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BRRR Fan Package


Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is offering an all-inclusive Festival Fan Packagethat includes a festival weekend pass, parking pass, meals, preferred seating at select stages, and more!

Package includes:

  • One (1) Festival Weekend Wristband
  • One (1) Parking Pass
  • 3 Catered Meals for one (1) person (Includes Dinner on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday Afternoon)
  • Six (6) Drink Tickets (Receive six (6) Drink Tickets to be used at BCM Beverage Gardens)
  • Preferred Seating at Piedmont Stage and State Street Stage (Please note that Preferred Seating will be set up at the Piedmont and State Street Stages, and will be available on a first come, first serve basis.)
  • Gift Bag (Includes Festival T-Shirt, Signed Poster, and Special Gift)
  • Museum Access (Tour the Birthplace of Country Music Museum anytime throughout the weekend.)
  • 10% Discount Coupon forThe Museum Store at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Cost: The cost of the package is $500 per person.

Only 100 of these packages will be sold! Click here to purchase your fan package today.



Cranberry Lane Celebrates 17 Years in Historic Downtown Bristol


Congratulations to Cranberry Lane as they celebrate 17 years in Historic Downtown Bristol! You are such a great part of our downtown family and we wish you continued success for many more years to come!

About Cranberry Lane
We are the Tri-Cities largest country decor store featuring home decor as well as a full line of furniture covering such styles as Americana, Primitive and Colonial. You can also find that perfect item to reflect your unique personality among our extensive selection of framed art, lighting and curtain designs. Need that special touch that only a perfectly designed floral arrangement can offer? We have an in-house floral designer thar can create the perfect arrangement for you. Gourmet food items are also available for any occasion.
Take a stroll down Cranberry Lane...
...for simple pleasures and treasures for your home. We are open Mon-Sat 10-6 or call for an appointment.



Downtown Bristol Events

First Time Home Buyer Seminar

January 19 | Believe in Bristol Office


Realty Executives of Bristol will present a FREE First Time Home Buyer Seminar on January 19th from 6-7:30pm at the Believe in Bristol Office, located at 36 Moore Street, Bristol, VA 24201.

Topics will include:

  • What are the 12 STEPS TO HOME OWNERSHIP?
  • How do I qualify for up to 100% financing?
  • How can I get a REALTOR to represent me at NO CHARGE?
  • How do I prepare for home ownership?
  • What do I need to know about my local market?

Seating is limited. Please RSVP by January 15th by phone (423-989-4100), text (305-304-3171) or email (realtyexecutivestn@embarqmail.com).

Author Meet & Greet: Michael C. Miles

January 19 | Blackbird Bakery


Author Michael C. Miles will read from his new novel, Dominion. To learn more, visit Miles' Facebook page at facebook.com/MichaelCMilesAuthor.

Circus No. 9

January 20 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom


Circus No. 9 is a new Bluegrass/Americana Band including Colin Hotz, Michael Testagrossa, Thomas Cassell, and Matthew Davis.

Visit www.circusnumbernine.com for more information.

Sugar Lime Blue

January 20 | O'Mainnin's Pub


Americana Music Association Recording Artist, Sugar Lime Blue, is truly a genre crossing band as proven by the title track, off of their sophmore release "Move That Earth", which became a top 3 radio single in the country genre as reported by Spins Tracking System(STS/New Music Weekly) The album was favorably reviewed by critics including respected Americana outlet The Alternate Root. Meanwhile, the band was featured on the Grateful Dead's Website and Social Media for their cover of "Little Sadie" a song rarely played by the Dead themselves, but included as part of Sugar Lime Blues weekly cover series "The #SundayShoutOut. These inclusions, and many more, show how the band continues to transcend genres. Sugar Lime Blue is redefining Americana, drawing from the 3 main American stylings of Jazz, Blues and Country, to create a purely unique sound. Classic Rock, Blues, and Traditional Country are all part of a musical offering that draws from the best of the familiar past with a twist of something new for the modern listener. Pull up a chair, lend an ear and get lost in the smooth grooves, winding musical passages and lilting vocals that is Sugar Lime Blue.

Mama Molasses

January 21 | 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!

Joint Public Hearing on Bristol, VA Comprehensive Plan

January 24 | Bristol VA City Hall


A Joint Public Hearing by the Bristol Virginia City Council and the Bristol Virginia Planning Commission will be held on Tuesday, January 24th at 6:00 p.m. in the Bristol, Virginia City Council Chambers, located at 300 Lee Street. The hearing will be part of the regular City Council meeting and will be for the purpose of hearing comments on the draft Comprehensive Plan for Bristol, VA. A copy of the draft Plan is available on-line, at City Hall, and at the Bristol Public Library.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Department of Community Development at 300 Lee Street, Bristol, Virginia or by calling 276-645-7470, or by visiting www.hlplanning.com/portals/bristol.

Also Coming Up

First Time Home Buyer Seminar
January 19 | Believe in Bristol Office
Author Meet & Greet: Michael C. Miles
January 19 | Blackbird Bakery
Ryan Ward
January 19 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Circus No. 9
January 20 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Sugar Lime Blue
January 20 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Mama Molasses
January 21 | Blackbird Bakery
Joint Public Hearing on Bristol, VA Comprehensive Plan
January 24 | Bristol VA City Hall
The Diamonds
January 26 | Blackbird Bakery
The Paramount Chamber Players present Winter Winds
January 27 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Exit 23
January 27 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Emporium Presents The Black Jacket Symphony: Queen's A Night at the Opera
January 28 | Paramount Center for the Arts
The Grand Ole Uproar
January 28 | O'Mainnin's Pub
State Street String Band
January 30 | Blackbird Bakery
Cornbred
February 2 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Bristol CSA Fair: Meet Your Farmer!
February 4 | Bristol Public Library
Big Spring Entertainment Presents: An Evening With Travis Tritt
February 4 | Paramount Center for the Arts
AAME Speaker Series: Banjo Romantika
February 7 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Farm & Fun Time: Jesse McReynolds and Fly By Night Rounders
February 9 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Ryan Ward
February 9 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers
February 11 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Jokes On You Comedy Tour w/ special guests Artie Fletcher and Bob Nelson
February 18 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Bristol Ballet presents Celtic Flair
March 18–19 | Various locations
James Gregory, "America's Funniest Man"
April 1 | Paramount Center for the Arts
James Gregory, "America's Funniest Man"
April 1 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Ryan Ward
April 13 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Tanya Tucker — Benefit Performance for the Appalachian College of Pharmacy
April 21 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Bristol Ballet presents Mulan
May 13 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Triumphant Quartet
May 19 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 1 — Intermediate
June 19–23 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 2 — Beginner
June 26–30 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 1 — Intermediate
July 10–14 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 2 — Beginner
July 17–21 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

More Upcoming Events »

Community Notice Board

"A Place for All People" Poster Exhibit

Through February 28th | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is currently displaying “A Place for All People,” a historic poster exhibit created for the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in September 2016. The poster exhibit will be up through February 28, 2017.

The African American story is one characterized by pain and glory, power and civility, enslavement and freedom. A Place for All People evokes the power of oration and freedom stories, the brilliance of artistic achievement, and the soaring heights of cultural expression, philosophy, sports, and politics. In addition to profiling the long struggle to create the Museum, the building’s architectural design and its prominent location on the National Mall, the poster exhibit is a survey of the African American community’s powerful, deep and lasting contributions to the American story and is based onthe NMAAHC’s inaugural exhibitions exploring themes from slavery and the civil rights movement to community, cultural expression and sports.

Bristol Office Supply Weekly Specials

Through January 20


Click here to view specials.

L.C. King presents the Indigo Selvedge Jean

Now only $100! | L. C. King Mfg. Co.


Click here to shop.

"Hometown Stars: Southwest Virginia’s Recording Legacy, 1923–1943"

February 7 — June 4 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


The talents and repertoires of Southwest Virginia musicians proved to be a deep musical well for the nation’s growing recording industry. Few other parts of the country produced so much commercially recorded rural music in the pre-World War Two era. Still, only a handful of Southwest Virginia performers saw real fame or money. Most were simply hometown stars, playing music locally and living average lives. “Hometown Stars,” an exhibit produced by the Blue Ridge Institute andMuseum, tells the stories of these artists – including the Powers Family, Dock Boggs, Carl Martin, The Roanoke Jug Band, Jack Reedy & His Walker Mountain Stringband, and several Bristol Sessions artists – through text, photographs, and artifacts.

“Hometown Stars: Southwest Virginia’s Recording Legacy, 1923–1943” is an exhibit from the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum at Ferrum College, and will run February 7 – June 4, 2017.

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