Downtown Bristol Events
May 3 | Blackbird Bakery
It's that time again! New art has been hatched in "The Nest at Blackbird Bakery." The Nest features art from up-and-coming local artists. Additionally, 25% of sales goes to a local non-profit agency.
Visit Blackbird April 6th from 6-8pm to meet the new artist, Brad McCroskey, and Regina and Bud Shinall.
May 4 | Bristol Public Library
Do you know someone who has a housing need? It could be your hairdresser, your child’s preschool teacher or your landscaper. Invite them to attend Holston Habitat for Humanity’s Community Information Meeting on Thursday May 4 from 5:30 – 6:45 at the Bristol Public Library. Habitat volunteers and staff will be on hand to answer questions about applying to the Habitat for Humanity program. For more information call Trish Patterson, Holston Habitat’s Community Outreach Director: 423.239.7689x804.
May 4 | Mountain Music Museum
The Pickin Porch Show hosted by Rick Dollar presents Carolina Crossroads along with Vicki and Tommy Austin from Appalachian Trail Bluegrass Band and Matthew Cruby from #TheSteveGulleyBand live at The Mountain Music Museum (626 State Street in downtown Bristol TN)! These traditional bluegrassers will blow you away! The show is free but we do ask for a donation to the ACMA. Get there early for the best seats!
May 4 | Blackbird Bakery
Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet is Tom Peterson, Ed Davis, Joe Pendergast, and Ernie Braganza.
May 5 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Radio Bristol focuses on new recordings and projects from nationally recognized artists before a live audience in the Performance Theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. On Friday, May 5, Radio Bristol is proud to feature new music from multi-talented singer-songwriter, actor, and co-founder of the famed Down Home listening room, Ed Snodderly. Ed will be performing music from his latest release Record Shop.
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Listeners may be part of the live, studio audience or listen online at ListenRadioBristol.org.
About Ed Snodderly
The Tennessee native looks a bit like Doc from Back to the Future with shorter hair and Buddy Holly glasses. His voice is the sonic equivalent of an old denim shirt, creased and worn and reassuring. While “folk” doesn’t quite capture Snodderly’s essence—he is more singer-songwriter steeped in country and bluegrass—he is nevertheless finely tuned to the eccentricities of traditional music. His writing style is unique.
The songs are original, yet familiar. His guitar playing holds those ancestral rhythms. He makes primitive banjo and drums sound like the most obvious combination in the world. Whatever you want to call him—Alt-Country Singer? Old-Time Musician? Folkie?—Ed Snodderly is proof that Southern music, with all its old peculiarities, is alive and kicking. Several of his songs have been recorded by musicians such as Sam Bush, Missy Raines, Jerry Douglas and John Cowan. The Country Music Hall Of Fame Museum honored him by inscribing a verse of his song, “The Diamond Stream,” upon the wall in the Hall Of Honor.
May 5 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Ronnie Milsap ranks as the pre-eminent country soul singer of his generation. He also represents much more than any two-word definition can convey: a humble, overtly friendly fellow with a talent as vast and multi-dimensional as the American South. Milsap provided country music with one of its most important voices, as the genre was moving beyond its rural roots into the mainstream of modern entertainment. Country music couldn't have found a man more suited to lead the charge. Steeped in the mountain music of the North Carolina hills and schooled in classical piano, Milsap found inspiration early in life, in a wide variety of music. Even as he mastered Beethoven and Mozart, his heart belonged to hardcore country and rhythm-and-blues — music he heard beamed from powerful radio stations located in Nashville. Those earthy sounds about life and love provided a young, impoverished blind boy with a connection to a world beyond the harsh reality of his daily existence.
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May 5 | Studio Brew
The Real Life Heavies pack an interesting punch live as they demonstrate a versatile 3 piece hammering of sleezy soul and groove music laced with hot undercover rock and roll! The show blends perfectly between fascinating original songs and features "surprises" from several genres and generations. These pencil-pushers are the real thing, carrying out a valiant mid-life crisis after the sun goes down. Check them out at www.reallifeheavies.com.
May 5 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Joe Teichman plays a blend of alt country, folk and Americana. His songs are timeless and lovelorn with a sturdy voice, plain but pleasant, gives a rich internal life. The lyrics all feel familiar and relatable yet discernibly original.
May 6 | Mountain Empire Comics
A fun-filled day with FREE comic books, with food, and local Vendors & Artists selling unique Arts & Crafts! 6th Street, Downtown Bristol, TN.
May 7 | Blackbird Bakery
Join Blackbird Bakery for this first ever downtown shopping event. Home décor, personalized accessories, beauty essentials, arts & crafts and of course, sweet treats!
Current Vendor List:
May 7 | Bristol Public Library
Bristol Branded Leather Co.
Renee Ratliff Homemade Gifts
Linda McCulley Designs
Young Living Essential Oils
The Charming Willow
The Cocoa Exchange
Black Dog Barkery
Pink Diamond Warriors
Treadway Travel Company
Storytellers are a special breed. They keep alive a human tradition as old as language itself. For two decades now, the members of the Beaver Creek Storytellers have been delighting our region with their own unique mix of stories, songs, and poetry. This month, they will be at the Bristol Public Library in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free; however, they do accept donations. And they’re always looking for new storytellers, so, if you’ve ever had a yen to spin a yarn, come in to their performance and speak up!
May 8 | Blackbird Bakery
Join Blackbird Bakery for live bluegrass May 8th at 7pm.
May 12 | Downtown Bristol
On Friday, May 12, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 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. Those who complete their passport and visit each stop will be entered into a raffle to win a gift certificate for Mercantile on State!
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.