The following bands—including Brother Joscephus & The Love Revival Revolution Orchestra (pictured)— have announced that they will be playing Asheville’s Bele Chere festival this year.
Friday, July 24
• Alt-rockers Cracker returns to Bele Chere (after opening for Train in 2006). Stage and time TBA.
• Freekbass brings funk and jam. 8 p.m., stage TBA.
• Local singer/songwriter Nikki Talley plays the Coxe Ave. stage at 5 p.m.
• The Hip Abduction, from Florida, plays a reggae-funk-jam hybrid. Stage and time TBA.
• Asheville’s Americana-rockers Tennessee Hollow perform at 5 p.m. on the Biltmore stage.
Saturday, July 25
• Southern rocker Colt Ford at the Biltmore Stage, 8:15 p.m. From Ford’s Myspace page: “Come out and party with Colt Ford and his band of Rednecks. You never know else might show up!!”
• Local funk collective Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band is like a festival unto itself. This is the band’s 5th consecutive appearance. Show time is 5 p.m. at the Biltmore Ave. stage.
• Knoxville-based retro-swing outfit Christabel & the Jons will be at the Battery Park stage at noon.
• Black Mountain’s cajun and zydeco Bayou Diesel take the Coxe Ave. stage at 12:30 p.m.
• Local bluegrass band Sons of Ralph have a 2 p.m. show time (stage TBA).
• David Holt & the Lightning Bolts are a local traditional band. They’ll perform at 8 p.m. (stage TBA).
• WSNB, WNC-based blues rockers, plays at 4 p.m. (stage TBA).
• Black Betty the “rockin’ blues pinup” from Washington, D.C., will play a 4 p.m. slot (stage TBA).
• Bluesman Charlie Sayles was playing the National Folk Festival back in the 1970s. He’ll take part in Bele Chere at 4 p.m. (stage TBA).
• Ras Alan, creator of “Appalachian reggae,” starts his set on the Biltmore Ave. stage at 4:15 p.m. The performer writes, “Ras Alan and Brother Bob fill the summertime streets with sweet Appalachian Reggae!”
Sunday, July 26
• Does it seem like it’s shaping up to be a roots/Americana-themed festival? Webb Wilder won’t change your mind about that. The Nashville artist performs at 4 p.m. (stage TBA).
• Local teen blues rockers Skinny Legs & All take the Biltmore Ave. stage at 12:15 p.m.
• The Freddie Long Band will make the drive from Frederick, Md. to perform acoustic pop-rock at the Coxe Ave. stage, 2:15 p.m.
• New York-based Brother Joscephus brings his psychedelic neo-soul “Love Revival Revolution Orchestra” to the Battery Park Stage at 4:15 p.m. He promises the set to be “the jewel of our upcoming mid-Atlantic tour.”
• 70s-era pop-rock hit makers Orleans (“Still the One,” “Dance with Me”) got their start in Woodstock (the town, not the iconic festival). The group—touring off and on for four decades—performs at 4:15 p.m. (stage TBA).
• Asheville’s MarsupiaL brings psychedelic rock and giant beards to the Haywood Street Stage at 12:15 p.m.
• Locally-based Jon Scales Fourchestra is a steel drum-led experimental jazz project. Catch the band at 1 p.m. (stage TBA).
• Cajun-creole group Carolina Gator Gumbo (from Charlotte, N.C.) plays the Coxe Ave. stage at 12:15 p.m.
• Haywood County’s Balsam Range will perform bluegrass 1:45 p.m. (stage TBA).
—Alli Marshall, A&E reporter