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Welcome to the official website of the W.C. Handy Music Festival!

Handy Festival 2019 Schedule TBA
Refer to 2018 Schedule for approximate event times and days
W.C. Handy Music Festival
July 20th through 29th, 2018.

Handy HQ New 2018 Location
Southall-Moore Home
215 E. Tuscaloosa St.
Florence, AL 35630

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The event shown below should have been included in our official W.C. Handy Music Festival brochures. Cypress Moon Studios is what was formerly the Music Shoals Sound Studios, and is a location that you don't want to miss visiting. If you've not been there before, then you are in for a treat! They have tours available as well as the show described. We hope that you will attend, and that you will support Cypress Moon Studios!

2-5 pm - Cypress Moon Studios, 1000 Alabama Avenue, Sheffield
Cost: $25 per person (includes food)
Featuring: Max Russell * The Beat Daddys
Sponsored by: Cypress Moon Studios

Cypress Moon Studios
1000 Alabama Avenue / Sheffield, AL 35660
For information, bookings and tours, call 256-335-6961
Find Us On Facebook at CypressMoonStudios
Tours are $10.00 for ages ten and over
Hours Monday-Saturday 11am to 3pm

Thanks to our sponsors who have already contributed to the upcoming 2018 Festival!

Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau

When like-minded powerhouses join forces, great things happen.
That's why the W.C. Handy Music Festival is excited to partner this year with FAME to present the 2018 Handy Headliner!

Featuring: Candi Staton, Travis Wammack, and Willie Hightower
With special guests SNL Band Vocalist Christine Ohlman & Grammy Award Winner John Paul White

A Tribute to legends of the FAME Gang & the Father of THE Muscle Shoals Sound, Rick Hall

8 pm, Shoals Theater, Florence (doors open at 7pm)
Cost: $30.00 General Admission ($100 for VIP Upfront Seating plus Meet & Greet Access)
Tickets: Available at or FAME Studios at 256-381-0801 (ext. 0)
Sponsored by: FAME Studios * Brad Guin * Music Preservation Society, Inc. * Lyons HR * Bank
Independent * T&T Fireworks * Big River Broadcasting * Shoals Theater * Skipworth Tax Services * RCP Huntsville

The W.C. Handy Music Festival is presented by the
Music Preservation Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 1827
Florence AL 35631,
Phone: 256-766-7642
Fax: 256-766-7549
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Drew White, Executive Director: 256-577-1363,

You can also drop by to visit our office at:
409 North Court Street Suite #11 (Downstairs)
Florence, AL 35630

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"Friend of the Festival"!

The Music Preservation Society Inc., sponsors of the W. C. Handy Music Festival, is a 501 c(3) non-Profit organization. We rely gifts, donations and grants to organize and present the Festival each year.

As a Friend of the Festival you can help ensure that the Handy celebration continues and that most events remain free of charge. Click on the PayPal button below to donate. Any amount is very much appreciated. All donations are 100% tax deductible.

Internet Access during the Festival for the Headquarters Office was provided by the Muscle Shoals Public Library. Thanks to Denita Lester and Christina Johnson for their help in getting us online!

Two of the Shoals area's greatest assets are our rich musical heritage, and the natural beauty that surrounds us. Keeping outdoor events litter free allows us to showcase both of these assets. The objective of the N Harmony with Nature initiative, launched during the 2011 W. C. Handy Music Festival, was to promote environmental stewardship by reducing litter and waste, and emphasize the value of recycling. The initiative was a tremendous success and was designated as the top project for Northwest Alabama Resource, Conservation and Development Council (RC&D) and for the State of Alabama.

Our goal is to build on the success of the previous W. C. Handy Music Festivals by promoting the reduction of litter and waste, not only for our outdoor events, but also for indoor events. We are asking all of our Festival attendees, including members of our community, and visitors to our area, to help us in our efforts by disposing trash in the marked bins that will be provided at most events.

For more information about N Harmony with Nature, visit


Each ton of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 38 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000 kilowatts of energy, and 7,000 gallons of water!



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