new album of Arthur Alexander songs!

Sponsors           116 East Mobile Street * Friends of the Festival

 

LISTENING ROOM                                               

8-9:30 pm           Mane Room, 310 N Pine St, Florence

Featuring:           Jazz Allstars (Ken Watters, Scott Silbert, Tom Wolfe, Robert Dickson, Chris Burroughs)

Sponsors           Friends of the Festival

 

CABARET!

9 pm-1 am          Listerhill Credit Union Auditorium, Muscle Shoals

Featuring:           Just A Few Cats featuring Alvin Garrett, Grammy-nominated Singer/Songwriter and vocalist Emily Joseph

Cost:                   $15 advance / $20 day of event (Age 25 and older only)

For Tickets call: 256-412-0316 or 256-648-6412 or 256-412-6961

Sponsored by:   TOYOTA of the Shoals, Brooks BBQ, BlueRose Supply LLC-Sherry & Myron L. Hughes, BUDWEISER, Tax Mart, Glenda Williams, Emmitt Jimmar, Retired Colbert County Commissioner, Victory Mart, Simpson’s Heating & Air, C-N-D Beauty Supply, Brian & Chiquita Suggs, Estherlene & James Hillman

 

HANDY NIGHTS

7-10 pm              306 Barbeque, Florence – Charles Rose Trio

7 -11 pm             Fizz Bar & Grill, Clarion Hotel (former Holiday Inn), Sheffield – Harvey Thompson Dance Band

City Hardware, Florence – Lovell-Sledge Band

8 pm                    Champy’s, Muscle Shoals – Alvin Youngblood Hart

8-11 pm              Ricatoni’s Italian Grill, Florence – Microwave Dave

Swampers/Marriott Shoals, Florence – Josh Allison & The Corner Pocket

9:30 pm               On the Rocks, Florence – The Brook & The Bluff

10:30 pm-1:30 am                FloBama, Florence – Handshake Promise

Details

Date:
July 27, 2018

Venue

Locations Vary
Florence, AL 35630 United States + Google Map