After reading your guide to summer music festivals ["Summer Festival Primer," April 28], I feel a need to get something off my chest: As a 35-year-old native of this great city, I find it appalling the drivel that we are served up as headlining entertainment for Bele Chere year after year. I remember when Bele Chere was meant to bring people back downtown to see what could be, and we had great musical acts that were current and relevant to what was going on in music.
Now we get fed what is arguably unsuited for a state fair somewhere in the Midwest. There is actually a pretty substantial budget for music for Bele Chere, and it is being wasted on somebody's husband's favorite band from high school. Granted, the Bele Chere organizers have made more of an effort as of late to include the incredible array of local acts we have available in this magnificent city, but they are wasting an incredible amount of money on has-beens rather than booking current bands that are more relevant to what this progressive, eclectic city deserves.
By bringing in nostalgia acts year after year, I feel they are ignoring the people that make this city great the other 362 days of the year. We're are so fortunate to be on the national radar musically, and this is what we offer up for the "Southeast's largest free street festival"? Please let somebody who knows what is going on do the music booking for that weekend, and maybe we all wouldn't flee downtown for the last weekend of July every year!
— Gaines Myer