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Bele Chere Festival has a active committee permitting only the finest in craft and vendors. One of Asheville's most popular bands, Toubab Krewe, a gifted group of Afropop musicians, drew one of the biggest crowds in the street that Asheville has ever seen in front of the Battery Park Stage on Saturday evening.
People filled the street and sidewalks wall-to-wall all the way up the street. The parking garage besides the stage had people lining the edges on all levels catching an aerial view of the performance. Justin Perkins of Toubab Krewe can wail on native African instruments the kora and the kamelengoni as well as the electric guitar. The sunset performance summed up why many live in the Asheville area and the reason Bele Chere Festival brings up to 350,000 people to the festive mountain city each recent summer.
Also performing on Saturday evening at Bele Chere was Grace Potter and The Nocturnals. There was also a huge crowd gathered for Grace Potter's performance. The talented, sexy and statuesque musician and vocalist rocked past the sunset alternating between guitar, her piano and her Hammond B3 organ.
The long awaited new city park brought comfort from the heat with the amusing Splasheville water fountain. Kids of all ages beat the midday swelter in the water fountain which consists of many water jets flush mounted in the ground. Columns of water shot off in a seemingly random patterns, leaving trails of cool water for the kids to chase.