Blues Festival to kick off June 8 in Henderson KY

The Henderson Music Preservation Society is proud to present the 24th Annual W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival during the week of June 8-15 in downtown Henderson, Ky. Over 20 blues performances are scheduled during a weeklong celebration that includes a Street Strut Peoples Parade, The Taste of Henderson Barbecue, Zydeco Night with Red Beans and Rice, and other events. As part of one of the largest free music festivals in the country, Handy events are all offered free of admission.
Schedule of Festival Events:

SATURDAY, JUNE 8 – TASTE OF HENDERSON BARBECUELocation: Central Park, Downtown Henderson, Ky.
8 AM – Poker Run organized by Jerusalem Masonic Lodge No. 9. Starts at Central Park. Info: (270) 860-2929
10 AM – The William Branaman Street Strut People’s Parade. Parade forms around 9:30 at Central Park on Elm Street.
11 AM until sold out – Beginning as early as 9 a.m., local barbecue teams will be cooking up mouth-watering barbecue of mutton, chicken, pork and ribs for sale to attendees.
11:00 AM  – Jimtown Saints12:45  PM – Blues 4U – in memory of our friend  Mike McKinney
2:30 PM – Lamont Gillispie and 100 Proof Blues
4:15 PM – David Dunavent and Evol Love
6:00 PM – Michael Gough Band

MONDAY-THURSDAY, JUNE 10-13 – HANDY LUNCH BREAKSLocation: Local Henderson eateries
11:45 AM – Enjoy live music as you dine in one of Henderson’s many local restaurants. From coffee houses to steakhouses, you’ll find a match up of food and music to delight your tastebuds and your ears. See for a full listing of Handy Lunch Breaks schedules. Free admission.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 – RED, WHITE & BLUES NIGHTLocation: Audubon Mill Park, Downtown Henderson, Ky. Riverfront
6:00 PM – Peter Karp and Sue Foley8:00 PM – Voice of the Wetlands Allstars featuring Tab Benoit, Cyril Neville, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Johnny Sansone, Waylon Thibodeaux, Corey Dupelchin, and Johnny Vidacovich

THURSDAY, JUNE 13 – ZYDECO NIGHT WITH RED BEANS & RICELocation: Audubon Mill Park, Downtown Henderson, Ky. Riverfront
4:30 PM to 10:30 PM – The Handy Committee will be serving up red beans & rice, andouille sausage, gator on a stick and other Cajun food. Scheduled performers include festival favorite Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band and Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble. Come early for the food and stay late for high energy zydeco music.  Free admission. Children’s Fun Zone (with purchase of Fun Zone wristband) available.
5:15 PM – Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble
8:00 PM – Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band

FRIDAY, JUNE 14 – RIVERBANK BLUES BLASTLocation: Audubon Mill Park, Downtown Henderson, Ky. Riverfront
Noon – Concession sales begin
Noon – Amazing Soul Crackers2:00 PM – Three Shades of Gray
4:00 PM – Boscoe France Band
6:00 PM – Terry Evans Band
8:00 PM – The Holmes Brothers
10:00 PM – Royal Southern Brotherhood

SATURDAY, JUNE 15 – JAVA BLUES JAMLocation: Audubon Mill Park, Downtown Henderson, Ky. Riverfront
Noon – Concession sales begin
Noon – Super Chikan2:00 PM – Blues Caravan featuring Bart Walker, Joanne Shaw Taylor and Jimmy Bowskill
4:00 PM – Bill Howl-N-Madd Perry
6:00 PM – Heritage Blues Quartet
8:00 PM – Janiva Magness
10:00 PM – Bernard Allison Group

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