Believe in Bristol
Become a fan on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter   Support Believe in Bristol
Sponsored by the Bristol Herald Courier

Now Leasing: The Remington Bristol


The lofts at The Remington Bristol are nearly complete, and are now leasing! Ready to make the move to downtown Bristol? Get your chance to check out The Remington at their Chamber after hours, Thursday from 5:30 — 7 pm.

Happy Valentine's Day from Believe in Bristol!


Happy Valentine's Day! Remember to support local businesses as you scramble to pick up the perfect gift for your valentine! Wonderful unique gifts available within Historic Downtown Bristol along with amazing restaurants to round out a perfect night with your love! Be sure to call ahead and make reservations!

Downtown Bristol Blog

Sands & Hearn premiers song recorded at The Earnest Tube


Husband and wife duo Sands & Hearn premier their new song entitled "Oakleigh Street" on the Sands & Hearn YouTube channel. The two recently wrote and then recorded the tune (along with three more songs) at The Earnest Tube in Bristol, Virginia in January of this year, where they set up a camera and captured the moment to video.

The Earnest Tube is a direct to lacquer disc recording studio owned and operated by Clevelanders Clint Holley, and his partner Dave Polster, who along with Bristol resident Michael Peck, make up the engineering team. "Before 1950 almost all music was recorded directly to a wax or lacquer disc or cylinder," says Holly. "Special 'cutting machines' were employed called cutting lathes to carve grooves into the medium, which could then be played by a stylus. The Earnest Tube uses several vintage cutting lathes to recreate the experience of recording live to disc. No overdubs, no fixing it in the mix.'

Sanda & Hearn were first inspired to write "Oakleigh Street" while attending a talk on the history of Euclid, OH. Along with learning the origins of the town they currently call home, they also discovered that many of the original street names had been changed to numbers as part of urban planning and development, and that the original names tell more about the neighborhoods and the people who lived there than a simple number ever could.

The duo, who released their first full-length album Time Is A Line in 2017, are planning an audio release of the new material they recorded in Bristol, possibly as digital singles and on limited-run vinyl sometime in the future.



Downtown Bristol Events

Rom-Com Marathon: While You Were Sleeping

February 14 | Bristol Public Library


Join Bristol Public Library throughout February to enjoy a Rom-Com Movie Marathon!

Starring Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman, While You Were Sleeping is a quintessential 90s romantic comedy. Lucy (Bullock) is a hopeless romantic and, though she doesn’t like to admit it, she’s lonely. When she’s working on Christmas Day, she unexpectedly meets the man of her dreams after he's pushed from
a train platform—only to be mistaken for his fiancee by his family!

Rated PG. 103 minutes.

Open Mic Night

February 14 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Not So Subtle Sounds hosts Bloom’s Valentine’s Day Open mic! Open Mic is from 6-10PM every Wednesday & is free to the public.

If you would like to perform sign-up in the event discussion or drop by the shop & add your name in writing the day of. If you reserve a slot, make sure you arrive 30 minutes before or you might get skipped. Please stay & support the other performers if you are on stage that night! Music, open jams, spoken word, comedy, poetry, & other forms of art are all welcome!

PERFORMANCES LISTED BELOW:

6PM -
6:30 -
7:00 -
7:30 — Not So Subtle Sounds
8:00 — Not So Subtle Sounds
9:00 -
9:30 -

BPL Book Club: Enemy Women

February 15 | Bristol Public Library


BPL Book Club will meet February 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the Frances Kegley Conference Room. The club will discuss Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles, and pick up its next reading adventure, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. Copies of the next book will be provided for readers to check out and read over the next month.

Join BPL for an excellent evening of books and Blackbird Bakery treats!

Charles B Flannagan presents: Colonel James Patton

February 15 | Bristol Public Library


The Bristol Historical Association will present a program on Thursday, February 15th, in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting room at the Bristol Public Library featuring guest speaker, the Honorable Charles B. Flannagan, retired judge from the Bristol Virginia Circuit Court. Judge Flannagan, an authority in local and judicial history, will speak about Colonel James Patton, the principle holder of the first land grant for Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee.

The traditional history of the Bristol area, in particular the Sapling Grove tract, can be traced back to Evan Shelby and Isaac Baker who were the first noted owners to settle and develop the area. Shelby built a way-station which later became a Holston militia fort. Baker established an extensive farm which was later sold to the Goodson family. Judge Flannagan will tell the story of the first titled owner of the land covering Virginia and Tennessee prior to the arrival of the Shelby and Baker families.

In 1745, Colonel James Patton, county lieutenant and commander of militia for Augusta County, was granted 120,000 acres of land to the west of the Blue Ridge Mountains by the Governor and Council of Virginia. Patton, along with his son-in-law, John Buchanan, deputy surveyor of Augusta County, Dr. Thomas Walker, and others made an exploratory journey to what is now southwest Virginia and east Tennessee in 1748, to locate and survey many of the tracts of land in the region.

The February 15th meeting is in partnership with the Bristol Public Library's mission of "Expanding Minds and Building Community." The program is free and open to the general public to attend. Contact Tim Buchanan, Program Chairman, for details of this or other upcoming programs at buchanan03@bvu.net.

Rylee Peters

February 15 | Blackbird Bakery


Join Blackbird Bakery for music from up and coming local artist Rylee Peters.

Bingo

February 16 | Bristol Public Library


Join Bristol Public Library for Bingo! No registration is necessary. Just drop in to the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room for an entire evening of free bingo games and family-friendly fun. We'll have some snacks available and small prizes for our bingo winners!

Saul Brooks

February 16 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Saul Brooks will perform at Quaker Steak and Lube.

The Holifields with Mind Modes

February 16 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


The Holifields from Knoxville bring you classic psych rock vibes with a eclectic modern spin.

Mind Modes from Johnson City play third-eye instrumental psych jams.

RTE 23 Listening Room Concert: Lauren & Jason Morrow of The Whiskey Gentry

February 16 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Two nights, two locations! The Birthplace of Country Music presents the RTE 23 Listening Room with Lauren & Jason Morrow of The Whiskey Gentry!

The Birthplace of Country Music proudly presents another exciting edition of the RTE 23 Listening Room Concert Series! Two nights in two locations with the combined talents of Lauren and Jason Morrow of The Whiskey Gentry—a favorite act ofBristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion. You’ll have two opportunities to experience this talented couple in two separate, yet intimate and unique, venues.

On Friday, February 16 the duo will appear at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Historic Downtown Bristol and they’ll perform at The Inn at Wise in Wise, Virginia on Saturday, February 24th.

Tickets

Lessons from Shakespeare: How to Avoid a Personal Tragedy

February 17 | Theatre Bristol


Theatre Bristol announces an encore collaboration with River's Way to present an original production, Lessons from Shakespeare: How to Avoid a Personal Tragedy February 17 at 10:30 am and 5:30 pm.

Lessons from Shakespeare: How to Avoid a Personal Tragedy is a production that features the highlights of the works of William Shakespeare as adapted by Dottie Havlik. It was created especially for the special needs teens and young adults with River's Way and Theatre Bristol actors.

Directing this original piece will be Theatre Bristol veteran Dottie Havlik, most recently Theatre Bristol director of Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, The Adventures of Madeline and Charlotte's Web at Theatre Bristol, and long-time actor in many shows including Steel Magnolias and The Music Man.

"These River's Way young adults and youth are so creative, and they're so excited to be returning to the ARTspace stage," said Havlik. "As with last year's show, they're learning true theatre lessons about taking directions, overcoming nervousness, and concentrating on a task. They have shown what they can do and they know how to entertain audiences."

River's Way, lead by Executive Director Tom Hanlon, is an organization dedicated to the positive and productive involvement of young people with disabilities in our community.

"We are very grateful to Theatre Bristol, and especially to Dottie Havlik, for providing us with an opportunity to participate in this community play," said Hanlon. "I cannot begin to describe the levels of excitement and anticipation that this play has generated for the students, graduates and staff of River's Way. They are ready to go back on stage and earn some applause!"

Theatre Bristol and River's Way thank the community for its support of this production, people with disabilities, and the arts. Working together to create live performance, we develop stories and memories that entertain and foster connections in our community among people of all abilities.

Lessons from Shakespeare: How to Avoid a Personal Tragedy will have two showings on Saturday, February 17 at 10:30 am and 5:30 pm. Tickets are $5 and will be available online and, pending available seating at the door 30 minutes prior to showtime. Seating is general admission and for any special accommodations, please call or email the Theatre. Show information is also available online at www.TheatreBristol.org or by calling the message line at 423-212-3625.

"How to Kick the Sugar Habit" Workshop

February 17 | Breathe Bristol Yoga


Do you have a sugar addiction? You’re not alone. So why do we have this addiction and what does it do to our bodies? Why is it important that we even consider reducing the amount of sugar we eat or even eliminate it all together? Breathe Bristol will host this FREE hour-long workshop to learn more about sugar and how to kick the habit (if you want to)!

  • Learn 3 Major Challenges when it comes to sugar
  • Learn 7 Solutions to helping you kick the sugar habit
  • Receive guidance and support in your health journey
  • Receive a health coach approved sweet treat!

For questions please visit: www.ignitelifehealthcoach.com.

Creative & Crafty: Chinese New Year Lanterns

February 17 | Bristol Public Library


Bristol Public Library will offer a free class on crafting paper lanterns to celebrate Chinese New Year! Starting at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, registered participants will have the opportunity to design and handcraft a paper lantern using bamboo, tissue paper, and other materials.

Registration is required, but supplies will be provided to all participants free of charge. To learn more about crafting a paper lantern by hand or registering for our class, please contact Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or at ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Black Mass: Art Exhibition by Brian Serway

February 17 | Elder Brew


Join Elderbrew for a night of local craft beers and the surreal works of artist Brian Serway. Brian will be showcasing a number of new pieces, focusing on nocturnal Appalachian landscapes, the cosmos, and the mind.

My New Favorites

February 17 | Studio Brew


About My New Favorites
Award-winning songwriters hook up with top-notch players to fly off into an Americana frenzy. Eclectic in all things, they combine musical styles without fear and serve up high energy at every show.

Lodi

February 17 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Lodi are a folk-acoustic-bluegrass-rock fusion group based out of Bristol, VA.

State Street String Band

February 19 | Blackbird Bakery


Join Blackbird Bakery for live bluegrass with State Street String Band.

The Barbaric Yawps

February 20 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


The Barbaric Yawps are an eclectic acoustic band steeped in bluegrass and traditional country but impatient with labels, categories, and genre in general.

Rom-Com Marathon: Return to Me

February 21 | Bristol Public Library


Join Bristol Public Library throughout February to enjoy a Rom-Com Movie Marathon!

Bob Rueland (portrayed by David Duchovny) spends his days working, grappling with the tragic loss of his wife; Grace Briggs (Minnie Driver), after receiving a life-saving heart transplant, continues to recover and put her life back together. When they meet at the local Irish-Italian restaurant, Bob and Grace discover a mutual attraction, but, unbeknownst to either of them, Grace received her heart transplant on the same night Bob lost his wife.

Rated PG. 115 minutes.

Dancing Downtown: Adult Prom

March 23 | Bristol Train Station


Believe in Bristol is gearing up for a BRAND NEW spring fundraiser, Dancing Downtown: Adult Prom! Join us Friday, March 23, 2018 at the Bristol Train Station and party with a purpose!

This event includes all your favorite prom staples from balloon arches and photo booths to finger foods and a DJ with the added bonus of games and a bar! Nominate your friends and vote for King and Queen, dance the night away with our DJ, and create fun memories along the way — all while supporting a local non profit organization! This event is open to anyone and everyone over the age of 21. Relive your high school glory days: dust off that old dress, suit, or just use the night as an excuse to look good and have fun!

TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH! Individual and couple tickets will be available for sale both at the Believe in Bristol office and online HERE for $25 and $40 respectively. Tables will be available for purchase through the Believe in Bristol Office only at $150 for 8 seats (table quantity limited). Tickets include entry, food, two drinks, and photo booth access. King and Queen nominations, extra drinks, games, and official photos will be cash only.

Dancing Downtown: Adult Prom is a fundraiser for Believe in Bristol; all proceeds will benefit the Main Street Program and downtown revitalization efforts. For more information, please contact the Believe in Bristol at 423-573-2201 or info@believeinbristol.org. As a Certified Main Street Community, Downtown Bristol has more to offer every day more activities, more shops, more homes, more offices and more life. Believe in Bristol is a nonprofit 501 ( c ) 3 organization composed of dedicated citizens, business owners, government officials and other friends of Bristol who recognize the role a vital downtown plays in preserving and furthering our communities identity, spirit and economy.

Also Coming Up

Rom-Com Marathon: While You Were Sleeping
February 14 | Bristol Public Library
Open Mic Night
February 14 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
BPL Book Club: Enemy Women
February 15 | Bristol Public Library
Charles B Flannagan presents: Colonel James Patton
February 15 | Bristol Public Library
Rylee Peters
February 15 | Blackbird Bakery
Bingo
February 16 | Bristol Public Library
Saul Brooks
February 16 | Quaker Steak and Lube
The Holifields with Mind Modes
February 16 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
RTE 23 Listening Room Concert: Lauren & Jason Morrow of The Whiskey Gentry
February 16 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Lessons from Shakespeare: How to Avoid a Personal Tragedy
February 17 | Theatre Bristol
"How to Kick the Sugar Habit" Workshop
February 17 | Breathe Bristol Yoga
Creative & Crafty: Chinese New Year Lanterns
February 17 | Bristol Public Library
Black Mass: Art Exhibition by Brian Serway
February 17 | Elder Brew
My New Favorites
February 17 | Studio Brew
Lodi
February 17 | Quaker Steak and Lube
State Street String Band
February 19 | Blackbird Bakery
The Barbaric Yawps
February 20 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Rom-Com Marathon: Return to Me
February 21 | Bristol Public Library
Classic Movie Corner: Sergeant York
February 22 | Bristol Public Library
The Diamonds
February 22 | Blackbird Bakery
1927 Society Concert: Merlefest on the Road
February 23 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Smokehouse Crickets
February 23 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Bristol CSA Fair: Meet Your Farmer!
February 24 | Warehouse 817
Loose Leaves
February 24 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Rom-Com Marathon: You've Got Mail
February 28 | Bristol Public Library
Ian Feathers Band
March 3 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Farm & Fun Time ft. Bumper Jacksons, Roochie Toochie & the Ragtime Shepherd Kings
March 8
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
March 9–25 | Theatre Bristol
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Auditions
March 10–20 | Theatre Bristol
Ladies Safety Night
March 15 | Holiday Inn
St. Patrick's Day Party to benefit BVPS Education Foundation
March 17 | Warehouse 817
Wynonna & The Big Noise
March 17 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Dancing Downtown: Adult Prom
March 23 | Bristol Train Station
Confederate Railroad with special guest Jim Brown
March 31 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Phil Vassar
April 7 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Farm & Fun Time ft. Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys, David Davis & the Warrior River Boys
April 12 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Triumphant Quartet
April 20 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives
April 22 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Colly
May 3 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
James Gregory, "America's Funniest Man"
May 4 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
June 22 – July 1 | Paramount Center for the Arts
18th Annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
September 21–23 | Downtown Bristol

More Upcoming Events »
© 2009 - 2018 Believe in Bristol. All rights reserved.