Shindig on the Green Flashback®
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2020 will be the 54th Season of Shindig On the Green!
Because the ongoing Covid-19 Crisis has made our traditional gatherings impossible, the Folk Heritage Committee is taking the music and dancing online!
We’ll be posting 15 videos of some of our favorite past performances at 30 minute intervals from 2pm until 9pm each Saturday for 8 weeks beginning July 11 – September 5 (skipping August 8 for the 2020 online Mountain Dance and Folk Festival)
On our final Saturday, September 5, we plan to bring you some newly created videos.
Since 1967, this mountain tradition features an always-enjoyable variety of performances by:
- Long-standing house band The Stoney Creek Boys
- Bluegrass and Old-Time String Bands
- Big Circle Mountain Dancers
- Clog Dancers
- Smooth Dancers
- Ballad Singers
Shindig on the Green was voted “#1 Local Outdoor Concert” three years in a row — 2006, 2007, and 2008 — by readers of Asheville’s independent weekly newspaper Mountain Xpress in its annual “Best of WNC” edition. In 2019, Shindig on the Green was selected as the 2nd Place “Uniquely Asheville” award winner for Holiday Event – Summer/Fall.
The Folk Heritage Committee produces Shindig on the Green and its sister event, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, to support the preservation and continuation of the traditional music, dance and storytelling heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Between 3,000 and 5,000 people attend Shindig on the Green evenings for free throughout the summer. In addition to throngs of locals, visitors routinely travel from out of state, across the country, and even around the world to make their way to downtown Asheville for Shindig on the Green.
Shindig on the Green occurs thanks to the talent and generosity of its volunteer musicians and dancers who span several generations much to the delight of those in attendance. From young children perfecting their square dance steps to great-grandmothers singing ballads passed down through the years, the region’s wealth of traditional talent takes center stage. Since the outdoor event’s inception in 1967, hundreds of thousands of individuals from across the region and throughout the world have shared and enjoyed the rich traditional music and dance heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains in this outdoor setting.
The Folk Heritage Committee produces Shindig on the Green 2020 and the 93rd annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival with support from the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Asheville Office of Economic Development, and Buncombe County, and by a number of corporate and media sponsors as well as many individuals.