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March 14, 2020
2:00 PM
Fuquay-Varina Arts Center
123 E. Vance Street
Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
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Mr. Handy's Blue

Saturday, March 14, 2020

William Christopher Handy is a larger than life figure in American Music History--for more than 100 years he’s been revered internationally as 'The Father of the Blues'. Mr. Handy’s Blues is an against-all-odds tale of family conflict, racial tensions and redemption. Born the son of a preacher in Post-Civil War Alabama, Handy rose to fame as one of the most beloved and prolific composers and music publishers of the 20th Century. Ten years in the making, the film includes never-before seen footage and photographs, and extensive rare audio and video recordings of W.C. Handy himself. Iconic Blues legends Taj Mahal and Bobby Rush appear in the film, which also features performances of Handy’s iconic songs St. Louis Blues, The Memphis Blues, Beale St. Blues, e.g. by current and past artists. Join us following the movie for a talk back with members of the artistic team who made this movie. Supported by South Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.