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FINAL BASH OF THE YEAR – Organizations add The Black Lillies along with Impeach Dixon and Efren to close out the 2011 Summer Concert Series!

August 15, 2011

Believe in Bristol, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and The Birthplace of Country Music are proud to announce the final Border Bash…Because Its Great on State summer concert series!! The last summer concert of the year will be held on Friday, August 19, 2011 at the Downtown Center, Bristol, TN. Children’s activities, crafters, concessions and the Misfit Gypsies will start at 6:00 PM, LIVE music begins at 6:45 PM with Efren, followed by Impeach Dixon at 8:00PM and closing out the show at 9:15 will be The Black Lillies. Remember, our community supporters help make Border Bash free to the public!

The Black Lillies – This alt-country, Americana grouped kicked off their first national tour at the Ryman Auditorium, the hallowed mother church of country music, and have since labored through three cross-country treks, with a fourth during the summer of 2011. They’ve performed on National Public Radio’s Mountain Stage, on two episodes of PBS’s Jammin’ at Hippie Jack’s, and conquered numerous festivals – Pickathon, the Americana Music Association Festival, Four Corners Folk Festival, even Bonnaroo. In June the Grand Ole Opry invited the band to make their debut on the historic circle of wood where so many other legends have performed.

Efren — Efren is a folk group hinting on the psychedelic, from areas around Athens, GA. Reaching out into the musical world with introspective lyrics and brooding energy, Efren entertains on many levels. The players of this music have roots in jazz and blues, folk, bluegrass and rock. Efren touches on Southern Americana music, draws from indie lo-fi ideas, and respects the multitudes of great songwriters of our past.

Impeach Dixon — Impeach Dixon is an Americana/Folk Rock/Neo-Soul band out of Johnson City, TN. English professor Philip Ferguson held a talent show at his college and this band is the resulting congregation. Drummer Tony Dixon was nearly “impeached” from the band when he refused to agree on a band name, thus Impeach Dixon was born. Phil is the front man singing most of the rustic lyrics; you can still hear his SWVA accent slightly in the high notes as he yells out loud about swinging on the swing set. Impeach’s songs tell everyone’s story about growing up—we all want to stand up for something we just have to figure out exactly what we believe in. It is evident what Impeach Dixon believes in, and that is definitely not shady politics, rather it is relaxing and enjoying the moment.

The event is hosted by Believe in Bristol, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, and The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance. A special thank you to our Sponsors for 2011: City of Bristol TN and City of Bristol VA, Wachovia Bank – A Wells Fargo Company, PennStuart, Dent K. Burk & Associates, Greg Fahn & Rob Simis – Edward Jones Investments, Merrill Lynch, Blakley-Mitchell, Curcio & Stout, Kerr-Boswell, Inc., Blackbird Bakery, Kil’n Time Pottery, Strongwell, First Tennessee Foundation, Bank of Tennessee, Burke, Powers & Harty, Inc., Nash & Powers Insurance, Bristol Dental Group, Cranberry Lane, JA Street & Associates, Inari Wines, Sound Check Music, Jeff & Terri Gregory and Tom & Barbara Smith. In-Kind Sponsors-Coca Cola Distributing, CW4 and Fox Tri-Cities, The Bristol Herald Courier and Citadel Broadcasting.

Border Bash has had a great season in 2011 and welcomed a record crowd to our downtown! A special Thanks to everyone for your support and dedication to live music in Historic Downtown Bristol! We are – “The Birthplace of Country Music.” For more information about Border Bash and other events happening in Downtown, please visit www.believeinbristol.org, www.bristolrhythm.com, or call (423) 573-2200 or (423) 573-4898.