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Border Bash in Historic Downtown Bristol — JP Parsons & The American Bandwagon and Jon Ladeau

June 20, 2014 | 12 am

Set in Historic Downtown Bristol, Border Bash continues on Friday, June 20, 2014 in the 600 block of State Street. The evening’s events will start with children’s activities, crafters, and concessions at 6PM. Live music begins at 7:00PM with JP Parsons & The American Bandwagon followed up by Jon Landeau around 8:30PM. As always, Border Bash is free to the public!

JP Parsons and The American Bandwagon: Hailed by Pick Bristol as "Bristol's own troubadour," Bristol, Virginia native JP Parsons is no stranger to the music scene – he has been a local favorite for years. With his unique, gripping voice and soulful lyrics, Parsons' music will take you along the journey with him. Parsons' passion for music began with the piano at the age of six and quickly grew into the art of songwriting. Versed in guitar, bass, banjo, piano, lap steel, and even the saxophone, Parsons' natural talent for songwriting, along with his versatile playing style and his love for performance, has gained him a large and diverse fan base across the region. After two well-received performances in 2013's multi-award-winning Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, JP Parsons and The American Bandwagon are pleasing audiences everywhere they play. http://www.reverbnation.com/jpparsons

Jon Ladeau: Jon Ladeau is a songwriter, guitarist, and singer living in Brooklyn, New York. His unique blend of rock & roll is coupled with his blues and country influences. Over the past several years he has performed with his band, as a solo artist, and as a sideman in nearly every state in the United States, along with Switzerland, Italy, and Austria. His band has broken in dance floors all across the country, and after spending five months on the road in 2012, he sold out of his self-titled release. His concerts range from full band affairs to mellow acoustic sets, depending on the mood of the evening. http://www.jonladeau.com/news/

“We can’t believe Border Bash is almost half over,” said Leah Ross, Executive Director of Birthplace of Country Music. “We have already heard some great bands, and this will be another fantastic night of music on State Street!”

Border Bash is hosted by Believe in Bristol, Birthplace of Country Music® and the Cities of Bristol. Border Bash would not be possible without our community support. Our sponsors in 2014 include Along Come Mary Interior Design – Mary Jane Miller, Alpha Natural Resources, Ann & John Tickle, Bank of Tennessee, Benjamin Walls Gallery, Blackbird Bakery, Blakley Mitchell Co., Brenda & John Fincher, Bristol Herald Courier, Bristol Virginia Utilities, Campbell Printing, Celebrate Bristol, Coca-Cola, Commonwealth Coal Corp., Cranberry Lane, Dent K. Burk CPA Firm, Doug & Amy Williams, Dr. and Ms. Bennett Cowan, Jr., Edward Jones Investments – Robert Hollo, Rob Simis, Brad Baker and Greg Fahn, Electric 94.9 FM, Express AV Productions, First Bank of Virginia, First Tennessee Foundation, Joe & Pam Kerr – Kerr Boswell Inc., Kil’n Time, Mary Landrum, Merrill-Lynch, Renasant Bank, Revolution Curbside Recycling, Sarah Hull – Serendipity, Spiegler Blevins & Company CPAs, State Line Bar & Grille, Strongwell, The Homer A. and Ida S. Jones Trust, The Williams Company, Tom & Barbara Smith, Tri-City Tent & Event, Walling Distributing, WCYB News 5, Wells Fargo Foundation, WXBQ 96.6 FM and Z-Rock 99.3.