WC Handy Music Festival - Florence, Alabama

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Where:
Florence, Alabama
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When:
Friday July 17, 2020 - Sunday July 26, 2020

The Music Preservation Society, Inc., and the W.C. Handy Festival Steering Committee announce its 39th WC Handy Music Festival. There will be some changes to the annual Festival, which is scheduled to take place July 17-26, 2020, throughout northwest Alabama. The W.C. Handy Festival is presented each year to honor the memory of Florence native musician W.C. Handy, known internationally as "The Father of the Blues", and to pay tribute to the legacy and contributions of Shoals area music.

Due to the concerns raised by the Coronavirus, some events will not occur during this year’s Festival, while others will be revamped in an effort to present as safe an environment as possible. The Handy Festival Steering Committee will follow guidelines to help ensure a safe Festival and will make adjustments as needed. All Festival attendees will be asked to adhere to recommended social distancing guidelines, and personnel will be on site to assist when needed.

WC Handy Music Festival - Florence, Alabama

For more information, please visit: wchandymusicfestival.com

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.

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