It’s time for Shindig on The Green. The “hoe-down” in Asheville’s Pack Square.
There’ll be about 15 different bands along with cloggers playing, couples laying on blankets on the grass, families with young kids running around driving everyone crazy and well, an overall good time.
It starts every Saturday night now that summer’s here. What time? I like what the organizers have to say about that: “Sometime around dark”. Guess that keeps everything in the comfy, homey feel that gave Shindig it’s roots.
Like last year, I’m the official photographer. You can catch me wandering through the crowd looking for the perfect shot and hanging around on stage — and backstage — also looking for the shot that will “put a biscuit on the table”.
I’ll be postin the shots here on the blog but you’ll also be able to see some as the season goes on by checking out their website.
A news item I found somewhere online says this about Shindig:
“The Shindig on the Green began entertaining the Asheville community in 1966, but it can trace its origins back further to the advent of its parent festival, The Mountain Folk and Dance Festival, in 1928. The Mountain Folk and Dance Festival was founded by Bascom Lamar Lunsford in an attempt to spread the beauty and dignity of Southern Appalachian music and dance traditions. Since its inception, The Mountain Folk and Dance Festival has played a fundamental role in preserving and sharing those traditions with the world. It was out of this fine tradition that Shindig on the Green was formed to not only create another venue, but also to encourage public participation in folk music and dance. Since then, the Shindig has been a resounding success and The Mountain Folk and Dance Festival has gone on to be the oldest festival of its kind in the nation.”
Come on out. We’ll leave the lights on for you!