The W.C. Handy Music Festival is a 10-day celebration inspired by the “Father of the Blues” and the musical heritage of northwest Alabama. Over 200 events occur during the festival ranging from concerts to art exhibits and plays to athletic events. Music can be enjoyed in the local parks, stores, restaurants, churches and on the banks of the Tennessee River. Expect to hear everything from blues, jazz, gospel and soul to that distinctive Muscle Shoals sound. Events take place in the quad cities of Florence, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield and Tuscumbia, known as The Shoals.
As you know, Freda is a Detroit native who realized her talents at an early age of twelve and that makes her a great headline for our program because she understands the importance of youth in music. This year marks Ella Fitzgerald's 100th year anniversary, in which Freda is touring to her "Tribute to Ella", which encompasses personal stories and some of her most memorable songs. http://www.http://www.fredapayne.com/
A sax player/vocalist and songwriter. Paula has shared the stage with such contemporary jazz notable as The Rippingtoans, Nick Colionne, and more. Paula released her 4th CD titled "Ear Candy" on February 17, 2015 on the Kalimba Music label, owned by Earth, Wind and Fire.
BJ (Bettye Jo Miller) Blues/Jazz
If you haven't heard of BJ you are in a really exciting position t attend and don't o hear a great keyboard and trombone female player.