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Bobby Bare to replace Loretta Lynn at Rhythm & Roots


Source: Bristol Herald Courier | Dave McGee

Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Bobby Bare has been added to the lineup for this weekend's Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion.

Bare, 81, will replace fellow Hall of Fame member Loretta Lynn who cancelled her appearance last week on the advice of her physicians. Bare is to perform Saturday at 8:15 p.m., on the State Street stage.

"Bobby Bare is among traditional country music's greatest treasures," said BCM Executive Director Leah Ross in a written statement. "We've seen it time and again over the years with acts like T. G. Sheppard, Gene Watson, and Pam Tillis—festival goers have a great appreciation for Nashville recording artists with such timeless appeal. We are honored to host him at the festival this year."

Bobby Bare has logged 30 Top 20 singles over the course of his 50-year career, earned a Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording with the hit" Detroit City," and has achieved multiple Grammy nominations. In the 1980s he hosted Bobby Bare and Friends on The Nashville Network where the artist interviewed a number of notable songwriters who also performed their hit songs on the show.

In 2013 Bare was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame with fellow artists Kenny Rodgers and the late Cowboy Jack Clement.



No Full Moon Jam this week

The Full Moon Jam evening concert was not scheduled for this Thursday, September 15, in order to allow Rhythm and Roots organizers to prepare the venue for the upcoming festival. “The remainder of series will continue as planned, with the Thursday evening concerts resuming September 22 and 29 featuring Wyldeheart and Southern 76 respectively. To date, a little over 10,000 persons have attended the series,” said Bristol’s Community Relations official Angie Rutherford.



State Street Farmer's Market closed this Saturday

State Street Farmer's Market will be closed this Saturday during Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion.



Downtown Bristol Events

Willie and the Wildwood Flowers

September 14 | Blackbird Bakery


Willie and the Wildwood Flowers are a local dulcimer group.

Application Deadline for Miss Food City Pageant 2016

September 15 | Paramount Center for the Arts


Are you the future Miss Food City? Make sure to send in your application byThursday September 15, 2016.Download the application herehttps://webassets.foodcity.com/uploads/imagelib/21-PeRoT.pdf

The winner will receive...

$1,000 cash from Food City
$1,200 scholarship from Rave
$500 Food City gift card from Johnson & Johnson
a large Food City gift basket
You will also represent Food City at the Food City 300 and the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2017!

Pizza Hut Holly Help Fundraiser

September 15


Mark your calendars for September 15th at the listed participating Pizza Huts. On Thursday Sept, 15th, between 4PM to 7PM, Pizza Hut will donate 20% of your purchases to the Holly Help Spay Neuter Fund. Mention us when you pay. See the ad for specifics.

The Holly Help Spay-Neuter Fund is a Bristol VA based organization which focuses on spay and sterilization surgeries for dogs and cats. It was founded in the spring of 2001 and maintains a 501.c3 tax exempt status as a branch of United Humanitarian, A Corporation. We rely mainly on the money received from donations and recycling aluminum cans to fund our surgeries. We are all volunteers and Holly Help pays no salaries. To date we have over 27,227 spay/neuters completed!

Please contact Sue Williams, President of Holly Help Spay-Neuter Fund, 276-466-5375 with any questions or for additional information.

Salsa Social

September 15 | Studio Brew


Join Studio Brew for a fun night of Salsa Dancing. Studio Brew's Craft Beer, Chef Ryan's Studio Salsa & Chips, plus Aulikki's Sangria Special will be available. Come dance Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and some Hip Hop. Beginner Salsa lesson kicks off the party from 7:00pm to 7:45pm.

$10.00 cover includes your dance lesson plus complementary chips & salsa. Come and enjoy the Dance Party at Studio Brew! Cheers!

Farm & Fun Time: Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley and Woody Pines

September 15 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Radio Bristol Presents: Farm & Fun Time is kicking off the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival on Thursday, September 15th at 7:00 p.m. with Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley and Woody Pines at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Be part of the live studio audience for the program that got its roots in the 1940s through the 1950s from WCYB Radio’s Farm & Fun Time program. Can’t be part of the studio audience? Listen in Bristol to WBCM-LP at 100.1 FM and online through the station’s mobile app and this website.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2016

September 16–18 | Downtown Bristol


The award-winning Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival celebrates 16 years September 16-18, 2016!

Bristol Rhythm is more than a festival. It's an infectious, three-day music experience bursting with creative passion, electricity, and soul. Every third weekend in September, State Street in Historic Downtown Bristol, VA/TN is amped to the beat of the Appalachia's past, present and future. Featuring an eclectic mix of folk-rock, alternative country, Americana, traditional bluegrass, country, and old-time music on more than 20 stages, Bristol Rhythm digs down deep into the roots of our region's sound and lifts its branches to new heights.

Visit bristolrhythm.com for a complete lineup and to purchase your tickets.

Exit 23

September 16 | Studio Brew


From the hills of Eastern Kentucky, Exit 23 was formed in the Summer of 2014 by core members Johnny “Pop” Day (Vocals/Guitar), Charlie Cable (Banjo/Mandolin/Guitar), and Scott Cable (Lead Guitar). Morphing each member’s musical influences and styles, a sound of their own was created as they began to arrange acoustic driven, country-tinged songs.

Exit 23 will play Studio Brew September 16th & 17th

Bristol Rhythm & Roots 5K Road Race & 2 Mile Fun Walk

September 17 | Downtown Bristol


SATURDAY,SEPTEMBER 17, 2016, 8AM

This year all racers will meet at Anderson Park at the intersection of Anderson and Martin Luther King Blvd. 5K starts at 8:00 a.m., 2 Mi Fun Walk starts at 8:05 a.m. Please note that registration fee does not include a complimentary single day pass to the festival.

Click to see5K course map

Race day registration is from 6:30am to 7:30am.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Chili Cook-Off

September 17 | Cumberland Square Park


It’s too hot to handle...the competition, that is!

The Bristol Rhythm Chili Cook-Off, sponsored byBristol Tennessee Virginia Association of RealtorsandKroger, is the tastiest competition in the Tri-Cities. First place participants take home $200, second place $150, and third place $100. There are also categories for People’s Choice, Wimpy Chili, and Showmanship. If you think you have the recipe to beat, this is the competition for you!

Click here to view the application.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Youth Music Competition

September 17 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


The 4th Annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Youth Music Competition is coming up!

Registration 9:00 am to 9:30 am
Competition Begins at 10:00 am
Open to Ages 5-18
Categories: Banjo, Fiddle/Violin, Guitar, Mandolin, Uke and Band Competition

Registration is $10. Students can register in multiple categories.

For more details go to www.caposmusicstore.com/events

Children's Day at Bristol Rhythm & Roots

September 17 | Cumberland Square Park


Our free Children’s Day event at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is a great day of family fun with live entertainment and lots of activities the kids will enjoy. Many local agencies provide resources to help us make the event extra memorable, and lots of volunteers help the day run smoothly.

Children’s Day will take place from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (3 Hours)

To help celebrate Bristol’s music heritage, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum will provide new hands-on activities for Children’s Day attendees.

Children’s Day will not provide inflatable bounce houses this year.

Special entertainment bySilly Busand theEmpty Bottle String Band

Cumberland Square Park at The War Memorial
Corner of Lee & Cumberland streets, downtown Bristol, VA

Steele Cookin Band

September 17 | Studio Brew


The Steele Cookin’ Band is a tribute to all the great jam bands circa August 15, 1969 to the present. If you would like to hear Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Tedeschi Trucks, Johnny Winter, The Black Keys, Janis Joplin, Grace Potter, ZZ Top (early years), The Alabama Shakes, Jimi Hendrix, Sheryl Crow, Eric Clapton, then you need to see the New Steele Cookin’ Band.

Jonathan Scales

September 17 | Studio Brew


Jonathan Scales Fourchestra explodes onto stages with an indescribable sound that is as much felt as it is heard: “a Thelonius Monk-like attitude with a Mozart creativity” (Pan on the Net).

Weaving together collective and individual influences without compromise, they are as much themselves as they are a unit—a crucial trait of landmark instrumental ensembles. At center stage, steel pannist and founder Jonathan Scales’ compositional skill mixes with tasteful, avant-garde improvisations to form an unmistakably unique approach to an instrument often associated with cruise ships and tropical music. Driftwood Magazine says: “Scales is to steel pans ....what Béla Fleck is to the banjo—an über innovator.”

Lord Nelson

September 17 | Studio Brew


Lord Nelson is two brothers, one greasy trombone, backbone bass, pocket drums, dirtysouth guitar and a hell of a lot of fun.The band was formed in 2012 by brothers, Kai and Bram Crowe-Getty. With the addition of Henry Jones on trombone and Trevor Pietsch on bass, this collection of Virginia boys presents original roots rock compositions about the people and places they grew up around.Lord Nelson’s unique sound varies inrange from slow burning, harmony laced anthems to back beat pulsing floorstompers.

Wise Old River

September 18 | Studio Brew


Wise Old River shares songs about the human condition, human experience, times of need, times of pain, times of being lost and times of being found, our searching, and finding hope, grace and truth as well as times of spiritual growth. They sing about it all. Their desire is for their music to be stripped down organic, earthy, wires, wood and vibrations from the soul.

If Birds Could Fly

September 18 | Studio Brew


About If Birds Could Fly
Three kids from the mountains of Southwest Virginia that love to make music.

Singer Songwriter Event featuring Jeff Lane, Scotty Melton Beth Snapp

September 18 | Studio Brew


Three wonderful musicians you won't want to miss!

The Grand Shell Game Rhythm and Roots After Party

September 18 | Bristol Brewery


Enjoy The Grand Shell Game at Bristol Brewery for a Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion after party!

About The Grand Shell Game
Carrboro, North Carolina band the grand shell game, was formed in 2014, bringing together an eclectic, rock-based blend with intriguing lyrics and strong musicianship. Band members include Dan Fields, Dylan Turner, Joe MacPhail, Rob DiMauro, Rob Davis, and e-s Guthrie.

Paramount Chamber Players and Colpi d’arco

September 30 | Paramount Center for the Arts


CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS! The Paramount Chamber Players and Colpi d’arco combine musical forces to present Vivaldi’s Four Seasons on September 30.

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, which do you like best of all?

Join The Paramount Chamber Players and Colpi d’arco in celebrating the seasons of the year as the ensemble presents Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

There is no doubt that Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is one of the most beloved works in all of music history largely as a result of the joy that permeates its every musical moment. To balance this 18th century warhorse, we will present the 20th century work sharing the same name, Piazzolla’s tango-infused Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires).

The Paramount Chamber Players welcomes the young artists of Colpi d’arco, a Tri-Cities based youth chamber ensemble, to the stage to share this exciting event.

Players appearing in this performance:

Craig Combs, piano;
George Figueroa, violin;
Catherine McGlasson, violin;
Luis Casal, viola;
Cherylonda Fitzgerald, cello;
Thomas Maternik-Piret, cello;
Vicki Fey, harpsichord.

Students are admitted free.

For the Paramount Center performance, purchase tickets online at ParamountBristol.org or at the box office for $15 plus fees.

Also Coming Up

State Street Farmer's Market
September 14 | Downtown Center
Willie and the Wildwood Flowers
September 14 | Blackbird Bakery
Application Deadline for Miss Food City Pageant 2016
September 15 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Pizza Hut Holly Help Fundraiser
September 15
Salsa Social
September 15 | Studio Brew
Farm & Fun Time: Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley and Woody Pines
September 15 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2016
September 16–18 | Downtown Bristol
Exit 23
September 16 | Studio Brew
Bristol Rhythm & Roots 5K Road Race & 2 Mile Fun Walk
September 17 | Downtown Bristol
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Chili Cook-Off
September 17 | Cumberland Square Park
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Youth Music Competition
September 17 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Children's Day at Bristol Rhythm & Roots
September 17 | Cumberland Square Park
Steele Cookin Band
September 17 | Studio Brew
Sullins Academy Alumni Reunion
September 17
Jonathan Scales
September 17 | Studio Brew
Lord Nelson
September 17 | Studio Brew
Wise Old River
September 18 | Studio Brew
If Birds Could Fly
September 18 | Studio Brew
Singer Songwriter Event featuring Jeff Lane, Scotty Melton Beth Snapp
September 18 | Studio Brew
The Grand Shell Game Rhythm and Roots After Party
September 18 | Bristol Brewery
State Street Farmer's Market
September 21 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: WyldeHeart
September 22 | Downtown Center
Salsa Social
September 22 | Studio Brew
Quarter Bounce
September 23 | Quaker Steak and Lube
The Farmhouse Ghost
September 23 | Studio Brew
State Street Farmer's Market
September 24 | Downtown Center
Yoga & Suds
September 24 | Bristol Brewery
2nd Annual Lights of Hope
September 24 | Cumberland Square Park
Ras Alan and the Lions
September 24 | Studio Brew
Wise Old River
September 25 | Studio Brew
State Street Farmer's Market
September 28 | Downtown Center
Wine and Food Pairing
September 29 | Studio Brew
Full Moon Jam: Southern 76
September 29 | Downtown Center
Mama Molasses
September 29 | Blackbird Bakery
Ride the Line Bike Rally
September 30 – October 2 | Downtown Bristol
Paramount Chamber Players and Colpi d’arco
September 30 | Paramount Center for the Arts
JV Squad
September 30 | Studio Brew
State Street Farmer's Market
October 1 | Downtown Center
Yoga for Healing Trauma
October 1 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol
The Black Jacket Symphony presents The Beatles' Abbey Road
October 1 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Mudbugs
October 1 | Studio Brew
Laura Thurston
October 6 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Dan Deel
October 7 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Victor Lawson and Boogie Chillen
October 7 | Studio Brew
State Street Farmer's Market
October 8 | Downtown Center
How to Make Peace with Your Body Workshop
October 8 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol
Black Light Vinyasa Yoga
October 8 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol
Lauren Cole Band
October 8 | Studio Brew
Salsa Social
October 13 | Studio Brew
Ryan Ward
October 13 | O'Mainnin's Pub
The Royal Hounds
October 14 | O'Mainnin's Pub
State Street Farmer's Market
October 15 | Downtown Center
Chakras: Awakening Your Life Force
October 15 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol
The Roan Mountain Suite: The Kruger Brothers with The Kontras Quartet
October 15 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Earth by Train
October 15 | Studio Brew
PUSH! Film Festival
October 21–23 | Downtown Bristol
The Gentlemen & Liars
October 21 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Beth Snapp Band
October 21 | Studio Brew
State Street Farmer's Market
October 22 | Downtown Center
Below 7
October 22 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Salsa Social
October 27 | Studio Brew
Appalachian AACA Trunk & Treat
October 28 | TriSummit Bank
James Meadows
October 28 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Billy Crawford Band
October 28 | Studio Brew
State Street Farmer's Market
October 29 | Downtown Center
Meet-the-Artist Reception: Larry VerRan
October 29 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts
Laura Thurston
November 3 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Blue Mother Tupelo
November 4 | Studio Brew
Ron Short and the Possum Playboys
November 5 | Studio Brew
Below 7
November 5 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Ryan Ward
November 10 | O'Mainnin's Pub
The Low Counts
November 11 | Studio Brew
The Hoodoos
November 12 | Studio Brew
PF Flyers
November 18 | Studio Brew
Singer Songwriter Event featuring Jeff Lane, Jamen Denton & Annie Robinette
November 20 | Studio Brew
James Meadows
November 25 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Laura Thurston
December 1 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Ryan Ward
December 8 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Below 7
December 16 | O'Mainnin's Pub

More Upcoming Events »

Community Notice Board

Bristol Office Supply Weekly Specials

Through September 16


Click here to view weekly specials.

Enter To Win Two-Day Stay at the Bristol Hotel

September 14–19 | Cumberland Square Park


Visit the Bristol Hotel Booth in Cumberland Square Park during this year's festival and you can enter to win the ultimate getaway next year including 2 nights at the hotel, passes to Rhtym and Roots, and much more!

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