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Welcome to the W.C. Handy Music Festival


William Christopher Handy was born in 1873 in the Shoals city of Florence, Alabama. Since 1982, the Music Preservation Society (MPS) has been honoring and celebrating the "Father of the Blues" with an annual ten day series of events held in the Northwestern part of Alabama. This year we proudly recognize our 32nd festival; last year we were honored with recognition by the Alabama Department of Tourism as one of the Top 10 events for 2011.


The 2013 Handy Music Festival was a Success!


We look forward to seeing you in 2014. Festival Dates for 2014: July 18-27, 2014


2013 W.C. Handy Music Festival Headliner: "An Evening with Keb' Mo' "

2013 W.C. Handy Music Festival Headliner: An Evening with Keb' Mo'

About Keb' Mo'

Recipient of multiple W.C. Handy Blues Awards, and a three-time Grammy winner for Best Contemporary Blues Album, Keb' Mo' is one of the premier artists that has been at the top of the "must see" list for the W.C. Handy Music Festival for several years. He released his self-titled debut in 1994 and became a fresh face in blues/roots music. Keb's genre-blending artfulness, intuitive lyrics, unique guitar style, distinctive voice, and magnetic charisma on stage have gained him a tremendously loyal fan base and the significant honor of being called, "a musician's musician". During his vibrant 19-year career, you may have heard him on television as a composer or providing a theme song (listen closely to the "Mike & Molly" theme), or even seen him in an occasional acting role. He was a part of two PBS specials: "Live at Infinity Hall," and "Red, White and Blues, In Performance at The White House."In 2006, Keb' took a two-year hiatus from recording to focus on his family, and work on film and TV projects. His album "The Reflection," released in 2011, was a journey deep into life and an even greater expansion of his musical body of work. It was the first new studio album by Keb' Mo' since 2006, and the product of an important period of personal and professional growth for the artist formerly known as Kevin Moore. In that time, he started a new family; moved from Los Angeles to Nashville; built a state-of-the-art home studio, and founded his own record label.

http://www.kebmo.com

Where: Norton Auditorium University of North Alabama
When: July 27, 2013 7:30 pm
Tickets: $40 General Admission. Order General Admission tickets in advance online below. General Admission tickets also may be available at the door or for purchase beginning in mid-July at the Handy Festival Office located at the Kennedy Douglass Center for the Arts, 217 E. Tuscaloosa St., Florence. All tickets are subject to availability.

General Admission only; VIP tickets are SOLD OUT

Sponsored by: Music Preservation Society * University of North Alabama *

 


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About the 2013 Winning Festival Design

This year's winners are a team of undergraduate students from the University of North Alabama: Maurice Mull, Athens, Alabama; Mackenzie Kimbrough, Tuscumbia, Alabama.

The design entry was created as a class assignment for an honors computer course taught at UNA by Ron Davis, Assistant Professor of Computing Information Systems.

 


2013 W.C. Handy Jazz Camp

The W.C. Handy Jazz Camp is open to middle school, high school, college level and adult musicians. The purpose of the camp is to provide intense instruction in the theory, history and the performance of jazz, and big band literature. The faculty has performance and teaching experience in all aspects of music and provides a unique learning opportunity for the student. Click here for a brochure and an application/registration form.

 


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