Let me get this straight: Bele Chere is turning 30 this year, so in honor of the auspicious anniversary they are bringing in cutting-edge headliners Travis Tritt and the Wailers—those two fading stars—for a paid sunburn fest in the ballpark, no less, plus Doyle Lawson, Cowboy Mouth, Edwin McCain, Lee Boys, Grascals, Third World and Steve Azar? Is this a joke? Seriously, the local performers are more interesting than the nationals!
Who’s booking this event? Bele Chere is turning 30, not 90. No wonder the event’s going into the red. With a yawn-inducing lineup like the one announced thus far, they could make a last-minute booking of U2 or R.E.M. and people would still stay away in droves.
— Fred Mills