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State of the Arts Weekend Full Lineup

Downtown Bristol will be alive with the arts for a special State of the Arts Weekend, June 17-19, 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 Art D’Vine galleries 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 its 17th 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 and Robinson Park.

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

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! A16inx20incanvas 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 beginsat 10am inCumberland Square Park beside the Bristol VA Courthouse, and canvases are available on a first-come, first-served basis. All canvases must be picked upby 12:30pm atthe 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.

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.

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

PUSH! Film Festival and Bristol Brewery will celebrate the ultimate day off by offering the screening of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” The film was written and directed by John Hughes and stars Matthew Broderick. The film follows Ferris Bueller (Broderick) and two friends as they cut class and have the ultimate day off in Chicago. Attendees are encouraged to dress in late 80’s attire to receive a free single screening pass for this year’s PUSH! Film Festival.

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!



Mountains of Music Homecoming Community Program

The Crooked Road has produced a community program detailing all the fun Mountains of Music Homecoming events happening in Bristol this summer!

Click here to download your copy of the program.



Downtown Bristol Events

"Made in Tennessee" Film Screening

June 16 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

“Made in the U.S.A.,” part of PBS’s America Revealed series, will be screened in the museum’s Performance Theater on Thursday, June 16, at 6:30p.m. This documentary is the story of how American manufacturers embraced new ideas and technologies to transform themselves into world-leading producers of everything from sleek new cars to mighty ships to microchips.

“Made in the U.S.A.” is free and open to the public.

This film screening is part of the programming to accompany our special exhibit “Made in Tennessee: Manufacturing Milestones.” The exhibit chronicles the rich variety of manufacturing traditions in Tennessee over the past 2 ½ centuries from the early agricultural and craft heritage to our current age of advanced technology and global competition. The diverse panels and artifacts highlight the history of manufacturing in Tennessee, while also featuring a huge variety of the industries and companies that were once found – or still exist – throughout the state, including several local manufacturers.

For more information, call 423-573-1927.

Full Moon Jam: Music Memories

June 16 | Downtown Center

Earl Humphries and his band are some of the most talented musicians in this area. You don't want to miss this night of nostalgia and classic rock!

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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.

Art D'Vine

June 17 | Downtown Bristol

On Friday, June 17, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., 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 Art D’Vine galleries will be highlighting various special events, releases or artists. Participating venues include Benjamin Walls Gallery, Kil'n Time Contemporary Ceramic Studio, A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts, Damsel & Daisy Home, and Hatching Perspective.

This event is free to the public, though there is a suggested one-time donation of $5 with the proceeds supporting the work of the Arts & Entertainment District of Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA.

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.

Border Bash: Abbie Gardner & Jesse Terry

June 17 | Downtown Bristol

Abbie Gardner, the fiery Dobro player with an infectious smile has been touring with Americana darlings Red Molly for the past eleven years. After gracing stages from Denver to Denmark, from Australia to Austin, the band decided to take an indefinite hiatus in 2015, so Abbie is striking out on her own!

Jesse Terry is a singer/songwriter withan uncanny ability to weave tales of travel and homecoming, of sorrow and of redemption, into songs that are simultaneously timeless and fresh. Home is now the coastal village of Stonington, Connecticut, but Terry’s music reflects an amalgam of influences, from Nashville to Laurel Canyon. His melodic and lyrically-driven Americana fits naturally on a playlist between cuts from Josh Ritter, Jackson Browne, Ryan Adams and Neil Young.

Border Bash, a free summer concert series held annually May through August, celebrates its17thanniversary including children’s activities, arts & craft and food vendors in addition to live music and much more. All the events will be in the 400 & 500 Block of State Street this year, except for June17th, which will be held in the Downtown Center and July4thwhich will be held in Cumberland Square Park.

Border Bash is a free community event supported by the Cities of Bristol, Virginia/Tennessee, Anne and Ben Cowan, Bank of Tennessee, Blackbird Bakery,Blakley-MitchellCo., Brown, Edwards & Co., Camellia Digital, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Express AV Productions, New Peoples Bank,RenasantBank, Revolution Curbside Recycling,StrongwellCorporation, The Bristol Hotel: McCall Capital, LLC, Tom and Barbara Smith/ Merrill Lynch, Tri City Tent and Event, Walling Distributing, Wells Fargo and media sponsors Bristol Herald Courier, Radio Bristol, 99.3 The X, Electric 94.9 FM,WCYB-5, andWXBQ96.9 FM.

Moon Taxi

June 17 | Studio Brew

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 bandsC2 & The Brothers Reed and Robinson Park. Get your tickets before they sell out – $20 regular and $40 for VIP section! Click here to purchase tickets.

The Great Affairs

June 17 | O'Mainnin's Pub

With nods to everyone from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Cheap Trick, and The Cars, The Great Affairs also share common ground with the likes of more contemporary acts as The Gaslight Anthem, Butch Walker, and The Hold Steady; offering up the kind of sweaty, gimmick-free, big guitar anthems that'll rattle your brain, just as easily as they might slip into lonesome troubadour mode and soothe your soul.

Border Bash: The Midatlantic

June 17 | Downtown Bristol

The Midatlantic is a crew of eclectic musicians hailing from the Cape Fear coast of North Carolina. Setting sail with a crew of five, The Midatlantic is an exciting and refreshing brand of folk rock that excitesaudiences, leaving them wanting more. Witha unique blend of progressive folk, americana, and bluegrass, and a hint of rock and jazzThe Midatlantic produces their unique brand ofmodern folk rock. Don’t be fooled by the montage of acoustic instruments. They always deliver a wide range of dynamics, energy, and melodic harmonies through songs that are sincere to love, emotions, and life experiences. The Midatlantic takes great pride in their professional image and providing tasteful performances suitable for all age groups.

Border Bash, a free summer concert series held annually May through August, celebrates its17thanniversary including children’s activities, arts & craft and food vendors in addition to live music and much more. All the events will be in the 400 & 500 Block of State Street this year, except for June17th, which will be held in the Downtown Center and July4thwhich will be held in Cumberland Square Park.

Border Bash is a free community event supported by the Cities of Bristol, Virginia/Tennessee, Anne and Ben Cowan, Bank of Tennessee, Blackbird Bakery,Blakley-MitchellCo., Brown, Edwards & Co., Camellia Digital, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Express AV Productions, New Peoples Bank,RenasantBank, Revolution Curbside Recycling,StrongwellCorporation, The Bristol Hotel: McCall Capital, LLC, Tom and Barbara Smith/ Merrill Lynch, Tri City Tent and Event, Walling Distributing, Wells Fargo and media sponsors Bristol Herald Courier, Radio Bristol, 99.3 The X, Electric 94.9 FM,WCYB-5, andWXBQ96.9 FM.

Blue Sparks

June 17 | Bristol Brewery

Bristol Brewery welcomes the Blue Sparks to the outdoor stage this Friday, June 17. They will be playing electric blues music at 8:00 PM.

The Video Guy Presents Border Bash LIVE!

June 17 | Downtown Bristol

Tim Flannagan — The Video Guy Presents Border Bash LIVE!

Streaming presented by local businesses! Visit The Video Guy's Facebook and website for more information!

Contact Tim at 423-366-0159

State Street Farmer's Market

June 18 | Downtown Center

Join us at the State Street Farmer's Market, where local merchants, fresh food and fun times come together. Choose your favorite local produce, homemade foods and unique arts and crafts. The market is open from May through October.

May — October
Saturdays 8 am — Noon

July — September
Wednesdays 2 — 6 pm

Don't forget! The State Street Farmer's Market accepts SNAP/EBT cards. Participants can scan their card and receive wooden tokens of either $1 or $2 in value and can use those tokens with participating vendors.

Yoga in the Park

June 18 | Cumberland Square Park

Do you like spending time outside? Do you like listening to bird songs? Do you want to meet new friends and take care of your health? Join Wellness Yoga of Bristol in the park for a free yoga practice. Classes will be held every Saturday in June, July, and August, weather permitting. The yoga practices will be taught by Rita Gregory and Nicole Putnam. Enjoy your free yoga practice in the midst of beautiful nature! The first class will be Saturday, June 4th at 10 a.m. Practices will be held at Cumberland Square Park in Bristol, VA! See you on the mat!

SPLAT! Water Gun & Water Balloon Outdoor Painting Event

June 18 | Cumberland Square Park

Water balloon painting and water gun painting are great summer arts activities for kids – using water guns and water balloons filled with 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 three paint balloons and a water gun filled with paint at one of several painting stations in the park!

Canvases are available on a first-come, first-served basis. All canvases must be picked up by 12:30pm at the park. You don't want to miss this outdoor painting event made possible by A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts in Downtown Bristol.

State of the Arts: Art Fair & Celebration

June 18 | Downtown Bristol

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!

State of the Arts Weekend is on June 17-19, and on Saturday, June 18, 11:00 AM — 4:00 PM, we are having an Art Fair & Celebration on Piedmont Avenue in Historic Downtown Bristol. The Art Fair & Celebration will give artists and artisans an opportunity to showcase and/or sell their handmade arts and crafts to art lovers in attendance. Free to the public!

State of the Arts: Artist Power Hour

June 18 | Bristol Public Library

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!

State of the Arts Weekend is on June 17-19, and onSaturday, June 18, 12:00-1:00 PM, we are having an Artist Power Hour art competition at the Bristol Public Library outdoor plaza in Historic Downtown Bristol. Artists will have one hour to start and finish their art project in front of an audience of voters. Artists should bring their own supplies, table or easel, along with a tip jar. The artist with the most votes at the end of the hour is the winner! The winning artist will be featured on the A&E section of the Believe in Bristol website as well as the A&E District Facebook page, and also be displayed in one of the galleries in Downtown Bristol for one month. This competition is open to all varieties of artisans: painters, sculptors, jewelry makers, crafters, collage enthusiasts, woodcarvers — we want you all! Registration will be from 10:00-11:30 AM on Saturday, June 18, and will be first come, first serve. For information about other State of the Arts Weekend events, please check www.believeinbristol.org or call 276-644-9700.

Music & Movies in the Park: Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors

June 18 | Cumberland Square Park

This week's movie: Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors

FREE Music & Movies in the Park brought to you by BVU and PUSH! Film Festival! Bring a lawn chair or blanket and settle in for live music and a great movie the whole family can enjoy. Concessions available.

Movie at dusk (8:45 — 9 pm)

30th Anniversary Screening of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"

June 18 | Bristol Brewery

PUSH! Film Festival will be offering a special FREE screening of the 30th Anniversary film, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" at Bristol Brewery as part of State of the Arts Weekend. The film was written and directed by John Hughes and stars Matthew Broderick. The film follows Ferris Bueller (Broderick) and two friends as they cut class and have the ultimate day off in Chicago. Packer's Concessions will be serving food for those in attendance!

Attendees are encouraged to dress in late 80s attire to receive a free single screening pass for this year’s PUSH! Film Festival.

State of the Arts: Local Talent Showcase

June 19 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

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!

State of the Arts Weekend is on June 17-19, and on Sunday, June 19, 2:00 — 5:00 PM, we are having a Local Talent Showcase in the Performance Theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. 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 & art scene. Refreshments will be served for this free community event!

Bristol Business Breakthrough Sales Seminar

June 20 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce

You are invited to attend a Professional Development Sales Seminar titled Bristol Business Breakthrough presented by Drew Bedard, Senior Director of Brand Management at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Registration is complimentary. RSVP is required to attend, as seating is limited.

Full Moon Jam: Glen Harlow and Friends

June 21 | 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 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.

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