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Be a GREEN HERO and join the Rhythm & Roots recycling team!

Each year, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion works toward a greener festival. Over the past few years, BRRR’s Green Team has implemented a recycling program which has steadily reduced the amount of waste andensured that waste water and cooking oil are disposed of properly. We also partner with local environmental organizations and businesses to provide educational materials and activities about being green. And this year, we want YOU to be a GREEN HERO and join our festival recycling team!

Downtown Bristol Events

Southern Rebellion at Bike Night

August 13 | Quaker Steak and Lube

Southern Rebellion will play Quaker Steak and Lube in downtown Bristol Thursday, July 13th at 6pm.

Full Moon Jam — American Floyd

August 13 | Downtown Center

American Floyd is the premiere Pink Floyd Tribute Experience. If you are a fan of Pink Floyd, this band is a MUST SEE. American Floyd showcases a complete band, massive light show, and a lengthy set list of “hits” from Pink Floyd’s legendary career.

Pink Floyd, an English rock band, initially earned recognition for their psychedelic and space rock music, and later, as they evolved, for their progressive rock music. Pink Floyd are known for philosophical lyrics, sonic experimentation, innovative album cover art, and elaborate live shows. One of rock music’s most successful acts, the group has sold over 200 million albums worldwide including 74.5 million certified units in the U.S.. American Floyd is a complete band that has articulately combined the distinctive sounds, and the dynamic light show of a live Pink Floyd experience, sure to entertain the most loyal and ardent fan.

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.

The Secret Sisters

August 13 | Paramount Center for the Arts

The Secret Sisters will perform at the Paramount Center for the Arts Thursday, August 13th, at 7 pm.

About The Secret Sisters
About a 20-minute drive is all that separated The Secret Sisters from being born in historic Muscle Shoals, Alabama, though its sheer proximity to their hometown of Happy Valley practically foretold that Laura and Lydia Rogers were destined for lives as recording and performing artists. With their sophomore album, Put Your Needle Down [Republic Records], The Secret Sisters’ future has never seemed clearer.

Growing up surrounded by the sounds of the South and the powerful timeless music emanating from Muscle Shoals, The Secret Sisters were heavily influenced by a range of uniquely American musical styles, including country, bluegrass and gospel, as well as classic rock and pop. They were raised on a rich tapestry of music, listening to everything from George Jones and Loretta Lynn, to The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, The Ramones, Fiona Apple and Rufus Wainwright. But it was their father, a musician himself, who introduced Laura and Lydia to bluegrass at an early age and spent many weekends bringing his daughters to local bluegrass festivals.

While The Secret Sisters’ 2010 eponymous debut was comprised mostly of traditional country songs the sisters grew up loving, although two standouts were Laura and Lydia originals “Tennessee Me” and “Waste The Day.” That album introduced the world to the sisters’ stunning and seemingly magical ability to blend vocals which developed from singing together in church on Sundays and listening to some of the world’s most iconic musicians throughout their upbringing. With that album lauded by critics and adored by their rapidly growing legion of fans, the stage was set for the sisters to advance as artists and further establish themselves as songwriters with Put Your Needle Down. “This record was a long time coming,” said Laura. “Most artists don’t wait three years or so in between records, but we felt it was important to spend a lot of time on our songs and also broaden our sound.”

The result is Put Your Needle Down, an eclectic mix of musical styles and sounds rooted in storytelling that showcases their depth and growth as songwriters, vocalists and as women. Put Your Needle Down, titled after a line in the P.J. Harvey song, “The Pocket Knife,” featured on the album, is a tribute to the singers’ deep-rooted affinity for vinyl, and an ode to the assertiveness the two have gained on their journey to maturity since they first began making music.

“It’s kind of a testimony to our belief that listening to something on a record player is always going to be better than anything else,” says Lydia. “The song also strikes us as very symbolic of our growing up. That attitude of, ‘don’t make our sweet little country dresses anymore, because we’re grown women with a viewpoint and things to say.’ And, while we’re still figuring out life, we certainly have a better knowledge of it than we did a few years ago.”

Advising the duo once again is powerhouse producer T Bone Burnett, whom they previously collaborated with on their debut album. “We became friends with T Bone early on in our career and he’s been guiding us along ever since,” said Lydia. Laura adds, “The beauty of working with T Bone on this new album is that he really understood and found the storyline that was
woven throughout all of our songs. I really don’t think this record would be what it is without him.”

Hot Bristol Night Antique Car Show

August 14 | Downtown Bristol

Come out to Historic Downtown Bristol on Friday, August 14 from 6 — 9 pm for the Hot Bristol Night Antique Car Show! A hot August evening is the right time to cruise downtown Bristol where you'll find State Street closed to normal traffic and full of cars of yesteryear. Last year's event brought almost 300 cars and we expect more this year! Trophies will be awarded at the end of the show at Quaker Steak & Lube. All cars will enter State Street from Commonwealth Avenue / Volunteer Parkway. Gates open at 5pm. There is a $10 entry fee for antique cars, which included 50/50 ticket, door prize ticket, and more! Admission to the event if free for the public. For more information, contact Jamey Rector, President of the Appalachian Region of AACA at 423-383-2322.

West Coast Swing Lesson

August 14

Join Bristol Ballet for a West Coast Swing lesson August 14th at Bristol Ballet Studio. The lesson will begin at 7:30pm, followed by dancing from 8:30 – 10:30 pm.

Cost is $5 per person. All proceeds benefit Bristol Ballet, a 501(c)3 non-profit.

Refreshments will be provided, but a snack to share is always welcome!

Accidental Seabirds

August 14 | Bristol Brewery

Indie / Folk out of New Jersey, Accidental Seabirds will play Bristol Brewery August 14th. Show starts at 8pm!

BCM Anniversary Celebration

August 15 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Celebrate the First Anniversary of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum with an exciting Community Celebration on Saturday, August 15. Enjoy free admission to the museum, along with guided tours, free kids and family activities and live music throughout the day. The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, and explores the history of the 1927 Bristol Sessions and their lasting impact on our music heritage.

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