2008 W.C. Handy Music Festival: 2ndHalf Studio-Sonicbids Showcase

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The W.C. Handy Music Festival is a week-long celebration of great music, that honors the memory of the “Father of the Blues,” W.C. Handy. The festival has been named a “Must See” event on the Year of Arts Destination Roster for 2007 and was named Alabama’s 2007 Event of the Year. The festival, which includes over 200 events, will be held during the week of Sunday, July 20-Saturday, July 26, 2008 in the Shoals (Florence-Muscle Shoals-Sheffield-Tuscumbia) area of northwest Alabama. Three slots are reserved for Sonicbids artists to perform at the 2nd Half Studios-Sonicbids Showcases!

Several events will be sponsored and produced by PapaGottaGroove at 2ndHalf Studio of Sheffield, AL, and will include several showcase performance opportunities.

Each of the selected showcase artists and bands will receive a professionally produced CD of their live performance during the festival. The audio recording will be engineered and mastered by platinum and gold award winning engineer Gregg Hamm (engineer of albums by Bob Dylan, Bob Seger, Dire Straits and many more.)

The music in Muscle Shoals continues, and this is the perfect place for your talent to be discovered in the 2ndHalf! You could be featured as a performer in one of the following showcases: 2ndHalf Studio-Sonicbids “Shoals Showcase” (bands) or 2ndHalf Studio-Sonicbids “Songwriter Showcase” (singer/songwriters).

Please note: The band and singer/songwriter spots are open to artists from any location in the U.S.A. and internationally, but travel and compensation are not provided. Original or licensed material only, please.

• 2ndHalf Studio-Sonicbids “Shoals Showcase”: Country/Rock/Soul/Blues Bands

2ndHalf Studio will be hosting 2ndHalf Studio-Sonicbids “Shoals Showcase” nights featuring one band per night. Their professional staff will review and select the best country band, the best rock band, the best soul band, and the best blues band to showcase their best set on the 2ndHalf Studio Sound Stage. Dates will be negotiated upon selection.

• 2ndHalf Studio-Sonicbids “Songwriter Showcase”: Singer/Songwriters

2ndHalf Studio will be hosting a 2ndHalf Studio-Sonicbids “Songwriter Showcase” night. They are searching for the five best singer-songwriters to perform on the 2ndHalf Studio Sound Stage. Each writer will be given 20 minutes to showcase their best material during their performance. All writers, published and unpublished, will be given equal consideration for this opportunity. They believe your songs should be given equal time to shine in the spotlight where many music industry types will be offered the opportunity to discover your potential “hit song.”

All genres are accepted for this night. Platinum and gold award-winning songwriter Cris Moore (songs recorded by George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Tracy Lawrence, Lee Roy Parnell, and many more) will be one of the judges for this opportunity!

For more information regarding the W.C. Handy Music Festival, visit www.wchandymusicfestival.org