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Erick Baker and Leah Gardner Feature at Border Bash on State Street


Erick Baker
July 30, 2013
The seventh Border Bash concert will be held on Friday, August 2, 2013, and will feature the music of Erick Baker and Leah Gardner. 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. Children's activities will begin at 6:00 p.m. with special guests the Misfit Gypsies and Gypsy Spirit. Live music will start at 7:00 p.m. with Erick Baker and continue into the evening with Leah Gardner starting around 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The Misfit Gypsies — Paula Nidiffer and Teresa Thompson — have been a source for Middle Eastern (fusion) Dance in the Tri-Cities since 2002. Their friendship and love of dance shines through in each performance. Each member is a contributing artist and brings something unique to the dance troupe. This collective approach allows Misfit Gypsies to offer a unique and powerful dance experience like no other. Liquid movements, staccato accents and textured choreographies capture a timeless beauty that expresses both the sensuality and strength of the female form. The troupe teaches and performs regularly in venues that range from intimate café settings to full-scale theater productions and at dance festivals around the region. Most recently shared the stage with Folk Soul Revival and Dave Eggar. The Misfit Gypsies will have special guest Gypsy Spirit also performing under the direction of Misfit Gypsies. Members are Karen Smith, Rebecca Baijot, Heather Stroup and Regan Rutledge.

About the Bands:
Erick Baker
— Erick Baker’s powerful voice and deeply personal songwriting style have led listeners though music rich with themes central to the emotional cornerstones of their lives. In addition to steady touring, Baker has made stops at the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, NC and a New Year’s Eve show for the US troops stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Surprisingly, it wasn’t until after college graduation that Erick first picked up a guitar. His talent became quickly evident, and he soon found himself opening for John Legend. Baker has also been invited to perform with an impressive array of artists, including James Blunt, Gavin Degraw, Edwin McCain, the Goo Goo Dolls, Grace Potter, Brandi Carlisle and Heart.

Leah Gardner
— East Tennessee native, Leah Gardner, sings soulful blues, love ballads, and country folk tunes. Her sound is influenced by roots music, old time, classic bluegrass and country, early R&B, and years of playing with a range of fine folks in and around Knoxville. She has performed at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Festival, Bonaroo, Nashville's Loveless Café and the Ryman auditorium, and Tennessee Shines. Featuring Seth Hopper on violin and trumpet, and Taylor Coker on bass.

Border Bash is hosted by Believe in Bristol, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, and Birthplace of Country Music®, and Celebrate Bristol on the 4th of July. 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.

For more information, visit www.believeinbristol.org, www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org, www.bristolrhythm.com or call (276) 645-0111 or (276) 644-9700.

Deadline for Up Against the Wall Rockin' Stroll Window Contest extended until Wednesday, August 7!

July 30, 2013
Attention Downtown Businesses and Building Owners! Applications are open for the Up Against the Wall Rockin' Stroll Window Contest and the deadline has been extended until 5pm on Wednesday, August 7.

For the Rockin' Stroll contest, you are invited to decorate your windows in a MUSIC THEME and compete in this fun contest. By committing to decorate your windows, you'll have the opportunity to showcase your business at the festival as part of the Up Against the Wall Gallery Rockin' Stroll self-guided walking tour during the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, September 20-22, 2013. Any business along the festival route in downtown can participate; owners of empty buildings are also encouraged to participate. Prizes will be awarded to businesses only.

Remember these dates and rules:
* 5pm, Wednesday, August 7 — Deadline for the completed application form to be in to Believe in Bristol
* Thursday, August 22 — Completed windows decorated in a MUSIC THEME. Please also note that they should be lit and visible for nighttime viewing.
* August 23-29 — Judging by an independent panel from the Arts & Entertainment District will take place
* Saturday, September 21 — Winners announced at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
* September 23, 2013 — Decorations must stay up through this date
* Prizes include 1) Best in Show — Winner receives the grand prize of 300 business card-sized magnets from Jerry Peter Sales, 3 free ads in The Loafer, and $300; 2) Most Creative — Winner receives $100; and 3) Most Festival Spirit — Winner receives $100.

Contact Believe in Bristol on 276-644-9700 for more information or for an application form!

Local Cancer Prevention Study Enrollment Still Open — Schedule your appointment Today...Save a Life Tomorrow!

July 30, 2013
This year, you can fight back against cancer by enrolling in the American Cancer Society’s new research study called the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). By joining CPS-3, you can help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer, which will ultimately save lives. Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee residents have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in a nationwide cancer prevention research study that has the potential to protect future generations from getting cancer.

The first round resulted in 459 appointments scheduled for enrollment in the Cancer Prevention Study-3. However, we need 600 enrolled here in the Northeast Tennessee area! Please schedule your appointment as soon as possible so that the location site you choose will be adequately prepared. The appointment times available are from Aug 6- Aug 9 at various locations. There is a survey to be filled out before the appointment, so it would be a good idea to sign up at least a day in advance. The quicker individuals sign up, the more likely they are to get their preferred time. See the details below about joining this important study!

Who can join the study?
The study is open to anyone who:
• Is willing to make a long-term commitment to the study, which involves completing periodic follow-up surveys at home
• Is between 30 and 65 years old
• Has never been diagnosed with cancer (not including basal or squamous cell skin cancer)

Step 1: Make your appointment

Schedule your enrollment appointment time and location by going to www.cps3northeasttn.org (TN) or www.cps3swva.org (VA). Soon after scheduling your enrollment appointment, you will be asked to go online and complete your first, most comprehensive survey. This survey will be completed online prior to your appointment and will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. If you do not access to internet please call toll free 1-888-604-5888 to schedule your appointment.

Step 2: Attend ONE of the enrollment sessions below. Only takes 25 minutes!

At enrollment you will sign a consent form, complete a brief survey, provide a waist circumference measurement, and give a small blood sample.
Enrollment will take place:
Aug 6th 2pm-6:30pm YWCA of Bristol
Aug 7th 9am-1:30pm Bristol Regional Medical Center
Aug 8th 8am-12:30pm Holston Valley Medical Center
Aug 9th 1pm-5:30pm Kingsport Hematology Oncology Associates
Aug 9th 7am-11:30am Southwest Virginia Cancer Center

Step 3: Complete Follow-up Surveys

Complete periodic surveys sent to your home every few years to update your information.

For more information:
Call 1.888.604.5888 or visit www.cancer.org/cps3.

Downtown Bristol Blog

National Night Out Block Party for Downtown Bristol and Solar Hill NW Neighborhoods!

August 06, 2013
The "30th Anniversary of National Night Out", which is a unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 6, 2013. National Night Out is designed to send a message to criminals, to let them know that neighborhoods are organized and are fighting back! These communities partner together to say: We are watching out for each other, we are organized, and we WILL call the police! Historic Downtown Bristol, along with the Historic Solar Hill Neighborhood Watch, will be having a huge block party to celebrate National Night Out's 30th Anniversary! The event will be held at 7pm on Tuesday, August 6, in front of the Bristol Public Library. Come along to find out more about the advantages of Neighborhood Watch in our local community and to share food and good times with your friends and neighbors! For more information, please contact Nicole Slagle, Crime Prevention Specialist of the Bristol, VA Police Department at 276-645-7281 or crimeprev@bristolva.org.

Beaver Creek Storytellers at 606 State Street Gallery

August 06, 2013
Beaver Creek Storytellers will present a Program of Storytelling and Music at the 606 State Street Art Gallery on Tuesday, August 6, 7 to 9 P.M. Refreshments served at intermission. Admission $5.00. Beaver Creek Storytellers — a non-profit association of storytelling enthusiasts formed in 1997 to support the art of story. Performing the first Tuesday of each month at 606 State Street in Bristol TN. http://bristolstorytellers.weebly.com/.

America's Music Film Series at the Bristol Public Library — Broadway and Tin Pan Alley

August 03, 2013
The Bristol Public Library is hosting a new six week program series entitled “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway.” The series features documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions of twentieth-century American popular music. The series allows audiences to focus on uniquely American musical genres including blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock n’ roll, mambo, and hip hop. The next session—Broadway and Tin Pan Alley—will take place Saturday, August 3 at 11:00 AM in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at the Library. It will focus on Broadway: The American Musical Episode 2: Syncopated City. Sessions will continue on each Saturday through August 17, 2013.
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Mountain Music Museum open for "Sneak Peek" after Tunes @ Noon

August 02, 2013
On Friday, August 2, the Appalachian Cultural Music Association will open the Mountain Music Museum from 1 to 2:30pm, following the Tunes @ Noon Concert Series at the Paramount on State Street. The Mountain Music Museum is located next door to the Foundation Event Facility at 620 State Street, just a short stroll down the street from the Paramount. So after enjoying the Tunes @ Noon concert, come on down to the museum for a "sneak preview"! If your organization would like a private tour (5-7 people), please contact Susan Gobble (276-676-0446 or 276-274-3764) or Delores Anshutz (423-943-0514).

Tunes @ Noon at the Paramount — Bristol Virginia Senior Show Choir

August 02, 2013
David Caldwell Tunes @ Noon presents Bristol Virginia Senior Show Choir at the Paramount on Friday, August 2 at noon! We are thrilled to have the Bristol Virginia Senior Show Choir returning to our 2013 Tunes @ Noon Summer Concert Series! This show is about the most fun you can have, and is sure to entertain each audience member! Admission is by a suggested donation of $5.00. For further information, please contact the Paramount on 423-274-8920.

KP Duty Offers 75 cent oysters during Border Bash!

August 02, 2013
Come on in to KP Duty during Border Bash on Friday, August 2 and get oysters for 75 cents each! A great meal to enjoy while listening to the wonderful music of our downtown! For more information, contact KP Duty on 423-764-3889.

Full Moon Jam Tribute Series at the Downtown Center — Rob Caudill: A Rod Stewart Tribute

August 01, 2013
Full Moon Jam is held every Tuesday and Thursday, May through September, from 7pm at the Downtown Center, 810 State Street. This year there will be over 30 bands at no charge — from country and Southern rock to bluegrass and nostalgic music! As part of the Tribute Series, Rob Caudill — A Rod Stewart Tribute will perform live at the Downtown Center on Thursday, August 1 at 7pm. People stop Rob Caudill in airports for autographs. They stare at him in restaurants. And when he struts on stage, people scream themselves hoarse. Why? Caudill is a dead-on Rod Stewart Impersonator. With spiky blonde hair and plethora of stage clothes, this singer has carved out a career recreating Rod Stewart. From kicking out soccer balls and spinning mic stands in his high energy show to belting out all of Rod's greatest hits, it's a must-see show for all ages. From the age of seventeen people always told Rob he looked like Rod Stewart. Rob began his musical career after graduating high school. He then moved to Memphis, TN to study music at Memphis State University and began playing bass for local bands around town. Trick,The Clash and Red Hot Chili Peppers just to name a few. For further information, contact the Dept of Comm Relations, Downtown Centre, 810 State Street, Bristol TENNESSEE, 423-764-4171, or check outhttp://www.bristoltn.org.

KP Duty's Farm-to-Table Menu and Whiny Wednesday — A Fresh Feast and Good Drink!

July 31, 2013
Local Chef Blake Sallie will be preparing a special "Farm to Table " menu on Wednesday nights at KP Duty — come enjoy good food from local farmers! We promote locally grown or raised animals, vegetables, herbs, and fruit. The menu for Wednesday, July 31 includes: *Tomato melon gazpacho * Small plate with pork belly * Blakestone ale from Nashville. KP will also be hosting "Whiny Wednesday" — most bottles of wine will be 1/2 off! For more information, call KP Duty on 423-764-3889.

The Crisis Center Needs Volunteers to Help with Food City Family Race Day in August

July 31, 2013
The Crisis Center, Inc. is pleased to announce that we are one of this years recipients for Food City Family Race Night proceeds! But we will need your help with providing 75 volunteers for the day. We're on our way to getting that number but sure could use a few more to reach that goal. Food City Family Race Day is Thursday, August 22. There are four different times that you can volunteer. The shift options are: All Day; 8am-2pm; 2-9pm; or 5-9pm. The deadline to sign up to volunteer is Wednesday, July 31. Please contact The Crisis Center 276.466.2218 by Wednesday, July 31 to sign up to volunteer. You can also find out more on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/events/540066626039728/.

Prime 6th Street Property for Sale!

July 31, 2013
At just under 10,000 square feet, the property encompasses three commercial spaces on the lower street level with six residential lofts (Six Lofts on Sixth) located directly above on the second floor. Uniquely different from most properties in downtown Bristol, The Upper East Side Village offers an extremely desirable blend of both commercial and residential property. The price for the property is $625,000. Please contact Mitch Skaggs at 423-646-3483 for annual income and fixed expenses for this property.

Announcing a New Partnership: Nash & Powers Insurance Services, LLC. & Duane Smith

July 31, 2013
Jud Powers of Nash & Powers Insurance Services LLC and his team are proud to announce their new partnership with Duane Smith, Founder and CEO of TrueNorth®, an insurance and financial strategies firm headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. As one of Bristol’s longest-running, independent benefits and Property & Casualty advisors, Nash & Powers has established an admirable reputation for trust, expertise, creative solutions and dynamic management, “Our team is very excited for this opportunity, our partnership with Duane Smith will allow us to further enhance our creative solutions and provide our clients the advantage of added resources dedicated to their business,” said Jud Powers. “We will continue to remain a part of the Bristol market—with our staff in Bristol and with local decision making.” Nash & Powers Insurance Services Inc. will operate as Nash & Powers Insurance Services LLC.
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Back to School Supply Drive by Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College and the Eagles Aerie

July 31, 2013
The Eagles Aerie and the Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College are trying to help kids this year with their much needed school supplies. Each year a list is given to all children in VA and TN of all the necessary items for the upcoming school year. Teachers tell us that there are many kids in our community who cannot afford to bring any supplies in; sadly when the other kids have the supplies they need to have a successful year, the children without supplies feel bad and it shows in their work. We can all agree that we want well-educated, happy children in our community! If you would be so kind to help us in our Back to School Supply Drive, we would greatly appreciate it. Supplies may be dropped off at the Southeast Culinary and Hospitality College (100 Piedmont Ave., Bristol VA) any weekday between 8 am and 4 pm. Other times and days can be arranged. If you have any questions, please contact Chef Richard Erskine at 276-591-5699.
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Sale at Wm. King Clothiers in JC before Bristol store reopens

July 31, 2013
The renovation to the Bristol Wm. King Clothiers is right on schedule, and soon we'll be opening our doors once again! This means our Johnson City store will be closing in the next few weeks, and so beginning today, everything in the JC store is 50% off. Now is the time to take advantage of these sale prices on Peter Millar, Hickey Freeman, Bills Khakis, Samuelsohn, Southern Tide and all the rest of our great lines. Hurry... we are winding it down and will be leaving Johnson City soon!

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival Weekend Passes Still on Sale for $50!

July 31, 2013
Where else can you see Lucinda Williams, The Masters of Bluegrass, Keller Williams, Colin Hay, Deer Tick, Blitzen Trapper, Iris Dement, and more than 100 others in one weekend, for under $100? In fact, you can see it all (if you have the stamina), and more, for only $50 if you purchase Weekend Passes before August 31. Take advantage of this extraordinary discount! Order online and print your tickets from home by logging on to www.BristolRhythm.com.Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, now in its 13th year, takes place on State Street in Historic Downtown Bristol, VA/TN September 20-22, 2013.

Little Italy's Late Night Opening Hours

July 31, 2013
When those hunger pangs hit later at night, come and get a slice at Little Italy on 6th Street in Historic Downtown Bristol! This summer, Little Italy will be open until 11pm on Thursday nights, from 11pm until 4am on Friday nights, and from 12am until 4am on Saturday nights. For more information, please contact Little Italy on 423-878-7492.

State Street Farmers' Market — Wednesday Hours!

July 31, 2013
Come on out to the State Street Farmers' Market, now open on Wednesdays too! The hours of the Wednesday market are from 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M each Wednesday. The weekday market runs through September of each year.Check out the market’s new weekly blog on the State Street Farmers Market website at www.statestreetfarmersmarket.com. See what is “growing on” at the market! Remember SNAP/EBT cards are happily accepted at the market.And remember the Farmers' Market is also open on Saturday mornings from 8am until 12 noon! If you would like to participate in the market as a vendor contact Mike Musick at 423-764-4023 to find out how to apply.

Upcoming Events

Sugar-Coated Pub Crawl in Downtown Bristol

May 30 - September 30, 2013

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

June 01 - August 31, 2013

Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery of the Bristol Public Library features works by Joyce Kistner and Kitty Williams for July and August

July 01 - August 31, 2013

July events, book clubs and all things fun at the Bristol Public Library

July 01 - 31, 2013

State Street Farmers' Market — Wednesday Hours!

July 31, 2013

The StereoFidelics at O'Mainnin's Pub

July 31, 2013

Teresa Kath and Jacob Edwards: Featured Artists at 606 State Street Gallery

August 01 - 31, 2013

Full Moon Jam Tribute Series at the Downtown Center — Rob Caudill: A Rod Stewart Tribute

August 01, 2013

Annie Robinette at 620 State

August 02, 2013

The Grand Ole Uproar at O'Mainnin's Pub

August 02, 2013

Mountain Music Museum open for "Sneak Peek" after Tunes @ Noon

August 02, 2013

Tunes @ Noon at the Paramount — Bristol Virginia Senior Show Choir

August 02, 2013

Erick Baker and Leah Gardner Feature at Border Bash on State Street

August 02, 2013

America's Music Film Series at the Bristol Public Library — Broadway and Tin Pan Alley

August 03, 2013

Octane Overload at O'Mainnin's Pub

August 03, 2013

Bob Smallwood & Friends and Ramblin' Rose at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

August 05, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center — Ken Morrell Family

August 06, 2013

Beaver Creek Storytellers at 606 State Street Gallery

August 06, 2013

National Night Out Block Party for Downtown Bristol and Solar Hill NW Neighborhoods!

August 06, 2013

The Farmhouse Ghost at O'Mainnin's Pub

August 07, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center — Catfish Frye

August 08, 2013

Bark in the Park and Beverly Hills Chihuahua

August 08, 2013

Hot Bristol Night Antique Car Show!

August 09, 2013

Bristol Public Library to host America's Music Film Series

August 10, 2013

A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock-n-Roll: American Cancer Society Hope Gala 2013 at the Foundation Event Facility

August 10, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

August 12, 2013

Jim Gates & The Key Keepers at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

August 12, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center — Rambling Rose

August 13, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center — Thomas Taylor & The Night Shad Band

August 15, 2013

St. Paul & The Broken Bones and Blair Crimmins & The Hookers Feature at Border Bash on State Street

August 16, 2013

Girls Inc Amazing Race in Historic Downtown Bristol

August 17, 2013

Artist Reception at 606 State Street Gallery: Teresa Kath

August 17, 2013

Birthplace of Country Music House Concert at Theatre Bristol: Hillman & Pedersen

August 17, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

August 19, 2013

Velvet Blue and Paul Bryant & Kentucky Border at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

August 19, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center — Dave Adkins & Republik Steele

August 20, 2013

Food City Family Race Night

August 22, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center — Southern Countrymen

August 22, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

August 26, 2013

Mountain Park Old Time Band at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

August 26, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center — Music Memories

August 27, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center — Southern 76

August 29, 2013

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