Bele Chere shopping

Beyond the bands, the food, the drinks and the people-watching, Bele Chere offers plenty of shopping opportunities. Vendors both local and from afar set up booth with all kinds of clothing, accessories, hats, sunglasses, gifts, oddities and wonders. Xpress takes a tour of some shopping highlights.

Kids These Days Bele Chere podcast

Chicago collective Kids These Days was a last-minute addition to the Bele Chere lineup (after Mambo Sauce dropped out). But the group of classically and jazz-trained musicians, ages 17-21, are well-worth catching. They blend elements of jazz, singer/songwriter and hip-hop into a fresh and upbeat sound. They perform on Saturday, July 30 on the Battery Park Stage, 6-7:30 p.m.

Cedric Burnside Project

Bele Chere Saturday bands

While Bele Chere officially kicks off Friday afternoon, Saturday is when the festival hits its stride. Music cranks up at noon and doesn't end until 10 p.m. (and then there are the afterparties in local venues, in case you like your Saturday to spill into Sunday). This year, from the opening notes of Leeda "Lyric" […]