WC Handy Music Festival - Florence, Alabama

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Friday July 23, 2021 - Sunday August 1, 2021

The 40th Annual W.C. Handy Music Festival will be held July 23 thru August 1, 2021. The Music Preservation Society, Inc. and W.C. Handy Festival Steering Committee are excited to work with incredible coordinators and partners to present this year’s festival

The Handy Festival is designed to honor the music that is and was created by musicians in this area, and to pay respect to the legacy of the Festival’s namesake, William Christopher “W.C.” Handy. Known to the world as the “Father of the Blues”, Handy was born in a simple log cabin in Florence, Alabama on Nov. 16, 1873, and lived in Florence until age nineteen. He was influenced both by sacred church music, then by the songs of workers along the docks, and was the first to capture the music of the Soul on paper. Handy composed the famous tunes “St. Louis Blues,” “Memphis Blues,” “Yellow Dog Blues,” and “Beale Street Blues”, and later formed Handy Brothers Music which is still operated today by his family in New York.

For more information, please visit: wchandymusicfestival.com

WC Handy Music Festival - Florence, Alabama

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