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The FINAL Border Bash...Because Its' Great on State concert of the summer!

September 01, 2010

Border Bash season has reached its conclusion and Believe in Bristol, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance are excited to promote our EIGHTH and last Border Bash...Because Its Great on State, summer concert series in Historic Downtown Bristol. As always, the evening’s events on September 3 will start with children’s activities, crafters, and concessions at 6PM, LIVE music begins at 7:00PM with Hoots and Hellmouth, followed by The Joshua Panda Band starting at approximately 8:30PM. Event organizers want to remind people that State Street remains the best place to be on Friday nights. “We have been thrilled with the enthusiasm and turn out of the folks for Border Bash. It has been a busy but fantastic summer here on State Street,” says Christina Blevins, Executive Director of Believe in Bristol.

The event is hosted by Believe in Bristol, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, and The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance. A special thank you to our Sponsors for 2010: City of Bristol TN and City of Bristol VA, Wachovia Bank, PennStuart, Dent K. Burk & Associates, Greg Fahn, Rita Kiscaden, Rob Simis and Robert Hollo – Edward Jones Investments, Merrill Lynch, Nash & Powers Insurance, Blakley-Mitchell, Curcio & Stout, Kerr-Boswell, Inc., Blackbird Bakery, Kil’n Time Pottery, Strongwell, Sound Check Music, Highlands Wellmont Health Network, First Tennessee Bank, Citizen’s Bank, TruPoint Bank, BB&T, Bank of Tennessee, Burke, Powers & Harty, Inc, Coca Cola Distributing, CW4 and Fox Tri-Cities, The Bristol Herald Courier, Waste Management and Citadel Broadcasting.

About Hoots and Hellmouth – Philadelphia-based Hoots & Hellmouth creates new music for old souls. Their second full-length effort, “The Holy Open Secret” continues to blaze a trail forward in the name of progressive revival. Rob Berliner, Andrew Gray and Sean Hoots return as the core trio of string slingers and harmonious vocalizers, co-producing in collaboration with Bill Moriarity (Dr Dog, Man Man) at Philadelphia’s American Diamond studio. The results speak for themselves in tones ranging from the triumphant to the dulcet.

Blending the twisted roots of American music in a fierce and fiery alchemy, this ragtag bunch seeks a revival of spirit. Soulful three-part harmonies comingle with acoustic guitars, a mandolin, an upright bass and foot stomps building a synergy that bursts from both the stage and speaker with aural aplomb. “It’s about bleeding, sweating, crying, rejoicing,” the band’s Sean Hoots says of their work. “It’s alive!”

About The Joshua Panda Band — Joshua Panda, a twenty-five year-old singer/songwriter from Charlotte, North Carolina, is an exceptional combination of folk and soul, Bob Dylan and Otis Redding, and has traveled with this unique sound to a unique place: Vermont.

Joshua grew up in Huntersville, NC where at age three he started singing gospel music at Rockwell Baptist Church. From the church, he adopted the gospel hand wave, the rhythm, the wailing, and most importantly the embodiment of spirit. Ever since those early days in the choir, Joshua has oozed with uncontainable emotion and passion.

Integrating such soulful energy into his original pieces, Joshua has captured a spirit in his performance, which encompasses both the flailing of a fervent preacher and the intimacy of your best friend telling you a story.

Currently, Joshua is playing with any variation of musicians from Vermont, Montreal, New York City, and North Carolina. Typically his band features guitar, mandolin/piano, accordion, pedal steel, and upright bass. His debut album will be released this summer—an album of love and loss that Joshua calls “my own brand of soul and gospel-based story-telling” He plans to record his second album live in the fall—a compilation of songs that he deems “pull more from my country influences but are still all about story-telling.”

Country influences include Kris Kristofferson, Townes Van Zandt, and Ian Thomas. Along with these artists, Joshua lists the singing style of Sam Cooke, the performance aspects of Otis Redding, and the songwriting of Hank Williams as the most dominant influences on his music. With this diverse range of ingredients, the choirboy from Huntersville has come to Vermont with a truly new flavor that could join the likes of Phish food and Cherry Garcia.

For more information about Border Bash please visit www.believeinbristol.org, www.bristolrhythm.com, or call (423) 573-2200 or (423) 573-4898.