Downtown Bristol Events
The 11th Annual Dump the Pump- Transit Day will be hosted by the City of Bristol Tennessee and the City of Bristol Virginia on Thursday, October 13, 2016. The transit systems of both cities will offer free rides and a free lunch that day. Lunch will be served from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Doors prizes will be offered as well.
Transit Day is set aside to encourage members of the community to ride public transportation as it drives economic development and revitalizes neighborhoods. For every $1 invested in public transportation, it generates approximately $4 in economic returns. Public transportation saves 4.2 billion gallons of fuel annually, according to the American Public Transportation Association. On average, a two person household that downsizes to one vehicle can save more than $9,000 a year.
Wes Ritchie, Public Services Manager said, “This is the one time of year we have to thank those who participate in public transportation. It gives us the opportunity to hear first-hand suggestions on how we can make things better. We know our busses offer a great transportation option for those on a fixed income, for students, and for those who don’t want the hassle of keeping an automobile.”
For more information on Transit Day contact Wes Ritchie at 423-989-5685 or email email@example.com.
Northeast State Community CollegeandPUSH! Film Festivalare sponsoring a movie and music night, featuring a mix of Czech Bluegrass and Eclectic-Americana at the College’s Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts.
October 13 | Studio Brew
The night kicks off at 6 p.m. withBanjo Romantika: American Bluegrass and the Czech Imagination, a documentary produced by twoEast Tennessee State Universityfaculty members. Filmed primarily in the Czech Republic in 2011, the film highlights Czech musicians who are part of the global interest in bluegrass music.
According to the film’s website, Czechs first heard bluegrass during World War II when the Armed Forces Network broadcast American music for soldiers. The music represented freedom to dissatisfied Czechs living in a communist state. Czechs’ love for the music was solidified when Pete Seeger visited and performed in 1964. Inspired by classic American bluegrass sounds, an assortment of musicians from across the formerly communist Czech Republic have melded the past, the political, and the present into a lively musical tradition entirely its own.
The film was produced by Dr. Lee Bidgood, an assistant professor of Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Studies in the ETSU Department of Appalachian Studies; and Shara Lange, who leads the Radio, Television, Video and Film division in ETSU’s Department of Mass Communication.
At 7:30 p.m.,Wise Old River, a popular regional band, brings its mix of tradition and originality to the stage. The band shares songs about the human experience, finding hope, grace, truth, and spiritual growth with its earthy, harmonic vibe.
The group has performed on local and national television programs such as the PBS syndicated show Song of the Mountains. Other venues and events in the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, the Paramount Center for the Arts, the Virginia Highlands Festival, and the Little Chicago Blues Festival.
The group features vocalist/guitarist Jamen Denton; Jeanne Denton on harmony vocals and percussion; Jim Denton on acoustic lap steel, 12-string slide guitar, and bouzouki; and bassist Stephen Marshall. The band’s sound has been described as Eclectic-Americana.
This event is family friendly and free to the public. Bring a friend, and join us at Northeast State for a night of the arts!
Join Studio Brew for a fun night of Salsa Dancing. Studio Brew's Craft Beer, Chef Ryan's Studio Salsa & Chips, plus Aulikki's Sangria Special will be available. Come dance Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and some Hip Hop. Beginner Salsa lesson kicks off the party from 7:00pm to 7:45pm.
$10.00 cover includes your dance lesson plus complementary chips & salsa. Come and enjoy the Dance Party at Studio Brew! Cheers!
October 13 | 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.
October 14 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts
Your child will create their own masterpiece in this two-hour paint pouring class with artist Laura King at A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts on State Street in Downtown Bristol! This class will contain an overview of the basics of paint pouring with acrylics, the difference in artistic styles, and all students will come home with their own work of art. All supplies are included in the cost of the class. Make sure your child wears clothing they won’t mind getting a little messy — just in case! Class limit is 7 students. Registration closes October 9. To find out more information, contact the gallery via Facebook, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To register, visit the gallery.
Instructor: Laura King
October 14 | Bristol Train Station
Join Haven of Rest Rescue Mission for a fall banquet featuring special guest Squire Parsons, composer of "Sweet Beulah Land." Throughout the evening, enjoy great singing, wonderful fellowship, good food, genuine testimony, and a state of the haven update.
This special event is RSVP only, and reservations are now being accepted. Cost is $40 per person, or $300 for a table of eight. To make your reservation, visit www.bristolmission.org, or phone 423-938-2011.
October 14 | Bristol Ballet
Join Bristol Ballet for a Country Two Step 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!
October 14 | Bristol Brewery
About Goat Whiskey Deluxe
October 14 | O'Mainnin's Pub
"What exactly is Goat Whiskey Music? Well I’ve been hanging around bars, concert halls and just about anywhere you can find live music since I was a kid watching my dad play. He did everything from gospel, bluegrass, country, cry in your beer music to rollicking honky tonk dance music. Basically Goat Whiskey Music covers every aspect of the human experience. From the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. It’s there to help you celebrate victory, mourn defeat, revel in the glory of new love or break under the weight of a heart that has been broken for the last time. Goat Whiskey Music is life...happiness...sorrow...love...and loss. Kick up your heels...drink...and enjoy a few hours of Rollin’ with the Goat!"
The Royal Hounds are a high energy rockabilly trio from Knoxville, TN. They have been wowing and entertaining audiences with their unique approach to live music. Known for their on-stage antics and humorous approach to music, The Royal Hounds offer a live show that is unlike anything seen in the area. Not content to merely stand there and play, The Royal Hounds successfully marry quality musicianship with stellar showmanship. They have opened for Travis Tritt and have shared a stage with Kingsfoil.
The trio is comprised of Scott Hinds on the doghouse bass, Brian Lee on guitar, and Scott "Bramblebush" Billingsley on drums. All three members have been playing regularly in the area with various bands such as Pistol Creek Catch of the Day, Dream on Alice, Alien Love Charm, and The Parrott Brothers.
October 15 | 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.
October 15 | Paramount Center for the Arts
CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS! Theme: A suite inspired by the Roan Mountain Massif: a treasured landscape.
A 50th Anniversary Gala celebration of the inaugural citizen meeting to conserve the Highlands of Roan, and the premiere of the Roan Mountain Suite by The Kruger Brothers.
Presented by Judy Murray, and dedicated to the memory of Stanley A. Murray, 1923-1990.
“Roan Mountain resonates in a deep and personal way with all those who visit it, and by the same token, the Kruger Brothers’ music reaches into the hearts and souls of its listeners in profound and stirring ways,” — Judy Murray.
STANLEY A. MURRAY AND ROAN MOUNTAIN — Straddling the border of TN and NC, the Roan Mountain Massif rises above farms and villages of the valley below. Often referred to as the "Crown Jewel" of the Southern Appalachians, these 25,000 acres of ancient mountain peaks are renowned for their magnificent beauty and extraordinary ecological diversity. The Appalachian Trail runs along the crest for more than 20 miles. In 1966, then-Chairman of the Appalachian Trail Conference, Stan Murray, convened a group of people in Johnson City, to initiate planning for the conservation of the Roan Mountain Massif. The seed sown at that meeting grew into the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy which has since conserved more than 65,000 acres in TN and NC. The Highlands of Roan remains its flagship project. Through his leadership, and the dedication of countless volunteers, Stan steered the Appalachian Trail—and the Highlands of Roan—into protection in perpetuity.
The Kruger Brothers have become world renowned for their unique classically-infused folk/acoustic music. On October 15th in Bristol, TN, the trio will perform the worldwide premiere of an original work, commissioned to honor the region, history and legacy of Tennessee’s Roan Mountain. The Kruger Brothers will be joined by The Kontras Quartet for this very special performance at The Paramount Bristol.
The Roan Mountain Suite is a vibrant new example of Jens Kruger’s brilliant ability to enlist the illustrative power of music to tell a story in eloquent detail. While Jens plays in a melodic style that has roots in bluegrass, his music is distinguished by long, melodic passages and a complex compositional foundation, often building on jazz or classical themes and techniques.
Jens Kruger is currently nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Banjo Player of the Year Award for 2016. He was awarded the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music in 2013, the fourth recipient of this prestigious honor. Jens is known for his innovative banjo composition and performance, integrating folk music with European classical music. Jens was inducted into the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame in 2011.
Originally from Switzerland, Jens Kruger began playing North American folk music at an early age and was particularly inspired by recordings of Doc Watson, Flatt and Scruggs, Bill Monroe, and other progenitors of country, bluegrass and folk music. He writes the music for all of The Kruger Brothers’ original tunes, collaborating with brother, Uwe Kruger, for insightful and stirring lyrics that complement the music. In 2006, Jens began his official venture into the themes and forms of classical music when he was commissioned to write Music from the Spring for banjo, guitar, bass and full symphonic orchestra. Jens has since received four commissions to write classical pieces which The Kruger Brothers have performed with various orchestral ensembles: Appalachian Concerto with string quartet; Spirit of the Rockies (commissioned by Canada’s iconic Banff Center) with a small orchestra; Lucid Dreamer, a chamber music piece written specifically for and commissioned by the Kontras Quartet; and now, the Roan Mountain Suite.
“Music is an enhancer,” Jens Kruger says. “For instance, you can look a landscape and the right music enhances the emotion you have for that imagery. Music also shapes, to a certain degree, your perception of the landscape.”
October 15 | Studio Brew
Earth By Train’s influences include, but are not limited to, making good music with each other, believing in the power of music and what it can do for our hearts and our world. They use drums, guitars, keyboards, hands, voice, heads and hearts to create sound that hopefully is appealing and helps in some way.
October 15 | Bristol Brewery
Kelsey Rae will play Bristol Brewery October 15th at 8pm.
October 18 | Bristol Motor Speedway
The City of Bristol, Tennessee is hosting its second Bristol Hiring Expo on October 18th to once again help local employers connect with job-seekers throughout the region. Officials chose to hold this event again due to the success of the previous Hiring Expo in May and in response to continued economic growth and expansion. The May expo featured more than 40 Bristol employers, and saw nearly 1,600 job-seekers in attendance, some of whom travelled 100 miles or more to attend.
Exhibit space is available to any Bristol, Tennessee employers who wish to participate, and there is absolutely no cost for employers or job-seekers to attend. Registration includes an 8-foot table, WiFi access, use of private interview rooms, a business center, and lunch for representatives in attendance.
"The success of the Hiring Expo in May served as proof of a very real opportunity to meet the needs of our local industries and businesses, as well as those of area residents who are seeking employment," said Economic Development Director Tom Anderson. "Since that time, the growth of many of those same employers, as well as a few news ones, coupled with the demand for a larger seasonal workforce during the holidays demonstrated a need to hold this event again," he added.
The Bristol Hiring Expo will take place on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 from 10:00 AM until 7:00 PM at the Bristol Motor Speedway South Building (formerly Peerless Woodworking). Registration for the Hiring Expo is open to employers located in Bristol, Tennessee seeking to fill full-time, part-time, temporary, and seasonal positions. The deadline for employer registration is Monday, October 10th, 2016, and can be completed online at www.bristoltn.org or over the phone at 423-764-4171.
For more information, contact Jon Luttrell, Public Relations Specialist, at 423-764-4171 or email email@example.com.