Downtown Bristol Events
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
March 29 | Blackbird Bakery
Join Blackbird Bakery for the music of the Britni Zoe Hambrick Quartet.
March 30 | State Line Bar & Grill
Live music this Friday at State Line!
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.
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.
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.
- 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 for children ages 4-9! Click here to download the picture for your child to color. Mail the completed picture to:
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
March 31 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Smokehouse Crickets are an Americana/groove band from North East Tennessee.
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.
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.
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.