The music line-up has been announced for the 2012 version of Asheville’s Bele Chere music festival. The Citizen-Times has a story here. It is definitely a step up from the past couple of years, imho. What do you think?
• Aunt Martha
• Balsam Range
• Blackberry Smoke
• Boys in the Well
• Brandi Carlile
• Crazy Horse & Colston
• David Holt
• David Mayfield Parade
• David Wax Museum
• Delta Rae
• Doc Aquatic
• Dr. Dog
• Grown Up Avenger Stuff
• Inner Visions
• Jody Medford & Cash Creek
• Jonathan Scales Fourchestra
• Kovacs & the Polar Bear
• Lacy Green
• Larry Keel and Natural Bridge
• Lorraine Conard Band
• Los Amigos Invisibles
• Lucero — country-punk outfit from Memphis.
• Lyric — local pop, rock and funk.
• Papa Grows Funk — New Orleans jazz and funk.
• Sanctum Sully — local bluegrass.
-Spicy Moustache & Flavor Saviors
• Tennessee Hollow
• The Archrivals
• The Buchanan Boys
• The Critters
• The Swayback Sisters
• The Travis Smith Project
• Whitney Moore
• Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band
BELE CHERE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FESTIVAL. THE WORKERS AT BELE CHERE ARE ALL VOLUNTEERS. I’M SURE IF ANY AFRICAN AMERICANS VOLUNTEERED, THEY WOULD BE WELCOMED. ALSO AS FAR AS BOOTHS (ART, FOOD, ETC.) APPLICATIONS HAVE TO BE SUBMITTED IN ADVANCE. IT IS AN ORGANIZED EVENT. YOU CANT JUST WALK UP AFTER THE EVENT HAS STARTED AND ASK WHERE YOU CAN SET UP THEN COMPLAIN ABOUT IT. ALSO, EVER BEEN TO GOOMBAY FESTIVAL? SAME THING IN REVERSE!!
Michael, these are questions for the city–or questions the people of Asheville need to ask the city. There’s been a movement to have more rap and hip-hop at Bele Chere, backstory here:
I don’t know why we don’t see young black men working the booths, and I don’t know why we don’t see more black-owned booths.
Bele Chere needs to do more to include black Asheville. Thanks for asking these questions.
i would like to ask why at this event you never see any african american males ever working in any of the events at the bell share ? next how come there can’t ever be any rap acts at the main stage of the bell share how come no blacks to have a tent or a bussines opportunity to have local support as we’ll to there communutty’s as we’ll?
1) Its “Bele Chere”, so if they’re looking for “Bell Share” that could be an issue.
2)”Bussines” opportunities don’t exist for any race or ethnic group.
3)Not sure how to interpret your last question regarding the “communuty”, but I think it answers itself.