City of Henderson Announcements

Posted on: April 28, 2017

Handy organizers looking for volunteers for 27th-annual festival


HENDERSON, Ky. -- Organizers of the W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival are looking for volunteers for their 27th-annual event.

Festival dates are June 14-17. The main music stage in Audubon Mill Park will offer music from Wednesday through Saturday this year.

Volunteers are needed for souvenir stand sales, soft drink sales, hospitality and other jobs.

You can sign up online by visiting the website and clicking on "Become a volunteer" at the top of the home page.

Or you can contact Mauricia Cravens at 270-823-2774 or by email at

The Handy Festival, which celebrates the late "Father of the Blues" W.C. Handy's residence in Henderson, was voted the 2016 Best Festival in Kentucky through Kentucky Living Magazine. It is also a Top 20 event for summer designated by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Here's the 2017 music schedule:

Wednesday, June 14

5 PM – Albert Castiglia
7 PM – Jason Ricci & the Bad Kind
9 PM – Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials

Thursday, June 15

5:30 PM – Waylon Thibodeaux
8 PM – Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band

Friday, June 16

12 PM – Blues 4U
2 PM – The Gough-Martin Blues Band
4 PM – The Beat Daddys
6 PM – Walter Wolfman Washington & the Roadmasters
8 PM – Samantha Fish
10 PM – Tab Benoit

Saturday, June 17

12 PM – Markus James
2 PM – Dawn Tyler Watson Trio
4 PM – Alvin “Youngblood” Hart’s Muscle Theory
6 PM – Billy Branch & the Sons of the Blues
8 PM – Wet Willie
10 PM – Coco Montoya

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