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Rhythm & Roots Lineup Announcement

Today at 10:30 am, the much-anticipated line-up announcement for Bristol Rhythm 2015 will be held in the Performance Theater at Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

This year's poster artist and artwork will be unveiled, and signed copies of the poster will be sold. Visitors may also purchase an exclusive, limited edition festival t-shirt at the announcement.

Can't make it? No worries! Visit www.BristolRhythm.com this afternoon to check out the lineup online. Don't forget, Weekend Passes remain at $65 through the end of April. Now is the time to buy!

Loft apartment available on 6th Street!

Loft apartment available at 29 1/2 Sixth Street. This 1 bedroom, 1 bath unit (3 large rooms) with a small outside deck is available for $650 month with all utilities included (not cable or internet). 6 month lease minimum. References required. No pets. Contact David Shumaker at 423-366-0979 for more information.

Downtown Bristol Blog

16th Anniversary Border Bash Lineup

At Wednesday morning's Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion press conference, Birthplace of Country Music®, alongside community partners, Believe in Bristol, revealed plans for a summer packed with live music and family fun on State Street and beyond.



State Street Farmers Market Opening May 2

First in the new series of farmers market posters available!



Benjamin Walls featured in Virginia State of the Arts Video

Bristol photographer and gallery owner Benjamin Walls is featured prominently in Virginia's 2015 State of the Arts video.



Make Mom's Day with a Gift from A Work of Art Gallery

Make your mother's, grandmother's, or wife's gift a little more special by letting her know there is no other piece like it in the world. A Work of Art Gallery has many stained glass pieces created by local artists Cheryl & Richard Livingston (Elizabethton, TN) and Larry VerRan (Jonesborough, TN) available for purchase at 600 State Street in Downtown Bristol! Learn more about Cheryl, Richard, and Larry, and our entire cooperative membership of over two dozen local artists at www.aworkofartgallery.com.



Downtown Bristol Events

Triumphant Quartet

April 24

The one consistent thing about life is change. Things around us are constantly changing. So when a group like Triumphant Quartet maintains consistency, it speaks volumes about whom they are and what all they have accomplished.

Triumphant is the face of quality Gospel Music, Christian integrity, family values, friendship and dedication. The group has been that way since their beginnings in 2003, when the four friends first walked out on to the stage of the Louise Mandrell Theater, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee as a headlining talent. Each current Triumphant group member was there in that defining moment, and has continued together ever since. Their smooth harmonies, and rich quartet sound quickly gained them national attention, recognition and concert demand.

That popularity promoted the group in 2008, from singing daily at the theater, to touring nationally and performing in major concert venues, auditoriums and churches. It has also voted them the Fan Favorite Quartet in the Gospel Music field for the last six years, and each group member also being nominated for and receiving various awards. Triumphant Quartet has had three #1 Songs and several others have climbed the Top 40 music charts, which has also contributed to their popularity.

Gospel music fans agree that the triumphant sound is distinctive, solid quartet singing. But Triumphant excels in diversity, and also expands their musical borders to a wide variety of styles, that is enjoyed by church audiences and music lovers. When Triumphant takes the stage, the audience is entertained by the musical variety, the engaging personalities and a bond that is brought together by years of friendship. Audiences will find themselves smiling, laughing, crying, encouraged and uplifted. And most of all, they will walk away having had the Gospel Message presented to them in a powerful way, with a hope that many will receive Christ as their Lord and Savior. Jesus Christ is the focus of Triumphant. He is the reason they sing, and these four gentlemen stay consistent and steadfast in their goal of giving their very best in all they do and every song sung.

The Crisis Center's 5th Annual Clothesline Project

April 25

The Crisis Center is pleased and honored to announce that the 5th annual The Clothesline Project has received funding from the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA) through a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), within the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, to promote community awareness of crime victims’ rights and services during 2014 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

The week of April 19 – 25, 2015, is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW). This annual observance, first designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, seeks to increase general public awareness of, and knowledge about the wide range of rights and services available to people who have been victimized by crime. The theme for 2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is “Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims.”

The Clothesline Project is the event that won the Community Awareness Project support. Now in its 5th year it will take place on Saturday, April 25 from 11 am to 3 pm at the State Street Downtown Center (Farmer’s Market). The Clothesline Project is an event to create awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence, celebrates those who have survived and remembers those who have lost their lives to violence. The Crisis Center hopes to empower victims by bringing together a community of supporters engaged in ending violence against women.

“The support from NAVAA and OVC for our 2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities will help us help crime victims,” Della McGuire said. “Members of our community are encouraged to help promote justice through service to crime victims by joining our 2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities and supporting victim assistance programs throughout the year.”

For additional information about 2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities or about victims’ rights and services at The Crisis Center please contact Della McGuire, (276) 466-2218 or visit our Web site at www.crisiscenterinc.org. For information about national efforts to promote 2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, please visit the Office for Victims of Crime website at http://www.ovc.gov.

The National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators is a non-profit organization that represents the 56 state agencies that distributes money from the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Crime Victims Fund to more than 4,000 direct victim assistance service providers. The money in the Crime Victims Fund comes from fines collected from offenders convicted of federal crimes and not from U.S. taxpayers.

Friends of 1927 Concert Series presents Karla Bonoff

April 25

The Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) announces a concert series where, when it comes to ticket access, friends come first. The Friends of 1927 Concert Series features Karla Bonoff April 25, Paul Thorn June 20, and Jonathan Edwards August 8 in the Performance Theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. A fourth concert, slated for October, has yet to be announced.

"We compare them to house parties," said Leah Ross, executive director of Birthplace of Country Music. "They are very intimate performances where food and cocktails are served and fans get to interact with the artists. We reach out to all of our Friends of 1927 contributors first as a way of thanking them for their support."

Tickets for Friends of 1927 are on sale now
Tickets will be on sale to the public April 1

Interested in becoming a Friend of 1927? Call 423-573-1927. If you're already a Friend of 1927, you are encouraged to call and update your contact information to make sure you are recieving e-mails about how to purchase exclusive pre-sale tickets.

Tickets to Friends of 1927 Concert Series are $80 per person. Doors open at 6:30pm for all shows, and music starts at 7:00pm. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres included. For more information, visit www.BirthplaceofCountryMusic.org.

About Karla Bonoff
In the 1960s southern California turned out some of the generation's most important and influential artists including Karla Bonoff. The renowned singer/songwriter made a name for herself opening for James Taylor and Jackson Brown while also penning hits for Linda Ronstadt. Bonnie Raitt and Wynonna Judd have also recorded her music. Ironically, Bonoff is perhaps best known for her recording of the 1982 hit, "Personally," a song she didn't write.

A Billboard Magazine review best sums up Bonoff's legacy as a writer and perseverance as a performer: "Long before Alanis and Jewel, there was a breed of singer/songwriters whose earthy anthems of soul-searching, heartache and joy touched souls in a way few can muster today." www.karlabonoff.com

The Pickin' Porch Show featuring Carolina Express

April 27

The Pickin' Porch Show will feature Carolina Express Monday, April 27th.

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Community Notice Board

Student Prom Specials at Bristol Nail Salon

Now through Prom Season

Bristol Nail Salon is running a student prom special! Full Set is $19.99 (regular $25), Pedicure is $18.99 (regular $25) and if you do a combo get 2 free nail designs! Bristol Nail is located at 523 State Street, Bristol, VA/ 276-669-8557.



Bristol Office Supply Weekly Specials

Through April 24

Click here to view weekly specials.



Take a Stand Against Racism with YWCA Bristol

April 24, 2015

YWCA Bristol is participating this year in the YWCA USA National Campaign to Stand Against Racism! The National YWCA is taking a stand April 23-26. YWCA Bristol will take the Stand Against Racism on Friday April 24th. Click here to take the online Pledge Against Racism. The YWCA TechGYRLS will be working on a photo project for us to share via social media to encourage the Stand Against Racism and encourage to take the pledge. If you will please share through your personal social media then we certainly can reach a lot of people within our community and beyond! I hope you will choose to be a part of our stand this year! Please feel free to take the pledge and start the buzz about it now!



Karaoke Night

Wednesdays, 7-10 pm

Quaker Steak & Lube hosts Karaoke Night! Every Wednesday night at 7pm with DJ Marqueez Puckett. Held on the patio and free to the community.



Bike Nights

Thursday Nights through October

Quaker Steak & Lube presents Bike Nights! All summer long (through October) Thursday nights in downtown Bristol, VA.



Cornhole Competitions

Monday evenings through August

Quaker Steak & Lube will host Monday night cornhole competitions every Monday this summer, starting May 4th! Registration ends at 6:30pm. $5 Buy-in with a random draw for partners.