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Congratulations, Brown Edwards!


INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA) hasreleased its 2017 annual financial performance analysis and ranking of the nation's largest public accounting firms. Brown Edwards, also celebrating its 50th year in public accounting, is pleased to be recognized among the group of the nation's top 100 firms. The rankings are based on 2016 U.S. net revenue. IPA is the industry's leading trade newsletter, and the report is the most accurate listing of the nation's largest accounting firms based on fiscal performance.



Downtown Bristol Events

Annie Auditions: Roles available for men, women, children, and a dog

August 12–21 | Theatre Bristol


Theatre Bristol announces August 12, 13, 19, 20, and 21 audition datesfor its upcoming holiday production of ANNIE,directed by Kenn Naegele. Veteran and novice actors are invited to audition. Roles are available for young and old, men and women, and there are opportunities to serve on the production crew. Important audition details, times for children and adults, music selections, and more are provided atwww.theatrebristol.org/audition.

This Thanksgiving,ANNIEbrings together a family — one of her very own, including dog Sandy. This heartwarming family comedy is a perfect way to celebrate the holiday together, with favorite songsMaybe, It's a Hard Knock Life, Easy Street, N.Y.C., Little Girls, I Don't Need Anything But You, and, of course,Tomorrow.The much-loved story and music finally return to the Paramount Center for the Arts stage November 17-26 for six performances.

Directing is Theatre Bristol veteran Kenn Naegele, who has performed in and directed more than 60 productions in his career in New York State and Tennessee. He most recently directedOklahoma,and he is pleased to be directing one of his favorite showsat Theatre Bristol since last directing its production ofSouth Pacific. Those interested in being a part of the production crew may contact Theatre Bristol atinfo@theatrebristol.org, or be present at any of the audition times.

For more information, visit Theatre Bristol’s website or Facebook page, contact Theatre Bristol at423-212-3625, or emailinfo@theatrebristol.org.

Eclipse Safety Presentation

August 16 | Bristol Public Library


The Bristol Public Library will host a special presentation about Eclipse Safety on August 16 at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room. Dr. Raymond Bloomer with King University will discuss eclipse safety and offer a projected view of the eclipse. During the event, guests will each receive 1 pair of free eclipse glasses to safely enjoy the eclipse on August 21.

Due to the limited number of eclipse glasses the library has received, only 100 pairs of glasses will be given out at the event; however, the remainder will be given away on August 18 at 1:00 p.m. in the Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery upstairs on a first come, first served basis. Only one pair of eclipse glasses per person permitted.

Full Moon Jam / Food City Family Race Night: Thomas Taylor, Wyldeheart, Shooter

August 17 | Downtown Center


See three great bands on Food City Family Race Night: Thomas Taylor from 3-5, Wyldeheart from 5-7, and Shooter from 7-9.

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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.

Food City Family Race Night

August 17 | Downtown Bristol


Regularly attracting over 30,000 people every year, Food City Race Night is one of the largest and most successful fan events held in conjunction with races at any NASCAR venue. Food City Race Night features entertainment, food, and fun. Fans of all ages get the opportunity to meet their favorite drivers and their teams. Fan favorites such as Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Rusty Wallace, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and others have made personal appearances over the years.

Food City Race Night started in August of 1987. A few hundred spectators showed up at the Kingsport, Tennessee Food City location to see legendary car owner and former NASCAR driver Junior Johnson, NASCAR driver Terry Labonte, and a Budweiser show car. “Food City Race Night actually began with a single driver and show car appearance arranged by one of our vendors at the Eastman Road Food City,” said Steven C. Smith, the company’s president and chief executive officer. “Our customers seemed to enjoy it, so we decided to repeat it the next year, adding a couple more drivers. "

Over the next few years more and more fans began to make Food City Race night a part of their race week activities. “Each year the event continued to grow in driver participation and attendance," said Smith. "When one of our vendors secured an appearance by Richard Petty, the store literally couldn’t hold all of the fans who came out. We knew we had to relocate to a larger space and as they say, the rest is history.” To better accommodate the growing crowds, Food City Race Night was moved to downtown Bristol TN/VA in 1993. Later due to the ever increasing popularity of the event, the decision was made to also have Food City Race Night during the March race weekend. For the spring race, the event is held at BMS in the hospitality area while remaining in downtown Bristol in August. Food City Race Night events are also held in the Spring and Fall during race week at the Knoxville Expo Center.

“Food City Race Night is one way we give back to the fans for the tremendous loyalty and support they have shown our company throughout the years,” said Smith. “It’s a commitment we take very seriously, like many of the drivers and team owners who have made themselves accessible to their devoted fans. It’s what made the sport great and differentiated it from its competitors. Going forward, my greatest desire is to see that commitment thrive.”

Plenty of drivers will be available to sign autographs, along with live music, free food sampling, show cars, racing simulators and special appearances by numerous NASCAR celebrities. Advance tickets are $5 and can be purchased at selected Food City locations. Tickets will be $6 the day of the event with children 12 and under being admitted free of charge. All proceeds from Food City Race Night will benefit local organizations. Over a half million dollars has been raised through Food City Race Night and donated to various area organizations.

BPL Book Club

August 17 | Bristol Public Library


BPL Book Club will meet in the Frances Kegley Conference Room on August 17 at 6:00 p.m. This month, the club will discuss Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin. Join the BPL Book Club for a great discussion and delicious treats from Blackbird Bakery!

For more information on BPL Book Club, please contact Ambrea at the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780.

Bristol Pirates vs. Elizabethton: Car Hauler Night

August 17 | Boyce Cox Field


Come to the game for a chance to win FREE tickets to Monster Energy and xfinity races. They will also give away for other BMS and Bristol Pirates items. Plus, enjoy fireworks after the game.

Shake it Like a Caveman

August 17 | Studio Brew


About Shake it Like a Caveman
Shake it like a caveman is no stranger to the highway. He’s a one man band dance party, thrusting somewhere between poolside film scores and early American work songs. Sonic and Visual dynamite that makes you move that thang.

Lukas Patrick

August 17 | Blackbird Bakery


Join Blackbird Bakery and enjoy the music of guitarist Lukas Patrick.

Live Stream of the 2017 Solar Eclipse

August 21 | Bristol Public Library


Bristol Public Library will host a free live stream event of the solar eclipse August 21st at 12 pm. The library will offer a program rain or shine.

State Street String Band

August 21 | Blackbird Bakery


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

Inside the Millennial Mind

August 22 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce


They make up a quarter of the U.S. population and are a tricky generation to connect with. So how do you market your brand to millennials? We will present you a panel of Millennials that you can ask anything. What are your favorite brands? What social media platforms are you on? What type of ads do you respond to? Ask them your questions and they'll give you a peek inside their minds.

$25 – Bristol Chamber Members
$35 – Non-Members
Complimentary – Gold Club Members

Roots and Region: Exploring Local Music History and Traditions

August 22 | Bristol Public Library


On August 22, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum will present "Roots and Region: Exploring Local Music History and Traditions" at Bristol Public Library. This free-to-the-public event, which begins at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room, will focus on musical traditions and the formative influences that make Appalachian music so unique.

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, focusing on the history of the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings and how Bristol became the birthplace for country music as we know it today. Their museum explores sound technology, which impacted and continues to impact country music, and highlights this rich musical heritage.

The museum also contains rotating exhibitions from other institutions, including the Smithsonian, and they are constantly adapting and updating their content in their Special Exhibits Gallery. They house a research collection, including an extensive digital archive. To find out more about the Birthplace of Country Music Museum and their ongoing exhibits, check out their website at www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org/museum.

Full Moon Jam: Linda Lay & Springfield Exit

August 22 | Downtown Center


Tight vocalist Linda Lay heads an all-star ensemble of award-winning instrumentalists. She spent her early years with Janette Carter at the Carter Family Fold near Bristol, Virginia. With her husband and founding Springfield Exit guitarist David Lay, Linda has toured nationally with the masters of the Steel String Guitar and is the featured vocalist on the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities' "Taking the Crooked Road Home." A Master Artist in traditional singing for the Virginia Folklife Program, Linda has performed with singers across several genres of music, from country's Vern Gosdin and Carl Jackson to Piedmont blues singer John Cephas.

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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

Annie Auditions: Roles available for men, women, children, and a dog
August 12–21 | Theatre Bristol
Eclipse Safety Presentation
August 16 | Bristol Public Library
Full Moon Jam / Food City Family Race Night: Thomas Taylor, Wyldeheart, Shooter
August 17 | Downtown Center
Food City Family Race Night
August 17 | Downtown Bristol
BPL Book Club
August 17 | Bristol Public Library
Bristol Pirates vs. Elizabethton: Car Hauler Night
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
Live Stream of the 2017 Solar Eclipse
August 21 | Bristol Public Library
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
Book Signing: B.T. Harris
August 23 | Blackbird Bakery
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
"Australian Dress Down Under" Benefit for Boys & Girls Club
August 26 | Bristol Train Station
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
Lunch & Learn: Current Topics in the Retirement Plan Industry
August 30 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
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
Swing Band Trio
August 31 | Blackbird Bakery
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
Farm & Fun Time Live from BRRR
September 16 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Jaystorm Project BRRR After Party
September 16 | Studio Brew
Full Moon Jam: Nightrain Guns n Roses Tribute Band
September 21 | Downtown Center
Museum Day Live!
September 23 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
PBS American Experience Documentary: Tesla
September 23 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
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
The Paramount Chamber Players Presents "Pure Classics"
October 6 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Black Jacket Symphony: Fleetwood Mac's Rumours
October 7 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Delbert McClinton Presented by Big Spring Entertainment
October 13 | Paramount Center for the Arts
PUSH! Film Festival
October 20–22 | Downtown Bristol
Chicks with Hits: Terry Clark, Pam Tillis, Suzy Bogguss
October 20 | 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
Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting
November 27 | Cumberland Square Park
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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