“Respect [should be given] for an inclusive, uniquely American culture for everyone’s entertainment. Sounds like Asheville to me.”
Now the longest-running folk festival in the country, it celebrates its 89th anniversary this year with performances — different each night — at the Diana Wortham Theatre on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 4, 5 and 6.
“This wonderful freestyle dancing area is huge. It doesn’t disrupt the bands, nor the audience. And it keeps our audience safe, out of harm’s way.”
“Once again, great music [at Shindig on the Green], but [I’m] disappointed by continued opposition to audience dancing.”
Local string band The Midnight Plowboys performed onstage as part of Shindig on the Green over Labor Day weekend. Today, the group launches its video from that appearance, featuring the songs “Sawin’ on the Strings” and “Goin’ to Italy.”
The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, now in its 88th year, returns to the Diana Wortham Theatre, Thursday to Saturday, Aug. 6 to 8. Entertainers at this year’s three-night gathering include ballad singers, bluegrass and old-time bands, gospel groups, solo and duet instrumentalists and vocalists, clogging teams, buck dancers, flat-footers and traditional Appalachian smooth dancers.
Walking the streets of downtown Asheville can be a musical experience. Most evenings bring encounters with an assortment of buskers, drummers and dancers. The city also hosts a large, if ever-changing, calendar of free music events and festivals scattered throughout the year. Some have been around for decades, while others are preparing to launch.
A local visual artist has volunteered to paint a 24-foot mural in Pack Square Park to honor Shindig on the Green’s equally enormous history. The project is being supported by local groups including Folkmoot USA and the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area who are holding a fundraiser for it this Sunday.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features Papadosio’s upcoming album and music videos, a six-by-24-foot mural to honor traditional Appalachian music and a new playground for a Caring for a Children facility.
Ready yourself — and perhaps your clogs/banjo/suspenders — for some truly old-fashioned fun at the 48th annual Shindig on the Green. Since its inception in 1967, the event has been an Asheville summer staple with its traditional and old-time string bands, bluegrass, ballad singers, big-circle mountain dancers and cloggers, as well as a stage show […]
I appreciate the June 29 Xpress article about Shindig on the Green [“Mountain Values”]. However, I take strong exception to the paragraph about The Cockmans. The writer, after interviewing Glenn Bannerman (long-time Shindig host and family-dance team leader), writes that The Cockmans are “peripheral players no one has ever heard of,” and implies even they […]
Shindig on the Green kicked off its 2011 season Saturday night, to a huge crowd at Pack Square Park.
This holiday weekend offers outdoor festivals, music, theatre, art and more, all for a reasonable price. So throw on some flip flops, grab your American flag bandana and celebrate our nations independence with a bang. And don’t forget to check our Community Calendar for a complete schedule of holiday happenings.
“Shindig.” It's a fun, if peculiar word, whose etymology, even after a couple of hundred years, remains suspect and mired in speculation. It's most likely of Scottish origin, the experts say, an alteration of “shindy” or shinty,” a hockey-like game once played by the Scots. Over time, the word has alternately come to be defined […]
One of a series of photos by Derek Olson of the Saturday, July 10, Shindig on the Green.
Here’s what Shindig on the Green looked like from atop the Jackson Building: sunshine highlighting the city and county buildings, and lots of people (Kamm’s Custards folks posted notes on Twitter about not having enough ice cream for everyone). photo by Jerry Nelson. Meanwhile, AskAsheville was shooting video on the ground …