Renewed excitement surrounds 34th W.C. Handy Music Festival

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - The W.C. Handy Music Festival starts this week, and music will soon fill the air across northwest Alabama.  There seems to be a new energy surrounding this year’s festival, which is its 34th.

Steady streams of patrons have been filing into the festival headquarters on Tuscaloosa Street this week in Florence.

They’re picking up the latest T-shirts and pamphlets for the festival, which officially kicks off Friday.

“We’ve got 15 new events, 27 new venues, and we’ve expanded. We’re everywhere from Red Bay, Russellville, to Rogersville and of course all of the cities and towns in the Shoals,” explained Communications Director Melanie Orseske.

She says the continued success of the music documentary "Muscle Shoals" has added excitement to this year’s festival.

The Muscle Shoals sound was introduced to the international stage in 2013 and credited W.C. Handy with bringing music notoriety to his home town.

“We’ve had a lot of contact from people overseas because of that,” Orseske stated. “That attracts people to the Handy Festival because of what the documentary and the Muscle Shoals sound has done for this community.”

Orseske said there is something for every musical taste from almost every genre.

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.

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