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Get ready for State of the Arts Weekend in Downtown Bristol!

State of the Arts Weekend

June 17-19, 2016

Downtown Bristol will be alive with the arts for a special State of the Arts Weekend coordinated by the Believe in Bristol Arts & Entertainment District Steering Committee!

Friday – June 17th, 2016

Art D’Vine – 6:00-9:00 PM

Downtown will be filled with art lovers as several galleries and some local favorites join together to host another Art D’Vine event! This art walk offers patrons the chance to gain after-hours access to merchants, sample domestic and international wines, and enjoy a range of works from artists across the region. As with the previous gallery hops, participants are invited to stroll around Historic Downtown Bristol, stopping and enjoying all that our downtown has to offer! Refreshments will be provided and many of the galleries will feature different varieties of wine for sampling.The ArtD’Vinegalleries will be highlighting various special events, releases or artists. Free to the public!

Border Bash – 6:30-10:30 PM

Border Bash, a free summer concert series held annually May through August, celebrates its17th anniversary including children’s activities, arts & craft and food vendors in addition to live music and much more. June 17th Border Bash will feature artists Abbie Gardner with Jesse Terry & The Midatlantic and will be held in the Downtown Center in Bristol, TN.

Moon Taxi @ Studio Brew – 7:00 PM

Moon Taxi is an American indie-progressive rock band based in Nashville, Tennessee. Known for popular songs like "Morrocco," "All Day All Night," and "River Water," Moon Taxi is sure to entertain the crowd at Studio Brew with opening bands C2 & The Brothers Reed.

Theatre Bristol Presents The Music Man @ The Paramount – 7:30 PM

Theatre Bristol's 51st Season features the Broadway favorite The Music Man! "Meredith Wilson's six-time, Tony Award winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation. The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize — this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall." The Music Man is directed by Glenn Patterson who recently directed Les Misérables and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Paramount Center for the Arts. THE MUSIC MAN is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

Saturday – June 18th, 2016

Art Fair & Celebration @ Piedmont Avenue – 11:00 AM — 4:00 PM

For the first time, the Arts & Entertainment Committee has decided to host an Art Fair and Celebration on Saturday, June 18. This fair will give artists and artisans an opportunity to showcase and/or sell their handmade arts and crafts to those in attendance. Free to the public!

Artist Power Hour @ Bristol Public Library – 1:00-2:00 PM

Artists will have only one hour to start and finish their art project. Artists will need to bring all their supplies to complete their masterpiece – the winning artist will be spotlighted in Believe in Bristol’s weekly E-News and will be displayed in a Downtown gallery! No prior registration, first come first serve sign-up.

SPLAT! Water Gun & Water Balloon Outdoor Painting Event @ Cumberland Square Park made possible by A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts – 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Water balloon painting and water gun painting are great summer arts activities for kids — using water guns and water balloons filled with all-natural, handmade paint to create canvas artwork! Be sure to arrive in old clothing that you don’t mind getting messy! A 16in x 20in canvas is provided for each child to take home after they've created their very own masterpiece. Each child will have access to a painting station, eye protection, a poncho, three paint balloons, and a water gun filled with paint at one of several painting stations in the park! The event begins at10amin Cumberland Square Park beside the Bristol VA Courthouse, and canvases are available on a first-come, first-served basis. All canvases must be picked up by12:30pmat the park. You don't want to miss SPLAT!, the outdoor painting event made possible by A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts in Downtown Bristol! Cost is $5 per child.

PUSH! Presents “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” @ Bristol Brewery – 9:00 PM

Movie being finalized by PUSH! lead team committee, details to come.

Movies in the Park “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” @Cumberland Square Park – 9:00 PM

Free to the public and family friendly, bring a lawn chair or blanket – concessions will be sold. Based on the inspiring true story of living legend Dolly Parton’s remarkable upbringing, this movie special takes us inside the tight-knit Parton family as they struggle to overcome devastating tragedy and discover the healing power of love, faith and a raggedy patchwork coat that helped make Dolly who she is today. Experience the heartwarming tale of a courageous nine-year-old girl from Tennessee and the loving family that taught her the power of inner strength.

Sunday – June 19th, 2016

Local Talent Showcase @ Birthplace of Country Music Museum Performance Theater – 2:00-5:00 PM

With musicians rotating every twenty minutes, you’ll want to make sure to join us for this exciting music event! Come out and support the local music and art scene. Refreshments will be served for this free community event!

Downtown Bristol Blog

Bristol receives Virginia Main Street Milestone Awards

Believe in Bristol and the City of Bristol, VA were presented with a Virginia Main Street Milestone Regional Rev Up award for creating the climate for more than $5 million in private investment in the City of Bristol, VA. These private investment numbers show that Believe in Bristol and the City of Bristol, VA are creating jobs and preserving downtown’s vitality for generations to come.

“Our Virginia Main Street communities are revitalizing these beautiful downtown districts,” said Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development Director Bill Shelton. ”In the last five years, designated Main Street communities have sparked more than $161 million in private investment in their districts, and as a result, last year, there was a net collective gain of 2637 jobs across the 25 Main Street downtown districts.”

In addition to Bristol, Virginia Main Street recognized the following communities for excellence.

  • Ashland
  • Bedford
  • Berryville
  • Bristol
  • Farmville
  • Fredericksburg
  • Orange
  • St. Paul

Currently, there are 29 designated Virginia Main Street communities: Abingdon, Altavista, Ashland, Bedford, Berryville, Blackstone, Bristol, Culpeper, Danville, Farmville, Franklin, Fredericksburg, Gloucester, Harrisonburg, Hopewell, Lexington, Luray, Lynchburg, Manassas, Marion, Martinsville, Orange, Saint Paul, South Boston, Staunton, Warrenton, Waynesboro, Winchester and Wytheville.

The Virginia Main Street program, managed by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), provides assistance and training to help communities increase the economic vitality of their downtown commercial districts. Virginia Main Street uses the National Main Street model to help communities revitalize their downtowns by focusing on their unique heritage and attributes. The program helps communities implement a comprehensive revitalization strategy that creates economic growth and pride in downtowns.
For more information about the Virginia Main Street program, call (804) 371-7030 or visit www.dhcd.virginia.gov/MainStreet.



Downtown Bristol Events

Full Moon Jam: Broad Street Station

June 9 | Downtown Center

Broad Street Station is a band from the Johnson City area, playing yesterday and today's favorites.

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For the 20th 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 29th.

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.

Radio Bristol Premieres: The Honeycutters

June 10 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Radio Bristol Premieres focuses on new recordings debuted before a live audience, as well as a live broadcast and webcast on Radio Bristol. This Premiere showcases honky-tonk sensations The Honeycutters and music from their latest release, the acclaimed Me Oh My.

About The Honeycutters
The Honeycutters are an Asheville, North Carolina based original country roots band. Led by songwriter Amanda Anne Platt, The Honeycutters include Tal Taylor on mandolin, Rick Cooper on bass, Josh Milligan on drums, and Matt Smith rounds out the band on pedal steel, electric guitar, and dobro to create a sound that carries just as well across the bar room as in a church or a theater. Fueled by the powerful songwriting and vocals of founder Amanda Platt, the band’s most recent release, Me Oh My, moves Platt into the spotlight as producer, band leader, and principal creative force. With songs that are honest and relatable, part chagrin and part hope, Platt’s voice carries a timeless appeal.

Samba Lesson

June 10 | Bristol Ballet

Learn to samba at the Bristol Ballet Studio! Lesson from 7:30 to 8:30 pm, followed by dancing until 10:30 pm.

Cost is $5 per person with all fees going to support the non-profit Bristol Ballet; refreshments provided, but snack to share always welcome.

The Black Jacket Symphony Presents Led Zeppelin's IV

June 10 | Paramount Center for the Arts

The Black Jacket Symphony offers a unique concert experience through recreating classic albums in a live performance setting. A selected album is performed in its entirety by a group of handpicked musicians specifically selected for each album, with no sonic detail being overlooked — the musicians do whatever it takes to musically reproduce the album.

The performance is separated into two sets. The first set features the album being recreated as a true symphonic piece. The second set, which features a selection of the album artist's "greatest hits," opens in full contrast to the first set with an incredible light display and the symphony being much more laid back. The tone is set very quickly that the show will feature the high level of musicianship of the act being covered and will also be accompanied by all the bells and whistles of a major rock and roll show.

Click here to purchase tickets online, or visit the Paramount box office.

Essential Yoga by Donation

June 11 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol

This practice is inspired by fresh, summer citrus essential oils. Their crisp and uplifting aromas combined with the circular energy of movement in this practice go hand in hand for a summer vinyasa flow. You will focus on breath work throughout this practice as mandala salutations lead to exploration on the mat and stretch beyond limiting beliefs. Step outside the linear world and open up to all the wonderful things life has to offer.

You may sign up for this workshop by leaving a message at 276-644-3086, place your name on the sign-up sheet at Wellness Yoga of Bristol or join the event on Facebook.

This is a Donation-only class so please feel free to donate whatever amount you wish.

Bristol Craft Beer Festival

June 11 | Cumberland Square Park

Bristol's 1st Annual Craft Beer Festival is a celebration of craft beer from breweries in our area and local musicians. This event features craft beer, live music, and a variety of different foods and vendors. For more information visit www.BristolCraftBeerFestival.com, Facebook or Instagram.

Amerrikazmost Street Art Show

June 11 | Bristol Brewery

Join Bristol Brewery on June 11th at 6 pm for an art show featuring the work of Ryan Matheson, Amerrikazmost Street Art.

Mountains of Music Homecoming presents The Larry Keel Experience Concert

June 14 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Mountains of Music Homecoming presents The Larry Keel Experience concert at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 until May 30, 2016 / $20 after May 31, 2016. Click here to buy tickets.

About The Larry Keel Experience
The Larry Keel Experience combines a multitude of musical influences, instrumental dexterity, and original songs to create an explosive acoustic sound. The band consists of lead vocalist/guitarist Larry Keel, bassist/harmony vocalist Jenny Keel, and banjoist/vocalist Will Lee; many other musicians have performed with the Larry Keel Experience both live and in the studio. Larry Keel, a Virginia native, is a master guitar player, having finished first place in the 1993 and 1995 flatpicking contest at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. He also handles most of the vocals for the Larry Keel Experience, and composes many of the band’s songs and instrumentals. The band draws from folk, progressive bluegrass, jazz, and reggae, creating an exciting mix of music that is impossible to pigeonhole. Although the Larry Keel Experience has shown a willingness to continually adopt new approaches, the listener can always expect excellent acoustic music grounded in tradition, a winning balance of appealing material and inventive jams. Larry Keel has recorded more than a dozen albums, and he is an expert fisherman, and he recently launched the event and website concept Fishin and Pickin.

To learn more, visit larrykeel.com.

Full Moon Jam: Duty Free

June 14 | Downtown Center

Duty Free is a bluegrass band based in Bristol, Tennessee. Members of the band are Bobby Love, Charlie Powers, Rick Powers, Hal Boyd, and Tim Laughlin. Bobby plays mandolin and demonstrates his versatility as a musician by singing both lead and harmony. He’s a songwriter as well who has written several tunes performed by the group. Charlie plays both lead and rhythm guitar and sings lead and harmony. Rick plays banjo in the traditional Scruggs style and also lends his vocal talent to the band. Hal Boyd anchors the group’s rhythm with his double bass playing and provides the baritone harmony — as well as lead and bass vocals — on many of Duty Free’s tunes. Tim Laughlin, long noted in bluegrass circles for his musical talent, plays fiddle for the band.

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For the 20th 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 29th.

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.

Theatre Bristol presents The Music Man

June 17–26 | Paramount Center for the Arts

Theatre Bristol's 51st Season features the Broadway favorite The Music Man! "Meredith Wilson's six-time, Tony Award winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation. The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize — this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall." The Music Man is directed by Glenn Patterson who recently directed Les Misérables and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Paramount Center for the Arts. THE MUSIC MAN is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

Visit paramountbristol.org for show times and tickets.

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Community Notice Board

Free Tennis Lessons for Ages 6-16

June 6 – July 15 | Ida S. Jones Center

The city of Bristol, TN will offer free tennis lessons for children aged 6-16 at the new Ida S. Jones Center this summer. The seven-week youth tennis program runs June 6 through July 15. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are for beginner players ages 6 to 11. Tuesdays and Thursdays, the classes are for older beginners and intermediate players who are 11 to 16 years of age. Times for both are 9 am to 10:30 am.

To sign up, parents can bring their children to the court or they pre-register online at www.bristoltn.org/145/Parks-Recreation.

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Father's Day Gifts from LC King

June 7–18

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Bristol Office Supply Weekly Specials

Through June 10

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