Bele Chere 2012, with all its street preachin’ and pissin’ in the bushes, will be here before you know it. So it’s high time you get prepped. This year’s free music line-up is a definite step up from years past, so you should make the most of it.
Here are my picks for the music you shouldn’t miss at Bele Chere 2012 (here’s the full Bele Chere 2012 schedule for your perusal):
Get your festival started with Spicy Mustache and the Flavor Saviors. I’ve never seen them, but I’m sure they’re awesome. And you can say you went and saw Spicy Mustache and the Flavor Saviors. They play from 5-6 p.m. at the Coxe Avenue stage. From there, do a couple of shots, then hit Papa Grows Funk, which plays from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Battery Park Stage. Nothing like some New Orleans funk to get your festival going.
Definitely check the David Mayfield Parade, which plays the Biltmore stage across town from 6:45-8 p.m. David Mayfield is just a great live performer, and he’s got a tight-ass band. Polish off your night with Lucero for a little rock/country. I saw them earlier this year at the Orange Peel and they were great.
Pace yourself. You’ve already had a big night of Bele Chere, and Saturday offers one big, long smorgasboard of music. Consider rolling out of the gate with The Archrivals, who play the Biltmore Stage starting at 12:15 p.m. Cruise over to Sanctum Sully, which starts at 2:30 p.m. at the Coxe Avenue stage, for a little bluegrass. Hydrate. Eat some meat on a stick.
Hit The Critters, which start at 4 p.m. at the Battery Park stage. Great indie rock fun. Try to fit in the Swayback Sisters, who go from 4:15 to 5:45 at the Haywood Stage. They’re a little more laid back, but groovin’. Then Inner Visions from 6-7:30 p.m. at Battery Park for a reggae treat before closing out with a double-barrel shot of Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band – the local funk/party band – from 8-9:30 p.m. at the Battery Park Stage and killer indie rockers Dr. Dog from 8:30-10 p.m. at Coxe Avenue. Medicate. You’ve made it this far.
With a much smaller music line-up, go for what you like. It’s all good. Brandi Carlile is certainly a songbird to see. David Holt will give some good Doc Watson love and Balsam Range will feed your bluegrass hunger. stephaniesid is one of my all-time local faves, and Jonathan Scales Fourchestra is just super-talented and not to be missed. You decide, but don’t slack on Sunday. It’s another great line-up. And you can sleep when you’re dead.