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Attention Downtown Merchants, Property Owners and Residents!!!

August 17, 2011
If you are a merchant, property owner or resident in Downtown Bristol TN/VA, you are invited to attend our quarterly Merchant Meeting on August 18 from 6 to 7:30 at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce.

Agenda to include information on:
*Downtown safety
*Instituting a neighborhood watch program (Bristol TN/VA police departments will be in attendance)
*Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion Festival
*Food City Family Race Day/Night
*Information on the Downtown Gift Card Program

For more information, please contact Christina Blevins at Believe in Bristol, 423-573-2200.

Governor McDonnell Announces Designation of Four New Virginia Main Street Communities and BRISTOL is one of them!

August 17, 2011
RICHMOND — Governor Bob McDonnell today announced the designation of four communities in the Virginia Main Street (VMS) program as part of the "Opportunity at Work" budget initiative approved during the 2011 Session of the General Assembly. With the addition of Bristol, Farmville, Hopewell, and St. Paul to the network of downtown revitalization efforts, the total number of Designated Virginia Main Street Communities reaches 25.

"I am pleased to welcome these communities to the Virginia Main Street program," said Governor McDonnell. "With public and private investment in our traditional commercial districts, we can spark entrepreneurship and job creation downtown in rural and distressed regions of our commonwealth. Main Street is a proven model that uses limited state resources to support local strategies and leverage local resources."

Each community brings a unique set of historic assets and strategic focus to its revitalization work. Bristol and St. Paul, in Southwest Virginia, are aligned with a 19-county strategy that promotes the region's cultural heritage and natural assets. Downtown Hopewell's placement on the James River is the centerpiece of a local quality of life strategy, and Farmville is strengthening ties with local universities and the emerging regional cultural heritage strategies in Southern Virginia. Virginia Main Street will provide technical assistance, training, and expert resources to assist the communities with aligning resources and achieving these goals.

Once designated, Main Street Communities receive intensive direct services from the Virginia Main Street staff and key consultant services including those focused on economic restructuring strategies. Additional services will also be provided including those based on initiatives developed as part of the "Opportunity at Work" budget initiative. The approximate total value of the suite of services is $60,000 to each community ($240,000 total in combined cash value and staff time) in the first year.

A program of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Virginia Main Street uses the National Main Street Four Point Approach® model to encourage private investment and job creation in Virginia's downtowns. The program helps communities develop strategies that create economic growth and pride in their downtown areas.

"Since its inception in 1985, the Virginia Main Street program has attracted more than $677 million in private investment and created more than 4,600 jobs in the past five years." said Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling. "The expansion of this vital program will generate more private investment, as well as jobs, in Virginia's most distressed regions."

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) accepts applications for new Main Street designations every three to five years. Communities seeking Main Street designations must have populations of 75,000 or less and be committed to a community-based approach that leverages volunteer investments.

For more information about the Virginia Main Street program visit www.dhcd.virginia.gov/mainstreet.

FINAL BASH OF THE YEAR Organizations add The Black Lillies along with Impeach Dixon and Efren to close out the 2011 Summer Concert Series!

August 17, 2011
Friday — August 19th! Believe in Bristol, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and The Birthplace of Country Music are proud to announce the final Border Bash…Because Its Great on State summer concert series!! The last summer concert of the year will be held on Friday, August 19, 2011 at the Downtown Center, Bristol, TN. Children’s activities, crafters, concessions and the Misfit Gypsies will start at 6:00 PM, LIVE music begins at 6:45 PM with Efren, followed by Impeach Dixon at 8:00PM and closing out the show at 9:15 will be The Black Lillies. Remember, our community supporters help make Border Bash free to the public!

The Black Lillies – This alt-country, Americana grouped kicked off their first national tour at the Ryman Auditorium, the hallowed mother church of country music, and have since labored through three cross-country treks, with a fourth during the summer of 2011. They’ve performed on National Public Radio’s Mountain Stage, on two episodes of PBS’s Jammin’ at Hippie Jack’s, and conquered numerous festivals – Pickathon, the Americana Music Association Festival, Four Corners Folk Festival, even Bonnaroo. In June the Grand Ole Opry invited the band to make their debut on the historic circle of wood where so many other legends have performed.

Efren — Efren is a folk group hinting on the psychedelic, from areas around Athens, GA. Reaching out into the musical world with introspective lyrics and brooding energy, Efren entertains on many levels. The players of this music have roots in jazz and blues, folk, bluegrass and rock. Efren touches on Southern Americana music, draws from indie lo-fi ideas, and respects the multitudes of great songwriters of our past.

Impeach Dixon — Impeach Dixon is an Americana/Folk Rock/Neo-Soul band out of Johnson City, TN. English professor Philip Ferguson held a talent show at his college and this band is the resulting congregation. Drummer Tony Dixon was nearly “impeached” from the band when he refused to agree on a band name, thus Impeach Dixon was born. Phil is the front man singing most of the rustic lyrics; you can still hear his SWVA accent slightly in the high notes as he yells out loud about swinging on the swing set. Impeach’s songs tell everyone’s story about growing up—we all want to stand up for something we just have to figure out exactly what we believe in. It is evident what Impeach Dixon believes in, and that is definitely not shady politics, rather it is relaxing and enjoying the moment.

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 2011: City of Bristol TN and City of Bristol VA, Wachovia Bank – A Wells Fargo Company, PennStuart, Dent K. Burk & Associates, Greg Fahn & Rob Simis – Edward Jones Investments, Merrill Lynch, Blakley-Mitchell, Curcio & Stout, Kerr-Boswell, Inc., Blackbird Bakery, Kil’n Time Pottery, Strongwell, First Tennessee Foundation, Bank of Tennessee, Burke, Powers & Harty, Inc., Nash & Powers Insurance, Bristol Dental Group, Cranberry Lane, JA Street & Associates, Inari Wines, Sound Check Music, Jeff & Terri Gregory and Tom & Barbara Smith. In-Kind Sponsors-Coca Cola Distributing, CW4 and Fox Tri-Cities, The Bristol Herald Courier and Citadel Broadcasting.

Border Bash has had a great season in 2011 and welcomed a record crowd to our downtown! A special Thanks to everyone for your support and dedication to live music in Historic Downtown Bristol! We are – “The Birthplace of Country Music.” For more information about Border Bash and other events happening in Downtown, please visit www.believeinbristol.org, www.bristolrhythm.com, or call (423) 573-2200 or (423) 573-4898.

Rockin' Stroll winners announced at Border Bash this Friday!

August 17, 2011
Attention all you downtown merchants who participated in this years Rockin' Stroll contest. Winners will be announced at this weeks Border Bash Friday night! The Grand Prize package includes free Social Media Strategy counseling with Carpe Diem Management, free advertising space from The Loafer, and $300 in cash! $200 cash will go to businesses voted “Most Creative” and “Most Festival Spirit”. A&E District businesses that participate will be listed as an attraction at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, The Rockin’ Stroll self-guided walking tour. Please call the Rhythm & Roots office with questions — 423-573-4898.

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An Evening With Gillian Welch!

August 23, 2011
Don't miss An Evening With Gillian Welch — August 23rd at 8:00pm at The Paramount. Her new album “The Harrow and the Harvest” has received great reviews, and it is always a pleasure to have this talented performer join us here in Bristol. There are still tickets available for this show. Ticket cost is $27.50 reserved. This is one you won't want to miss.

Bristol Ballet holding auditions

August 20, 2011
Bristol Ballet will be holding auditions on August 20 from 11am to 1pm in its studios located at 628 Cumberland Street. Auditions are open to intermediate and advanced level dancers. For more information, please go to www.bristolballet.orgor call 276-669-6051.

LAST WEEKEND FOR — You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown at Theatre Bristol! The first show of the 46th anniversary season!


Snoopy (Will Oliver) fights the Red Baron in Theatre Bristol's production of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown
August 19, 2011
Theatre Bristol is proud to present, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown as the first show on the 46th anniversary season. You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown is a musical adaptation of the beloved comic strip. You'll meet the Peanuts gang: Sally, Schroeder, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy and of course, Charlie Brown.
Click here to read more.

WALLING: COMMITTED!

August 17, 2011
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion recently announced that Walling Distributing Company solidified its role as a Platinum Sponsor with a $100,000 commitment to the festival.
Click here to read more.

Mountain Stage is SOLD OUT!

August 17, 2011
SOLD OUT! BCMA brings back MOUNTAIN STAGE RADIO SHOW, the award-winning National Public Radio program for it’s 5th year! Hosted by Larry Groce, Mountain Stage will record their two-hour radio program for distribution to over 100 affiliates nationwide (WETS 89.5. FM Johnson City, TN-Saturdays at 3:00pm). Five guest artists will be announced soon. The show explores the roots and growth of country music. For the latest information visit the Live Show Schedule at http://www.mountainstage.org. $30 reserved.

Upcoming Events

Art of Kaylynn Wilster, Claudia Rutherford at 606 Gallery

August 01 - 31, 2011

Z.L. Feng & Mei Shu Art Exhibit at Bristol Library

August 01 - 30, 2011

Beginner Yoga at The Healing Arts Center

August 17, 2011

Downtown Bristol Merchant Meeting

August 18, 2011

Megan Gene and the KFB to perform at Machiavelli's

August 18, 2011

The Great Pistols From Russia to perform at O'Mainnin's

August 18, 2011

Yoga 2 class at The Healing Art Center

August 18, 2011

Full Moon Jam Concert Series

August 18, 2011

Painting Class at blowfish emporium

August 18, 2011

Beginner Yoga at The Healing Arts Center

August 18, 2011

Yoga 2 at The Healing Arts Center

August 18, 2011

Ivy Road to perform at Machiavelli's

August 19, 2011

That 80's Band to perform at O'Mainnin's

August 19, 2011

FINAL BASH OF THE YEAR Organizations add The Black Lillies along with Impeach Dixon and Efren to close out the 2011 Summer Concert Series!

August 19, 2011

SPANK at the Bristol Train Station

August 19, 2011

You're a Good Man Charlie Brown at Theatre Bristol

August 19, 2011

Mix2Match Speed Dating at Java Js

August 19, 2011

Folk Soul Revival to perform at Machiavelli's

August 20, 2011

Folk Soul Revival and the Boradcast to perform at Machiavelli's

August 20, 2011

Bristol Ballet holding auditions

August 20, 2011

Rising Lion Reggae Band to perform at O'Mainnin's

August 20, 2011

The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance presents Mountain Stage with Larry Groce

August 21, 2011

You're a Good Man Charlie Brown at Theatre Bristol

August 21, 2011

Open Jam at O'Mainnin's

August 22, 2011

Children's Storytime at Bristol Public Library

August 22, 2011

Pilates Class at The Healing Arts Center

August 23, 2011

Full Moon Jam Concert Series

August 23, 2011

Beginner Yoga at The Healing Arts Center

August 23, 2011

Children's Storytime at Bristol Public Library

August 23, 2011

Acoustic Open Mic Jam at O'Mainnin's

August 23, 2011

Yoga 2 at The Healing Arts Center

August 23, 2011

Beginner Yoga at The Healing Arts Center

August 24, 2011

Beginner Yoga at The Healing Arts Center

August 25, 2011

Full Moon Jam Concert Series

August 25, 2011

Full Moon Jam Concert Series

August 25, 2011

Lefty Williams to perform at Machiavelli's

August 25, 2011

Painting class at blowfish emporium

August 25, 2011

Yoga 2 class at The Healing Art Center

August 25, 2011

Yoga 2 at The Healing Arts Center

August 25, 2011

Shades of Grey to perform at O'Mainnin's

August 25, 2011

Cutthroat Shamrocks to perform at O'Mainnin's

August 26, 2011

Wise Old River to perform at Machiavelli's

August 26, 2011

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