Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival


Event Schedule

2017 W.C. HANDY BLUES & BARBECUE FESTIVAL

Presenting Sponsor: Field & Main Bank

Pre-Festival Events
June 1
4 – 5 p.m.
Handy Blues Art Exhibit Opening*
Field & Main Bank
140 N. Main Street
Hosted by the Henderson Society of Art and Field & Main Bank
Juried art competition will be unveiled and the top five pieces will be awarded cash prizes. See all entries here. All pieces are for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Handy festival!
June 3
10 a.m.
W.C. Handy Walking Tour
The Depot Community Room
101 N Water Street
270-830-9707
Sponsored by the The Depot Community Room and led by local historian Frank Nally, this free walking tour focuses on the places and activities associated with W.C. Handy’s time in Henderson. Guests may also tour the Handy exhibit inside the Depot Community Room. Reservations are not required but please arrive 15 minutes before tour time. Learn more awww.hendersondepot.org
June 3
1 – 10 p.m
2nd Annual Burdette Blues Festival
Burdette Park
5301 Nurrenbern Road
Evansville, IN 47712
Handy Festival volunteers will be at this event promoting the Handy Festival. Come see us! Get Burdette Festival details
Through
June 16
Handy Blues Art Exhibit*
Hosted by the Henderson Society of Art and Field & Main Bank
Juried art competition displayed in the bank’s lobby at 140 N. Main Street (Use the lobby entrance on 2nd Street) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each week day June 1 to 16. The exhibit features local artwork inspired by the W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival. The top five pieces were awarded cash prizes. See all entries here. All pieces are for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Handy festival!
Monday
June 12
8 a.m. –
5 p.m.
Handy Blues Art Exhibit*
Hosted by the Henderson Society of Art and Field & Main Bank
Juried art competition displayed in the bank’s lobby at 140 N. Main Street (Use the lobby entrance on 2nd Street). The exhibit features local artwork inspired by the W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival. The top five pieces were awarded cash prizes. See all entries here. All pieces are for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Handy festival!
11 a.m. –
1 p.m.
Lunch Break: Rockhouse at Wolf’s
31 N. Green Street
Music by David Redmon
11:30 a.m. –
1:30 p.m.
Lunch Break: Commonwealth Kitchen & Bar (CKB)
108 2nd Street
Music by Monte Skelton
5 – 7 p.m. Happy Hour: Rockhouse at Wolf’s
31 N. Green Street

  • Music by Spencer Bloodworth from 5-7 p.m.
  • Handy Fest Trivia beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday
June 13
8 a.m. –
5 p.m.
Handy Blues Art Exhibit*
Hosted by the Henderson Society of Art and Field & Main Bank
Juried art competition displayed in the bank’s lobby at 140 N. Main Street (Use the lobby entrance on 2nd Street). The exhibit features local artwork inspired by the W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival. The top five pieces were awarded cash prizes. See all entries here. All pieces are for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Handy festival!
11 a.m. –
1 p.m.
Lunch Break: Rockhouse at Wolf’s
31 N. Green Street
Music by Mike Crooke
11 a.m. –
1 p.m.
Lunch Break: First United Methodist Church
338 3rd Street
Music by Fish Town (brown bag lunch available for sale or bring your own)
11:30 a.m. –
1:30 p.m.
Lunch Break: Planters Café & Coffee Bar
130 N. Main Street
Music TBA
5 – 7 p.m. Happy Hour: Rockhouse at Wolf’s
31 N. Green Street
Music by Kevin Dalton & Tommy Cate
5 – 7 p.m. Happy Hour: On Deck
100 2nd Street
Music by Drew Aud with Brandon Crawford
Wednesday
June 14
8 a.m. –
5 p.m.
Handy Blues Art Exhibit*
Hosted by the Henderson Society of Art and Field & Main Bank
Juried art competition displayed in the bank’s lobby at 140 N. Main Street (Use the lobby entrance on 2nd Street). The exhibit features local artwork inspired by the W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival. The top five pieces were awarded cash prizes. See all entries here. All pieces are for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Handy festival!
11 a.m. –
1 p.m.
Lunch Break: Rockhouse at Wolf’s
31 N. Green Street
Music by Kevin Dalton & Tommy Cate
11 a.m. –
1 p.m.
Lunch Break: Tacoholics Cantina
2 N. Water Street
Music by Dave Redmon
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch Break: Planters Café & Coffee Bar
130 N. Main Street
Music by Mark Hargis & the Bluegrass Band
4 – 10 p.m. Barbecue Night! Food Vendors Open
Three local vendors will offer brisket, chicken, pork, mutton, ribs and grilled veggies
5 – 10 p.m. Merchandise Tent Open
5 p.m. W.C. Handy Festival Stage Opens
5 p.m. Albert Castiglia
Sponsors: Braco, Hazex
5 – 7 p.m. Children’s Night Activities
Northwest corner of Aubudon Mill Park (opposite end of the park from the stage, near the river) Sponsored by Methodist Hospital. Activities provided by Henderson Area Arts Alliance
5 -7 p.m. Children’s Inflatables
Water Street between Second and Third Street
Party Jump Rentals will have a variety of inflatables set up weather permitting. A $5 wristband gives access to the inflatables all day. Parents or guardians will need to sign release forms which will be available onsite.
7 p.m. Jason Ricci & the Bad Kind
Sponsors: Big Rivers Electric Corporation, CoBank Foundation, RC Cola
9 p.m. Wednesday Half Pot Drawing – Tickets just $1! Buy them all day long!
9 p.m. Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials
Sponsors: Rookies Sports Bar & On Deck
Thursday
June 15
8 a.m. –
5 p.m.
Handy Blues Art Exhibit*
Hosted by the Henderson Society of Art and Field & Main Bank
Juried art competition displayed in the bank’s lobby at 140 N. Main Street (Use the lobby entrance on 2nd Street). The exhibit features local artwork inspired by the W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival. The top five pieces were awarded cash prizes. See all entries here. All pieces are for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Handy festival!
11 a.m. –
1 p.m.
Lunch Break: On Deck
100 2nd Street
Music by Drew Aud with Brandon Crawford
11 a.m. –
1 p.m.
Lunch Break: Tacoholics Cantina
2 N. Water Street
Music by Dave Redmon
11:30 a.m. –
1 p.m.
Lunch Break: Planters Café & Coffee Bar
130 N. Main Street
Artist TBA
11:30 a.m. –
1:30 p.m.
Lunch Break: Rockhouse at Wolf’s
31 N. Green Street
Music by N Tune Piano and Guitar Service, Julie & Damon Nantz
1 – 3 p.m. Children’s Art Camp & Umbrella Workshop
J.F. Kennedy Center, Alvasia & Vine Streets
Open to ages K – 5th Grade
Sponsors: Downtown Henderson Parternship, City of Henderson Recreation Department, W.C. Handy Festival Committee
3 – 5 p.m. Happy Hour: Delkers Bar
122 North Elm Street
5 -10 p.m. Children’s Inflatables
Water Street between Second and Third Street
Party Jump Rentals will have a variety of inflatables set up weather permitting. A $5 wristband gives access to the inflatables all day. Parents or guardians will need to sign release forms which will be available onsite.
5:30 –
10 p.m.
Merchandise Tent Open
5:30 p.m. W.C. Handy Festival Stage Opens
“Zydeco Night”
Sponsor: Field & Main Bank
5:30 p.m. – until it is gone! Red Beans & Rice Dinner
Audubon Mill Park
Proceeds go toward expenses of next year’s free festival.  Items for sale include red beans & rice, smoked chicken jambalaya, andouille sausage, Cajun sausage, bread pudding and hot dogs for kids
Sponsor: Field & Main Bank
5:30 p.m. Waylon Thibodeaux
Sponsor: Field & Main Bank
6 p.m. W.C. Handy Tennis Tournament*
Sponsored by Henderson Tennis Club
Doc Hosbach Memorial Tennis Complex
101 S. Water Street
Contact: 270-748-4760 or www.hendersontennisclub.com
8 p.m. Thursday Half Pot Drawing – Tickets just $1! Buy them all day long!
8 p.m. Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band
Sponsor: Field & Main Bank
Friday
June 16
8 a.m. –
5 p.m.
Handy Blues Art Exhibit*
Hosted by the Henderson Society of Art and Field & Main Bank
Juried art competition displayed in the bank’s lobby at 140 N. Main Street (Use the lobby entrance on 2nd Street). The exhibit features local artwork inspired by the W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival. The top five pieces were awarded cash prizes. See all entries here. All pieces are for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Handy festival!
11 a.m. –
10 p.m.
Food Vendors Open
12 – 11 p.m. Merchandise Tent Open
12 Noon W.C. Handy Festival Stage Opens
12 Noon Blues 4U
Sponsors: Handy Helpers (see the complete list)
2 p.m. The Gough-Martin Blues Band
Sponsor: Stonebridge Press
3 -10 p.m. Children’s Inflatables
Water Street between Second and Third Street
Party Jump Rentals will have a variety of inflatables set up weather permitting. A $5 wristband gives access to the inflatables all day. Parents or guardians will need to sign release forms which will be available onsite.
4 p.m. The Beat Daddys
Sponsor: Space Rental
6 p.m. Walter Wolfman Washington & the Roadmasters
Sponsors: LGE & KU Energy LLC, John & Dawn Kelsey
6 p.m. W.C. Handy Tennis Tournament*
Sponsored by Henderson Tennis Club
Doc Hosbach Memorial Tennis Complex
101 S. Water Street
Contact: 270-748-4760 or www.hendersontennisclub.com
8 p.m. Samantha Fish
Sponsor: Harper Guitars
10 p.m. Friday Half Pot Drawing – Tickets just $1! Buy them all day long!
10 p.m. Tab Benoit
Sponsor: The Bower-Suhrheinrich Foundation
Saturday
June 17
8 a.m. W.C. Handy Street Strut 5K*
Audubon Mill Park
Hosted by Henderson Rotaract
Street Strut attire encouraged! $20 per runner. Register online at
www.riseupandrun.com/street-strut-5k/
8 a.m. W.C. Handy Tennis Tournament*
Sponsored by Henderson Tennis Club
Doc Hosbach Memorial Tennis Complex
101 S. Water Street
Contact: 270-748-4760 or www.hendersontennisclub.com
9 a.m. W.C. Handy Walking Tour
The Depot Community Room
101 N Water Street
270-830-9707
Sponsored by the The Depot Community Room and led by local historian Frank Nally, this free walking tour focuses on the places associated with W.C. Handy’s time in Henderson as well as the history of other early African Americans. Guests may also tour the Handy exhibit inside the Depot Community Room. Reservations are not required but please arrive 15 minutes before tour time. Learn more at www.hendersondepot.org
10 a.m. The William Branaman Street Strut People’s Parade
Audubon Mill Park
Parade forms at 9:30 a.m. Music by Bob Minette & the Dixieland Society
Open to all! Dress the part and strut in your best New Orleans Dixieland Jazz attire
Sponsors: Century Aluminum, Downtown Henderson Partnership
10 a.m. Poker Run*
Hosted by Humane Society of Henderson County Kentucky
Departs from Field & Main Bank employee parking lot at the corner of 3rd & Main Streets. $10 per rider. Contact: Yvette Hall 270-993-1768 or Billy McKee 270-577-6029.

  • Registration 9:30 a.m.
  • First Bike Ride Out 10 a.m.
  • Last Bike Ride Out 11 a.m.
12 Noon –
11 p.m.
Merchandise Tent Open
12 Noon -
10 p.m.
Children’s Inflatables
Water Street between Second and Third Street
Party Jump Rentals will have a variety of inflatables set up weather permitting. A $5 wristband gives access to the inflatables all day. Parents or guardians will need to sign release forms which will be available onsite.
12 Noon W.C. Handy Festival Stage Opens
12 Noon Markus James
Sponsors: Lurton & Lola Luck Heirs, Nice Guy Vapors II
2 p.m. Dawn Tyler Watson Trio
Sponsors: The Women’s Hospital, Women’s Health Care PC, Tri-State Perinatology
4 p.m. Alvin “Youngblood” Hart’s Muscle Theory
Sponsors: Dorin & Betsy Luck, Rex & Mary Jewell, Charlie Curry
6 p.m. Billy Branch & the Sons of the Blues
Sponsors: Air Hydro Power, Kenergy, Palmer Oil, Edward Utley Jr. Inc.
8 p.m. Wet Willie
Sponsor: Henderson Area Arts Alliance
9:45 p.m. Raffle Drawings

  • Custom Guitar Raffle Drawing
  • Signed Guitar Raffle Drawing
  • Signed Handy Poster Drawing
  • Handy T-Shirt Quilt Drawing
  • Saturday Half Pot Drawing
10 p.m. Coco Montoya
Sponsors: City of Henderson, Henderson County Fiscal Court
*A portion of proceeds from these affiliated events goes to benefit the Handy Festival
Sunday
June 18
9:30-10:30 a.m. Jazz Sunday in Honor of the Handy Festival
Henderson First United Methodist Church
338 3rd Street
10 a.m. Outdoor Eucharist & Dinner on the Lawn
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
5 South Green Street
All are welcome. Chairs provided or bring your own. Gather in the open plain behind the small parking lot. Food provided by J&B’s. Great way to wrap up your Handy experience.