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Border Bash returns with Ancient Cities & King Super and the Excellents to kick-off the concert series!


Ancient Cities
April 29, 2014
Set in Historic Downtown Bristol, Border Bash will host the first concert on Friday May 2, 2014, in the 700 block of State Street. The evening’s events will start with children’s activities, crafters, and concessions at 6PM. Live music begins at 7:00PM with Ancient Cities followed up by King Super and the Excellents around 8:30PM. As always, Border Bash is free to the public!

Ancient Cities: From the creative mind of Stephen Warwick comes a new project called Ancient Cities. Joining forces with longtime friend and fellow musician Justin Fedor, the two have brought together their complementing talents to create great music that is enjoyable for all. They are best known as the East Coast duo who have created an original psychedelic-indie-synch-pop sound that is guaranteed to be something you will love! For more information on Ancient Cities, please visit their website — www.ancientcitiesband.com.

King Super and the Excellents: You won’t want to miss this flamboyant rock & roll band based out of Knoxville, Tennessee! These guys are not afraid to walk on a stage under the bright lights, in front of hundreds of people, dressed up in a crazy get-up, and play a set full of fun and improv. Formed in 2010, they have quickly become a powerful force in the surrounding area’s music scene, winning awards and the favor of all that see them perform. For more information on King Super and the Excellents, please visit their website – www.kingsuperband.com/.

Border Bash is hosted by Believe in Bristol, Birthplace of Country Music® and the Cities of Bristol. Border Bash would not be possible without our community support. Our sponsors in 2014 include Along Come Mary Interior Design – Mary Jane Miller, Alpha Natural Resources, Ann & John Tickle, Bank of Tennessee, Benjamin Walls Gallery, Blackbird Bakery, Blakley Mitchell Co., Brenda & John Fincher, Bristol Herald Courier, Bristol Virginia Utilities, Campbell Printing, Celebrate Bristol, Coca-Cola, Commonwealth Coal Corp., Cranberry Lane, Dent K. Burk CPA Firm, Doug & Amy Williams, Dr. and Ms. Bennett Cowan, Jr., Edward Jones Investments – Robert Hollo, Rob Simis, Brad Baker and Greg Fahn, Electric 94.9 FM, Express AV Productions, First Bank of Virginia, First Tennessee Foundation, Joe & Pam Kerr – Kerr Boswell Inc., Kil’n Time, Mary Landrum, Merrill-Lynch, Renasant Bank, Revolution Curbside Recycling, Sarah Hull – Serendipity, Spiegler Blevins & Company CPAs, State Line Bar & Grille, Strongwell, The Homer A. and Ida S. Jones Trust, The Williams Company, Tom & Barbara Smith, Tri-City Tent & Event, Walling Distributing, WCYB News 5, Wells Fargo Foundation, WXBQ 96.6 FM and Z-Rock 99.3.

Bristol, Virginia, Historic District Preservation Award Committee Announces Annual Award Program, Inaugural Recipient

April 29, 2014
The Bristol, Virginia, Historic District Preservation Award Committee will hold a media conference Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 1:00pm at Pleasant Hill, 214 Johnson Street, Bristol, Virginia, to announce the new annual Historic District Preservation Award program, and to recognize the recipient of the inaugural award.

The mission of the committee is to encourage excellence in preservation and thereby decrease blight in the City by recognizing and honoring property owners and developers who engage in high-quality preservation projects within the city’s five historic districts. The historic districts include: Euclid Avenue Historic District, Solar Hill Historic District, Bristol Downtown Commercial Historic District, Bristol Warehouse Historic District, and Virginia Hill Historic District.

As the press conference will be held outside, please dress for the weather. Information about the application requirements and awards procedure will be provided in a media kit distributed at the conference. Applications will be available in May 2014. The award will be presented annually in May, National Historic Preservation Month. The public is invited to attend the media conference.

For additional information, contact Catherine Brillhart, Vice Mayor of Bristol, Virginia, and chair of the Historic District Preservation Award Committee, at catherine.brillhart@bristolva.org or (276) 466-9541.

Full Moon Jam concert and tribute series set to kick-off in downtown Bristol

April 29, 2014
Downtown Bristol’s oldest live music series is about to kick into high gear. The Full Moon Jam concert and Tribute series will begin on Thursday, May 1st and will host bands from Chicago, Illinois, Nashville and Knoxville, Tennessee and of course our regional bands of which no summer concert series should be without. Come out and dance to the music or bring a chair and a friend and unwind from a long day. “This is what Bristol is about, meeting up with our friends and listening to music,” said Darlene Cole, Deputy Director of Community Relations.

The Full Moon Jam concert series began years ago with a few gentlemen gathering in downtown once a week to ‘jam’. From that developed this long-loved tradition of weekday music offered up each spring. “I think everyone realizes how fortunate we are to have this series in Bristol,” said Matt Bolas, Executive Director of the Bristol Convention and Visitors Bureau. “While it’s extremely popular with our locals, I also know for a fact that we have a lot of visitors who come to the downtown area specifically to enjoy the music. Being able to have live music almost on a nightly basis through the summer is certainly not something you’re going to see in many other places and it’s just another thing that helps make Bristol so unique.”

The thirty-one nights of music includes local favorites: Southern 76, Shooter (previously Old Dogs), Holston Mountain Boys, Tennessee Skyline, Ken Morrell and Family, James Meadows, Thomas Taylor, Jessica Nixon, CatFish Frye, Music Memories, Duty Free, Samantha Gray, Billy Crawford, and Hillbilly Bad.....to name a few.

The tribute series will feature one band being brought back by popular demand, another from the early days of Great on State and the third being completely new to the area.

For two years — -Hells Bells, Tribute to AC\DC has played to a standing-room-only crowd and the anticipation of the same crowd is expected on June 26th when they return. Entice, with the sound of soul, funk and a little Motown will be appearing on July 24th. The final band in this year’s Tribute Series is the ZZ Top Tribute by Eliminator who are out of Chicago and will be playing in the Tri-Cities area for the first time ever on August 14th.

For the complete line-up go to www.pickbristol.com or for more information contact Darlene Cole at 423-989-5500 Ext.2053 or email dcole@bristoltn.org.

State Street Farmers' Market opening for 15th consecutive year

April 29, 2014
You know spring is here when you drive down State Street in Bristol and there is a large crowd gathered in the 800 block very early on a Saturday morning. That’s right — you will know the State Street Farmers’ Market is open offering the freshest of seasonal vegetables, fruits, farm raised meats, and even some great brown eggs — that is if you get there early enough! If you are the crafty type and want to see what locals have created or seen on Pinterest this winter, the market is also a great place to stop.

The market will open on Saturday, May 3 at 8:00 A.M. and be open every Saturday through the end of October. A Wednesday evening market opens in July and runs through September during the market season.

For a number of years the market has offered what has become a prized poster series. There are six posters in each yearly series and a new poster is available on the first Saturday of each month.

“We are excited like everyone else when the market opens. It’s like homecoming week. Everyone who hasn’t seen each other through the winter has a great time catching up,” said Mike Musick, Recreation Superintendent for the city. The market is located at 810 State Street Bristol, Tennessee at the country music mural. “There are a limited number of vendor spaces still available. If someone would like to participate in the market it is a great atmosphere to spend your mornings in while making some extra cash,” Musick continued.

For more information on the market or about becoming a vendor, contact Mike Musick @ 423-764-4023 or email mmusick@bristoltn.org.

Check out the market on-line to see the entire series of market posters or to learn more about the market at: www.statestreetfarmersmarket.com.

Welcome Lenders Title & Escrow to Historic Downtown Bristol!

April 30, 2014
Believe in Bristol wishes to welcome Lender's Title & Escrow to our downtown community!Established in 1997, Lender's Title & Escrow, LLC, is fully licensed and insured to close loans throughout Tennessee and Virginia . Our professionals guide homeowners through the entire process of purchasing or refinancing their most valuable asset, their home, while offering very competitive rates. Both homeowners and their lenders are our priority. We promise to handle paperwork in an efficient, timely manner and can even travel to locations more convenient for our clients' closings. Lenders Title and Escrow is located at 834 State Street, Bristol, TN. For more information, please visithttps://www.facebook.com/lenderstitlebristol/timelineor call (423) 652-1091.

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6th Street Celebrates Free Comic Book Day in Historic Downtown Bristol

May 03, 2014
6th Street Celebrates Free Comic Book Day will be Saturday, May 3 from 10am — 6pm on 6th Street in Downtown Bristol. This year's line up will include authors, artists, craftsmen, and FREE COMICS! While we won't be closing the street to automobile traffic, the event will be a huge sidewalk and parking lot event, and those wishing to sell collectables and comics are welcome to join us. Activities, vendors and authors include: * Bridgeforth Design Studio will be hosting several local authors in the studio. * Local favorite Stephen J. Semones will be debuting his newest Super Hero Novel, Gloom. He will also be bringing The Wraith, Beyond the Lens, and The Sacrifice of Candace Blake. * C.R. Blevins will be bringing and signing copies of A Western Tale, and telling you about his newest project coming soon, A Western Tale Part Two, and giving you some teasers for upcoming projects. https://www.facebook.com/AWesternTale * Local author Janet Semones will be debuting and signing her first novel, The Protector. * The authors of Timeless Requiem will be making an appearance too: Knox Blevins, C.R. Blevins, Stephen Semones, Janet Semones, Autumn Semones, Marie Bridgeforth, and Logan Rosenbaum all hope to be in attendance to sign your books. * In appreciation for people coming out to Free Comic Book Day, Bridgeforth Design Studio will offer art at special prices on everything from concept sketches to prints and originals. This is the perfect opportunity to get that special piece of art for all your Sci-Fi loving friends and family. Brian will be drawing live and Marie will be painting in the studio. * Ivan and Joyce Castillo from Conquest Art Designs will bring their talented creations. * Dave Vaught from Top Hat Magic Supply will be on hand to show you his latest magic tricks. * Also on board are Jennifer Estep, Pandrow Comics, Amaginative Recycling, Betty Badger Ogletree, Gary Kwapisz, Charles Chase, and many more talented craftsmen, Jewelry designers, authors, and artists. * Mooska's doors will be open for your browsing and purchasing pleasure, showcasing their fine handcrafted home furnishing. * Of course, Mountain Empire Comics will have FREE COMICS while supplies last and will have great deals throughout the day. * Top it all off with some great food from Little Italy Pizza, and your day will be perfect! Come out and join us in the fun and adventure and help 6th Street Celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

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

May 03, 2014
Come experience the Derby like you've never experienced it before — at Northeast State Foundation's Derby Day event on Saturday, May 3 from 5pm at the Foundation Event Facility. Including heavy hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, 3 screens showing the race, prizes, best hat competition, and live music from Spirit of Soul Dance Band, it's sure to be an event to remember! Cost is $75 per person or $600 per table (seating 8). For more information and to purchase tickets online, go to derbynortheast.com. You can also contact Carol Lyon at calyon@northeaststate.edu or 423-279-7630.

Golf Tournament "Let's Play a Round" at Clear Creek Golf Course For the Benefit of Historic Downtown Bristol's Holly Help Spay-Neuter Fund

May 02, 2014
A Golf Tournament — “Let’s Play a Round” — benefitting Historic Downtown Bristol's Holly Help Spay-Neuter Fund will be held on Friday, May 2 at Clear Creek Golf Course (732 Harleywood Rd. Bristol, VA). The event includes: *Lunch 12pm — 1pm * Shotgun Start 2pm * Autographs with Former NFL & Major League Baseball Stars: 1 — 2pm. Early Registration: $65.00 (After Apr. 25, $70 Registration Fee) — Entry Fee includes: Green Fees, Lunch, and Gift Bag. Designated Hole-In-One Wins 1 Year New Car Lease from Friendship Ford! There will also be Raffles — Mulligans — Red Tees, and door prizes for Longest Drive — Closest to Pin — 1st, 2nd, 3rd Lowest Scores. 100% of the Proceeds Benefit Area Pets through Holly Help Spay-Neuter Fund! Questions? Please call John at (276) 791-0649.
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AACA car show at TriSummit Bank Parking Lot


Photo courtesy of Randy Smith
May 02, 2014
Come downtown and enjoy the Antique Automobile Club of America – Appalachian Region Car Show on Friday, May 2! 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!

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
On Friday, May 2 at 8pm, Girls Inc. presents "An Evening of Musical Entertainment, Inspiration and Leadership" with special guest Louise Mandrell at the Paramount Center for the Arts. Louise Mandrell is a country and Christian artist, inspirational speaker, and entertainer. She has multiple singles in the US and Canadian billboard charts, including "Save Me," "I'm Not Through Loving You Yet," "Maybe My Baby," and "I Wanna Say Yes." She also had a signature dinner theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and has done charity work for numerous years. Mandrell has just received the James D. Vaughan Impact Award in September 2013. Tickets are $25 — for tickets or further information, please contact the Paramount on 423-274-8920.

Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery at the Bristol Public Library Features "Retric" Showing by Fiber and Mixed Media Artist Margaret Gregg

May 02, 2014
“My art is my journey. My journey is my art. I experiment with various techniques to liven up the process of concept and design. There’s always more to learn and it’s all about the relationships—cosmic, communal, ecological and more. The journey hopefully goes into question and presence about how we all are here and now. I like to work with remnants because they carry stories. I am often inspired by the transformation which takes place in the cloth, used and new. Art, like life, is significantly about relationships—a never ending journey which allows me to weave, piece, print, and layer the fiber of life into art.” With these words artist Margaret Gregg describes her fiber and mixed media works that have drawn award-winning regional and national attention. Gregg will be displaying many her exceptional pieces in the Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery at the Bristol Public Library from May 2 to June 28, 2014. Titled “Retric,” which is the combining of the words “retro” and “eclectic,” the exhibition will bring to the Fleenor Gallery some different aspects of artistic expression.
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Sunset Shopping Downtown TOMORROW EVENING!

May 01, 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, May 1 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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Corey Ippolito Winery wine tasting at 606 State Street Gallery


Photo by Briana Morris, brianamorris.com
May 01, 2014
Visit 606 State Street Gallery on Thursday, May 1, 6 — 8pm to taste local wines from Corey Ippolito Winery/Wedding venue. The winery owner will talk about the winemaking process and the different varieties of wine. Free of charge! (Because what pairs better with wine than art?!).For more information, go to www.606statestreetgallery.com.

Prayer in the Park at Cumberland Square Park

May 01, 2014
Come out to Cumberland Square Park on Thursday, May 1 at 12 noon for Prayer in the Park, a Pray for America event.

Derby Dandyism at Wm. King Clothiers

April 30, 2014
The Kentucky Derby is referred to as “the most exciting two minutes in sports” and Wm. King Clothiers couldn’t agree more! This event is more than just a horse race, though – it is a world class fashion show. Part Southern tradition, part spectacle, the Kentucky Derby is a party unlike any other. Celebrate the Derby by checking out our Derby bow tie collection from R. Hanauer — it's world class as well. Tie one on, pour a Mint Julep and you are Derby Dandified!

New traffic pattern on Volunteer Parkway near downtown

April 30, 2014
Work will be completed soon on a new traffic pattern on southbound Volunteer Parkway in and near downtown Bristol. On southbound Volunteer Parkway between State Street and Melrose Street, the far right third through lane up against the right curb will be eliminated. It will be marked as a shoulder between intersections, and be marked as a right-turn at the street intersections. Drivers are encouraged to be alert to this new travel pattern, which will be in effect as the pavement markings and signs are changed. For more information, please contact David Metzger, Traffic Engineer, at 423-989-5522.

Upcoming Events

Aron Jackson Band at O'Mainnin's Pub

April 30, 2014

Corey Ippolito Winery wine tasting at 606 State Street Gallery

May 01, 2014

Full Moon Jam: Southern 76 at the Downtown Center

May 01, 2014

Aubryn on tour at O'Mainnin's Pub

May 01, 2014

Prayer in the Park at Cumberland Square Park

May 01, 2014

Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery at the Bristol Public Library Features "Retric" Showing by Fiber and Mixed Media Artist Margaret Gregg

May 02 - June 28, 2014

Golf Tournament "Let's Play a Round" For the Benefit of Historic Downtown Bristol's Holly Help Spay-Neuter Fund at Clear Creek Golf Course

May 02, 2014

Acoustified 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

AACA car show at TriSummit Bank Parking Lot

May 02, 2014

Border Bash in Historic Downtown Bristol featuring Ancient Cities and King Super and the Excellents

May 02, 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

Farmhouse Ghost at O'Mainnin's Pub

May 03, 2014

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

May 03, 2014

6th Street Celebrates Free Comic Book Day in Historic Downtown Bristol

May 03, 2014

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

May 04, 2014

George Johnson & The Survivors and Mike Hilliard & The Happy Cats at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

May 05, 2014

Open Jam and Cinco de Mayo at O'Mainnin's Pub

May 05, 2014

George Johnson & The Survivors and Mike Hilliard & The Happy Cats at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

May 05, 2014

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

May 06, 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

Slim Pickens and Matt Counts at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

May 12, 2014

Angela Perley and the Howling Moons at O'Mainnin's

May 14, 2014

Ribbon Cutting for Lenders Title & Escrow on State Street

May 15, 2014

Poetry and Spoken Word Open Mic Night at 606 State Street Gallery

May 16, 2014

AACA car show at TriSummit Bank Parking Lot

May 16, 2014

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

May 16, 2014

Bluegrass for the Cure event at the Paramount

May 16, 2014

Border Bash in Historic Downtown Bristol

May 16, 2014

After Jack and Tennessee Mash at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

May 19, 2014

The Infamous Stringdusters with the Whiskey Gentry at the Paramount

May 22, 2014

AACA car show at TriSummit Bank Parking Lot

May 23, 2014

Pike City and Isaac Smith at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

May 26, 2014

Northeast State hosting "Grow Your Business" Workshops featuring a downtown business owner on their Blountville campus

May 27, 2014

AACA car show at TriSummit Bank Parking Lot

May 30, 2014

The Gospel Two at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

June 02, 2014

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