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Border Bash's Finale in Downtown Bristol A night you don't want to miss!

August 12, 2013
The FINAL Border Bash summer concert will be held on Friday, August 16, 2013, rocking State Street with the music of Blair Crimmins & the Hookers and St. Paul & The Broken Bones. Border Bash’s finale will be a perfect way to celebrate our amazing summer of music in Historic Downtown Bristol! Children's activities will begin at 6:00 p.m. Live music will start at 7:00 p.m. with Blair Crimmins & The Hookers and finishing the evening with St. Paul & The Broken Bones around 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Blair Crimmins & The Hookers
The musical style of Blair Crimmins & The Hookers is an unusual product in today’s music scene. Their album is one of the few that doesn’t quite fit into any particular genre. The very first note immediately sends the listener back to a 1920’s Vaudeville theatre, where Blair Crimmins intoxicates an audience with his smooth voice and The Hookers support him with flawlessly appropriate musical accompaniment. Crimmins accompanies himself on a wide range of instruments: piano, guitar, tenor banjo, ukulele, accordion, organ, vibraphone, trash, and percussion. The Hookers are a band of ten musicians who supply Crimmins with upright bass, tuba, soprano saxophone, clarinet, and lap steel- an unlikely combination of instruments, but a harmoniously solid one nonetheless. Together this coterie transports their listeners back into a world in which men still wear bowties and golf caps while performing, flapper girls sparkle while dancing to counter the sinister tones of the music, and the audience is always willing to get up and dance (Performer Magazine).

St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Paul is a young man who began wailing straight out of the womb, and most folks would agree that he hasn’t stopped since. Paul was raised singing in church in his southern hometown, but had a love for Rock music and dirty jokes. This led him to re-create the sounds he’s grown up singing and seeking, and Paul recruited a rag-tag band of loveable weirdos, visionaries, and hacks to help him harness the power he possessed. Under the aptly named St. Paul and the Broken Bones, this motley crew roams the countryside looking to get cabooses shakin’, faces meltin’, and brothers and sisters everywhere testifyin’.

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.

Don’t forget you can find live music and many other events going on throughout Historic Downtown Bristol year-round!!

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

Bristol Among Best Towns in Tennessee for Young Families


Bristol sign by Briana Morris
August 12, 2013
The City of Bristol Tennessee was named as one of the best towns in the State of Tennessee for young families by NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy website. The website compiled a list of the top 10 towns in the state to raise a family. Bristol came in 7th above sister cities, Kingsport and Johnson City.

The San Francisco-based company cited Tennessee as being important in American history, breath-taking scenery, and close-knit communities. The state also boasts of innovative companies, great universities, quintessential American culture, and endless outdoor activities. They noted too that many young couples ready to settle down are taking notice of the state.

NerdWallet sought to better inform young families and parents-to-be by analyzing towns across the state according to five criteria:
1. Public School rating from GreatSchools
2. Average home value
3. Cost of home ownership
4. Average income
5. Economic growth

Bristol was ranked seventh after assessing the town’s cost of living, education system and economic growth.

“Bristol is big on family fun. Congress has dubbed it the Birthplace of Country Music, and the city has proved true to its name. Every fall, residents celebrate the city’s country heritage with the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, a music festival held in Bristol’s lively downtown,” said Mike Anderson, the analyst who conducted the study.

Anderson added, “Bristol is also home to the Bristol Motor Speedway, a NASCAR track, which normally sells out over 150,000 seats per race.”

NerdWallet is a financial literacy website that helps individuals make better financial decisions. The website has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Reuters.

Bill Sorah, Interim City Manager responded to the rating by saying, “Anytime our city is recognized for the great place it is to live, work and play its wonderful. We feel our community has a lot to offer young families. We have great schools, parks, and lots to enjoy in a city that is safe, and is showing great strides on the economic front.”

For more information on the rating contact Terrie Talbert, Community Relations Director at 423-764-4171 or e-mail, tsmith-talbert@bristoltn.org.

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Mixed Media Mason Jar Workshop at Blowfish Emporium

August 20, 2013
WANT SOMETHING FUN TO DO ON A TUESDAY NIGHT? Appalachian folk artist Erikus Maximus is planning on doing a wood/mixed media Mason Jar workshop at the Blowfish Emporium on Tuesday, August 20th @ 6pm. You will get to create your very own Mason jar masterpiece and fill it with anything you want. Cost of the workshop is $40. The class is expected to last 2 1/2 to 3 hours, all your materials will be furnished, you just need to bring your creativity. Call the Blowfish Emporium at (276) 644-1428 for more details, space is limited. Stop by and see the two sample pieces pictured on display.

Benefit 9-Ball Tournament for Janet Atwell at Borderline Billiards

August 17, 2013
There will be a 9-Ball Tournament at Borderline Billiards on Saturday, August 17 to benefit Janet Atwell, who is fighting breast cancer. The entry fee is $60, with half the proceeds going to charity and half to the field. Details include: * Handicap / Double Elimination * Doors open 11am with sign-up at 12pm * Player auction 12:30pm * 50/50 raffle * Billiard product raffles. For those who can't make it and would like to donate, you can send products for the raffle to Borderline Billiards, 628 State Street, Bristol, TN, 37620 or for cash donations, you can give through https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/fZ6Z5. For information on the tournament, call Borderline on 423-989-7665. Come out and have a great time doing what we love for a great cause!

America's Music Film Series at the Bristol Public Library — Latin Rhythms from Mambo to Hip-Hop

August 17, 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—Latin Rhythms from Mambo to Hip-Hop—will take place Saturday, August 17 at 11:00 AM in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at the Library. It will focus on Latin Music USA Episode 1: Bridges and From Mambo to Hip-Hop A South Bronx Tale.
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TriCities Stand Up Paddleboard Company sponsors Appalachian Challenge as part of the Ninth Annual Watauga Lake Triathalon Event!

August 17, 2013
Our local downtown TriCities Stand Up Paddleboard Company (also known as TriSUP) is sponsoring the Appalachian Challenge as part of the Watauga Lake Triathalon! The Ninth Annual Watauga Lake Triathlon will be held in Butler, TN, on Saturday, August 17, beginning at 8 a.m. The USA Triathlon-sanctioned event includes a 1000-meter swim, a 35-kilometer bike ride, and a 8-kilometer run. This year's event includes a new separate event, the Appalachian Challenge Stand Up Paddleboard Race, to be held after the triathlon swimmers have completed their portion of the race. There will be prizes and awards for all participants and a BBQ lunch. The event is also open to spectators. Participants can preregister for either the Triathlon or SUP race online through Active.com until Thursday, August 15. Visit the website www.wataugalaketriathlon.com for more information.
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Birthplace of Country Music House Concert at Theatre Bristol: Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen

August 17, 2013
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Chris Hillman is considered a pioneer of the country-rock sound and is best known for his work in seminal 1960s folk rock bands The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers. Banjoist and guitarist Herb Pedersen is a well-respected studio and musician-for-hire having recorded and toured with a who's who of mega stars from Flatt & Scruggs to Jerry Garcia to Emmylou Harris to Vince Gill. Hillman and Pedersen came together in the 80s to form The Desert Rose Band, earning three Academy of Country Music Awards and a number of Grammy nominations. One can only imagine the stories this duo has to tell, and you'll get to hear some of them during an intimate live performance brought to you by Birthplace of Country Music® on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 6:30pm at Theatre Bristol during 'An Evening with Hillman & Pedersen'. This intimate concert has limited seating, heavy hors d'ouvres and cocktails will be served. Tickets are $75. Call 423-573-1927 to reserve today. Sponsored by BurWil Construction Co., builders of the future Birthplace of Country Music® Museum slated to open August 2014.

Girls Inc Amazing Race in Historic Downtown Bristol

August 17, 2013
Girls Inc of Bristol is hosting the first annual "Girls Inc Amazing Race" in Historic Downtown Bristol Va/Tn on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 9 am. Follow a 5k course that leads to fun challenges all along the way. This is a family-friendly event that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness levels. This is a team event so get together friends from work, church, school, etc and let the fun begin! The event will end at Girls Inc of Bristol where there will be a field party for all participants. For more information contact Sarah Gillespie at 423-914-4130 or contact Girls Inc of Bristol on Facebook.

Artist Reception at 606 State Street Gallery: Teresa Kath

August 17, 2013
On Saturday, August 17 from 1-3pm, Teresa Kath will host an artist reception at 606 State Street Gallery in Bristol, TN. Light refreshments will be provided during this exclusive event, allowing you to view the work of this talented artist. During the month of August, Teresa's work will remain in the gallery on our Featured Artist display, located at the front entrance. If you can't make it to the reception, make sure to stop by and view her work before the month is over! For more information, contact 606 State Street Gallery on 423-573-2438.

Thursday Night Painting Party at blowfish emporium — Tree In The City

August 15, 2013
Come on out for the Grape Easel Thursday Night Painting Party at blowfish emporium on Thursday, August 15! You can create this Tree In The City masterpiece on your very own. Call and reserve your spot at (276) 644-1428.

Spa Day special offered by Chelsea Matney at The Mad Hatter Salon

August 14, 2013
Need a little spruce up for the end of the summer? Chelsea Matney at The Mad Hatter Salon is running a special for a spa day through the end of September! Pick any 2 spa treatments below for a $50 package: * Spa pedicure * Spa manicure * Any Facial service (customized from an a la carte menu) * Shampoo and style * Mani w/ Gel polish. Call or text Chelsea for your appointment — 423-956-0990. Please note that specials will behonored by Chelsea Matney only.

Stylist Andrea Crump offers a variety of services at The Mad Hatter Salon

August 14, 2013
Come see Andrea Crump at The Mad Hatter Salon located downtown on the corner of Piedmont Street and Goode for a wide range of services! Andrea has lived in Bristol, Tennessee for 3 years, and has been a professional hairstylist/aesthetician for 4 years. Previously, Andrea showed her skills at the Regis Salon in the Bristol Mall. She is proud to be on her own developing new client relationships and working in the beautiful Mad Hatter Salon in Historic Downtown Bristol. Andrea specializes in cuts and colors as well as aesthetic services and waxing. She is at The Mad Hatter Salon Monday through Saturday. Appointments are recommended though walk-in customers are welcome. Please call Andrea at 276-494-1485 or 276-466-1010.

KP Duty's Farm-to-Table Menu and Fresh Oysters!

August 14, 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, August 14 includes: * Chilled fresh corn soup with pico and creme fresh * Local lamb chops seared and served with a mint pesto, new red potatoes and fresh eggplant * Free-range crispy chicken breast, tomato compote and grit spoon bread * Picking our special salad ingredients Wednesday morning at the farmers market so it will be a surprise! * Fresh honey and goat cheese sorbet for a sweet ending. There will also be great fresh oysters on Thursday, Friday and Saturday!For more information, call KP Duty on 423-764-3889.

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

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

August 01 - 31, 2013

State Street Farners' Market at the Downtown Center — Wednesday Hours

August 14, 2013

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

August 15, 2013

Thursday Night Painting Party at blowfish emporium — Tree In The City

August 15, 2013

Wolf Creek at O'Mainnin's Pub

August 16, 2013

James Meadows at Stateline Bar & Grill

August 16, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

August 16, 2013

Roots of a Rebellion at 620 State

August 16, 2013

AACA car show at TriSummit Bank Parking Lot

August 16, 2013

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

August 16, 2013

TriCities Stand Up Paddleboard Company sponsors Appalachian Challenge as part of the Ninth Annual Watauga Lake Triathalon Event!

August 17, 2013

America's Music Film Series at the Bristol Public Library — Latin Rhythms from Mambo to Hip-Hop

August 17, 2013

State Street Farmers' Market at the Downtown Center

August 17, 2013

The Floorboards at O'Mainnin's Pub

August 17, 2013

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

August 17, 2013

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

August 17, 2013

Girls Inc Amazing Race in Historic Downtown Bristol

August 17, 2013

Benefit 9-Ball Tournament for Janet Atwell at Borderline Billiards

August 17, 2013

Artist Reception at 606 State Street Gallery: Teresa Kath

August 17, 2013

James Meadows at Stateline Bar and Grill

August 18, 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

Mixed Media Mason Jar Workshop at Blowfish Emporium

August 20, 2013

State Street Farmers' Market at the Downtown Center — Wednesday Hours

August 21, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center — Southern Countrymen

August 22, 2013

Food City Family Race Night

August 22, 2013

AACA car show at TriSummit Bank Parking Lot

August 23, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

August 23, 2013

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

August 24, 2013

State Street Farmers' Market at the Downtown Center

August 24, 2013

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

August 26, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

August 26, 2013

QuickBooks for Small Business training at the YWCA

August 27, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center — Music Memories

August 27, 2013

State Street Farmers' Market at the Downtown Center — Wednesday Hours

August 28, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center — Southern 76

August 29, 2013

AACA car show at TriSummit Bank Parking Lot

August 30, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

August 30, 2013

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