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Rock the South 2022

Rock the South continued its tradition this past weekend of giving back to its community with the #BiggestPartyInTheSouth.  Attendees of this year's Festival were able to enjoy a variety of music Friday and Saturday in Cullman, AL.  While the weather teased North Alabama this past Friday and Saturday, the biggest party in the South went full speed ahead with a rain free weekend at the festival grounds featuring Alabama, Hardy, Jamey Johnson, Koe Wetzel, Jimmie Allen, Colt Ford, Anne Wilson, and more.  

 


Rock the South 2022


 

Rock the South 2022

The slogan "The Biggest Party in the South" is no exaggeration.  as an estimated 60,000+ people attended this year.  Over 1 million dollars worth of improvements to this year's festival were made including over 7500 tons of gravel for parking, additional restrooms, and more parking options.  Staying true to its roots to making a positive difference, Rock the South brings in a 15 million dollar impact to Cullman County.  Since 2011, the festival has donated over $700,000 to charities such as Cullman City Parks and Recreation, The Link of Cullman County and Cullman Caring for Kids.


Plans are already underway for next year and Rock the South is asking fans who they would like to see in 2023.  Visit their official Rock the South Website and Social Media to stay updated!

The W.C. Handy Music Festival is a little over a week long celebration of the musical heritage of northwest Alabama, honoring Florence native William Christopher.   Better known as W.C. Handy, the "Father of the Blues," his style of writing blues paved the way to become one of the most influential songwriters in the United States.  While working through many jobs, W.C. Handy also made the time to form a small string orchestra as well as teach music.  He would eventually land his first big hit in 1909 "The Memphis Blues."  He would later move to New York to continue his success in his publishing business and songs "Beale Street Blues," "Saint Louis Blues" and many others.
 
The W.C. Handy Festival was an idea inspired by Dr. David Mussleman and Dr. Willie Ruff became a reality with the efforts and coordination of Edsel Holden along with music venues in Florence and surrounding Shoals area.  Now in its 41st year, the festival boasted over 250 events with the efforts of the festival committee led by Tori Bailey.
 
Recording artist and saxophonist Dee Lucas was this year's headliner on July 30th, performing at the Norton Auditorium.  Dee has been performing over two decades after getting his start performing in a local band back in 1997 and going out on his own in 1999.  His latest single "Hot as Ice" was released earlier this year.
 
For more details visit the official W.C. Handy Music Festival Site at:  https://wchandymusicfestival.com/
 
 

This year's 2022 Helen Keller Music Festival lineup included Strange Waves, Showdown, Sweet Tea Trio, Tristen Gressett, Cadence Baker, Yes Trespassing, The J. Patrick Reed Band, Moon Tree Band, Jefferson Startship, and Jason Crabb.

The Helen Keller Festival began in 1979 as a tribute to the life of Helen Keller. Thousands of visitors from around the world come to Tuscumbia each year to celebrate the achievements of the remarkable woman who has come to be known as America's First Lady of Courage.  Helen Keller was born and raised in this northwest Alabama town, and it was here that she learned to communicate through the tireless efforts of her equally famous teacher, Annie Sullivan. Keller went on to become an international symbol of hope and spent her life working to improve the conditions of the blind and deaf-blind around the world. It is her spirit and efforts to make others' lives better that Festival organizers work to honor.

The Festival remains a volunteer project, annually attracting over 50,000 people to events held throughout the city. It has grown to include arts and crafts, art exhibits, athletic events, a parade, street concerts, and performances of William Gibson's world famous drama, The Miracle Worker.

School children learn Braille and sign language, and play games that help them become more aware of the challenges that face people who are deaf, or blind, or live with physical handicaps. Festival organizers hope to provide the younger generation with an educated and compassionate awareness of the barriers that must be overcome by handicapped children and adults.

The Helen Keller Festival has been named one of the Top 100 Events in North American by the American Business Association and one of the Top 20 June Events in the Southeast by the Atlanta based Southeast Tourism Society. - Source: 2001 Helen Keller Festival Board

 
A sunny weekend in McFarland Park permitted brought live music, a variety of food and arts/crafts vendors, raffles, auctions, bike ride, and more to Florence, AL for The 20th Annual Rally At the River.  The event continues each year the tradition of helping others benefiting the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.   If you missed out on your chance to contribute to the St Jude benefit, visit the Rally at the River Site and Facebook Page for more details on how you can help.
 
Live broadcast from Rally at the River on Saturday
 
 
2022 Rally at the River2022 marks the 20th annual event of Rally at the River! This year featured amazing talent both Friday and Saturday All-Day-Concert along with fantastic vendors, motorcycle ride and more while raising money for everyones favorite charity... St. Jude Children's Hospital. If you did not get a chance to be at McFarland Park for the festivities, be sure to visit https://www.rallyattheriver.com and https://www.stjude.org/ on how you can help contribute to St. Judes anytime.
 
 
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