July 25-30/FLORENCE – For a second year, the Florence Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau will host this event. Some of the top, hit songwriters in the Shoals, including Lenny Leblanc, Billy Lawson, James Leblanc, Gary Baker and many more, will share their stories and songs. Showcases will take place from 1 – 3 p.m. during the week.  Please arrive early as this will be a sell-out with standing-room crowds.  Our lobby area will be set up so a limited number of guests can watch the show on a large LED screen. More details to follow soon!

The W.C. Handy Music Festival

July 22-31/FLORENCE – The largest tourism attraction held in northwest Alabama. Honoring its namesake, Florence native musician William Christopher Handy, also known as “The Father of the Blues”. Given the rich musical heritage of the Shoals however, the festival pays homage to the many different musical styles that the area is known for.  Those include jazz, blues, gospel, folk, hiphop, and rock and roll. Featuring movies, plays, tours, live musical entertainment, and car and truck shows. Most of the events are free.  For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit

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