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Buskers needed for the next Art D'Vine

Hey, you talented musician! We've been lookin' for ya! We need your help with an upcoming Art D'Vine in Downtown Bristol!

New Exhibition in the Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery Features Gino Di Dio

The September-October exhibition in the Bristol Public Library’s Virgie R, Fleenor Art Gallery features Damascus, Virginia, artist Gino Di Dio. Di Dio specializes in oils on canvas, stone, terra cotta, slate, and murals. He captures the beauty of people in his oil portraits, cultures in the murals, and brings landscapes to life using natural materials.

Bristol Nail installs 4 new massage chairs

Bristol Nail is growing! The salon, located at 523 State Street, has just installed four new massage chairs. Come downtown and see Kenny & Jenny for all your nail needs.

Downtown Bristol Events

Full Moon Jam — JB 5 N Dime

September 3 | Downtown Center

JB 5 N Dime was established in 2012. Band members include James Brashears (vocals), Jason Shaffer (bass), Jeff Waddell (electric guitar), and Jimmy Richardson (drums). A group of friends with a love for many styles of music. Their musical background includes country, southern rock, soul, and a hint of southern gospel influence. There are a number of covers and originals performed. The covers include songs from artists such as Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Garth Brooks etc.


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.

TN Secretary of State Tre Hargett presents LSTA Grant Award

September 4 | Bristol Public Library

On Friday, September 4, Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett will visit the Bristol Public Library and other Northeast Tennessee public libraries to deliver the award check for a grant recently given the BPL for technology. Executive Director of the BPL Ami Kimani praised Hargett’s support of public libraries which fall under the governance of the Secretary of State’s Office in Tennessee. “We are honored to have Secretary Hargett visit the Bristol Public Library to present our LSTA Tech Grant award. This money will help us continue to meet the technological needs of the community and help make the Bristol Public Library the best library that we can be. It is because of the support of leaders like Secretary Hargett that our libraries in this area can remain relevant in this age of rapidly changing technology. We appreciate the work he has done toward making libraries better and hope that we can be a great example of this.”

Secretary Hargett will be at the BPL at 9:15 am in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme

September 4 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

WBCM Radio Bristol is proud to welcome Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out on Friday, September 4 at 7:00 p.m. to debut their new album, Its About Tyme. This special event is part of the Radio Bristol Sessions series.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Show begins at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets: $20.00
BCM Members – Tickets go on sale Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Non-Members – Tickets go on sale Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Click here to buy tickets online.

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out are a bluegrass band, and band members include:

Russell Moore-Vocals/Guitar
Wayne Benson-Vocals/Mandolin
Justen Haynes-Vocals/Fiddle
Keith McKinnon-Vocals/Banjo
Blake Johnson-Vocals/Bass

While many bands have come and gone since that May in 1991, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out have endured. In the process, they’ve managed to climb to the top not just once, but twice—winning a slew of IBMA vocal awards, including two Male Vocalist of the Year honors, in the mid and late 1990s, then persevering through rough times to see Moore recapturing the Male Vocalist trophy for the past three years. Along the way, they’ve made a whole new generation of fans, and with the release of Timeless Hits From The Past...BLUEGRASSED by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, the quintet are poised to deliver their distinctive kind of music more widely than ever.

For a full bio, visit:

Billy Crawford Band

September 4 | Quaker Steak and Lube

The Billy Crawford Band will play Quaker Steak and Lube, September 4th at 8 pm.

About Billy Crawford Band
Blues guitar might be associated with Mississippi, Texas and Chicago, but a man of the mid-South has something to say about that. The city of Bristol, smack on the Tennessee/Virginia border, claims itself as the birthplace of country music. But one of its native sons is making a huge blues noise.
The common denominator in all of this is Billy Crawford – raised playing bass in church, then gaining an early hard-rock pedigree on electric guitar. But for the past three decades, he has turned his six-string action toward the blues.

For much of the 1990s, audiences around the world heard Crawford’s intense work with blues-rocker Deborah Coleman. He gave up the road in 2002, when his wife gave birth to their son. Turns out, son Tyler is a little guitar hotshot, too.

But his daddy still has something to say. His Bristol-based Billy Crawford Band includes some of that region’s finest blues men. The fire is still burning blue from Crawford’s Guitar, as he rips through blues, ballads, rock, surf – even New Orleans-style.

Underpinning it all is a band with plenty of energy and mastery of dynamics. Go to to hear and see more and find out when the band is playing in your town.

Summers End 5K

September 7 | Anderson Park

Start off your Labor Day by running in the 5th annual Summer's End 5k & Back to School Youth Mile, presented by the Bristol Morning Rotary Club. All proceeds from the event go to support local youth charities.

Downtown Business Meeting: 2015 Rhythm & Roots Edition

September 9 | Believe in Bristol Office

Planning for a Successful Festival
Leah Ross will be on hand to talk about the upcoming event. Questions and comments welcome!

Let’s Put Bristol on the (Google) Map
Introductions to a hands-on workshop in computer labs to be sure you are getting the most out of your Google My Business listing.

Parking & Rail Update
Andrew Trivette, Directory of Community & Economic Development will be on hand to discuss the latest updates on these important topics.

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Auditions for non-dancing roles in The Nutcracker

September 12 | Bristol Ballet

Bristol Ballet is seeking non-dancers for roles in the party and battle scenes of the timeless classic, The Nutcracker. NO BALLET EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! Come and be part of this wonderfully magical production!

Auditions will be held September 12, 2015, at Bristol Ballet studio.
Boys ages 8-12: 10 – 10:30 am
Male and female young adults (high school & college age) and adults: 10:30 – 11 am

Performance dates:
December 10 – 10 am
December 11 – 10 am & 7:30 pm
December 12 – 12:30 pm
December 13 – 2:30 pm

Rehearsal dates:
Party Scene will rehearse one weeknight weekly.
Battle Scene will rehearse on Saturdays.
There will be rehearsals on stage December 7-9.

Contact Bristol Ballet if you would like more information: or 276-669-6051.