Handy celebrating 25

June 7, 2015 - accent chair

HENDERSON, Ky. – W.C. Handy Blues Barbecue Festival Chairman Steve Gold is looking brazen to this year’s 25th festival, that opens Jun 13 with a Taste of Henderson Barbecue, though he’s also looking most over ahead.

This past year, as a festival approached a 25-year miracle and some of a long-term proffer formulation cabinet members finished skeleton to “retire,” some good things have happened.

“We’re staid for a subsequent 25 years,” Gold said. “And I’m happy about that.”

He pronounced new people have come aboard bringing renewed appetite and uninformed ideas, and they’re prepared to step into care roles.

“We’ve been vital about enlivening new folks to get involved,” pronounced Gold, who’s served as festival chair in a past and was vehement about heading a organisation for a “silver anniversary year.”

He pronounced they organisation has been counsel about communicating a “economic story” of a Handy Festival, that has captivated new unite income to accent a munificence of a festival’s long-term donors.

That includes attracting a first-ever presenting sponsor, Field Main Bank.

For years, Ohio Valley Financial Group and BankTrust Financial, that joined into Field Main, upheld a festival. OVFG employees were pivotal volunteers for a festival-critical annual Zydeco Night Red Beans Rice Tent, that has traditionally been one of Handy’s methods for gripping a festival a “free, family accessible village festival.”

“I don’t consider there was ever any critical care of creation it anything other than a giveaway festival,” Gold said, acknowledging that other informal festivals such as ROMP have approached their events with an acknowledgment model. “That’s not who we are. To change anything drastically, that wouldn’t be Handy.”

In support of that, Field Main pitched a incomparable shawl into a ring and will benefaction their possess eventuality on Wednesday night, Jun 17.

“The Handy Festival is a tact belligerent for talent and shines a spotlight on unusual musicians and their craft,” pronounced Scott P. Davis, authority CEO of Field Main Bank. “We are anxious to support a 25th year of this eventuality — an eventuality that energizes not usually a home throng of Henderson, though draws hundreds of visitors and drives poignant mercantile impact to a village each year.”

Gold pronounced offering these sum of a mercantile summary gathered from contemplating finished for several years during a festival.

Expenditures in Henderson during Handy Week, “using a regressive guess of 20,000 attendance,” equals $74 for each man, woman, child.

Stated another way, that volume and approach spending during Henderson equals 110 full time jobs in a community.

The festival chair pronounced that mercantile summary is partial of a PowerPoint summary that was presented to village groups, bureaucratic bodies and intensity sponsors.

The 25th festival has all a normal mixture in a form of lots of giveaway live song (in internal establishments and on a categorical theatre in Audubon Mill Park on Jun 18-20), After Parties following categorical theatre music, grill (which is a concentration for a opening day in Central Park), a Street Strut People’s Parade (one of a festival’s oldest events), a 5K run, a Poker Run, children’s activities and food booths.

They ceded Wednesday night song to Field Main’s event, and a assets authorised them to “double down” on artists for Thursday by Saturday nights, Gold said.

“We’ve got some bigger headliners this year,” Gold said, privately mentioning Devon Allman, Doyle Bramhall II (guitarist, songwriter and writer for Eric Clapton) and Robert Randolph The Family Band.

Chubby Carrier The Bayou Swamp Band will reason down a installation on Zydeco Night, Jun 18.

Here’s a report for a 25th-annual W.C. Handy Blues Barbecue Festival. For some-more details, revisit handyblues.org or facebook.com/handyblues:

June 11

1-3 p.m.: Children’s Art Camp Umbrella Workshop. Free. Grades K-5 will be decorating umbrellas for Street Strut Parade and other activities. Presented by Downtown Henderson Partnership and city of Henderson Recreation Department.

June 13

All events in Central Park

8 a.m.: Lose Your Blues Charity Poker Run, Jerusalem Masonic Lodge No. 9, advantages internal charities. Last bike out, 10 a.m.; final bike in 1 p.m.

9 a.m.: Barbecue booths open during 16th-annual “Taste of Henderson Barbecue” and sales continue via day with pig plates, pig sandwiches, mutton, chicken, ribs, other sandwiches and sides.

10 a.m.: William Branaman Street Strut People’s Parade, forms during 9:30 a.m. on Elm Street side of park with Grand Ooh PeeDoo Ashley Royer. Music by: Bob Minnette The Dixieland Society. Prizes awarded in several categories. Information: Downtown Henderson Partnership, 270-827-0016.

11:30 a.m.: Bluez Windows. Presented by Riverbend Arts for All. Bring your child down to paint Blues themed windows that will be placed in downtown Henderson businesses during a festival.

Noon: Music — Lindsey Williams.

1-3 p.m.: Blues Zoo Art. Blues music, art and animals presented by Henderson Area Arts Alliance and Mesker Park Zoo Botanic Garden

2 p.m.: Music — Blues4U.

4 p.m.: Music — Hog Maw Blues Band.

6 p.m.: Boscoe France Band.

June 15

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Lunch Break, Rockhouse @ Wolfs, 31 N. Green St. Music: Redmon Brothers.

11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.: Lunch Break, Planters Coffeehouse, 130 N. Main St. Music: N’tune Piano Students, Damon Julie Nantz.

5-7 p.m.: Happy Hour, Commonwealth Kitchen Bar, 108 Second St. Music: Monte Skelton.

5-7 p.m.: Happy Hour, Rockhouse @ Wolfs. Music: Redmon Brothers.

7:30-9 p.m.: Handy Trivia, Rockhouse @ Wolfs. Teams will play for prizes.

June 16

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Lunch Break, Rockhouse @ Wolfs. Music: Tim Austin Jim Ruston.

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Lunch Break, First United Methodist Church, 338 Third St., outdoor underneath portico nearby dilemma of Second Green streets, continue permitting. Music: First Musicians, FishTown and Friends. Bring your possess chair. Brown bag lunch accessible for squeeze or move your own.

5-7 p.m.: Happy House, Rockhouse@ Wolfs. Music: Casey James.

June 17

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Lunch Break, Commonwealth Kitchen Bar. Music: Monte Skelton.

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Lunch Break, Rockhouse @ Wolfs. Music: Alex Curry.

4-6 p.m.: Preview Party, parking lot during Field Main Bank, 140 N. Main St. Music: Tyler Mac Band. Snacks, beverages and games. Bring a chair or blanket.

5-7 p.m.: Happy Hour, Rockhouse @ Wolfs. Music: Casey James.

6-9 p.m.: Happy Hour, On Deck Riverside Bar Grill, 100 Second St. Music: Drew Aud.

June 18

All events in Audubon Mill Park unless noted

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Lunch Break, Rockhouse @ Wolfs. Music: N’tune Piano Students, Damon Julie Nantz.

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: “Shades of Zydeco,” song and preparation by DJ Prof G (Chad Gesser, associate highbrow of sociology during Owensboro Community and Technical College).

4 p.m.: Music — Mr. Sipp “The Mississippi Blues Child.

5:30 p.m.: Zydeco Night Red Beans Rice Tent opens.

5:30 p.m.: Music — Mo’ Mojo.

8 p.m.: Music — Chubby Carrier a Bayou Swamp Band.

June 19

All events in Audubon Mill Park unless noted

Noon: Music — The Bell Bottom Blues Band (The Blues Band of a Navy)

2 p.m.: Music — The Beat Daddys

4 p.m.: Music — Tyler Mac Band

6 p.m.: Music — Samantha Fish

8 p.m.: Music — Devon Allman Band

10 p.m.: Music — Doyle Bramhall II

June 20

All events in Audubon Mill Park unless noted

Noon: Music — Doug MacLeod

2 p.m.: Music — The Guy Forsyth Blues Band

4 p.m.: Music — Jarekus Singleton

6 p.m.: Music — Victor Wainwright

8 p.m.: Music — Ronnie Baker Brooks Big Band

10 p.m.: Music — Robert Randolph The Family Band

June 21

10 a.m.: Handy Euch-and-’Q, ceremony use with grill lunch on a grass to follow with special music. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 5 S. Green St.

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