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Bele Chere, christened

Bele Chere, christened

Folks, this entry is why you love Ashvegas. You won’t see this side of the street party anywhere else. So let me walk you through this. I’m hanging out listening to Yo Mamma’s Big Bad Booty Band at the Battery Park stage, just minding my own business, trying to get some shots of people having a good time, when I[Read More…]

by July 30, 2005 3 comments Asheville News
Bele Chere security

Bele Chere security

I felt much better after WLOS interviewed this Ashvegas cop about Bele Chere security. Much better. Sheesh. Who is she gonna arrest? Like she’s gonna be able to help when a couple of drunk rednecks get into it Saturday night after a full day of drinking. C’mon guys, the motto is “protect and serve,” not “protect and grow old.”

by July 30, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Bele Chere’s soggy opening

Bele Chere’s soggy opening

This was the festival about 12:30 p.m. It rained a lot Friday morning and the sprinkles kept up for another couple of hours before things finally cleared up. This was my view of the Battery Park stage as I listened to a Beatles cover band. Will the rains stay away for the rest of the weekend?

by July 30, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
WLOS at work

WLOS at work

We spotted Michelle Boudin and Julie Wunder as they prepared to hit the airwaves with live stand-ups Friday. Not that they were hard to find, what with their van with the giant tower sticking out of it. But what’s up with the plain white van? I always think it’s odd, too, how the TV personalities hide out in the truck[Read More…]

by July 30, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
The Aussie

The Aussie

Lots of folks were into this Aussie down at the Coxe Ave. stage Friday. His name is Xavier Rudd. I’d never heard of him before, but his show was cool. Seemed to be a very talented musician and a very down-to-earth guy who was moved by the appreciative crowd.

by July 30, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Bele share the love

Bele share the love

At the Xavier Rudd show, this friendly lady asked, “Can I blow some glitter on you?” I smiled and passed. “But you’d look really cute.” No, thanks, I smiled. She moved on to the next, and the next. She found plenty of takers. Feel the love.

by July 30, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Bele Chere Hula-Hoopsters

Bele Chere Hula-Hoopsters

The hippies are into the hulas. I saw a couple on Friday, none better than this young woman who was running from music venue to music venue to spin off into her own world. As you can see by the photos, she was really into it. And she was damn good.

by July 30, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Marshall Tucker Band

Marshall Tucker Band

We’re a sucker at Ashvegas for some sweet Southern Rock. The Marshall Tucker Band, out of Spartanburg, S.C., played Saturday evening and sounded decent. They drew a nice sized crowd. A little “Fire on the Mountain” got things moving. And you’ve got to love a rock band with a flutist.

by July 30, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
‘Goths in the Mist’

‘Goths in the Mist’

This one I call “Goths in the Mist,” though I’m not sure they’re really goths. I did see a dude with an ankle-length black vinyl jacket, Matrix like, with a cool mowhawk, but I missed snapping his photo. Maybe I’ll catch him Sat.

by July 30, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Bele Chere child labor

Bele Chere child labor

There are a number of roving festival information folks you’ll find at the fest. You’ll spot them by the yellow signs they carry. Only in this case, the festival volunteer has signed up a little girl to do the heavy lifting. Seems a bit sadistic, but anything for the festival, right?

by July 30, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Bele Chere backsides

Bele Chere backsides

You can tell a lot from a person by looking at their butt. Stuck in the Ashvegas streets with thousands of other sweaty, drunk hippies and rednecks, you tend to see a lot of ass. I will be showing you some herewith. Lots of folks today like to center their tats right over their butt cracks. We’re not sure why.[Read More…]

by July 30, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Bele Chere Day 1: One seething mass of humanity

Bele Chere Day 1: One seething mass of humanity

Day 1 of Bele Chere is in the books. What you’ll be seeing over the next few days here on Ashvegas will be almost exclusively Bele Chere-related posts, because the festival has taken over town. We’re throw in some WLOS noise, too, just to keep it real. But it will mostly be Bele Chere. Just walking around tonight, some themes[Read More…]

by July 30, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
WLOS Wednesday dailies 7/27

WLOS Wednesday dailies 7/27

Le makes par John “Punnyman” Le scored with his relatively pun-free report on some crazy dude who wacks a golf ball around his yard up on some mountain. Le treated his source with respect, kept himself out of the story, and painted a warm portrait of a man having fun in his own little world. Again, Le’s flashes of brilliance[Read More…]

by July 28, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
More Bele Chere predictions

More Bele Chere predictions

My Bele Chere predictions spurred a couple of you to offer your own. Here we go: Edgy Mama says: Easy predictions, Ash! Let’s get more specific. I’m predicting the huge thunderstorm for Saturday afternoon. OK. I can roll with that, not that your prediction was all that edgy, Mama. But I’ll work on mine. (By the way, I love your[Read More…]

by July 28, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Holly’s in

Holly’s in

Holly Jones has answered those questioning whether or not she’s still got the fire in the belly for another run at Ashvegas City Council – she’s in. During her past couple of years on council, Holly has gotten married and adopted a child. All that, on top of her job as exec director at the Y-Dub. That’s a lot of[Read More…]

by July 28, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Blog bits: Poker, petty porn theft and more

Blog bits: Poker, petty porn theft and more

Speaking of gambling Y’all know I just got back from Las Vegas. With gambling on the brain, I was surprised to see that Mountain XPress had an interesting cover story last week on local video poker. The story could have gone further, but it’s a start. If you missed it, check it out here. From the crime blotter Local newspaper[Read More…]

by July 27, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
Dill sours on his job (psst: WLOS still needs an anchor)

Dill sours on his job (psst: WLOS still needs an anchor)

The folks over at MediaChatter have an interesting tidbit about WYFF-TV news anchor Gordon Dill being oh-so-unhappy with getting knocked out of his weekday chair that he’s ready to move on. Hey Gordo, why not send WLOS your rez? Here’s the Mediachatter report: After being bumped from his weekday gig and relegated to weekend duty, WYFF-TV news anchor Gordon Dill[Read More…]

by July 26, 2005 3 comments Asheville News
UPDATE: Wise and Green

UPDATE: Wise and Green

Loyal reader Ashvegas Refugee, a master of cybersleuthing, provides an update on former WLOSers Robert Green and Terri Wise: Ash, Robert apparently became a golf pro after leaving WLOS, working at the Grove Park Inn, and later at High Vista Country Club. The current High Vista site has deleted Robert, so I’m not sure where he is now. Here’s a[Read More…]

by July 26, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
One magical degree

One magical degree

Congratulations to weather prognisticator Mike Cabana Boy Cuevas. For Monday, he at least scored a tie. Cuevas had predicted a new record high, and all through the afternoon, things looked doubtful. You could hear the disappointment in Cuevas’ voice on the 5 Monday afternoon as he reported that the official high temp at the airport was 91, one shy of[Read More…]

by July 26, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
More vintage Vegas

More vintage Vegas

We know you’re probably already tired of hearing us ramble on about Vegas, but let us share a few links. Whether you’re into retro, lounge, Vegas, Rat Pack cool or not, here we go: Lounge lizards Ever heard of Les Baxter or Martin Denny? Me neither, be these guys were king of the “lounge” music genre that so many young[Read More…]

by July 26, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Borf is dead

Borf is dead

Andre has a posse. Here and here.

by July 26, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
WLOS Monday dailies 7/25

WLOS Monday dailies 7/25

Susan’s new ‘do Susan Mundy sports a classy new ‘do. (This is not it here.) Looks good, Suze. High time you changed up your look a little, although it does make you look older. Susan is a solid reporter. Others at the station could learn from her handling of stories and interview style. Reporting live, in the Davidson River Sheraldo,[Read More…]

by July 26, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Scottie2Hottie, you’ve been crashed

Scottie2Hottie, you’ve been crashed

Go to this web site and check out a little movie trailer featuring Scottie2Hottie and Mike Cabana Boy Cuevas. Doesn’t Scottie sorta look like Vince Vaughan? They’re so cute! (Caution: you need a fast connection. Safe for work.)

by July 26, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Ellison for mayor?

Ellison for mayor?

While we continue to wait for the other Ashvegas mayoral candidates to come out of the woodwork (we know you’re out there), we thought we’d indulge in a little wild speculation – what if Gene Ellison runs? What if, indeed. Ellison is a charismatic, energetic leader whose time may well have come. The local attorney is well-known in Ashvegas civic[Read More…]

by July 26, 2005 0 comments Asheville News