Downtown Bristol Events
September 27 | Bristol Public Library
In September, the BPL Book Club reads A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman and, as a special treat, the library will offer a free showing of the movie release of A Man Called Ove (2015).
Ove (Rolf Lassgard) is the quintessential grumpy old man. Set in his ways and harboring a short fuse, Ove spends his days enforcing neighborhood association rules and grieving for the loss of his late wife. He's nearly given up on life — and then a young family moves in next door, flattens his mailbox and tears up his quiet, well-ordered life.
BPL kicks things off on September 27 in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at 6:00 p.m. Popcorn and water will be provided to movie attendees. Everyone is welcome to join!
Rated PG-13. 116 minutes. English subtitles only.
September 27 | Blackbird Bakery
Join Blackbird Bakery for a reading and book signing with author Clinton Blevins.
September 28 | Bristol Public Library
As part of its Classic Movie Corner series, BPL will present The Time Machine (1960), starring Rod Taylor.
The year is 1899. A young scientist named George (Taylor) has created an invention like no other: a machine that will allow him to explore through time. Fascinated by ideas of the future, George sets off for the 20th century and beyond with his time machine. He soon discovers the world has changed, humankind has evolved – and not necessarily for the better.
The movie begins at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room on September 28. Popcorn and water will be provided for movie attendees!
Rated G. 103 minutes.
September 28 | Studio Brew
Join Bristol Chamber for a Young Professionals of Bristol Recruitment Social Thursday, September 28th at Studio Brew.
YP Bristol is a program of the Bristol TN/VA Chamber of Commerce inspiring young professionals to connect, lead and serve to build leaders and improve our community.
Click here to RSVP.
September 28 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Free short film screenings!
PUSH! Film Festival is having a pop-up event on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 6:30pm at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA. As part of "PUSH! Shorts Retrospective", we'll be showing select short films from our 2015 and 2016 festivals, including TN shorts, VA shorts, and international shorts! All kinds of shorts.
Admission is free, and seating is first-come, first-served.
Don't forget that our festival is less than ONE MONTH away — October 20-22 — and this year, you can purchase passes fully online. SWEET.
Craving some film festival goodness, but can't wait until October? See you Thursday!
September 28 | Downtown Center
George Goode and his band Southern 76 have been entertaining crowds with country and classic rock for 30 years. They provide some of the best local talent around.
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.
September 28 | 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 29 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Come visit Bristol's newest business, Bloom Cafe & Listening Room, on National Coffee Day! Bloom will be officially open for business and would love to celebrate with you. Regular coffees will be half price, all day!
Bloom will be open from 7am – 11pm. Grand opening ribbon cutting is at 9am.
September 29 | Elder Brew
Do you like hot food? Locally-grown produce? Salsa? Do you enjoy watching people's faces turn red as they participate in a pepper-eating contest? If so, come down to Elderbrew this Friday! There will be pepper powders, fresh peppers, and salsa from a few of the area's finest pepper growers, a pepper eating contest, and two pepper beers on tap for the more adventurous drinker!
And yes. One of them is Thai Fighter.
Friday Night Fire Market is organized and hosted by Only Burns Twice Chili Peppers and Keatley Farms.
September 29 | Studio Brew
Victor Lawson & Boogie Chillen will perform at Studio Brew with Catfish Frye Band.
Victor Lawson & Boogie Chillen are among the talented bands in the burgeoning blues scene in the Tri-Cities. Established about nine years ago and led by Lawson, the tight three-man band take their name from the song, “Boogie Chillen,’” which was made famous by late Delta blues icon, John Lee Hooker.
Catfish Frye Band is the Tri-Cities based "Rockin Boogie Blues" band! If you like to feel the soulful old school electric blues along with tappin your feet to the boogie feelin then this is the band for you. Several blues/rock classics are thrown in to cover all styles of blues.
September 30 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Old Field Singers will lead a Shape Note Sing in the Christian Harmony style (as opposed to Sacred Harp) at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum from 10:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. Participants will learn the tradition of shape note singing in a group with no experience necessary. The event is free and open to everyone of all ages.
Shape notes are a music notation, or symbols, used to help teach congregational singing. The shapes were used to help singers find their pitch without having to read music. The first publications using shape notes were published in 1801; the practice of shape note singing is still used in churches across the American south.
A lunch break is incorporated into the class. Attendees may leave the premises to eat or they are invited to bring a covered dish to share with the group in the Learning Center.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 2 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Birthplace of Country Music is proud to present the internationally celebrated musicianship of Bluegrass 45. More than a band, these six friends from Kobe, Japan have shared 50 years of friendship, musicianship, and a passion for music that has promoted and championed bluegrass as a culture, genre, and lifestyle all over the world.
This is a rare opportunity to see the group in an intimate concert performance at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.
About Bluegrass 45
During the late 1800s, music of other countries was celebrated in Japan. Folk songs and dances from around the world were taught to school children and an interest in arts around the globe flourished. But this was before World Wars I & II. This was before the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the bombing of Hiroshima & Nagasaki. This was before the 2nd Sino Japanese War and the Nanking Massacre. The bomb blasts and violence of war resulted in a great cultural silence. The members of Bluegrass 45 were born into this silence.
Their world was cut off from the imports available to musicians in other countries. Until adopting a more liberal constitution in 1948, American music was illegal. Despite this fact, Josh and Akira Otsuka grew up in a home with a few American LPs. Like the lyrics from “Red River Valley,” one of the first American songs the brothers heard, the war’s prohibition of many imports, including records from other countries, took “away all the sunshine” that had brightened the musical lives of many pre-war Japanese.
Two main factors changed Japanese music in the 1950s: the influx of American G.I.s into the port city of Kobe and the Armed Forces Radio Network. Soldiers from all over the U.S., some who played traditional music, occupied Japan all the way through the 1950’s + 60’s. Access to American pop music opened up a window into popular culture that had previously been closed.
The members of Bluegrass 45 took the music they could now access and became devoted students. This devotion led them to the U.S., their first experiences with bluegrass festivals, and eventually to sharing the stage with Bluegrass + Country names from Loretta Lynn, Bill Monroe, and Dr. Ralph Stanley, to Roy Orbison, Merle Haggard, and Roger Miller.
Upon their return to Japan, the members of the band were committed to spreading the message of bluegrass to their own country. Collectively, they are responsible for starting a bluegrass record label, print publication, festival, multiple college bluegrass clubs, and a business employing many musicians and enabling them to tour. The band has not only been playing bluegrass for nearly half a century, but its members are largely responsible for the primary documentation and development of Japanese bluegrass as a whole. A modern embodiment of the much valued sense of Japanese responsibility, each member of Bluegrass 45 has made it his life’s work to pass on a love for bluegrass to future generations of Japanese people in the same way bluegrass songs are passed down through generations of American musicians.
October 3 | Bristol Public Library
Featuring the talents of Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy, Hocus Pocus (1993) is a classic Halloween tale of witches, mayhem, and curses. 300 years after the Sanderson sisters—Winifred (Midler), Sarah (Parker), and Mary (Najimy)—were executed for practicing witchcraft, Max and his sister, Dani, are the new kids in Salem, Massachusetts. Unbeknownst to Max, a night of terror lies ahead when he accidentally unleashes the Sanderson sisters on the rest of the town! Now, to save his sister, he'll have to stop these witches before they wreak havoc on Halloween night.
Bristol Public Library will kick things off at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room. This movie event is free to the public and everyone is welcome to join. Popcorn, water, and a few special Halloween treats will be available for movie attendees.
Rated PG. 96 minutes.
October 4 | Bristol Public Library
If you enjoy anime, make sure to join BPL Anime Club on October 4 at 5:30 p.m. for a special presentation of Outlaw Star. Each month, BPL Anime Club meets to watch movies and anime series on the big screen, discuss manga and anime, and munch on Japanese snacks.
For October, BPL Anime Club will celebrate “One Book, One Bristol” by offering a free showing of Outlaw Star, which features the misadventures of Gene Starwind and his business partner/friend, Jim Hawking. After unexpectedly acquiring a Grappler ship, which they rename The Outlaw Star, Gene and Jim—and a mysterious girl named Melfina—are poised to find fame and glory (and, of course, riches) among the stars!
No registration is necessary for BPL Anime Club. Simply drop in and enjoy a fun evening of anime, movies, and snacks. To learn more, please contact Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780.
The 12th Annual “Dump the Pump” — Transit Day will be hosted by the City of Bristol Tennessee and the City of Bristol Virginia on Thursday, October 5, 2017. 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 at the Downtown Center located at 804 State Street. Door 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. 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.
October 5 | Bristol Public Library
As part of Bristol Public Library’s “One Book, One Bristol” community read project, the library will offer several space-themed programs for patrons, visitors, and friends. On October 5, the library welcomes Dr. Raymond Bloomer for his presentation on “Finding Earth’s Twin” at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.
More than 3,500 planets have been discovered beyond our solar system in recent decades. In some cases, these “exoplanets” circle different stars and host a potentially habitable atmosphere. Dr. Bloomer will speak about the modern scientific methods and technologies used in finding these exoplanets, discuss these incredible discoveries, and address the ever present question of space exploration: “Are we alone in the universe?”
October 9–16 | Theatre Bristol
Theatre Bristol announces auditions for "Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells," October 8, 9, 15 and 16 at the Theatre Bristol ARTspace, 512 State Street, Bristol, TN. Under the direction of Dottie Havlik, Junie B. will make her debut on the Theatre Bristol stage and bring holiday cheer in her own spunky way. No preparation is required to audition and roles are available for men, women, and children. Show details, audition times, and rehearsal dates are available at www.TheatreBristol.org/audition.
Written by Allison Gregory and distributed by Playscripts, this first-grader in the title role is really excited about the upcoming holiday gift exchange at her school. Tattletale May is always ruining Junie B.'s fun, so when Junie B. draws May's name things get interesting. "Will the Christmas spirit of peace and goodwill interfere before she can give you-know-who what she deserves? A hilarious and endearing tale based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park (Playscripts)."
Havlik is herself excited to bring this show to the stage for the holidays, most recently directing the River's Way "Three Times Three" production, "The Adventures of Madeline," and "Charlotte's Web," as well as performing and writing many plays over the years.
"June B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells" opens December 1, and runs for three weekends, Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 10:30 am and 5:30 pm, and Sundays at 2:30 pm, closing on December 17. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students, and available at www.Theatre Bristol.org.
For more information, visit Theatre Bristol’s website or Facebook page, contact Theatre Bristol at 423-212-3625, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.