For Immediate Release
W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival Announces 2017 Music Lineup
(HENDERSON, Ky.) April 24, 2017 – The music lineup for the 27th annual W.C. Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival was released last week. This year’s artists will perform on stage in Audubon Mill Park on the Henderson riverfront June 14-17, with downtown Handy Happy Hours and Lunch Breaks starting as early as Monday June 12. The popular Zydeco Night Red Beans and Rice Dinner will take place on Thursday June 15.
Among this year’s featured artists are 2010 Grammy Award Winning group (and repeat performers) Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, 2017 Blues Music Award (BMA) Nominee Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, 2016 BMA Contemporary Blues Artist Nominee Samantha Fish, and 2016 BMA Harmonica Instrumentalist Nominee Jason Ricci. The complete music lineup is listed below in order of appearance.
Wednesday, June 14
Albert Castiglia; Jason Ricci & the Bad Kind; Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials
Thursday, June 15
Waylon Thibodeaux; Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band
Friday, June 16
Blues 4U; The Gough-Martin Blues Band; The Beat Daddys; Walter Wolfman Washington & the Roadmasters; Samantha Fish; Tab Benoit
Saturday, June 17
Markus James; Dawn Tyler Watson Trio; Alvin “Youngblood” Hart’s Muscle Theory; Billy Branch & the Sons of the Blues; Wet Willie; Coco Montoya
W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival was awarded a Top 20 Events of the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS) in 2016 and 217. The festival is one of the longest running free blues music festivals in the nation, supported entirely by donors and volunteers. This year’s presenting sponsor, Field & Main Bank, plans to commit around 150 hours of volunteer service throughout the four-day festival. A complete schedule of all the week’s events will be published in May.
For more information on events in Henderson, Kentucky visit www.HendersonKy.org/event.
Henderson County Tourist Commission