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Birthplace of Country Music Museum Grand Opening Weekend of Events

July 15, 2014
The much-anticipated Grand Opening of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum! The museum opens with a weekend packed with events, including free concerts and an opportunity to see Mountain Stage with Larry Groce recorded live at The Paramount Center for the Arts! Everyone is invited to be part of this historic occasion!

Believe in Bristol's Downtown Welcome Center, located across from the museum at 36 Moore Street, will be open from 10:00am — 6:00pm all weekend (with possible extended hours) for out of town guests seeking information about Historic Downtown Bristol dining, shopping and venues.

Friday, August 1

10:00am-6:00pm: Birthplace of Country Music Museum opens to the public (reduced admission $10). Located at 520 Birthplace of Country Music Way, across from Cumberland Square Park.

6:00pm: Free Border Bash Concert Series featuring Mustered Courage, The Deep Fried 5
Set in Historic Downtown Bristol, Border Bash takes place outdoors on the 400 & 500 blocks of State Street, one block from State . The evening’s events will start with children’s activities, crafters, and concessions at 6PM. Live music begins at 7:00PM with Mustered Courage followed up by The Deep Fried 5 around 8:30PM. As always, Border Bash is free to the public!

Saturday, August 2

All of Downtown gets into the act; decorating windows and staying open late. There will also be a Scavenger hunt, Buskers (street musicians), a Photo booth, Country music "idols", & more!

1:00pm — 2:00pm: Grand Opening Event Ceremonies
Be part of the official ribbon cutting ceremony with legislators and members of our local government.

3:00pm-10:00pm: Birthplace of Country Music Museum open to the public(reduced admission $10).

3:00pm-10:00pm: Free Concert Event
Parts of Cumberland Street will be closed to traffic for lights, stage, and sound at the intersection of Lee Street. The performance schedule is as follows:

3:00pm — Dr. Ralph Stanley
5:00pm — Orthophonic Joy Music Contest Winner
7:00pm — Carlene Carter & Jim Lauderdale
9:00pm — The Whistles & The Bells

Sunday, August 3

1:00pm — 5:00pm: Birthplace of Country Music open to the public (Admission $13 / Seniors, Students, Children, & Military $11)

7:00pm: Mountain Stage with Larry Groce at The Paramount Center for the Arts (Doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets on sale now $30 at
Carlene Carter
Doyle Lawson
Dale Jett
Very Special Guest TBA July 21
Mountain Stage is a production of West Virginia Public Broadcasting and can be heard internationally on NPR.

July Who Art You? Camp

July 15, 2014
Find Yourself at Art Camp in Historic Downtown Bristol!

By joining our Who Art You? camp, your child can leave their mark on the Bristol arts! This camp focuses on 15 downtown arts and entertainment activities hosted by our local arts-related businesses — activities include painting, pottery, graphic arts, creative movement, music, storytelling, karate, yoga, and much, much more.

There are two week-long summer sessions, with the camp running daily from 9a.m. to 3p.m. Session 2 for July 21 — 25; the cost is $250 per child and $25 off for 2+ children. The age range is 8 — 12.

For registration details, contact Believe in Bristol at 276-644-9700 or

Border Bash in Cumberland Square Park

July 15, 2014
Set in Historic Downtown Bristol, Border Bash continues on Friday, July 18, 2014 in Cumberland Square Park. The evening’s events will start with children’s activities, crafters, and concessions at 6PM. Live music begins at 7:00PM with Al Scorch followed up by Loves It! around 8:30PM. As always, Border Bash is free to the public!
Al Scorch: Grafting literate, character-driven song craft and Mid-American roots with a post-punk attitude, Chicago-based songwriter, performer and instrumentalist Al Scorch charts a new musical topography with a five-string banjo. Self-described as a “fourth generation Chicagoan, born and bred,” Scorch recalls that his Missouri-born mother played banjo and had one in the house, while his dad played piano and guitar. Revealing the world around him, his music derives from his background, his family, and his creative mind. For more information please visit

Loves It!: Created in Austin, Texas in 2010, Loves It! is a duo comprised of songwriters Vaughn Walters and Jenny Parrott. Since then, they have already played hundreds of shows in the United States, Europe, and Asia. The harmony-driven pair often switches between guitar, fiddle, and banjo, adding special guests to create a bigger sound. They play with a respect for tradition and a determination to bring a modern voice to their favorite folk, country, gospel, and punk sounds. For more information please visit

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.

"Take the Stage" Sculpture to be Unveiled across from Birthplace of Country Music Museum

July 15, 2014
Art in Public Places is pleased to announce that its second commissioned permanent sculpture will be unveiled in Cumberland Square Park, across the street from the new Birthplace of Country Music Museum, on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 11 am. Music will be provided at the event by the Blue Ridge Entertainers, Kris Truelson and Coleman Akin.

The bronze sculpture, “Take the Stage,” was funded by an $85,000 contribution from the Marcia and Marvin Gilliam, Jr. Foundation and designed by Bristol sculptor Val Lyle. An engraved granite base will support the cast bronze, life size figures of male and female musicians playing guitar and fiddle, respectively. Between the two figures will be a microphone, with footprints placed in the granite to invite viewers to become part of the work, affording photo opportunities.

“Marcia and I are long-time supporters of Bristol’s Art in Public Places (AiPP) and are delighted to have the opportunity to help them showcase Bristol’s status as the Birthplace of Country Music,” said sponsor Marvin Gilliam. “This permanent sculpture reminds us of scenes from the old country music shows on television that were so common when we were growing up in southwestern Virginia. We believe that the images of the musicians are a timeless one of a scene that could have been from 60 years ago, 30 years ago or even today. We hope that this piece will become a favorite of the people from this area and for tourists alike as they step up to the microphone, have their picture taken and share in the history of country music.”

Candy Snodgrass, president of AiPP, said “As an organization Art in Public Places is thrilled to announce the second permanent piece of sculpture for Bristol. To have the Marcia and Marvin Gilliam Foundation see AiPP’s vision of permanent art and agree to sponsor such a wonderful piece makes all our hard work worthwhile. The idea for the sculpture came from our board member Mary Jane Miller, a local interior designer. She worked with well known Bristol sculptor, Val Lyle, to bring her idea to life. Val is an extremely talented artist and we are so lucky she has chosen to work with Art in Public Places in the design and creation of this piece of sculpture.”

“We are most appreciative of this additional gift of permanent art to the City of Bristol, Virginia. Art plays a central role in the life of every vibrant city, serving as a catalyst for expression and conversation. The permanent works of art that can be found in Bristol’s public spaces provide a unique and creative trail that draws people to, and through, our city,” said Bristol, VA City Manager Tabitha Crowder.

Art in Public Places is a community art project organized and implemented by the Art in Public Places Board with the cooperation of the Bristol, Tennessee, and Bristol, Virginia, city governments. Art in Public Places installs art in public spaces in Bristol for the enjoyment and enrichment of the community. The Art in Public Places project is funded by donations from area businesses and individuals.

Third Smithsonian Exhibit for Bristol TN/VA Artist Benjamin Walls

Benjamin Walls with Frontier
July 15, 2014
Bristol native and fine art photographer Benjamin Walls will send two more works for display at the Smithsonian Institution. This time, his work has been selected for a September 2014 exhibit entitled “Wilderness Forever: 50 Years of Protecting America's Wild Places." With this honor, Walls becomes the first fine art photographer to have images selected for international juried exhibits in all four of the cornerstone categories of his field: abstract, landscape, wildlife, and black & white imagery. Thus far, Walls’ work has been featured in over 50 museums in 12 countries.

Walls’ images “Frontier” and “Stand” were chosen by the Smithsonian from 5,500 international entries. They will be part of a sixty-image exhibit honoring the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. This act, signed by President Lyndon Johnson on September 3, 1964, defines wilderness as “an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain” and where “the imprint of man's work substantially unnoticeable.” In “Frontier,” a panoramic shot taken in Maine, Walls captured an interaction between three moose. Behind them, Mount Katahdin glows with the colors of autumn. “Stand,” a more intimately-scaled image, evokes the peacefulness of a wilderness forest. A black and white image taken in the Maroon Bells Wilderness Area, “Stand” focuses on a lone fir tree in a grove of Aspens. The Wilderness Forever Exhibit opens on the second floor of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History on September 3rd 2014 and will be on display for six months.

Walls’ work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution twice before. In 2007, a panel of judges selected Walls’ “Watching the Sunrise” for display. Taken in Africa, it is a striking silhouette of native birds in an acacia tree. Another image, “The Twelve,” became part of the flagship exhibit for The Oceans hall at the Smithsonian in 2008. It shows a stunning rock formation on the Australian coast.

Along with inclusion in national galleries and museums, Walls’ work has also garnered international accolades. In 2006, Walls’ “Elements,” an abstract image taken at the edge of a thermal pool in Yellowstone National Park, was featured at the Natural History Museum of London in 2006. In 2009, the image became part of a 5-year international touring exhibit called “Wild Planet,” comprised of “a selection of the best images from 15 years of exhibits at the Natural History Museum of London.” “Elements” retuned to the Natural History Museum of London on tour with Wild Planet as part of London’s Summer Olympic Celebration in 2012.

Benjamin Walls Signature Gallery is located at 701 State Street in Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA, 24201. The images to be displayed at the Smithsonian are currently on display along with new releases from Death Valley CA, The Wasatch Mountains of UT, Grand Teton National Park WY, The Southern Appalachian Mountains of VA/TN/NC.

Walls is currently on location at the Grand Canyon.

Bristol Public Library Receives "ALL CLEAR" After Inspection

July 15, 2014
The Bristol Public Library was inspected today for bedbugs in a periodic inspection done by trained detection dogs. After a thorough inspection in every area of the Library with emphasis on the Children’s Library, all public areas and furniture, and meeting rooms an “All Clear” certification was awarded.

A little more than one year ago the BPL alerted the public to a concern about bedbugs in the facility. Since that time the Library has undergone strict maintenance and detection dog inspections and been certified bedbug free each time, but there remains some unfounded concerns in some of the community. “There are very few places that can give the public the reassurance we can about being bedbug-free,” said Jud Barry, executive director of the Bristol Public Library, “And we will continue to work hard to keep getting these great inspection results.”

Downtown Bristol Blog


July 18, 2014
The Dugger Band will perform for Tunes @ Noon at the Paramount Center for the Arts on July 18th.
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July 18, 2014
Brooks Ritter and Owen Campbell will perform live at 620 State at 9pm on July 18.
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Support your local small businesses with Sunset Shopping Downtown!

July 17, 2014
As the weather continues to get warmer and brighter, remember to come out for Sunset Shopping in Downtown Bristol! We'll be here again this Thursday, July 17th until 8pm! So go ahead and mark your calendars and make your plans — it's the perfect way to have a great night out and support your local businesses! For more information, please visit or contact Believe in Bristol at 276-644-9700,

Full Moon Jam — Jessica Nixon

July 17, 2014
The Downtown Center hosts the Full Moon Jam concert series each year beginning in May and going through the end of September. Concerts begin at 7:00 PM nightly.
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Theatre Bristol Announces Auditions for "Back to the 80s"

July 17, 2014
Auditions for Theatre Bristol's next production, BACK TO THE 80's The Totally Awesome Musical, will be Sunday, July 13, at 2:30pm and Tuesday, July 15 at 6:30pm with call backs on Thursday, July 17th at 6:30pm at the Theatre Bristol ARTspace, 506 State Street, Bristol,TN. There will be a short audition time beginning at 6:30 on the 17th for those who cannot attend the 13th or 15th.
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BVU's Music & Movies in the Park: Ivy Road and Parental Guidance

July 17, 2014
Come on out to Cumberland Square Park in downtown Bristol for Music & Movies in the Park! On Thursday, July 17, Ivy Road will be performing live at 6:30pm and Parental Guidance will be screened at 9pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, and settle in for a fun night! Concessions will be sold. Movie and concert provided free by BVU. For more information, call 276-699-4112. Special thanks to: Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Believe in Bristol, Citadel Broadcasting Tri-Cities, and Bristol VA Parks & Recreation.

Quaker Steak & Lube July Calendar

July 16, 2014
There's always something happening at Quaker Steak! Come check out Quaker Steak during the month of July to catch great bands and take advantage of great deals.
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Bristol Office Supply's All Star Lineup of Savings!

July 16, 2014
Bristol Office Supply is offering great special prices, through July 18, to anyone that comes in and mentions this advertisement!
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Wm. King Clothiers — Our Sale Continues

July 16, 2014
Our Sale Continues! Our new fall collection will be arriving soon. Now is the time to take advantage of our remaining summer merchandise at substantially reduced prices.
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Upcoming Events

Barter Youth Academy Summer Workshops to be held at Paramount

June 09 - July 25, 2014

BVU's Music & Movies in the Park: Ivy Road and Parental Guidance

July 17, 2014

Full Moon Jam — Jessica Nixon

July 17, 2014

Border Bash in Cumberland Square Park — Al Scorch and Loves It

July 18, 2014

Matt Counts at Quaker Steak & Lube

July 18, 2014


July 18, 2014


July 18, 2014

Riverbank Ramblers at Quaker Steak & Lube

July 19, 2014

Who Art You? Summer Art Camp in Historic Downtown Bristol

July 21 - 25, 2014


July 21, 2014

Chosen Road at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

July 21, 2014

One of a Kind offering Beginners Crochet Camp

July 22 - 26, 2014

Beginners Crochet Camp at One of a Kind Gallery

July 22 - 26, 2014

BVU's Music & Movies in the Park: Amazed By Grace and Now You See Me

July 24, 2014

My Brother's Keeper at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

July 28, 2014

Border Bash in Historic Downtown Bristol — Mustered Courage and The Deep Fried Five

August 01, 2014

Bark in the Park & Movie in the Park: Firehouse Dog

August 07, 2014

Hot Bristol Night Antique Car Show in Historic Downtown Bristol

August 08, 2014

Border Bash in Historic Downtown Bristol — Leo Rondeau and The Deslondes

August 15, 2014

Paramount hosting fundraiser "Puttin' on the Ritz...60s Style"

September 12, 2014

Art D'Vine in Historic Downtown Bristol

September 12, 2014

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