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Bristol Rhythm '17 Schedule Now Available


Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is slated for September 15-17 this year. Our region's premier music festival is approaching fast, and the complete schedule is now available! Click here to check out this year's amazing lineup, featuring headliner Dwight Yoakam, Judah & The Lion, Rodney Crowell, and many more.

Single-day tickets are also now on sale. Click here to buy your passes now.

Downtown Bristol Events

The Help

August 3 | Bristol Public Library


During July, the BPL Book Club finished reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett. As a special treat, the Bristol Public Library is offering a free viewing to book club members and patrons of The Help (2011), starring Viola Davis, Emma Stone, and Octavia Spencer.

When Skeeter (Stone) returns to her hometown of Jackson, Mississippi, she decides she's going to write a book — except she doesn't have any idea what to write, until she meets Abileen (Davis) and Minny (Spencer). Both Minny and Abileen are African-American maids in the homes of prominent white families and they offer a unique glimpse into the hardships and turmoil endured by the hired help.

It all starts at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room, and anyone is welcome to join. Popcorn and water will be provided for movie attendees.

Rated PG-13. 146 minutes.

Full Moon Jam: Marcus Boyd

August 3 | Downtown Center


Marcus grew up in and has lived most of his life close to his roots in Southwest Virginia. He learned to play guitar at the young age of 8 and played in church growing up. His love for music brought him to learn to play piano, bass, banjo and mandolin as well. He broadened his horizons in his college days at Clinch Valley College (now UVA Wise), where he met several talented musicians of differing styles and spent many evenings collaborating. He grew up playing country, bluegrass and gospel music and later became acquainted with rock, blues and classical styles. Some of his professional influences include Tom Petty, Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Leo Kottke, and Counting Crows. His music is a blend of traditional country, bluegrass, modern country and rock. Many enjoy his baritone vocals and smooth guitar style.

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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.

Mama Molasses

August 3 | Blackbird Bakery


Mamma Molasses performs Alt-Country, Americana, Indie Folk, and Blues. She is a songwriter, and she has her own way of fingerpicking a guitar. A lot of her inspiration is drawn from Appalachian Folk Music, Gospel, Old Country, Piedmont Blues, and Contemporary Roots Music. It's gonna be a great evening of fun!

Border Bash: My New Favorites

August 4 | Downtown Bristol


Award-winning songwriters hook up with top-notch players to fly off into an Americana frenzy. Eclectic in all things, they combine musical styles without fear and serve up high energy at every show.

About Border Bash
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 .

"Born in Bristol" Film Premiere

August 4–6 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


The Birthplace of Country Music, along with Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and Virginia Tourism Corporation, will debut the highly-anticipated filmBorn in Bristolas part of the 90th anniversary celebration of the 1927 Bristol Sessions. Featuring Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Eric Church, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Marty Stuart, Sheryl Crow, and Ashely Monroe, among others, Born in Bristol is a docudrama thatexplores the impact of the 1927 Bristol Sessions and it’s lasting influence through artist interviews and visual recreations.

Born in Bristol is a companion piece to the 2015 CD release “Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited,” a re-imagining of the historic 1927 Bristol Sessions by some of the biggest names in the music industry, many of whom appear in the film. “Orthophonic Joy” was produced by multi-Grammy Award-winner Carl Jackson and features an historical narrative by Eddie Stubbs, the voice of the Grand Ole Opry.

Filmed on location in Bristol, Tennessee-Virginia and Nashville,Born in Bristol was produced by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development andVirginia Tourism Corporation and directed by Sundance Award-winner Chusy Haney-Jardine of Plan A Films.Born in Bristolreceived shortlist consideration at the 2016 Cannes International Festival of Creativity.

Dates
Friday, August 4 – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 5 – 11:00 a.m. / 3:00 p.m. / 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 6 – 3:00 p.m.

Click here to purchase tickets online.

Border Bash: Adam Graybeal's Hillbilly Soul

August 4 | Downtown Bristol


What if the Grateful Dead hired Parliament's horn section, Stevie Ray Vaughn to play guitar, John Popper on harmonica and James Brown to sing? That's a pretty good start when trying to describe what you get at a Hillbilly Soul Show. Deep funky drum beats meet smooth doghouse bass notes while a shredding harmonica twins with a soaring melodic guitar. Then, add in four part harmony vocals on top — you get an infectious sound that will keep you coming back for more.

About Border Bash
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 .

The CHR Band

August 5 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom


The CHR Band is a Rock N' Roll band with deep roots in country, rock, rhythm, and blues. Show starts at 8 on the outdoor stage.

State Street String Band

August 7 | Blackbird Bakery


Join Blackbird Bakery for live bluegrass with State Street String Band.

Full Moon Jam: Cedar Valley

August 8 | Downtown Center


One of the best bluegrass bands in the Tri-Cities. Come out and enjoy those old time sounds when the music started.

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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.

Night with a Master Naturalist

August 8 | Bristol Public Library


Randy Smith with the Virginia Master Naturalist program will be at the Bristol Public Library on August 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room for a special program on owls.

The Virginia Master Naturalists are part of a state-wide program that provides education, outreach, and service to help preserving natural areas and managing natural resources. The Holston Rivers Chapter serves Bland, Russell, Scout, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, and Wythe counties in Virginia.

For more information on the Virginia Master Naturalists and their volunteer programs, check out their website at holstonriversmn.wordpress.com.

Community Notice Board

Donate to Holly Help for your chance to win FREE Dollywood Passes!

Through August 20


Holly Help Spay-Neuter Fund is offering two free Dollywood passes to one very fortunate donor. All donations to Holly Help received between August 1st and those postmarked by August 20th will be eligible for an opportunity to win two free Dollywood pass bracelets. Bracelets are good for September 4th (Labor Day ONLY). Winner will be notified by telephone on August 25th. Proceeds from this event will support public spay-neuter efforts for dogs and cats in our area. For more information, visit hollyhelp.org.

Also Coming Up

The Help
August 3 | Bristol Public Library
Full Moon Jam: Marcus Boyd
August 3 | Downtown Center
Mama Molasses
August 3 | Blackbird Bakery
Border Bash: My New Favorites
August 4 | Downtown Bristol
"Born in Bristol" Film Premiere
August 4–6 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Border Bash: Adam Graybeal's Hillbilly Soul
August 4 | Downtown Bristol
The CHR Band
August 5 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Bristol Pirates vs. Danville
August 6 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Danville
August 7 | Boyce Cox Field
State Street String Band
August 7 | Blackbird Bakery
Full Moon Jam: Cedar Valley
August 8 | Downtown Center
Bristol Pirates vs. Danville
August 8 | Boyce Cox Field
Night with a Master Naturalist
August 8 | Bristol Public Library
Bristol Pirates vs. Johnson City
August 9 | Boyce Cox Field
Full Moon Jam: Purple Masquerade Prince Tribute Band
August 10 | Downtown Center
Bristol Pirates vs. Johnson City
August 10 | Boyce Cox Field
Farm & Fun Time: Town Mountain and Jonathan Byrd
August 10 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Diamonds
August 10 | Blackbird Bakery
Hot Bristol Night Antique Car Show
August 11 | Downtown Bristol
Bristol Pirates vs. Johnson City
August 11 | Boyce Cox Field
Hundred Acres
August 11 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Annie Auditions: Roles available for men, women, children, and a dog
August 12–21 | Theatre Bristol
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
BPL Book Club
August 17 | Bristol Public Library
Bristol Pirates vs. Elizabethton
August 17 | Boyce Cox Field
Shake it Like a Caveman
August 17 | Studio Brew
Lukas Patrick
August 17 | Blackbird Bakery
Bristol Pirates vs. Elizabethton
August 18 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Elizabethton
August 19 | Boyce Cox Field
State Street String Band
August 21 | Blackbird Bakery
Inside the Millennial Mind
August 22 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Roots and Region: Exploring Local Music History and Traditions
August 22 | Bristol Public Library
Full Moon Jam: Linda Lay & Springfield Exit
August 22 | Downtown Center
Creative and Crafty: Mini Mandala Portraits
August 23 | Bristol Public Library
Magical Mug Cakes
August 24 | Bristol Public Library
Full Moon Jam: Billy Crawford
August 24 | Downtown Center
The Diamonds
August 24 | Blackbird Bakery
Tom Sawyer
August 25 – September 10 | Theatre Bristol
Steele Cookin Band
August 25 | Studio Brew
BCM's Free Family Fun Day
August 26 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Bristol Pirates vs. Kingsport
August 26 | Boyce Cox Field
Quarter Bounce w/ Rusty Steel
August 26 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Bristol Pirates vs. Kingsport
August 27 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Kingsport
August 28 | Boyce Cox Field
AAME presents The First Generation of the English Bible
August 29 | Bristol Public Library
Full Moon Jam: Turkey Creek
August 29 | Downtown Center
Bristol Pirates vs. Burlington
August 29 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Burlington
August 30 | Boyce Cox Field
The Adventures of Robin Hood
August 31 | Bristol Public Library
PBS Documentary: "Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037"
August 31 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Full Moon Jam: Old School Revue
August 31 | Downtown Center
Bristol Pirates vs. Burlington
August 31 | Boyce Cox Field
Full Moon Jam: Southern Countrymen
September 7 | Downtown Center
Friends of 1927 Concert Series: Mike Farris
September 7 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Hundred Acres
September 8 | Studio Brew
Downtown Bristol TN/VA Loft Tour
September 9 | Downtown Bristol
Sugar Lime Blue
September 9 | Studio Brew
Something Beautiful Fall Market
September 10 | Bristol Train Station
Certified CPR, AED & First Aid Training
September 12 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
"May it Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers" Film Screening
September 12 | Marquee Cinemas — Pinnacle 12
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2017
September 15–17 | Downtown Bristol
The Jaystorm Project BRRR After Party
September 16 | Studio Brew
Full Moon Jam: Nightrain Guns n Roses Tribute Band
September 21 | Downtown Center
Comedian Henry Cho
September 23 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Full Moon Jam: Southern 76
September 28 | Downtown Center
Victor Lawson & Boogie Chillen w/ Catfish Frye Band
September 29 | Studio Brew
Black Jacket Symphony: Fleetwood Mac's Rumours
October 7 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Appalachian AACA Trunk & Treat
October 27 | Downtown Bristol
Pumpkin Palooza and Downtown Trick or Treating
October 28 | Downtown Center
Veteran's Day Parade & Traditional Memorial Service
November 11 | Downtown Bristol
Theatre Bristol presents Annie
November 17–26 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Downtown Bristol's Annual Christmas Open House
November 20 | Downtown Bristol
Small Business Saturday
November 25 | Downtown Bristol
Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
December 1–17 | Theatre Bristol
Bristol Christmas Parade
December 7 | Downtown Bristol
Bristol Ballet presents The Nutcracker
December 8–9 | Paramount Center for the Arts

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