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Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2011 is HERE!

September 13, 2011
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion isn’t just a music festival. It’s an infectious, three-day music experience, bursting with creative passion, electricity, and soul. Every third weekend in September, State Street in historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA is amped to the beat of Appalachia’s past, present, and future. It digs down deep into the roots of traditional Appalachian sound and lifts its branches to new heights–and it all happens in the heart of The Birthplace of Country Music.

Nashville may be country music’s capitol, but Bristol is the birthplace. It was on State Street in 1927 that talent scout Ralph Peer made the very first country music recordings with The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Ernest Stoneman, and others, for the Victor Talking Machine Company. The recordings known as The Bristol Sessions are recognized internationally as the “Big Bang” of country music.

The first festival took place in October of 2001 with just a couple thousand people in attendance. By its 10th anniversary in 2010, 45,000 people from 8 foreign countries and 34 descended upon Downtown Bristol to celebrate the music.

A 501(c)3, non-profit organization, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is dedicated to keeping ticket prices low for families. The festival relies heavily on volunteerism, fundraising and grant funding in order to make this happen. The Reunion is very fortunate to have been embraced by the community in a very personal way. BRRR works closely with a number of local non-profits on projects year-round in support of Bristol’s Downtown and music tourism in the region.


In Spring of 2011 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance formed a partnership that will combine both organizations in an effort to complete Bristol’s Cultural Heritage Center Project. A grassroots capitol fundraising campaign, Friends of 1927, is currently under way to help raise $1 Million. The idea is for 1,927 people to give $520 toward the project. If you would like to contribute to the project, visit birthplaceofcountrymusic.org.

General Info Questions —

September 13, 2011
To view the lineup for this weekend please visit http://lineup.bristolrhythm.com/.
To view the ticket price and merchandise info please visit http://www.bristolrhythm.com/buy-tickets/.
To see photo's, news, and other general information please visit http://www.bristolrhythm.com/.

Thanks to all the staff, volunteers, sponsors, and both Bristol Cities for the support of our great festival!

Are you ready BRISTOL?!?!

Here is one of my favorites by Katy Haupt -

We hope to see you on State Street this weekend!

Downtown Bristol Blog

Coltsfoot Winery Tasting @ Inari Wines on Saturday!

September 17, 2011
Here's a treat for all you wine lovers out there attending Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion -Coltsfoot Winery will be set up at Inari Wineson Saturday from 2:00 pm until 7:00pm (or until it's gone) cost is $5 per person. Presented by: Edward & Sandra Carney, Coltsfoot Winery Owners and Winemakers
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BRRR Children's Day!

September 17, 2011
Saturday, September 17th – 9am – 1pm FREE FOR FAMILIES! NEW LOCATION! Cumberland Square Park at The War Memorial, Corner of Lee & Cumberland Streets. Special thanks to Bristol Virginia Utilities for sponsoring.

The Bristol Tennessee Virginia Association of Realtors Chili Cook-Off!

September 17, 2011
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion kicks it up a culinary notch with the return of The Bristol Tennessee Virginia Association of Realtors Chili Cook-Off! We’re signing up teams for the chuck wagon now so if you’ve got the recipe to beat, holler! You could win cold, hard cash!Teams will set up at7:30am and begin cooking at 8:00am. At 10:30am, judging begins! At this time the public will get to taste everyone’s recipe and vote for the People’s Choice Winner! For more information please visit http://www.bristolrhythm.com/chili-cook-off/

Test your skills at the 2011 Cornhole Tournament!

September 16, 2011
Place: Parking lot on State Street accross from the Country Mural Stage — Time: Tournament begins at 11:30 a.m. — Entry: $30 per team — Register for tournament by selecting "tournament pass" above — $30 per team of two. Entry fees include two one-day passes to the festival.
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Music Workshops & More!

September 16, 2011
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and Virginia Folklife Program join forces each year to bring audiences insightful music workshops. This year the Virginia is for Lovers Virginia Folklife Stage will be located “under the big top” on Shelby Street, one block from State Street, between 6th & 7th Streets.
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Race Across 2 States, Get a Free Pass to BRRR!

September 15, 2011
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is now taking applications for competitors and enthusiasts to join the 5k Road Race / 2 Mile Fun Walk happening Saturday, September 17th. The 5K Road Race begins at 8am, the 2 Mile Fun Walk begins at 8:05am.
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WINNERS of the Wells Fargo Rockin' Stroll Window Decorating Contest announced!

September 14, 2011
Congratulations to the winners of the BRRR 2011 Wells Fargo Rockin’ Stroll window decorating contest! For the second year in a row Office Machines & Supply Company (located at 619 Shelby Street in Downtown Bristol) has shown “Most Festival Spirit”! Eatz on Moore Street’s “Most Creative” window is most inspired, and our friends at O’Mainnin’s Pub & Grille is certainly “Best in Show” with the a double storefront looker that totally stops traffic!
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Serendipity is doing a FaceBook sweepstakes!

September 14, 2011
Check out the link on our webpagehttp://www.experienceserendipity.comor go to the Serendipity Boutique facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Serendipity-Boutique/121468316640and click the sweepstakes tab on the left hand side to participate.The grand prize winner will receive a $500 gift card. If you share it with your friends, and you receive the grand prize two of your friends (who "like" Serendipity Boutique) could win a $100 gift card each. (Only your friends who "like" Serendipity Boutique will be eligible for the 2 drawings for a $100 gift card). If your friend signs up for the sweepstakes and wins the grand prize, you can be eligible for the $100 gift card.
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Upcoming Events

The Watauga Valley Art League will display their artwork at the Bristol Public Library's Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery during the month of September

September 01 - 30, 2011

Latin Cardio Class offered at Theatre of Ballet Arts

September 14, 2011

Warner on Your Corner

September 14, 2011

Wine Down Wednesdays

September 14, 2011

Body Conditioning Class at Theatre of Ballet Arts

September 14, 2011

Full Moon Jam Concert Series

September 15, 2011

Jump on Christmas Class

September 15, 2011

Pilates classes offered at Theatre of Ballet Arts

September 15, 2011

Painting Class at blowfish emporium

September 15, 2011

Rhythm and Roots Specials at blowfish emporium

September 16 - 18, 2011

Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion

September 16 - 18, 2011

Latin Cardio Class offered at Theatre of Ballet Arts

September 16, 2011

Joseph Maye September Photography Exhibition

September 16, 2011

Joseph Maye September Photography Exhibition

September 17, 2011

Wine Tasting at Inari Wines

September 17, 2011

Body Conditioning Class at the Theatre of Ballet Arts

September 19, 2011

Children's Storytime at Bristol PUblic Library

September 19, 2011

Pilates classes offered at Theatre of Ballet Arts

September 20, 2011

Full Moon Jams Concert Series

September 20, 2011

Children's Storytime at Bristol Public Library

September 20, 2011

Full Moon Jam Concert Series

September 20, 2011

Latin Cardio Class offered at Theatre of Ballet Arts

September 21, 2011

Body Conditioning Class at Theatre of Ballet Arts Academy

September 21, 2011

Wine Down Wednesday at KP Duty

September 21, 2011

8-10 year old book club at Bristol Public Library

September 22, 2011

Jump on Christmas Classes

September 22, 2011

Full Moon Jam Concert Series

September 22, 2011

Rumpelstil​tskin disrupts audiences at Theatre Bristol

September 23, 2011

Latin Cardio Class offered at Theatre of Ballet Arts

September 23, 2011

Corduroy Road to perform at Machiavelli's

September 23, 2011

Wine Tasting at Inari Wines

September 24, 2011

Puttin on the RITZ

September 24, 2011

The Body Farm — The Evolving Way Scientists Look at Death

September 24, 2011

Body Conditioning Class at the Theatre of Ballet Arts

September 26, 2011

Pilates class offered at Theatre of Ballet Arts

September 27, 2011

Tuesday Basic Watercolor Class at One of a Kind Gallery

September 27, 2011

Painting for Youth Class at One of a Kind Gallery

September 27, 2011

Children's Storytime at Bristol Public Library

September 27, 2011

Tuesday Pottery Class at One of a Kind Gallery

September 27, 2011

Full Moon Jam Concert Series

September 27, 2011

Wednesday Day Basic Watercolor Class at One of a Kind Gallery

September 28, 2011

Latin Cardio Class offered at Theatre of Ballet Arts

September 28, 2011

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