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Downtown Bristol is OPEN for Business!

August 08, 2012
Historic Downtown Bristol TN/VA has been of full anticipation for this coming weekend, DOWNTOWN IS OPEN AND READY FOR BUSINESS! With two major events, this is sure to be an experience for visitors and Bristolians alike. We invite you to join in on the festivities as we celebrate our heritage and continue to grow our community for a bright future! Here are a few highlights but for more information please visit believeinbristol.org, bristolrhythm.com, and pickbristol.com.

Friday, August 10, 2012 — Appalachian Region AACA will host HOT BRISTOL NIGHT — A hot August night is the right time to cruise to downtown Bristol where State Street will be filled once again with classic cars for your viewing enjoyment. Bring a classic car or just the family for the fun and festivities! The show will be showcasing select famous vehicles, and the downtown merchants will be open for business so look for HOT BRISTOL NIGHT SPECIALS in restaurants and stores! Entry fee for cars is $5.00. Each car will receive a 50/50 chance ticket and t-shirt or dash plaque upon entry. All cars will enter on State Street from Commonwealth Avenue and exit from Lee Street after the show. Also as part of HOT BRISTOL NIGHT — Bluesman & The Blues Essentials will be performing on Friday, August 10 from 6-8pm from the cruise-in stage on 5th Street, Bristol, TN. (Across the street from Machiavelli's).

Saturday, August 11, 2012 – Mumford & Sons will host The Gentlemen of The Road Stopover Tour – This event is a ticketed event and has been sold out for some time; however State Street is full of activity for everyone! Even if you don’t have a ticket to the main event, come and enjoy sales, promotions and music here in the heart of Bristol. For the Stopover – Doors will open at 2PM for entry. The schedule is below for the stages —

Main Stage (Stage 1)
JEFF the Brotherhood — 4:30PM — 5:00PM
Justin Townes Earle — 5:30PM — 6:10PM
Dawes — 7:20PM — 8:10PM
Mumford & Sons — 8:50PM-10:20PM

Cumberland Park Stage (Stage 2)
Simone Felice — 2:50PM — 3:20PM
Haim 3:40PM — 4:10PM
Apache Relay — 6:20PM — 7:05PM
The Very Best — 10:25PM — 11:25AM

After Shows:

Mural Stage
The Black Lillies
10:30PM — 12:00AM
Admission is free!
The celebration will continue as The Black Lillies and frontman Cruz Contreras bring their rustic Americana sound to the Mural Stage in the Downtown Center on State Street. With the Country Music Mural as their backdrop, we can’t think of a better way to pay tribute to the Birthplace of Country Music.

The Foundation Event Facility
The After Party with Special Guest DJs
Doors: 10:30 PM
Show: 11:00 PM — 2:00AM
$12 Advance/$15 Doors
Tickets on sale now here [http://gentlemenoftheroad.frontgatetickets.com/choose.php?
a=1&lid=71538&eid=80877] and by phone at 888-512-SHOW.
The epic night also continues with an after party at The Foundation, featuring special guest DJs, curated by Mumford & Sons. The bash promises to be must-attend event fueled by the energy of YOU and your friends bustin' out some serious dance moves.

Comedy at O’Mainnin’s Pub
Creek Side Outdoor Stage
Show: 10:30PM — 12:00AM
$5 Ticket at the Door
Lineup:
Brad White
Jesse Mutter
Dyvon Passmore
Nathan Blevins
Sterlin Hammond
Hunter Roberts
For those who have had their fair share of music throughout the day and would like something a bit different, Beat About, a collaborative effort between comedians from Bristol VA/TN, will be having a late night comedy rumpus on the Creek Side Outdoor Stage at O’Mainnin’s Pub. Come be a part of Bristol’s freshest and most rambunctious scene. More information about the performers can be found at www.facebook.com/beatabout.

This is only the tip of whats happening in downtown this weekend — for a full list visit www.believeinbristol.org!!! We look forward to seeing you downtown! For more information, visit Gentlemenoftheroad.com, believeinbristol.org or bristolrhythm.com or call (423) 573-4898 or (423) 573-2200.

Check out this article from BHC — Arts program unveils new Bristol sculptures!


Credit : BHC Staff
August 08, 2012
Credit: staff By: David Mcgee | Bristol Herald Courier
Published: August 07, 2012
Updated: August 07, 2012 — 12:02 PM

When it rains, Adam Walls’ metal sculpture “Mother and Child” is supposed to send water from a large sphere toward a smaller one like a parent nourishes a child.

It was installed Monday shortly before rains gave him a chance to demonstrate the design.

Walls, of Laurinburg, N.C., was one of eight winners in the seventh annual Art in Public Places competition. With the help of crews from both cities and Bristol Virginia Utilities, all of the winning sculptures were installed at locations in Anderson Park, Cumberland Square Park, Tri-Summit Bank, the Bristol Public Library and the Downtown Centre.

Walls is a frequent winner in the local competition.

“I really enjoy the exhibition here in Bristol. It’s always fun and they always get a really good group of sculptures from some very talented people,” Walls said after helping place the piece in Anderson Park.

This work replaces his “Figures” entry that stood in the same spot near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard for the past year.

“To be accepted is an honor. Two or more years in a row is a real distinction,” Walls said.

The artist said he wants his work to represent something meaningful that people will stop and examine carefully.

“I try to make sure it has meaning and that it has something visual that will attract people,” Walls said. “If you can engage them with something a little deeper, hopefully you’ll keep them just a little bit longer.”

Art in Public Places is a local organization dedicated to displaying a variety of artwork in public locations, board member Ben Collins said. The annual sculpture competition brings a variety of styles created by artists across the Southeast and other parts of the U.S. The program began seven years ago to enrich the lives of local residents, spark new ways of thinking and provide some visual diversity in the downtown area.

The organization also supports a number of local youth arts initiatives.

Art experts from outside the region are selected to judge each year’s contest.

Ben Hernandez of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit was this year’s judge and was present Monday to watch installation of the pieces.

“I was really impressed by the work. All I see is images, not names. It was really interesting. It’s some really interesting work. I really loved this piece,” Hernandez said of Walls’ sculpture. “I’ve seen his work but I would have never connected this to his other works, which are quite colorful. I saw some great works.”

Response to this year’s contest was the largest ever, Art in Public Places board member Mary Jane Miller said.

“We had more than 50 entries from all over the country,” Miller said, adding that all this year’s entries were “top notch.”

“We keep getting more and more names of sculptors so our mailing list keeps growing and our website is awesome. I think people are learning about us from our website,” Miller said.

Rusted metal is a common theme in five of this year’s eight winning pieces, Hernandez said.

“One of the things I was really conscious of was – at a certain point – was that everything I chose was some brown, rusty metal. There needs to be something different so I chose a couple things that really stood out from that,” Hernandez said.

“Break Away,” a polished metallic image of a cat by Beth Nybeck of Missouri, and “Sail Away,” a colorful yellow sail with red buoy by Wayne Trapp of North Carolina are among the more colorful winners.

dmcgee@bristolnews.com

(276) 645-2532

Downtown Bristol Blog

Rising Appalachia Returns to Bristol, TN!

August 13, 2012
Rising Appalachia will return to the Tri-Cites on Monday August 13th for an intimate 7:00 pm candlelight dinner performance at Theatre Bristol on State Street in Downtown Bristol, TN. This is a limited seating RSVP event, which requires tickets to be purchased in advance. This special event ticket will include a light dinner "home style casseroles and salad" and (2) drink vouchers, redeemable for wine or beer (21 and older) and or soft drinks and water.Doors will open at 6:30pm with the show beginning sharply at 7pm and will conclude at or around 9:00-9:30 with an intermission. Tickets may be reserved by responding to this invite with a (YES) and emailing eblevins@bvu.net. Tickets are $30 each and a very limited amount will be released on a first come first serve basis. The venue seats under 100 people. Credit Cards will be accepted for this event, but a 3% service charge will apply.For more information please call423-383-2901.

Mumford & Sons Stopover — Policy for festival entry!

August 11, 2012
Please review for the GOTR Bristol Policy Statements if you plan on attending the event on Saturday!
Click here to read more.

HOT BRISTOL NIGHT — Appalachian Region AACA Car Show 5 pm to 9 pm

August 10, 2012
A hot August night is the right time to cruise to downtown Bristol where State Street will be filled once again with Classic Cars for your viewing enjoyment. Bring a classic car or just the famliy for the fun and festivities!
Click here to read more.

BLUESMAN & The Blues Essentials

August 10, 2012
As part of HOT BRISTOL NIGHT — Bluesman & The Blues Essentials will be performing on Friday, August 10 from 6-8pm from the cruise-in stage on 5th Street, Bristol, TN. (Across the street from Machiavelli's).

Historic Downtown Bristol Offers a Host of Weekend Events, Specials and Promos for AACA Appalachian Region Antique Car Show and Mumford & Sons Stopover!!

August 10, 2012
Click here to see al the events happening in Historic Downtown Bristol Friday — Sunday!!!
Click here to read more.

DOWNTOWN BRISTOL IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

August 10, 2012
Historic Downtown Bristol TN/VA has been of full anticipation for this coming weekend, DOWNTOWN IS OPEN AND READY FOR BUSINESS! With two major events, this is sure to be an experience for visitors and Bristolians alike. We invite you to join in on the festivities as we celebrate our heritage and continue to grow our community for a bright future! Here are a few highlights but for more information please visit believeinbristol.org, bristolrhythm.com, and pickbristol.com.
Click here to read more.

Art D'Vine — a Gallery Hop on State Street

August 10, 2012
The seven art galleries on State Street — Kil'n Time, Benjamin Walls Gallery, 606 State Street Gallery, One of a Kind Gallery, The One Night Stand Gallery, Bridgeforth Design Studio and blowfish emporium will be hosting Art D'Vine — a gallery hop and wine tasting event. Participants are invited to stroll through the galleries and sample an array of wine (one variety at each gallery) on August 10 6pm to 9pm. The Gallery Hop events are always enormously successful and wildly popular, so don't miss out! This event is free of charge.

Bark in the Park

August 09, 2012
Bark in the Park will be held in Cumberland Square Park on August 9. Registration opens at 6pm, and the events kick off at 6:30. There will be numerous events and fun activities, including contests for Best Trick, Largest and Smallest Dogs, Best Dressed Dog, Sit and Speak, Most Hair, Most Unusual Dog, and Dog and Owner Natural Look Alike! The Twin City Photo Club will take a picture of your dog for a nominal fee in the Photo Booth. There will be a Celebrity Dog Walk where local celebrities will participate in a designated walk around the park. Cost of the walk is a $1.00 donation designated for the Blackjack Rescue and Catahoula Connection.
Click here to read more.

Bristol Ballet — Fall 2012 2013 Registration Dates

August 09, 2012
Bristol Ballet has several dates to accommodate getting your child registered for our 2012-13 Season: Thursday, August 9, 4pm-7pm, Friday, August 10, 4pm-7pm, Saturday, August 11, 10am-1pm. For additional information on class schedules, how to contact us, or how to register online! Bristol Ballet’s mission and priority has always been to train and educate people about the art of dance, through exceptional ballet training for youth, and through productions for the public. Through its long history, the organization has served tens of thousands of young dancers and audience members. Children are the main focus of our educational efforts; however, educating and entertaining all of the public are important. The Bristol Ballet Company is located at 519 State Street, Bristol, Virginia 24201, Phone: 276-669-6051, E-mail: info@bristolballet.org, Mailing address: PO Box 699, Bristol, Virginia 24201.

Southern Countrymen at Full Moon Jam

August 09, 2012
Full Moon Jam presents Southern Countrymen at the mural at the Downtown Center, State Street. Starts at 7pm, no charge! David O'Roark & the Southern Countrymen Band are one of the best local country musicians in the area. You do not want to miss this band "keepin' it country!"

8 New Sculptures Arrived in Downtown Monday!


"Break Away" by Beth Nybeck of Kansas City, MO
August 08, 2012
The 2012-13 Art in Public Places Exhibits were installedMonday -please visit aippbristol.org.for more information on this years exhibits!

State Street Farmers Market — open Wed afternoon & Saturday morning!

August 08, 2012
The market opens in May of each year and remains open through October. Its hours are from 8:00 AM to 12:00 each Saturday and opens Wednesday evenings from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM beginning in July and going through September.

Upcoming Events

Local artists and groups invited to apply to exhibit in the Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery at the Bristol Public Library in 2013

July 01 - August 24, 2012

Nevermore Book Club at Bristol Public Library

July 09 - August 31, 2012

Lisa Blankenship Boardwine and Tammy Carter: 606 State Street Gallery Featured Artists

August 01 - 31, 2012

State Street Farmers Market

August 08, 2012

Southern Countrymen at Full Moon Jam

August 09, 2012

Bark in the Park

August 09, 2012

Historic Downtown Bristol Offers a Host of Weekend Events, Specials and Promos for AACA Appalachian Region Antique Car Show and Mumford & Sons Stopover!

August 10 - 12, 2012

Hot Bristol Night Car Show

August 10, 2012

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

August 10, 2012

Bluesman & The Blues Essentials

August 10, 2012

Art D'Vine — a Gallery Hop on State Street

August 10, 2012

State Street Farmers Market

August 11, 2012

Watercolor Painting Class by Claudia Rutherford at 606 State Street Gallery

August 11, 2012

Mumford & Sons Announce Gentlemen of the Road Tour, Stopover in Bristol

August 11, 2012

606 Jam Band at 606 State Street Gallery

August 13, 2012

Rising Appalachia returns to Bristol, Tn!

August 13, 2012

Turkey Creek at Full Moon Jam

August 14, 2012

State Street Farmers Market

August 15, 2012

James Meadows and the Countrymile Drifters at Full Moon Jam

August 16, 2012

Antique car show

August 17, 2012

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

August 17, 2012

State Street Farmers Market

August 18, 2012

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

August 18, 2012

606 Jam Band at 606 State Street Gallery

August 20, 2012

Kids Our Age at Full Moon Jam

August 21, 2012

State Street Farmers Market

August 22, 2012

Food City Race Night

August 23, 2012

Antique car show

August 24, 2012

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

August 24, 2012

State Street Farmers Market

August 25, 2012

State Street Farmers Market

August 25, 2012

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

August 25, 2012

606 Jam Band at State Street Gallery

August 27, 2012

Raisin Cain at Full Moon Jam

August 28, 2012

State Street Farmers Market

August 29, 2012

Good Company at Full Moon Jam

August 30, 2012

Antique car show

August 31, 2012

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

August 31, 2012

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

September 01, 2012

State Street Farmers Market

September 01, 2012

Borderline at Full Moon Jam

September 04, 2012

State Street Farmers Market

September 05, 2012

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