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Birthplace of Country Music Launches WBCM – Radio Bristol

At a press conference Tuesday, The Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) announced the launch of a new radio station, WBCM – Radio Bristol (103.5 FM). Debuting this summer, the new station will broadcast from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum and will focus primarily on American roots music, including bluegrass, old-time, Americana, and country music.

PUSH! Film Festival Revealing Films!

The first ever PUSH! Film Festival is only two weeks away from this weekend and they have started revealing the lineup of films. Films include O Brother Where Art Thou, Banjo Romantika (Made in Tennessee), and Big Moccasin (Made in Southwest Virginia) and The Ballad of Shovels and Rope (Winner, Nashville Film Festival). Previously, a free Movies in the Park was announced featuring E.T. on Friday, June 12th.

PUSH! Film Festival Seeks Volunteers

PUSH! is a volunteer-led community event. Bristol is lucky to have so many committed local people who help make events like the film festival possible, and we need your help! There are a variety of volunteer needs during the festival, including selling concessions and merchandise, selling and taking tickets, wayfinding, “hosting” at venue sites, handing out programs, opening night set-up, decorating of venues, etc.

Downtown Bristol Events

Historic District Preservation Awards Ceremony

May 28 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

May is Preservation Month and the Bristol, Virginia Historic District Preservation Award Committee will be hosting a ceremony and award presentation for this year’s preservation award winners on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 1:00pm in the Performance Theater of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. The mission of the committee is to encourage excellence in preservation and thereby decrease blight in the City by recognizing and honoring property owners and developers who engage in high-quality preservation projects within the city’s five historic districts. The five historic districts are Euclid Avenue, Solar Hill, Bristol Downtown Commercial, Bristol Warehouse, and Virginia Hill, and nominations were received in three of the five districts. The award will be presented annually in May, and homes and buildings are nominated by members of the public. The public is invited to attend the awards ceremony; refreshments will be served afterwards. For additional information, contact Catherine Brillhart, Mayor of Bristol, Virginia, and chair of the Historic District Preservation Award Committee, at or (276) 466-9541.

Gaelic Storm

May 29 | Paramount Center for the Arts

After 10 albums, and nearly 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm — the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band — is dishing up a hearty serving ofFull Irish. The greatest-hits album spans the bulk of the band's career from 2004-2014, mixing crowd favorites and concert staples with three previously unreleased recordings.

Gaelic Storm has straddled the line between tradition and innovation for nearly two decades. Led by founding members Patrick Murphy and Steve Twigger, the group infuses traditional Celtic music with modern influences, updating the genre for a new generation of fans raised on rock, country and folk. Along the way, the musicians have topped the Billboard World Chart four times, appeared in the blockbuster film "Titanic" (where they performed "Irish Party in Third Class," an unreleased song made available for the first time onFull Irish) and earned a reputation as a hard-touring, genre-bending band.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Full Moon Jam — Duty Free

June 2 | Downtown Center

Duty Free is a bluegrass band based in Bristol, Tennessee. Members of the band are Bobby Love, Charlie Powers, Rick Powers, Hal Boyd, and Tim Laughlin. Bobby plays mandolin and demonstrates his versatility as a musician by singing both lead and harmony. He’s a songwriter as well who has written several tunes performed by the group. Charlie plays both lead and rhythm guitar and sings lead and harmony. Rick plays banjo in the traditional Scruggs style and also lends his vocal talent to the band. Hal Boyd anchors the group’s rhythm with his double bass playing and provides the baritone harmony — as well as lead and bass vocals — on many of Duty Free’s tunes. Tim Laughlin, long noted in bluegrass circles for his musical talent, plays fiddle for the band.


For the 19th year, the City of Bristol Tennessee will be hosting the 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 24th.

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.

You are asked not to park in the bank drive-through area adjacent to the venue and please do not to bring skateboards or bicycles into the venue. Parking is available on Shelby Street in the Municipal parking lot or on State Street in designated parking spaces.

Bands subject to change without notice. For more information visit the City of Bristol TN website.

Fairy Party to benefit Bristol Ballet

June 13 | Cumberland Square Park

Godmothers, grandmothers, mothers, and all those in between are invited to spend an afternoon with your little fairy! Saturday, June 13 from 1-3pm at Cumberland Square Park, Bristol Ballet will host a Fairy Party. Featuring a Scavenger Hunt, Fairy Treats, Fashion Show and more! Fairy wings and accessories are provided.

Tickets are $20 for adults, and $5 for children. All proceeds benefit Bristol Ballet.

Please RSVP by June 10 to or (276) 669-6051. (Rain date is June 20.)

Sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. David Lester and Mr. and Mrs. Dean Tillison. Artwork by Charles Vess.

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BCM hosts Pickalong! Summer Camps

July 6–31 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Register your child for the Birthplace of Country Music Museum Pick Along! Summer Camps taking place in the month of July. At each camp, kids learn all about Bristol's important role in the creation of country music AND receive instruction on HOW TO PLAY AN INSTRUMENT! Designed for children ages 7-12, campers will learn the foundational skills used in a variety of music styles as they explore the museum and learn about Bristol and music history. Kids will also be exposed to singing, dancing, and other instruments. NO PREVIOUS MUSIC EXPERIENCE REQUIRED! BCMM's Pick Along! Summer Camps are designed for the beginner!

  • July 6-10: Guitar Week
  • July 13-17: Fiddle Week
  • July 20-24: Banjo Week
  • July 27-31: Mandolin Week

Half Day | 9:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. — Includes a healthy mid-morning snack, individual instruction on the week's featured instrument, museum activities, exploration of music, Bristol history, and sound technology experiments.

Full Day | 9:30 a.m. — 4:30 p.m. — In addition to half-day offerings, includes extended individual and group instrument instruction, additional activities and enrichment, exploration of other instruments, and a healthy mid-afternoon snack. Full-day campers will need to bring a bag lunch and drink each day.


  • For Museum Members: Half Day $75, Full Day $125 per week
  • For Non-Members: Half Day $125, Full Day $175 per week

Instrument Rental: $20 per week if you do not have your own instrument.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS JUNE 19.Parents can register their children for Half or Full Day options for each camp. A 15% discount is available for siblings and for those attending more than one camp. Space is limited. If you are registering multiple children, multiple children and multiple camps, or just one child for multiple camps, please call the office at 423-573-1927 so your discounts can be applied. Once you have registered, you can choose to pay online. Waiver forms will be sent to you that should be returned prior to camp.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE. If you wish to pay for for one or more children to attend one camp, then CLICK HERE. After registering, a packet will be sent to you that includes waiver forms for parents to fill out and return prior to class. If you are registering children for multiple camps, please call the office at 423-573-1927 so your discount can be applied.