Articles by: Jason Sandford

Goodbye, Bele Chere

Goodbye, Bele Chere

We loved you the only way we knew how.

by August 1, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
The real Urban Trail

The real Urban Trail

Maybe we should call it the Urban wasteland Trail during Bele Chere. We can set up our own trail markers, like the Puke Spot and the spot next to the Vance Monument where evyerone gets on a cell phone, says “Where you at?” then starts waving frantically at nothing until their friend walks up behind them and says, “Here I[Read More…]

by August 1, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Where the streets have no name

Where the streets have no name

I think most of the fun of being a Bele Chere volunteer must come from getting the chance to zoom around city streets in those golf carts.

by August 1, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Stephanie’s Id

Stephanie’s Id

This band calls it’s music “mood rock.” I’m not sure I know what that means, but I like it. Stephanie has the music in her. You see it. You can’t take your eyes off he when she’s performing. I’m not sure what Stephanie’s id is, but I like it. They’ll be playing again soon at Stella Blue in town. You[Read More…]

by August 1, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Celebrity sighting

Celebrity sighting

A little buzz around Bele Chere Sunday was that actress and Ashvegas resident Andie MacDowell was spotted shopping Bele Chere. I didn’t snap her, but we can pretend. Kinda like she’s pretending in this photo that she’s a much bigger movie star than she really is – but we still love you, Andie, despite it all.

by August 1, 2005 3 comments Asheville News
Worley’s gig

Worley’s gig

Our mayor at work Sunday. Charlie’s a long-time festival volunteer who just loves getting his feet on the street.

by August 1, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Groovy Grass Roots

Groovy Grass Roots

This is Rob Grill of the Grass Roots, the big headliner Sunday that filled the streets with all the folk-rock love of the mid-’60s and early 1970s you could want. It was a perfect pick for a big Sunday show. This act flew under the radar for me, so I was happy to feel the love when I went. I[Read More…]

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Under the umbrella

Under the umbrella

Remember the pixie dust lady from Saturday? She and her hula hoop were back on Sunday. We love her spirit.

by August 1, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Not everyone can be popular

Not everyone can be popular

All the greats started out this way at some point. So guys, don’t fret. Just keep working hard. But I have to say, you’ve got a ways to go. This was mid-afternoon Sunday at the Biltmore stage, which should have been rocking.

by August 1, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
‘Exalt’

‘Exalt’

Sunday at Bele Chere offers a much slower pace. Things don’t really get cranked until about 2 p.m., a time when people are really feeding their faces. It’s almost obscene out there on Pack Square with all the folks wolfing down crap. But I digress. Sunday is also about more mellow music, including a little gospel and other church music.[Read More…]

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Survivors

Survivors

We chatted with these two survivors of Bele Chere’s inaugural Urban Challenge Sunday afternoon. Both seemed to be doing pretty well, having put up with a bunch of crap and living in tents in the middle of thousands of drunken rednecks. But the dude, Patt, let slip that he went home Saturday night and slept in a bed. Was that[Read More…]

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Fountain rafting

Fountain rafting

Mountain rafting sure is fun, but during Bele Chere, it’s all about fountain rafting. Another sure-fire winner with the kids.

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‘What does this spell?’

‘What does this spell?’

We don’t know, but we’re sure it was poetic.

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Dogged out

Dogged out

Bele Chere Sunday got off to a rainy start. These chilly Chihuahuas didn’t seem to be having such a good time, but their mama was doing her best to keep them warm and happy. The view from under other people’s umbrellas got a little tiresome, but the rain soon gave way to fairer skies.

by August 1, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
The Nova Brass Band

The Nova Brass Band

The first music I ran into Sunday at Bele Chere was the rich sound of the Nova Brass Band. This was a talented band. A very nice way to start out.

by August 1, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Gettin’ funky

Gettin’ funky

As Ashvegas music correspondant McFly told us, “anytime you’ve got a Neville in a band, you know it’s going to be funky.” No doubt. Ivan Neville’s Dumpsta Phunk was just plain nasty Saturday evening. These guys jammed. The crowd loved them. That’s Ivan, son of New Orleans legend Aaron, on keyboard. Ashvegas and father say the Neville Bros. back in[Read More…]

by July 31, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Blueground Undergrass

Blueground Undergrass

“Psychedelic hip-hop bluegrass” is the perfect description. These guys were great; they had the old-time pickers ‘n’ grinners rolling in their graves, but in a good way.

by July 31, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Smothered, covered, chunked and dunked…

Smothered, covered, chunked and dunked…

… the way I like my kebobs. Saturday night, smoke was pouring off this grill and into the faces of the passing crowd. Nothing like taking some of the smells of Bele Chere home with you.

by July 31, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Fun drink

Fun drink

Lots of people at Bele Chere were carrying around drinks in these fake coconut heads. Apparently it was a tasty drink, and you get a souvenir to keep.

by July 31, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Celebrity snap

Celebrity snap

Cameron Maybin (holding the ball) was spotted at Bele Chere Saturday. The former Roberson High School baseball star was picked by Detroit in the Major League Baseball draft, but he has yet to ink a deal. He’s holding out for that $3 million paycheck. Word was that former UNC Tar Heel Rashad McCants, also of Asheville, was wandering around the[Read More…]

by July 31, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Bele Chere – the spirit…

Bele Chere – the spirit…

… Catch it. This is what it’s all about. Some funky jams. Some cold brew. And some kickin’ music.

by July 31, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Dunkers

Dunkers

Tammy, of the Ken and Tammy radio show on WOXL, was all wet Saturday but working the crowd hard. She and Ken were taking turns gettng dunked. Anything to get folks to listen, right Tammy? Keep up the good work. Glad to see dunking booths haven’t gone out of style – there are a couple at Bele Chere this year.

by July 31, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Party-pooped

Party-pooped

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Russ after work

Russ after work

by July 31, 2005 1 comment Asheville News