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Radio Bristol Sessions: ETSU Old Time Pride Band

October 23 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Join WBCM Radio Bristol for an exciting Bristol Sessions concert featuring East Tennessee State University’s Old Time Pride Band. This event is FREE to the public and will be aired on WBCM Radio Bristol.

Event will be held at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, in the Performance Theater.

Doors Open at 11:30 a.m. Concert Begins at 12:00 p.m. (Please be in your seat by 11:50 a.m.)

About ETSU’s Old Time Pride Band
Founded in 1982, ETSU has the oldest established roots-music studies program at any four-year institution. Each year, the Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country Music Studies program fields its own band that plays and tours throughout the region. This year, the group focused on the historic Johnson City Sessions from country music’s infancy; songs from these sessions make up the entirety of the band’s set.

The Fall 2015 Old Time Pride Band members are:
Instructor/Fiddle: Roy Andrade
Guitar: Kristi Goldade
Mandolin: Cameron Ragsdale
Banjo: Corbin Hayslett
Bass: Karl Zerfas

Essential Yoga: Release Workshop

October 24 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol

One must first release to receive and make space for the new. This workshop fosters physical, emotional and spiritual healing. Essential Oils will assist in emotional healing, releasing stagnant energy, feelings or blockages. You will leave feeling renewed in mind, body and spirit.

There will be an Essential Oils Q&A included with your workshop as well as a free sample of choice to take home.

Please call 276-644-3086 to reserve your spot or stop by the studio and place your name on the sign-up sheet. There are only 12 spots available so sign up ASAP!

Cost: $25

Paramount Players present Beethoven and His Contemporaries

October 24 | Paramount Center for the Arts

The Paramount Chamber Players presents Beethoven and His Contemporaries in four local venues from October 22-25 performing music exploring the musical influence that Ludwig van Beethoven had on the music and musicians of his generation.

Beethoven (1770-1827) pushed the boundaries of his musical generation demanding extremes not only in music but also in life. We compare and contrast his Piano Trio in C minor op. 1, no. 3 (1795) to three works composed by friends of Beethoven who revered and acknowledged his lofty position: Kuhlau’s Grand Trio (1831), Hummel’s Piano Quintet (1802), and Rossini’s Duet for Cello and String Bass (1792).

TPCP will be joined by returning guest artists, string bassist Maria Brotherston from Colorado and cellist Sarah Kapps from Atlanta. Also appearing in this performance: Craig W. Combs, piano; Rebecca Paluzzi, flute; George Figueroa, violin; Luis Casal, viola; Cherylonda Fitzgerald, cello.

Performances are on Friday, October 22, 7:30 p.m. in Mathes Recital Hall at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn; October 23, 7:30pm at First Presbyterian Church in Kingsport, Tenn; Saturday, October 24, 7:30 p.m. at The Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol, Tenn; and on Sunday, October 25, 3:00 p.m. as part of the Spencer-Miller Memorial Concert Series at Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church in Abingdon, Va.

Tickets available at the door are $15 general admission, $12 seniors. Students are admitted free at all venues. For the Saturday evening performance, tickets are also available through the Paramount Box Office 423-274-8920 or on line at Tickets for the Spencer-Miller Memorial Concert Series performance on Sunday afternoon are available at the door for $10 adults and free for students.

Turnpike Trubadours with the Black Lillies

October 27 | Paramount Center for the Arts

The Turnpike Trubadours with special guest The Black Lillies will play the Paramount Center for the Arts on Tuesday, October 27 at 7 pm.

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Fourth Saturday of each month | Bristol Public Library

ArtSmart, a programming partnership between the William King Museum and the Bristol Public Library will return to the BPL on Saturday morning, October 24th at 10 AM in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room. ArtSmart is done by the education staff of the WKM and is designed for students in grades 2 through 5. Cost for each child is $5 and you must pre-register for the program by calling 276-645-8781. Using exhibitions and activities at the Museum as a basis for each ArtSmart class gives children the opportunities to learn more about Art History and to enjoy an art project.

ArtSmart is scheduled for the fourth Saturday of each month.

Transit Passenger Appreciation Day

October 29

The City of Bristol will host a Passenger Appreciation Day, on Thursday, October 29, 2015 for all those who take part in public transportation. Anyone riding the city bus that day will ride for free. A free lunch will also be provided to transit passengers. Lunch will be served from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Downtown Center Transportation Hub located on Shelby Street. Hotdogs and hamburgers will be offered along with drinks and cookies. Live music will be played. “Many people think the bus is not for them. Maybe they have never even been on one. We want to encourage people to come down, take a look and ride for free. They will see that the equipment is modern, comfortable and safe,” said Bill Sorah, City Manager.

Between the two cities of Bristol Tennessee and Bristol Virginia there are six buses on the road at any given time. Buses run daily Monday through Friday. Tennessee transit buses run from 6AM to 5PM; the Virginia transit buses run between the hours of 7AM and 5PM.

The transit system travels each day to the hospital, mall, and outlying shopping centers in order to accommodate the needs of its customers. Copies of the bus schedules are available at the transit hub, on the buses, and an electronic copy is also available on the city website at

For more information contact Wes Ritchie at 423-989-5685 or email