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Border Bash Line-Up Announced


2013 Border Bash poster
April 23, 2013
At a press conference on Friday, April 19, Believe in Bristol, alongside community partners Birthplace of Country Music® and Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, revealed plans for a summer packed with free live music and family fun on State Street and beyond.

Border Bash, the twice-monthly free concert series held annually May through August, celebrates its fourteenth anniversary as a roving mini-fest that has grown to include children’s activities and vendors in addition to live music.

“Border Bash attendance has seen steady growth over the years because it is a quality family event and always a fun-filled evening,” says Believe in Bristol Associate Director René Rodgers. “We are very grateful to our volunteers, sponsors, and community partners for their continuing support – they are what makes Border Bash possible.”

Border Bash will take place on the first and third Fridays, May through August, with the exception of July 4. Children’s activities will begin at 6:00p.m., live music at 7:00p.m. Admission is free.

“Our first Border Bash in July will be on Independence Day as part of the Celebrate Bristol festivities,” states Vicie Dotson, Believe in Bristol Promotions Committee Chairwoman and Celebrate Bristol organizer. “Our Border Bash concert on that Thursday will be held at Cumberland Square Park.”

Celebrate Bristol’s Independence Day activities will be announced at a later date.

In May, Border Bash will be held on the 700 block of State Street. The event moves to the 600 block in June and July (with the exception of July 4), and to the 500 and 400 blocks in August.

The band line-up for Border Bash consists mainly of artists slated to play Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in September. A third group has been added to the June 21 line-up, courtesy of King University. A few of the Border Bash acts will also perform at Birthplace of Country Music®’s monthly free Concert Series at Big Glades in Wise, VA, May through August.

“We consider it a mini-tour of emerging artists,” says Birthplace of Country Music® Executive Director Leah Ross. “Our Wise concerts were first held on the University of Virginia’s College at Wise campus. We moved the event to the new Big Glades Community Square facility with amazing results.”

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion’s Concert Series at Big Glades, located on East Main Street in Wise, VA, is the first Saturday of each month, May through August. Each concert begins at 6:00p.m. Admission is free.

Border Bash is hosted by Believe in Bristol, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, and Birthplace of Country Music®. Our sponsors in 2013 include AACA, Bank of Tennessee, Blakley-Mitchell, Bristol Herald Courier, Bristol Virginia Utilities, Burke, Powers & Harty, Campbell Printing, Child Study Club, Citizens Bank, City of Bristol, TN, City of Bristol, VA, Coca-Cola, Cranberry Lane, Edward Jones Investments, Express AV Productions, First Bank of Virginia, First Tennessee Foundation, William and Brenda Johnstone, Kerr-Boswell Inc., King University, Mary Landrum, MedExpress, Merrill Lynch, Serendipity, Tom and Barbara Smith, Spiegler Blevins & Company, Strongwell, Tri-City Tent & Event, Walling Distributing, WCYB News 5, Wells Fargo, WAEZ 94.9, and Z-Rock 99.3.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion’s Concert Series at Big Glades is sponsored by Town of Wise, Pro-Art, Cavalier Pharmacy, The Hangar Grill, Dr. William C. Horne, Jr. DDS, The University of Virginia's College at Wise, The Inn at Norton, and Edward Jones Financial Consultants.

Border Bash and BRRR’s Concert Series at Big Glades are partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, Tennessee Arts Commission, Virginia Commission for the Arts, and Virginia is for Lovers.

The band schedules for Border Bash and the Concert Series at Big Glades are as follows:

Border Bash:

May 3 – This Mountain
Bryan Elijah Smith & The Wild Hearts

May 17 – River Whyless
Lizzy Ross Band

June 7 – Woody Pines
Paul Burch

June 21 – The Tillers
Hurray for the Riff Raff
Rosco Bandana

July 4 – L Shape Lot
Jon Stickley Trio

July 19 – Barlow Gin & The Hatchetmen
Field Report

August 2 – Erick Baker
Amber Rubarth Trio featuring Dave Eggar

August 16 – St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Blair Crimmins & The Hookers

Big Glades Concert Series, Wise, VA:

May 4 – This Mountain
Bryan Elijah Smith & The Wild Hearts

June 1 – St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Earth By Train

July 6 – L Shape Lot
John Stickley Trio

August 3 – Erick Baker
Amber Rubarth Trio featuring Dave Eggar

For further information, contact Believe in Bristol on 276-644-9700 or info@believeinbristol.org, or check the website www.believeinbristol.org.

Still wanted: Vendors for Border Bash 2013

April 23, 2013
Calling all vendors! The Border Bash summer concerts still have some space available for food or arts and crafts vendors, and non-profit organizations. The dates are May 3 and 17, June 7 and 21, July 4 and 19, and August 2 and 16. If you are interested, please email Believe in Bristol at info@believeinbristol.org for a vendor application.

Keynote Speaker Announced for 6th Annual Mayors' Award of Distinction Ceremony

April 23, 2013
BRISTOL, VA – It normally doesn’t take a rocket scientist to be the keynote speaker for the Mayors’ Award of Distinction ceremony, but that will change this year when Travis Taylor takes the stage to honor the 2013 award recipients.

Taylor is an aerospace engineer, optical scientist, science fiction author, and star of National Geographic Channel's Rocket City Rednecks. He has written more than 25 technical papers, 14 science fiction novels and two textbooks, and has appeared in multiple television documentaries, including National Geographic Channel’s recently highly-rated special When Aliens Attack.

He has earned six degrees (in optical science, engineering, physics, aerospace engineering, astronomy and electrical engineering) and recently completed a second Ph.D. in aerospace engineering. Taylor has worked with the Department of Defense & NASA for the past 25 years and has top-secret clearance with the US Government.

According to Bristol, Virginia City Manager, Dewey Cashwell, Taylor’s presentation will be fast-paced and entertaining. “Travis is the “poster boy” of creativity, innovation and out of the box thinking,” he said. “Taylor is a true Renaissance thinker, thinking light years out of the box,” Cashwell added.

The sixth annual Mayors’ Award of Distinction Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2 pm at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol. Special guests are invited by invitation with limited seating for the general public. For additional information, call 276-645-7352, or email jmwilson@bristolva.org.

Believe in Bristol's Downtown Loft Tour Postponed

April 23, 2013
Believe in Bristol's Downtown From the Top Down Loft Tour is usually held on a Saturday in late April. However, this year's event has been postponed until October because we are planning on making it into a bigger and better event! In October, we hope to hold a Progressive Loft Dinner, along with our traditional loft tour, over the course of 2 days, where people can participate in either event or both. The tentative dates for the October loft events are October 25 and 26. Watch this space — and www.believeinbristol.org — for further information closer to the date!

Downtown Bristol Blog

Poetry Readings at the Bristol Public Library to mark National Poetry Month

April 28, 2013
Bristol Public Library celebrates National Poetry Month with readings and book signings by three area poets — Chrissie Anderson Peters, Nancy Fisher, and Rose Klix — on Sunday, April 28th from 2-4pm. This event is free to the public and will be held in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room. Time will be allowed for audience sharing of their poetry after the featured readers. For questions about this event or any other library programs, call 276.645.8781 or visit bristol-library.org.
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Pinterest Project Saturday at blowfish emporium: Children's Van Gogh Flower Vase

April 27, 2013
It's Pinterest Project Saturday at blowfish emporium on Saturday, April 27, 12-2p.m.! Come create a fun mixed media flower bouquet: Children's Van Gogh Flower Vase. The cost is only $20 and includes everything! For further information and to register, please contact blowfish emporium on 276-644-1428 or info@blowfishemporium.com.

Student photographers host exhibition at KP on Bank Street

April 27, 2013
Four emerging college student photographers are pleased to announce the exhibition, “Affect”. This exhibit will be open on Saturday, April 27, from 6:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. The gallery is located at 14 Bank St, directly behind the KP Duty Restaurant on State St. The artists will be present to discuss their work, and all prints will be available for sale. “Affect,” is an exhibit presenting a unique showcase of photography by Mrs. Samantha Glenn, Mr. Joshua Hutton, Mr. Blake Patrick, and Mr. Adam Robinson. The work is an assortment of traditional prints, multimedia pieces, and magazines. Through their work, they each encountered different elements of emotion. Please contact Samantha Glenn for more information about this exhibit at sam.marie.photo@gmail.com or (615) 439-5520.
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The Paramount Chamber Players present Lasting Impressions at the Paramount

April 27, 2013
Paramount Chamber Players present LASTING IMPRESSIONS at the Paramount Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 27 at 7:30pm. The Paramount Chamber players return with a variety of music sure to please all. From Aaron Copeland to George Phillip Telemann, Nino Rota to Antonin Dvorak, this dynamic program presented by the popular group of extraordinarily talented musicians and vocalists is always a special event. Tickets: $12 Adult, $10 Seniors, $5 Students. For more information or to buy tickets, please contact the Paramount on 423-274-8920.

King University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Choir present DANCE! at the Paramount

April 26, 2013
King University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Choir present DANCE! at the Paramount Center for the Arts on Friday, April 26 at 7:30pm. King University Bands are proud to present "DANCE!", an evening featuring dance music and music inspired by dance and rhythm. The King University Jazz Ensemble will begin the evening with arrangements of Duke Ellington swing classics along with music of the Beatles and others. Two selections will feature the King University Jazz Choir under the direction of Shea Clay, and the Symphonic Band will continue the theme. King University Bands are under the direction of Lonny Finley. Admission is $5.00 for the general public and free to all students. Faculty presenting a King ID will also be admitted at no charge. For further information or to buy tickets, please contact the Paramount on 423-274-8920.

Thursday Night Painting Party at blowfish emporium: Waves of Freedom

April 25, 2013
Thursday night painting party at blowfish emporium on Thursday, April 25, 6-8pm! This fun night is open to whoever signs up...so bring a friend, bring a group, orcome solo and meet new people! $32 per person, includes all materials. You are welcome to bring snacks & BYOB (alcohol is premitted for those 21+). For more information or to register, please contact blowfish emporium on 276-644-1428 or info@blowfishemporium.com.

Seafood and Wine Specials at KP Duty

April 24, 2013
Your friends at KP Duty noticed how their seafood Friday nights have been a big hit with you! And so they have decided to extend those specials for a while longer! Come to KP every Friday night this month for 75 Cent Oysters, 50 Cent Shrimp, $2 Drafts, and $5 Martinis! They also have a special Wednesday promotion: 1/2 off selected wines!

Upcoming Events

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Weekend Passes on Sale for $45

January 01 - May 31, 2013

April youth and adult activities at the Bristol Public Library — storytimes, book clubs, and much more!

April 01 - 30, 2013

606 State Street Gallery Featured Artists for April: Lauren Pruett and Alexis Snyder

April 01 - 30, 2013

JP Parsons at O'Mainnin's Pub

April 25, 2013

Thursday Night Painting Party at blowfish emporium: Waves of Freedom

April 25, 2013

Kristen Cothron at 620 State

April 26, 2013

Drifting Westward at Machiavelli's

April 26, 2013

King University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Choir present DANCE! at the Paramount

April 26, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

April 26, 2013

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

April 27, 2013

Honey Badgers at 620 State

April 27, 2013

Student photographers host exhibition at KP on Bank Street

April 27, 2013

The Paramount Chamber Players present Lasting Impressions at the Paramount

April 27, 2013

Pinterest Project Saturday at blowfish emporium: Children's Van Gogh Flower Vase

April 27, 2013

Poetry Readings at the Bristol Public Library to mark National Poetry Month

April 28, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

April 29, 2013

Bristol Public Library's Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery to Feature Artist Nick Freeman in Exhibit in May and June

May 01 - June 30, 2013

Featured Artists for May at 606 State Street Gallery: Josh Shaffer and Fred Martin

May 01 - 31, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center

May 02, 2013

Beaver Creek Storytellers at 606 State Street Gallery

May 02, 2013

6th Street Celebrates Free Comic Book Day!

May 04, 2013

Reception for artist Nick Freeman at Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery of the Bristol Public Library

May 04, 2013

Derby Day at the Foundation Event Facility

May 04, 2013

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

May 04, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center

May 07, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center

May 09, 2013

Artists' Reception — Josh Shaffer and Fred Martin at 606 State Street Gallery

May 10, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at the 606 State Street Gallery

May 13, 2013

Small Business Survival Workshop at the Bristol Public Library

May 14, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center

May 14, 2013

Annual Police Memorial at Cumberland Square Park

May 15, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center

May 16, 2013

An Intimate Evening with Clint Black at the Paramount Center for the Arts

May 17, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at the 606 State Street Gallery

May 20, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center

May 21, 2013

Full Moon Jam Tribute Series at the Downtown Center

May 23, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at the 606 State Street Gallery

May 27, 2013

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Weekend Passes on sale for $50

June 01 - August 31, 2013

Art D'Vine in Downtown Bristol

June 14, 2013

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Day Passes On Sale

September 01 - 22, 2013

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Weekend Passes on sale for $60

September 01 - 19, 2013

Art D'Vine in Downtown Bristol

September 13, 2013

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