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Photos: Bele Chere pre-game

Downtown Asheville bustled with activity Thursday evening as vendors and staff prepared for Bele Chere, setting up tents and tables and giving directions. Though the festival officially starts tomorrow, enthusiastic sightseers already roamed the closed streets, dodging the occasional Bele Chere staffer in a golf cart or local commuter on a bicycle.

Photo by Zen Sutherland

You love it

Welcome to the 34th annual Bele Chere. To some, the festival translates as “beautiful living”; to others it means “leave town.” If the first applies to you, please proceed. Lift your eyes for a moment and take in the hordes: of people, food, music, art and heat. Before you disappear into this confetti of entertainment, […]

No She Didn’t! Good Girls Gone Bad and the Dances That Happen

Bad girls do it well

"Come prepared for raucous humor, bad girls, noteworthy indecency, empowered, naked wit and naked ladies." No, this is not a report on late-night downtown debauchery following Bele Chere. It's in the press release for No She Didn't! Good Girls Gone Bad and the Dances That Happen. The show, which runs at The Magnetic Field, uses […]

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Get thee to the A/C

What should still be playing Now, the truth is that I have an almost perfect record of not attending Bele Chere. OK, so I got cajoled, bamboozled and frankly tricked into filling helium balloons at the Xpress booth one year, but I'd prefer not to think about that. So I find it fairly easy to […]

Tubing is a great escape. Photos by Jake Frankel

Head for the hills

The mountains and rivers surrounding Asheville offer ample opportunities to escape the sweltering crowds and chaos of Bele Chere. The Blue Ridge Parkway provides easy access to numerous hikes among lofty peaks. Only about a 25-minute drive north of Asheville on the scenic roadway, the Craggy Gardens area near milepost 364 is a convenient starting […]

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Get along little folkies

Head east (OK, only as far as Black Mountain) for "a night of shared songs" — which, by its name alone, is pretty much the antithesis of a street festival. This show, held at the airy and relaxing White Horse Black Mountain, includes Annie Lalley, Joe Ebel, Ray Chesna and Jimmy Landry. Asheville native Annie […]

Friday music schedule

Friday, July 27 Coxe Avenue Stage 5 – 6 Spicy Moustache & the Flavor Saviors Funk 6:30 – 7:45 The Buchanan Boys Country 8:15 – 9:45 Blackberry Smoke Southern Rock Biltmore Stage 5 – 6:15 Whitney Moore Latin/World 6:45 – 8 David Mayfield Parade Americana 8:30 – 10 Lucero Rock Battery Park Stage 4:30 – […]

Crazyhorse & Colston play the Haywood Stage Friday from 6:30-8 p.m.

Homegrown hip-hop

To local hip-hop band CrazyHorse & Colston, playing Bele Chere is a big deal — partly because the duo (Max Hupertz and Bryan Godleski) both grew up in Western North Carolina, and partly because at last year’s festival, hip-hop fans voiced their disappointment about the lack of the genre on the lineup. “It does feel […]