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Bristol Rhythm '15 Live Stream from WBCM Radio Bristol

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and WBCM Radio Bristol are bringing back the era of appointment radio, a time before the advent of moving pictures, when families gathered around their consoles to listen to their favorite programs.

Downtown Bristol Events

Bluegrass Jam Camp

September 15–18 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Closet pickers, this is for you!

Did you know there’s an etiquette to jumping into a bluegrass jam? Want to know how to find melodies and fake solos? That’s what the Wernick Method is all about, and we can teach you this year at Jam Camp! If you play guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, bass, or dobro, you got this!

Jam Camp will be held at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, located at 520 Birthplace of Country Music Way, Bristol, VA!

Dates & Times
September 15-18, (Tues.-Fri.)
1-6pm Tues.
10am-6pm Wed. – Fri.

Tuition $249 includes lunch & complimentary Friday festival pass.
$120 deposit holds your spot!

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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!

R&R Yoga Friday with Hannah Watson

September 18 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol

Join Wellness Yoga on the eve of Rhythm and Roots for a beautiful, energizing practice. The class will be geared for all levels, so even if you are a beginner or a more advance yogi, this class is for you.

Wellness Yoga is located in the heart of downtown Bristol. Once your practice is over, feel free to step outside our door and begin to enjoy all that Rhythm and Roots has to offer!

Cost: $5

R&R Yoga Saturday with Sandi Nelson

September 19 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol

A wonderful, relaxing "Yoga for Everyone" practice will be offered Saturday morning before Rhythm and Roots kicks-off for the day. This class is for all levels of practice.

Since we are located in the heart of downtown Bristol, you can just step out our door and begin to enjoy the Rhythm and Roots festivities.

Cost: $5

Radio Bristol Presents Farm & Fun Time

September 20 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Join Radio Bristol in celebrating the return of the historic live radio program Farm and Fun Time! This special event will be hosted by Red Knuckles and the Trail Blazers, with appearances by Hot Rize, Jim Lauderdale and Hello Stranger. Not to be missed!

Tickets: $25.00 each (Not included in Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion tickets)

Tickets will go on sale by Wednesday, August 26, 2015.

About Farm & Fun Time
Farm and Fun Time, the historic Radio Program broadcasting from Downtown Bristol, was a staple to listeners across the Southeast. Its impact could be seen near and far, helping shape the careers of many of significant musicians and American music culture as a whole.

Radio Bristol is looking forward to bringing this classic program back.Our updated, fresh interpretation of Farm and Fun Time will celebrate traditions and will be a fun, energetic show broadcasting live from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

BULLY: The Bully Project Movie

September 26 | Cumberland Square Park

FREE movie night has been moved to September 26th!

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.

Believe in Bristol 2015 Design Symposium

October 1–2 | Downtown Bristol

Join us for three days of free events celebrating Design in Downtown Bristol Tennessee and Virginia. Download Flyer | Download Printable Schedule

OCT. 1st, 3pm — 8pm The Paramount Center for the Arts
OCT. 2nd, 8am — 12pm The Birthplace of Country Music Museum
OCT. 2nd, 1pm — 3pmNESCC620 State Street Campus

The Believe in Bristol Design Symposium

A gathering of nationally known creative thinkers will lead a thought-provoking discussion ofhuman-centered, participatory processes in the creation of vibrant, sustainable places.


American Institute of Architects Young Architects Honor Award Winner
Principal, Latent Design Chicago, IL

Former Director of Graduate Studies
University of Notre Dame School of Architecture Notre Dame, IN

Overseer of Design Services for the Virginia Main Street Program
Principal, Frazier Associates Staunton, VA

Director, Natural Learning Initiative
North Carolina State University College of Design Raleigh, NC

Executive Vice-president/CEO, AIA Virginia
Executive Director, Branch Museum of Architecture and Design Richmond, VA

Former Design Director, Nashville Civic Design Center
The University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design Knoxville, TN

and more...

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A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts presents: Josiah Stam, "Diversity United"

November 1-30, 2015 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts

The work of student Josiah Stam will be featured at A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts during November. The title and theme of this exhibit is "Diversity United", displaying the idea that shapes, colors, and strokes can be combined to make something deliberately beautiful, while their differences and uniqueness make them stunning — much like the diversity in our lives, and around the world, still united under one God.

Josiah Stam works in both acrylic and watercolor and is passionate about creating abstracts — many of which he says are inspired and influenced by music. Originally from Iowa, he is now a 17-year-old, home-school student living with his family in Meadowview, VA. Since attending painting classes when he was younger, he has participated in many group shows at the Arts Depot (of which he is now a member) and has won awards in local competitions. Josiah believes that art should reflect the creativity and joy of our Creator, and hopes to pursue a career in art after graduation. All proceeds from work sold in this exhibit will go toward expenses incurred in preparation for the national Bible Bowl competition.

Josiah will host a reception on November 7, 2015 from 3-5pm at A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts, 600 State Street, Bristol, TN.