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Name Your Seat in the Birthplace of Country Music Museum

April 22, 2014
You don't have to be an artist to leave your signature on the Birthplace of Country Music Museum!Take a seat in the spotlight by dedicating a seat in the Performance or Orientation Theaters. A seat dedication is a lasting gift and thoughtful tribute to a family member or loved one.

Visit www.BirthplaceofCountryMusic.org to download a brochure or call 423-573-1927 for more information.

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum opens August 1, 2014.

Bristol Artists Featured at Abingdon's First Thursday Art Walk!

April 22, 2014
Creeper Vapor Art Gallery, the newest art space on the First Thursday Abingdon Art Walk, will host an opening reception kicking off an exhibition by nationally acclaimed Bristol, Tennessee artist, Eric Cunningham. The First Thursday Art Walk will take place May 1, from 6-9 pm.

Cunningham, who produces his art under the moniker Erikus Maximus, has lived in the Bristol Tennessee/Virginia area his whole life and has been painting, doodling, and or drawing since he could hold a pencil. About 15 years ago he started painting heavily as a form of relaxation to deal with the pressures and stress of a hectic 40+ hour a week job. He started selling artwork online a few years ago and has sold hundreds of works throughout the nation and worldwide.

Not only does he have a plethora of fans and collectors in the Appalachian region, his collector base includes art dealers in Chicago, Atlanta and the west coast. He is also collected in Germany, Italy and England. His self-produced videos have been featured on several reality TV shows including the Animal Planet, The Speed Channel (now Fox Sports) and the SyFy channel. Cunningham is also an owner/partner in blowfish emporium, an eclectic, brick and mortar art gallery located in downtown Bristol, Virginia.

In addition to Cunningham, other artists with work at the gallery will be present for the Art Walk, including: painter and glass artist, Joyce Samuel; iPhoneagrapher, The HipstaChick and; photographer, Malcolm J. Wilson. Refreshments will be served by the Uncanny Kitchen, an Abingdon, Virginia vegan restaurant.

Creeper Vapor Art Gallery is located at 301 W Main St., Abingdon, (above Brandywine Antiques). The Cunningham exhibit will run through May 24, 2014. The space is open noon until 7PM, Tuesday through Saturday.

Emmylou Harris Headlines Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2014 AND Birthplace of Country Music Museum Open for Festival

April 22, 2014
A press conference was held Tuesday, April 22 in the Performance Theater of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum (opening August 1) to announce the highly anticipated lineup for Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2014.

"This is possibly the most exciting festival in the history of our organization," stated BCM executive director, Leah Ross. “For the first time, visitors of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion will be able to explore the origins of Bristol’s important place in recorded music history here at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum."

Among the artists scheduled to appear at the 2014 event, 13- time Grammy winner and Billboard Century Award recipient, Emmylou Harris. “Emmylou Harris is one of the most admired and influential women in music. We are honored to have an artist of this magnitude be part of our festival.”

Emmylou Harris’ contribution as a singer and songwriter spans 40 years. She has recorded more than 25 albums and has lent her talents to countless fellow artists’ recordings. In recognition of her remarkable career, Harris was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008. Harris has recorded with such diverse artists as Linda Ronstadt, Daniel Lanois, Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler, Neil Young, Gram Parsons, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, Ryan Adams, Beck, Elvis Costello, Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett, and most recently, Rodney Crowell with whom she shares a Grammy for “Best Americana Album.

Subject Matter Studio
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion also revealed its 2014 annual poster artwork, designed by Drew Findley of Subject Matter Studio. Subject Matter is a full service graphic design studio, based out of Asheville, North Carolina, and is sought after by artists such as Adele, Dave Matthews Band, Kings of Leon, The Avett Brothers, and Langhorne Slim for their individually, hand pressed posters with an avante garde aesthetic.

The first one hundred limited edition prints are numbered and signed by the artist, available for purchase at $25. Call 423-573-1927 to reserve. Unsigned posters will be available at the BCM office and in our online store for $15.

The Museum
Birthplace of Country Music Museum, slated to open August 1, will be open during Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, but will not house a stage this year. The museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is dedicated to telling the story of the Bristol Sessions through permanent exhibits, a special exhibits gallery, educational programs, multiple film experiences, and a theater dedicated to year-round music performances, workshops, and films. In addition, the museum will feature interactive music mixing and listening stations and technology-infused media.

"The museum will feature exhibits that explore the Bristol Sessions and their role in early commercial country music recordings, and the region’s influence on this music," says Dr. Jessica Turner, the museum's director and lead curator. "We also have the opportunity to educate audiences about the early recording industry, of which Bristol was just one site of many, and how these musics are connected historically."

Activities at BRRR 2014
Sign up is already under way for Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion’s Wernick Method Jam Camp. Jam Camp takes place September 17-19, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. daily. Participants will perform a showcase during the festival. Musicians who play guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, bass, or Dobro are encouraged to sign up at BristolRhythm.com.

Children’s Day, provided by BVU Optinet, is a favorite activity for families each year. Children’s Day is a free event, held Saturday, September 20 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Cumberland Square Park. Children’s entertainment, inflatables, face painting, and fun crafts are always part of the festivities.

BRRR’s 5k Road Race/2 Mile Fun Walk is another popular mainstay of the festival. Run/walkers take their places at the starting line at 8:00 a.m. in front of the Bristol Train Station Saturday, September 20. More than 700 people participated in last year’s event. Sign up for the event will be posted early summer.

Green Pack
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion’s Green Pack will step up its recycling efforts in 2014. Vendors will only be allowed to use recyclable serving materials, and 30 recycling stations will be available for festivarians to place used plastic, aluminum and paper products. Vendor composting will be introduced at this year’s festival. Vendors will be given the option to compost food waste in 2014; composting will be mandatory in 2015. A Compost Cube will be provided by Appalachian Sustainable Development to serve as an educational tool, and literature about composting will be distributed.

Volunteer in 2014
Volunteer applications for Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion will be up on the festival’s website mid to late May. Volunteers will receive one (1) Day Pass to the festival and a Volunteer t-shirt for each five-hour shift they work. More than 700 volunteers are needed for the entire weekend.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2014 Lineup
Emmylou Harris, David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Moon Taxi, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Dale Watson & His Lonestars, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, The Kruger Brothers, Billy Joe Shaver, The Seldom Scene, Ray Wylie Hubbard, White Denim, Caveman, Willie Watson, The Black Lillies, 18 South, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, Sturgill Simpson, Balsam Range, Town Mountain, Red Molly, Folk Soul Revival, Chuck Mead, Sol Driven Train, Bronze Radio Return, The Quiet Life, PHOX, Joshua James, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Black Prairie, M.S.G.-The Acoustic Blues Trio, Goodnight, Texas, Breaking Grass, The Whiskey Gentry, Truth & Salvage, Swear & Shake, The New Familiars, Fruition, The Cactus Blossoms, Flat Lonesome, Leo Welch w/Jimbo Mathus, Donna Ulisse & The Poor Mountain Boys, Bawn in the Mash, The Tumbleweed Wanderers, Parker Millsap, The Giving Tree Band, Furnace Mountain, Elliott Brood, The Dustbowl Revival, Dale Jett, Cruz Contreras, Bombadil, Paleface, If Birds Could Fly, Wayne Henderson & the Virginia Luthiers, Adam Faucett, The Adam Larkey Band, After Jack Band, Al Scorch, Amazed by Grace, Amythyst Kiah, Ancient Cities, Andrew Combs, Annabelle’s Curse, Annie Robinette, Antique Firearms, Barlow Gin & the Hatchetmen, Billy Crawford Band, Blind Box Paxton, Breaking Tradition, Brian Elijah Smith, The Corklickers, Cutthroat Shamrock, The Deep Fried 5, The Deslondes, Dustin Miller, Duty Free, Ed Snodderly, Empty Bottle String Band, ETSU Bluegrass Band, ETSU Old Time Pride Band, The Farmhouse Ghost, Feed the Birds, The Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band, Frank Fairfield, The Great Peacock, Grits & Soul, The Harlow Experience, The Hermit Kings, The Hey Boys, Honaker FFA Bluegrass Band, The Honey Badgers, Indian Run Stringband, Jamie Cook, Jarekus Singleton, Jeff Brown, Jon LaDeau, Josh Daniel & Mark Schimick, JP Parsons, King Super & the Excellents, Lauren Penley, Leo Rondeau, Loves It!, Mis’ry Creek, Motel Rodeo, Mustered Courage, My New Favorites, The Neighbors, Old Line Skiffle Combo, The Ordinary Bitters, Rex Montgomery, Rickshaw Roadshow, The Rigneys, Roan Mountain Hilltoppers, The Rose Sisters, Scotty Melton, String Fever, The Successful Failures, Sycamore Hollow, Todd Day Wait’s Pigpen, Travis Fry & Blue Mountain, The Virginia Whirlwind, Wayne Graham, Wendy Crowe, The Whiskey Incident, and Wise Old River.

It’s all happening at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, September 19-21, 2014, on State Street in Historic Downtown Bristol, VA/TN. More than 55,000 fans, artists, volunteers, and vendors attended the festival in 2013. Discount Weekend Passes are on sale now for $50 through June 30. Those who purchase passes online will receive RFID wristbands in the mail 60-90 days prior to the festival. Purchasers of paper tickets can exchange for wristbands at the Birthplace of Country Music office, located at 416 State Street, Suite A, May 1-June 30. Wristband holders can scan in at all entry gates. Festival goers with paper passes or those who need to purchase at the gate will be directed to one of 5 select ticket booths. There will be 12 other enter/exit points around the festival site for a total of 17 gates. To purchase tickets visit www.BristolRhythm.com.

Birthplace of Country Music®

Birthplace of Country Music® is a non-profit organization established to enhance Bristol’s role in the birth and development of country music through the Birthplace of Country Music® Museum (open August 2014), the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival (September 19-21, 2014), and educational outreach and programming. For more information about BCM, visit www.BirthplaceofCountryMusic.org. or e-mail info@birthplaceofcountrymusic.org.

Downtown Bristol Blog

Gillian Welch performing live at the Paramount

April 29, 2014
Gillian Welch will perform live in concert at The Paramount Center for the Arts on Tuesday, April 29 at 8pm (doors open at 7pm). Gillian Welch first appeared on the scene as a young singer/songwriter armed with a voice and sensibility far beyond her years, earning widespread acclaim for her deft, evocative resurrection of the musical styles most commonly associated with the roots of traditional and early country music. Welch was born in Manhattan and grew up in West Los Angeles. It was as a child that she became fascinated by bluegrass and brother team harmonies, in particular the work of the Stanley Brothers, the Delmore Brothers, and the Carter Family. Tickets are $30. For further information or to buy tickets, contact the Paramount at 423-274-8920 or go to their website: http://theparamountcenter.com.

Northeast State's Blountville campus hosting "Grow Your Business" Workshops featuring two downtown business owners

April 29, 2014
Northeast State's Workforce Solutions will offer three workshops this spring and summer designed to boost business growth. The seminars are offered through a grant from the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship. Based on the experience and insight of local successful entrepreneurs, the seminar will challenge participants to develop an action plan and take away the confidence to grow an existing company or launch a start-up. The speakers include Allen Hurley, April 29; Mayor Dan Eldridge, May 27; and Karen Hester, June 24. The hours for each workshop are 5:45 – 8:30 pm. A light dinner will be served with each workshop. Each speaker will present the most important lessons they learned about business growth. Attendees will have the opportunity to develop their own plans with the speaker’s guidance and recommendations. The fee for each event is $30, with a $10 discount for chamber members. To register, contact Diana Harrison at 423.354.5520 or dlharrison@NortheastState.edu. The workshops will be held in the Wayne G. Basler Library on the College's Blountville campus, 2425 Highway 75.
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blowfish emporium painting party — Blossoming Tree

April 29, 2014
Come on out to blowfish emporium's regular Tuesday & Thursday night painting parties! The next Tuesday painting party is Tuesday, April 29 from 6 to 8:30pm. Be assured, this is NOT a painting class! It is very relaxed & informal. The point is to have fun & allow yourself the option to get as creative as you want. NO SKILL IS REQUIRED, really! The cost is $32 per person (includes EVERYTHING — canvas, paint, tools & instruction — you just show up!). For more information contact blowfish emporium on 276-644-1428 or info@blowfishemporium.com.
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Bristol, Virginia City Council Candidates Forum at the Bristol Public Library

April 29, 2014
There will be a Bristol, Virginia City Council Candidates Forum at the Bristol Public Library on Tuesday, April 29 at 7pm. The floor will not be open to questions or debate. For more information, contact Chelsea Gammon at 423-989-4850 or cgammon@bristolchamber.org.

Bristol Police Department to host 6th Prescription Drug Take-Back Event

April 26, 2014
The Bristol Tennessee Police Department will be hosting its 6th “Prescription Drug Take-Back” event on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm in the Municipal Parking Lot located at 801 Anderson Street, Bristol, Tennessee (Courthouse parking lot). People are asked to bring their old, unwanted, unused or expired medications (prescription, over-the-counter and supplements) to this secure drop-off site. This is a “no-questions-asked” event and participants will not need to produce any identification. All items will be properly disposed of by incineration by the Bristol Tennessee Police Department. For further information, please contact Sgt. Keith Feathers at (423) 989-3153 or kfeathers@bristoltn.org.
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"One Night Only" exhibition by regional artist William B. Bledsoe at Bristol, TN Historic Post Office

April 26, 2014
Regional Artist William B. Bledsoe will exhibit a collection of 12 paintings depicting aspects of the city of Bristol. All of these images were commissioned over the past 23 years to be published (as prints) and to raise funds/awareness for Bristol organizations and events. Nearly 12,000 prints have been made of this collection collectively and sold over the past two decades. Mr. Bledsoe has agreed to exhibit the collection in the Historic Post Office on 620 Shelby Street in Bristol, Tennessee for "One Night Only". The sale of the paintings will benefit the local Messianic Jewish Congregation, For Zion's Sake Ministries, overseen by Rabbi Joseph and Dawn Bell. The date of the exhibition will be Saturday, April 26 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibit will be open to the public. For more information, please call Mr. Bledsoe at 423-948-0817 or Rabbi Joseph Bell at 423-737-1800.

Theatre Bristol announces auditions for "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat"

April 26, 2014
Theatre Bristol is happy to announce its next show of the 49th season, its production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat." The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father's favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. He is purchased by Potiphar where thwarting advances from Potiphar's wife lands him in jail. When news of Joseph's gift to interpret dreams reaches the Pharaoh (wryly and riotously depicted as Elvis), Joseph is well on his way to becoming second in command. Eventually his brothers, having suffered greatly, unknowingly find themselves groveling at the feet of the brother they betrayed but no longer recognize. After testing their integrity, Joseph reveals himself leading to a heartfelt reconciliation of the sons of Israel. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless. Auditions for the production will be Saturday, April 26th and Sunday, April 27th, with callbacks on Monday, April 28th and Tuesday, April 29th. On the 26th and 27th, the doors will open at 1:30 pm with the children’s audition beginning at 2:00 pm. The adults are welcome at 2:30 pm, with the audition beginning at 3:00 pm. The auditions for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat” will be located at 512 State Street, Bristol TN 37620, in the Rehearsal Hall on the upper level of the building. These will be “cold auditions” so it is not necessary to have a prepared piece, but please come ready to move with closed-toed shoes. For more information, visit www.theatrebristol.org or visit the Theatre Bristol Facebook page.
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AACA car show at TriSummit Bank Parking Lot


Photo courtesy of Randy Smith
April 25, 2014
Come downtown and enjoy the Antique Automobile Club of America – Appalachian Region Car Show — on Friday, April 25! This car cruise-in is held every Friday night, end of April through October, 6 — 8pm in the TriSummit bank parking lot across from the Bristol Train Station in downtown Bristol. It's always a fun night — full of classic cars!

Bristol Business Series: Hot Business Topics for Business Owners and Managers: A Transforming World


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April 24, 2014
Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP — in partnership with Elliott Lawson & Minor PC, Trustpoint Insurance and Merrill Lynch — invites you to attend the seminar "Our Transforming World," presented by Mark Douglas of Merrill Lynch. The seminar will be held at the Bristol Train Station on Thursday, April 24 from 11:45am to 1:15pm. The cost is $25 per person and a catered lunch is included. Limited seating is available and reservations were being taken by April 18 — however, to see if there is still availability, contact Holly Moore on hmoore@becpas.com or 276-466-5248. One CPE credit will be offered for this seminar.

blowfish emporium painting party — Leaping Fish

April 24, 2014
Come on out to blowfish emporium's regular Tuesday & Thursday night painting parties! The next Thursday painting party is Thursday, April 24 from 6 to 8:30pm. Be assured, this is NOT a painting class! It is very relaxed & informal. The point is to have fun & allow yourself the option to get as creative as you want. NO SKILL IS REQUIRED, really! The cost is $32 per person (includes EVERYTHING — canvas, paint, tools & instruction — you just show up!). For more information contact blowfish emporium on 276-644-1428 or info@blowfishemporium.com.
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Sunset Shopping Downtown TOMORROW EVENING!

April 24, 2014
As the weather continues to get warmer and brighter, remember to come out for Sunset Shopping in Downtown Bristol! We'll be here again this Thursday, April 24 until 8pm — and every Thursday night for the next six months! So go ahead and mark your calendars and make your plans — it's the perfect way to have a great night out and support your local businesses!
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Watts Up! Buy a bulb for the Paramount marquee!

April 23, 2014
Can you imagine State Street without the Paramount marquee? The street would certainly be a darker and less exciting place. The Paramount needs help refurbishing their marquee lights — 1,960 of them. If you'd like to help, you can buy marquee bulbs for $20 each. Go to the Paramount website to purchase your bulb online — http://www.theparamountcenter.com/.

Video for BRRR 2014!

April 23, 2014
So, are we stoked about the line up this year? You betcha. Miss the announcement yesterday? We have you covered. Check out our little Youtube link below . . . . It's going to be a big time! http://youtu.be/PSGPpzvhhhU.

Upcoming Events

Tickets on SALE for Gillian Welch at The Paramount

April 04 - 29, 2014

Humpday Party with the Corey Hunt Band at O'Mainnin's Pub

April 23, 2014

Bristol Business Series: Hot Business Topics for Business Owners and Managers: A Transforming World

April 24, 2014

Laura Thurston at O'Mainnin's Pub

April 24, 2014

blowfish emporium painting party — Leaping Fish

April 24, 2014

AJ & The Jiggawatts at 620 State

April 25, 2014

AACA car show at TriSummit Bank Parking Lot

April 25, 2014

Motel Rodeo at Stateline Bar & Grille

April 25, 2014

Chamomille & Whiskey at O'Mainnin's Pub

April 25, 2014

Theatre Bristol announces auditions for "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat"

April 26 - 29, 2014

"One Night Only" exhibition by regional artist William B. Bledsoe at Bristol, TN Historic Post Office

April 26, 2014

Lefty Williams at 620 State

April 26, 2014

Bristol Police Department to host 6th Prescription Drug Take-Back Event

April 26, 2014

Plan Z at O'Mainnin's Pub

April 26, 2014

Sunday Funday with DJ B-Digital at O'Mainnin's Pub

April 27, 2014

Kristi Wilkins at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

April 28, 2014

Open Band Jam with master blues guitarist Adam Graybeal at O'Mainnin's Pub

April 28, 2014

blowfish emporium painting party — Blossoming Tree

April 29, 2014

Northeast State hosting "Grow Your Business" Workshops featuring two downtown business owners on their Blountville campus

April 29, 2014

Gillian Welch performing live at the Paramount

April 29, 2014

Guido Au'Some & the Open Mic Players at O'Mainnin's Pub

April 29, 2014

Bristol, Virginia City Council Candidates Forum at the Bristol Public Library

April 29, 2014

Aron Jackson Band at O'Mainnin's Pub

April 30, 2014

Corey Ippolito Winery wine tasting at 606 State Street Gallery

May 01, 2014

Acoustified at O'Mainnin's Pub

May 01, 2014

Girls Inc. presents "An Evening of Musical Entertainment, Inspiration and Leadership" with special guest Louise Mandrell at the Paramount Center for the Arts

May 02, 2014

Border Bash in Historic Downtown Bristol

May 02, 2014

AACA car show at TriSummit Bank Parking Lot

May 02, 2014

Farmhouse Ghost at O'Mainnin's Pub

May 02, 2014

Shake It Like A Caveman at 620 State

May 02, 2014

Craig Street Ramblers at Machiavelli's

May 02, 2014

Northeast State Foundation's Derby Day at the Foundation Event Facility

May 03, 2014

George Johnson & The Survivors at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

May 05, 2014

"Quickbooks for Beginners" at the Bristol YWCA

May 07, 2014

Pinterest Party: Mother's Day "Reasons I Love Mommy" Flower Pot at 606 State Street Gallery

May 08, 2014

AACA car show at TriSummit Bank Parking Lot

May 09, 2014

3rd Local Talent Showcase at 606 State Street Gallery

May 09, 2014

Junior League of Bristol Caterpillar Crawl 5K and Family Fun Run in Historic Downtown Bristol

May 10, 2014

ArtSmart Classes now being held at Bristol Public Library

May 10, 2014

Healing Hands Health Center's "Diamonds and Ice" Luncheon at the Bristol Train Station

May 16, 2014

AACA car show at TriSummit Bank Parking Lot

May 16, 2014

Bluegrass for the Cure event at the Paramount

May 16, 2014

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