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Bristol Sign Bulbs on Sale to Benefit Schools

On Thursday, Sept. 8 the iconic Bristol Sign, was transformed with orange and maroon bulbs in recognition of the Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol™ at Bristol Motor Speedway.

As part of the Battle on the State Line Kickoff, Tennessee orange and Virginia Tech maroon bulbs replaced the white ones through Sept. 12. Fans can now purchase a bulb to help raise funds for area high school education and robotics programs, which are coordinated by the Bristol Chamber. The orange and maroon bulbs are available on the Chamber website for $10 each. Those purchasing a bulb can pick it up at the Bristol Chamber beginning Sept. 15 (proper identification must be shown).

PUSH! Film Festival Tickets Available, Venues Set, Volunteers Needed

PUSH! Film Festival has opened its box office and set the venues for the 2016 Festival weekend! The festival will host a variety of curated movies, workshops and presentations about film, along with screenings of juried films including shorts, features, and films focused on Tennessee and Virginia over the course of a three-day weekend on October 21–23, 2016.

Check out the festival’s online store at, where filmgoers and PUSH! supporters can purchase festival tickets! Tickets may also be purchased at Believe in Bristol located at 36 Moore Street Bristol, Virginia. Festival tickets are currently being sold at the below price levels.

  • Weekend Pass (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday screenings) is currently available for purchase online or at Believe in Bristol for $50. These passes will also be available to purchase during the festival weekend at each of the film venues, at Believe in Bristol, and online. Beginning October 21st, the Weekend Pass will be $60.
  • A 5-Screen Pass is currently available for purchase online or at Believe in Bristol for $20. These passes, to be used anytime throughout PUSH!, will also be available to purchase during the festival weekend at each of the film venues, at Believe in Bristol, and online. Beginning October 21st, the 5-Screen Pass will be $25.
  • Single screening tickets may be purchased at the film venue or Believe in Bristol for $5 during festival weekend only. These tickets will not be sold online.

Festival attendees should note that because seating is limited, film attendance will be based on a first-come, first-served basis at each film venue. Film venues will be The Paramount Center for the Arts, The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, and The Bristol Public Library.

In addition, with PUSH! quickly approaching, there are a variety of volunteer needs during the festival. If you are interested in volunteering for PUSH!, please visit Each volunteer for PUSH! will receive two complimentary single screening tickets and a t-shirt. Underneath the ‘CONTRIBUTE’ section, you may download and complete the application. Please return the completed application via fax to Believe in Bristol, Attn: PUSH! Film Festival at (276) 644-4181 or email to

Downtown Bristol Events

Full Moon Jam: WyldeHeart

September 22 | Downtown Center

WyldeHeart is a local band that specializes in covering all the great 80's rock bands! They also have a few or their own.


For the 20th 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 29th.

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.

The Diamonds

September 22 | Blackbird Bakery

From East Tennessee, The Diamonds play a diverse mix of music, specializing in jazz standards. The group performs at various venues and events throughout the region, including weddings, parties, and restaurants. They have also volunteered at many nursing homes, assisted living homes, and charitable organizations in the area.

Quarter Bounce

September 23 | Quaker Steak and Lube

About Quarter Bounce
Quarter Bounce hails from Southwest VA and Northeast TN. The band is composed of very serious and seasoned musicians who would rather perform than just about anything else. Quarter Bounce plays classic rock, a few ballads, a few country & western tunes, and blues for a great mix.

State Street Farmer's Market

September 24 | Downtown Center

Join us at the State Street Farmer's Market, where local merchants, fresh food and fun times come together. Choose your favorite local produce, homemade foods and unique arts and crafts. The market is open from May through October.

May — October
Saturdays 8 am — Noon

July — September
Wednesdays 2 — 6 pm

Don't forget! The State Street Farmer's Market accepts SNAP/EBT cards. Participants can scan their card and receive wooden tokens of either $1 or $2 in value and can use those tokens with participating vendors.

Museum Day Live!

September 24 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is proud to take part in Museum Day Live! on Saturday, September 24 by offering free admission to the museum all day!

In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket...for free!

To visit the museum for free on Saturday, September 24, download a ticket, print it off, and bring it to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum for a fun day of exploration. Each pass is good for two people for the entire day; visitors can even break for lunch and come back to continue their tour.

This year’s Museum Day Live! is special as we will also be honoring the Grand Opening of the Smithsonian’s newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. To celebrate this opening, we will be offering several programs throughout the day:


10:00 a.m. — We will be hosting a "watch party" of the dedication ceremony of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), live from DC. This event is free, but seating is limited so if you would like to attend, please reserve your ticket here. Doors to the Performance Theater will open at 9:30a.m.

12:30 p.m. — 6:00 p.m. — Short gallery talks will also be running every hour starting at 12:30 p.m.

Amythyst Kiah in Concert
1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. — Local artist Amythyst Kiah will be live in the Performance Theater at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00p.m. Amythyst Kiah is a Southern gothic, alt-country blues singer/songwriter who has found a way to fuse traditional roots music with a contemporary style that does not take away from the integrity of the original songs, transforming them into powerful, soulful renditions. She has recently performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC and traveled Scotland and the UK performing at a number of major festivals including the Southern Fried Festival, the Cambridge Folk Festival, Edinburgh Jazz Festival, and SummerTyne Americana Festival. Amythyst is also a favorite at our own Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival.

All day — View "A Place for All People," a historic poster exhibit celebrating the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The African American story is one characterized by pain and glory, power and civility, enslavement and freedom. In addition to profiling the long struggle to create the NMAAHC, the building's architectural design,and its prominent location on the National Mall, the poster exhibit is a survey of the African American community's powerful, deep and lasting contributions to the American story.

Visitwww.BirthplaceOfCountryMusic.orgfor more information.

Tech Saturday: 3D Printing

September 24 | Bristol Public Library

The Appalachian Robotics Team will demonstrate the ins and outs of the emerging technology of 3D modeling and 3D printing, at the Jones Creativity Center in the Bristol Public Library. Come and see the JCC's new 3D printer in action and discover how easy it is to use our 3D printing services to make your own creations. This is a free program, participants will receive a $5 voucher for their first 3D print at the Bristol Public Library.

For more information contact T.J. DeWitt at or by calling (276) 645-8790.

Yoga & Suds

September 24 | Bristol Brewery

Join Wellness Yoga and Bristol Brewery for a crazy fun yoga practice under the skylights at Bristol Brewery, conveniently located right next door to Wellness Yoga of Bristol. Enjoy a one hour yoga
class, then partake in a flight of beer. A flight is a yummy sampling of 4 different Bristol Brews.


  • Yoga Class — $10
  • Flight of Beer — $5

Please stop by Wellness Yoga to check in and grab a mat if you do not have one, then head over to Bristol Brewery to enjoy your yoga class.

Spaces are limited! Please call Wellness Yoga at 276-644-3086 to reserve your spot or stop by the studio and place your name on the sign-up sheet.

2nd Annual Lights of Hope

September 24 | Cumberland Square Park

September is National Recovery Month!

The second annual Lights of Hope will be held on September 24th. This event is an opportunity to honor and support loved ones in their respective stages of recovery.

Lights of Hope features the lighting of three candles – a white candle for those in recovery, a black candle for those who have lost a loved one to addiction, and a red candle for those who are in active addiction. Bristol TN/VA Lights of Hope invites you to bring a photo of your loved one who has been affected by addiction. They will have a board for those photos to be placed for the day. Candles will be lit at dusk.

The event features a full line-up of activities: music, speakers, resources, games, balloon release and much more.

Music — Billy Crawford Band — will be performing at 2 pm
Annie and Paul Robinette
Tammie Starnes Murray
Caty Davis — Miss Chattanooga
Tommy Shortt
Smooth Flo
Dustin Miller

Speakers — State Represenative Jon Lundberg
Sheriff Wayne Anderson , Caty Davis — Miss Chattanooga , Paul Trivittee — from Patient Access to Treatment, Several local people in Recovery

Wise Old River

September 25 | Studio Brew

Wise Old River shares songs about the human condition, human experience, times of need, times of pain, times of being lost and times of being found, our searching, and finding hope, grace and truth as well as times of spiritual growth. They sing about it all. Their desire is for their music to be stripped down organic, earthy, wires, wood and vibrations from the soul.

Paramount Chamber Players and Colpi d’arco

September 30 | Paramount Center for the Arts

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS! The Paramount Chamber Players and Colpi d’arco combine musical forces to present Vivaldi’s Four Seasons on September 30.

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, which do you like best of all?

Join The Paramount Chamber Players and Colpi d’arco in celebrating the seasons of the year as the ensemble presents Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

There is no doubt that Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is one of the most beloved works in all of music history largely as a result of the joy that permeates its every musical moment. To balance this 18th century warhorse, we will present the 20th century work sharing the same name, Piazzolla’s tango-infused Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires).

The Paramount Chamber Players welcomes the young artists of Colpi d’arco, a Tri-Cities based youth chamber ensemble, to the stage to share this exciting event.

Players appearing in this performance:

Craig Combs, piano;
George Figueroa, violin;
Catherine McGlasson, violin;
Luis Casal, viola;
Cherylonda Fitzgerald, cello;
Thomas Maternik-Piret, cello;
Vicki Fey, harpsichord.

Students are admitted free.

For the Paramount Center performance, purchase tickets online at or at the box office for $15 plus fees.

Also Coming Up

State Street Farmer's Market
September 21 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: WyldeHeart
September 22 | Downtown Center
The Diamonds
September 22 | Blackbird Bakery
Quarter Bounce
September 23 | Quaker Steak and Lube
State Street Farmer's Market
September 24 | Downtown Center
Museum Day Live!
September 24 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Tech Saturday: 3D Printing
September 24 | Bristol Public Library
Yoga & Suds
September 24 | Bristol Brewery
2nd Annual Lights of Hope
September 24 | Cumberland Square Park
Wise Old River
September 25 | Studio Brew
State Street Farmer's Market
September 28 | Downtown Center
Wine and Food Pairing
September 29 | Studio Brew
Full Moon Jam: Southern 76
September 29 | Downtown Center
Mama Molasses
September 29 | Blackbird Bakery
Ride the Line Bike Rally
September 30 – October 2 | Downtown Bristol
Paramount Chamber Players and Colpi d’arco
September 30 | Paramount Center for the Arts
JV Squad
September 30 | Studio Brew
State Street Farmer's Market
October 1 | Downtown Center
Yoga for Healing Trauma
October 1 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol
The Black Jacket Symphony presents The Beatles' Abbey Road
October 1 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Laura Thurston
October 6 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Dan Deel
October 7 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Victor Lawson and Boogie Chillen
October 7 | Studio Brew
State Street Farmer's Market
October 8 | Downtown Center
How to Make Peace with Your Body Workshop
October 8 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol
Lauren Cole Band
October 8 | Studio Brew
Salsa Social
October 13 | Studio Brew
Ryan Ward
October 13 | O'Mainnin's Pub
The Royal Hounds
October 14 | O'Mainnin's Pub
State Street Farmer's Market
October 15 | Downtown Center
The Roan Mountain Suite: The Kruger Brothers with The Kontras Quartet
October 15 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Earth by Train
October 15 | Studio Brew
PUSH! Film Festival
October 21–23 | Downtown Bristol
The Gentlemen & Liars
October 21 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Beth Snapp Band
October 21 | Studio Brew
State Street Farmer's Market
October 22 | Downtown Center
Chakras: Awakening Your Life Force
October 22 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol
Below 7
October 22 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Salsa Social
October 27 | Studio Brew
Appalachian AACA Trunk & Treat
October 28 | TriSummit Bank
James Meadows
October 28 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Billy Crawford Band
October 28 | Studio Brew
State Street Farmer's Market
October 29 | Downtown Center
Meet-the-Artist Reception: Larry VerRan
October 29 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts
Black Light Vinyasa Yoga
October 29 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol
Laura Thurston
November 3 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Blue Mother Tupelo
November 4 | Studio Brew
Ron Short and the Possum Playboys
November 5 | Studio Brew
Below 7
November 5 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Ryan Ward
November 10 | O'Mainnin's Pub
The Low Counts
November 11 | Studio Brew
The Hoodoos
November 12 | Studio Brew
PF Flyers
November 18 | Studio Brew
Singer Songwriter Event featuring Jeff Lane, Jamen Denton & Annie Robinette
November 20 | Studio Brew
James Meadows
November 25 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Laura Thurston
December 1 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Ryan Ward
December 8 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Below 7
December 16 | O'Mainnin's Pub

More Upcoming Events »

Community Notice Board

Bristol Office Supply Weekly Specials

Through September 23

Click here to view specials.

Gear Up for Fall at Pointer Brand

September 20–25 | L. C. King Mfg. Co.

Gear up in the best Made-in-USA Jackets and Coats – built for work but ready for play. This collection is every-day ready no matter what your life and style needs are.Pointer Brand celebrates the new season byoffering 30% savings on your entire order.Also, shop now and get FREE ground shipping for any domestic order over $150!

Click here to shop and use code GEARUP at checkout.

Bristol, VA Comprehensive Plan Open Houses

October 4th & 5th

Now's your chance to shape the future of your community. Join the City of Bristol, VA and be a part of the Comprehensive Plan process. Drop by and share your thoughts at one of three public open houses.

Tuesday, October 4 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm — Bristol Mall (inside courtyard area in front of Sears)
Wednesday, October 5 from 8:00am to 10:00am — Food City on Euclid Avenue (Meeting Room)
Wednesday, October 5 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm — City Hall (City Council Chambers)

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