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Sam Quinn and Japan Ten's CD Release Concert

May 19, 2010
On Thursday May 20, 2010 Wait no longer! Sam Quinn, a 7-year crowd favorite at the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and nationally acclaimed songwriter, will be performing at the Historic Downtown Bristol Train Station in support of his 1st album since his brilliant work with the everybodyfields. His new band The Japan Ten are made up of several familiar faces from the everybodyfields along with a few new ones. Tickets for the show are on sale now at www.thebristoltrainstation.org, and Mountain Aire Music located @ 505 State St, Bristol, VA. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. This is an all age’s show with limited seating available, so come early. Doors will open at 7:30 with the supporting act The Deep Dark Woods taking the stage at about 8:15pm. Check out the Deep Dark Woods, one of Canada’s finest up and coming bands @ www.myspace.com/deepdarkwoods

"Sam Quinn writes genuinely beautiful music and sings with one of the most unique natural voices I have ever known. Among our peers, he has written some of my favorite songs." Seth Avett,
Avett Bros.

Border Bash...Because It's Great on State

May 19, 2010
Friday night, May 21, 2010 — Stephen Warwick & Second Hand Stories and The Deep Dark Woodswill Kick off Downtown Bristol’s Summer Concert Series!

Believe in Bristol, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance are proud to announce that Border Bash and Its Great on State, both summer concert series, will be merging together! We are calling it Border Bash….Because It’s Great on State! This merger will allow downtown to have more nights of consecutive music in addition to the music at The Downtown Center on Tuesday and Thursday nights. The first summer concert of the year will begin on May 21st 2010. The evening’s events will start with children’s activities, crafters, and concessions at 6:00PM, LIVE music begins at 7:00PM with Stephen Warwick & Second Hand Stories, followed by The Deep Dark Woods starting at approximately 8:30PM. Remember that Border Bash is free to the public! We look forward to seeing you on State Street!!!

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 Mercier, Rob Simis and Robert Hollo – Edward Jones & Associates, 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, and Burke, Powers & Harty, Inc. In-Kind Sponsors-Coca Cola Distributing, CW4 and Fox Tri-Cities, The Bristol Herald Courier, Waste Management and Citadel Broadcasting.

Calling VENDORS — Border Bash has been a tremendously popular family-friendly event that has grown exponentially in size over the past 10 years. As part of its continued growth, we are looking to increase the number of vendors on State Street, creating a more festival-like atmosphere. Reserving a space is free of charge and easy to do, call the Believe in Bristol office for information 423-573-2200.

STEPHEN WARWICK & THE SECONDHAND STORIES — Hailing from Charlotte, NC, Stephen Warwick and his band Secondhand Stories bring their own unique blend of folk tinged indie rock. "Warwick’s (band) Secondhand Stories are somewhat along the lines of a Talk Talk or Sam Beam if either of those acts were signed to an up-to-the-minute indie-like Thrill Jockey: The music is soaring yet hushed, harmonically bell-clear and so analog-warmed that you forget all the digital whoseewhatsits comprising the lush backing. What’s more, Warwick can cut to the bone with a melancholy note or hopeful couplet with equal grace, and his gift with what the French call “le mot juste” is justifiably applauded in local songwriter circles." — John Schacht Warwick also won critic's pick for 2009 best local songwriter, and can sometimes be seen playing tambourine and singing in friend Nicole Atkins (Columbia Records) band.

THE DEEP DARK WOODS — The timeless sound of the aptly named "The Deep Dark Woods" belongs to the depressing winters of the north. Pulsing with human warmth, these original songs echo through the lonesome night. Ryan Boldt's plainspoken lyrics offer a strong but gentle tone which understates poetry, oftentimes as startling as hot blood in fresh snow. Despite the dark themes, the heaviness never overwhelms the music's playfulness. An utterly fun rhythm section, brilliant guitar work, and eerily rich harmonies drive the songs. One could easily be forgiven for mistaking their songs as treasures of decades past, as The Deep Dark Woods approach their instruments with studied respect for the honored traditions of the shadowy side of roots music.
The Deep Dark Woods' newest release "Winter Hours" is a collection of their best recordings yet. Working with Juno award winning producer/musician Steve Dawson at "The Factory" in Vancouver, they managed to truly bring out an energy that the new songs deserved, recording the album live off the floor. What was created was an album full of raw emotion, sadness, beautiful vocals and harmonies, new sounds, and well thought out arrangements. "Winter Hours" represents the ever changing sound of the band, and a step forward from their latest Black Hen release "Hang Me, oh Hang Me"(WCMA Nominated).

Leah Ross, Executive Director, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, “We are excited to be a part of the downtown music series in 2010 and look forward to another successful summer with more opportunities to present music and showcase our downtown.”

Christina Blevins, Executive Director, Believe in Bristol, “We want to brand Downtown Bristol as the place to be for live music and I’m happy to say that we are well on our way!”

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


The Caddyshack Crawl!

May 19, 2010
Mark your calendar for May 22 now because you won't want to miss The Caddyshack Crawl, a golf-themed event featuring downtown Bristol businesses that offer arts, dining and entertainment. Proceeds from this event will be donated to Theater Bristol's Kids Camp.

While this event is sponsored by the Young Professionals of Bristol, adults of ALL AGES are invited to participate, have fun, and give back to a great cause!

When: May 22

Time: 5 p.m. Tee Time

Cost: $20 in advance; $25 day-of

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW: http://caddyshackcrawlbristol.eventbrite.com/
Price of admission includes a commemorative t-shirt* for the inaugural Caddyshack Crawl.

"Tee off" with us at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce at 5 p.m., where you will receive your golf score card and course map, wrist band and t-shirt. The score card will include a list of participating businesses and details about "special features" happening at each “hole.” Collect stamps from all participating locations, and enter to win a grand prize at Machiavelli’s, where Ivy Road will be providing music and entertainment.

Tentative holes include:
• Kiln' Time
• Macado's
• Blowfish Emporium
• Theatre Bristol — putting and costume contest — prizes awarded!
• Stateline
• Machiavelli’s – grand prize flat screen TV donated by BTES!
• 19th Hole at Applebee's

For a fun flare, and in honor of the golf classic movie Caddyshack, participants are encouraged (but not required) to sport your tackiest golf gear! Prizes will be awarded!
*Limited supply of T-shirts available. Purchase tickets early to reserve yours.



Downtown Bristol Blog

Ghostly Tours!

May 19, 2010
Bristol Ghost and History Tours — www.BristolGhostWalk.com or www.AppalachianGhostWalks.com are an ongoing activity to help bring folks to downtown. Check it out!

Artisan Trail Unfolds in Bristol and Washington County

May 19, 2010
‘Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Network is unveiling its new community trail, Countryside Artisan Trail, for Bristol and Washington County, VA. The new trail features artisan studios, galleries, farms, farmer’s markets, points of interest, outdoor recreation and unique dining and lodging venues throughout area.
Click here to read more.

New at William King!

May 19, 2010
William says to BE COOL IN HOT COLORS this summer!
Click here to read more.

Upcoming Events

One of a Kind Art Classes — Tuesday Pottery

April 27 - May 25, 2010

One of a Kind Art Classes — Drawing for Youth

April 27 - May 25, 2010

One of a Kind Art Classes — Amazing Soft Pastel

April 27 - May 25, 2010

One of a Kind Art Classes — Wednesday Daytime Pottery

April 28 - May 26, 2010

One of a Kind Art Classes — Wednesday Daytime Fabric Design and Batik

April 28 - May 26, 2010

One of a Kind Art Classes — Experience Fabric Design and Batik

April 29 - May 27, 2010

One of a Kind Art Classes — Pottery for Youth

April 29 - May 27, 2010

One of a Kind Art Classes — Thursday Pottery

April 29 - May 27, 2010

"Artists of Bristol Library's Atelier" Exhibition

May 01 - 31, 2010

Wine Down Wednesdays

May 19, 2010

Sam Quinn and Japan Ten's CD Release Concert

May 20, 2010

Hot Southern Nights at the Downtown Center

May 20, 2010

Border Bash...Because It's Great on State

May 21, 2010

HIGHLAND CENTER FOR BALLET ARTS presents BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

May 21, 2010

Swing into Spring at Bristol Ballet

May 21, 2010

Wine Luck at 606 State Street Gallery

May 21, 2010

Downtown Celebrate Bristol Car Cruise-In at Tri Summit Bank

May 21, 2010

Old Oak Revival at Machiavelli's

May 21, 2010

The Caddyshack Crawl

May 22, 2010

Wine Tasting at Inari Wines

May 22, 2010

HIGHLAND CENTER FOR BALLET ARTS presents BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

May 22, 2010

Ivy Road at Machiavelli's

May 22, 2010

State Street Farmer's Market

May 22, 2010

Nostalgia Nights at the Downtown Center

May 25, 2010

BRISTOL BALLET'S MOTHER GOOSE RHYMES

May 25, 2010

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