2018 W.C. Handy Fest Music Lineup Released!

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It’s the time of year that blues fans across the country have been patiently waiting for– the music lineup for the 2018 W.C. Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival has been released!

This year’s festival features performances by:

Delbert McClinton
Sugaray Rayford
Davy Knowles
Paul DesLauriers Band
Davina and The Vagabonds
Rick Vito & The Lucky Devils
Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band
Dawn Tyler Watson Band
Watermelon Slim
Shawn Holt & The Teardrops
Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hell Raisers
Heather Gillis Band
Vanessa Collier
Ben Prestage
The Beat Daddys
Blues 4U
Reddog Band

Scroll down to see the performance schedule!

This year marks the 28th annual celebrating of the life and legacy of the “Father of the Blues” at the award-winning W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival and is one of the largest blues music festivals in the nation. Thousands of visitors travel to enjoy the free blues music infused with flares of zydeco and soul style. The picturesque outdoor venue sits on the banks of the mighty Ohio River, next to riverfront fountains, parks and a charming downtown.

Make your Henderson hotel reservations for June 13-16, 2018 and get ready for an awesome road trip! To get updates about festival events, sign up for the Henderson E-Newsletter at this link.

 

W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival Music Lineup

 

Wednesday, June 13

5 p.m. Vanessa Collier

7 p.m. Shawn Holt & The Teardrops

9 p.m. Davina and The Vagabonds

 

Thursday, June 14

5:30 p.m. Dwyane Dopsie & The Zydeco Hell Raisers

8:00 p.m. Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band

 

Friday, June 15

12 p.m. Reddog Band

2 p.m. Blues 4U

4 p.m. The Beat Daddys

6 p.m. Rick Vito & The Lucky Devils

8 p.m. Sugaray Rayford

10 p.m. Davy Knowles

 

Saturday, June 16

12 p.m. Ben Prestage

2 p.m. Watermelon Slim

4 p.m. Heather Gillis Band

6 p.m. Dawn Tyler Watson band

8 p.m. Delbert McClinton

10 p.m. Paul DesLauriers Band

 

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Header Image: W.C. Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival by Chuck Summers, 2017.