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Wm. King Clothiers introduces limited edition 25th Anniversary Bills Khakis

As one of the first stores to carry Bills Khakis, Wm. King Clothiers is introducing a limited edition 25th Anniversary Khaki. Cut from American-made Cramerton cloth, this 9 ounce twill set the standard for the original World War 11 khakis that served as the inspiration for the Bills Khakis brand. Click here to learn more.

Bristol Rhythm '15 Mobile App Now Live!

Download Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion's free mobile app for iPhone and Android and create your own schedule, check out bands, and add silly stickers to pics from the photo booth to share with your friends on social media. If you already had the app on your phone, the update should be automatic. If not, delete and download again.

Downtown Bristol Events

Charlotte's Web

August 28 – September 13 | Theatre Bristol

Theatre Bristol is pleased to announce the fall show of its 50th anniversary season, a classic favorite of young and old. E.B. White's Newberry award-winning "Charlotte's Web" opens August 28 at the Theatre Bristol ARTspace with a local cast featured in nine shows over three weekends.

Brought to the stage by Dramatic Publishing with a script by playwright Joseph Robinette, all the enchanting characters are here: "Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be "a true friend and a good writer." Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the "miracle" of her web in which she writes, "Some pig." It's the beginning of a victorious campaign which ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte. This is a beautiful, knowing play about friendship and enchantment."

Theatre Bristol veteran Dottie Havlik will direct "Charlotte's Web." Havlik has been a valuable friend to Theatre Bristol and the theatre community over the years as a talented and respected actor, playwright, and director. Havlik is known for her own Theatre Bristol portrayal of "Charlotte," as well as many other roles, and looks forward to directing a new cast in this 2015 production.
Charlotte, the wise spider, is played by Kaylie Crain and her friend Wilbur is Ben Fitton, with Young Wilbur played by Charli Carpenter. Fern is portrayed by Emma Kennedy, and her family members are Ronnie Whittaker (John Arable), Sabrina Briggs (Martha Arable) and Avery Fick (Avery Arable). Fern’s uncle Homer and aunt Edith are played by Daniel Freeman and Rachel Locke, and their farm hand Lurvy is Braxton Thompson. Wilbur’s farm friends are Eden Phillips (Templeton the Rat), Addy Fitton (Goose), Caleb Hale (Gander), Talia Kestner (Sheep), and Nell Stigers (Lamb). The narrators are Annabelle Meyers, Olivia Stevens and Lauren Turner. Characters at the Washington County Fair are Jeanette Gragg (Announcer), Gracie Brooks and Gracie Cunningham (Spectators), Sutton Hughes, Hope Oliver and Carly Street (Fairgoers), and Luke Gray (Uncle the Hog). Rounding out the cast are Charlie Carpenter, Makayla Milker and Ava White (Baby Spiders), Cameron Roberts (Reporter), Katelyn Briggs (Photographer), and as other farmyard friends, Spencer Beck, Parker Collins, Sydney Cunningham, Zaiah Gray, Isabel Gross, Zora Gross, and Bryn Kestner.

Havlik is supported by assistant director Steve Baskett, stage manager Camille Gray, assistant stage manager Coy Owens, master carpenter Robert Havlik, scenic designer Jenny Carpenter, costumer James Altman, props masters Luke Gray and Ashton Bishop, and producer Laura O'Bryan.

Performances will be in the Theatre Bristol ARTspace, 506 State Street, Fridays and Saturdays, August 28, 29, September 4, 5, 11, and 12 at 7:30 p.m, and Sundays, August 30, September 6 and 13 at 2:30 p.m. Call 423-212-3625 and leave a message with your name, number, show date, and number of tickets and we will call to confirm, or purchase tickets at the box office 30 minutes prior to the show.

Retroville at Bike Night

September 10 | Quaker Steak and Lube

Retroville will play Quaker Steak and Lube in downtown Bristol Saturday, September 10th at 6pm.

Full Moon Jam — Shooter

September 10 | Downtown Center

Shooter is a 4 piece band with 3 part harmonies on every song. Formerly known as Old Dogs- New Tricks, they are ready to spread the joy of Music.

About Full Moon Jam

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.

Art D'Vine

September 11 | Downtown Bristol

On Friday, September 11, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., downtown will be filled with art and music, as several galleries and some local favorites join to bring another Art D’Vine event! This art walk offers patrons the chance to gain after-hours access to merchants, sample domestic and international wines, and enjoy a range of works from artists across the region.

As with the previous gallery hops, participants are invited to stroll around Historic Downtown Bristol, stopping and enjoying all that our downtown has to offer! This Art D’Vine will include Kil’n Time, Benjamin Walls Gallery, A Work of Art Gallery, Blackbird Bakery, F.R.A.G (Fringe Art Group), The Distressed Gentleman, and Hatching Perspective Gallery. Many of the galleries will feature different varieties of wine for sampling.

The Art D’Vine galleries will be highlighting various special events, releases or artists, including:

  • Kil’n Time will be featuring local comic artist Brett Marcus Cook, who will have his art for sale – or he will personalize a drawing for you on the spot! They will be open for painting all evening, and all of their licensed Marvel items will be 20% off.
  • Benjamin Walls Gallery will be showcasing the four finalist images for the Natural History Museum of London. Benjamin will also be discussing his exciting journey with the Tennessee State Museum and his first solo exhibit.
  • Be sure to stop by A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts to take part in the first event since their renovation and expansion at 600 State Street! The gallery now boasts 35 local artists in their State Street Artist Cooperative, where all members collectively own and run the gallery each day. The gallery will host live music from 6–9pm, and many artists will be available on-site to mingle with event attendees.
  • Blackbird Bakery – Did you know Blackbird is expanding their breakfast menu? Come and sample some new yummies as you admire drawings by local artist Nick Freeman.
  • The Distressed Gentleman – Located across from the Paramount Center, the Distressed Gentleman is a new stop on Art D’Vine. When you visit them, you can view hand-painted and custom-designed old-to-new-again furniture, and meet Gabe and Rachel and learn about the new Furniture Painting 101 classes!
  • F.R.A.G. (Fringe Art Group) – Located at 618 State Street for Art D’Vine, Tri-Cities FR.A.G. (FRinge Art Group) will be exhibiting their eclectic style of art, one not found in most local galleries: different and unique art for different and unique people. Artists showing are Mark Ray, Greg Tadlock, Tammy Tadlock, Marty Engle, Aleta Chandler, Branson Reese, Melanie Buhls, Suzanne Barrett Justis, and Eric Cunningham.
  • Hatching Perspective Gallery at the Bristol Virginia School Board office on Lee Street will exhibit artwork completed by all grade levels of Bristol Virginia Public School students.

This event is free to the public, though there is a suggested one-time donation of $5 with the proceeds supporting the work of the Arts & Entertainment District of Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA. For more information, please visit or contact us at 276-644-9700 or

Polka Lesson

September 11 | Bristol Ballet

Join Bristol Ballet for a Polka 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!

Lefty Williams

September 11 | 620 State

Lefty Williams will play 620 State Friday, September 11th at 9pm.

About Lefty Williams
A skilled guitarist with over two decades of experience, Lefty Williams holds songcraft and musicianship at a premium. By emphasizing each equally on his ironically titled sophomore album Snake Oil, he engages and enlightens the listener. In turn, we fall for Williams’ powerful guitar licks and candid songs, often long before the origin of his nickname—he was born without a right hand—is clear. And by then, it’s just another dimension to his talent.

BULLY: The Bully Project Movie

September 12 | Cumberland Square Park

A FREE movie event in Cumberland Square Park sponsored by the Crisis Center.

Bristol Crisis Center is pleased to present free to the community, BULLY: The Bully Project Movie, on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Cumberland Square Park, starting at 7 pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and come experience the movie with your family and friends.

"Two of our high school volunteers, Sakota Blevins and Taylor Blevins, took on this project. They both feel that bullying is a concern among our youth and chose to concentrate their efforts on BULLY," says Stephanie Poe, LCSW, the Crisis Center's Executive Director. "If it's a concern to them, it's a concern to us. Students who are bullied are at higher risk of depression, suicidal thoughts and substance abuse," she added.

BULLY is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary. At its heart are those with huge stakes in this issue whose stories each represent a different facet of America's bullying crisis. Filmed over the course of the 2009/10 school year, BULLY opens a window into the pained and often endangered lives of bullied kids, revealing a problem that transcends geographic, racial, ethnic and economic borders. It documents the responses of teachers and administrators to aggressive behaviors that defy "kids will be kids" clichés, and it captures a growing movement among parents and youths to change how bullying is handled in schools, in communities, and in society as a whole.

Bristol VA Visioning Workshop

September 15 | Bristol VA Public Schools Office

What should Bristol, VA look like ten years from now? The City of Bristol, VA is excited to invite you to an interactive Visioning Workshop that will help begin to answer that question. It is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.

Participants will be organized into small breakout groups and each group will “draw” and “map out” their own unique vision for the community. The meeting will conclude with discussion about the future, identity, and character of Bristol, as well as the projects and improvements that should be undertaken to achieve that vision.

The Visioning Workshop is a key component in the drafting of the City’s new Comprehensive Plan. The Plan will serve as the official guide for land use, physical improvement, and development in Bristol, VA. It is the City’s “road map” and “blueprint” for the future, and will address a variety of important issues, such as land use, transportation, the environment, economic development and more.

Join us in shaping the future of Bristol!

Please contact Sally Morgan at the City of Bristol at or 276-645-3784 with any questions.

Moon Bound Girl Painting Events for Ladies and Girls

September 17–19 | Bristol Ballet

What makes your hair stand on end? What gives you butterflies? Is it art? Music? Sports? Artist and illustrator Leigh Ann Agee returns to her hometown of Bristol for two fun Moon Bound Girl painting events, one for adults and one for kids. This event allows participants to create their own Moon Bound Girl self-portrait showing you doing what makes your heart sing!

Moon Bound Girl Wine & Design (for adults): Thursday, September 17, 6:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m.
Wine is available for purchase.
Reserve your space for $45, and price includes materials.
Event will be held at Believe in Bristol, 36 Moore Street, Bristol, VA.
Click here to purchase reservations for MBG Wine & Design.

Moon Bound Girl Design for Kids: Saturday, September 19, 2:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.
Leigh Ann Agee will do a reading from her Moon Bound Girl book while the kids design their own Moon Bound Girls!
Reserve your space for $35, and price includes materials.
Located at Bristol Ballet, 519 State Street, Bristol, VA.
Click here to purchase reservations for MBG Design Kids.

The Black Lillies R&R Kick-Off Concert

September 17 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

WBCM's Radio Bristol Sessions is proud to present the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Kick-Off Concert featuring The Black Lillies on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

The band's fourth studio album Hard to Please — called their "rallying cry" by Rolling Stone — will be released via Thirty Tigers on October 2. Their previous album, Runaway Freeway Blues, conquered the Billboard Top 200 country charts and dominated Americana radio, spending three months in the top 5 on the radio charts and claiming the #18 spot on the Americana Music Association’s Top 100 Albums of 2013 (based on radio airplay). The album was selected for dozens of Best of 2013 lists and caught the attention of NPR, CMT, Vanity Fair, American Songwriter, Guitar World, Garden & Gun, and more. for what Entertainment Weekly calls “strong roots-folk songwriting, sweet harmonies, and charismatic indie spirit.”

Tickets to the concert are $25.00 with limited seating. Visit to purchase.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2015

September 18–20 | Downtown Bristol

The award-winning Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival celebrates 15 years September 18-20, 2015!

Bristol Rhythm is more than a festival. It's an infectious, three-day music experience bursting with creative passion, electricity, and soul. Every third weekend in September, State Street in Historic Downtown Bristol, VA/TN is amped to the beat of the Appalachia's past, present and future. Featuring an eclectic mix of folk-rock, alternative country, Americana, traditional bluegrass, country, and old-time music on more than 20 stages, Bristol Rhythm digs down deep into the roots of our region's sound and lifts its branches to new heights.

The line-up for Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2015 will be released in the Spring. Discount Weekend Passes are $65 (plus Bristol, VA admissions tax) now through April, 2015. Mark you calendars and visit BristolRhythm.comto purchase tickets!

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