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Thank you from Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion!

September 24, 2013
It's hard to believe it's over. The stages are down, and city crews and volunteers have hauled off the final remnants of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion. Like most other festivals this season, we were touched by rain, but it did little to dampen spirits.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, to all of our guests. We are so grateful to you for making the trek to our Historic Downtown to support our festival. We hope your experience was epic, that you will remember us fondly, and that you'll return for what we have in store next year in 2014 once the Birthplace of Country Music® Museum is open. We can promise lots of events in celebration prior to festival, so please, keep checking our website and reading our newsletters to find out what we have in store.

A long list of gratitude is due to many, first and foremost to our wonderful cities of Bristol, Virginia and Bristol, Tennessee. What visitors don't see behind the scenes is the hard work they put in to our event. Their support is nothing short of amazing.

Thank you to all our Sponsors. Many have commented that they enjoy Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion because it is a community event. Our Sponsors are the reason. Their support keeps ticket prices reasonable and help us maintain the hometown atmosphere you've come to love. We hope you continue to support those that support us.

Thank you, Volunteers, for your tireless hours of hard work. Without you, we would not exist. From the folks that pitch tents and recycling to the folks that man gates and take tickets, your presence is crucial to our success.

And to our Artists. Wow. You've amazed us again! For weeks we'll be reminiscing about all your amazing sets! For those of you that have played before, you were already an alum. For all the newbies, welcome to the family!

We don't have the final tally on attendance, but will get those numbers to you as soon as we have them available. We'll also be posting lots of pictures and videos throughout the year so keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter!

Again, thank you all for a wonderful festival. We are blessed beyond measure that you have embraced Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion so wholeheartedly, and return year after year.

Discounted tickets to Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, September 19-21, 2014 will go on sale December 1, so be watching our website. We can't wait to do it all over again!

Quaker Steak & Lube Will Add to the Downtown Bristol Experience

September 24, 2013
Officials with the City of Bristol, Virginia announced today that Quaker Steak & Lube® will soon be serving up good food and good times downtown as the new occupant of the former City Mac building.

In a joint meeting between City Council, the Economic Development Committee, and the Industrial Development Authority, a performance agreement was signed, giving J.J. Gillenwater, Blair Jones and Jeff Tickle the green light to proceed with their plans to launch the new eatery. Operating collectively as the Albatross Group, LLC, the trio of Bristol natives brings a variety of expertise to secure the success of the venture.

With a projected opening by the end of April 2014, when complete, “The Lube,” as it is often referred to, will consist of a 250-seat indoor/outdoor restaurant with an outside patio and stages both inside and outside. While the restaurant will occupy the entire first floor, the second floor of the building will house professional office space available for lease. While design details have yet to be finalized, it is anticipated the Bristol floor plan will be customized to compliment the city’s unique music and motorsports brand.

“Bristol’s customized building design, award-winning food and super-charged events will bring a unique and fun dining experience to downtown Bristol,” said Gillenwater. “The Lube is very well known for its events, and live music will figure prominently into our calendar, here in the birthplace of country music,” he added.

Quaker Steak & Lube® is expected to create around 55 new jobs for the city.

According to Bristol, Virginia Assistant City Manager, Andrew Trivette, there has been much interest in the City Mac building from a variety of developers since the space became available a little over three months ago.

“Ultimately, the Albatross Group was thorough in their due diligence and presented a finely honed business plan that demonstrates Quaker Steak & Lube® has the potential to become one of the city’s more solid successes,” he said.

Trivette explained the performance agreement represents a public private partnership in which the Albatross Group will purchase the property from the city.

“While occupying the property, City Mac completed a partial renovation, and the Albatross Group will complete that renovation for the entire property,” he said. Trivette added the city maintains a first right of refusal for the property if sale should be proposed within five years of opening.

It is estimated that Quaker Steak & Lube® will provide nearly $130K annually to the city through revenue and taxes.

Founded in 1974 with the original restaurant built in an abandoned gas station in Sharon, Pennsylvania, Quaker Steak & Lube® has expanded to more than 60 locations throughout the United States and Canada. The unique décor, including gas station memorabilia, classic cars, motorcycles, race cars and Corvettes suspended from the ceilings, combined with the crave-able food and high-octane events, has afforded The Lube® a cult-like fan following.

Today, Quaker Steak & Lube® has become one of the fastest-growing restaurant chains in the country, and has won hundreds of national and international awards for its wings and more than 20 different wing sauces.

Downtown Bristol Blog

Beaver Creek Storytellers at 606 State Street Gallery

October 01, 2013
Stop by 606 State Street Gallery from 7-9pm on Tuesday, October 1 to hear tales from the Beaver Creek Storytellers. Light refreshments will be served, and a $5 donation is suggested.

Basic Digital Photography Workshop hosted by blowfish emporium at the Believe in Bristol office

September 28, 2013
Photographer and digital artist, Malcolm J. Wilson, will lead a basic digital photography workshop on September 28 from 8:30 am until 5:30 pm hosted by blowfish emporium at the Believe in Bristol office (36 Moore Street, Bristol, VA). A beginner workshop focusing on composition, lighting & camera settings, the day includes alecture in the morning, with students capturing the unique splendor of Historic Downtown Bristol in the afternoon. Classroom reconvenes after field photography for critiques of student work. Cost for the workshop is $79. Class size is limited, and payment is due in advance, no later than September 21. Make checks payable to: blowfish emporium, 529 State Street, Bristol, VA. For additional information or to register, call blowfish at 276-644-1428, or email info@blowfishemporium.com. Blowfish emporium is located at 529 State Street, Bristol, VA.
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AACA car show in TriSummit Bank parking lot — proceeds support the Paramount!

September 27, 2013
Come downtown and enjoy the Antique Automobile Club of America – Appalachian Region Car Show! This car cruise-in is held every Friday night, May through October, 6-8pm in the TriSummit bank parking lot across from the Bristol Train Station in downtown Bristol. This Friday, September 27 is a community non-profit night with proceeds going to support the Paramount Center for the Arts.

Bristol, TN Unveils "City Voice" Newsletter

September 26, 2013
The City of Bristol Tennessee will unveil its newest communication tool on Thursday, September 26, 2013. This is the first ever e-Newsletter fittingly titled, City Voice. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, just go to the city’s website at www.bristoltn.org or to the city’s Facebook page where there is a tab to subscribe. It is easy to unsubscribe via the footer in every e-mail. The newsletter may be viewed through most smart phone devices.
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Upcoming Events

Sugar-Coated Pub Crawl in Downtown Bristol

May 30 - September 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

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

September 01 - 30, 2013

Bristol Tennessee Police accepting applications to Citizens' Police Academy

September 09 - November 11, 2013

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

September 23 - November 14, 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

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

September 27, 2013

AACA car show in TriSummit Bank parking lot

September 27, 2013

Mathien at 620 State

September 27, 2013

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

September 28, 2013

Play performing live at O'Mainnin's Pub

September 28, 2013

Citizen Kane at O'Mainnin's Pub

September 28, 2013

State Street Farmers' Market at the Downtown Center

September 28, 2013

Basic Digital Photography Workshop hosted by blowfish emporium at the Believe in Bristol office

September 28, 2013

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

September 30, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

September 30, 2013

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

October 01 - 31, 2013

Beaver Creek Storytellers at 606 State Street Gallery

October 01, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center — Kids Our Age

October 01, 2013

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

October 03, 2013

Bristol Business Series: Hot Business Topics for Business Owners and Managers at the Bristol Train Station

October 03, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

October 04, 2013

James Meadows at Stateline Bar & Grill

October 04, 2013

Saint Francis Benefit Concert at Emmanuel Episcopal Church to benefit Holly Help Spay & Neuter Fund

October 04, 2013

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

October 05, 2013

Cyber Liability Lunch & Learn at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce

October 09, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

October 11, 2013

ArtSmart classes at the Bristol Public Library

October 12, 2013

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

October 12, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

October 14, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

October 18, 2013

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

October 19, 2013

Artist reception for Pat Brussard at 606 State Street Gallery

October 19, 2013

Cancer Outreach Foundation's 1st Annual Music for Hope Concert at the Bristol Train Station

October 19, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

October 21, 2013

Super Supervisors II training at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce

October 23, 2013

AACA car show at TriSummit Bank Parking Lot

October 25, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

October 25, 2013

Brass Transit — The Music of the Legendary Chicago at the Paramount

October 25, 2013

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

October 26, 2013

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