It’s Bele Chere weekend, and trying to find local videos that don’t in some way relate to the festival is very much like swimming against the tide. So, let’s go with the flow and take a look at how the citizen journalists/filmmakers of WNC are presenting this most Asheville of events.
A few dozen local teens gathered at Collision — a Christian youth center on South Lexington Avenue — Saturday afternoon for what was scheduled to be an all-ages battle of the bands. But as the growing crowd began spilling into the streets, they caught the attention of the Asheville Fire Department, who quickly arrived to pull the plug.
Posted on by Steve Shanafelt (video) and Alli Marshall (photos)
When Asheville-based, folk-leaning indie-pop group Now You See Them were told to shut down their performance in the face of oncoming rain as their Sunday set at Bele Chere came to a close, the band instead decided to tempt fate. Braving the increasing drizzle, the threatening sound of thunder, and a sound engineer who didn’t realize their plan, the group turned a shortened set into a fantastic bit of live music.
Now that Bele Chere is winding up, how about a little old school surf rock to mellow you out? Here’s Californian-by-way-of-Asheville surf rockers Voodoo Court performing their tune “Lost In Mazatlan” at the Battery Park Stage earlier today.
They may call themselves “Richmond’s Beloved Absurdist Stringband,” but The Hot Seats also know a thing or two about straight-up acoustic barnstorming. Here’s the group performing their version of “Freight Train Boogie” from their show at the Rock n’ Kiss Stage on Sunday afternoon.
In this video, Xpress’ Rebecca Sulock takes viewers behind the scenes for exclusive interviews with the Ultimate Air Dogs. The Air Dogs continue to fly all day Sunday, culminating in an epic championship match at 4 p.m. The Air Dog Memorial Swimming Arena is located just behind the BB&T building at the corner of Patton and Lexington Avenues. Video by Jake Frankel
Banjo player Nic Coker from the Swannanoa-based country swing band The Screech Owl Serenade was catching the final hours of hassle-free downtown busking on Thursday, as the city transformed itself for Bele Chere. Here, he performs an instrumental version of traditional tune “Bully of the Town.”
This image of the moon and inflatable people from local photographer Jay Joslin was taken last night. Joslin writes that the photo was “taken after everything was shut down, all was quiet except for them…”