Bele Chere day 1 roundup

Local singer-songwriter Chuck Brodsky performed on the Haywood Street stage on Friday at 5:45 p.m. Known for his songs about baseball this one, “Monrovians vs. The Klan” continues in that tradition. It will appear on his forthcoming album. Video by Jesse Hamm.

The Bright Light Social Hour, from Austin, Tex., played the Biltmore Avenue Stage at 6:15 p.m. Their set was a dynamic mix of psychedelic rock, southern rock and soul, and their catalog ranged from poppy to downright heavy (how many times have you reached for your earplugs during an outdoor show)? They wrapped with their disco-soaked “Back and Forth.” Photos by John Zara.

Asheville’s CrazyHorse and Colston played one of the festival’s opening slots. Go here for a review. Video of “Lost in West Asheville” by Jesse Hamm.

As Christian Church of Alligator Indian posted on Facebook last night, “For some (awesome) reason, Dan Deacon is playing in the middle of downtown Asheville at our annual tourists and funnel cake festival.” The electronic musician and Moogfest alum closed out the Biltmore Avenue Stage. Photos by John Zara.

It’s hard to say if the crowd was split between Deacon and septuagenarian rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson. Twitter indicates at least a few people bounced between those shows, as Jackson closed the Battery Park stage. She performed with a crackerjack band that could have been her grandchildren, but she was the obvious star of the show in her pink spotlight and fringed shirt, playing her hits and telling charming stories. Photos by John Zara.

Full photo slideshows will follow.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.