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Shindig on the Green Fundraising Concert Saturday December 1

ASHEVILLE NC – One of the area’s most beloved and authentic cultural traditions, Shindig on the Green presents its annual fundraising concert, an evening of traditional bluegrass and mountain dulcimer music, Saturday, December 1st, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the Upper Anderson Auditorium at Montreat Conference Center. The Folk Heritage Committee’s annual fundraiser features headliner David Holt and the Lightning Bolts plus mountain dulcimer virtuoso Don Pedi. The fundraising concert is a key element in securing necessary funding for the free and beloved Shindig on the Green summer Saturday evenings in Asheville.

Headliner – David Holt and the Lightning Bolts: Legendary musician, storyteller and four-time Grammy award winner David Holt performs with his five-piece band the Lightning Bolts, featuring an all-local line-up of instrumental superstars: Laura Boosinger on guitar, Josh Goforth on fiddle, Jeff Hersk on bass, and Byron Hedgepeth on percussion. The wide diversity of ages, styles and dynamic personalities gives David Holt and the Lightning Bolts the spark that keeps their music fresh, fun and fired up. “The musicianship is impeccable. Their concerts resonate with energy from start to finish,” says Singout! Magazine. For over thirty years, David Holt has been living in the Blue Ridge Mountains collecting and performing the songs and stories of the old-time mountaineers. His passion for traditional music and culture has fueled his successful performing and recording career. David Holt performs solo, with the Lightning Bolts, with Josh Goforth, and for over fourteen years he performed with the late legendary Doc Watson on their “Hills of Home” tour.

The exceptional line-up of the Lightning Bolts offers experience and excellent musicianship. Laura Boosinger (guitar) has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of North Carolina’s most talented singers and interpreters of the music of the Southern Appalachians through her concert performances, recordings, and Arts In Education programs. Boosinger is the Executive Director of the Madison County Arts Council. Josh Goforth (fiddle) is a rising star of acoustic music, the youngest three-time Fiddler of the Festival winner at Fiddler’s Grove, and a Grammy nominee. Goforth has toured extensively with a variety of ensembles, and his playing can be heard in the movie Songcatcher, both onscreen and on the soundtrack. Jeff Hersk (bass) is a fixture on the local music scene, playing with several bands in local venues, at large festivals such as Merlefest, and with the Blue Ridge Orchestra. Hersk serves on staff each year for The Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College. And Byron Hedgepeth (percussion) is among the most versatile percussionists in the southeast, performing and recording regularly with a wide variety of artists across genres from jazz to classical to old-time music. A devoted educator, Hedgepeth implemented and developed the percussion program at UNC-Asheville in 1981 and served as Director of Percussion Studies there until 2005.

Don Pedi: For over forty years Don Pedi has amazed and delighted audiences with his unique “Fiddle-Pick” style of playing the dulcimer. Drawing on decades of association with many of the best musicians in the southern mountains, as well as his deep commitment to preserving the old music, Pedi carries on the tradition in an exciting and innovative fashion. Pedi won first place in the first contest he ever entered at the 1974 Fiddler’s Grove Festival, in Union Grove, North Carolina. Before retiring from festival competitions in 1982, he garnered over thirty first place trophies and awards. Pedi currently performs solo, as a duo with Bruce Greene or in a group with Bruce. In 2003 Don represented Appalachia at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Pedi and his music appear in the motion pictures Songcatcher and The Journey of August King. Since 1985 Don Pedi has served as an on air host at NPR affiliate station WCQS-FM in Asheville on the program, “Close to Home,” which features traditional, old-time, and classic folk music. Pedi teaches at events ranging from those with hundreds of participants, such as The Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College and Mountain Dulcimer Week at Western Carolina University, to his own Tao of Dulcimer Retreat, which is limited to fifteen participants.

Over 30,000 people attend Shindig on the Green for free throughout the summer. While the crowds of locals and visitors at Shindig have grown over the years for the free evenings, so have the costs. The non-profit Folk Heritage Committee must raise funds to cover the sharply rising costs at Shindig on the Green for goods and services such as security, sound equipment and technicians. The December concert has a $6000 monetary goal, with all of those funds needed to help cover the “free” Shindig’s very real operating costs, which average several thousand dollars per evening. The Folk Heritage Committee produces Shindig on the Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in order to support the preservation and continuation of the traditional music, dance and storytelling heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Shindig takes place in the heart of downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park’s Roger McGuire Green, on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage.  Dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the region’s rich cultural heritage, Shindig on the Green’s 47th summer season in 2013 is scheduled for June 29; July 6, 13, 20; and August 10, 17, 24, and 31.

The Upper Anderson Auditorium: The December 1st fundraiser takes place in the Upper Anderson Auditorium, the 300-seat theatre at the beautiful Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, in Montreat, NC (Exit #64 off of I-40). Parking for the event is located next to the Upper Anderson Auditorium.

Tickets: Adults $20; Children 12 and younger $10; Group Rate (10 or more adults) $15 per person.  For tickets, call Folk Heritage Committee member Judy Miller at 828-685-8313, or to reserve tickets e-mail [email protected] For more information, visit www.folkheritage.org or call the Folk Heritage Info Line: 828-258-6101 x345.

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