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
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.
Gifted with a unique ability to fuse musical genres and influences to craft songs that feel fresh and wholly her own, with her 2018 album Putting On Airs, Erin Rae has thrown down a direct challenge to the stereotype of what a Southern singer should be. Lyrically and sonically, she strikes a fiercely independent chord on a deeply personal record that reflects her Tennessee upbringing, including the prejudices and injustices she witnessed as a child that continue to impact her life to this day.
For Nashville-based singer-songwriter and bandleader Devon Gilfillian, soul goes way beyond a mere genre classification. Growing up in Philadelphia on a steady diet of R&B, hip-hop, rock, blues, and soul music, Gilfillian recognized a connective thread in the sounds he loved best: from the golden throwbacks sampled in hip-hop to the raw, emotional vocal deliveries of the Motown greats, for Gilfillian the key ingredient seemed to be the “soul”—not simply the genre, but the feeling and vibe.
“I’m riding on a booger in the sneeze of space. That’s my bio,” jokes singer/songwriter Jeremy Ivey. It’s a tongue-in-cheek description of the the Nashville-based performer, who has operated in the background for years, initially performing in bands like Secret Handshake and country-soul group Buffalo Clover with his wife, country-rock luminary Margo Price. But now, at 40, Ivey is ready to take a much-deserved step into the spotlight with a debut LP, The Dream and the Dreamer, out next month.
Russ Pollard is a DJ based in Nashville. From vinyl-only DJ sets to event-specific remixes, Russ tailors each party to the needs of its hosts. With each performance, his goal is to deliver a unique yet inclusive musical experience, something that brings everyone together on the dance floor for a night that resonates with all guests. He's worked with The Black Keys, Blackberry Farm, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and numerous other artists, events and festivals.
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
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.
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.
Pitmaster Rodney Scott has been cooking whole-hog barbecue over wood coals since he was 11 years old. For 25 years, he worked at his family’s BBQ stop in Hemingway, SC, before opening Rodney Scott’s BBQ in Charleston in 2017. It was named a Best New Restaurant by Bon Appetit, and in 2018, Scott earned the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef: Southeast. In 2019, Rodney opened his second location, in Birmingham, AL, bringing his famous “Rodney’s Sauce” to another part of the South.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chef Adam Evans is the Executive Chef & Owner of Automatic Seafood & Oysters, which opened in April 2019 in Birmingham, AL. A Muscle Shoals native, Evans’ curiosity for and connection to food began in childhood, where he spent time planting, tending, and growing vegetables in the garden with his grandfather, and then cooking the harvests with his grandmother and mother. He relished the process of growing and cooking from start to finish, which ultimately led him towards a career as a chef.
Bill Briand is the executive chef of Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina and Playa at Sportsman Marina in Orange Beach, AL. Bill’s passion for cooking started early in his mother’s kitchen and continued after his family moved to New Orleans. Bill knocked on the door of Emeril’s flagship restaurant and began an eight-year stint with Lagasse, which resulted in the launch of his professional career. Bill is a three-time semifinalist for the James Beard Award for Best Chef: South.
2009 Food & Wine magazine “Best New Chef” Kelly English is executive chef/owner of the acclaimed Restaurant Iris and The Second Line in Memphis. By virtue of his steadfast approach to contemporary southern cuisine, deeply rooted in his Louisiana upbringing and heavily influenced by his travels around the globe, Chef English has earned his position as one of the most recognized culinary names in the South.
Lisa Marie Donovan
Lisa Marie Donovan is a pastry chef and James Beard Award-winning food writer living in Nashville. As pastry chef to two of the South’s most influential chefs, Sean Brock and Tandy Wilson, Lisa has been formative in establishing a technique-driven and historically rich narrative of Southern pastry, serving her Church Cakes and pies to finish fine dining experiences and creating a repertoire of desserts that redefine what it means to be a “Southern baker.” Lisa’s first book, a memoir, is due next year.
Rita Bernhardt &
Originally from Portland, OR, Rita Bernhardt moved to New Orleans at 21 and fell in love with the South and its cuisine. After working at several celebrated restaurants and running the successful supperclub The PDR, Rita planted roots with her family in Birmingham by joining Satterfield’s as executive chef. An Alabama native, executive pastry chef Brittany Garrigus-Cheatham has always put her heart into making desserts, and feels right at home at Satterfield’s, where she can make her wildly delicious treats.
Justin Devillier is the chef/owner of La Petite Grocery, Balise Tavern, and Justine in New Orleans, and won the 2016 James Beard Award for Best Chef: South. Devillier was raised in Dana Point, CA, a beach town in South Orange County. He spent summers fishing for Yellowtail and Albacore tuna, and in the fall and winter he would dive for lobsters just steps from his front door. He remains an avid fisherman and hunter, and loves spending time at the beach with his wife and three young daughters.
Assem Al-Ashkar grew up in the Middle East and moved to Birmingham, Alabama to attend UAB at the age of 23. During his stay in Birmingham, Assem began his career with Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ as a line cook at the original location. Today, he is the local owner of multiple Jim ‘N Nick’s restaurants in the Birmingham area. This past June, Assem celebrated his 30-year Anniversary with the company.
Amarys & Jordan Herndon
Amarys and Jordan Herndon are the chef-owners of Palm&Pine, a new restaurant in New Orleans’ French Quarter. Originally hailing from Texas, they moved to the city of New Orleans in 2008. Since then they’ve worked in some of the finest dining establishments—Arnaud's, Bayona, Ralphs on The Park, MoPho—and on the most charming street corners New Orleans has to offer. After five years of pop-up hustle the summer of 2019 ushered in the opening of Palm&Pine. Serving up a menu inspired by The South, and south of that, for dinner and a service industry focused late nite program.
Makers and Masters of Craft
The artists and artisans who help make Shindig a one-of-a-kind experience.
Artists and Artisans
Feizal Valli and Rachael Roberts
This husband-and-wife duo opened The Atomic Lounge, their James Beard-nominated bar, in 2017. The art-driven retro lounge with full costumes helped usher in the craft cocktail movement in Birmingham, AL. They met in 2012 while working at The Collins Bar in Birmingham, and married in 2016. In addition to running The Atomic with Feizal, Rachael still performs live music, and has served for 4 years as President of Girls Rock Birmingham, a non-profit music program for girls.
William "Bill" Oyster
William "Bill" Oyster is a full-time professional bamboo fly rod maker with a workshop in Blue Ridge, GA. Each Oyster Bamboo Fly Rod is intensely hand-crafted, and Bill has been commissioned to make rods for many of the world's finest anglers, including President Jimmy Carter. As the most prolific teacher of this rod making art alive today, Bill draws students from as far away as England, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand as well as every corner of the US.
After Brian Noyes moved to the nation’s capital in 1984, he bought a small farm 50 miles west in Orlean, VA, and explored the Fauquier and Rappahannock countryside in a red 1954 Ford farm truck. Noyes started making jams on Saturdays, slapping a “Red Truck” label on the jars and selling them through local country stores. Soon, Noyes was baking countless loaves of bread, pies and pastries to meet demand. In 2009, the Red Truck Bakery opened in Warrenton in a renovated 1921 Esso filling station.
Besides being the proud owner of 32” paella pan, Keith is an artist, designer and maker. Kreeger’s aesthetic comes from the singular idea that “objects matter,” and his work reflects that, exemplifying clean, polished and modern design. Everything his studio makes is hand-crafted in Austin, by Kreeger and his small team of ceramic artists. The clean lines and simple colors and patterns have been described as practical and pleasing—a true expression of form and function, whatever your style.
The Market at Pepper Place
The Market at Pepper Place was established in 2000 in response to a growing need to help small family farms, and provide a connection between these family farmers and the people of Birmingham, Alabama. From its beginning with a few tents in the center parking lot of Pepper Place, it has now grown to over 100 tents spread across parking lots and streets around Pepper Place, and attendance also has grown at times to over 10,000 people per Saturday at the height of the season.
Counter Culture Coffee
For two decades, Counter Culture has been a pioneer of coffee quality and sustainability. The company continues to cultivate relationships with growers and organizations around the world in order to build trust, improve quality, and foster transparency. Counter Culture believes the pursuit of coffee perfection includes educating its partners, its team, and its customers about the supply chain and the best methods of preparation, whether it is a home brewer, or a seasoned professional.
Design Build Adventure
Design Build Adventure is a full-service design, build, and adventure company in Austin. The “Adventure” refers to the journey, the collaborative exchange, or the choreographed sequence of events that take place to make a client’s idea (or dream) a reality. Projects have ranged from residential design to commercial installations, to event design and production. Its process is immersive, and seeks to celebrate the people, materials, climate, music, food and art unique to each Adventure.
Set among the farms and ranches of southeast Texas, Rancho Pillow is a whimsical wonderland and a true artistic adventure for owner and designer, Sheila Youngblood. It’s a heartfelt landscape that invites all of us into a deeper understanding of ourselves and each other. Hoping to inspire, support and encourage artists and musicians to create in fresh and transformative ways, Sheila founded Pozo Hondo Studios, an artists' retreat and residential recording studio on this property in 2010.
Warstic Sports Inc. is an independent, Dallas-based sporting goods company focused on the art of hitting. Warstic creates uniquely designed metal and wood baseball bats, gear, and apparel. Warstic was founded by former baseball player turned designer Ben Jenkins of One Fast Buffalo in 2011. In 2017, Jenkins partnered with investors Jack White of Third Man Records and Ian Kinsler, currently an American professional baseball player for the Padres.
Shindig in the Park
4 - 9 PM | Wilson Park
E. Tombigbee Street, Florence, AL 35630
Music by Erin Rae, Devon Gilfillian, Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Food by chefs Rita Bernhardt, Brittany Garrigus-Cheatham, Andy Ticer, and Michael Hudman
Preview screening of COUNTRY MUSIC, a Ken Burns Documentary
BILLY REID PRESENTS
Doors 8 PM | The Shoals Theatre
123 N. Seminary Street, Florence, AL 35630
With special guests The Blind Boys of Alabama
Alabama Slammers vs Warstick Woodmen
12 PM | Mike D. Lane Field
615 N. Pine Street, Florence, AL 35630
Presented by Pepsi
Music by Los Super Mariachi
Shindig in the Park
1 - 9 PM | Wilson Park
E. Tombigbee Street, Florence, AL 35630
Music by The Watson Twins, Motel Radio, Cautious Clay, The New Muscle Shoals Fame Gang with Special Guests
Food by Pepper Place Mini Farmers Market, Kudu and Butterpat Demo Featuring Chef Josh Quick, Counter Culture Coffee, Red Truck Bakery
Preview screening of COUNTRY MUSIC, a Ken Burns Documentary
BILLY REID PRESENTS
Doors 8 PM | The Shoals Theatre
123 N. Seminary Street, Florence, AL 35630
With special guests Drivin N Cryin
Billy Reid Flagship Shop
9 AM - 7 PM | Friday & Saturday
9 AM - 5 PM | Sunday
114 N. Court Street, Florence, AL 35630
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, presented by Pepsi.