Where: UNA Norton Auditorium, Florence
When: Saturday July 27th at 7 pm ( doors open at 6:30pm )
Cost: $40.00 - General Admission, $100 VIP reserved seating (plus Meet & Greet Access!)

Tickets are available at the Handy Festival Headquarters, 215 Tuscaloosa Street in Florence. or Purchase tickets at Eventbrite!

Sponsored by the Music Preservation Society, Inc.

Headliner Miki Howard!

Ms. Miki Howard

live in concert at the W.C. Handy Headline Concert

The voice which brought you the R&B chart topping mega hits:

  • “Come Share My Love”
  • "Baby Be Mine"
  • "Ain't Nobody like You"
  • "Love Under New Management"
  • "Imagination"
  • "That's What Love Is", a romantic duet with Gerald Levert

Miki Howard, who portrayed Billie Holiday in the Spike Lee Denzel Washington movie "Malcolm X", before recording and entire album of Holiday songs, “Miki Sings Billie”.

When Miki Howard was featured on the second season on TV One’s critically acclaimed bio-series “Unsung”, hers was the highest rated episode of the season, and was in 2015 adapted into a TV One movie released in June of 2016 titled "Love Under New Management".

The legendary Miki Howard has continued to tour and record, and recently released her Chicago style steppin' styled new single titled. "Fed Up!" Don't miss seeing the one and only Ms. Miki Howard as she headlines the W. C. Handy Music Festival.

The Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston!

Fifty years of performances have kept the Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston a fan favorite. Come and hear them sing their timeless classic songs, forty-five of which have been charted hits since 1965. Their number one song, (Let's just) "Kiss and Say Goodbye", topped both the US Billboard Pop and R&B charts, and became the second single ever certified platinum buy RIAA. The group found further success in March 1980 with the release of "Shining Star", which reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100 and number four on the R&B Chart, and received a Grammy Award the following spring. The W.C. Handy Music Festival is proud to present The Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston.

Special guest Saxophonist Dee Lucas

Dee Lucas, national recording artist and saxophonist, who graduated from the University of North Alabama, will be coming back home to treat his fans. With songs released over the past fourteen years, from "Remembrance" in 2004 to his 2018 release “Going Left”, a performance by Dee Lucas will be a treat for old fans and gain him lots of new ones too. Come to the Handy Headline concert and experience Dee’s unique style and interaction with the audience.

The WC Handy Music Festival

Contact Us

Music Preservation Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 1827
Florence, AL 35631
(256) 766-7642