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Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2010


The Drive-By Truckers, State Street Stage Saturday Night — Photo Courtesy: Jake Hentnik /INTERMONTphoto.com
October 13, 2010
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion's 10th anniversary celebration achieved its largest audience to date with a record number of 45,000 people in attendance, up 13,000 from last year.

"It took a couple weeks to get an accurate count," says the festival's Executive Director Leah Ross. "We counted everyone from volunteers to artists, vendors, and media. We wanted to make sure any number we quoted was as close as possible to the number of people who were there over the entire weekend."

Indicators of record attendance were glimpsed back in the summer when a drive for early ticket sales was up 53% from 2009. "We didn't want to speculate on attendance from early ticket sales. People may have been planning their trips earlier, there was really no way to know," says Ross.

The festival welcomed visitors from 8 foreign countries and 36 states. Birthday parties, class reunions and company picnics are just a sample of how the community has embraced Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, celebrated annually the third weekend in September.

Though Saturday was the big day for the event, significant increases in attendance were seen on Friday and Sunday. The festival credits a star-studded line-up spread out through the entire weekend for those numbers.

"Fans have communicated to us that booking bands like Joe Diffie, John Anderson and The Carolina Chocolate Drops on Sunday kept them Downtown until the event was over," says Music Committee Co-Chair Dave Stallard.

Downtown Bristol Blog

BPL welcomes Bristol Local Bud Phillips!

October 17, 2010
On Sunday, October 17th at 3:00p.m., the Bristol Public Library welcomes local author and historian, Bud Phillips, as he promotes his latest book, Ghosts of Bristol. In this collection of stories, Bud Phillips takes readers on a ghostly, and sometimes humorous, journey through the haunted places of Bristol, Virginia and Tennessee.
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Whimsical Gems & Treasures — PUMPKIN PAINTING

October 16, 2010
Saturday October 16th at 3:00 pm. Cost will be Large Pumpkin — $25, Small Pumpkin — $20 or BYOP (bring your own) — $15. Pre-registration at Whimsical Gems & Treasures is required by 7:00 pm Wednesday October 14th. Special Guest "Christy the Good Witch"!! For questions please call Dina or Tammy at 276-644-1863.

Paramount Season Ticket Deadline Nears

October 13, 2010
Season Tickets to the Paramount Center will remain on sale until October 27th and this years line-up opens with the all-singing, all-dancing musical celebrating the genius of George and Ira Gershwin in “S’Wonderful” taking the Paramount stage on October 28th at 7:30 PM.
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Great news from The Burger Bar!!

October 13, 2010
The Burger Bar in downtown Bristol, located at 8 Piedmont Ave., Bristol, VA is now open 7 days a week serving Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner!
Click here to read more.

Upcoming Events

Boardwine, Simmons Featured at 606 Gallery

September 15 - October 15, 2010

Youth Acting Classes at Theatre Bristol

September 20 - October 25, 2010

Pottery Class offered by Bristol Parks and Rec Department

September 28 - October 26, 2010

Bristol Parks and Rec to offer Karate classes

October 05 - 26, 2010

Stained Glass class offered through Bristol Virginia Parks and Rec Dept.

October 07 - November 11, 2010

Financial Workshop offered by Bristol Virginia Parks and Rec Dept.

October 11 - November 01, 2010

Mosaic Art Class Offered by Bristol Virginia Parks and Rec Department

October 12 - 19, 2010

Pilates Class at The Healing Arts Center

October 13, 2010

Wire Wrap Earrings Jewelry Class at blowfish emporium

October 13, 2010

Yoga Classes at The Healing Arts Center

October 13, 2010

Warner on Your Corner

October 13, 2010

Lunchtime Yoga 2 Classes at The healign Arts Center

October 14, 2010

Painting Class at blowfish emporium

October 14, 2010

Fern Valley Farm October Cooking Class

October 14, 2010

Yoga 2 Classes at The Healing Arts Center

October 14, 2010

Spooooky Book Tales

October 14, 2010

Downtown Merchant and Property Owners Meeting

October 14, 2010

Hot Southern Nights to perform

October 14, 2010

Yoga Classes at The Healing Arts Center

October 15, 2010

Wine Luck at 606 State Street Gallery

October 15, 2010

Downtown Celebrate Bristol Car Cruise-In at Tri Summit Bank

October 15, 2010

Now You See Them to perform at Machiavelli's

October 15, 2010

State Street Farmers Market

October 16, 2010

Scratch River Telegraph at Machiavelli's

October 16, 2010

Pumpkin Painting at Whimsical Gems and Treasures

October 16, 2010

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