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Believe in Bristol has many people to thank for a successful Dancing Downtown: Adult Prom fundraiser for our organization! Thank you to the Believe in Bristol Board of Directors and dedicated committee members, Tri-Cities Captured Photography, DJ B Digital, State Line Bar & Grille, Machiavelli's, Blackbird Bakery, Quaker Steak & Lube, Nicola Aloisio Photography, Bristol Train Station Staff, and all of those who attended, dressed up, and danced the night away with us! We hope to have an even better event next year and will be posting pictures soon!

Downtown Bristol Blog

Call for Entries: Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion through Your Eyes


Later this year the Birthplace of Country Music Museum will host a new special exhibit Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Through Your Eyes, featuring photographs from Bristol Rhythm fans and festivalgoers. The juried exhibit will be created in-house by the museum’s curatorial team, based on photographs taken at any Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion from its beginnings in 2000 to the most recent festival in 2017.

“We are excited to be turning to the Bristol Rhythm community to help us in creating this very special exhibit,” says Birthplace of Country Music Museum Head Curator René Rodgers. “We have thought about doing a community-led exhibit for a while, and after discussion we thought there was no better way to do that than to tap into the viewpoints and enthusiasm of the people who attend the festival each year. We are hoping to get a wide variety of images that really reflect the atmosphere and energy of Bristol Rhythm.”

Photographs can include shots from all aspects of the festival from the performances on stage and buskers on the street to people enjoying the festival atmosphere to the variety of activities on offer such as Children’s Day or jam workshops. The images will be judged by professional photographers Neil Staples, Jay Phyfer, and Billie Wheeler, former Virginia Intermont professors and alumni, all of whom have worked at the festival and other BCM music events. Photographs will be judged and chosen on the basis of quality and content. The chosen images will then be included and credited in the special exhibit on a series of designed panels.

The exhibit is tentatively set to open in the Special Exhibits Gallery of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in mid-August and will be on display during this year's festival and through October 21, 2018.

Deadline for entries is April 19, 2018. Click here for complete guidelines and submission form.



Downtown Bristol Events

Creative & Crafty: March Canvas Class

March 28 | Bristol Public Library


BPL is celebrating spring with a canvas class! Participants will have the opportunity to select a spring or Easter-themed portrait to give their own personal flair.

The cost for this canvas class will be $5 per person. This will cover all the needed supplies, including canvas, paint, brushes, and instruction. Participants are welcome to bring their own canvas, and the library will waive the fee.

Registration is required. To sign up, contact Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Classic Movie Corner: Rio Bravo

March 29 | Bristol Public Library


Starring John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, and Walter Brennan, Rio Bravo tells the story of Sheriff John T. Chance (Wayne) as he tries to protect his small town from murderer Joe Burdette and his obscenely wealthy brother, Nathan. But after his close friend Pat Wheeler is gunned down in the street, Sheriff Chance is left with only a ragtag band of heroes: Stumpy (Brennan), an elderly deputy with a bad leg; Dude (Martin), a sharpshooter who always hits his mark—when he’s sober; and Colorado Ryan (Nelson), a young ranch hand who used to work for Wheeler.

Saddle up the horses and make your way down to Bristol Public Library for Rio Bravo at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room. Popcorn and water will be available to all movie attendees.

Not rated. 141 minutes.

Big Lon's Crateful Dig

March 29 | Elderbrew


Join Elderbrew Thursday, March 29 at 7pm to welcome back Big Lon to the taproom for 2 hours of local, and regional audio obscurities from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s all on 45 rpm records.

Ted Yoder — "Dulcimer Dad"

March 29 | Paramount Bristol


Ted Yoder’s cover of Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” became one of the most-watched Facebook Live posts in 2016, with more than 101 million views from fans around the world. When a barefooted Yoder performed the hit on his hammered dulcimer in his Indiana family’s backyard with their pet raccoon, he immediately became an Internet sensation known as “Dulcimer Dad.” His unique performance style in popular songs including Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing,” The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby,” and classics such as “Amazing Grace” and “The Little Drummer Boy” has become known as “Yoderizing.”

For all the Internet hoopla, Ted Yoder is a musician with real chops. His talent and showmanship are steeped in an Appalachian musical tradition with origins that can be traced back to 300 BCE in Greece. He has played the dulcimer for decades and even won America’s National Hammered Dulcimer Championship in 2010. Until you hear Ted Yoder, it is impossible to imagine that one wooden stringed instrument can sound like an entire rock band or a whole symphony orchestra all in one.

TICKETS

Britni Zoe Hambrick Quartet

March 29 | Blackbird Bakery


Join Blackbird Bakery for the music of the Britni Zoe Hambrick Quartet.

Rex Montgomery

March 30 | State Line Bar & Grill


Live music this Friday at State Line!

Old-Timers Art Opening

March 30 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Join Bloom Cafe and Listening Room for the opening reception of OLD-TIMERS, a portrait series by Case Elledge. Case is on staff at Bloom Cafe and lives in Bristol, Va. This month long show is a research project on influential Old Time Musicians from Appalachia. Come on down, let’s talk about these legendary folks, and have some cake.

Annie Robinette

March 30 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Award-winning singer-songwriter Annie Robinette has enjoyed a diverse artistic career. Portrait artist, illustrator, actress, dancer, lead singer in rock, blues, and alternative bands... But her work as a singer-songwriter is her first love. Robinette writes songs fueled not only by her own experiences, but largely by her empathic observations of other people’s lives. Her lyrics are direct, visual, relevant. And her sultry, powerful voice will really hit you where you live, delivering stories within which you might even find a piece of yourself you never knew was there.

Parks & Recreation Easter Egg Hunt

March 31 | Cumberland Square Park


Enjoy an exciting morning of fun-filled Easter activities at Cumberland square park in downtown Bristol! Enjoy the colorful mascots of city departments and organizations. Cotton candy is free for all kids, and photos with the Easter Bunny will be available for a nominal fee.

Schedule

  • 9:30 – Mascots, Easter Games and Photos
  • 10:00 – Line Up for Egg Hunt
  • 10:15 – Prizes Awarded

Egg hunt is for ages 2-9, with four fields (2-3, 4-5, 6-7 and 8-9). Call 276-645-7275 for more info.

Coloring Contest
Coloring contest for children ages 4-9! Click here to download the picture for your child to color. Mail the completed picture to:

Coloring Contest
PO Box 16523
Bristol, VA 24209

Prizes will be awarded for the top two entries in each age division. Entries must be received by March 23.

Creative & Crafty: Spring Mesh Wreath

March 31 | Bristol Public Library


Starting at 2:00 p.m. on March 31, Bristol Public Library will be hosting a special class on making a spring-themed mesh wreath.

Registered participants will be supplied with a 14-inch wire wreath frame, decorative mesh, and assorted decorations to create a one-of-a-kind spring wreath to hang on their door. The cost for the class is $5 per person; however, participants will be provided with all supplies needed to create a customizable spring wreath.

Limited numbers of colors and decorations will be provided, but if you have a specific set of colors or decorations you would like to use for your wreath, please feel free to bring them with you. If you bring your own supplies, the library will provide the wire frame and waive the usual fee.

Please note: This project is geared more for adult participants. Children are allowed to participate, but it is recommended they receive parental guidance when handling scissors and customizing their wreath.

Space is limited, so registration is required. To register, please contact Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Pints for Pets

March 31 | Elderbrew


Saturday, March 31 from 2p-5p, Elderbrew will hosting a Benefit for the Sullivan Co. Animal Shelter. There will be Cats and Dogs available for adoption, or just to shower with attention and love. Proceeds from all pints sold from 2-4 will go to SCAS, so come down and have a few pints to help the cause.

Confederate Railroad with special guest Jim Brown

March 31 | Paramount Bristol


Confederate Railroad first rolled onto the national country music scene in the early 90s with its unique style and sound.

Headed by founder and frontman Danny Shirley, the former backup band for both David Allan Coe and Johnny Paycheck got their big break by signing with Atlantic Records. The first single from their debut album ("Confederate Railroad") was "She Took It Like A Man". It went to No. 26, a preview of what was to come. "The next two singles, "Jesus and Mama" and "Queen of Memphis" went to the top of the charts. Three more huge hits followed, "Trashy Women", "When You Leave That Way You Can Never Go Back", and "She Never Cried". "Trashy" would lead to a Grammy nomination and become their signature song. That album with six hits and nearly three million sales brought Confederate the Academy of Country Music's Best New Group Award in 1993 as well as numerous nominations from the Country Music Association and the British Country Music Foundation.

The second album, "Notorious", produced one of the group's most popular songs "Daddy Never Was the Cadillac Kind" which became a No. One video as well. "Elvis and Andy" and "Summer in Dixie" would further establish the Railroad as one of the most versatile acts in the business. This album would sell more than one million. Their overal totals are 18 charted hits and five million albums sold.

From rowdy country to raw emotion, a Confederate Railroad concert today covers a wide range of feelings. Young people will be there rocking to "Trashy Women", while their parents and even grandparents will likely be singing along to "Jesus and Mama". The band plays 100 or so dates each year. Whatever the venue, they are right at home...be it a fair, a club, or a biker show. Shirley, the lead singer and vocalist, and his mates, Mark Dufresne on drums, Mo Thaxton on bass and vocals, Rusty Hendrix on lead guitar and Joey Recker on keyboards and vocals are obviously having fun right along with their appreciative audience. At the end of each show, the band stays around until every fan who wants an autograph, or to pose with the group for a picture or just say "hello" is taken care of.

Smokehouse Crickets

March 31 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Smokehouse Crickets are an Americana/groove band from North East Tennessee.

The Kindest People with Art Smashes Records

March 31 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Johnson City indie rock gods The Kindest People play the stage at Bloom along with Knoxville’s up & coming powerhouse Art Smashes Records. Music at 9, $5, All Ages.

Studio Ghibli Trivia

April 2 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Attention otakus, Studio Ghibli trivia is coming to Bloom! Monday April 2nd Josh and Emily Fehr will be hosting and asking questions from your favorite Studio Ghibli fil

ms!The Ghibli catalogue is huge so the trivia will focus on the films Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Ponyo, Castle in the Sky, and Tales from Earthsea.

There will be a themed menu featuring Bloom’s take on Japanese street food as well as some North American classics. First place gets a $25 gift card.There will also be a costume contest for the best Studio Ghibli cosplayer out there. The costume contest first place gets a $15 gift card.

BPL Movie Night: The Untouchables

April 3 | Bristol Public Library


To celebrate its new exhibition, "Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled," Bristol Public Library will host a free showing of The Untouchables (1987) on April 3 at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room. Popcorn and water will be provided for all movie attendees!

Federal Agent Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) is a Treasury agent committed to upholding the law and enforcing Prohibition in 1920s Chicago. Together with a handpicked team of officers and agents—featuring the talents of actors Sean Connery, Charles Smith, and Andy Garcia—Ness sets out to fight corruption and take down the biggest gangster in Chicago: Al Capone himself (Robert De Niro).

Rated R. 119 minutes. Please note: The Untouchables may not be suitable for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.

Community Notice Board

March Madness Sale

Through March 30 | Breathe Bristol Yoga


Breathe Bristol is having a March Madness Sale! March 20 — 30, ALL NEW YOGA STUDENTS will receive 10 days of unlimited yoga for $10. Current studio students will receive 10% off of 5 & 15 class cards that do not expire, making each class $9 or $10 depending on class card purchase! To sign up, visit breathebristol.com, call 423-254-0323 or stop in at 39 Piedmont Avenue, Bristol, VA.

Breathe Bristol is open 7 days a week, and offers 25 classes each week!

Easter Savings at Tri-Cities Escape Game

This weekend only


Familyin for Easter? Save $3 per person THIS WEEKEND ONLY! Hop ondown to State Street for an EasterWeekend Escape! Use the coupon code Bunny3off and save $3per person ongames played Friday, March 30 and Saturday March 31. Tri-Cities Escape Game will be closed for Easter on Sunday.

Also Coming Up

Creative & Crafty: March Canvas Class
March 28 | Bristol Public Library
Classic Movie Corner: Rio Bravo
March 29 | Bristol Public Library
Big Lon's Crateful Dig
March 29 | Elderbrew
Ted Yoder — "Dulcimer Dad"
March 29 | Paramount Bristol
Britni Zoe Hambrick Quartet
March 29 | Blackbird Bakery
Rex Montgomery
March 30 | State Line Bar & Grill
Old-Timers Art Opening
March 30 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Annie Robinette
March 30 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Parks & Recreation Easter Egg Hunt
March 31 | Cumberland Square Park
Creative & Crafty: Spring Mesh Wreath
March 31 | Bristol Public Library
Pints for Pets
March 31 | Elderbrew
Confederate Railroad with special guest Jim Brown
March 31 | Paramount Bristol
Smokehouse Crickets
March 31 | Quaker Steak and Lube
The Kindest People with Art Smashes Records
March 31 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Studio Ghibli Trivia
April 2 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
BPL Movie Night: The Untouchables
April 3 | Bristol Public Library
Creative & Crafty: Glass Jars & Bottles
April 4 | Bristol Public Library
BPL Anime Theater: Tenchi Muyo! The Movie
April 5 | Bristol Public Library
Appalachian Arcana podcast LIVE recording
April 5 | Elderbrew
Strong Mountain Women: How Ballads Power People
April 6 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Sulphur Springs String Dippers
April 6 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
The Black Jacket Symphony: Guns N' Roses "Appetite for Destruction"
April 6 | Paramount Bristol
Bingo
April 7 | Bristol Public Library
RTE 23 Listening Room Concert: Folk Soul Revival
April 7 | Park Avenue Theater
Phil Vassar
April 7 | Paramount Bristol
Prohibition & Modern Moonshine with the Virginia ABC
April 11 | Bristol Public Library
Beginning Genealogy
April 12 | Bristol Public Library
Farm & Fun Time ft. Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys, David Davis & the Warrior River Boys
April 12 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Independent Lens: Look & See
April 12 | Paramount Bristol
From Busthead to Boozy Creek: Moonshine on the Map of VA & TN
April 18 | Bristol Public Library
BPL Book Club: The War that Saved My Life
April 19 | Bristol Public Library
Triumphant Quartet
April 20 | Paramount Bristol
Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives
April 22 | Paramount Bristol
Classic Movie Corner: Thunder Road
April 26 | Bristol Public Library
EmiSunshine with Etta May
April 28 | Paramount Bristol
Colly
May 3 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Appalachian Arcana podcast LIVE recording
May 3 | Elderbrew
James Gregory, "America's Funniest Man"
May 4 | Paramount Bristol
Independent Lens: Look & See
May 17 | Paramount Bristol
Border Bash
May 18 | Downtown Bristol
Border Bash
June 1 | Downtown Bristol
David Wiseman
June 1 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Mighty Wurlitzer Day
June 2 | Paramount Bristol
Border Bash
June 15 | Downtown Bristol
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
June 22 – July 1 | Paramount Bristol
Border Bash & Celebrate Bristol
July 4 | Downtown Bristol
Border Bash
July 20 | Downtown Bristol
Border Bash
August 3 | Downtown Bristol
18th Annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
September 21–23 | Downtown Bristol
PUSH! Film Festival
October 12–14 | Downtown Bristol

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