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The State Street Farmers Market will be competing in the 2010 America's Favorite Farmers Market Contest!

June 15, 2010
CALLING ALL STATE STREET FARMER'S MARKET LOVERS — WE NEED YOUR HELP VOTING!!! LETS WIN THIS!

This summer, farmers and market customers across the United States will cast their vote for their favorite market. Beginning today, June 1, 2010 any State Street Farmers Market supporter may go to www.farmland.org/vote or www.statestreetfarmersmarket.com and vote. Market shoppers will vote to support their favorite market until midnight on August 31, 2010. People can vote only once.

“The winning market will receive tote bags, along with other prizes including free printing of market materials and free graphic design services and most importantly the “America’s Favorite Farmers Market” title,” says Terrie Talbert, Community Relations Director for the city. There will be three categories, one small, medium and large market. “Farmers markets are one of the best ways for consumers to support local farms and farmers,” continues Talbert. “Markets are a great place to purchase local fresh vegetables and fruits. We need to make the connection that there is no local food without local farmers,” says Talbert.

The State Street Farmers Market is partnering with American Farmland Trust, a national organization that works to ensure that local farms remain economically viable and our nation’s farmland productive and healthy. Protecting our nation’s farms is more important than ever today and according to the American Farmland Truest we lost more than 4 million acres of agricultural land- an area the size of Massachusetts-to development between 2002-2007 alone. By shopping at the State Street Farmers Market, consumers are helping keep money in the local community, and help our local farms remain economically viable, a key stop in helping protect our nation’s farmland.

Border Bash...Because It's Great on State host The Woes & Skybox!

June 15, 2010
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 monthly summer concert series in Historic Downtown Bristol, have merged together! We call it Border Bash….Because it’s Great on State! This merger will allow downtown to have more nights of consecutive music in our downtown district. The third summer concert of the year will begin on June 18th, 2010. The evening’s events will start with children’s activities, crafters, and concessions at 6PM, LIVE music begins at 7:00PM with The Woes, followed by Skybox 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, Cherokee Distributing, Waste Management, Blakley-Mitchell, Curcio & Stout, Kerr-Boswell, Inc., Blackbird Bakery, Kil’n Time Pottery, Strongwell, 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 and Citadel Broadcasting.

About The Woes — There are a lot of us. Like thirty. We play with groups of up to twenty people, mostly just groups of seven to thirteen. We sound like an idea. Below are some descriptions of things we might remind you of while you are listening to us. Our records are good, our live show is also good — we know how to have fun. Descriptive words: sunset through your backyard windows, the labels on good whisky bottles, potion laboratories filled with vials and strangely shaped bottles in an old book or black and white film, a street musician on some Southern Street before there was radio on a Saturday afternoon with the too hot sun, kids and everyone gathered around — singing louder than the other musicians vying for a crowd. The great depression, dustbowl, aviator sunglasses,american sedans of the 1950's european race cars of the early 1960's,fracas, anarchy and a conversation with Marcel Duchamps, a Slayer show, a Fugazi show, people dancing slow and quiet, all stories written on paper by Flann O'Brien, riding horses at sunup, the TV Show Carnivale, the TV Show Deadwood, the TV Show Twin Peaks, laughter with large groups of people, spencer tunic photographs, laughing at ones body, the fog one feels on the heels of a four day bender, too much gin without the vomiting. limes, fresh cut flowers, smoking weed, driving too fast, grade school yard fights, thinking that you're understanding what's what when the sun goes down.

About Skybox — Skybox is the vehicle of Chicago musicians Tim Ellis, Christian Fields, Mike Holtz and Sean Brennan. In 2006 the band released Arco Iris, their debut record, which garnered a nationwide cult following the breakthrough success of the song "Various Kitchen Utensils". The band toured heavily in support of the record, including dates with Man Man, Ben Folds, Tilly and the Wall, Tally Hall, and The Figurines. In 2009 the band recorded the follow up album with acclaimed producer Sean O'Keefe at Smart Studios in Madison, WI and Chicago's Black Sheep Music. "Morning After Cuts", which will be released in spring 2010, finds singer Tim Ellis in peak songwriting form, careening from Bowie glam to Flaming Lips exuberance without bothering to apologize. Their live shows are deservedly storied, often evolving into spectacles that in the past have included costumes, confetti, go go dancers, snack cakes and the occasional chicken suit.

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

Seven Nations Coming to the Paramount on June 18th @ 9:00pm — after Border Bash!

June 15, 2010
Seven Nations is not your father’s Celtic band. With a passionate, tender, and rollicking style that winningly veers from roots and folk to dance and fusion-rock, Seven Nations has earned a growing reputation as an adventurous band with a charismatic stage presence. “Seven Nations — the name refers to the seven original Celtic nations of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Galecia, Isle of Man, and Brittany — officially began in 1993 in New York City with a standard line-up of drums, guitars, and bass,” notes lead singer and guitarist Kirk McLeod. “We soon introduced bagpipes into the show, and over time the number of songs utilizing bagpipes grew until it became obvious that they were integral to our emerging sound,” says McLeod. “Most of the band members grew up playing Celtic music, and we’ve been performing original compositions since we began. Our instrumentation, and bagpipes and fiddle mostly, give us a distinctive sound and that’s what makes us different. The band consists of the following members: Kirk McLeod — Vocals, Guitar, Jim “Struby” Struble – Bass, Christian “Crisco” Miceli – Drums, Victor Gagnon – Fiddle, Bristol, TN/VA's own Will MacMorran- Bagpipes, Guitar. Will MacMorran, newest member of Seven Nations, is from Bristol. He will be performing in his home town and on his home stage. He has performed on the Paramount stage with his parents in the band “Celtic Air.”Will is an amazing musician and is sure to thrill the audience with his ability and style.

It’s been over a decade and close to a million miles logged on the road for Seven Nations since their inception and they’re just getting started. With a highly anticipated return to their roots of festivals, touring and recording, this indie band is poised for another amazing decade. Don’t miss Seven Nations at the Paramount!

Tickets $25 adults, $20 Students. You may purchase tickets by calling the Paramount Box Office 423-274-8920 or online at www.etix.com.

Downtown Bristol Blog

Don't miss this!

June 17, 2010
Please join the Bristol Convention & Visitors Bureau, Tennessee and Virginia tourism officials and invited dignitaries for the reveal of a new Bristol brand. The launch will detail plans for new branding strategies and the debut of a comprehensive website for Bristol to showcase the many music events Bristol hosts on a regular basis, highlight the venues and culinary experiences, as well as provide an interactive experience for listening, locals and learning.
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The Paramount Center presents TOONS AT NOON!!!

June 11, 2010
June 11……………The Bristol Music Club presents Young Peoples Concert The Each year, students from Bristol and the immediate surrounding area compete for this honored scholarship. The students are judged on their musical ability and the command of their discipline. The YOUNG ARTISTS’ performance will showcase the talent of these amazing young musicians in our region. This program is always an audience favorite.
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Get your season tickets now for the Paramount!

June 10, 2010
"This is a particularly exciting Season of Shows for the Paramount, not only because of the diversity offered in the seven performances, but because the patrons who join us as season ticket holders in 2010-11 will help us usher in our 20th year since the reopening of the theatre! Plans are underway to celebrate this milestone, and we want to share it with everyone who participates in the life of this treasured venue", says Merle Dickert, executive director.
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Upcoming Events

Theatre Bristol presents "Grease"

June 04 - 20, 2010

Wine Down Wednesday

June 16, 2010

Hot Southern Nights at The Downtown Center

June 17, 2010

Painting Class at Blowfish Emporium

June 17, 2010

Brim Leal at Machiavelli's

June 17, 2010

Art Classes at Kil'n Time Contemporary Ceramics Studio

June 17, 2010

Art Classes and Camps at Kil'n Time

June 18 - July 30, 2010

Wise Old River at Machiavelli's

June 18, 2010

Downtown Celebrate Bristol Car Cruise-In at Tri Summit Bank

June 18, 2010

Summer Reading Program Kick-off

June 18, 2010

Seven Nations Coming to the Paramount

June 18, 2010

Wine Luck at 606 State Street Gallery

June 18, 2010

Tunes @ Noon Friday Noon Concert Series

June 18, 2010

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

June 18, 2010

Swing Lessons at Bristol Ballet

June 18, 2010

Folk Soul Revival at Machiavellis

June 19, 2010

State Street Farmer's Market

June 19, 2010

Wine Tasting at Inari Wines

June 19, 2010

Children's Storytime At Bristol Public Library

June 21 - July 30, 2010

Teen Summer Reading Program

June 21 - July 30, 2010

Bristol Public Library Hosts Summer Reading Program

June 21 - July 30, 2010

Movies at Bristol Public Library

June 22 - July 27, 2010

Nostalgia Nights at the Downtown Center

June 22, 2010

Painting Class at Blowfish Emporium

June 22, 2010

Teen Summer Reading Program

June 23, 2010

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