Downtown Bristol Events
September 13 | Bristol Public Library
Part of a series on the rich history of Cades Cove in North Carolina, Voices of Cades Cove: Winds of Change is an interesting documentary on the history and culture of Cades Cove as the region undergoes incredible change and upheaval during the Great Depression and becomes incorporated into one of the most popular national parks in the country, the Great Smoky Mountains.
Join BPL for this free showing of Voices of Cades Cove on September 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.
Rated G. 180 minutes
September 13 | Blackbird Bakery
Join Blackbird Bakery for a reading and book signing with author Katie Richardson.
September 14 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Birthplace of Country Music presents a Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival kick-off concert with original roots-punk barnstormer Jason Ringenberg on Thursday, September 14 in the Performance Theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.
With his band Jason & the Scorchers, Ringenberg helped shape the alternative country movement of the 1980s, earning the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in the performance category back in 2008. Rolling Stone declared the band “singlehandedly re-wrote the history of rock’n’roll in the South.” There is also an exhibit to Jason & the Scorchers in Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame.
Jason is also an Emmy Award-winning children’s entertainer. As Farmer Jason, Ringenberg has released four CDs, a DVD, and starred in the “It’s a Farmer Jason” video interstitial program that airs on several public broadcasting stations in the U.S.―earning him an Emmy Award.
Ringenberg will perform as Farmer Jason on Children’s Day during Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion.
Click here to purchase tickets.
September 14 | 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.
September 15–17 | Downtown Bristol
The award-winning Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival celebrates 17 years September 15-17, 2017! Weekend passes to Bristol Rhythm are on sale now; headlining talent at this year's event includes Dwight Yoakam, Judah and the Lion, Jerry Douglas Presents Earls of Leicester, Son Volt, Rodney Crowell, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, and many, many more. Visit BristolRhythm.com for the complete lineup and to purchase tickets.
Special event this year: Bristol Rhythm's Tribute to the 90th
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion will pay tribute to the 90th anniversary of the 1927 Bristol Sessions with a once-in-a-lifetime special showcase featuring an array of festival artists yet to be announced. The tribute will take place on the final day of the festival.
About Bristol Rhythm
September 16–17 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
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.
Attendees of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion will have the opportunity to see the highly-anticipated companion film to the "Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited" CD project, Born in Bristol, at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.
Saturday, September 16: 5pm
Sunday, September 17: 11am
About the Film
Starring Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Eric Church, Steve Earle, Marty Stuart, Sheryl Crow, Doyle Lawson, Eddie Stubbs and more, Born in Bristol is a docudrama that explores the impact of the 1927 Bristol Sessions and its lasting influence on the soundtrack of today.
Filmed on location in the Bristol region and Nashville, Born in Bristolwas directed by Chusy Haney-Jardine of Plan A Films and produced by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development with support from the Virginia Tourism Corporation. Born in Bristol received shortlist consideration at the 2016 Cannes International Festival of Creativity.
September 16 | Cumberland Square Park
Children’s Day at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is a free event, open to the community, and organized by staff at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Bursting with fun games, crafts, and performances, Children’s Day is designed to be an event the whole family can participate in together. Children's Day takes place Saturday, September 16 from 10 am — 2 pm at Cumberland Square Park.
10:00-10:30am: Jalopy Junction
10:40-10:50am: Sullins Academy Sound (Tribute to Dwight Yoakam)
11:00am-Noon: Farmer Jason
12:15-12:45pm: Jalopy Junction
1:00-2:00pm: Kid Pan Alley
Featuring the Inspirational Experience of Kid Pan Alley
September 16 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Kid Pan Alley’s mission is to inspire and empower children to work together to become creators of their own music and to rekindle creativity as a core value in education through the group songwriting process. To date, they’ve written over 2,700 songs with over 50,000 children across the country from Virginia to Hawaii. The songs are a sophisticated and powerful world-view as seen through the eyes of the children. Their songs have been recorded by artists including Amy Grant, Sissy Spacek, Delbert McClinton, Cracker, Kix Brooks, Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Corey Harris, Suzy Bogguss and many others. They’ve won numerous awards including Parents’ Choice Gold Awards, a WAMMIE, and have received a Grammy nomination for one of their recordings. The band is led by Kid Pan Alley founder Paul Reisler and features vocalist Sahffi Lynn, John d’Earth on trumpet, Mark Maynard on trombone, Jack Kirby, drums and Kris Monson on bass.
Radio Bristol’sFarm & Fun Timehosts a special Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion edition featuring Jerry Douglas Presents The Earls of Leicester and The Cactus Blossom, live from the beautifully restored Paramount Theater! Click here to purchase tickets.
Farm &Fun Time, the historic Radio Program broadcasting from Downtown Bristol, was a staple to listeners across the Southeast during the 1940s and 1950s on the former WCYB Radio. Radio Bristol breathes new life into the classic program with a fun, energetic show broadcasting live from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum and features music by house band Bill & the Belles. Hosted by Radio Bristol producer and house band-leader Kris Truelsen,Farm &Fun Timeis an event the whole family can enjoy live, in the studio or when gathered around their radios.
About the Cactus Blossoms
With their 2016 Red House debut, You’re Dreaming, The Cactus Blossoms appeared seemingly from nowhere, garnering comparisons to classic sibling duos. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkhum found themselves drawn to classic folk and country music, honing their songwriting skills with weekly gigs at former country 1940s honky tonk – and now music club – The Turf Club in St. Paul, Minnesota. With the kind of blood harmonies that make your scalp tingle, the brothers made the genre their own and started working originals into their weekly sets of classics; people couldn’t tell the difference.
About Jerry Douglas Presents The Earls of Leicester
With their second album, Rattle & Roar (Rounder Records), the Earls have conjured up a fresh batch of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs songs, delivered with the Earls’ now signature blend of homage, virtuosity, and perspective. The inimitable Douglas remains the band’s producer and hypnotic Dobroist; blue-ribbon songwriter, singer, and producer Shawn Camp still soars on lead vocals and guitar; revered multi-instrumentalist and sideman Jeff White now deftly handles high harmony and mandolin; ace Nashville banjoist Charlie Cushman tackles banjo and guitars; top-flight musician Johnny Warren cuts in radiantly on fiddle; and the esteemed Barry Bales, a longtime band mate of Douglas in Alison Krauss and Union Station, holds magnificently steady on vocals and bass. “It’s like the band was predestined to come together,” says Camp. “We all love it. From the very first note of our show, I look around and everybody’s got a smile on their face. There’s just something about the music that makes you feel good.”
About Bill and the Belles
September 16 | Studio Brew
What began as a project to explore the space created between hillbilly and urban, between vaudeville and down home, has arrived somewhere entirely new. Bill and the Belles offers a contemporary reimagining of a bygone era, breathing new life into the sounds of early country music. At the foothills of the Blue Ridge and the forefront of old-time music, Bill and the Belles continue to further the music traditions of their region. From sentimental Southern ballads to the popular songs of Tin Pan Alley to regional fiddle breakdowns, a Bill and the Belles show is a celebration of the diversity country music once represented.
Fronted by Jaystorm – a Tennessee-native and rising favorite Southern bluesy, funk, hip-hop son – his latest musical incarnation as “The Jaystorm Project” The Jaystorm Project serves up a backing band and a booty-shakin’ style that accentuates his strong, but yet smooth delivery of slick witty lyrics and bluesy funk sound that is part Motown, part old school hip-hop, with an edge of rock which leaves you with total musical genius.
September 17 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
The music continues once Bristol Rhythm & Roots ends! Join Bristol Station for a FREE show!
“From the Edge” is a new and fresh Rock n’ Roll Cover Band with members from East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Playing all types of venues from Pubs and Parties to Weddings and Festivals! Providing an electric mix of Girl Pop Tunes to your favorite oldies, we will serve up music you will absolutely enjoy. Influences include Linda Ronstadt, Journey, Eagles, Pretenders, Bryan Adams and lots and lots of your preferred 80’s music.
Feeding Frenzy will be on premise all weekend at Bristol Station!
September 21 | Bristol Motor Speedway
The City of Bristol, Tennessee is hosting its second Bristol Hiring Expo on September 21st 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 Expos and in response to continued economic growth and expansion.
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 Bristol Hiring Expo will take place on September 21, 2017 from 10:00 AM until 6:00 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 September 15, 2017, and can be completed online at www.bristoltn.org or by phone at 423-764-4171.