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Fourth of July!

Thank you to everyone who came out and enjoyed the 4th of July Celebration with Believe in Bristol, Celebrate Bristol, Birthplace of Country Music, and the Cities of Bristol, TN/VA! Check out Celebrate Bristol's Facebook for photos from the event.

A note on fireworks from Celebrate Bristol: "Thanks, to Ricky Matthews(WCYB), for being our Emcee and for being our onsite Meteorologist. We had a small window of opportunity to launch the fireworks, in between two severe storms, and to make sure that everyone was safe."

Downtown Bristol Blog

"Born in Bristol" Shortlisted at Cannes Film Festival

The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development’s(TDTD)“Born in Bristol,” a 53-minute documentary profiling the 2015 recording of Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited, produced in partnership with the Virginia Tourism Corporation, earned shortlist honors at the 63rd Annual Cannes Lion International Festival of Creativity in Cannes, France in the category of Film Craft – Use of Licensed or Adapted Music. The shortlist is a list of candidates that have been selected for final consideration at the festival; “Born in Bristol” was one of only 216 out of 2,328 entries to earn that distinction.

Dramaticscenes in”Born in Bristol” were shot over a two-week period in December of last year by Asheville-based Plan A Films. Several locations in and around Historic Downtown Bristol were chosen to recreate the story of the legendary 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings; a number of local musicians, actors, and extras were cast in the film. “Born in Bristol” interweaves dramatizations of the events surrounding the Bristol Sessions with interviews by recording artists from the Orthophonic Joy CD project. Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Marty Stuart, and Sheryl Crow, among others, participated in the film and on the album.

It was on State Street in downtown Bristol, Virginia/Tennessee in 1927 that talent scout Ralph Peer made the first country music recordings of The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers, among others, for the Victor Talking Machine Company. The recordings now known as the 1927 Bristol Sessions are recognized internationally as the “Big Bang” of country music and the most influential country music recordings in history.

TDTD also received international accolades for its advertising and marketing campaign, earning a Silver Lion in the Creative Data category for the “Tennessee Vacation MatchMaker” digital advertising campaign and the Bronze Lion in the category of Digital Craft.



Downtown Bristol Events

Full Moon Jam: Retroville

July 7 | Downtown Center

A mixed bag of musicians that come from different backgrounds gives Retroville a blend for any age group. Want 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's? They've got it. From country to rock to dance to pop, they play it all! Retroville knows what to play and when to play it with over 100 years of combined experience.
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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: Ivy Road and The River

July 7 | Cumberland Square Park

This week's music: Ivy Road
This week's movie: The River

FREE Music & Movies in the Park brought to you by BVU, PUSH! Film Festival, and City of Bristol Virginia and the Parks and Recreation Department! 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)

The Pickin' Porch Show: Molly Jeanne and Unspoken Tradition

July 7 | Mountain Music Museum

The Pickin' Porch Show will feature Molly Jeanne and Unspoken Tradition on July 7, 2016.

Important Update: Beginning July 7, the Pickin' Porch Show will be located inside the Mountain Music Museum at 626 State Street.

Tunes at Noon: Rex Ward

July 8 | Paramount Center for the Arts

Come on in to the Paramount to enjoy free live entertainment from Rex Ward! ($5 suggested donation.) Weekly free summer series have been a tradition at The Paramount and have been made possible by David and Frances F. Caldwell.

Join Folk Soul Revival for Action 4 Jackson

July 8 | Bristol Train Station

Folk Soul Revival with very special guests, The Whiskey Gentry

Come join us to be part of an awesome evening for an awesome cause! All proceeds from this event will go to the family of Jackson Witt. Drummer Dan Witt was member of the band for many years and still is a part of the FSR family. Dan, his wife Amber, and their daughter Jackson have spent multiple days in various hospitals already for many genetic tests, with more to follow. This kind of testing isn't cheap. In addition to tests, expenses include travel and hospital stays. These expenses will add up as testing continues. Please help us pull together to help out Jackson and her parents. Let's help make this situation a little less stressful by raising as much money as possible to alleviate the burden of healthcare costs!!!

Dan, Amber, and Jackson are family to us. We hope to have the Congregation out in full force to help support these wonderful people.

To purchase your tickets, click here.

Merengue Lesson

July 8 | Bristol Ballet

Friday June 12th, Bristol Ballet will host a Merengue lesson at the Bristol Ballet Studio (across from the Paramount Theater in downtown Bristol).

The lesson will be taught from 7:30 to 8:30 pm, followed by dancing until 10:30 pm. Refreshments will be provided, but a snack to share is always welcome!

Cost is $5 per person with all fees going to support the Bristol Ballet (a 501(c)3 non-profit).

K.T. Vandyke

July 8 | Bristol Brewery

Bristol Brewery welcomes K.T. Vandyke to the outdoor stage this Friday, July 8. He will take the stage at 8:00 PM.

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.

BCM's Free Family Fun Day

July 9 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Bring in the whole family for musical activities, stories and songs, homemade instruments, and more!

Rocky Patel Cigar Smoker

July 9 | Sidetrack Tobacco

Sidetrack Tobacco will host a Cigar Smoker on July 9, 2016 from 5-8 PM, featuring Rocky Patel Cigars. The smoker will feature a meet and greet with Stacy Cross, Rocky Patel Representative. Come down for cigar specials, music, door prizes and lots of fun. Tickets are limited and the cost is $15 per person. Available at Sidetrack Tobacco, 523 State Street.

James Meadows

July 9 | Quaker Steak and Lube

About James Meadows
James started up his band, James Meadows & The Country Mile Drifters, just after his album officially released in August of 2008. The band is compiled of amazing professional musicians who put on a very high energy show. Their shows contain a huge set list filled with both fan/crowd requested and timeless Classic Country, Top 40 Country, Bluegrass, Southern Rock, and Originals that are sure to blow the walls off of any event or venue.

The Thomas Cassell Project

July 9 | Bristol Brewery

Bristol Brewery welcomes The Thomas Cassell Project to the outdoor stage this Saturday, July 9. They will take the stage at 8:00 PM.

About The Thomas Cassell Project:
Multi-instrumentalist from Southwest Virginia. Mandolin and other instruments for Fox Run.

Auditions for "The Adventures of Madeline"

July 10–12 | Theatre Bristol

Theatre Bristol announces July audition dates and details for the August/September production of The Adventures of Madeline at the ARTspace theatre. Veteran and novice actors are invited to audition July 10th at 2:30 pm, and July 11th and 12th at 6:30 pm at Theatre Bristol, 512 State Street, Bristol, TN. Roles for men, women, and children are available, as well as opportunities with the production crew.

For the first time, Theatre Bristol will bring The Adventures of Madeline to the ARTspace stage, featuring all the familiar characters, including Madeline, 11 little girls, Ms. Clavel, Pepito, Genevieve, and many more, including even author Mr. Bemelmans as the narrator.

Directing the show will be actor/director/scriptwriter, Theatre Bristol veteran Dottie Havlik, most recently director of Charlotte's Web, and actor in The Music Man, Les Misérables, Scrooge! The Musical, Steel Magnolias, and many more productions.

The audition will consist of cold readings and accents will not be expected. For audition dates and times and additional important details, including the rehearsal schedule, please visit www.theatrebristol.org/audition.

Anyone interested in being a part of the production crew may contact Theatre Bristol at info@theatrebristol.org.

The Adventures of Madeline will run from August 26 to September 11 for nine shows over three weekends. Tickets will be available online at the Theatre Bristol website.

Leadership and Motivation in Nonprofit Organizations

July 11 | North East State Bristol Campus

Who should attend:

  • Nonprofit Management and Staff
  • Members of Nonprofit Boards
  • Volunteers and aspiring Board members

The workshop covers:

  • Learning how to be an effective leader
  • Recognizing factors that could “mute” your leadership effectiveness
  • Understanding how “meaningful” work can motivate people
  • Creating an enjoyable and productive work environment

Please register by calling 423-274-0700, e-mailing to service@thesummitweb.com, or visiting www.eventbrite.com. Registration is $15 per person and includes the cost of lunch and all fees are payable to “Nonprofit Training Series.” Fees can be paid at the event or by invoice, which can be requested by e-mailing service@thesummitweb.com.

Dale Carnegie Class: How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age

July 12 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce

The digital age is changing how we work, play, communicate and think. It is an exciting frontier that rewards those who leverage the power that it presents. Competing in the new environment will require higher levels of competence. While it may seem challenging to keep up with the pace of technology the good news is that it is evolving so quickly that it's easier to learn and use than ever before. This workshop provides an introduction to the tools needed to develop the attitudes of success necessary to move to new levels of effectiveness in the digital age.

Cost: Complimentary for members, $35 for non-members. Click here to register.

Full Moon Jam: Duty Free

July 12 | 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.

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