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BRRR 2018 Lineup Revealed


Nearly as anticipated as the event itself, the annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion lineup was announced yesterday via Facebook Live. Old Crow Medicine Show is set to headline this year's festival.

Other artists include Railroad Earth, Taj Mahal Trio, The Steeldrivers, and many more! Check out the complete lineup in this BRRR Facebook post, and visit the Bristol Rhythm website to order your tickets today.



Downtown Bristol Events

From Busthead to Boozy Creek: Moonshine on the Map of VA & TN

April 18 | Bristol Public Library


Joe Tennis, noted local author and journalist, will speak at Bristol Public Library on April 18 at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room. Tennis will explore the history and legacy of moonshine throughout the region, inspecting the marks it has left on our map and recounting the legends that have sprung up around it. Tennis will share ghost tales from Patrick County, stories from the moonshine trade in Tazewell, Washington, and Sullivan counties, and legends of whiskey and more from Franklin County.

Tennis’ visit to the library coincides with the library's current gallery installation, "Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled," a traveling exhibition from the Library of Virginia presented with support from the Virginia ABC and the Virginia Distillers Association. "Teetotalers & Moonshiners" will be available and open to the public in the Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery during the library’s hours of operation, until April 28, 2018.

Bristol VA Candidate Forum / Meet & Greet

April 18 | Bristol VA Public Schools Office


Join Bristol Chamber of Commerce for a Bristol, VA City Council Candidate Forum and School Board Candidate Meet & Greet on Wednesday, April 18th from 6 — 7:30 at the Bristol VA Public Schools office.

BPL Book Club: The War that Saved My Life

April 19 | Bristol Public Library


BPL Book Club will meet on April 19 at 6:00 p.m. The club will finish reading and discussing Kimberly Brubaker Bradley's award-winning young adult novel, The War That Saved My Life, and pick up its next book, Dawn by Octavia E. Butler.

BPL Book Club is open to everyone, so feel free to drop in at any time for a wonderful evening of good books, good company, and sweet treats!

Ashley 6 Gun

April 19 | Blackbird Bakery


Join Blackbird Bakery to enjoy a variety of music from Ashley 6 Gun.

Triumphant Quartet

April 20 | Paramount Bristol


The one consistent thing about life is change. Things around us are constantly changing. So when a group like Triumphant Quartet maintains consistency, it speaks volumes about whom they are and what all they have accomplished. Triumphant is the face of quality Gospel Music, Christian integrity, family values, friendship and dedication.

The group has been that way since their beginnings in 2003, when the four friends first walked out on to the stage of the Louise Mandrell Theater, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee as a headlining talent. Each current Triumphant group member was there in that defining moment, and has continued together ever since. Their smooth harmonies, and rich quartet sound quickly gained them national attention, recognition and concert demand.

Tim Easton House Party & Record Release

April 20 | Earnest Tube


2017 Rhythm and Roots performer Tim Easton stayed in Bristol last year and recorded an entire album (Paco and the Melodic Polaroids) at The Earnest Tube. Tim will be releasing the album on 4/20/2018 in Bristol while performing a house concert at 22 1/2 Lee St. No admission charge but donations will be accepted for Tim.

BYOB. Doors @7pm. Music @8pm.

Space is extremely limited, so be sure to RSVP! Message the Earnest Tube on Facebook, and be sure to let them know the number in your party.

The Pythia and Archaic Knowledge

April 20 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


The Pythia are a five-man outfit hailing from Southwest, VA and bringing their unique combo of heavy-hitting rock and blues to those that sorely need it.

Archaic Knowledge takes that classic first wave of heavy metal sound, and puts their own modern touch on it, with plenty of groove to spare.

Rocky Horror Trivia

April 21 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Whatever happened to Saturday night? Bloom is proud to present a late night double feature for your pleasure: A very special Rocky Horror themed trivia night! With questions so good you’ll shiver with antici...

Trivia begins at 8pm Saturday April 21st. The winner of the game will get a $25 gift card to Bloom, and best costume wins a $15 gift card!

You better wise up if you think you can claim the prize, but don’t panic – whether you’re from earth or a distant planet, all are welcome to join in the fun.

"Amongst the Barrels" Beer Dinner

April 22 | Studio Brew


Join Studio Brew for 5 bourbon barrel aged craft beers paired with 5 incredible food offerings! Tickets are $65 per person, and seating is limited, so reserve yours now.

1st Course
Beer — Mosaic Sunset Barrel Aged “Caribbean Style I.P.A"
Pairing — Charred Salmon, Dancing Monk Whole Grain Mustard & Brown Sugar Glaze, Mosaic Hop Dust, Ethiopian Spice Blend, and Sprouthead Pea Shoots

2nd Course
Beer — Belgian Bonk Barrel Aged Dubble Delight
Pairing — Slow Smoked Brisket, Humboldt Fog Cheese, Dubble Reduction, Scratch Pizza Crust, and Micro Spicy Radish Melange

3rd Course
Beer — Rye Whiskey Hop Rye Barrel Aged
Pairing — High Spiced North Georgia Jerked Chicken, Barley Risotto, Buffalo Trace Rye Infused Caramelized Mango and Pineapple Pico De Gallo

4th Course
Beer — “Cherry Bomb” Strong Ale Barrel Aged
Pairing — Duo Plate – House Cured Duck Confit, Pam’s Crostini, Benton’s Bacon & Chipotle Aioli/ Prosciutto Curl, Green Pea Tendrils, and Mischievous Cheddar Aioli

5th Course
Beer — Mischievous Solstice Ole World Ale Barrel Aged
Pairing — Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding Ball, House Whipped Cream, Drunken Cherries and Blood Orange Zest

Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives

April 22 | Paramount Bristol


With legends like George Jones, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard all passed on, country music purists often echo the question Jones himself asked: “Who’s going to fill their shoes?” The answer, in part, is Marty Stuart. While he’s too gracious to admit it himself, the Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and musician is living, breathing country-music history. He’s played alongside the masters, from Johnny Cash to Doc Watson to Lester Flatt, who discovered him, before going solo. He built his fanbase not only on the strength of his voice, but on his hotshot guitar playing too.

Now Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives are coming back to the Paramount ready for a good time. Their new album, Way Out West, his 18th studio album, pays tribute to Marty’s life-long fascination with California. The album is a cinematic tour-de-force, an exhilarating musical journey through the California desert that solidifies Stuart as a truly visionary artist.

Boozy Creek Grass Band

April 24 | Blackbird Bakery


Join Blackbird Bakery for bluegrass from Boozy Creek Grass Band.

Also Coming Up

From Busthead to Boozy Creek: Moonshine on the Map of VA & TN
April 18 | Bristol Public Library
Bristol VA Candidate Forum / Meet & Greet
April 18 | Bristol VA Public Schools Office
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
Tim Easton House Party & Record Release
April 20 | Earnest Tube
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
Gardening Starter Plant Sale
April 28 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Bristol PD Prescription Drug Take-Back
April 28 | Bristol TN Municipal Parking Lot
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
2nd Annual NO FARMS NO FOOD Farm to Table Brunch FUNdraiser
May 6 | Machiavelli's
Good Golly, It's Dolly! Student Art Show
May 10 | Paramount Bristol
Historic District Preservation Awards Ceremony
May 10 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
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
Bristol Ballet presents "Alice in Wonderland"
May 12 | Paramount Bristol
Independent Lens: Served Like a Girl
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
Rodney Crowell with Special Guest Joe Robinson
June 9 | Paramount Bristol
Border Bash
June 15 | Downtown Bristol
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
June 22 – July 1 | Paramount Bristol
Paul Thorn
June 23 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Border Bash & Celebrate Bristol
July 4 | Downtown Bristol
Border Bash
July 20 | Downtown Bristol
Dale Murphy Night
July 21 | Boyce Cox Field
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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