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2017 Rhythm & Roots Complete Lineup Announced


Dwight Yoakam, Judah & The Lion, and Jerry Douglas Presents The Earls of Leicester – just a brief glimpse at the amazing lineup of more than 120 acts performing at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2017! Weekend wristbands are now $75, the lowest you'll see leading up to the festival. Mark your calendars for September 15-17 and take advantage of the discount by ordering today. For wristbands and to see the full lineup of artists, visit bristolrhythm.com.



Maggie Bishop Named as Executive Director of Believe in Bristol


Believe in Bristol is pleased to announce that Maggie Bishop has been named as Executive Director of the downtown revitalization organization. Bishop joined the downtown revitalization organization in 2015 as Associate Director, and she has been serving in the role of interim Executive Director since January 9, when former Executive Director Christina Blevins left for a position in the Community Development department at the City of Bristol, Tennessee.

"Over the past few months, Maggie has successfully taken on the challenge of this demanding job," said Believe in Bristol’s Board President René Rodgers. "Her passion, commitment, and steady hand have made for a smooth transition, and the board is so pleased that she will be moving forward in the position. We are excited to see the ideas and strategies she will bring to the organization, and we are looking forward to supporting her as she continues to grow in the role."

Since January, Bishop has worked hard to maintain the day-to-day running of the organization, while also fulfilling many of the organization’s most significant responsibilities, including budget planning and required reporting to the two cities, the Downtown Showcase fundraiser, a Main Street consultant visit, the annual board retreat, and running the Downtown Entrepreneurs’ Prize. She has also taken on responsibilities in a number of other Bristol organizations such as the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, Bristol Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Celebrate Bristol.

"I am excited to take on this opportunity," says Bishop. "Our downtown is what made me fall in love with Bristol in the first place and I’m honored to be part of the revitalization efforts. I’ve enjoyed my time getting to know the downtown merchants and listening to their feedback and suggestions."



Downtown Bristol Events

Farm & Fun Time: The Piedmont Melody Makers w/Alice Gerrard and The Downhill Strugglers

May 11 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Radio Bristol’s Farm & Fun Time hosts the Piedmont Melody Makers with Alice Gerrard and the Downhill Strugglers on Saturday, May 7 in the Performance Theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

About the Piedmont Melody Makers
The Piedmont Melody Makers play old-time, country, and bluegrass music and make no apologies for it. They take their name from the Piedmont region of eastern North Carolina where three quarters of the band now reside.

PMM come from the same musical tree as Charlie Poole but none of the Melody Makers have yet dumped all of their creative musical energies into a whiskey bottle.

About the Downhill Strugglers
The Down Hill Strugglers is an old time string band based simultaneously out of Kentucky, Louisiana and New York. They have released an album on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and are featured on the soundtrack to the Coen Brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davisproduced by T-Bone Burnett.

By carrying the music of the old rural America forward The Down Hill Strugglers are extending the legacy of the New Lost City Ramblers by bringing archaic sounds into the present, and challenge audiences reject a dystopian future animated by disco beats and their ilk.

Farm and Fun Time, the historic Radio Program broadcasting from Downtown Bristol, was a staple to listeners across the Southeast during the 1940s and 1950s on the former WCYB Radio. Radio Bristol breathes new life into the classic program with a fun, energetic show broadcasting live from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Hosted by Radio Bristol producer and house band-leader Kris Truelsen, Farm and Fun Time is an event the whole family can enjoy live, in the studio or when gathered around their radios.

The Pickin' Porch Show: Tennessee Border

May 11 | Mountain Music Museum


The Pickin Porch Show hosted by Rick Dollar presents Tennessee Border live at the Mountain Music Museum located at 626 State Street in downtown Bristol TN! Get there early for the best seats!

The Diamonds

May 11 | 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.

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. Those who complete their passport and visit each stop will be entered into a raffle to win a gift certificate for Mercantile on State!

TheArt D’Vine gallerieswill be highlighting various special events, releases or artists, including:

A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts
Benjamin Walls Gallery
Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Damsel & Daisy Home
Hatching Perspective @ The Bristol Virginia Public School Board Office
Kil’nTime Contemporary Ceramic Studio
Mercantile on State
Studio Brew

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.

Rumba Lesson

May 12 | Bristol Ballet


Join Bristol Ballet for a Rumba lesson at Bristol Ballet Studio. The lesson will begin at 7:30pm, followed by dancing from 8:30 – 10:30 pm.

Cost is $5 per person. All proceeds benefit Bristol Ballet, a 501(c)3 non-profit.

Refreshments will be provided, but a snack to share is always welcome!

Great American Cleanup

May 13 | Boyce Cox Field


Join Keep Bristol Beautiful for the Great American Cleanup on May 13th at Malcolm Stadium / Devault Field. Bags and gloves will be provided.

Recycling will also be available for the following items:

  • Electronic waste (no TVs)
  • Paper shredding
  • Household hazardous waste (free for Bristol, VA residents; nominal fee for Bristol, TN residents)
  • Shoes
  • Tires

For more information, call 423-989-4850 for email ashuttle@bristolchamber.org.

Beth Fine Book Signing

May 13 | Bristol Public Library


On May 13, the Bristol Public Library will hold a book signing for Beth Fine, author of the middle school mystery series The Picaresque of Ímagine Purple. The series features exotic locales, roguish characters, and great adventures—all under the motto of “Have Fun. Get Smarter.” Fine will be in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. with extra copies of her books. Make sure to save the date and stop by to meet a local author.

Bristol Ballet presents Mulan, the Legend

May 13 | Paramount Center for the Arts


Experience the legend of Mulan, the young lady who volunteered to take her father’s place in China’s war against invaders. Based on the Ballad of Mulan, which was first transcribed in the 6th century, the story has been popular not only in China, but worldwide. Bristol Ballet’s “Mulan, the Legend” is set to the score “Mulan – Ballet in Three Acts” by Joshua Chan, who composed it especially for the Hong Kong Ballet. Artistic Director Michele Plescia was fortunate to acquire the score directly from Mr. Chan, as it is not for sale commercially . The beautiful, melodic music is a treasure for Bristol Ballet to have and to use. From Mulan’s decision to go to war for her father, her time practicing to fight the invaders, the battles, to her victorious return home, this ballet will be inspirational to all. As a student concert involving ages 4 and up, there will be many memorable moments to see!

Todd Cecil and Back South

May 13 | Studio Brew


Back South is a trio that hails from Asheville North Carolina in the ancient mountain territory of the Cherokee Native Americans. The rich musical heritage of the area has been the ground for Back South to bridges many southern music styles ranging from Bluegrass and Old Tyme with hints of Spiritual Gospel on the beat of Rock and Blues.

Matt A. Foster

May 13 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom


Matt A. Foster plays a mountain banjo, harmonica, and the sole of his boot. It’s live, simple, and earnest.

LinkedIn: Optimizing Your Profile Class

May 16 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce


LinkedIn can be tricky when you aren't quite sure how to optimize it to best work for you. The High Road Agency is here to help. They will help you best optimize everything in the header section from your professional photo to your header background photo and will walk you through customizing your URL and writing your summary. You'll learn about joining groups in your industry, networking, alumni, etc, and make valuable connections. This interactive workshop will be filled with many helpful tips to help get your LinkedIn profile to All-Star level. This class, which will take place at the Bristol Chamber, is complimentary for Bristol Chamber Gold Club Members, $25 for Chamber members and $35 for non-members.

Historic District Preservation Awards Ceremony

May 16 | Bristol Public Library


In recognition of National Preservation Month in May, the Historic District Preservation Award Committee in the City of Bristol, Virginia will hold its fourth annual award ceremony on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at the Bristol Public Library.

The mission of the award program is to encourage excellence in preservation and thereby decrease blight by recognizing and honoring property owners and developers who engage in high-quality preservation and/or maintenance projects within our city’s five historic districts. The five historic districts are the Euclid Avenue Historic District, Solar Hill Historic District, Virginia Hill Historic District, Bristol Downtown Commercial Historic District, and Bristol Warehouse Historic District.

The public is invited to attend the award ceremony. Light refreshments will be served.

Nominations for next year’s 2018 award program will be accepted through March 31, 2018. For additional information contact Catherine Brillhart, Committee Chair, at 276-591-6952.

Border Bash: The Green Fingers

May 19 | Downtown Bristol


About The Green Fingers
TheGreenFingerswas founded in August of 2016 by former lead of The Rickshaw Road show, Austin Barrett. Barrett was seeking a tighter, more relaxed sound from his rocking roots when he created this band, and yet somehow the Rock always shines through. Over the course of their original hour-long set,TheGreenFingersmove through a complex scene of recent heartache, followed by the learning and experience gained from growth, only to emerge a better and more understanding group of musicians. Expect Americana, Country, and Blues to play a huge role in the sound of this diverse, and talented young 3 piece band.

Border Bash, a free summer concert series held annually May through August, celebrates its 18th anniversary including children’s activities, arts & craft and food vendors in addition to live music and much more. All the events will rotate this year! The May 19th& July 21st events will be held in the Downtown Center, the June 2nd event will be in the 400 & 500 Block of State Street, the June 16th & August 4th events will be held in the Piedmont Intersection of State Street, and July 4th will be held in Cumberland Square Park.

Border Bash is hosted by Believe in Bristol, Birthplace of Country Music, and the Cities of Bristol. Sponsors include: Be.Ella Boutique, Blackbird Bakery, Bristol Pediatric Associates, P.C., Brown Edwards & Co., Camellia Digital, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Anne and Ben Cowan, Express AV Productions, Kil’n Time Ceramics Studio, Rob Nicar, Revolution Curbside Recycling, Serendipity Boutique, Tom and Barbara Smith/Merrill Lynch, Tri City Tent and Event, Walling Distributing, Wellness Yoga of Bristol, Wells Fargo, Dr. and Mrs. Zaidi and media sponsors Bristol Herald Courier, Radio Bristol, 99.3 The X, WCYB-s, and WXBQ 96.9 FM .

Border Bash: Annie Robinette

May 19 | Downtown Bristol


About Annie Robinette
Award-winning singer-songwriter Annie Robinette has enjoyed a diverse artistic career. Portrait artist, illustrator, actress, dancer, lead singer in rock, blues, and alternative bands... But her work as a singer-songwriter is her first love. Robinette writes songs fueled not only by her own experiences, but largely by her empathic observations of other people’s lives. Her lyrics are direct, visual, relevant. And her sultry, powerful voice will really hit you where you live, delivering stories within which you might even find a piece of yourself you never knew was there.

Border Bash, a free summer concert series held annually May through August, celebrates its 18th anniversary including children’s activities, arts & craft and food vendors in addition to live music and much more. All the events will rotate this year! The May 19th & July 21st events will be held in the Downtown Center, the June 2nd event will be in the 400 & 500 Block of State Street, the June 16th & August 4th events will be held in the Piedmont Intersection of State Street, and July 4th will be held in Cumberland Square Park.

Border Bash is hosted by Believe in Bristol, Birthplace of Country Music, and the Cities of Bristol. Sponsors include: Be.Ella Boutique, Blackbird Bakery, Bristol Pediatric Associates, P.C., Brown Edwards & Co., Camellia Digital, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Anne and Ben Cowan, Express AV Productions, Kil’n Time Ceramics Studio, Rob Nicar, Revolution Curbside Recycling, Serendipity Boutique, Tom and Barbara Smith/Merrill Lynch, Tri City Tent and Event, Walling Distributing, Wellness Yoga of Bristol, Wells Fargo, Dr. and Mrs. Zaidi and media sponsors Bristol Herald Courier, Radio Bristol, 99.3 The X, WCYB-s, and WXBQ 96.9 FM .

Full Moon Jam: Southern 76

June 1 | Downtown Center


George Goode and his band Southern 76 have been entertaining crowds with country and classic rock for 30 years. They provide some of the best local talent around.

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The City of Bristol Tennessee will host its annual free concert series "Full Moon Jam" on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Downtown Center (Country Music Mural), 810 State Street. Performances begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 9 or 9:30 p.m. through September 28th. Bring a lawn chair or come early to grab one of the 350 chairs provided on-site. Refreshments are sold in the concessions area for a nominal fee. Clean, well-stocked restrooms also available.

Bands subject to change without notice. For more information visit the City of Bristol TN website.

Also Coming Up

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
Matt A. Foster
May 13 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
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
Border Bash: The Green Fingers
May 19 | Downtown Bristol
The Jaystorm Project
May 19 | Studio Brew
Border Bash: Annie Robinette
May 19 | Downtown Bristol
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
Full Moon Jam: Southern 76
June 1 | Downtown Center
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
Full Moon Jam: Cedar Valley
June 6 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: Retroville
June 8 | Downtown Center
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
Full Moon Jam: Glen Harlow and Friends
June 13 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: Thomas Taylor
June 15 | Downtown Center
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
Full Moon Jam: Duty Free
June 20 | Downtown Center
Hope Griffin
June 21 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Full Moon Jam: Borderline
June 22 | Downtown Center
Whiskey Sticks
June 23 | Studio Brew
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 2 — Beginner
June 26–30 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Full Moon Jam: Linda Lay & Springfield Exit
June 27 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: Hillbilly Bad
June 29 | Downtown Center
Bluesman & the Blues Essentials
June 30 | Studio Brew
Border Bash
July 4 | Downtown Bristol
Full Moon Jam: Turkey Creek
July 4 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: Music Memories
July 6 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: World Turning Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band
July 7 | Downtown Center
The Farmhouse Ghost
July 7 | Studio Brew
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 1 — Intermediate
July 10–14 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Full Moon Jam: Ken Morrell Family
July 11 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: James Meadows
July 13 | Downtown Center
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
Full Moon Jam: Appalachian Trail
July 18 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: Shooter
July 20 | Downtown Center
Border Bash
July 21 | Downtown Bristol
Full Moon Jam: Matt Ledbetter Band
July 25 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: WyldeHeart
July 27 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: Duty Free
August 1 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: Marcus Boyd
August 3 | Downtown Center
Border Bash
August 4 | Downtown Bristol
Full Moon Jam: Cedar Valley
August 8 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: Purple Masquerade Prince Tribute Band
August 10 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: Glen Harlow and Friends
August 15 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam / Food City Family Race Night: Thomas Taylor, Wyldeheart, Shooter
August 17 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: Linda Lay & Springfield Exit
August 22 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: Billy Crawford
August 24 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: Turkey Creek
August 29 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: Old School Revue
August 31 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: Southern Countrymen
September 7 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: Nightrain Guns n Roses Tribute Band
September 21 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: Southern 76
September 28 | Downtown Center

More Upcoming Events »

Community Notice Board

State Street Farmer's Market Now Open!

May — October | Downtown Center


Join us at the State Street Farmer's Market, where local merchants, fresh food and fun times come together. Choose your favorite local produce, homemade foods and unique arts and crafts. The market is open from May through October.

May — October
Saturdays 8 am — Noon

July — September
Wednesdays 2 — 6 pm

Don't forget! The State Street Farmer's Market accepts SNAP/EBT cards. Participants can scan their card and receive wooden tokens of either $1 or $2 in value and can use those tokens with participating vendors.

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