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Downtown Bristol Events

Fine Free Wednesday

April 12 | Bristol Public Library


Still have those books sitting on the shelf that were due back in January? Don't worry, it happens! On Wednesday, April 12, the Bristol Public Library is hosting a Fine Free Day. The library will waive fines on materials returned to the library that day. So if you have a late fee hanging around on your account, just return your items to the library on April 12 from 9 am to 8 pm, and the library will clear off the fines for returned items.

Some restrictions apply: the library can't accept phone calls or online renewals or forgive pre-existing fines. All materials must be returned directly to the library for the fines to be waived.

If you have questions about our Fine Free Wednesday, check out the library's events blog for details at bristolpubliclibraryevents.blogspot.com, or simply contact Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780.

Beginning Genealogy Class

April 13 | Bristol Public Library


Want to make a family tree? Bristol Public Library will offer a Beginning Genealogy Class on Thursday, April 13 in the Jones Creativity Center at the main library branch. Topics covered will include an introduction to online research, book sources, and regional resources. The class should last 90 minutes, beginning at 2 p.m. Space is limited to 10 people, so pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

For more information about the program or to find out where to register, call the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8781 or email bplref@yahoo.com. If you happen to be in the neighborhood, simply drop by the reference desk. For more events at Bristol Public Library, visit bristolpubliclibraryevents.blogspot.com.

Farm & Fun Time: The Malpass Brothers and The Price Sisters

April 13 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Radio Bristol Presents: Farm & Fun Time, a live radio show at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum on Thursday, April13, at 7:00 p.m. with guest performances by The Malpass Brothers and The Price Sisters. 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!

Click here to purchase tickets.

About The Malpass Brothers
The Malpass Brothers toured with the late Don Helms, former steel guitarist for Hank Williams, have opened for music legend Merle Haggard on multiple tours and appeared on stages from the Shetland Islands to Ryman Auditorium to Merlefest. Gifted musicians and songwriters, the brothers have shared billing with artists including Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Doyle Lawson, Rhonda Vincent, Marty Stuart, Doc Watson and more. The title cut video from their “Memory That Bad” album hit CMT Pure Country’s Top Ten. Their most recent self-titled recording, produced by bluegrass legend Doyle Lawson, was released by Crossroads’ Organic Records in 2015.

This is music steeped in the legacy of the Louvin Brothers, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Hank Williams, Sr. & others. Count on classic, real country. Count on new Malpass tunes. Count on a couple of old-time traditional gospels. Count on their probably coming down into the house at intermission and asking what you’d like to hear. Count on giggles and ribbing between brothers, along with daddy on the bass, who’s bound to be thinking, “What the hell are they doing now?” Count on some big, high man hair, and maybe an Elvis twitch or two. Count on lines at the CD table ... and count on logging on to see where they’ll be next.

About The Price Sisters
The Price Sisters have performed at festivals and events from Michigan to Georgia, and Colorado to Maine. A few of their appearances have included Bill Monroe’s ‘Bean Blossom Festival,’ and RFD-TV’s ‘Cumberland Highlanders Show.’ They have performed for live radio broadcasts on the legendary ‘Wheeling Jamboree,’ and Ohio University’s WOUB ‘Showcase Showdown,’ and have been guest performers on the ‘Cumberland Mountain Music Show.’ They have opened for numerous bands including IBMA female vocalist of the year, Dale Ann Bradley, and The Kenny and Amanda Smith Band, and have also been on-stage guest performers with various bands including ‘The Lost and Found,’ ‘The Spinney Brothers,’ and ‘David Davis and the Warrior River Boys.’ They have also made numerous appearances at many venues in the eastern Kentucky area. With their college band, the Mountain Music Ambassadors, they have participated in live performances for PBS’s ‘Song of the Mountains,’ ‘WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour,’ WKYT-TV, Lexington, Kentucky, and recently returned from a 10 day tour of the Peoples Republic of China. While they continue to travel and perform the bluegrass music they both love, Lauren and Leanna are also currently pursuing degrees in music, with concentration in traditional and bluegrass music, at Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky.

Radio Bristol Presents: Farm & Fun Time is a revival of WCYB radio’s Farm & Fun Time show which broadcast live from a studio inside the General Shelby Hotel in downtown Bristol. In the 1940s and the 1950s, Farm & Fun Time was an important program in the history of early bluegrass music and helped to establish the careers of legendary performers including Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, the Stanley Brothers, the Osborne Brothers, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, Mac Wiseman, The Sauceman Brothers, and Curly King & The Tennessee Hilltoppers.

The Diamonds

April 13 | 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.

3D Printing Workshop

April 14 | Bristol Public Library


On Friday, April 14, the Jones Creativity Center at the Bristol Public Library will present a special 3D Printing Workshop. The program runs from 1:30 to 4:30 with open demonstrations throughout the day, so make sure to mark your calendars! Participants will be given a coupon toward their first 3D print. The JCC also offers an array of classes and programs, including computer classes, how-to courses on apps and software, and even adult coloring.

For more information about the program or to find out where to register, call the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8781. For more events at Bristol Public Library, visit bristolpubliclibraryevents.blogspot.com.

JV Squad

April 14 | Studio Brew


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

Chris Acker & The Growing Boys

April 14 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom


Chris Acker and the Growing Boys — Craig Judelman, Nikolai Shveister and Zachary Thomas are a country act based out of New Orleans, LA. They find inspiration in the Nashville and Bakersfield sounds of the 50’s and 60’s and the songwriting of greats like John Prine, Blaze Foley and Roger Miller.

The Growing Boys, assembled piece by piece, are always working to develop their take on country music and songwriting in the present day, while respecting the place where those classic sounds come from. Chris writes songs with wit and cynicism, simultaneously laughing and crying at the state he’s in. The Growing Boys laugh and cry with him.

Let's Go Fly a Kite!

April 15 | Steele Creek Park


The Children's Department at Bristol Public Library is hosting a very special program in honor of National Library Week: Kite Flying at Steele Creek Park!

Parents must register their children upstairs in the Children's Department of the Bristol Public Library, Main on or before April 14. Participants will meet at the park at 10 am on April 15 for a spectacular kite flying display!

Kites will be provided for all registered participants, and families are welcome to bring their own picnic lunch to the Rotary Shelter at Steele Creek park. Entry to the park is $2 per car, but the event is free to all who register.

Special Screening: Matilda

April 15 | Bristol Public Library


To cap off National Library Week, Bristol Public Library will host a special screening ofMatilda (1996) on Saturday, April 15 at 3 pm in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room. Featuring Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Mara Wilson and more,Matilda tells the story of an intelligent young girl (Mara Wilson) who discovers she has wondrous powers. Frustrated by the casual neglect of her family (Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman) and the outright cruelty of her school principal, Matilda uses her powers to do something about it. The film is rated PG and runs approximately 98 minutes; popcorn and drinks will be available for movie viewers.

For more events at Bristol Public Library, visit bristolpubliclibraryevents.blogspot.com.

Corklickers & Friends

April 15 | Bank Street


The Corlickers and friends are having a party at Bank Street Bristol on Saturday April 15th. Every one is invited; bring your instrument and join in!

Victor Lawson & Boogie Chillen w/ Catfish Frye Band

April 15 | Studio Brew


Victor Lawson & Boogie Chillen will perform at Studio Brew with Catfish Frye Band.

Victor Lawson & 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.

Catfish Frye Band is the Tri-Cities based "Rockin Boogie Blues" band! If you like to feel the soulful old school electric blues along with tappin your feet to the boogie feelin then this is the band for you. Several blues/rock classics are thrown in to cover all styles of blues.

Mercantile on State: Grand Opening!

April 17 | Mercantile on State


Welcome the new business in Downtown Bristol on their GRAND OPENING!

April 17th at 10AM for the ribbon cutting and open until 5PM — so many great finds under one roof!

Relay for Life ELT Committee Meeting

April 17 | Studio Brew


Join Relay for Life for Team Rally and Team Captain University Part 2!

State Street String Band

April 17 | Blackbird Bakery


Clap along to the bluegrass sounds of State Street String Band.

Book Signing: Sarah Kincaid

April 18 | Blackbird Bakery


Sarah E. Kincaid’s “Spring till September: Book One”(published by WestBow Press) is a coming-of-age story that examines how the events in one’s life brings a person from childhood to adulthood. Kincaid portrays how Caroline’s responses to love, loss, heartache and life changes affects the woman she will grow up to be. The novel is the first in a planned series.

“‘Spring till September” is not a basic romance,” Kincaid explains. “There is so much family and life included as well. There are also points of mystery, because as the story unfolds, so many details are vague and require you to dig deeper for answers to be revealed in the coming pages and subsequent volumes.”

Kincaid will be signing books April 18th at 7pm at Blackbird Bakery.

Also Coming Up

Fine Free Wednesday
April 12 | Bristol Public Library
Beginning Genealogy Class
April 13 | Bristol Public Library
Farm & Fun Time: The Malpass Brothers and The Price Sisters
April 13 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Diamonds
April 13 | Blackbird Bakery
Ryan Ward
April 13 | O'Mainnin's Pub
3D Printing Workshop
April 14 | Bristol Public Library
Quarter Bounce w/ Rusty Steel
April 14 | O'Mainnin's Pub
JV Squad
April 14 | Studio Brew
Chris Acker & The Growing Boys
April 14 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Let's Go Fly a Kite!
April 15 | Steele Creek Park
Special Screening: Matilda
April 15 | Bristol Public Library
Corklickers & Friends
April 15 | Bank Street
Victor Lawson & Boogie Chillen w/ Catfish Frye Band
April 15 | Studio Brew
Mercantile on State: Grand Opening!
April 17 | Mercantile on State
Relay for Life ELT Committee Meeting
April 17 | Studio Brew
State Street String Band
April 17 | Blackbird Bakery
Book Signing: Sarah Kincaid
April 18 | Blackbird Bakery
Shake it Like a Caveman
April 20 | Studio Brew
Bella Bane
April 20 | Blackbird Bakery
Tanya Tucker — Benefit Performance for the Appalachian College of Pharmacy
April 21 | Paramount Center for the Arts
If Birds Could Fly
April 21 | Studio Brew
Energy and Rejuvenation
April 22 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol
Amythyst Kiah, Tyler Hughes & Sam Gleaves, and Joy Blair
April 22 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Ricky Skaggs
April 22 | Paramount Center for the Arts
2017 YWCA Tribute to Women
April 27 | Bristol Train Station
Redleg Husky
April 27 | Studio Brew
The Diamonds
April 27 | Blackbird Bakery
Fritz & Co. Band and Jake Quillen Band
April 28 | Studio Brew
Radio Bristol Premieres: Ed Snodderly
May 5 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Ronnie Milsap
May 5 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Real Life Heavies
May 5 | Studio Brew
Pastries on Piedmont Spring Merchant Marketplace
May 7 | Blackbird Bakery
Farm & Fun Time: The Piedmont Melody Makers w/Alice Gerrard and The Downhill Strugglers
May 11 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Bristol Ballet presents Mulan, the Legend
May 13 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Todd Cecil and Back South
May 13 | Studio Brew
Relay for Life New Team Party
May 15 | Studio Brew
Active Shooter Situation Seminar
May 18–23 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Border Bash
May 19 | Downtown Bristol
Triumphant Quartet
May 19 | Paramount Center for the Arts
The Jaystorm Project
May 19 | Studio Brew
The Grand Ole Uproar
May 20 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Bristol Train Day 2017
May 21 | Bristol Train Station
Below 7
May 26 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Relay for Life Bristol
June 2 | Cumberland Square Park
Border Bash
June 2 | Downtown Bristol
Adam Graybeal's Hillbilly Soul
June 2 | Studio Brew
Beauty and the Beast by Theatre Bristol
June 16–25 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Border Bash
June 16 | Downtown Bristol
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 1 — Intermediate
June 19–23 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Hope Griffin
June 21 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 2 — Beginner
June 26–30 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Border Bash
July 4 | Downtown Bristol
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 1 — Intermediate
July 10–14 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Quarter Bounce w/ Rusty Steel
July 14 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 2 — Beginner
July 17–21 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Border Bash
July 21 | Downtown Bristol
Border Bash
August 4 | Downtown Bristol

More Upcoming Events »

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Bristol Ballet Summer Camps

June 12-17 & 19-23 | Bristol Ballet


Bristol Ballet will be whisking you away to a place where the seas are nice and calm; a warm breeze is blowing; and the sun is shining at their “Moana” themed Summer Camps!

Bristol Ballet invites all 3 – 9 year olds to join them at summer camps June 19-23. Campers will sing, dance, and make crafts at the Bristol Ballet Studios, located at 519 State Street. Camp for ages 3-6 will be held June 19-23 from 9:30am to 11:00am at a rate of $80 per week. Ages 7-9 will meet June 19-23 from 10:30am to 1:00pm at a rate of $120 per week.

A Summer Intensive for intermediate to advanced dancers will be held June 12-17. Master Teachers J. Ryan Carroll and Lydia Haug will be guest instructors at the intensive. The intermediate intensive will meet from 10am – 3pm and the advanced will meet from 10am – 4:45pm. The intensive gives students the opportunity to refine existing technique, learn new concepts, and be challenged to reach for higher levels of proficiency and artistry. Conditioning, ballet, and Broadway jazz and modern dance will be the primary focus of the intensive. There will be a demonstration performance to conclude the week on Saturday, June 17.

To register for summer camps, or for more information, visit www.BristolBallet.org or phone 276-669-6051.

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