Thinking about Bele Chere yet?

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More than a dozen bands have already announced plans to play this summer’s Bele Chere Festival (Friday-Sunday, July 23-25).

Friday, July 23
• Self described “quintessential American band” (they sang “Tuff Enuff”) The Fabulous Thunderbirds

• Prog-rockers Kole
• Funk/jam fusion/Bele Chere alum Freekbass
• Positive, upbeat family-based reggae band Inner Visions

Saturday, July 24
• Roots rockers The Dirty Guv’nahs
• Asheville’s own steel pan fusion act Jon Scales Fourchestra
• Florida’s soul/rock group The Hip Abduction
• Local Brit-pop band The Cheeksters

• Dirtfoot: “the only Front Porch, Whiskey Swillin, Foot Stomping, Gypsy, Punk, Country, Grumble, Boogie band in the land.”

• Florida-based r&b/soul marvels The Legendary JCs

Sunday, July 25
• Rocker/former Dirty Dozen Brass Band guitarist Jamie McLean
• The Hot Seats — bluegrass out of Richmond, Virginia.
• Black Mountain’s Cajun/zydeco outfit Bayou Diesel
• Capricorn recording artist/ roots rocker Randall Bramblett

Plus, Stella Blue continues its weekend-long Anti Bele Chere tradition with Dark Ridge, Drunken Prayer, The Ages Within and others to be announced.

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Alli Marshall is the arts writer and editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs.

4 thoughts on “Thinking about Bele Chere yet?

  1. ashevillelokel

    Stella’s …. will the building be inspector approve building occupancy after the fire truck hit it ….

  2. Now You See Them

    We’re on that list too…I’m pretty sure we’re playing Sunday, I’m just not sure what time yet. Yay!

  3. dpewen

    Nice lineup! I am looking forward to the shows!
    I love this festival! Of course, living downtown makes it easy!

  4. James Fisher

    Freekbass threw down a great set last year – funk always tastes best live and on the street. Let’s hope the ridiculous “private viewing area” of empty seats is not part of Bele Chere EVER again. That was lame as hell. Randall Bramblett is a wildly talented cat who has played with everyone AND is killer on his own. Drunken Prayer at Stella – Chris St. Morgan Greer….or whatever the moniker is these days!

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