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Mar26

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4pm-10pm

W.C. Handy Fundraiser
The Schlafly Tap Room
2100 Locust St. (at 21st) St. Louis, MO 63103 314-241-BEER x1

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The March 26th event at Schlafly Tap Room will honor the life and legacy of “ST. LOUIS BLUES” composer W.C. Handy.  Tickets are $100 each person at the door.

ALL STAR BLUES CONCERT!

PREVIEW OF EMMY AWARD WINNING PRODUCER JOANNE FISH ‘S UPCOMING NOT FOR PROFIT FILM “MR HANDYS BLUES:A MUSICAL DOCUMENTARY”

* UNVEILING OF THE MAQUETTE CLAY MODEL OF THE W.C. HANDY STATUE! ENVISIONED BY DANIEL”BOONE” FULLER. COFOUNDER OF THE W.C. HANDY MEMORIAL FOUNDATION WITH PAULINA SIGNORELLI

LOVINGLY SCULPTED BY WORLD RENOWN ARTIST HARRY WEBER…

4:00  PRE-EVENT OPEN BAR HAPPY HOUR.MEET AND GREET. PUBLICITY PHOTO OPPS WITH HARRY WEBER,JOANNE FISH AND THE W.C. HANDY MAQUETTE!

DOOR PRIZES & 2 FOR 1 RAFFLE TICKETS! TILL 4:30

4:30 INTRODUCTIONS

4:45 STATUE UNVEILING!
(press pictures and informal Q&A)

5:00 ALL STAR JAM KICKOFF WITH MISS JUBILEE &THE HUMDINGERS + SPECIAL GUESTS.

6:00 PATTY & THE HITMEN + SURPRISE GUESTS

JOANNE FISH SCREENS “MR. HANDY’S BLUES:A MUSICAL DOCUMENTARY”.

7:30 BOTTOM UP BLUES BAND WITH SPECIAL INVITED GUESTS

8:30 GATEWAY RAMBLERS WITH SPECIAL GUEST VOCALIST

9:30  “RAISE THE JUKE JOINT ROOF WITH THUNDER & POWER” MARQUISE KNOX & FRIENDS….

10:30 curtain…… Thanks.  Salutations…

Joanne Fish, Producer of “Mr. Handy’s Blues: A Musical Documentary and Daniel M. Fuller, Founder of the  W.C. Handy Memorial Foundation are joining forces for an evening of music, silent auctions, and celebration for two important upcoming endeavors in St. Louis.

The documentary will be the first film about Handy, and will preserve his significant and influential contributions to the blues vernacular for generations to come.  “I’m excited to be coming to St. Louis”, said Ms. Fish.  “It’s the place where Handy had a major epiphany, and began his journey to becoming the Father of the Blues.  For me, St. Louis represents the soul of Handy’s story, and I’m looking forward to capturing that in my film.” Cinema South, a non-profit organization is the sponsor of the production, which will be released in late 2014 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Handy’s world reknown “ST. LOUIS BLUES”.

The W.C. Handy Memorial Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to creating a bronze statue of the composer, with renown sculptor Harry Weber.  According to Daniel M. Fuller, ” Our initial goal is to highlight the massive contribution of W.C. Handy to American music and music publishing through the commissioning of the statue that will be placed across the street from the National Blues Museum at 6th & Washington Avenue in Downtown St. Louis, Mo.

Our longterm goals include our mission of honoring this icon of American music  by providing lectures and performances as a “Blues In The Schools” program.”

The two projects are working together to highlight the massive contributions Handy made to American music, and music publishing in his lifetime.  Ms. Fish will document the creation of the sculpture for use in the film.

Produced with the complete cooperation of the Handy family,“Mr. Handy’s Blues” will feature interviews with some of the 21st Century music luminaries who make up the blues ‘family tree’, and will include interviews with historians, and musicologists, live performances by local St. Louis musiciansand others,  as well as vintage recordings of Handy’s songs featuring Ella Fitzgerald, Nat “King” Cole, Mae West, EarthaKitt and many others. Handy’s story is uniquely American;  an against-all-odds parable that celebrates the triumph of the human spirit, ending with an enduring contribution to the world of music.

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