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BRRR moves full steam ahead!

May 26, 2011

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion moves full steam ahead with another stellar line-up,
a Carter Family/Jimmie Rodgers Tribute, and a number of positive changes to accommodate a growing fanbase. Last year crowds swelled to 45,000 artists, volunteers and festivarians on State Street during the three-day music festival, 13,000 more than in 2009. This year plans are in the works to add space wherever possible, add seating and another outdoor stage, move the free Children's Day event to Cumblerland Square Park, tighten security and revive the Chili Cook-Off. Updates will be posted to bristolrhythm.com, so check often for details. Also be sure and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay in the know and give feedback!


BRRR 2010 — Another Killer Line-Up!
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion never ceases to disappoint when it comes to awesome live music or its incredibly low ticket prices ($40 Weekend Pass through August 31st).
It's the best deal around for more than 100 acts on 22 stages over the three-day weekend!
This year The Reunion is ecstatic about headliners Robert Randolph & The Family Band,
Railroad Earth, Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives, John Oates w/18 South, Tony Rice Unit, Jim Lauderdale and Chris Thomas King.

The festival known for introducing up-and-coming talent to the masses will also showcase stars-on-the-rise Dawes, The Cave Singers, Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Quebe Sisters Band, The David Wax Museum, Thrift Store Cowboys, and The David Mayfield Parade — to name a few!

Festival favorites Justin Townes Earle, Scythian, Langhorne Slim, The Black Lillies,
The Redstick Ramblers and Red Molly will also return to Bristol — to the delight of fans who
have requested seeing them at The Reunion again.
Bristol Rhythm has also arranged a reunion of another sort, getting
the everybodyfields back together for an exclusive performance.
Mark your calendars and start planning your stay! Need help?
Contact The Bristol Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitors Bureau
for complete travel and lodging information, 423-989-4850.


Carter Family/Jimmie Rodgers Tribute
This September Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is excited to host a Carter Family/Jimmie Rodgers Tribute with Cruz Contreras (The Black Lillies) & Friends. Contreras, and his as-yet-to-be named Friends,
will put a modern spin on an array of music straight from the Carter Family catalogue.
Word has it, Contreras is looking outside the festival for talent.
This is yet another of those once-in-a-lifetime moments exclusive to The Reunion!
To get details on the Carter Family/Jimmie Rodgers Tribute line-up, sign up for our newsletter!


Children's Event Moves to Cumberland Square Park
Bristol Virginia Utilities' Children's Day at BRRR gets a change of scenery, moving off-site and outside festival gates to Cumberland Square Park at the War Memorial. Located beside the Bristol, Virginia Courthouse on Cumberland Street, families are still invited to the event free of charge. BRRR Executive Director Leah Ross explains that the move is "just one way we are hoping to clear congestion on State Street on Saturday, our busiest day. The park offers green space,shade and a roomy stage for live entertainment.
It's a beautiful park and still just a block from State Street."
The Reunion's Children's Day event is from 9am to 1pm on Saturday at the festival,
September 17th.

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Chili Cook-Off Returns!
Bristol Tennessee/Virginia Association of REALTORS brings back the Chili Cook-Off, and they're working hard to spice things up! This year the Cook-Off will set up in Cumberland Square Park. We're working out details now, applications for entry will be posted to bristolrhythm.com soon.

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BRRR 2011 Annual Poster by P. Buckley Moss
Back in December internationally acclaimed artist P. Buckley Moss offered her talents to Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion for a fundraiser, designing fine art prints and giclees entitled "Music On State Street". The prints were her interpretation of our event, and garnered a huge response from collectors. The artwork was so popular we asked her if we could use her rendering for our 2011 Annual poster, and she was happy to oblige. Moss' original artwork was blown up and graphics were added in order to make the $10 print more accessable to festivarians and collectors of BRRR ephemera. The poster will be sold online at bristolrhythm.com and at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion's offices located at 416 State Street and at select ticket outlets.

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Festival Expansion & Security
BRRR's footprint on Downtown will be larger in 2011 in and effort to accommodate growing audiences. In addiiton to moving the free Children's Day event, the festival will make the Eatz on Moore Stage larger. CJ & Company on 6th Street will also become an outdoor stage. The Walling Distributing Piedmont Stage will be pushed back to open up this popular congregation spot, and other logistical changes are in the works.

Unfortunately, fire codes prohibit overcrowding indoors. The festival suggests planning and early arrivals at stages if you feel seating is an issue.
Tighter security around problem areas at BRRR will be enforced across the board.

For more information please visit www.bristolrhythm.com.