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Downtown Propery Auctions This Week!

Two prime downtown properties will be up for auction Saturday, February 11th. 501 State Street, the Susong Building (formerly the home of Java J's coffee shop) and 526-530 State Street (the McCrory building) will both be auctioned beginning at 11 am Saturday.

Click here to learn more about 501 State Street.
Click here to learn more about 526-530 State Street.

Downtown Bristol Blog

Bristol Virginia Historic District Preservation Awards Seeks Nominations


Nominations are now open for the 2017 Historic District Preservation Award in the City of Bristol, VA. Residential and commercial properties within the city's 5 historic districts whose owners/developers have engaged in high-quality preservation or maintenance projects are eligible to be nominated.

The award recipients will be recognized at a ceremony in May to coincide with National Historic Preservation Month.

Nomination forms and submission guidelines are available online at the City's website, www.bristolva.org. For ease of nomination, the public is encouraged to use the convenient online nomination form. However, an interactive version of the form may also be completed online, then printed, and mailed or hand-delivered. The deadline for nominations is March 31, 2017.

For additional information, contact Catherine Brillhart, Chair of the Historic District Preservation Award Committee, at catherine.brillhart@bristolva.org or (276) 591-6952.



Downtown Bristol Events

Farm & Fun Time: Jesse McReynolds and Fly By Night Rounders

February 9 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Radio Bristol Presents: Farm & Fun Time, a live radio show at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum featuring bluegrasslegend Jesse McReynolds and Asheville, NC hokum blues favorites the Fly By Night Rounders on Thursday, February 9.

Hosted by Kris Truelsen and featuring musical breaks by house band Bill and the Belles, the program also features the Appalachian Sustainable Development Farm Report with Corbin Hayslett, a recipe segment, and much more!

Tickets to be part of the studio audience are $25 with open seating; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets.

The Diamonds

February 9 | Blackbird Bakery


From East Tennessee, The Diamonds play a diverse mix of music, specializing in jazz standards. The group performs at various venues and events throughout the region, including weddings, parties, and restaurants. They have also volunteered at many nursing homes, assisted living homes, and charitable organizations in the area.

Ryan Ward

February 9 | O'Mainnin's Pub


Ryan Ward is a talented, eclectic singer/songwriter, with an endless passion for music. He picked up his first acoustic guitar at the age of 8. Today, Ryan has incorporated many styles from artists that range from Lindsey Buckingham, Stephen Stills, to Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page. Ward started writing songs at the age of 17, but focused more on stylistically solving puzzles with the guitar. Currently, Ward is focused on relaying his message through the vibrations of strings and lyric content.

"When You Get There" is an upcoming EP that includes current songs that will soon become available online and in select stores. This compilation is a blend of acoustic rock, folk, indie, and alternative. Ryan states: "I cannot categorize my music. I guess you have to listen and decide for yourself!" Whatever genre it may be, Ryan Ward's music is not to be missed!

Blue Mother Tupelo

February 10 | Studio Brew


Rising up from thebluffs of Memphis to the mountains of east Tennessee, through theDelta lowlands and muddy banks of Indianola, Mississippi along the way — comes the unique Southern Soul sound of Blue Mother Tupelo.

Ricky and Micol began their musical life together as (The) Blue Mother Tupelo at an open mic night at Sassy Ann's in Knoxville, Tennessee in the Springtime of 1995. They'd been married almost a year. That night turned into a standing Wednesday night gig for awhile and over the next couple of years they were graced with the gifts of musicians of all kinds sitting in to jam until settling in as an electric four-some for some time, releasing their 1997 debut album, MY SIDE OF THE ROAD.

Currently on tour as a duo, Ricky and Micol are traveling roads across the United States bringin' stomp and sway to music lovers lookin for somethin real, soul-filled, earthy and lifted up.

Matt Walsh

February 10 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom


Matt Walsh is from Statesville, NC. He does around 200 shows a year either under his own name or with drummer Austin Hicks as the other half of the Rock-n-Roll duo, the Low Counts. His sound is influenced by anyone from Prince, Link Wray,Howlin' Wolf ,Black Sabbath orPete Rock among many others.His primary focus is making original music and mixing his roots with new ideas rather than replicating them. The result reflects an exciting blend of many genres of music — early electric and hill country Blues, Rock, old Country, Rockabilly, Soul,Stoner and Garage Rock, Hip-Hop and Psychedelia. His exposure to music came first came from his mother through her love of Motown. In his youth, he was fascinated with various types of music and was always anxious when he heard a sound that was different or foreign to his ear. His real education began in his early teens with his late uncle, who would turn him onto his record collection. It included many kinds of early 50's Rock, 60's Pschedelic and British Rock aside Pre-war, 50's electric and Hill Country Blues. When he introduced Matt to records by Lightnin Hopkins and similar musicians, he was taken by the rawness of the recordings and was inspired to play guitar.

Relay for Life Bristol Leadership Committee After Hours

February 11 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Join Relay for Life for this regional Team Captain Workshop as they kickoff Relay For Life of Bristol. This event is open to all members of the community who want to learn how to get involved and current team captains from across the region.

  • Get pumped for Relay season!
  • Arm yourself with some great materials and information.
  • Learn about what the American Cancer Society is doing to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.

To learn more, visit the event's Facebook page, or click here to sign up for the event.

"Moulin Rouge" Fundraiser for Bristol VA Schools

February 11 | Studio Brew


The Bristol Virginia Public Schools Education Foundation will host a Valentine's Moulin Rouge themed evening fundraiser Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Studio Brew, 221 Moore Street, Bristol, Virginia from 6:30-10:00 p.m.

Join the foundation for a romantic dinner and live music. King University’s Jazz Band will provide dinner music with Nostalgia playing dance music. Door prizes will also be awarded.

Tickets are $75 individual or $125 per couple. To purchase tickets, phone 276-821-5615.

The Bristol Virginia Public Schools Education Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charitable organization. The Foundation’s mission is to provide Student Scholarships for graduating seniors and teacher mini-grants for Creative Classroom Projects and much more. For additional information on the Foundation, visit bvpsfoundation.org.

Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers

February 11 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


The Birthplace of Country Music proudly presents Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherersfor anintimate concert in the Performance Theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails are included in the ticket price.

“Phoebe Hunt and The Gatherers is working on a new album...She does pop. She does country. She does folk. She can swing with a touch of jazz or sell an emotional ballad. And she does it all on the new album, and she does it all with style and vigor.” – Jack Goodstein, SeattlePI

An accomplished Americana instrumentalist and singer/songwriter, with foundations in jazz and swing styles, Phoebe Hunt makes an impressivecreative leap with her next project and heralt-folk rock band The Gatherers.It’s the culmination of a five year journey that has taken her from her Austin roots through Music Row, Brooklyn, even to India to study with seventh-generation master violinist Kala Ramnath. Along the way, Phoebe found her voice and delivered her most inspired set of songs to date — the soundtrack to her self-discovery. Shanti’s Shadow marks an arrival for Phoebe Hunt, whose artistic and personal journeys have deep story lines.

Tickets to Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers are $81 and includes taxes and fees. Click here to purchase tickets.

Bristol Ballet Presents Bows & Bow Ties 9th Annual Father Daughter Ball

February 12 | Holiday Inn


Their first words. Their first steps. Their first break-up. It may sound cliché, but it all goes by so fast. Whether she’s 4 or 40, she’ll always be your little girl. You’ll always be the most important man in her life.

The Bristol Ballet’s 9th annual Father Daughter Ball, themed “Bows & Bow Ties,” invites dads, grandfathers, and male care-givers to create memories that will last a lifetime for the special child in his life.

Bring your little sweetheart to the Holiday Inn at 3005 Linden Drive in Bristol, VA on Sunday, February 12, 2017, 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., for sweets, treats, and dancing. From Sinatra to Taylor Swift, DJ Express will spin a variety of appropriate hits both generations will enjoy. Reservations are $15 per person, call 276-669-6051 or email info@bristolballet.org.

Show her Dad can be cool. Bust a move to the dance hits you rocked back in the day, maybe she’ll teach you The Dougie. YouTube videos help. A lot.

Dads and daughters will receive a free commemorate photo file from the event, courtesy of King University Digital Media Art & Design volunteers.

For more information, visit www.BristolBallet.org.

Singer Songwriter Event featuring Adam Bolt, Jeff Benedict & Arnold Davidson

February 12 | Studio Brew


Three wonderful musicians you won't want to miss!

Judge David Tipton presents "The Battle of the Lost State of Franklin"

February 13 | Bristol Public Library


Bristol HIstorical Association will host a fascinating program led by Judge David Tipton on Monday, February 13 at 6:30pm at the Bristol Public Library. The topic of the program is one of the most historic series of events in upper East Tennessee, The Battle of the Lost State of Franklin. The conflict was between the forces led by Franklinite Governor John Sevier and the authorities of the State of North Carolina led by Colonel John Tipton.

In 1784, four counties in western North Carolina declared their independence as the State of Franklin. Simultaneously, representatives from these four counties petitioned the US Congress for statehood as "Frankland". A simple majority of states favored acceptance of the petition in Congress, but it fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to pass, even after the counties changed the proposed name of their state to "Franklin" in an attempt to curry the favor of Benjamin Franklin and others.

David Tipton practiced law with the firm of Tipton & Jones for many years, and in 2013, he was appointed as Municipal Judge for the City of Bristol, Tennessee. In 2014, he was appointed by the Sullivan County Commission to serve as General Sessions Judge to fill the unexpired term of Judge William A. Watson, a position Judge Tipton was later elected to for an eight-year term. He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and is involved with numerous community organizations; he has served as trustee and past President of the Rocky Mount Historical Association and as a member of the Tipton-Haynes Historical Association, Tennessee Historical Society, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

The February 13th meeting is in partnership with the Bristol Public Library's mission of "Expanding Minds and Building Community". The program is free of charge and open to the general public to attend. Contact Tim Buchanan, president of Bristol Historical Association, for details of this or other upcoming programs, by e-mail; buchanan03@bvu.net.

Oscars Viewing Dinner and Fundraising Event

February 26 | Whiskey Rebellion


Join Whiskey Rebellion and PUSH! Film Festival for a night at the Oscars! Tickets are limited for this private event so get yours ASAP, this is a party you don't want to miss!

$45 individual and $80 couple. Ticket price includes passed Hors D'oeuvres, full champagne service, and a chance to win tickets to this year's PUSH! Film Festival! Purchase tickets at Believe in Bristol office located at 36 Moore Street and Whiskey Rebellion located at 520 State Street.

Cocktail attire encouraged but not required.

Also Coming Up

Bristol Public Library Strategic Planning Public Forums
February 8–18 | Bristol Public Library
Farm & Fun Time: Jesse McReynolds and Fly By Night Rounders
February 9 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Diamonds
February 9 | Blackbird Bakery
Ryan Ward
February 9 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Blue Mother Tupelo
February 10 | Studio Brew
Matt Walsh
February 10 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Relay for Life Bristol Leadership Committee After Hours
February 11 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
"Moulin Rouge" Fundraiser for Bristol VA Schools
February 11 | Studio Brew
Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers
February 11 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Bristol Ballet Presents Bows & Bow Ties 9th Annual Father Daughter Ball
February 12 | Holiday Inn
Singer Songwriter Event featuring Adam Bolt, Jeff Benedict & Arnold Davidson
February 12 | Studio Brew
Judge David Tipton presents "The Battle of the Lost State of Franklin"
February 13 | Bristol Public Library
Dustbowl Revival
February 16 | Studio Brew
Author Meet & Greet: Michael C. Miles
February 16 | Blackbird Bakery
Ron Short and the Possum Playboys
February 17 | Studio Brew
Stemwinder
February 18 | Blackbird Bakery
Gallagher! w/ special guests Artie Fletcher and Bob Nelson
February 18 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Goat Whiskey
February 19 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Goat Whiskey
February 19 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
State Street String Band
February 20 | Blackbird Bakery
The Diamonds
February 23 | Blackbird Bakery
The Band J4 CD Release Party
February 24 | Blackbird Bakery
Hundred Acres
February 24 | Studio Brew
Mama Molasses
February 24 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Three Times Three
February 25 | Theatre Bristol
The Diamonds
February 26 | Studio Brew
Oscars Viewing Dinner and Fundraising Event
February 26 | Whiskey Rebellion
The Farmhouse Ghost
March 3 | Studio Brew
Ian Feathers CD Release
March 11 | Studio Brew
Singer Songwriter Event featuring Jeff Lane, Justin Mychals & Regan Boggs
March 12 | Studio Brew
Faded Travelers
March 17 | Studio Brew
Bristol Ballet presents Celtic Flair
March 18–19 | Various locations
Rockin' Road to Dublin
March 18 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Rhythm & The Roosevelts
March 19 | Studio Brew
The Adventures of Peter Rabbit and His Friends
March 24 – April 2 | Theatre Bristol
The Blackwood Quartet presents The Gospel Side of Elvis
March 25 | Paramount Center for the Arts
James Gregory, "America's Funniest Man"
April 1 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Singer Songwriter Event featuring Adam Bolt, Logan Fritz & Jamen Denton
April 2 | Studio Brew
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
Ronnie Milsap
May 5 | 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

River's Way presents Cafe Central

Spring 2017


Join River's Way and support the work of youth with disabilities in Bristol! Special education students from Tennessee High School and Virginia High School, along with members of our Leadership Team, continue to refine their workforce and culinary skills at Café Central. Café Central takes place at Central Christian Church at 424 Melrose Street in Bristol Tennessee most Thursdays and Fridays during the school year.

To sign up, go to www.bit.ly/bristolcafe. Cafe Central is located at Central Christian Church in Bristol, TN.

Cafe Central Menus, Spring 2017

  • 2/2 and 2/3: Zuppa Toscana and 3 Cheese Wrap (No THS)
  • 2/10: Chicken Parmesan Soup and Grilled Vegetable Salad
  • 2/23 and 2/24: Tomato Bisque and Deluxe Grilled Cheese
  • 3/2 and 3/3: Sweet Potato Sausage Soup and Garden Salad
  • 3/9: Chicken Tortilla Soup and Mexican Chopped Salad
  • 4/6 and 4/7: Sweet Potato Enchiladas and Garden Salad with Cubed Ham (No VHS)
  • 4/13: Roast Beef Flatbread and Cobb Salad
  • 4/27 and 4/28: Turkey BLT and Broccoli Salad
  • 5/4 and 5/5: Chicken Wild Rice Soup and Grilled Zucchini Wrap
  • 5/11 and 5/12: Chicken Fajita Quesadilla and Garden Salad

Taproom Reopens Mondays & Tuesdays

Beginning February 13th

The taproom at Studio Brew will reopen on Mondays & Tuesdays as of February 13th.

Groundhog Day specials at BCMM

Through February

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is celebrating Groundhog Day throughout the month of February with a special Buy 1, Get 1 Free Admission on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

BCMM also has a special Facebook Groundhog Day giveaway for a chance to win a museum gift package containing two (2) plush Tenneva Phils, two (2) passes to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, two (2) $10 gift cards to The Museum Store, and (2) BCM t-shirts. The contest ends February 29 and a winner will be selected once a week.

Tickets are available at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

Pen's Floral Valentine's Day Special

Through February 10th | Pen's Floral


Order flowers for your special someone by Friday, February 10th, and receive 10% off with guaranteed delivery. Phone Pen's Floral at 276-644-4600 or visit pensfloral.net.

Bristol Office Supply Weekly Specials

Through February 10th


Click here to view specials.

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