The Shoals get set for the 34th W.C. Handy Music Festival

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2015 Handy Festival Poster ArtFLORENCE, Ala. — Break out your favorite blues music and get ready because the W.C. Handy Music Festival is back for its 34th year. The festival officially kicks off on July 17th and will last until the 26th. However, there will also be pre-festival events on Saturday, July 11th and Thursday, July 16th.

The event was created to honor and celebrate “The Father of Blues,” William Christopher Handy. He was born in Florence, Alabama in 1873 and is one of the most influential American blues composers. Handy died in 1958, but his legacy leaves on each summer with this event that brings hundreds of performers to the Shoals.

The ten-day event isĀ held by the Music Preservation Society, Inc. in Florence.The non-profit organization was created with the intention of preserving the musical heritage of Northwest Alabama.

Performances will be happening all over town. To check out the ten-day schedule, click here.

For more information on the event, you can visit the W.C. Handy Music Festival website!