Bele Chere sneak peek

Xpress has been doing a little detective work and here is a list of bands who have already announced that they’ll be playing this summer’s Bele Chere festival.

Friday, July 23
• Inner Visions (reggae; St. John, US Virgin Islands)

• Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band (funk; Asheville)

• Kole (Christian rock; Boone)

• Freekbass (funk, rock; Cincinnati)

The Fabulous Thunderbirds (rock; Austin)

Saturday, July 24
• Simplified (rock; Charlotte)

• The Dirty Guvnahs (roots rock; Knoxville)

• Bomshel (country; Nashville)

• Grace Potter And The Nocturnals (rock; Vermont)

• Mad Tea Party (garage rock; Asheville)

• The Defibulators (bluegrass rockabilly, dixieland; Brooklyn)

• Jonathan Scales Fourchestra (steel pan fusion; Asheville)

• The Hip Adbuction (world/rock/soul/reggae; Tampa)

• The Cheeksters (Brit-pop; Asheville)

• Dirtfoot (Gypsy/punk/country/boogie; Shreveport)

• Tropic Culture (pop/rck/reggae; Charlotte – by way of Puerto Rico, Colombia and Mexico)

• The Legendary JCs (funk/soul; Winter Park)

• Garry Segal & The ToDyeFor Band (Americana; Asheville)

Sunday, July 25
• Jamie McLean Band (rock; New York)

• Caravan Of Thieves (acoustic swing; Bridgeport)

• Lil’ Brian & The Travelers (Zydeco; Baton Rouge)

• The Hot Seats (bluegrass; Richmond)

• Bayou Diesel (Cajun; Black Mountain)

• Randall Bramblett (rock; Athens)

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

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14 thoughts on “Bele Chere sneak peek

  1. ashevillain7

    FYI: The Fabulous Thunderbirds have 7-23 as the date listed on their website.

  2. dpewen

    Nice! I love Bele Chere! Great lineup and living downtown sure makes it easy to get around!
    Good job Asheville!

  3. Alli Marshall

    ashevillain7: I got that from PollStar, which I usually trust, but you’re right — Fabulous TBirds site shows them playing Oswego N.Y on Saturday. I changed the date accordingly.

  4. dpewen

    West Asheville stay home … it’s a great lineup and I will be there. You can listen to the crap at the Rocket Club.

  5. Dionysis

    I’m with West Asheville. I wouldn’t cross the street for any of these acts, much less put up with the hassle of going downtown. It looks like a road trip elsewhere is in the cards.

    But to each their own; many will probably find the line-up to their liking.

  6. jeff

    Grace Potter ROCKS! That is great news. I can’t wait for them & Inner Visions.

  7. FurrowedBrow

    word has it that Brushfire Stankgrass will be playing around 6:30pm on Friday night as well. no official stage announcement yet… when are they going to release the full lineup, since it’s barely 2 months away?

  8. dpewen

    Excellent! The lineup just gets better and better! Gee … wonder what’s going on in West Asheville? Oh, I know … nothing!

  9. bd

    to Westasheville and dionysis- I suggest you see Randall Bramblett Band Sunday; A real treat for anyone who appreciates talent and musicianship.

  10. dpewen

    good suggestion bd but those two just like to bad mouth all and anything fun … I am sure they do not get out.
    Randall will be performing next Wednesday at the Grey Eagle with Geoff Achison … very cool stuff!!!

  11. Dane Noble

    Unreal to see Dirtfoot coming to Asheville. Those guys are highly energetic, and are all truly masterful musicians. Definitely will be the surprise show of Bele Chere.

  12. ashevillain7

    Toubab Krewe dropped a hint of a Bele Chere performance during Saturday night’s show @ the Orange Peel.

    Date ???? (my guess is July 24 since they are in Charlotte on the 23rd)

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