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Border Bash with The Larry Keel Experience and Anthony Childress

July 21, 2023   |   6 pm
Downtown Bristol | MAP

Celebrating 23 years in Historic Downtown, Border Bash—Bristol’s premier summer concert series—is back for another amazing season! Hosted by Believe in Bristol and the Cities of Bristol, Virginia and Tennessee, Border Bash is about fun, family, great music, and creating memories to last a lifetime.

“Border Bash is a tradition that showcases everything that makes Downtown Bristol special, and that includes great live music,” said Maggie Elliott, Executive Director of Believe in Bristol.” Bristol’s downtown is definitely a hub for a wide variety of food, unique shopping, community events, and an all-around great place to come together with friends and family. This year Border Bash will introduce audiences to a whole new roster of talented, emerging acts as well as a few familiar favorites.”

6:30pm — Anthony Childress
7:30pm — The Larry Keel Experience

The Larry Keel Experience
The Larry Keel Experience is a highly regarded musical group led by flatpicking guitarist and singer-songwriter Larry Keel. Known for their blend of bluegrass, Americana, folk, and jam band styles, the band delivers captivating performances filled with energy and musical virtuosity. Larry Keel's guitar skills are particularly notable, as he is widely recognized as one of the finest flatpickers in contemporary acoustic music. The group's repertoire consists of original compositions, traditional tunes, and covers, often featuring improvisational jams that showcase the band members' instrumental prowess. With a dedicated following, The Larry Keel Experience has released multiple albums and earned a reputation for their tight musical chemistry and engaging live shows.

Anthony Childress (& friends)
Composed of three friends based out of East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, Anthony Childress looks for connections and shared experiences in the songs performed. They offer familiar songs in unfamiliar ways, as well as many originals that offer an emotional connection to the music.

Border Bash is hosted by Believe in Bristol and would not be possible without our community sponsors. Our sponsors in 2023 include City of Bristol, Tennessee, City of Bristol, Virginia, Anne and Ben Cowan, ETSU, Robin and Margaret Feierabend, John and Brenda Fincher, Holston Medical Group, Kil’n Time Contemporary Ceramic Studio c/o Terri Gregory, Northeast State Community College, The Sessions Hotel, Tom and Barbara Smith, Audrey Zaidi, 99.3 The X

Hospitality Sponsors: The Bristol Hotel, Delta Blues, Machiavelli’s, Quaker Steak & Lube, Southern Craft, Stateline Bar & Grille