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2022 W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival Lineup

W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival, presented by Field & Main Bank, announces 2022 schedule

It’s here, it’s here! The Henderson Music Preservation Society has officially announced the lineup for Year 30 of the W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival and it’s shaping up to be the best yet! Artists will perform on stage in Audubon Mill Park on the Henderson riverfront on June 15-18. The Handy Happy Hours and Lunch Breaks in downtown Henderson will start Monday, June 13 and last throughout the week. The popular Zydeco Night Red Beans and Rice Dinner will take place on Thursday, June 16. And now for the main event: the music!

2022 W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival Lineup

Wednesday, June 15

5:00 p.m. – Blues4U
7:00 p.m. – Ally Venable
9:00 p.m. – Ghost Town Blues Band

Thursday, June 16

4:00 p.m. – Heath & Molly
5:30 p.m. – Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers
8:00 p.m. – Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band

Friday, June 17

12:00 p.m. – Boscoe France
2:00 p.m. – Mississippi Heat
3:00 p.m. – The Cold Stares
5:00 p.m. – King Solomon Kicks
7:00 p.m. – Nick Moss Band
9:00 p.m. – Blood Brothers feat. Mike Zito & Albert Castiglia

Saturday, June 18

12:00 p.m. – Amelia Eisenhauer
1:30 p.m. – Ghalia Volt
3:00 p.m. – Kat Riggins
5:00 p.m. – Eddie 9V
7:00 p.m. – Sugaray Rayford
9:00 p.m. – Ronnie Baker Brooks

The W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival has consistently been named a Top 20 Event of the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS). The festival also won Kentucky Living Magazine’s “Best Music Festival in Kentucky” for the past four years. The festival is one of the longest running free blues music festivals in the nation, featuring top blues acts, delicious food, a picturesque venue, and our famous Henderson hospitality.

The W.C. Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival is free to the public, planned by the Henderson Music Preservation Society, and supported entirely by donors and volunteers. For more information on the festival and how you can support it, visit