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It's the best time of the year — Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is finally here!

September 16, 2013
Once again, it's time for the almighty Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in Historic Downtown Bristol! On September 20-22, come listen to the sounds of over 140 bands and musicians and get involved in all the festivities over this wonderful weekend! Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion isn’t just a music festival. It’s an infectious, three-day music experience, bursting with creative passion, electricity, and soul. Every third weekend in September, State Street in Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA is amped to the beat of Appalachia’s past, present, and future. It digs down deep into the roots of traditional Appalachian sound and lifts its branches to new heights – and it all happens in the heart of The Birthplace of Country Music. It is, and isn’t, your Daddy’s country music. It’s hardly strictly bluegrass. It’s not a rock show, but it totally does. And if you’ve never been, you’ll never know just how much. Passes are still on sale with weekend passes for $60 available until September 19; passes are $70 each at the gate during the festival. Here are just a few of the great bands you can hear at this amazing festival: Lucinda Williams, Keller Williams, Deer Tick, The Apache Relay, Scythian, J.D. McPherson, Red Molly, Balsam Range, Claire Lynch Band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Time Out, Spirit Family Reunion, Paul Thorn, David Mayfield Parade, St Paul & The Broken Bones, and the Amber Rubarth Trio. There are also tons of other activities going on including food and crafts vendors, a chili cook-off, Kids' Day, a sneak peek at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, a 5K road race / 2 mile fun walk, the Rockin' Stroll window contest, pancake breakfasts, jam camp, a youth music competition, and zumba! For more information or for tickets, contact Rhythm & Roots on 423-573-4898 or go to www.bristolrhythm.com.

The 13th Annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival Connects with BVU and BTES

September 17, 2013
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion announced a special partnership with BVU Authority and BTES a press conference yesterday. This partnership includes providing improved digital connectivity for 2013 festival goers. BVU and BTES have volunteered to connect a total of eight stages, split between the two states, for live public video streaming by ETSU Online and Heritage TV during the three-day event. Some live footage will be recorded by Heritage TV, BVU’s local access channel, and will also be aired after the festival on OptiNet channel 3.

Leah Ross, Executive Director of Birthplace of Country Music®, parent non-profit of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, states “Bristol is two states with one state of mind. Bringing BVU and BTES together for this project is just another example of how our festival brings people together. We are very grateful to BVU and BTES for their support.”

BVU has also installed a large WiFi zone throughout downtown Bristol VA – allowing ticket holders to connect to the live streaming via OptiNet’s network. This permanent infrastructure is in addition to the “BVU Pavilion,” a technology hotspot for festival attendees. The BVU Pavilion, located at 709 State Street, will offer free WiFi access, public laptops, as well as high-definition televisions and seating for festival guests. BVU has also provided point-of-sale terminals at four Virginia locations for credit card processing at ticket booths, and has facilitated the electrical connections for the festival venues.

“Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion has become such a huge part of our community, and we are avid supporters of making the communities we serve great places to live and visit,” explains Gail Childress, Director of Community Outreach for BVU. “These complimentary services are just one way that we can say ‘Welcome’ to our visitors and ‘Thank you’ to our local residents.”

Mike Browder, CEO of BTES, added “Partnering with Rhythm & Roots Reunion in providing these high-speed data services is just another way that we can exceed our community’s expectations and continue to showcase our Gigabit Community.”

Festival guests and general public will be able to access the live video streaming at www.BristolRhythm.com and www.bvu-optinet.com/data_elements/brrrcams.html.

Downtown Bristol Blog

The Power of Constant Contact — Leveraging Social Media will be at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce

September 24, 2013
Training workshop The Power of Constant Contact – Leveraging Social Media will be on Tuesday, September 24 at 8:30-10:30 AM at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce. Cost to Chamber Members: No Cost; cost to Non-Members: $35. This program will demonstrate how to use Constant Contact to utilize social media to effectively market your business. During the two-hour session, attendees will gain a better understanding of how to use Constant Contact to reach both current and potential customers. For more information about Constant Contact visit www.constantcontact.com. This training is presented by Constant Contact. The Bristol Business Resource Center (BBRC) provides training sessions throughout the year. A variety of topics are offered for both the entrepreneur, small business owner, and mid to large size businesses. For more information or to request a specific training, please contact Karen Witcher at 423.989.4870 or via email at kwitcher@bristolchamber.org.

Final leg of Youth Music Competition held during Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

September 21, 2013
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and Capo’s Music Store, LLC are joining forces to produce the inaugural Youth Music Competition. The competition is open to youth ages 5-18 playing the Upright Bass, Banjo, Fiddle/Violin, Guitar, Mandolin or Ukulele. The Preliminary Competition was held on Saturday, September 7, 2013, at Virginia Intermont College in the Harrison Jones Auditorium. Final Competition will be held Saturday, September 21, 10am-1pm in the Jam Tent during Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion. Prizes will be awarded on Saturday, September 21 to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Finishers: * 1st prize will be a new banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle or uke and cash prize (amount TBD) * 2nd place will receive a $50 Gift Certificate to Capo’s Music Store * 3rd prize will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to Capo’s Music Store. For more information, check out http://bristolrhythm.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/07/2013-Youth-Music-Competition-RulesRegs.pdf.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Chili Cook-Off

September 21, 2013
The Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Chili Cook-Off will be held on Saturday, September 21. Set up begins at 8:30am, contestants start cooking at 9am, the chilis will be tasted and judged at 12 noon, and the winners will be announced at 1:30pm. Several prizes are available: * 1st Place — $200 * 2nd Place — $150 * 3rd Place — $100 * People's Choice — $200 * Wimpy Chili — $50 * Showmanship — $50. Check out http://bristolrhythm.com/chili-cook-off/ for more information, including the application, the full rules and regulations, and the health regulations forms.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 5K road race / 2 mile fun walk

September 21, 2013
Race in Two States on Saturday, September 21 as part of the festivities for Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion! Starting line is at the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and State Street. The 5K starts at 8:00 a.m., and the 2 Mile Fun Walk starts at 8:05 a.m. Over 700 participants took part in last year’s event, but only the first 600 participants are guaranteed a t-shirt so sign up today! Note, the original 5k course is back! Pre-registration fee is $20 (pre-registration ends 9/12/13), day of race the fee is $25. Early packet pick up and late registration on 9/19 at 618 State Street. To register, go online to www.bristolrhythm.com to download online registration form and mail it to us with payment! Follow directions listed on the form. This event is sponsored by Wellmont Bristol Regional Medial Center, Settlers Life, Kroger, Appalachian Chiropractic Wellness Center, CenturyLink, and Coca-Cola.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Kids' Day!

September 21, 2013
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Kids' Day on Saturday, September 21, 10am-2pm, is a fun time for the whole family! Held at Cumberland Square Park, this free event includes: * 10:00am — Steve Gryb: The Pied Piper of Percussion * 11:00am — Kazoobie Kazoo * 12:00pm — Steve Gryb: The Pied Piper of Percussion * 1:00pm — Kazoobie Kazoo * Petting zoo * Zappo the Clown * Inflatables * Cartoon characters * Rock climbing wall * Carnival games * Arts & crafts * Face painting * And MUCH, MUCH MORE!!!

Get your Zumba on during Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion!

September 21, 2013
Bristol Ballet (519 State Street on the Virginia side) is offering Zumba twice on Saturday, September 21, 11am and 1pm for 15 minutes each. If you need a quickie work out that’s super-fun, treat yourself to a class – or two! The best part, it’s totally FREE.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Rockin' Stroll — take the tour and see the winners announced on stage!

September 21, 2013
The Rockin’ Stroll, sponsored by Up Against the Wall Gallery in Kingsport, is a maze of decorated storefront windows in the Historic Downtown Bristol area inspired by the music of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion. For the past three years, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion has held a contest among business owners, and each year we are surprised by their amazing creativity. You can take the self-guided walking tour to see all the windows all weekend! The winners will be announced and receive their prizes on Saturday, September 21, at 5:30pm on the State Street Stage. Visit the following locations during the festival to check out these great windows: * Pretty Girl Station, 505 State Street, Bristol, VA * lowfish emporium, 529 State Street, Bristol, VA * The Boxwood, 533 State Street, Bristol, VA * Uncle Sam’s Loan Office, 614 State Street, Bristol, TN * 606 State Street Gallery, 606 State Street, Bristol, TN * Stateline Bar & Grill, 646 State Street, Bristol, TN * Cranberry Lane, 623 State Street, Bristol, VA * Serendipity, 705 State Street, Bristol, VA * Green with Envy, 20 6th Street, Bristol, TN * Holly Help Spay-Neuter Fund, 14 6th Street, Bristol, TN * Pen’s Floral, 32 Moore Street, Bristol, VA * The Mad Hatter, 14 Piedmont Avenue, Bristol, VA. Best in Show winner will receive 3 full color, quarter-page ads in The Loafer, 300 business card size magnets from Jerry Peters Sales and $300 cash. $100 will go to the window deemed “Most Creative” and another $100 will go to the window with “Most Festival Spirit”.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots pancake breakfasts — a great way to fuel your music-filled festival!

September 21, 2013
Come on out on Rhythm & Roots Reunion weekend for a yummy breakfast and get fueled up for your days of music! On Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22 from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., join us for a delicious breakfast of pancakes, sausage and juice or coffee at the YWCA Bristol, located just under the Bristol sign at 106 State Street on the corner of State & Pennsylvania Avenue. At $5 a plate, you can’t beat it! All proceeds benefit Bristol Historical Association and Kiwanis of Bristol, VA/TN.

Birthplace of Country Music Museum Sneak Peek — A Virtual Tour

September 21, 2013
Discover a story of American music and Bristol’s important history in its evolution. The Birthplace of Country Music® Museum, opening August 2014, reveals more than the past. Take the “Museum Sneak Peek – A Virtual Tour” during Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and glimpse our future. These tours are free and open to the public, and there are two times: Saturday, September 21, at 11:00 a.m. and Sunday, September 22, at 11:30am. The tours will be hosted by Dr. Jessica Turner – Museum Director, and they will be held at the Believe in Bristol office at 36 Moore Street (located on the corner of Moore & Cumberland Streets). Highlights of the museum will include: * 12,000 Sq. Ft. of Exhibit Space * Music Mixing & Listening Stations * Live Year Round Performances * Orientation & Performance Theaters * Educational Programs * Interactive Technology-Infused Media * And much more!

BVU offering Wi-Fi Pavilion at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

September 20, 2013
During Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, be sure and stop by the BVU Wi-Fi Pavilion! It’s the place to upload, download, or just recharge. Located at 709 State Street, at the Bristol Virginia Utilities Internet Pavilion you can email all your friends back home about the great time you’re having at Bristol Rhythm...and have them get their tails over to Bristol to experience the biggest — and most fun — Reunion they’ll ever witness!

Elements Home Decor having HUGE sale over BRRR weekend!

September 20, 2013
Come by Elements at 600 State Street over Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion weekend (September 20-22) and get 25 to 50% off all store items!

Bristol Public Library Main Branch to be closed to the Public during Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion

September 20, 2013
The Bristol Public Library’s Main Downtown Branch will be closed to the public September 20-22 during the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion. Regular hours will resume on Monday, September 23. The security set up for BRRU creates a situation where people without tickets or passes can enter on the first floor of the Library and exit directly into the crowd by leaving through the Piedmont doors on the ground floor. Parking for the festival also leaves Library patrons with nowhere to park. Please note, however, that the Avoca Branch of the Bristol Public Library will remain open it regular hours Friday 10 AM—5 PM and Saturday, 10 AM – Noon.

Wm. King Clothiers to reopen on September 19!

September 19, 2013
The revovation at Wm. King Clothiers is finally done! The dust has settled, and we are excited to announce that we will reopen on Thursday, September 19th. We look forward to showing you our new store and our version of classic fall clothing for gentlemen and ladies!

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and Virginia Intermont College hosting Jam Camp!

September 18, 2013
Did you know there’s an etiquette to jumping into a bluegrass jam? Want to know how to find melodies and fake solos? That’s what the Wernick Method is all about, and we can teach you this year at Jam Camp! Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and Virginia Intermont College will host the festival’s first Bluegrass Jamming Camp, taught by Gilbert Nelson using the Wernick Method, leading up to the festival. The camp takes place Wednesday, September 18 – Friday, September 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day. Jam Camp will be held in the Harrison Jones Auditorium on the campus of Virginia Intermont, lunch and one (1) Weekend Pass to Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion will be provided to each student. A $120 deposit is required, $175 balance due first day of class. For more information, go to http://drbanjo.com/camps-gilbert-nelson-bristol.php.

Little Italy's Pasta Wednesday featuring Baked Ziti this week!

September 18, 2013
Come on down to Little Italy on 6th Street for Pasta Wednesday this Wednesday, September 18! They'll be serving their usual menu, including the BIGGEST slice in town, but they will also feature a yummy Baked Ziti — available until it runs out so be quick! You can also still order the usual Wednesday spaghetti and meatballs. For more information, call Little Italy on 423-878-7492.

Have you checked out Serendipity?

September 18, 2013
Serendipity Boutique, located at 705 State Street, isfilling up with great merchandise for our R&R shoppers. Fun begins Friday at 5pm, don't miss out!

Upcoming Events

Sugar-Coated Pub Crawl in Downtown Bristol

May 30 - September 30, 2013

606 State Street Gallery Featured Artists for September: Carl Jenkins and Jessica Graybeal

September 01 - 30, 2013

Dr. Gary Chambers' Artworks to be shown in "Dreams of Africa" exhibition in the Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery at the Bristol Public Library

September 01 - 30, 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

Bristol Tennessee Police accepting applications to Citizens' Police Academy

September 09 - November 11, 2013

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and Virginia Intermont College hosting Jam Camp!

September 18 - 20, 2013

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

September 18, 2013

Farmhouse Ghost at O'Mainnin's Pub

September 19, 2013

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in Historic Downtown Bristol

September 20 - 22, 2013

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Rockin' Stroll — take the tour and see the winners announced on stage!

September 20 - 22, 2013

Elements Home Decor having HUGE sale over BRRR weekend!

September 20 - 22, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

September 20, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

September 20, 2013

Bristol Rhythm & Roots pancake breakfasts — a great way to fuel your music-filled festival!

September 21 - 22, 2013

Birthplace of Country Music Museum Sneak Peek — A Virtual Tour

September 21 - 22, 2013

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Kids' Day!

September 21, 2013

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 5K road race / 2 mile fun walk

September 21, 2013

Final leg of Youth Music Competition held during Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

September 21, 2013

Rodney "Darlin Boy" and The Dillard Band at the Foundation Event Facility

September 21, 2013

Servant Heart playing at 606 State Street Gallery

September 21, 2013

Get your Zumba on during Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion!

September 21, 2013

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Chili Cook-Off

September 21, 2013

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

September 21, 2013

YWCA offering women's 5K walk / run conditioning program before the Turkey Trot / Gobbler's Gait 5K

September 23 - November 14, 2013

Ivy Road at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

September 23, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

September 23, 2013

The Power of Constant Contact — Leveraging Social Media at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce

September 24, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center — Music Memories

September 24, 2013

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

September 25, 2013

Last Call at O'Mainnin's Pub

September 25, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center — Southern 76

September 26, 2013

Mathien at 620 State

September 27, 2013

AACA car show in TriSummit Bank parking lot

September 27, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

September 27, 2013

Play performing live at O'Mainnin's Pub

September 28, 2013

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

September 28, 2013

Basic Digital Photography Workshop hosted by blowfish emporium

September 28, 2013

State Street Farmers' Market at the Downtown Center

September 28, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

September 30, 2013

Bands from the ETSU music program playing at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

September 30, 2013

Features Artists in October at 606 State Street Gallery: Tom Burnheimer and Pat Bussard

October 01 - 31, 2013

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