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Believe in Bristol Annual Downtown Showcase!

Downtown Bristol is gearing up for its Annual Downtown Showcase and you are invited to attend! At the Downtown Showcase, you will experience all the best the heart of our community has to offer. This year’s event will be an amazing evening featuring a signature dish from many of our downtown restaurants, live music, local arts and artists, a fashion show, and much more – all from our Historic Downtown District!



Office Space Available at City Centre

City Centre now has 1,800 sqft. of fantastic downtown office space open for rent. Electric, taxes, CAMs are all included in their competitive rental price. The facility offers an in-house Executive Lounge and Fitness Facility included for tenants. Check out the City Centre website at www.CityCentreBristol.com for a complete list of amenities. Contact Denise Myers at dmyers@teamvisionllc.com or 423-573-1022 to schedule a tour.



Downtown Bristol Events

New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music (Opening)

March 18

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum (BCMM) explores the rich traditions in American music through New Harmonies: Celebrating Roots Music. Acquired from the Smithsonian Institution by BCMM, the installation once served as one of the Smithsonian's traveling exhibits. New Harmonies will be on view beginning March 18, 2015 and continuing through September 30, 2015.

Music is all around us—at a local festival, a dance hall on Saturday night, or on your radio or .mp3 player. Whether you're hearing blues, country, folk, or gospel, American roots music reveals the American story. As Americans from a variety of backgrounds and shared cultural influences, musicians found new ways to play unique sounds learned from new neighbors or traditional instruments. The inevitable intermingling of musical influences created exciting new sounds.

"New Harmonies is a celebration of the large variety of American roots music, and illustrates the diversity of music traditions and practices in the United States," said Dr. Jessica Turner, BCMM director and head curator. "We are happy to be the permanent home of this outstanding exhibit. The exhibit is fitting because our museum strives to explore how much of American music really is interconnected. The exhibit will be supplemented with an array of concerts and educational programs that dig into the idea of American roots music."

Through a series of photographs and text, recordings, instruments, lyrics, and artist profiles, New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music will explore the distinct cultural identities of American roots forms. The exhibition will examine the progression of American roots music, as rich and eclectic as our country itself. Other musical genres profiled include zydeco, tejano, bluegrass, and klezmer.

New Harmonies was once part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions. Carol Harsh, director of Museums on Main Street, was instrumental in facilitating the transfer of the exhibit to the BCMM.

"The exhibit has found a permanent home at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum," said Harsh. "We feel it was a perfect fit."

To learn more about Museum on Main Street exhibitions, visit www.museumonmainstreet.org. Updates on special events and programming surrounding New Harmonies will be posted soon.

Wellness Yoga of Bristol Grand Opening and Fundraiser

March 21

Please come by and check out our studio and retail store. We will be offering refreshments all day, door prizes and 5 different yoga classes.

All money we collect from yoga classes on our grand opening day will be donated to Healing Hands Health Center. Suggested donation is $5 per class.

CLASS SCHEDULE
8:30 a.m. — 9:30 a.m. — Yoga for Everyone
10:30 a.m. — 11:30 a.m. — BUTI Flow
1:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m. — Restorative
3:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m. — Vinyasa (Slow Flow)
5:00 p.m. — 6:00 p.m. — WARM Gentle Flow

Beginners are welcome in all the above classes. WARM classes are heated to 80-85 degrees.

Please come out and enjoy our Grand Opening and to help raise money for Healing Hands Health Center!

Sullins Sessions Live Auction Fundraiser

March 21

In 1927, history was made in Bristol! Ralph Peer and the Victor Talking Machine Company recorded the voices and music that would pave the way for what we know today as country music.

Join us on March 21, 2015, at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum as we celebrate this unique part of our area's heritage while supporting the excellent education Sullins Academy provides for our future! Enjoy the museum while browsing the auction items on the 2nd floor.

Featuring music by Motel Rodeo.

Visit sullinsacademy.schoolauction.net/auction to purchase tickets and register for the auction. Can't attend the live auction? You can bid online!

The Paramount presents Red Molly

March 21

Red Molly will perform at the Paramount Center for the Arts Saturday, March 21st at 7:30pm.

About Red Molly
Americana powerhouse vocal trio Red Molly is known for their gorgeous harmonies, crisp musicianship, infectious songwriting, and warm, engaging stage presence. Laurie MacAllister (bass), Abbie Gardner (Dobro), and Molly Venter (guitar) weave together the threads of American music—from folk roots to bluegrass, from heartbreaking ballads to barn-burning honky tonk—as effortlessly as they blend their caramel voices into their signature soaring, crystalline three-part harmonies.

Organic musicianship, a respect for the traditions of American music, and an obvious love of crafting music together lend a joyous atmosphere to their legendary live performances, and a natural balance to their studio recordings.

Gracing stages from Denver to Denmark, from Australia to Austin, Red Molly is renowned for their live shows. Four-time featured artist at MerleFest, breakout stars at RockyGrass, and the darlings of the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, the "Mollies" bring audiences to their feet, whether it's on a grand festival stage or in an intimate concert hall.

Their latest CD, "The Red Album", realized on May 27, 2014, was featured in USA Today and CMT Edge. It debuted at #1 on the Folk DJ radio chart and is currently at #10 on the Americana Radio chart, and climbing.

"Femme Phenom! No root from the grand tree of music is left untouched — classic country heartbreak, undeniable swing, authentic folk, gospel rock with an edge, and Americana stomp. With smart production, a strong thread runs throughout the album and every note sung is upheld on cosmic harmony. Red Molly is unstoppable. Highly recommended."
-Mary Sue Twohy, SiriusXM Satellite Radio

Believe in Bristol Annual Downtown Showcase!

March 26

Downtown Bristol is gearing up for its Annual Downtown Showcase and you are invited to attend! At the Downtown Showcase, you will experience all the best the heart of our community has to offer. This year’s event will be an amazing evening featuring a signature dish from many of our downtown restaurants, live music, local arts and artists, a fashion show, and much more – all from our Historic Downtown District!

A live and silent auction will be held during the course of the evening with exclusive and interesting offerings!Bristol’s Downtown Showcase will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 6pmat the Foundation Event Facility at 620 State Street. Bristol, TN. Space is limited and interested attendees should call Believe in Bristol at 276-644-9700 or email info@believeinbristol.org to reserve tickets ($55 a person or $100 for two), though we will have some tickets for sale on the door. Bristol’s Downtown Showcase is a fundraiser for Believe in Bristol; all proceeds will benefit the Main Street Program and downtown revitalization efforts.

As a Certified Main Street Community, Downtown Bristol has more to offer every day – more activities, more shops, more homes, more offices and more life. Believe in Bristol is a nonprofit 501 ( c ) 3 organization composed of dedicated citizens, business owners, government officials and other friends of Bristol who recognize the role a vital downtown plays in preserving and furthering our communities identity, spirit and economy.

By donating to, volunteering with and/or becoming involved in Believe in Bristol, you can become an active part of Bristol’s ongoing success story. Thanks to the participation of our citizens, Downtown Bristol has been, and will continue to be, a source of pride and delight for the people of Tennessee and Virginia—because we BELIEVE IN BRISTOL!

Jeff Little Trio & Wayne Henderson

March 31

Northeast State’s Entertainment Technology Program and Bristol’s Paramount Center for the Arts present the acclaimed Jeff Little Trio and guest Wayne Henderson in concert March 31 at 7 p.m.

The Trio and Henderson promise a toe-tapping night of music ranging from traditional old-time country to bluegrass to rockabilly to blues. The show is free and open to the public.

For those with an interest in Northeast State’s Entertainment Technology program, an open house is slated from 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. at 620 State St., site of the College’s Bristol campus. The open house will feature tours of the program’s state-of-the-art sound, lighting, and recording facilities.

Bristol Ballet presents Unbroken Circle: Bristol's Music in Motion

April 11–12

Ballet Meets the Bristol Sessions and Beyond!

Bristol Ballet, in cooperation with the Birthplace of Country Music (BCM), presents Unbroken Circle: Bristol’s Music in Motion at the Paramount Center for the Arts April 11 at 7:30 p.m. and April 12 at 2:30 p.m.

Unbroken Circle: Bristol’s Music in Motion challenges the imagination through the lyrical poetry of our region’s music and the ethereal beauty of classical dance. The imaginative combination of ballet, the music of the Bristol Sessions, and beyond, honors Bristol’s music legacy with innovation and originality by marrying two forms of creative expression in an unexpected way.

The visionary behind the project, Bristol Ballet’s Artistic Director Michele Plescia cleverly inflects the show with imaginative details and nuance. 19 dancers from Bristol Ballet’s Senior and Apprentice Companies will perform Plescia’s original choreography.

“I wanted the program to be reflective of the history involved,” said Plescia. “For example, knowing that the Bristol Sessions took place in an old hat factory, part of the costumes will include 1920s style hats. Thomas Richardson has been exceptionally helpful in guiding us to make sure that our production truly reflects the music behind the history.”

Richardson is curator of education and outreach for Birthplace of Country Music Museum and served as an advisor on the project. BCM was helpful in providing program notes about the songs being used and provided education to the dancers about Bristol’s music legacy.

“Being part of such an inventive interpretation of our region’s music is of particular interest to BCM,” said Richardson. “The museum demonstrates a very modern way of telling Bristol’s story. Bristol Ballet’s Unbroken Circle is a very interesting concept and we were thrilled to be involved.”

Both recorded and live music selections have been chosen for the performances including “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” “Pretty Polly,” “Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow Tree,” and “The Longest Train I Ever Saw.” There will be a dance to “Sixteen Tons” and a worship section featuring a medley of “Moonlight Sonata/Amazing Grace/Bound for the Promised Land” and “Down to the River to Pray.”

The Empty Bottle String Band, composed of former and current members of the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music studies, will perform “Coat of Many Colors” and the finale, “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”

“Our goal at Bristol Ballet is to broaden the horizons of balletomanes and country music fans,” said Plescia. “We would love to see both of these audiences come together for this production and develop an appreciation for each art form.”

Unbroken Circle: Bristol’s Music in Motion is sponsored in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets to the performances are $6 for children, $10 for students and seniors, and $15 for adults. Tickets may be purchased at The Paramount Center for the Arts box office or online at www.TheParamountCenter.com. Call 423-274-8920 to purchase by phone.

For more information about other Bristol Ballet programming, visit www.BristolBallet.org. For more information about Birthplace of Country Music, visit www.BirthplaceofCountryMusic.org.

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Community Notice Board

Bristol VA Comprehensive Plan Community Workshop

March 23

Want to help shape the future of our community? Join us and be part of the Bristol Comprehensive Plan Workshops. A Community Workshop for anyone who lives and works in Bristol, Va. will take place Monday, March 23 from 7-8:30 p.m. in Virginia High School's library. A Business Workshop for anyone who owns or manages a business in Bristol, Va., will take place Tuesday, March 24 from 8-9:30 a.m. at the Bristol Public Library (Kegley Meeting Room). If you can't make it, you can also participate on the website. For more information, contact Sally Morgan at sally.morgan@bristolva.org or 276-645-3784.



Bristol VA Comprehensive Plan Business Workshop

March 24

Want to help shape the future of our community? Join us and be part of the Bristol Comprehensive Plan Workshops. A Business Workshop for anyone who owns or manages a business in Bristol, Va., will take place Tuesday, March 24 from 8-9:30 a.m. at the Bristol Public Library (Kegley Meeting Room). If you can't make it, you can also participate on the website. For more information, contact Sally Morgan at sally.morgan@bristolva.org or 276-645-3784.