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Shop Main Street Bristol Virtual Tour Photography

"Believe in Bristol" will be offering an opportunity to promote your business with an online virtual tour. The virtual tour group fromShopMainStreets.com will be in town July 21 — 23, 2015to photograph your business. This is a great way to collectively promote Bristol with other great towns in Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Indiana. Please take a look at the information below to learn more about this opportunity.



Nature Featured in New Photography Exhibition at the Bristol Public Library

Sherre Sullivan, Bristol’s artist who created the Bristol Public Library’s tile mosaic in the library's rotunda, will be exhibiting at the Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery during the months of July and August.



Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band Added to Bristol Rhythm '15 Lineup

Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) has announced that indie folk-rock singer/songwriter Josh Ritter and The Royal City Band is booked to perform at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion this September following news that headlining act Vintage Trouble had to cancel.



Downtown Bristol Events

Music & Movies in the Park: Duty Free and The Boxtrolls

July 2 | Cumberland Square Park

This week's music: Duty Free
This week's movie: The Boxtrolls

FREE Music & Movies in the Park sponsored by BVU. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and settle in for live music and a great movie the whole family can enjoy. Concessions available.

Music at 6:30 pm
Movie at 9 pm

Full Moon Jam — Retroville

July 2 | Downtown Center

We are a mixed bag of musicians that come from different backgrounds. That is what gives us a blend for any age group. Want 50's,60's,70's,80's,90's we have got it. From country to rock to dance to pop we play it all!!!! We know what to play and when to play it with over 100 years of combined experience.
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For the 19th year, the City of Bristol Tennessee will be hosting the free concert series "Full Moon Jam" on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Downtown Center (Country Music Mural), 810 State Street. Performances begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 9 or 9:30 p.m. through September 24th.

Bring a lawn chair or come early to grab one of the 350 chairs provided on-site. Refreshments are sold in the concessions area for a nominal fee. Clean, well-stocked restrooms also available.

You are asked not to park in the bank drive-through area adjacent to the venue and please do not to bring skateboards or bicycles into the venue. Parking is available on Shelby Street in the Municipal parking lot or on State Street in designated parking spaces.

Bands subject to change without notice. For more information visit the City of Bristol TN website.

Star-Spangled 4th of July Celebration

July 4 | Downtown Bristol

Celebrate Bristol invites you to enjoy a star-spangled 4th of July celebration in Cumberland Square Park beginning at 6pm.

Featuring:

  • Special Recognition of all Veterans
    Presented by Danny Hill
  • “Cool Down to a Summer Evening”
    Kids bring your swimwear and join us!
    Sponsored by BVFD & BVU
  • Bristol’s July 4th Photo Contest Winners
    Sponsored by Twin-City Photo Club
  • Celebrate Bristol Miss & Mr Photogenic Contestant Winners
    Sponsored by Kroger
  • Family Fun Events in the Park
    Inflatables, “Eating Contests”, and much more.
    Food, Beverage, and Craft Vendors Available
  • Free Watermelon
    Sponsored by Kroger

Fireworks begin at 10pm!

Bill and the Belles at Border Bash

July 4 | Downtown Bristol

Bill and the Belles delivers delicately crafted early popular country music and long forgotten sentimental song for the modern listener. Lifelong musicians Kris Truelsen (guitar, vocal), Grace Van’t Hof (banjo,vocal), and Kalia Yeagle (fiddle,vocal) have a sound unlike any other. Striking three part harmony, impeccable instrumentation, and a profound respect for early American musical traditions make Bill and the Belles a class act.

Band of Drifters at Border Bash

July 4 | Downtown Bristol

Ian Thomas & the Band of Drifters are a band based in Knoxville, TN. Performing regionally for several years, they play a mix of original songs and dusty classics loosely described as honky-tonk. At least, that's how it feels in the bar...

4th of July Fireworks

July 4 | Downtown Bristol

Historic Downtown Bristol's 4th of July Fireworks show will begin at 10pm near Cumberland Square Park. Bring a blanket and enjoy the show!

Full Moon Jam — Glen Harlow and Friends

July 7 | Downtown Center

These guys can play it all from rock to pop to country to blues and everything in between. Very entertaining.

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For the 19th year, the City of Bristol Tennessee will be hosting the free concert series "Full Moon Jam" on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Downtown Center (Country Music Mural), 810 State Street. Performances begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 9 or 9:30 p.m. through September 24th.

Bring a lawn chair or come early to grab one of the 350 chairs provided on-site. Refreshments are sold in the concessions area for a nominal fee. Clean, well-stocked restrooms also available.

You are asked not to park in the bank drive-through area adjacent to the venue and please do not to bring skateboards or bicycles into the venue. Parking is available on Shelby Street in the Municipal parking lot or on State Street in designated parking spaces.

Robert Earl Keen

July 12 | Paramount Center for the Arts

The Paramount Center presents Robert Earl Keen July 12that 4pm.

Tickets: $35 presale (June 5 — July 11); $40.25 individual. Password: yardbird. Tickets are available at the Paramount box office, or click here to buy online.

"The road goes on forever ..."

It's not always easy to sum up a career — let alone a life's ambition — so succinctly, but those five words from Robert Earl Keen's calling-card anthem just about do it. You can complete the lyric with the next five words — the ones routinely shouted back at Keen by thousands of fans a night ("and the party never ends!") — just to punctuate the point with a flourish, but it's the part about the journey that gets right to the heart of what makes Keen tick. Some people take up a life of playing music with the goal of someday reaching a destination of fame and fortune; but from the get-go, Keen just wanted to write and sing his own songs, and to keep writing and singing them for as long as possible.

"I always thought that I wanted to play music, and I always knew that you had to get some recognition in order to continue to play music," Keen says. "But I never thought of it in terms of getting to be a big star. I thought of it in terms of having a really, really good career and writing some good songs, and getting onstage and having a really good time."

Now three-decades on from the release of his debut album — with well over a dozen other records to his name, thousands of shows under his belt and still no end in sight to the road ahead — Keen remains as committed to and inspired by his muse as ever. And as for accruing recognition, well, he's done alright on that front, too; from his humble beginnings on the Texas folk scene, he's blazed a peer, critic, and fan-lauded trail that's earned him living-legend (not to mention pioneer) status in the Americana music world. And though the Houston native has never worn his Texas heart on his sleeve, he's long been regarded as one of the Lone Star State's finest (not to mention top-drawing) true singer-songwriters

Kids Yoga

July 17 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol

Have a night on the town while the children stay and play. Arts and crafts, mini meditation, and of course, Yoga! Ages 4 to 8.

Cost: $25 for 1 child, each additional sibling $20.

Abigail L. Freeburn
RYT 200, TECTA

Sign up at Wellness Yoga of Bristol or call (856) 506-2558. Space is limited, so make your reservation today!

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Bristol Office Supply Weekly Specials

Through July 3

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KP Holiday Hours

July 3&4

KP will open for lunch on Friday, July 3rd from 11 am-5 pm, and will re-open on July 4th from 4 pm-10 pm.