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Little Italy Celebration of Life — Roland Ramirez

The Downtown Bristol family is heartbroken over the loss of one of our greatest, Roland Ramirez. Roland was a caring, funny, and loving man who will be missed by so many in the Bristol community. Little Italy will be celebrating Roland's wonderful and giving life on Saturday, September 9th, from 12 PM — 4 AM or until they are out of food. This will be the final time Little Italy opens and closes their doors, so please come out and show your support for the Ramirez family and Little Italy. Our sincerest thoughts and prayers are with the Ramirez family as they mourn the loss of this amazing man.

Downtown Bristol Events

Adult Anime Club: Cowboy Bebop the Movie

September 6

This month, the Bristol Public Library is gearing up for the very first meeting of its Adult Anime Club!

To kick off the first meeting, BPL presents Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001) in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room on September 6 at 5:30 p.m. Popcorn, water, and a few surprise snacks will be provided!

Directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie recounts the adventures of the bounty hunting crew of the Cowboy Bebop—Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine, and Edward Wong—as they trawl across the solar system in search of intergalactic criminals. When a terrorist unleashes a deadly virus on Mars, Spike and the rest of the crew are suddenly trying to catch the culprit before someone else decides to claim the bounty.

Rated R; 116 minutes

BPL Book Club

September 6 | Bristol Public Library

The Bristol Public Library will host BPL Book Club on September 6 at 6:00 p.m. in the Frances Kegley Conference Room. The club will discuss A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman and enjoy a special sweet treat for the evening. The group will also pick up its next reading adventure: Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam.

Slim Pickins Band

September 7 | Bristol Public Library

Bristol Pubic Library is pleased to welcome the Slim Pickins Band!

The Slim Pickins Band is a local bluegrass band formed by the incredibly talented music students at Tennessee High. Before the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion gets into full swing, the Slim Pickins Band will be at the library on September 7 for a free musical performance starting at 6:00 p.m.

We're very excited to have them with us and we hope you'll join us for this wonderful performance!

Full Moon Jam: Southern Countrymen

September 7 | Downtown Center

Southern Countrymen Band are an established, popular local country band with a loyal following. The band brings back classic country hits with style! Southern Countrymen Band is based out of Johnson City, TN


The City of Bristol Tennessee will host its annual 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 28th. 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.

Bands subject to change without notice. For more information visit the City of Bristol TN website.

Friends of 1927 Concert Series: Mike Farris

September 7 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Thursday, September 7, 2017 the Birthplace of Country Music is proud to present the Friends of 1927 Concert Series featuring theGrammy Award-winning artist Mike Farris.

The Friends of 1927 Concert Series is aunique concert experience where fans have the opportunity to interact with the artists in a relaxed setting over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, all included in the ticket price.

Tickets are made available first to Friends of 1927 for a limited time before opening them up to the public. There is a very limited number of tickets so everyone is encouraged to purchase early.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Gerald Sheppard

September 7 | Blackbird Bakery

Sheppard has been repairing, refinishing, and building guitars for over thirty years. In 2013 he celebrated the 20th Anniversary of Gerald Sheppard Guitars. Gerald builds nine to twelve guitars per year. His guitars have been used by professional artists and featured on the Grammy winning Pink Guitar CD. He has been a featured luthier at the renowned Swannanoa Gathering for thirteen years. As an accomplished lifelong fingerstyle guitarist himself, Gerald understands how to match custom design components to the needs of his client. His instruments have been used for professional studio work and on stage by today's top guitarists.

Hundred Acres

September 8 | Studio Brew

Hundred Acres is an East Tennessee-based band centered around the sharp vocals and unique songs of guitarist Jeff Lane. The rhythms mostly have an acoustic groove driven by the mandolin and guitar. You probably won’t confuse the songs with anyone else’s, and that’s a good thing, although you will hear echoes of Steely Dan, and occasionally the Beatles, Eagles, and even the Doobie Brothers. But it’s mostly the fertile mind of Jeff Lane, with great help from Matthew Oakes, Joe and Howard Bastedo and Quentin Horton.

Polka Lesson

September 8 | Bristol Ballet

Get ready for Oktoberfest! 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!

S&O Train Station Building and Land Auction

September 9 | Old S&O Train Station

Bart Long Auctions will hold an auction for the property at 415 Scott Street, the old S&O Train Station, on September 9th at 10am.

The train station as well as three additional tracts of land will be available.

For more information, visit

Songs Come Apart: A Workshop with Ed Snodderly

September 9 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Join BCM for Songs Come Apart, a workshop with renowned songwriter Ed Snodderly. Ed will pull apart one of his songs to delve deep into the songwriting craft – looking at the ways lyrics come together, the harmony of the words used, and the way a song changes from inception to final cut. To really get the full benefit of the workshop, participants are encouraged (but not required) to bring their own works in progress, giving you the opportunity to take apart your song and put it back together with Ed’s guidance.

Workshop space is limited to 16 people so register now; the cost of the workshop is $50. If the workshop is full, please email to join the waiting list.

This event is companion programming to Things Come Apart, on display in the museum’s Special Exhibit Gallery until October 8, 2017.

Downtown Bristol TN/VA Loft Tour

September 9 | Downtown Bristol

On Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Believe in Bristol will host the From the Top Down Loft Tour in Historic Downtown Bristol.

Each loft has its own unique style and history. Bristolians and visitors alike enjoy strolling up and down State Street and getting a feel for downtown living. The downtown dwellers are their own community, hosting events and participating in a neighborhood watch program. Believe in Bristol works on changing the lofts for viewing annually so it’s never the same tour year after year.

Pick your tickets up on Saturday, September 9th, starting at noon at the Believe in Bristol office located at 20 6th Street, Bristol, TN or call in advance and put your name on the will-call list. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 day of event.

Go at your own pace with the self-guided brochure and be sure to wear your walking shoes! “We are so excited to show off these multi-use properties. The rehabilitation and design work is amazing! We truly appreciate the loft dwellers allowing us to show off their homes,” stated Maggie Bishop, Executive Director for Believe in Bristol.

For questions and ticket information, please call 423-573-2201.

A special thank you to our Sponsors for 2017: Blackbird Bakery, Bristol Pediatric Associates, P.C., Brown, Edwards & Company, L.L.P., Camellia Digital Agency, Dr. & Mrs. Bennett Cowan Jr., Dr. & Mrs. John Fincher, Kil'n Time Ceramic Studio, Rob Nicar, Robin & Margaret Feierabend, Spiegler Blevins & Co. CPAs, The Bristol Hotel: McCall Capital, LLC, Tom & Barbara Smith, Dr. & Mrs. SarfrazZaidi, Wellness Yoga of Bristol

Sugar Lime Blue

September 9 | Studio Brew

Americana Music Association Recording Artist, Sugar Lime Blue, is truly a genre crossing band as proven by the title track, off of their sophmore release "Move That Earth", which became a top 3 radio single in the country genre as reported by Spins Tracking System(STS/New Music Weekly) The album was favorably reviewed by critics including respected Americana outlet The Alternate Root. Meanwhile, the band was featured on the Grateful Dead's Website and Social Media for their cover of "Little Sadie" a song rarely played by the Dead themselves, but included as part of Sugar Lime Blues weekly cover series "The #SundayShoutOut. These inclusions, and many more, show how the band continues to transcend genres. Sugar Lime Blue is redefining Americana, drawing from the 3 main American stylings of Jazz, Blues and Country, to create a purely unique sound. Classic Rock, Blues, and Traditional Country are all part of a musical offering that draws from the best of the familiar past with a twist of something new for the modern listener. Pull up a chair, lend an ear and get lost in the smooth grooves, winding musical passages and lilting vocals that is Sugar Lime Blue.

Something Beautiful Fall Market

September 10 | Bristol Train Station

Are you looking for a fun day of shopping? Join Something Beautiful as they host their Fall Market at Bristol Train Station. Shop for yourself or for great, unique gifts for others! The market will include some of the very best local, hand-made items that represent our region along with your favorite direct sales vendors. You will find so many amazing things in just one stop!

Over 50 unique vendors will participate. Most items will be cash and carry and there are some prizes to be won; so come out, enjoy the time and shop away!

If you have an interest in being a vendor, please email, and include information regarding your work of art and some photos.

Tall Bob Fundraiser

September 10 | O'Mainnin's Pub

Bob Ellis is a very popular well respected and acomplished personality in Bristol. From his love and support of music in the Tri Cities he also is an artist with a Camera lens. Bob has become a victim of a type of cancer that has attacked his spinal cord and caused him to be confined to a wheelchair. Being self employed Bob is in need of some help from friends to help get him through this challenging time. This benefit is for those of us who love Bob and feel helpless and now have a way to join together and feel as if we can help. There is also a Go Fund Me Page set up in his honor as well as a couple other event around the bend. so If ya miss one the check the next one out. Thanks to all the people willing to volenteer thier help and talent to make this such a successfull event not just for the raising of funds but the raising of spirit!

5:00- Blind Draw Dart tounament and 50/50 Drawing!
6:00-Annie Robinette Live at the Tiki Stage!
7:00 Matt Osborne and Ric Johnson Live!
7:00 Jimi Hall and Ric Johnson Live!n Live!
8:00- 10:00 Whyldeheart!

$5 suggeted Donation however if you wish to write a check or contribute more you may. Note: This is a 21 and up venue!

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Crochet Classes

Wednesdays | Bristol Public Library

Beginning September 6, join Bristol Public Library each Wednesday evening at 5:00 p.m. in the Jones Creativity Center for their Crochet Class and Club. All ages and skill levels are welcome! Feel free to bring your current crochet project and enjoy the crocheting community, or, for beginners, start fresh with the basics and create your very own project.

To start one of the club's beginner projects, make sure to bring the following items:

  • 1-2 balls of 100% cotton yarn (worsted or medium weight)
  • Size H/8 (5.00mm) crochet hook
  • Scissors (any kind will do)

(Tip for beginners: bring lighter colored or multicolored yarn for your first project! It’s easier to see the stitches when you’re learning to crochet.)

Community Read Book Giveaway: October Sky by Homer Hickam

September 10-30

Beginning October 1, the Bristol Public Library and Avoca Branch Library will be celebrating “One Book, One Bristol,” an exciting new community read project! BPL will offer some wonderful events, including visits from staff of the ETSU Observatory and a professor from the University of Tennessee. There will also be drawing for a free copy of October Sky (otherwise known as Rocket Boys) by Homer Hickam and a $20 gift card to Blackbird Bakery. To enter, simply fill out an entry forms and return it to a library staff member. Starts September 10 and ends September 30; one grand prize winner will be selected on October 3.

Also Coming Up

Tom Sawyer
August 25 – September 10 | Theatre Bristol
Adult Anime Club: Cowboy Bebop the Movie
September 6
BPL Book Club
September 6 | Bristol Public Library
Slim Pickins Band
September 7 | Bristol Public Library
Full Moon Jam: Southern Countrymen
September 7 | Downtown Center
Friends of 1927 Concert Series: Mike Farris
September 7 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Gerald Sheppard
September 7 | Blackbird Bakery
Hundred Acres
September 8 | Studio Brew
Polka Lesson
September 8 | Bristol Ballet
S&O Train Station Building and Land Auction
September 9 | Old S&O Train Station
Songs Come Apart: A Workshop with Ed Snodderly
September 9 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Downtown Bristol TN/VA Loft Tour
September 9 | Downtown Bristol
Sugar Lime Blue
September 9 | Studio Brew
Something Beautiful Fall Market
September 10 | Bristol Train Station
Tall Bob Fundraiser
September 10 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Certified CPR, AED & First Aid Training
September 12 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Quilting: A History in Stitches
September 12 | Bristol Public Library
The Nest Featured Artist Meet & Greet: Highlands Camera Club
September 12 | Blackbird Bakery
"May it Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers" Film Screening
September 12 | Marquee Cinemas — Pinnacle 12
Voices of Cades Cove: Winds of Change
September 13 | Bristol Public Library
Book Signing: Katie Richardson
September 13 | Blackbird Bakery
BRRR Kick-Off Concert with Jason Ringenberg
September 14 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Diamonds
September 14 | Blackbird Bakery
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2017
September 15–17 | Downtown Bristol
"Born in Bristol" screenings at BRRR
September 16–17 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Farm & Fun Time Live from BRRR
September 16 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Jaystorm Project BRRR After Party
September 16 | Studio Brew
Full Moon Jam: Nightrain Guns n Roses Tribute Band
September 21 | Downtown Center
Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet
September 21 | Blackbird Bakery
Museum Day Live!
September 23 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
PBS American Experience Documentary: Tesla
September 23 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Comedian Henry Cho
September 23 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Photography 101: Learning the Basics
September 25 | Bristol Public Library
All Abuzz About Beekeeping
September 26 | Bristol Public Library
BPL Movie Night: A Man Called Ove
September 27 | Bristol Public Library
Book Signing: Clinton Blevins
September 27 | Blackbird Bakery
The Time Machine
September 28 | Bristol Public Library
Full Moon Jam: Southern 76
September 28 | Downtown Center
The Diamonds
September 28 | Blackbird Bakery
Victor Lawson & Boogie Chillen w/ Catfish Frye Band
September 29 | Studio Brew
The Paramount Chamber Players Presents "Pure Classics"
October 6 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Black Jacket Symphony: Fleetwood Mac's Rumours
October 7 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Delbert McClinton Presented by Big Spring Entertainment
October 13 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Wells Fargo Presents: John Silvia – "Ten Issues in a Two-Percent Economy"
October 19 | Paramount Center for the Arts
PUSH! Film Festival
October 20–22 | Downtown Bristol
Chicks with Hits: Terry Clark, Pam Tillis, Suzy Bogguss
October 20 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Appalachian AACA Trunk & Treat
October 27 | Downtown Bristol
Pumpkin Palooza and Downtown Trick or Treating
October 28 | Downtown Center
Farm & Fun Time: John McEuen and The Brother Boys
November 9 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
"1964: The Tribute" Beatles Tribute
November 10 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Veteran's Day Parade & Traditional Memorial Service
November 11 | Downtown Bristol
Corey Smith
November 11 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Theatre Bristol presents Annie
November 17–26 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Downtown Bristol's Annual Christmas Open House
November 20 | Downtown Bristol
Small Business Saturday
November 25 | Downtown Bristol
Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting
November 27 | Cumberland Square Park
Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
December 1–17 | Theatre Bristol
Bristol Christmas Parade
December 7 | Downtown Bristol
Bristol Ballet presents The Nutcracker
December 8–9 | Paramount Center for the Arts

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