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City invites citizens to share photos on new Instagram account

The City of Bristol has a new Instagram account and everyone is invited to help celebrate. If you are not familiar with Instagram it is an online mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, and share them on a variety of social networking platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr. “We want you to share your photos you take around Bristol with us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #lovebristol,” said Angie Rutherford, the city’s social media specialist.



AiPP Celebrates Ten Years of Public Art With 2015-16 Selections

Acclaimed artists from around the country will visit downtown Bristol, TN / VA, on October 8th, 2015, to install their winning sculptures in Art in Public Places' 2015-16 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. The five new sculptures selected to appear in the organization’s tenth annual exhibition are:



Downtown Bristol Events

Radio Bristol Sessions: Amythyst Kiah

October 7 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Join WBCM Radio Bristol for an exciting Radio Bristol Sessions concert featuring Amythyst Kiah. This event is FREE to the public and will be aired on WBCM Radio Bristol.

Event will be held at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, in the Performance Theater.

Doors Open at 11:30 a.m. Concert Begins at 12:00 p.m. (Please be in your seat by 11:50 a.m.)

About Amythyst Kiah
Amythyst Kiah is a Southern Gothic, alt-country blues singer/songwriter that has found a way to fuse traditional roots music with a contemporary style that does not take away from the integrity of the original song, and transforms them into powerful, soulful renditions.

She draws heavily on Old Time music (Mississippi Sheiks, Son House, Roscoe Holcombe, Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers), and is inspired by vocal stylings of R&B and Country music from the ’50s-’70s (Big Mama Thornton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Nina Simone, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn). She also draws from contemporary popular artists that have similar powerful vocal integrity (Megan Jean and the KFB, Dax Riggs, Thom Yorke). Needless to say, Amythyst has got a lot of tools in her vocal tool box, and is also well on her way to joining the powerhouse vocalist pantheon.

Radio Bristol Sessions: This Mountain

October 9 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Join WBCM Radio Bristol for an exciting Bristol Sessions concert featuring This Mountain. This event is FREE to the public and will be aired on WBCM Radio Bristol.

Event will be held at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, in the Performance Theater.

Doors Open at 11:30 a.m. Concert Begins at 12:00 p.m. (Please be in your seat by 11:50 a.m.)

About This Mountain
This Mountain is a collaborative folk-rock band from Johnson City, TN. They have been making music together since the fall of 2010. In the fall of 2011, This Mountain released a four song, self-titled EP and released the band’s first full-length album, Future Ghost, August 2012. Still Waters, their second full length was out September, 2014.

An Evening with Mark O'Connor with special guest Carson Peters

October 9 | Paramount Center for the Arts

ACMA and the City of Bristol TN are proud to present an evening with Mark O'Connor with special guest Carson Peters.

Swing Lesson

October 9 | Bristol Ballet

Join Bristol Ballet for a Swing lesson October 9th at Bristol Ballet Studio. The lesson will begin at 7:30pm, followed by dancing from 8:30 – 10:30 pm.

Cost is $5 per person. All proceeds benefit Bristol Ballet, a 501(c)3 non-profit.

Refreshments will be provided, but a snack to share is always welcome!

Yoga & Suds

October 10 | Bristol Brewery

Join Wellness Yoga and Bristol Brewery for a crazy fun yoga practice under the skylights at Bristol Brewery, conveniently located right next door to Wellness Yoga of Bristol. Enjoy a one hour yoga
class, then partake in a flight of beer. A flight is a yummy sampling of 4 different Bristol Brews.

When: October 10, 2015
Yoga Practice: 12:00 p.m. — 1:00 p.m.
Flight Sampling: 1:00 p.m. till ????
Cost: Yoga Class — $10
Flight of Beer — $5

Please stop by Wellness Yoga to check in and grab a mat if you do not have one, then head over to Bristol Brewery to enjoy your yoga class.

Spaces are limited! Please call Wellness Yoga at 276-644-3086 to reserve your spot or stop by the studio and place your name on the sign-up sheet.

Grand Re-Opening Celebration

October 10 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts

A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts in Downtown Bristol will host a Grand Re-Opening Celebration on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 3 — 6 pm. A Work of Art has doubled the square footage in the space, painted walls, added signage, revamped carpet, created a classroom space, and gained new members! The artist cooperative now boasts a membership of over thirty local artists who collectively own and operate the gallery, and who specialize in crafts like woodwork, furniture, stained glass, photography, paintings, wine bottle art, encaustics, soaps, jewelry, dolls, wall art, postcards, notecards, pottery, and more.

You are cordially invited to join in the celebration by stopping by the renovated space from 3 — 6 pm to see the changes, listen to live music, enjoy drinks and snacks, and meet some of the members of Bristol's artist cooperative gallery, A Work of Art!

Motown Party Tour with Myles Savage

October 10 | Paramount Center for the Arts

Four Tops, Supremes, Temptations, Miracles and Marvelettes Salute!

The stars from last year's sold out show bring you the all new Motown Party Tour. Hosted by Myles Savage, lead singer from The Platters.

"Myles Savage's Last Original Stars" will perform at The Paramount Center for the Arts on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 7:00 pm.

Jack and the Beanstalk

October 11 | Paramount Center for the Arts

Jack is different from the other kids—every time it rains, he hears beautiful music falling from the sky. Then one day the rain stops and the ensuing drought forces Jack into town to sell his beloved cow Bessy. Before he can get there, he meets two swindlers who send him instead on a madcap adventure up a magical beanstalk—an adventure that includes a desperate Goose, a Golden Harp and one angry, tone-deaf Giant! A fresh new look at the most fun Jack-tale ever!

AAME Speakers Series: Dr. Matthew Frederick

October 13 | Bristol Public Library

The Arts Alliance Mountain Empire, in cooperation with the Bristol Public Library, begins its 2015-16 season of Speakers Series on Tuesday, October 13, at 7:00 p.m. at the BPL with a presentation by Dr. Matthew Frederick, associate professor of trumpet and director of instrumental studies at Emory & Henry College. This program is also co-sponsored by King University, and is one of several events that recognizes the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War. Dr. Frederick has done extensive study and performance of Civil War era music, and his presentation topic will be "The History, the Lives, and the Music of the Civil War Brass Band."

A native of Slatington, Pennsylvania, Frederick attended West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Upon graduation he began graduate studies at Auburn University then continued his education at The University of Texas where he completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in trumpet performance. During his time at Emory & Henry he has built a trumpet ensemble that is a two-time semi-finalist at the National Trumpet Competition and has been selected twice to perform at the International Trumpet Guild Conference. The brass ensembles have toured Germany, Austria, and most recently China as well. He is also the director of the Emory & Henry College Marching Band. In addition to his duties at Emory & Henry College, Frederick is the music director at Pleasant View United Methodist Church in Abingdon. He currently performs as co-principal trumpet with the Symphony of the Mountains and has performed as principal trumpet of the Johnson City Symphony.

As a companion event, the Bristol Historical Association and the King University Department of History, Political Science, and Security and Intelligence Studies will be hosting Kenneth Noe, Draughon Professor of Southern History at Auburn University, on the 26th of October at 6:30 p.m., also at the BPL. Dr. Noe's talk is entitled, "'Like a Storm over the Ridges': From War to Peace in Southwest Virginia, 1865." This talk is held in memory of David McRae, a King graduate from 2005 and research student under Dr. Noe, who died last year.

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