Has the headliner been "officially" been announced?
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Originally posted by Firedancer:
I doubt we'll even see a schedule until a week or 2 before Handy week.


I try to make it to some of Handy Week every year and that's what frustrates me the most.
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Originally posted by tigrtrek:
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Originally posted by Firedancer:
I doubt we'll even see a schedule until a week or 2 before Handy week.


I try to make it to some of Handy Week every year and that's what frustrates me the most.


Me too!! Especially since I no longer live in Florence - it requires a bit more planning on my part to be able to attend.
i'll bet money the velcro pygmies will be at outback on thursday, and lynam will be at sidepockets on wednesday. lynam is the best band there if you're into hair metal and sleaze rock
I would love to see Kent Duchaine! He used to be THE best years ago (at the Brass Lantern? on Court Street). He could sure make ol' Lead Bessie sing!
I checked the website, but it's all information from last year. You know they don't ever update anything or put out brochures until 1-2 weeks before it starts. Looks like they could get the info out a little earlier.
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Originally posted by canade:
I checked the website, but it's all information from last year. You know they don't ever update anything or put out brochures until 1-2 weeks before it starts. Looks like they could get the info out a little earlier.

That's true. You would think they would announce the headliner as soon as the deal with him was finalized.
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Originally posted by canade:
I checked the website, but it's all information from last year. You know they don't ever update anything or put out brochures until 1-2 weeks before it starts. Looks like they could get the info out a little earlier.


It seems to suck a bit more every year. I remember back around '94, when there was an actual street party on Court St... Eric Essix playing at Callahan's.. Those were the days. A nice festival is all about planning (and financial commitment), and if the lack of updates is any indication....
I wonder why they stopped having the street parties? Does anyone know? One I've heard is that the restaurant lost money on it. Of course, Callahan's is no longer in business. Wonder why no one else tried it?
Yeah, Joey. That's how I remember the Handy Fest. It was also great to eat lunch out on Mobile St. with the big parachutes hung above.
Eric was there a time or two also. Court St. Cafe was hoppin' back then too. My, how the times are a'changing.
I haven't been in a few years but it had started to become a pretty bad festival. Same bands at the same places every single year. They need to try and do a smaller version of "Big Spring Jam" or "City Stages". Doubt that will ever happen though.
ON FRIDAY NIGHT AT 8pm ITS "BIGGEST LOSER" CONTESTANT, AND COUNTRY ARTIST DAN EVANS
AND HEADLINER AT 9pm NEW COUNTRY DUO STEEL MAGNOLIA!!
--THEN ON SATURDAY ENJOY ALL DAY CONCERTS WITH OUR HEADLINERS:
--AT 8pm ITS COUNTRY STAR STEVE AZAR AND AT 9:30 COUNTRY DUO JOEY AND RORY
GATES OPEN AT NOON ON FRIDAY, AND 9am ON SATURDAY, AND ADMISSION IS JUST $3!
THE 32nd ANNUAL HELEN KELLER FESTIVAL, JUNE 21st- 27th!
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Originally posted by radiochic:
ON FRIDAY NIGHT AT 8pm ITS "BIGGEST LOSER" CONTESTANT, AND COUNTRY ARTIST DAN EVANS
AND HEADLINER AT 9pm NEW COUNTRY DUO STEEL MAGNOLIA!!
--THEN ON SATURDAY ENJOY ALL DAY CONCERTS WITH OUR HEADLINERS:
--AT 8pm ITS COUNTRY STAR STEVE AZAR AND AT 9:30 COUNTRY DUO JOEY AND RORY
GATES OPEN AT NOON ON FRIDAY, AND 9am ON SATURDAY, AND ADMISSION IS JUST $3!
THE 32nd ANNUAL HELEN KELLER FESTIVAL, JUNE 21st- 27th!

You've got the wrong forum, this is the HANDY FESTIVAL. Create a Keller forum and tell us who these people are, never heard of any of them.
Even Handy himself wouldn't show up for this. What happened to blues festival? Handy was the original blues man, not country. Confused
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Originally posted by leo:
Even Handy himself wouldn't show up for this. What happened to blues festival? Handy was the original blues man, not country. Confused

You're correct Leo. That is why one of the founders of the WC Handy Fest broke his association away years ago. I was at the first one when Dizzy Gillespie was the headliner. Last year a one man play, this year a local boy dun' good. I am not slamming the artists, just think the committee, (with some of the same members for too many years) just do not understand what it takes to have a successful event. You can't be all things to all people over 4-5 counties. They should visit and interact with other festivals to find how they are successful and most of all do not put the $$ burden on the venue host. OK, I'll get off my soap box.
It will probably be someone no one has ever heard of and won't have anything to do with the Blues or with music in general.
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Originally posted by canade:
It will probably be someone no one has ever heard of and won't have anything to do with the Blues or with music in general.

If you didn't hear, it was officially announced on the WC Handy Music Festival Facebook Page.
Mac Macanally and the Muscle Shoals Reefers. I love Mac and I love the Muscle Shoals musicians, but geesh, we can see these guys fairly regular.
Why not shock us (in a good way) Hendy Fest orgainizers?
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Originally posted by So_What:

Why not shock us (in a good way) Hendy Fest orgainizers?


It would require more than a couple of months worth of planning...
Good point Firedancer.

Well, at least it's a music act and someone we've heard of. I'm sure they'll put on a good show at least.
I think the Handy Festival must be running out of money. I mean lets face it the local economy wasn't exactly on fire before the downturn and is worse now. I think given the resources the planners choose not to take risks and keep everything pretty much the same. They are playing it safe and trying to preserve the festival at its current level. JMO
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Originally posted by canade:
I wonder why they stopped having the street parties? Does anyone know? One I've heard is that the restaurant lost money on it. Of course, Callahan's is no longer in business. Wonder why no one else tried it?


Well to give you the Readers Digest version. The city of Florence yielded to the bible thumper's and made street parties put up barricades to separate out little children from people who consumed vile alcohol. No more street parties. The end.
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Originally posted by semiannualchick:
Mac MacAnnally? Boring!!! Cool

Wish they would give us some good blues....


Now that we can agree on Semi. Big Grin
From my understanding they attempted to get Chick Churn and the Chili Dippers however they were already booked for the ZaSu Pitts film festival in Lost Springs, Wyoming.
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Originally posted by semiannualchick:
Mac MacAnnally? Boring!!! Cool

Wish they would give us some good blues....
I think Mac MacAnnally is a wonderful person and I enjoy his music very much!
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Originally posted by willsfc:
Doubt it'll be anything good. We can never expect that from anyone local.
Muscle Shoals is full of good local talent!
SD Fan has a good point. Maybe the festival folks just decided it was time to showcase one of our locals, instead of bringing in someone no one had heard of. If so, kudos to them.
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Originally posted by canade:
SD Fan has a good point. Maybe the festival folks just decided it was time to showcase one of our locals, instead of bringing in someone no one had heard of. If so, kudos to them.

They passed on Shemekia Copeland......
Par for the course Firedancer. Why put out a schedule in advance? Everyone in the area knows it's coming up! Why bother posting a schedule so folks could plan what they want to do? Who cares that people from out of town might want to come and want to know what's going on so they can make thier plans? Just show up and wing it! Roll Eyes

It's ridiculous!
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Originally posted by So_What:
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Originally posted by canade:
SD Fan has a good point. Maybe the festival folks just decided it was time to showcase one of our locals, instead of bringing in someone no one had heard of. If so, kudos to them.

They passed on Shemekia Copeland......


Sorry, I've never heard of her.

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