Big Bele Chere shows moved to Memoria...

Big Bele Chere shows moved to Memorial Stadium

There are 65 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Apr 2, 2008, titled Big Bele Chere shows moved to Memorial Stadium. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

In a major change, Asheville's Bele Chere festival is taking its biggest ticketed acts and moving them to Memorial Stadium.

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Since: Feb 08

Canton, NC

#1 Apr 2, 2008
won't be going to bele chere (greed run amuck.)

“PO'd Puddy Cat”

Since: Jan 08

Asheville NC

#2 Apr 3, 2008
Why have a concert outside in July? Besides the fact that it is usually very hot, it usually rains at some point during Bele Chere, even when we are in the middle of a drought. Of course, it sometines rains inside the civic center too!

“CLAN ROSE”

Since: Apr 07

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#3 Apr 3, 2008
Good move, spread it out all over the town. Then they can pay more to have the mess cleaned up. The organisers are some kind of sick!

I do hope you get some rain out of it, though. Maybe all week? <chuckle>

“Report and Deport1866-DHS-2 ICE”

Since: Feb 07

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#4 Apr 3, 2008
Carolinakat wrote:
Why have a concert outside in July? Besides the fact that it is usually very hot, it usually rains at some point during Bele Chere, even when we are in the middle of a drought. Of course, it sometines rains inside the civic center too!
No doubt. Why can't they have the concerts in the Civic Center? Heck, it was good enough for Kiss, Ian Anderson, Willie and others. LOL...

The CC is right in town and would make it easier for folks to get to once at Bele Chere, which is a pain in the arse to begin with.
Keeping it Real

Great Falls, MT

#5 Apr 3, 2008
What, No Tony Orlando and Dawn or the Osmonds ?
Twavis Twit

Asheville, NC

#7 Apr 3, 2008
take it easy!!!

“PO'd Puddy Cat”

Since: Jan 08

Asheville NC

#8 Apr 3, 2008
Old Rose wrote:
Good move, spread it out all over the town. Then they can pay more to have the mess cleaned up. The organisers are some kind of sick!
I do hope you get some rain out of it, though. Maybe all week? <chuckle>
Good morning Old Rose. We sure do need the rain, could start on that Thursday night and go to Sunday afternoon and we would still need rain!

“PO'd Puddy Cat”

Since: Jan 08

Asheville NC

#9 Apr 3, 2008
Mtnbred wrote:
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No doubt. Why can't they have the concerts in the Civic Center? Heck, it was good enough for Kiss, Ian Anderson, Willie and others. LOL...
The CC is right in town and would make it easier for folks to get to once at Bele Chere, which is a pain in the arse to begin with.
When have the folks from Bele Chere done anything that made sense?
Ghost Rider

Great Falls, MT

#10 Apr 3, 2008
Melissa Porter is an air head that is still in charge. She is the same person that tries to convince everyone Bele Chere makes money(LOL). Then when the figures come in the taxpayer has a bill to pay. Should be interesting this year with inflation to see how the City(Melissa) manipulates the numbers to make it seem profitable. Always a laugh a minute in Asheville.
Mtnbred wrote:
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No doubt. Why can't they have the concerts in the Civic Center? Heck, it was good enough for Kiss, Ian Anderson, Willie and others. LOL...
The CC is right in town and would make it easier for folks to get to once at Bele Chere, which is a pain in the arse to begin with.

“CLAN ROSE”

Since: Apr 07

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#11 Apr 3, 2008
NO MORE wrote:
Letter: Pamela A. Hairston
Help young black men
Thursday, April 3, 2008
After reading this tragic story about 22-year-old Nicholas Wayne Hairston, a black man who was recently shot and killed in the Roses-Food Lion shopping center, I was compelled to write and comment.
It’s sad to see this type of violence leaking into the Martinsville area. For the past 30 years I’ve lived in Washington, D.C., and for the past 20, almost every night, a young black man has been shot and killed on the streets of this nation’s capital.
Two years ago, my 25-year-old nephew, Michael Douglas Hairston, was killed, shot through the chest on the streets of this city. Unlike this lengthy, well-written article covering Nicholas’ death, my nephew’s name was never even mentioned in any local newspaper (just another black man, dead). A few weeks after his death, my son wrote a letter to the Washington Post, bringing this oversight to their attention, and a picture of my nephew, along with my son’s letter, was soon published.
It’s a shame that so many of our young, black men have resorted to violence, empty violence, often leaving young black men dead or in jail for the rest of their lives. We as a race have come too far to let this happen over and over and over again. When will the killing stop?
Don’t let this young man’s death be in vain. Be a better neighbor. Become a mentor; get involved in your community. Be watchful and encouraging. Don’t be afraid to speak up and to stand up for our young, black men who are apparently going through an identity crisis. Don’t let them become just another black man, dead, or in jail. After all, aren’t they worth it?
Thanks for listening and may God bless and protect our children and soldiers everywhere. By the way, I was born and raised in Martinsville.
Pamela A. Hairston
Washington, D.C.
What does this have to do with Bele Cher, and what was he doing in Washington with anyone carrying a firearm? It has nothing to do with Bele Cher, and firearms are illegal in Washington. Find the right forum for your posts.
lokel

Weaverville, NC

#13 Apr 3, 2008
Count me out ... if the City thinks Memorial "stadium" id the best place because "we already own it."

What about the Civic Center, we own that too!

And, there could be more than one performance on each evening in the two venues... very poor planning.

I'll bet the attendance for these concerts will be the lowest turn out in years.
Josh

Lincolnton, NC

#14 Apr 3, 2008
lokel wrote:
I'll bet the attendance for these concerts will be the lowest turn out in years.
Count me out too. And I bet a ton of other locals. Of course it's the crowd on the outskirts of Asheville that it's more for anyway. Somewhere to go, get drunk, toss litter and generally have something for their obnoxious selves to do.

I'm sure downtown merchants will be grateful that it is on the downswing. Maybe one day it will not exist at all. The real benefactors are those that own the food stands and some of the street vendors. Take the money and run! Just leave your mess for us. We're so stupid we'll welcome you and then clean up after you.
Stypen

Zirconia, NC

#15 Apr 3, 2008
I, for one, agree with all of the posts here. Bele Chere is nothing but a money pit for the City of Asheville....trust me, I'm a city employee. You hear every year from Mrs. Porter and others about how Bele Chere beniefits the city, but after 10 years of working the "festival", I have yet to see a benefit. You encourage thousands of people to come in from out of town, where they can, to quote our new slogan, "Have Asheville any way they like it". This translates into a huge drunk-fest, Officers being forced to work overtime to deal with it, and a general headache for the city as a whole. I say that it is either time to scale the size down noticeably, or get rid of it altogether.

“GWAR rocks”

Since: Feb 07

asheville (leicester)

#16 Apr 3, 2008
doesn't sound much like a headliner
Mary

Lincolnton, NC

#17 Apr 3, 2008
BRIGGS wrote:
doesn't sound much like a headliner
Headliner? Hardly. The fact that these B list performers are the topic is what makes it pitiful. If we were talking about John Mayer or Dave Matthews Band or someone that people actually wanted to see the tone here would be entirely different.
Asheville is My Home

United States

#18 Apr 3, 2008
Bele Chere is out of hand. The city continues to ignore the businesses in the vicinity that suffer or have to close due to stages being set up in front of them. The crowds are barely contained & trust me when I say I know--Melissa Porter & her crew do not care one whit about the area business owners, employees, or local residents. They do the bare minimum to accomodate complaints, & make a big deal out of each concession they give to locals saying in effect "look at us! we are doing so much for the community! see, a $50 discount if you spend hundreds with us for an overpriced booth! Oh & here are some "local" bands, so you will think we are on your side! Aren't we great?"
Ludvick

Lincolnton, NC

#21 Apr 3, 2008
I much prefer the downtown at 5:00 or shindig on green type of festivals. They're fun and then they're gone. I realize it is a different type of venue but I think Bele Chere has evolved from its originally intended purpose into a carnival of drunken brawls. Surely the local merchants do not appreciate the influx of rowdy folks that come to use their restrooms or stumble around their store?
Ex Bele Chere Attendee

United States

#22 Apr 3, 2008
This has always been advertised as a "the southeasts largest free street festival".
Now we are in year two of charging for the main acts.
Now we are moving the main acts to a site that is not a "street festival location".
So now the "main event" is not really free, and it is not really part of the street festival.
Seems the organizers are confused about what they are promoting.
Time to redesign the wheel some more?
Freddy

Asheville, NC

#23 Apr 3, 2008
It's like someone took a sledge hammer to a watermelon. What, in GOD's name, is Melissa thinking? I can't believe there was a meeting where a bunch of people got together and agreed on this.

"Let's have a serious redneck country act..and put it over here, then let's have a bunch of hippies, spinning around trying to channel Bob Marley and put them over there..then, let's switch it all around, and throw in a washed up jam-band.."

**room explodes with clapping**

"GREAT idea, roll with it!!! Great job, Melissa you've saved our city!!!"
Ludvick

Lincolnton, NC

#24 Apr 3, 2008
Pretty terrible isn't it?

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