Believe in Bristol

Join the BRRR Green Team!

The Bristol Rhythm Green Team is gearing up for the festival, and we've chosen the awesome new design for our volunteer t-shirts! It's been a superhero theme for the past two years, and this year's is even better! So plan to volunteer for Green Team where the t-shirts are cool and saving the planet is even cooler! Sign Up to join the Green Team today!

Who Art You? Summer Art Camp

Find Yourself at Art Camp in Historic Downtown Bristol!

By joining our Who Art You? camp, your child can leave their mark on the Bristol arts! This camp focuses on 15 downtown arts and entertainment activities hosted by our local arts-related businesses — activities include painting, pottery, graphic arts, creative movement, music, storytelling, karate, yoga, and much, much more.

The camp is scheduled for July 18 — 22; the cost is $250 per child and $25 off for 2+ children. The age range is 8 — 12.

For registration details, contact Believe in Bristol at 276-644-9700 ormaggie@believeinbristol.org.

Downtown Bristol Blog

Ed Snodderly to teach at BCM's Pickalong Summer Camp

The Birthplace of Country Music isthrilled to announce that East Tennessee native and renowned songwriter Ed Snodderly will be joining them as a songwriting camp instructor! Snodderly is a well-known educator, performer, songwriter, actor and co-owner of one of the longest running music venues in the country, The Down Home in Johnson City, Tennessee. The Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville honored him by inscribing a verse of his song, “The Diamond Stream,” upon the wall in their Hall of Honor. Ed teaches dobro and guitar for ETSU’s Old Time program and the department’s very successful songwriting class. This is an amazing opportunity to learn from one of the most respected and original songwriters of our region.

Classes for the week-long Pick Along Summer Camp run from July 11-15, 2016 and will be available to children ages 10-14 and 15-17. Registration for the camp is still open and no previous music experience is required.

Click here to register.



Downtown Bristol Events

Quarterly Downtown Gathering

June 30 | Believe in Bristol Office

Believe in Bristol invites you to attend the Quarterly Downtown Gathering, to be held at the Believe in Bristol office on June 30that 3:00 pm.

Our topic this quarter include:

  • Mark Canty, Tri-Cities Regional Airport, Foreign-Trade Zone Information
  • Beaver Creek Walk Update
  • Upcoming Downtown Events, including Battle at Bristol and PUSH! Film Festival
  • Street Closures and General Information

Who should attend?Property owners, developers, loft dwellers and future entrepreneurs are encouraged to attend, but everyone is welcome!

We look forward to seeing you! Refreshments will be served.

Full Moon Jam: WyldeHeart

June 30 | Downtown Center

WyldeHeart is a local band that specializes in covering all the great 80's rock bands! They also have a few or their own.

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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.

Music & Movies in the Park: Kids Our Age and Days of Thunder

June 30 | Cumberland Square Park

This week's music: Kids Our Age
This week's movie: Days of Thunder

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.

Music at 7 pm
Movie at dusk (8:45 — 9 pm)

Bike Night w/ Southern Rebellion

June 30 | Quaker Steak and Lube

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

About Southern Rebellion
Southern Rebellion is a high energy country music group founded in the Tri-Cities area of Northeast Tennessee. Their focus is to bring our original music that has the heart of southern rock, the twang of old fashioned country music and the soul of Memphis blues all mixed together with a new age mainstream sound.

AACA Antique Car Show — Patriotic

July 1 | Downtown Bristol

Come out to Historic Downtown Bristol on Friday, July 1 from 6 – 9pm for the AACA Antique Car Show in the Tri Summit Bank parking lot. Dress you car up in a Patriotic theme as there will be a prize!

Admission to the event if free to everyone.

For more information, contact Jamey Rector, President of the Appalachian Region of AACA at 423-383-2322.

Rex Montgomery

July 1 | Bristol Brewery

Bristol Brewery welcomes Rex Montgomery to the outdoor stage this Friday, July 1. He will take the stage at 8:00 PM. Come out for a great show and great beer!

Goat Whiskey Deluxe

July 2 | Bristol Brewery

Bristol Brewery welcomes Goat Whiskey Deluxe to the outdoor stage this Saturday, July 2. They will take the stage at 8:00 PM.

Jackdaw's 7

July 2 | O'Mainnin's Pub

The Jackdaw's 7 are an original alt-country band hailing from Bristol, TN/VA. They have set out to invoke the darker side of the country music genre by utilizing elements of classic country combined with modern story telling. With musical backgrounds ranging from bluegrass and classical...to punk and metal, these musicians are just coming out of the studio and looking to promote their new recordings with some memorable live performances.

Beaver Creek Storytellers

July 3 | Bristol Public Library

Join Beaver Creek Storytellers at Bristol Public Library (use rear entrance) for a fun afternoon of entertaining stories. Admission is $5.

Bristol's Independence Day Parade

July 4 | Downtown Bristol

Celebrate Bristol invites you to enjoy a star-spangled 4th of July celebration in downtown Bristol. Bristol's Independence Day Parade will begin at 5pm on State Street! (Parade line-up begins on Morrison Boulevard at 3pm.)

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!
  • Celebrate Bristol Miss & Mr Photogenic Contestant Winners
  • Family Fun Events in the Park
    Inflatables, “Eating Contests”, and much more.
    Food, Beverage, and Craft Vendors Available
  • Free Watermelon
    Sponsored by Kroger
  • 6:15 pm – Great American Lions Club Rubber Duck Race
    Cumberland Square Park / Beaver Creek Basin

Fireworks begin at 10pm!

Border Bash: Front Country

July 4 | Downtown Bristol

What started as a reluctant band of some of the hottest young pickers in the SF Bay Area has transformed into a hard-touring powerhouse Roots-Pop ensemble that is stretching the boundaries of Bluegrass and Americana until they break. Lead singer, Melody Walker, is a force of nature onstage, wrapping audiences around her big bluesy vocals and extemporaneous undulations until they scream for more. Along with mandolinist Adam Roszkiewicz, guitarist Jacob Groopman, violinist Leif Karlstrom and bassist Jeremy Darrow, Front Country uses every inch of it's stringband instrumentation to explore textures and dynamics from chamber folk to rock and roll, with earnest, open harmonies that have been called "passionately intoxicating". Their original songwriting and hand-selected covers lean toward a bold pop and rock perspective that is unique in the roots music realm. After winning the Telluride and RockyGrass band contests in 2013, and releasing their first album "Sake of the Sound" in 2014, Front Country decided to take its potential to the next level, becoming a full-time band and playing over 100 shows and festivals in 2015. Highlights this year included Grey Fox, MerleFest, Strawberry, Bluegrass Underground and a first UK Tour, as well as sharing the stage with the Steep Canyon Rangers and the Traveling McCourys. Heading into 2016, the band will see dates with Hard Working Americans and Leftover Salmon, and several events already on the books, including ROMP, Big Sky Big Grass and headlining winter festivals in Alaska and New York. With a covers EP recorded this summer and slated for release in early 2016, Front Country is currently working on material for their second full-length record to be released in early 2017.

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 hosted by Believe in Bristol, Birthplace of Country Music® the Cities of Bristol and Bristol Pediatrics. Border Bash would not be possible without our community sponsors. Our sponsors in 2016 includeBorder Bash is a free community event supported by Anne and Ben Cowan, Bank of Tennessee, Blackbird Bakery,Blakley-MitchellCo., Brown, Edwards & Co., Burke, Powers &Harty, 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.

Border Bash: Rob Nance

July 4 | Downtown Bristol

Incorporating a wide range of musical styles and instruments- everything from pedal steel guitars to retro Casio synthesizers, Rob made a conscious effort to push his latest release, Signal Fires, into places he had not ventured on his first record. After releasing Lost Souls & Locked Doors — an album rooted mainly in the traditional fingerpicking guitar style of the roots genre— Nance hit the highway, playing shows in more than 20 states in 2014 alone. His brother, upright bassist and pedal steel guitarist Jordan Nance, joined him for most of the gigs with a full band tagging along for special occasions. Being on the road was an eye-opening experience for Nance. As the scenery outside his car window changed, so did the music he found himself listening to. A folk-rock fan that grew up admiring the greats of the genre from the 60s and 70s, Rob began broadening his musical horizons during the hours spent on the highway between towns. He found new influences starting to creep onto his radar, listening to everything from Talking Heads to Father John Misty. Those new influences soon seeped into his own writing, a fact that he could not ignore when it came time to begin work on his sophomore album. Recorded in Asheville, North Carolina, Signal Fires still sounds like a Rob Nance record. The hallmarks of his roots-rock sound — electric guitar tones that could’ve come from the ’70s, melodies delivered in a breezy baritone, lyrics that paint stories of various characters in small, southern towns — haven’t gone away, but they are most certainly joined by some new additions. “At least half of these songs were played on the road before we recorded them,” he says, “and that really shows you where the holes in your songs are. For Signal Fires, we wanted to tighten up and push outward. I think the result is an offering that is both musically diverse and familiar."

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 hosted by Believe in Bristol, Birthplace of Country Music® the Cities of Bristol and Bristol Pediatrics. Border Bash would not be possible without our community sponsors. Our sponsors in 2016 includeBorder Bash is a free community event supported by Anne and Ben Cowan, Bank of Tennessee, Blackbird Bakery, Blakley-Mitchell Co., Brown, Edwards & Co., Burke, Powers & Harty, Camellia Digital, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Express AV Productions, New Peoples Bank, Renasant Bank, Revolution Curbside Recycling, Strongwell Corporation, 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, and WXBQ 96.9 FM.

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!

5 Basic S’s of Drawing — Part 1

July 9 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts

Students will learn the basics of drawing with pencils in this 2-part class taught by Virginia Hiss, an art educator with a B.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master's in Art Education from the University of Pittsburgh. With emphasis on still life, the two-part class will cover the 5 S’s of drawing: shape, sight, spacing, shading, shadows, and more!

Lessons will be held on Saturday, July 9 and Saturday, July 16 from 10am – 1pm. Students are asked to bring a drawing pad (11 x 14 inches or similar), #2 pencil, pencil sharpener, Eraser, and a 12-inch ruler. The cost of the class is $55, to be paid at the first lesson. The class limit is 10 persons, ages 12 & up. Reserve your spot by calling the gallery at 423-797-0089 or by emailing info@aworkofartgallery.com before the deadline of July 1, 2016.

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Priced to Move!

(directly into your closet...) | Wm. King Clothiers

Wm. King Clothiers' spring and summer collections are drastically reduced, and a perfect time to add to your wardrobe. Men’s and ladies’ seasonal clothing and sportswear is priced to move. They don’t mess around when it comes to their summer sale!



Carpenter Jeans on Sale

Up to 35% off | L. C. King Mfg. Co.

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Bristol Office Supply Weekly Specials

Through July 1

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