Annual & Ongoing Music Events

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W.C. Handy Festival – The Shoals

Florence

Last full week of July
Free admission to most concerts and events
Admission is charged to some events – see website to purchase tickets

Thousands of music fans flock to Florence each summer to enjoy this 10-day celebration of the region’s musical heritage and to honor the musical legacy of Florence native W.C. Handy, the Father of the Blues.  All types of music are featured at venues throughout Florence and surrounding communities. More than 200 events are scheduled including concerts, jam sessions, plays, art exhibits and educational programs. The event is produced by the Music Preservation Society.

For more information
256-766-7642
www.wchandymusicfestival.org

Rogersville Bluegrass Festival

Rogersville Recreation Park – downtown
Rogersville

Third weekend in July
Admission is charged

Local and out-of-state musicians compete for the Alabama Bluegrass Music Championship in banjo, mandolin, dobro and guitar. The event features performances as well as jam sessions and includes arts and crafts and food.

For more information
256-247-9449
www.rogersvillebluegrassfestival.com

SoulStock

Point Mallard Park – Spirit of America Field
2901-d Point Mallard Circle
Decatur

Check website for dates
Admission is free

More than 20,000 people gather for this annual two-day event featuring Christian music and worship in an outdoor setting. Performers are local bands and singers, up-and-coming bands and well-known music acts. The event is sponsored by 30 area churches.

For more information
256-777-4882
www.soulstock.com

Singing on the Square

Marion Street
Athens

April – September
3rd Friday night of each month
Begins at 6:00 p.m.
Admission is free

This family-friendly event is staged in front of the Limestone County Courthouse and features a variety of artists performing gospel, bluegrass and country music.

For more information
256-232-5411
www.visitathensal.com

Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention

Athens State University
300 Beaty Street
Athens

First Friday and Saturday of October
Check website for schedule
Admission is charged

This event, begun in 1967, builds on a tradition of local fiddlers’ contests that began in Limestone County in 1924 and is credited with helping revive the tradition of competition in old-time music. More than 15,000 people from across the country attend each year to enjoy the festivities. Some 200 contestants compete for top prize money in 18 different categories, including several fiddle and guitar categories, harmonica, mandolin, bluegrass banjo, dulcimer, old-time singing, banjo and buck dancing. The convention culminates in a “fiddle-off” between the top two fiddlers. The winning fiddler is declared “Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddle Champion” and takes home a trophy and cash prize. In addition to the musical competition, hundreds of musicians will participate in numerous jam sessions conducted across the university’s campus. The event also includes more than 150 arts and crafts booths featuring many handmade pieces. The event has been named a “Top 20 Event” by the Southeast Tourism Association three times.

For more information
256-233-8141
www.athens.edu/fiddlers/

Riverfest

Ingall’s Harbor
802-B Wilson Street
Decatur

Mid-September – check website for dates
Admission is charged
Children under 10 enter at no charge

Riverfest is recognized by the state of Alabama as an official State Barbecue Championship competition. The cook-off is sanctioned by, and conducted under, the rules of the Kansas City Barbeque Society, a national organization. The event includes musical performances by popular country singers and musicians.

For more information
www.decaturjaycees.com/riverfest-2012

3rd Fridays Downtown

2nd Avenue to Bank Street
Downtown Decatur

March through October
Admission is free

This event offers an opportunity to gather downtown, learn the history of the city, support local merchants and enjoy diverse forms of entertainment including music, arts and crafts and food.

For more information
www.decaturdowntown.org

Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic

Point Mallard Park
2901 Point Mallard Drive SE
Decatur

Memorial Day Weekend

Admission is free

The Alabama Jubilee Hot-Air Balloon Classic is the oldest hot-air balloon race in the mid-South. Started in Decatur, Alabama in 1978, the event features about 60 pilots from 20 states for two days of competition as well as live acts and shows. Many local and regional bands have played some of their first shows at the event.

For more information
http://alabamajubilee.net/

 

Paul Stroud Concerts by the River

Rhodes Ferry Park
100 Market Street
Decatur

Mondays during the summer
Admission is free.

Concerts feature a wide variety of musical styles. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets.

For more information
256-341-4818

Athens Dulcimers

Athens Recreation Center
Highway 251
Athens
1st and 3rd Thursday
6:30 p.m.

Enjoy the music or learn to play the dulcimer.

For more information
256-233-1262, Jerry Todd
www.athensdulcimerclub.wordpress.com

Athens Dulcimers

Consign World
661 Highway 72W
Athens

Third Saturday of each month
11:00 a.m.

For more information
256-444-2055

Elkmont Pickin’ & Grinnin

Ardmore Annex Building
Main Street
Ardmore

Every Thursday
5:30 p.m.

Enjoy live music and dancing.

For more information
931-427-2141 or 256-423-7588

Elkmont Pickin’ & Grinnin’

Elkmont Depot
Downtown Elkmont

Every Monday
6:30 p.m.

Enjoy live music and dancing.

For more information
931-427-6296

Music and Dancing

Johnny’s Place
14441 Lucas Ferry Road
Athens

Every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday
7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Enjoy live music and dancing. Smoke and alcohol-free facility serves beverages and finger foods.

Athens Dulcimers

Athens Recreation Center
Highway 251
Athens

1st and 3rd Thursday
6:30 p.m.

Enjoy the music or learn to play the dulcimer.

For more information
256-233-1262, Jerry Todd
www.athensdulcimerclub.wordpress.com