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Starting October 10, Bank Street Bristol will be opening Monday — Friday at 10a.m. to 2p.m.. Get your grub-on in the coolest alley in Downtown Bristol! Signature White Chili and Chicken Salad available among other lunch specials and gifts. Check out Bank Street Bristol out on Facebook for everyday menu.

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Welcome Whiskey Rebellion to Downtown Bristol!


Believe in Bristol is happy to welcome our newest downtown edition, Whiskey Rebellion, to the neighborhood!

About Whiskey Rebellion
Whiskey Rebellion is a steakhouse with fresh perspective on southern cuisine, incorporating fresh, local, seasonally grown produce...

Nestled within the Tennessee mountains, and situated adjacent to the Paramount Theatre in historic downtown Bristol, Whiskey Rebellion offers road weary travelers and adventurous locals alike a dining experience that is exciting and unexpected. This highly spirited establishment is a tribute to the past, a time when individuals fought for their right to be masters of their spirits. Whiskey Rebellion exists to celebrate rights to enjoy a good glass of whiskey, while allowing patrons to be a part of a modern culinary revolution.

As the name implies, Whiskey Rebellion, is not modest about its robust collection of whiskey and bourbons, including pours directly from barrels exclusively bottled for this site. Besides the assortment of spirits, guests can also enjoy delicious southern food with a twist from an ever changing menu with a focus on local ingredients straight from the field and river. Whiskey Rebellion promises to give patrons a reason to return to this culinary crossroads again and again.



Believe in Bristol Receives Virginia Tourism Corporation Grant for PUSH! Film Festival Tourism Marketing


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Believe in Bristol received $5,000 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation Marketing Leverage Program grant fund. In total VTC awarded $927,000 for 43 tourism marketing projects across the state to help increase visitation and revenue for Virginia’s localities through tourism.

The grants are designed to help local and regional tourism entities attract more visitors by leveraging local marketing dollars, and will ultimately impact at least 159 other statewide tourism entities. The local organizations match the state grant funds by a minimum of 2:1 in order to support marketing projects. This funding cycle, the local partners will match the VTC grant dollars with more than $2.3 million, providing more than $3.2 million in new marketing to increase visitation to Virginia.

Believe in Bristol received a $2,500 grant for its PUSH! Film Festival, which will take place the weekend of October 21-23, 2016 in Historic Downtown Bristol. Believe in Bristol partnered with Birthplace of Country Music and Bristol Convention and Visitors Bureau to supply $2,500 in matching funds for the project. PUSH! is a celebration of the cinematic and visual arts in the heart of the twin cities of Bristol, TN/VA. The festival brings diverse films to our community and showcases the best regional and national filmmakers in order to expand the artistic image of this region, engage new audiences and inspire creativity.

“We must realize the full potential of these incredible new opportunities in Bristol. Downtown Bristol — more than anything else – represents the authentic "Bristol Experience." It's where people fall in love with the town,” said Believe in Bristol Executive Director, Christina Blevins. “With the nearly-universal appeal of the visual arts that transcends geographical and language barriers, PUSH! Film Festival continues to garner the attention of community members as well as local, regional, national, and international filmmakers – with submissions from nearly 30 countries including Turkey, India, Australia, and Spain.”

The VTC Marketing Leverage Program is designed to stimulate new tourism marketing through partnerships by leveraging limited marketing dollars, resulting in increased visitor spending. A minimum of three entities must partner financially to apply and may consist of Virginia towns, cities, counties, convention and visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce, other local or regional destination marketing organizations, private businesses, museums, attractions, cultural events, and other not-for-profit entities.

“The Marketing Leverage Grant program is designed to spur job creation, economic development, and visitor spending through new or enhanced tourism product,” said Governor McAuliffe. “These grants are proven to increase visitation by creating marketing partnerships and effective marketing programs.”

Research shows that every VTC dollar invested in grants resulted in $16 of direct visitor spending. Marketing campaigns that received Marketing Leverage Grants increased visitation by 15%.

“These grants support businesses across the Commonwealth, contributing to the overall economic health of our communities,” said Todd Haymore, Secretary of Commerce and Trade. “These public-private partnership are a wonderful example of the power of collaboration, and help support and grow a robust and diversified economy, encouraging strategic marketing of tourism products and businesses across the Commonwealth.”

Tourism is an instant revenue generator for Virginia. In 2015, tourism generated $23 billion in revenue, supported nearly 222,600 jobs and provided $1.6 billion in state and local taxes. Dollars invested in tourism are proven to provide a 5:1 return in tax revenue for Virginia, and the grant awards and matching funds provide a stimulus to localities seeking to increase tourism visitation and revenue.

Love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. Visit www.Virginia.org to learn more about vacation destinations in Virginia or call 1-800-VISITVA to receive a free, Virginia is for Lovers travel guide.



Downtown Bristol Events

State Street Farmer's Market

September 28 | 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.

Wine and Food Pairing

September 29 | Studio Brew


Full Moon Jam: Southern 76

September 29 | Downtown Center


George Goode and his band Southern 76 have been entertaining crowds with country and classic rock for 30 years. They provide some of the best local talent around.

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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.

Mama Molasses

September 29 | Blackbird Bakery


Mamma Molasses performs Alt-Country, Americana, Indie Folk, and Blues. She is a songwriter, and she has her own way of fingerpicking a guitar. A lot of her inspiration is drawn from Appalachian Folk Music, Gospel, Old Country, Piedmont Blues, and Contemporary Roots Music. It's gonna be a great evening of fun!

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.

JV Squad

September 30 | Studio Brew


The JV Squad is an eclectic R&B band featuring Jared and Vanessa Bentley, David Cate, Lance McCloud and Mike Sams.

Accidental Seabirds & The Moonbees

September 30 | Bristol Brewery


Indie / Folk out of New Jersey, Accidental Seabirds will play Bristol Brewery with The Moonbees!

Yoga for Healing Trauma

October 1 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol


Learn about how to release trauma and manage the self through yoga. This class will provide you with tools for your body, mind and spirit to aid in the healing process. The class will be led by Jolene Reed, LPC and RYT 200.

Cost is $20.

You may sign up for this workshop by leaving a message at 276-644-3086, place your name on the sign-up sheet at Wellness Yoga of Bristol.

Ride the Line Bike Rally

October 1 | Downtown Bristol


Bristol is gearing up yet another huge event – the Ride the Line Motorcycle Rally, the very first bike gathering of its kind in the area. Taking place Sept. 30-Oct.2, thousands of motorcycle riders are expected to take part in the event, sponsored by Friendship Indian and Victory Motorsports and Black Wolf Harley Davidson.

Visit ridethestateline.com for more information and to pre-register.

Saturday

Registration is available at Black Wolf Harley Davidson and Friendship Indian Motorcycle/Friendship Victory Motorcycle.
Bikes & Biscuits at Indian Motorcycle: 7:30am-9am

Organized Ride from Indian Motorcycle Bristol: 9am — 11:30am
Northeast TN and Southwest Virginia are home to some of the most scenic and enjoyable motorcycle rides in North America. From Bristol, you can travel through the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains, and along winding waterways, waterfalls and rivers.

Lunch at Black Wolf Harley Davidson: 11:30am — 1pm

Organized Ride from Black Wolf Harley Davidson: 1 — 4pm

​Bikes at Studio Brew, Downtown Bristol: 4pm

​Ride the Line on State Street: 5pm

Shake, Battle, for O Benefit Concert

October 1 | Downtown Center


JB5NDime and friends will host “Shake, Battle, for O,” a benefit concert for the Odum family, on October 1, 2016 at the Country Music Mural Stage in Downtown Bristol. Jon Odum, Coach of the John S. Battle Boys Basketball & Golf teams, was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. Due to the severity of his diagnosis, Coach and his wife Ashley Jo (also a teacher at JSB) will be temporarily moving to Duke University in Raleigh, NC, to begin treatments. This event is free, but donations will be accepted to help the family.

Join JB5NDime for a fun night of music and supporting Coach Odum! Those who cannot attend, but would like to support the Odums, may donate online via GoFundMe.

For more info contact:
Jason Shaffer at jb5ndime@gmail.com or (423) 943-1417
Kevin Elton at zeke1219@aol.com or (276) 494-1618
Whitney Elton at wtelton@gmail.com

The Black Jacket Symphony presents The Beatles' Abbey Road

October 1 | Paramount Center for the Arts


The Black Jacket Symphony offers a unique concert experience through recreating classic albums in a live performance setting. A selected album is performed in its entirety by a group of handpicked musicians specifically selected for each album, with no sonic detail being overlooked — the musicians do whatever it takes to musically reproduce the album.

The performance is separated into two sets. The first set features the album being recreated as a true symphonic piece. The second set, which features a selection of the album artist's "greatest hits," opens in full contrast to the first set with an incredible light display and the symphony being much more laid back. The tone is set very quickly that the show will feature the high level of musicianship of the act being covered and will also be accompanied by all the bells and whistles of a major rock and roll show.

Jackdaw's 7

October 1 | Bristol Brewery


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 present "Graveyard Tales"

October 2 | Bristol Public Library


Join Beaver Creek Storytellers at Bristol Public Library (use rear entrance) for a fun afternoon of entertaining stories. Admission is $5. Not recommended for children under 6.

Lift Every Voice: African Roots of the Banjo

October 3 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is proud to present African Roots of the Banjo, a lecture by Dr. Cece Conway followed by a concert with the renowned Blind Boy Paxton. The lecture and concert is part of the Lift Every Voice Series happening this fall at the museum.

Dr. Cece Conway is a Professor of Appalachian Literature & Culture at Appalachian State University. Her academic specialty is folklore and the roots of mountain music, African roots of the banjo, and ballad keepers. In 2014 Conway received the Library of Congress appointment as the Alan Lomax Fellow with the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress.

Although only in his 20s, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton has earned a reputation for transporting audiences back to the 1920s and making them wish they could stay there for good. Paxton sings and plays banjo, guitar, accordion, and the bones and has the eerie ability to transform traditional jazz, blues, folk, and country into the here and now.

Paxton has performed to a sold-out audience for the Lead Belly Tribute at Carnegie Hall earlier this year along with the likes of Buddy Guy, Eric Burdon, Dom Flemons, Tom Paley, and others. He has been nominated for an inaugural International Folk Music Award in the category of Artist of the Year. He has also performed at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion.

Bristol, VA Comprehensive Plan Open Houses

October 4–5


Now's your chance to shape the future of your community. Join the City of Bristol, VA and be a part of the Comprehensive Plan process. Drop by and share your thoughts at one of three public open houses.

Tuesday, October 4 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm — Bristol Mall (inside courtyard area in front of Sears)
Wednesday, October 5 from 8:00am to 10:00am — Food City on Euclid Avenue (Meeting Room)
Wednesday, October 5 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm — City Hall (City Council Chambers)

Art D'Vine

October 7 | Downtown Bristol


On Friday, October 7, 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.

The Art D’Vine galleries will be highlighting various special events, releases or artists. Stay tuned for more information on participating venues.

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.

Also Coming Up

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
Paramount Chamber Players and Colpi d’arco
September 30 | Paramount Center for the Arts
JV Squad
September 30 | Studio Brew
Accidental Seabirds & The Moonbees
September 30 | Bristol Brewery
State Street Farmer's Market
October 1 | Downtown Center
Yoga for Healing Trauma
October 1 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol
Ride the Line Bike Rally
October 1 | Downtown Bristol
Shake, Battle, for O Benefit Concert
October 1 | Downtown Center
The Black Jacket Symphony presents The Beatles' Abbey Road
October 1 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Jackdaw's 7
October 1 | Bristol Brewery
Beaver Creek Storytellers present "Graveyard Tales"
October 2 | Bristol Public Library
Lift Every Voice: African Roots of the Banjo
October 3 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Laura Thurston
October 6 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Art D'Vine
October 7 | Downtown Bristol
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
Lauren Cole Band
October 8 | Studio Brew
11th Annual "Dump the Pump" Transit Day
October 13
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
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
Jeff Little Trio & Wayne Henderson
October 20 | Paramount Center for the Arts
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
Chakras: Awakening Your Life Force
October 22 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol
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
Black Light Vinyasa Yoga
October 29 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol
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

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