ASHEVILLE, NC – Shindig on the Green returns for the second season back at the heart of downtown Asheville at the new Pack Square Park’s Roger McGuire Green for the 2011 season starting July 2nd from 7-10pm. The stage shows will take place on the new Bascom Lamar Lunsford stage, named for the founder of the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, the nation’s longest running folk festival.
Bring your instruments, families, friends, lawn chairs and blankets and join us for good times at the new Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage. In 2011 Shindig on the Green, which features a stage show and informal jam sessions around the park, continues at its original location — formerly known as City County Plaza, now transformed into the new Pack Square Park. Locals and visitors alike come together downtown “along about sundown,” or at 7:00pm for those who wear a watch, until 10:00p.m. Concessions are available. Come experience the beautiful music and dance traditions of Southern Appalachia on a summer evening in the mountains.
Shindig on the Green has been 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.
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.
Raffle: The 2010 season’s Raffle items were a Martin D16-GT guitar with a hardshell case and a handcrafted clay and walnut mountain banjo from Mangum Pottery. 2011 items will be announced here as available. Raffle tickets are available at each Shindig evening and at the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival and the winning tickets are pulled at the end of the summer Shindig season.
Eats and Treats: Concessions are provided by Okie Dokies Smokehouse and The Hop Ice Cream Cafe.
Parking: Parking is available in marked and metered spaces throughout downtown Asheville (free after 6pm) and the city’s municipal decks (evening rates vary.) Very convenient to Shindig, there is a new Buncombe County parking deck, the College Street Parking Deck, directly across College Street from Pack Square Park and the Buncombe County Courthouse — $1.00 per hour.
Summer Schedule: Shindig on the Green takes a break from its regular Saturday schedule just twice during July and August: once on July 29th to make way for the city’s Bele Chere festival and again on August 6th when the musicians and dancers head to Shindig’s sister event, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. The 84th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, a ticketed event at Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place, takes place nightly Thursday through Saturday, August 4 – 6. Tickets are available from the Pack Place Box Office at 828-257-4530 or online at www.dwtheatre.com.
The Folk Heritage Committee produces Shindig on the Green 2011 and the 84th annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival with support from the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Asheville Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Arts Department, and Buncombe County, and by several corporate and media sponsors as well as many individuals. The Folk Heritage Info Line is: 828-258-6101 x345.