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4th Annual Downtown Bristol Entrepreneur Grant Winners Announced


Thanks to grants from Virginia Main Street Community Business Launch, Tennessee Main Street Grant, and Wells Fargo, Believe in Bristol will be awarding a total of $60,000 in grants towards six new or expanding businesses in Downtown Bristol.

In January, 18 businesses, out of 58 applicants, were selected to partake in the nine-week Co.Starters business program. On Saturday, April 29th, the remaining 15 finalists presented a shark-tank style pitch to a panel of judges, in addition to a crowd of family and friends. Three winners for Bristol Tennessee were selected: Tri-Cities Escape Game, Bank Street Bristol, and new business Bloom Cafe and Listening Room. Three winners for Bristol, Virginia were selected: Pen's Floral, Willow Creek Antiques, and new business The Earnest Tube.

Believe in Bristol continues to focus on strengthening businesses in the Historic Downtown District, and these grants are part of the effort. The 2nd Entrepreneur Contest winner was The Southern Churn and the first year was awarded to Bristol Brewery.

Congratulations to all of the contestants of the program.



Downtown Bristol Events

The Nest Featured Artist Meet & Greet: Joyce Samuels, Joyce Kistner, and Kitty Williams

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.

Holston Habitat for Humanity Meeting

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.

The Pickin' Porch Show: A Night of Bluegrass!

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!

Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet

May 4 | Blackbird Bakery


Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet is Tom Peterson, Ed Davis, Joe Pendergast, and Ernie Braganza.

Radio Bristol Premieres: Ed Snodderly

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.

Click here to purchase tickets.

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.

Ronnie Milsap

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.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Real Life Heavies

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.

Joe Teichman

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.

Free Comic Book Day

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.

Pastries on Piedmont Spring Merchant Marketplace

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:
Initial Outfitters
ItWorks
Bristol Branded Leather Co.
LipSense
J.R. Watkins
LuLaRoe
Renee Ratliff Homemade Gifts
Linda McCulley Designs
Young Living Essential Oils
The Charming Willow
The Cocoa Exchange
NuSkin
Black Dog Barkery
Scripting Grace
Pink Diamond Warriors
Treadway Travel Company

Beaver Creek Storytellers

May 7 | Bristol Public Library


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!

Bluegrass

May 8 | Blackbird Bakery


Join Blackbird Bakery for live bluegrass May 8th at 7pm.

Art D'Vine

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.

Also Coming Up

The Nest Featured Artist Meet & Greet: Joyce Samuels, Joyce Kistner, and Kitty Williams
May 3 | Blackbird Bakery
Holston Habitat for Humanity Meeting
May 4 | Bristol Public Library
The Pickin' Porch Show: A Night of Bluegrass!
May 4 | Mountain Music Museum
Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet
May 4 | Blackbird Bakery
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
Joe Teichman
May 5 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Free Comic Book Day
May 6 | Mountain Empire Comics
Pastries on Piedmont Spring Merchant Marketplace
May 7 | Blackbird Bakery
Beaver Creek Storytellers
May 7 | Bristol Public Library
Bluegrass
May 8 | Blackbird Bakery
Farm & Fun Time: The Piedmont Melody Makers w/Alice Gerrard and The Downhill Strugglers
May 11 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Pickin' Porch Show: Tennessee Border
May 11 | Mountain Music Museum
The Diamonds
May 11 | Blackbird Bakery
Art D'Vine
May 12 | Downtown Bristol
Rumba Lesson
May 12 | Bristol Ballet
Great American Cleanup
May 13 | Boyce Cox Field
Beth Fine Book Signing
May 13 | Bristol Public Library
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
LinkedIn: Optimizing Your Profile Class
May 16 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Historic District Preservation Awards Ceremony
May 16 | Bristol Public Library
Active Shooter Situation Seminar
May 18–23 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
A Celtic Evening
May 18 | Studio Brew
Stemwinder
May 18 | Blackbird Bakery
Border Bash
May 19 | Downtown Bristol
Triumphant Quartet
May 19 | Paramount Center for the Arts
The Jaystorm Project
May 19 | Studio Brew
Book Signing: Ralph Berrier Jr.
May 20 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Grand Ole Uproar
May 20 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Bristol Train Station Celebration Day 2017
May 21 | Bristol Train Station
Bluegrass
May 22 | Blackbird Bakery
The Diamonds
May 25 | Blackbird Bakery
Below 7
May 26 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Burst My Bubble Game Demo
June 2 | Bristol Public Library
Relay for Life Bristol
June 2 | Cumberland Square Park
Border Bash
June 2 | Downtown Bristol
Adam Graybeal's Hillbilly Soul
June 2 | Studio Brew
Summer Citrus Essential Yoga
June 10 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol
Mama Said String Band
June 10 | Mountain Rose Vineyard
Steele Cookin Band
June 10 | Studio Brew
Ballads Workshop
June 11 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Beauty and the Beast by Theatre Bristol
June 16–25 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Border Bash
June 16 | Downtown Bristol
Faded Travelers
June 16 | Studio Brew
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 1 — Intermediate
June 19–23 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Hope Griffin
June 21 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Whiskey Sticks
June 23 | Studio Brew
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 2 — Beginner
June 26–30 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Bluesman & the Blues Essentials
June 30 | Studio Brew
Border Bash
July 4 | Downtown Bristol
The Farmhouse Ghost
July 7 | Studio Brew
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

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