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Downtown Bristol Events

Music & Movies in the Park: Ivy Road and Annie

July 9 | Cumberland Square Park

This week's music: Ivy Road
This week's movie: Annie

FREE Music & Movies in the Park sponsored by BVU. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and settle in for live music and a great movie the whole family can enjoy. Concessions available.

Music at 6:30 pm
Movie at 9 pm

Full Moon Jam — Free Falling

July 9 | Downtown Center

America's Favorite Travelin' Tribute to Tom Petty! Free Fallin presents it's show with the power and passion that went into over 30 years of Tom Petty's best selling songs from "Damn the Torpedoes" through his latest (including hits from the Traveling Wilburys).

Free Fallin’s show has the instrumentation to duplicate the sound of the Heartbreakers as well as the convincing looks and costumes that gives you a show that you will never forget!

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.

Tunes @ Noon featuring Kevin Flannagan

July 10 | Paramount Center for the Arts

On Friday, July 10th, the David and Francis F. Caldwell "Tunes @ Noon" Concert Series held at the Paramount Center for the Arts will proudly present Kevin Flannagan, baritone in a wide ranging program of vocal music. The concert, titled "A Potpourri of Music," will feature music by Leonard Bernstein, Antonin Dvorak and Sigmund Romberg. To conclude the program, Kevin will be joined by tenor Noah DeLong for duets from Broadway musicals Into the Woods and The Secret Garden. Diane Thomas will accompany the concert. A $5 donation is suggested at the door.

Flannagan, a native of Bristol, is currently serving Green Spring Presbyterian Church in Abingdon as Music Director, having previously served Old Glade Presbyterian Church in Glade Spring and Trinity United Methodist Church in Greeneville, Tennessee. Flannagan is a graduate of Virginia High School and Emory.

Waltz Lesson

July 10 | Bristol Ballet

The one hour lesson will be followed by dancing until 10:30 pm; $5 per person with all fees going to support the non-profit Bristol Ballet; refreshments provided, but snack to share always welcome.

Shape Note Sing-a-long with the Old Fields Singers

July 11 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Learn and sing-a-long in one of America’s oldest sacred music traditions. The Old Fields Singers will teach and lead in a shape note sing. No prior experience or musical talent required!

10:30 a.m.–noon for instruction, 1:00–3:00 p.m. for a group sing

FREE and open to the public

Robert Earl Keen — Tickets 10% off with BiB discount code!

July 12 | Paramount Center for the Arts

Special discount for Believe in Bristol users! Save 10% with discount code FObib! Click here to buy tickets now.

Tickets: $35 presale (June 5 — July 11); $40.25 individual. Password: yardbird. Tickets are available at the Paramount box office, or click here to buy online.

"The road goes on forever ..."

It's not always easy to sum up a career — let alone a life's ambition — so succinctly, but those five words from Robert Earl Keen's calling-card anthem just about do it. You can complete the lyric with the next five words — the ones routinely shouted back at Keen by thousands of fans a night ("and the party never ends!") — just to punctuate the point with a flourish, but it's the part about the journey that gets right to the heart of what makes Keen tick. Some people take up a life of playing music with the goal of someday reaching a destination of fame and fortune; but from the get-go, Keen just wanted to write and sing his own songs, and to keep writing and singing them for as long as possible.

"I always thought that I wanted to play music, and I always knew that you had to get some recognition in order to continue to play music," Keen says. "But I never thought of it in terms of getting to be a big star. I thought of it in terms of having a really, really good career and writing some good songs, and getting onstage and having a really good time."

Now three-decades on from the release of his debut album — with well over a dozen other records to his name, thousands of shows under his belt and still no end in sight to the road ahead — Keen remains as committed to and inspired by his muse as ever. And as for accruing recognition, well, he's done alright on that front, too; from his humble beginnings on the Texas folk scene, he's blazed a peer, critic, and fan-lauded trail that's earned him living-legend (not to mention pioneer) status in the Americana music world. And though the Houston native has never worn his Texas heart on his sleeve, he's long been regarded as one of the Lone Star State's finest (not to mention top-drawing) true singer-songwriters

Summer Institute featuring Doyle Lawson

July 14–16 | North East State Bristol Campus

Northeast State Community College will offer a 3-day Summer Institute in Entertainment Technology featuring Doyle Lawson.

The workshop will focus on event lighting, live sound, recording, and the perspective of a Hall of Fame performer.

Cost is $50. For more information, call 423-354-5520 or email

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