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Bristol to host Mumford & Sons tour stop!


DAVID CRIGGER/BRISTOL HERALD COURIER — Following the announcement of an August concert in Bristol by England's Mumford & Sons, Annabelle's Curse entertains the crowd that attended the announcement Tuesday.
May 30, 2012
By: David Mcgee | Bristol Herald Courier
Published: May 29, 2012
Updated: May 29, 2012 — 8:21 PM

A daylong August music festival could generate attention comparable to the Twin City’s annual Rhythm & Roots Reunion.

That was the consensus of community leaders Tuesday, as they discussed plans to host one of only four Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers in the U.S., featuring Mumford & Sons — an award-winning British band that blends folk, rock, country and bluegrass musical styles.

On Tuesday the band ended weeks of speculation about where it would perform, announcing plans to perform here on Aug. 11, along with seven other groups.

“I think it will be as big as Rhythm & Roots,” said Leah Ross, executive director of the annual downtown music festival. “They’re selling 15,000 tickets and they will sell out – we think in one day. When you consider we’re the only stop in the southeast, we’ll draw people from Atlanta and Florida.”

By comparison, the Twin City’s downtown music festival has grown to attract about 45,000 people during its annual three-day run each September.

Ross and others shed additional light on the event Tuesday afternoon during a news conference that began with a mini-parade down State Street but that was cut short by wind, rain and lightning.

“We were contacted in January by the National Trust Main Street Center about an opportunity to showcase downtown,” Believe in Bristol Executive Director Christina Blevins said. “They wanted a smaller community, a town that could handle 10,000 to 20,000 people; they wanted to know about night life and culture. And when they came here, they fell in love. We are so honored to have them be here.”

Other U.S. sites include Portland, Maine, on Aug. 4; Dixon, Ill., on Aug. 18 and Monterey, Calif., on Aug. 25. Each was “carefully selected and unique,” according to a written statement released through the band’s website and its public relations firm, Big Hassle Media

“We’re very excited to come and celebrate that glorious town,” Mumford & Son bass player Ted Dwane said in a phone interview with the Bristol Herald Courier.

Mumford & Sons will perform along with an eclectic roster of artists selected by the band, according to the band’s written statement. Others scheduled to perform here include Dawes, Jeff The Brotherhood, The Very Best, Justin Townes Earle, Apache Relay, Simone Felice and Haim.

Band members and tour organizers visited the Twin City in recent weeks to finalize details of the event, which includes stages near the Bristol train station and nearby Cumberland Square Park.

“It’s [Bristol] an exciting place to visit. It’s a very easy place to get excited about with the interest in roots music and the great tradition there as the birthplace of country music. And I understand you have a country music festival that people enjoy,” Dwane said, referring to the annual Rhythm & Roots Reunion. “It’s really the perfect town.”

Ross and Blevins didn’t know how many other cities and towns were considered but said the group had A, B and C lists and that Bristol quickly rose to the top.

Factors like the unique downtown straddling the border of two states, the region’s country music heritage and not being a traditional concert stop for touring productions all factored into Bristol’s selection, Dwane said.

“It checks a lot of boxes. With Gentlemen of the Road, we wanted to avoid places where most tours usually go. We wanted to go somewhere slightly off the touring track,” Dwane said.

AC Entertainment of Knoxville is producing the event.

Downtown business owner Karen Hester was pleased with the announcement despite braving the elements.

“It’s very exciting. People will probably start coming in on Friday and stay until Sunday because it will go late Saturday night. We hope to keep them downtown,” Hester said.

The main stage will be set up near the intersection of State Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and patrons will watch from the municipal parking lot. Some acts will also perform at Cumberland Square Park, which means city officials will close off a roughly four-block area for much of that day. All events can only be accessed by event tickets.

Each ticket is $69 and includes a digital download compilation album. Tickets are available primarily at a special website, gentlementoftheroad.com, but a limited quantity will be available at the Rhythm & Roots – BCMA office on State Street. All tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

“They really believe in supporting the communities,” Ross said. “A dollar from each ticket sold will be donated to the BCMA cultural heritage center and they want to work with local charities like Keep Bristol Beautiful on the trash and Speedway Children’s Charities for shuttle service.”

Following hours of music on the two outdoor stages, ticketholders can also join the bands as they filter into downtown bars and restaurants to continue the party, Dwane said, comparing the event to a traveling circus.

“After the main event, we’ll be going into local businesses. We want to promote them,” Dwane said. “We just want everyone to have a great time.”

dmcgee@bristolnews.com
(276) 645-2532

Downtown Bristol Blog

Chief Economist for Wells Fargo and a Panel of Regional & International Business Professionals to Discuss the Economy in the Coming Years

June 05, 2012
The Bristol Public Library’s 2012 Discovery Series presents John Silvia, Chief Economist for Wells Fargo and a panel of regional & international business professionals for a Discussion and Breakfast on Tuesday, June 5th at 8 a.m.
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Summer Reading Programs begin soon at the Bristol Public Library

June 01, 2012
The Children and Teen 2012 Summer Reading Programs are six-week programs and will begin June 11th. Registration for the Children’s program begins, Friday, June 1st. Teens will register on Sunday, June 3rd from 3-5p.m. at the Open House.
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Border Bash on State Street!


Humming House
June 01, 2012
Set in Historic Downtown Bristol, Border Bash continues on June 1, 2012 in the 700 block of State Street. The evening’s events will start with children’s activities, crafters, and concessions at 6PM. Live music begins at 7:00PM with Humming House, followed by Todd Grebe & Cold Country. As always, Border Bash is free to the public!
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Antique Car Show every Friday night!

June 01, 2012
Celebrate Bristol – Appalachian Region Weekly Car Show car cruise-in's on Friday nights May to October 6 pm -8pm in the TriSummit bank parking lot across from the Train Station in downtown Bristol. For more information, please call 423-646-7780.

Sullivan East High School to perform at KP Duty for Friends of 1927!

May 31, 2012
Thursday, May 31st at 6:30pm the Sullivan East High School Bluegrass Band will perform at K.P. Duty on State Street in Historic Downtown Bristol in hopes of raising $520 to have the band’s name etched on the wall of the Birthplace of Country Music Cultural Heritage Center, once it’s built. That night K.P. Duty also celebrates its 20th Anniversary.
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Painting class at blowfish emporium


Funky Cross
May 31, 2012
The featured painting this evening is Funky Cross. Painting events start @ 6PM and are $30+tax per person (includes EVERYTHING- canvas, paint, tools & instruction- You just show up!) This is NOT a painting class. It is very relaxed & informal. The point is to have fun & allow yourself the option to get as creative as you want. NO SKILL IS REQUIRED, really!
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BRISTOL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO COMPETE IN FIRST ANNUAL GOVERNOR'S BOWL FOOD AND FUND DRIVE

May 30, 2012
The Bristol Chamber of Commerce will compete in the first annual Governor’s Bowl Chamber of Commerce Challenge food and fund drive. The “Governor’s Bowl” campaign will run from Memorial Day (May 28) to Independence Day (July 4th), helping to keep Virginia’s food banks stocked during the summer months, which are typically slower for food donations. The competition will be organized regionally, with the “Governor’s Bowl” going to the Chamber or state agency that brings in the most pounds of food for its local food bank. Food and monetary funds collected in Southwest Virginia will be donated to Feeding America Southwest Virginia.
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Sessions 27 Pick of the week — Lisa Marie Presley

May 30, 2012
Sessions 27’s pick of the week album is the “Princess” of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley’s daughter, Lisa Marie Presley’s new album “Storm and Grace”. Presley finally finds her own voice in her third album and taps into her Americana roots. Her previous albums were marketed for Top 40 chart success, a genre in which Presley said she never belonged. In an off-the-cuff remark she called "Storm and Grace" her anti-pop record, and she couldn’t be more right. In "So Long," Presley sings "farewell fair weathered friends" in a place where "Churches, they don't have a soul." In "Un-Break," the chanteuse's sultry voice harks to her turbulent personal life in lyrics such as "I've got run over by my own parade, I've suffocated in the beds I've made." In "Sticks And Stones" the singer directly addresses her legacy and destiny, singing "too bad she ain't just like her Daddy ... she got no talent of her own, it's just her name." With lyrics that have so much vision and a producer like T Bone Burnett who seems to just look at a record these days and make it a hit, with think you’ll be very pleased.
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Paper Windows Second Session Winners Announced


1st place-My Hero My Dad — Marlisa Osborne
May 30, 2012
Paper Windows, a community photography contest is being received by community photographers splendidly. “The second session, Bristol’s Hometown Heroes, was just completed and the 3rd session, Bristol Painted Green, began last week,” said Terrie Talbert, Director of the city’s Community Relations Department. “The response has been tremendous which says a lot about the world of photography in our area. Some of the pictures are unbelievable, they can be so moving” Talbert continued. The winners of the Hometown Heroes session are: 1st Place: My Hero ...My Dad by photographer Marlisa Osborne. Father and son enjoying a special moment together at Steele Creek Park 2nd Place: Guardian of the Past-Keeper of the Future photographed by Denise Beverly. A portrait of V.N. “Bud” Phillips at East Hill Cemetery in Bristol Tennessee 3rd Place: All in a Day’s Work photographed by Larry V. Bolling A picture reflecting the Bristol Virginia Fire Department assisting the Bristol Tennessee Fire Department with a fire in Bristol Tennessee Each of the winners will have their photograph printed on canvas and be displayed in a gallery setting announced at a later date. To find out more about the year-long Paper Windows project go to the city’s website at www.bristoltn.org, click on the Home tab and scroll down to Paper Windows. There you will find all the rules, session titles and entry dates. Brochures are also available at most photography store locations, senior citizen centers, and downtown Bristol retail stores. For more information contact Terrie Talbert at 423-764-4171 or tsmith-talbert@bristoltn.org.

Slappin' Paint, BCMA/VI Art Project

May 30, 2012
It's a collaboration of art and music as Birthplace of Country Music Alliance and Virginia Intermont College began work this week on the massive mini-billboards that will soon hang in the boarded up windows of the Birthplace of Country Music Cultural Heritage Center site. V.I. art professor Sam Morrow, former banjo player for The Dixie Bee-Liners, is over-seeing art students who have taken over the third floor of the school's library as a studio.
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Inari Update!


Come and Welcome Stan to the Inari team!
May 30, 2012
Most of you have met our new Assistant Manager, Stan, who joined our staff last October. Stan comes to us with several years’ experience in wine retail. His specialty at Inari is the beer department. If you haven’t met him yet, stop by and have a chat! Or better yet, come to one of our weekly beer tastings, which we have started offering on Friday evenings from 4:00-6:45.
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Mumford & Sons Announce Gentlemen of the Road Tour, Stopover in Bristol

May 30, 2012
Back in January the National Trust Main Street Center contacted Believe in Bristol about an exciting promotional opportunity to showcase Historic Downtown Bristol, VA/TN on an international scale. A multi award-winning, platinum-selling music act was setting up a small tour across America.
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Upcoming Events

"Paper Windows: A Photographic Vision of Bristol"

April 24 - June 21, 2012

Wilson, Rutherford featured at 606 State Street Gallery

May 01 - 31, 2012

Full Moon Jams Concert Series

May 31, 2012

Painting class at blowfish emporium

May 31, 2012

Antique car show

June 01, 2012

Border Bash to host Todd Grebe & Cold Country and Humming House!

June 01, 2012

Beaver Creek Storytellers at 606 State Street Gallery

June 07, 2012

Antique car show

June 08, 2012

Art D'Vine — A Gallery Hop on State Street

June 08, 2012

AUSTIN ARNOLD SCHOLARSHIP BENEFIT CONCERT

June 08, 2012

Crooked Road General Store presents JEFF & SHERI EASTER

June 08, 2012

Antique car show

June 15, 2012

Antique car show

June 22, 2012

Music and Movies in the Park

June 28, 2012

Antique car show

June 29, 2012

Music and Movies in the Park

July 05, 2012

Antique car show

July 06, 2012

Antique car show

July 13, 2012

Art D'Vine — A Gallery Hop on State Street

July 13, 2012

Music and Movies in the Park

July 19, 2012

Antique car show

July 20, 2012

Music and Movies in the Park

July 26, 2012

Antique car show

July 27, 2012

Antique car show

August 03, 2012

Art D'Vine — a Gallery Hop on State Street

August 10, 2012

Antique car show

August 10, 2012

Antique car show

August 17, 2012

Antique car show

August 24, 2012

Antique car show

August 31, 2012

Antique car show

September 07, 2012

Antique car show

September 14, 2012

Antique car show

September 21, 2012

Antique car show

September 28, 2012

Antique car show

October 05, 2012

Antique car show

October 12, 2012

Antique car show

October 19, 2012

Art D'Vine — A Gallery Hop on State Street

October 26, 2012

Antique car show

October 26, 2012

Art D'Vine — A Gallery Hop on State Street

December 07, 2012

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