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City of Bristol goes mobile with official My Bristol TN app

The City of Bristol Tennessee is pleased to announce the launch of a new communication tool for the community and visitors as well. My Bristol TN is the City’s new mobile app. It provides a link from a mobile device to a number of the City’s website’s most popular menu items.

Users will be able to receive City Alerts when there are road or street closings, event or meeting cancellations, and other notifications. The public will also be able to see all city press releases, job openings, transit schedules, and City employee contacts. There are also modules that feature a calendar of events, agendas and minutes of City boards and City Council meetings. Also, all the City’s social media platforms will be hosted in one place for viewing.

“We are a mobile nation. There has, as we all know, been a huge increase in the use of mobile devices. We have the ability to track where access to our city’s website is coming from, whether it is mobile or desktop. In that data we found that 42% of our contact is being made via mobile devices,” said Terrie Talbert, Director of Community Relations. “It has long been the goal of the City to be transparent. We want to insure that information is available to anyone and from every source possible. The City is constantly looking to develop and advance our communication tools. We want to put open government in the palm of your hand.”

New modules will be added as needed or requested. “The City currently utilizes all social media platforms, the city website and BTN-TV Channel 16 and 192 to communicate with the public on a daily basis. The app is just one more tool in the toolbox that allows for public ease and total accessibility to local government,” said Bill Sorah, City Manager. “We will be constantly updating the app in order to keep new program or service information within reach of the community.”

Free downloads will be available beginning Wednesday, July 13 from the Apple or Google Play stores.

For more information or assistance in downloading the city app, please contact the Office of Community Relations at 423-764-4171 or bfleenor@bristoltn.org.



Downtown Bristol Events

Tunes at Noon

July 20 | Paramount Center for the Arts

Come on in to the Paramount to enjoy a free live entertainment! ($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.

Tunes at Noon is on a special day this week — WEDNESDAY — featuring Tensegrity, an award-winning string quartet composed of the Lugo siblings.

State Street Farmer's Market

July 20 | 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.

Bristol Pirates vs. Bluefield

July 20 | Boyce Cox Field

Full Moon Jam: The System — Bob Seger Tribute Band

July 21 | Downtown Center

“The System”, a premier Bob Seger Tribute Band, has been performing across the country since 1999. They’ve recreated a classic 70’s era concert experience with all of the fan and radio favorites, combining studio, as well as live versions, from the multi-platinum “Live Bullet” album.

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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: Amazed and Walk the Line

July 21 | Cumberland Square Park

This week's music: Amazed
This week's movie: Walk the Line

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)

"Straight Up: Tennessee Whiskey" Film Screening

July 21 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

“Straight Up: Tennessee Whiskey” —a film festival favorite and winner of Best Documentary Short at the 2014 Nashville Film Festival — will be screened at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum on Thursday, July 21 at 7:00 p.m. This documentary covers Tennessee’s long history of producing some of the world’s finest liquor, from the hills of moonshine-making to modern liquor artisans in the city. Writer and director Eric Byford will be present to answer questions about the film. The screening of “Straight Up: Tennessee Whiskey” is free and open to the public.

After the film screening, Adam Blankenship — proprietorof Whiskey Rebellion, a soon-to-be open downtown business — will be leadinga whiskey tasting at the museum. The tasting will featurea variety of whiskeys, including a rare bottle of George Dickel and a selection from Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery. You must be over 21 to take part in the tasting, and tickets are$5and must be purchased at the door.

This eventis 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.

“Made in Tennessee: Manufacturing Milestones”is a traveling exhibition organized by the East Tennessee Historical Society in Knoxville, Tennessee. The exhibition project was made possible through an educational grant from the Alcoa Foundation to highlight Tennessee’s manufacturing story—past, present, and future. The grant was awarded in honor of Alcoa Tennessee Operations 100th Anniversary and the announcement of its automotive expansion project on May 2, 2013. Additional support comes from the Tennessee Valley Authority.

The Pickin' Porch Show: Cody Hull

July 21 | Mountain Music Museum

This week's Pickin' Porch Show will feature Cody Hull.

Dan Deel

July 21 | O'Mainnin's Pub

Dan Deel is a singer/songwriter who was born in Pikeville, Kentucky and raised in Buchanan County, Virginia (pronounced BUCK-anan not BYOO). Singer/songwriter who has performed solo and with bands in honky-tonks, bars, restaurants, nursing homes, and private parties all throughout the Appalachians. He has opened for a wide diversity of acts such as Roger Alan Wade, Kentucky Headhunters, Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum, and several others. Hardcore rockin honky tonk music at its core., Dan always weaves captivating, motivational , and even humorous tales with every song he performs. Dan really gets the crowd involved and feeling good!

Radio Bristol Premieres: Malcolm Holcombe

July 22 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Malcolm Holcombe, whose “heartfelt baritone” (NPR) delivers “haunted country, acoustic blues and rugged folk” (Rolling Stone), will perform music from his latest album Another Black Hole during a special Radio Bristol Premiers concert on Friday, July 22, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

Produced by Grammy-winning producer and engineer Ray Kennedy and Brian Brinkerhoff, Another Black Hole features Holcombe’s rasping vocals and bright, percussive guitar accentuating his insightful lyrics.

“It is Malcom’s perception of the world that make his songs hit you like a gunpowder blast. His gruff and tough delivery is a primordial power full of grit, spit, and anthropomorphic expression,” says Kennedy.

Tickets to be part of the studio audience for the live performance are $20.

Yoga in the Park

July 23 | 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! Practices will be held at Cumberland Square Park in Bristol, VA! See you on the mat!

Jerry Douglas presents Earls of Leicester

July 23 | Paramount Center for the Arts

BUY TICKETS HERE! The Earls of Leicester is a group of like-minded musicians banding together to recreate the wonderful music of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys. Led by thirteen-time Grammy-winner Jerry Douglas, The Earls of Leicester features the talents of some of Nashville's most talented musicians, including hit songwriter Shawn Camp on guitar and lead vocals, Tim O'Brien on mandollin, bassist Barry Bales (Douglas's cohort in Alison Krauss & Union Station), fiddler Johnny Warren (son of Paul Warren, legendary fiddle player in Flatt & Scruggs' Foggy Mountain Boys band), and acclaimed banjo player Charlie Cushman. The band plays selections from the era of 1954 to 1965. During these years, the band was comprised Lester, Earl, dobro player Josh Graves, fiddler Paul Warren, tenor singer and mandonlist Curly Seckler and bass player Jake Tullock. In a relatively short time as a performing group, "The Earls" shows have quickly become the stuff of legend in the roots/acoustic/bluegrass community. Learn more at their website.

Victor Lawson and Boogie Chillen

July 23 | Quaker Steak and Lube

Victor Lawson and Boogie Chillen are among the talented bands in the burgeoning blues scene in the Tri-Cities. Established about nine years ago and led by Lawson, the tight three-man band take their name from the song, “Boogie Chillen,’” which was made famous by late Delta blues icon, John Lee Hooker.

The New Conspirators

July 23 | Bristol Brewery

The New Conspirators will be bringing their honky tonk stylings to one of the finest brewery establishments in the southeast!

Bristol Brewery is proud to have The New Conspirators at the Brewery Saturday, July 19, from 8:00 — 10:00 PM. Come out to Bristol Brewery for some good tunes and, of course, some good beer!

Full Moon Jam: Turkey Creek

July 26 | Downtown Center

The Turkey Creek String Band is an exciting seven-person acoustic ensemble centered in Southern Middle Tennessee. Their repertoire consists of traditional fiddle tunes, folk, western swing, waltzes, bluegrass, and Irish jigs. Their unique triple and quadruple fiddle tunes add a flavor rarely seen in string bands.

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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.

The Pickin' Porch Show: Bill & the Belles

July 28 | Mountain Music Museum

This week's Pickin' Porch Show will feature Bill & the Belles.

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