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BCM Museum receives Awards of Excellence from TAM


The Birthplace of Country Music Museum was recognized by the Tennessee Association of Museums with two (2) Awards of Excellence at their statewide conference at the Latta Arts Center in Selmer, Tennessee. The purpose of the Awards of Excellence is to recognize, encourage, and promote excellence within the activities of the Tennesse museum community. Awards are based on creativity, originality, resourcefulness, success, support of museum statement, and utlization of staff volunteers.

“Each year TAM recognizes the projects and accomplishments achieved at Tennessee museums during the previous year. Regardless of staff size or budget, our museums are doing wonderful things that need to be recognized and applauded.” stated Tori Mason, Historic Site Manager at the Nashville Zoo, who served as this year’s chair of the TAM Awards Committee. She went on to say: “The awards committee was once again impressed with the creativity, resourcefulness and commitment shown in all of the nominations. Our museums are doing amazing things!

“We are very proud of the exhibitions, events and educational programming that our Tennessee museums are producing,” commented Ken Mayes, Deputy Director at the American Museum of Science & Energy, who serves as the current TAM president. “Our state is fortunate to have so many excellent museums and historic sites that are committed to providing exceptional presentations for visitors to enjoy.”



Radio Bristol seeks submissions for The Crooked Road Radio Hour


Radio Bristol is working alongside The Crooked Road to produce a weekly radio program entitled "The Crooked Road Radio Hour." Each Tuesday morning at 11 am, Nathan Sykes takes listeners on an informative and exciting journey exploring traditional music in the 19 counties along The Crooked Road. While exploring historic Southwest Virginia recordings is a key aspect of the show's programming, featuring current artists who are continuing the traditions of our region is just as crucial. Nathan and the Radio Bristol crew invite all Crooked Road Artists to submit music to be featured on the program, as well as to potentially come in for live in-studio performances. For questions about getting your music featured on this program, email Nathan Sykes at nsykes@birthplaceofcountrymusic.org.

Music submissions may be sent to:

Radio Bristol
c/o The Crooked Road Radio Hour
P.O Box 1927
Bristol, VA 24203



Downtown Bristol Events

Open Mic Night

April 4 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Chris Long hosts Bloom’s Open Mic Night! 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:

6:30 -
7:00- Smitty (magic show!)
7:30- Mac Partain
8:00- Heavy Lemon
8:30- Bill Edwards
9:00- Major Payne
9:30- NS3

Creative & Crafty: Glass Jars & Bottles

April 4 | Bristol Public Library


Bristol Public Library will offer a free Creative & Crafty project on April 4 at 6:00 p.m. Decorate recycled glass jars and bottles using glitter, paint, paper, and ModPodge. The glasses and jars will be all different sizes and shapes, and availability of decorations will vary; however, if you have a specific project in mind, you're welcome to bring your own supplies.

This project is great for all ages, easy to do, and completely free to attend!

One jar or bottle available per person. To ensure everyone has the opportunity to complete a glass project, registration is required. To participate, contact BPL at 276-645-8780 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Michael Czarnecki Poetry Reading

April 5 | Bristol Public Library


Michael Czarnecki will present a free Poetry Reading on Thursday, April 5 at 3:00 p.m. at Bristol Public Library. Czarnecki, a poet and small press publisher from New York, will read original poems, tell stories, and share his latest books, as well as offer an open reading for local poets and authors. Everyone is welcome to participate and visiting poets are encouraged to share!

BPL Anime Theater: Tenchi Muyo! The Movie

April 5 | Bristol Public Library


Bristol Public Library will offer a free showing of Tenchi Muyo! The Movie (1996) on April 5 at 5:30 p.m. BPL Anime Theater meets on the first Thursday of the month in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room to watch anime and related manga—and munch on Japanese snacks!

Tenchi is not your average teenager: he’s friends with an intergalactic criminal, a Galaxy Police officer, and members from the Jurai royal family. He’s always drawn into different adventures and hijinks—but, this time, he may be in real danger! When a merciless criminal named Kain escapes from subspace and demolishes the Galaxy Police headquarters, Tenchi and his friends are put in peril as Kain turns his gaze on the earth.

Rated PG-13. 95 minutes.

Rylee Peters

April 5 | Blackbird Bakery


Join Blackbird Bakery to enjoy the powerhouse voice of local teen Rylee Peters!

Appalachian Arcana podcast LIVE recording

April 5 | Elderbrew


Appalachian Arcana brings you tales of the strange and unusual from around the Appalachian region. From hair-raising accounts of true crime to haints and hauntings, ghost cats and goatmen, tune in for stories of the many things that go bump in the night in these hills.

Recording live at Elderbrew the first Thursday of each month.

Doors Open Downtown

April 6 | Downtown Bristol


Are long work hours keep you from experiencing everything that Downtown Bristol has to offer? We have a solution! Introducing Doors Open Downtown, a monthly, post-work, shopping and dining experience.

In partnership with downtown businesses on the First Friday of each month, customers and visitors will be able to enjoy after hours shopping in participating retailers until 8 PM as well as extended happy hours featuring a variety of food and drink specials at participating restaurants. As an added bonus, there's always affordable entertainment to be had on Fridays in Downtown Bristol.

On April 6th, Believe in Bristol will be adding onto that entertainment with a Bristol-themed scavenger hunt! Clues will lead participants up and down State Street for a chance to be the winner of our grand prize. Stay tuned for our rotating monthly entertainment and activity schedule!

Remember: when you buy from an independent, locally-owned business, rather than a nationally-owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses and service providers — continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.

Kimmie Rhodes Singer/Book Signing

April 6 | Blackbird Bakery


Kimmie Rhodes will be at Blackbird Bakery from 11:30 am — 1:30 pm.

Strong Mountain Women: How Ballads Power People

April 6 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Songs and Stories from the Appalachian Collections of Cecil Sharp, Maud Karpeles, and Olive Dame Campbell

Join BCMM on Friday, April 6 at 7pm in the museum’s Performance Theater for “Strong Mountain Women: How Ballads Power People – Songs and Stories from the Appalachian Collections of Cecil Sharp, Maud Karpeles, and Olive Dame Campbell.”

From 1916 to 1918, English ballad collector Cecil Sharp traveled the Appalachian region to document variants of ballad songs and photographed some of the singers who shared their music. The special exhibit – The Appalachian Photographs of Cecil Sharp, 1916 to 1918 – highlights 26 rare photographs that offer a stunning window into the lives of Appalachian people of the period. This exhibit will be on display at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum from March 17 to May 31, 2018.

This related program will feature a talk by Donald Hughes, exhibit curator, and a performance by eighth-generation North Carolina ballad singer and storyteller Donna Ray Norton. Norton is one of the artists on the 2017 Grammy-nominated recording Big Bend Killing: The Appalachian Ballad Tradition, a two-disc set that features a number of performers, including Roseanne Cash and Sheila Kay Adams.

The Appalachian Photographs of Cecil Sharp, 1916 to 1918 is on loan from the Country Dance and Song Society, with permission of the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

For more information about the exhibit, go to www.cecilsharpinappalachia.org.

TICKETS

Sulphur Springs String Dippers w/ KT VanDyke

April 6 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


About SSSD
An old-time string trio playing high energy music from our southern Appalachian region, past and present!

The Black Jacket Symphony: Guns N' Roses "Appetite for Destruction"

April 6 | Paramount Bristol


The Black Jacket Symphony offers a unique concert experience through recreating classic albums in a live performance setting. A selected album is performed in its entirety by a group of handpicked musicians specifically selected for each album, with no sonic detail being overlooked — the musicians do whatever it takes to musically reproduce the album.

The performance is separated into two sets. The first set features the album being recreated as a true symphonic piece. The second set, which features a selection of the album artist's "greatest hits," opens in full contrast to the first set with an incredible light display and the symphony being much more laid back. The tone is set very quickly that the show will feature the high level of musicianship of the act being covered and will also be accompanied by all the bells and whistles of a major rock and roll show.

TICKETS

The Fustics

April 6 | O'Mainnin's Pub


Hailing from Wilmington, North Carolina, Brad Heller and The Fustics continue to expand their audience throughout the east coast with spirited live shows, and acclaimed studio releases. Blending an array of musical genres into their own distinctive style, the band has evolved from humble acoustic beginnings to a high-energy touring outfit. The Fustics incorporate a slab of blues, gallons of folk, a pint of punk, and a hint of country within their blue-collar rock.

Bingo

April 7 | 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. BPL will have snacks available and small prizes for bingo winners!

RTE 23 Listening Room Concert: Folk Soul Revival

April 7 | Park Avenue Theater


The Birthplace of Country Music presents the RTE 23 Listening Room with Folk Soul Revival at the Park Avenue Theater in Norton, Virginia.

Folk Soul Revival is one of southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee’s most beloved and sought after acts. Performing original roots-rock, the quintet’s distinct, radio-ready sound and back-porch instrumentation have garnered success with high profile gigs opening for the likes ofTravis Tritt, Jason Isbell, Eric Church, Justin Townes Earle, Dr. Ralph Stanley, and more.FSR’s loyal fan base, fondly referred to as “The Congregation,” consistently packs sold out shows across the southeastwhile singing along with the band word for word.

FSR is a mainstay act atBristol Rhythm & Roots Reunionwhich boasts more than 60,000 attendees. The band has also performed atFloydfestand are among the best-selling acts to perform at the legendaryCarter Family FoldandThe Down Home.

TICKETS

Phil Vassar

April 7 | Paramount Bristol


Phil Vassar is as driven today as he was when he first left his Lynchburg, Virginia home to pursue – and realize – his dream of making his mark in entertainment. A career that has seen the release of eight al bums, two ASCAP Songwriter of the Year trophies, Billboard Country Songwriter of the Year, countless hits as a singer and songwriter and a mantle full of awards and the launch of his own Rodeowave Entertainment label continues to expand and evolve.

As a singer/songwriter, Phil has hit the Top 5 seven times with songs like “Carlene,” “Last Day of My Life” and “American Child” and topped the charts with “In A Real Love” and the perennial favorite “Just Another Day in Paradise.” Known as one of Nashville’s top tunesmiths, his songs other artists have taken to #1 include “My Next Thirty Years” by Tim McGraw, “She’s Right On The Money” by Alan Jackson, and Jo Dee Messina’s “Bye, Bye” and “I’m Alright.” New artist David Nail had a hit with Phil’s “The Sound of a Million Dreams,” which Billboard named the #1 song in their Top 10 Country Songs of 2012.

Visit www.PhilVassar.com for more information and media.

TICKETS

ScroungeHound, Loose Leaves and The Shifters

April 7 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


ScroungeHound is classic hard rock & psychedelia from WV.

Loose Leaves is indie rock n roll from JC.

The Shifters play blues rock magic from B town.

8pm / $5 / all ages

Spring Herbal Wellness Workshop

April 8 | Breathe Bristol Yoga


Join herbalist Lesley Setchim to discuss spring herbs to help detoxify the body and digest and nourish from the inside, out! Fresh teas, tinctures, salves and tonics will be available to sample. Participants will leave with information to begin producing their own.

Space is limited – register today! Call 423-254-0323, or stop by the studio.

Artist Meet & Greet: Matthew Mills

April 10 | Blackbird Bakery


Well known local photographer Matthew Mills will introduce his latest works consisting of 41 pieces of both canvas and matted photographs. The collection will be on display from April 2-29. All art sale proceeds will be donated to Holly Help Spay-Neuter Fund to help underprivileged dogs and cats.

Community Notice Board

$5 Belk Charity Sale to Benefit Holly Help

May 5th | Belk


The Holly Help Fund is participating in the Belk Charity sale fundraiser again this year. Tickets are being sold for $5.00 each and can be used at any Belk store on May 5th, 2018. Earmark ticket donations to indicate "BELK" and mail to Holly Help, PO Box 1264, Bristol, VA 24203. Tickets will be returned to donors via US Mail.

Funds will be used to help underprivileged animals receive a spay-neuter surgery which will prevent the births of hundreds of unwanted puppies and kittens. One charity sale ticket per customer can be redeemed for $5 from first sale purchase.

The Casual Word's Typewriter Tour of Bristol

7 Dates in April & May | Downtown Bristol


Join Langley “Casual-Word” Shazor for this first of its kind type-in extravaganza – visiting 7 destinations in Downtown Bristol over 2 months!

Free to the public
Children welcome
Typewriter repairs on site (bring in machines)
Writing strongly encouraged
Fun is a requirement!

SCHEDULE

April 12th: Studio Brewed Sonnets – Studio Brew / 6pm – 10pm
April 28th: Windblown Words – Bristol Station / 1pm – 5pm
May 3rd: Community Type-In – Bristol Public Library / 4pm – 8pm
May 10th: Retro Writing Night – Bloom Cafe and Listening Room / 6pm – 10pm
May 17th: Similes at Stateline – Stateline Bar & Grill / 6pm – 10pm
May 25th: Rooftop Keytops – Warehouse 817 (817 State St.) / 6pm – 10pm
May 31st: Pints & Prose – Elderbrew / 6pm – 10pm

Also Coming Up

Open Mic Night
April 4 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Creative & Crafty: Glass Jars & Bottles
April 4 | Bristol Public Library
Michael Czarnecki Poetry Reading
April 5 | Bristol Public Library
BPL Anime Theater: Tenchi Muyo! The Movie
April 5 | Bristol Public Library
Rylee Peters
April 5 | Blackbird Bakery
Appalachian Arcana podcast LIVE recording
April 5 | Elderbrew
Doors Open Downtown
April 6 | Downtown Bristol
Kimmie Rhodes Singer/Book Signing
April 6 | Blackbird Bakery
Strong Mountain Women: How Ballads Power People
April 6 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Sulphur Springs String Dippers w/ KT VanDyke
April 6 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
The Black Jacket Symphony: Guns N' Roses "Appetite for Destruction"
April 6 | Paramount Bristol
The Fustics
April 6 | O'Mainnin's Pub
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
ScroungeHound, Loose Leaves and The Shifters
April 7 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Spring Herbal Wellness Workshop
April 8 | Breathe Bristol Yoga
Artist Meet & Greet: Matthew Mills
April 10 | Blackbird Bakery
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
The Diamonds
April 12 | Blackbird Bakery
MakerSpace Open House
April 13 | Bristol Public Library
Ales of the British Isles
April 14 | Elderbrew
State Street String Band
April 16 | Blackbird Bakery
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
Ashley 6 Gun
April 19 | Blackbird Bakery
Triumphant Quartet
April 20 | Paramount Bristol
The Pythia and Archaic Knowledge
April 20 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Rocky Horror Trivia
April 21 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
"Amongst the Barrels" Beer Dinner
April 22 | Studio Brew
Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives
April 22 | Paramount Bristol
Boozy Creek Grass Band
April 24 | Blackbird Bakery
Hand-Crafted: Craft Beers & Local Wine in Tennessee and Virginia
April 25 | Bristol Public Library
Classic Movie Corner: Thunder Road
April 26 | Bristol Public Library
The Diamonds
April 26 | Blackbird Bakery
Creative & Crafty: April Showers Canvas Class
April 28 | Bristol Public Library
EmiSunshine with Etta May
April 28 | Paramount Bristol
State Street String Band
April 30 | Blackbird Bakery
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
The Big Bad with Moose Roberts and Th' Monkeypaws
May 4 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
The Paramount Chamber Players "Of Bohemians and Princes"
May 5 | Paramount Bristol
Farm & Fun Time ft. Traveller and Roy Book Binder
May 10 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Gleam: A Jones/Serway Collaborative Exhibit
May 11 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
The Roy "Futureman" Wooten and Kevin Spears Experience
May 11 | 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
Teacher In-Service Special Program
June 8 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Kind Thieves with Collateral Jammage
June 8 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
If Birds Could Fly
June 9 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
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
Humorist Jeanne Robertson
August 4 | Paramount Bristol
18th Annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
September 21–23 | Downtown Bristol
PUSH! Film Festival
October 12–14 | Downtown Bristol

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