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City of Asheville announces Bele Chere 2011 entertainment lineup

The City of Asheville and the Bele Chere entertainment selection committee have announced the lineup of the 2011 Bele Chere Festival, to be held July 29-31 in downtown Asheville.

42 acts, more than half of whom are local or regional acts, will perform on four stages over the three-day event.

Here is a selection from the press release from the City of Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department announcing the lineup:

Some of the local bands performing are: Floating Action, Secret B Sides, Kovacs & The Polar Bear, RBTS Win, Sirius.B, Doc Aquatic, Sonmi Suite, The Billy Sea, Sanctum Sully, Paper Tiger, The Vertigo Jazz Project, Lyric, The StereoFidelics, Do It To Julia, Papadosio, and Balsam Range. In addition, the winner of the Last Band Standing contest will open the festival on the Haywood Street Stage. Last Band Standing: The Road to Bele Chere 2011 is in collaboration with WNC Magazine.

Headliners for the event include Marc Broussard, Big Gigantic, Mambo Sauce, The London Souls, Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, The Whigs, Apache Relay, Rebirth Brass Band, Hoots & Hellmouth, and Railroad Earth.

Bele Chere is the largest free street festival in the Southeast and is produced by the City of Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department in conjunction with the Bele Chere Board of Directors. Bele Chere is sponsored in part by Budweiser of Asheville and Clear Channel radio.

The Bele Chere entertainment selection is made with the help of a committee of volunteers, who spend a weekend listening to hundreds of submissions from artists. More than 750 submissions are received every year. A 2007 public input process and direction from Asheville City Council has resulted in an increased focus on performers from the WNC region.

Click here to visit the Bele Chere Festival website.

Click here to see more articles about the Bele Chere Festival.

Click here to see pictures from Bele Chere Festival 2010.

  1. Janet Betke

    August 2, 2011 at 8:50 am

    I don’t understand the restaurant owner complaints with Bele Chere. Do the complainers actually attend Bele Chere to see who is there or do they leave town and just complain? When we are there Friday night and Sunday (which is lovely), half of the crowd are well-to-do retirees, like ourselves, dressed in relaxed fashion looking for good restaurants only to find them closed or with long waits at the Lobster Trap while Carmels switches to pizza. Yuk. Even Pomodoros, out of downtown, says that they are packed due to Bele Chere.

    Also, why would the City of Asheville want to move the Bele Chere to spring when Asheville already has the Biltmore Festival of Flowers to bring in visitors then and when the fall leaves are enough to lure people to Asheville in fall? Actually, summer is the time that I never invite guests to Asheville because the views are bad and it is too hot but I do invite guests because of Bele Chere as it is actually something for people to come into town and enjoy if the business communities would embrace it instead of being afraid of it.

    A few suggestions: 1. get rid of the junk food around Pritchard Park and put more local food booths there 2. move some music to the wonderful new park which just goes wasting(except for Shindigs) for reasons none of us can understand?

    Keep Bele Chere in summer.


    Janet Betke
    9 Sunset View

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    August 3, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Bele Chere is a class restaurant. The foods are delicious. The ambiance is really amazing. I would want to come back here again.

  3. Accountant in Fort Worth

    September 30, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    I agree Janet. Bele Chere needs to be kept in summer. My family comes to town to visit family every summer and have enjoyed Bele Chere when we’re there. I hope it doesn’t move to spring.


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