During the last weekend of August, hundreds of guests descended on Florence for Billy Reid’s annual celebration of music, fashion, food, film and friendship. Shindig 2013 took place at various locations around town, including McFarland Park Little League Field, where the staff baseball game featured a heated match between the River Rats and Dirty Birds; the banks of the Tennessee River, where guests swam off hearty barbecue lunches; the Billy Reid store, where our friend John T. Edge screened a short film from the Southern Foodways Alliance; and the Shoals Theater, where the documentary Muscle Shoals made its theatrical premiere.
Live music by bands including St. Paul and the Broken Bones played on public stages set up in Wilson Park on Friday afternoon, while after-parties featuring performances by JD McPherson and Tift Merritt took place later in the evening at 116 Mobile Street, featuring a performance space where both Billy Reid and local label Single Lock Records will book shows in the future.
Of course, we documented the whole thing. Enjoy this short film, featuring highlights from Shindig 5.