Every summer we gather our friends from the communities of music, food and art in The Shoals, Alabama to celebrate fashion, craft and the power of creativity.
Musical Performances By
Stay Tuned for More Artists to be Announced
8.23 - Shoals Theatre - $175
The Raconteurs are Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler, and started when Detroit natives White and Benson got together and wrote “Steady, As She Goes” in the early ‘00s. The duo formed a full band with Lawrence and Keeler and recorded their debut, Broken Boy Soldiers, which critics called inventive, elegant and raucous. This year, they have released their first new music in more than 10 years, the full-length album Help Us Stranger.
8.24 - Shoals Theatre - $150
Margo Price is one of country music’s most celebrated artists, with a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist and a compelling story—years of toil in the Nashville trenches, the loss of her family’s farm and the tragic death of her infant child, a brush with the law, selling her car and pawning her wedding ring to afford studio time, signing to Jack White’s Third Man Records as the label’s first country artist—that has earned glowing profiles in a number of national publications.
Blind Boys of Alabama
The Blind Boys of Alabama are living legends of gospel music, with Lifetime Achievement Awards from both The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and five Grammy® Awards. In a career spanning over 70 years, The Blind Boys have recorded remarkable interpretations of both traditional gospel songs and contemporary spiritual material by Eric Clapton, Prince and Tom Waits.
Drivin N Cryin
Famous for blistering live shows, Atlanta-based Drivin N Cryin amassed a rabid fanbase in the fertile soil of the late-’80s Southeast music scene. Founding members Kevn Kinney and Tim Nielsen have survived the pressures of fame, multiple lineup changes, and miles of back roads and highways to arrive here, with their new album, Live The Love Beautiful. The band derives its name from the eclectic nature of its sound: a little drivin' rock ‘n’ roll and a little country twang.
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Since its founding in 1977, New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band has taken the traditional foundation of brass band music and incorporated it bebop jazz, funk, R&B/soul and more. This unique musical gumbo has allowed the band to tour across five continents and more than 30 countries, record 12 studio albums and collaborate with artists from Modest Mouse to Widespread Panic to Norah Jones. Today, the band remains synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances.
The Watson Twins
Raised in Louisville, identical twins Chandra and Leigh Watson have always blended musical genres to tell their story. This holds especially true on their latest record, DUO, recorded in their adopted hometown of Nashville. This batch of songs comes with a new approach, finding the sisters co-writing all the material for the first time and singing all parts together, creating one singular voice, a landscape of sound that feels totally modern while always nodding to the past.
Originally from Cleveland, Cautious (born Josh Karpeh) began his artistic journey at the age of seven when he picked up classical flute. His studies led him deep into blues and jazz, and soon he’d added a number of other instruments (plus songwriting and production) to his repertoire. A deep emotional intuition fuels Cautious Clay’s sound, which blends R&B, hip-hop, and experimental indie. Now based in Brooklyn, Cautious released his debut EP, Blood Type, in February.
Harmony is king in Motel Radio. The four-piece, dual frontman indie band from New Orleans builds silky, melodic guitar waves for their stacked vocals to surf across. Breezy yet intentional, pop-minded yet psychedelic, their new album, Siesta Del Sol, came out this July. The band has played festivals across the U.S. (Jazz Fest, Firefly, Voodoo, SXSW), and opened for Kurt Vile, Moon Taxi, Drive-By Truckers, Dylan LeBlanc and Summer Salt.
Delicious Food, Crafted with Heart
We’re gathering some of the best chefs in the country to demonstrate that nothing brings people together like good food.
Stay tuned for more chefs to be announced.
Food lovingly prepared by
Andy Ticer & Michael Hudman
Born and bred Memphians, Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman opened Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen in 2008, featuring innovative Italian cooking rooted in Southern tradition. Since then, they’ve opened Hog & Hominy, Catherine & Mary’s and The Gray Canary, all in Memphis, and Josephine Estelle in New Orleans. The James Beard Foundation named the chefs semi-finalists for the Best Chef: Southeast award from 2012 through 2014, then finalists from 2015 through 2019.
John Currence was born and raised in New Orleans, in a family that loved to cook and spend time in the kitchen. He has earned both Restaurateur of the Year and Chef of the Year awards from the Mississippi Restaurant Association. He has received the James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef: South and was a winner of Charleston Food and Wine Festival’s Iron Chef Challenge. His Big Bad Breakfast has a location here in Florence and will open its sixth location, in Charleston, later this year.
A native of Haleyville, Alabama, Rob McDaniel credits his grandmothers for schooling him in the art of Southern cuisine. As executive chef at SpringHouse in Alexander City, Alabama, McDaniel has been a semifinalist in the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: South category in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, and SpringHouse was named one of Southern Living’s best Southern restaurants in 2014.
Katie Button was born in the South, raised in the North, and educated in Europe, where she worked for Ferran Adrià at the world-renowned elBulli in Spain. She returned to her roots as chef and owner of two unique restaurants in Asheville: Cúrate Tapas Bar and Button & Co. Bagels. She was a semi-finalist for the James Beard Rising Star Chef award in 2012 & 2013, a nominee in 2014, semi-finalist for Best Chefs in America in 2015 and a nominee for Best Chef: Southeast 2018 and 2019.
Kelly Fields is the chef partner of Willa Jean, a bakery and cafe in New Orleans. She discovered a love for cooking and baking while growing up in the Low Country of South Carolina. In 2019, she won Outstanding Pastry Chef from the James Beard Foundation, after being a finalist for the same prize in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Vishwesh Bhatt’s history with food goes back to shelling peas for large family meals in his native India. He worked at John Currence’s City Grocery in Oxford before Currence named him the executive chef of Snackbar, a French-Southern bistro. This year, he earned the Best Chef: South award from the James Beard Foundation, following several nominations for the prize.
At Odette here in Florence, Josh Quick creates refined Southern dishes that pair innovative flavors with traditional preparations. As executive chef, he has defined his restaurant as committed to local and sustainably-raised ingredients, and a place where each changing season brings a thoughtful new menu. Quick was the winner of the 2016 Alabama Seafood Cook-Off.
Michael Fojtasek is the executive chef and owner of Olamaie, which not coincidentally is the first name of five generations of women in Fojtasek’s family. The restaurant was named the Austin American-Statesman’s Best Restaurant in Austin in 2015 and 2017, and Fojtasek was a finalist for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: Southwest award in 2018 and 2019. Fojtasek plans to open a new fast-casual concept, Mignette, this fall.
Join the celebration
General admission pass
Friday Evening at Shoals Theatre
Saturday Evening at Shoals Theatre
GunRunner Hotel All-Access Package for 2
This deluxe offering includes VIP access for two to all Shindig events, including concerts and the fashion show, plus an exclusive, limited-edition gift bag. You’ll stay at the GunRunner boutique hotel, conveniently located in downtown Florence, Alabama, within walking distance of all Shindig events.
Stricklin Hotel All-Access Package for 2
This deluxe offering includes VIP access for two to all Shindig events, including concerts and the fashion show, plus an exclusive, limited-edition gift bag. You’ll stay at the Stricklin boutique hotel, conveniently located in downtown Florence, Alabama, within walking distance of all Shindig events.
Marriott Hotel All-Access Package for 2
This deluxe offering includes VIP access for two to all Shindig events, including concerts and the fashion shows, plus an exclusive, limited-edition gift bag. You’ll stay at the upscale Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa on the Tennessee River, where you’ll enjoy exclusive access to the luxurious onsite spa and restaurants.
All-Access Package for 1
This deluxe offering includes VIP access to all Shindig events, including concerts and the fashion show, plus an exclusive, limited-edition gift bag. You’ll also enjoy access to our VIP lounge and complimentary bar—an unforgettable experience.
11 years of Shindig
Shindig is our annual festival celebrating the communities of fashion, music, food and art. Each of those is dear to our hearts, which is why we take such care in curating the lineup each year. See past performers, moments and more in our archive, and shop this year’s Shindig Swag.
Root for the home team
Check out the hometown Alabama Slammers as they take part in a sandlot baseball battle royale against Jack White’s Warstic Woodmen.