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Ben Walls introduces Gallery 2


Building on his collector'ssupport, Benjamin takes onthe challenge of his careerin an attempt to open his second gallery location!

First thing Ben wants everyone to know: The Bristol Gallery is NOT closing!

"My heart and home will always be in Bristol and the Bristol Gallery will continue to operate proudlyon State St.," he says.

Second, getting the doors open in Asheville will take time, and he needs your support!

"Even though I expect to finalize the lease soon, it will take time to renovate the space, build new display pieces, and hire team members. If everything goes well, I’m hoping for a Spring 2019 opening date!" Walls said. "In order to get the doors open in Asheville, I'm offering an unparalleled opportunity to collect art or go on safari, all of whichsupports opening Gallery 2."

Click here to learn how you can be a part of Gallery 2.



Downtown Bristol Events

Fred Sauceman: The Proffitts of Ridgewood

May 16 | Bristol Public Library


Fred Sauceman, author of The Proffitts of Ridgewood: An Appalachian Family's Life in Barbecue, will speak at the Bristol Public Library on Wednesday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m. He'll discuss his latest book celebrating the extraordinary history of Ridgewood Barbecue and explore local food, cooking traditions, and dining.

Ben Collins Vinyl Celebration

May 16 | Elderbrew


Wednesday, May 16, Bring Your Own Vinyl is a special hand picked selection of our friends Ben and Cam’s favorite records. No need to bring your your Vinyl. Just love, laughs and support.

BPL Book Club: Dawn

May 17 | Bristol Public Library


BPL Book Club will finish reading Octavia E. Butler's Dawn, and pick up its next book, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.

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!

Independent Lens: Served Like a Girl

May 17 | Paramount Bristol


FREE ADMISSION! Presented by East Tennessee PBS. Served Like a Girl provides a candid look at a shared sisterhood to help the rising number of homeless women veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and suffer from PTSD, sexual abuse, and other traumas. By entering into the “Ms. Veteran American” competition, these amazing ladies unexpectedly come full circle in a quest for healing and hope.

Cold Creek Band

May 17 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Join Quaker Steak and Lube for Bike Night featuring Cold Creek Band.

Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet

May 17 | Blackbird Bakery


Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet is Tom Peterson, Ed Davis, Joe Pendergast, and Ernie Braganza.

Bingo

May 18 | 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!

Border Bash — The Great Disaster & Holy Ghost Tent Revival

May 18 | Downtown Bristol


Celebrating 19 years in Historic Downtown, Border Bash—Bristol’s premier summer concert series—is back for another amazing season starting May 18, 2018! Hosted by Believe in Bristol and the Cities of Bristol, Virginia and Tennessee, Border Bash is about fun, family, great music, and creating memories to last a lifetime.

“Border Bash is a tradition that showcases everything that makes Downtown Bristol special, and that includes great live music,” said Maggie Bishop, Executive Director of Believe in Bristol. "Bristol’s downtown is definitely a hub for a wide variety of food, unique shopping, community events, and an all-around great place to come together with friends and family. This year Border Bash will introduce audiences to a whole new roster of talented, emerging acts as well as a few familiar favorites.”

May 18 – Piedmont / State Street Intersection
7:00 pm, A Great Disaster
8:30 pm, Holy Ghost Tent Revival

Border Bash takes place on State Street in Historic Downtown Bristol. Children’s activities and vendors begin at 6:30 PM and live music will kick off at 7:00 PM. Border Bash is hosted by Believe in Bristol and the Cities of Bristol, TN & VA. Border Bash would not be possible without our community sponsors. Our sponsors in 2018 include The Antique Automobile Club of America – Appalachian Region, Bank of America, Bank of Tennessee, Birthplace of Country Music, Blackbird Bakery, Bristol Herald Courier, Camellia Digital, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Anne & Ben Cowan, Discover Bristol, Express AV Productions, John & Brenda Fincher, Highlands Realty – Bristol Branch, Anna Morgan, Tom and Barbara Smith/ Merrill Lynch, Stateline Bar & Grille, Tri-Cities Escape Game, Tri City Tent and Event, Walling Distributing Dr. & Mrs. Zaidiand media sponsors Bristol Herald Courier, WBCM Radio Bristol, WCYB-5, and WXBQ 96.9 FM.

Desmond Darko

May 18 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


VISUAL HIP-HOP SHOW:

Desmond Darko will be performing songs from his upcoming LP, CAPITAL, as well as older tracks at Bloom Cafe. As usual, he'll be using his trademark projector / keyboard combo for visuals as well. Come out and enjoy the show!

Larry Timbs Book Signing

May 19 | Blackbird Bakery


Larry Timbs, Jr., co-author of Fish Springs Beneath the Surface, will visit Blackbird Bakery for a book signing. Fish Springs Beneath the Surface is set in the area of what is now Lake Watauga and is based on a true story. In the late 1940’s TVA flooded the area to create for Lake Watauga and several settlements, including Butler and Fish Springs, were covered by water. Using a story told to him by his grandfather, Timbs has woven a tale of hard-working families, passion, jealousy, families split by war, and a death under mysterious circumstances. Reviews on Amazon call the book “riveting,” and “hard to put down.”

Creative & Crafty: May Flowers

May 19 | Bristol Public Library


Join BPL at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, to paint a pretty pink floral arrangement or a lovely bird and blue sky. Pick your favorite and paint!

Cost is $10 per person, which includes the canvas, paint, and instruction. Space is limited, so registration is required. Note: there are limited quantities of both canvas shapes. If you know which canvas you would like to paint, notify the library in advance; otherwise, BPL may substitute on the day of the event with another canvas shape.

To register, contact Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

The Borderline Band

May 19 | Quaker Steak and Lube


The Borderline Band plays all the songs you love to hear and dance to, from some of the newest country and rock hits to the oldies that we all love.

Harp and Coat Hanger

May 19 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Indie/blues rock band from East Tennessee.

State Street String Band

May 21 | Blackbird Bakery


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

Rick and Morty Trivia

May 21 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Enter another dimension with us on Monday for Rick and Morty Trivia. “Most timelines have a Rick, and most Ricks have a Morty. This place is a real who's who of who's you and me.” -Rick

This is timeline where YOU win trivia and everyone else tries but can’t compete with your level of nerdiness, your skill, your wisdom.

Winner will receive a $25 gift card.

Costumes are always encouraged!

Community Notice Board

Karaoke Night

Wednesdays on the Patio | Quaker Steak and Lube


Join Quaker Steak and Lube on Wednesdays for Karaoke night!

Also Coming Up

Fred Sauceman: The Proffitts of Ridgewood
May 16 | Bristol Public Library
Ben Collins Vinyl Celebration
May 16 | Elderbrew
BPL Book Club: Dawn
May 17 | Bristol Public Library
Independent Lens: Served Like a Girl
May 17 | Paramount Bristol
Cold Creek Band
May 17 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet
May 17 | Blackbird Bakery
Bingo
May 18 | Bristol Public Library
Border Bash — The Great Disaster & Holy Ghost Tent Revival
May 18 | Downtown Bristol
Desmond Darko
May 18 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
3D Printing Workshop: Make Your Own Garden & Plant Marker
May 19 | Bristol Public Library
Larry Timbs Book Signing
May 19 | Blackbird Bakery
Creative & Crafty: May Flowers
May 19 | Bristol Public Library
The Borderline Band
May 19 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Harp and Coat Hanger
May 19 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
State Street String Band
May 21 | Blackbird Bakery
Rick and Morty Trivia
May 21 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Acoustifried
May 24 | Quaker Steak and Lube
The Diamonds
May 24 | Blackbird Bakery
The Great American Novel Book Club
May 25
Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers (unplugged) with Special Guest Nathan Stanley — A Benefit for the Appalachian College of Pharmacy
May 25 | Paramount Bristol
Southern Rebellion
May 25 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Saving for Retirement Workshop
May 29 | Bristol Public Library
Meal Planning & Prep for the Beginner Workshop
May 30 | Bristol Public Library
Classic Movie Corner: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
May 31 | Bristol Public Library
Jigsaw Jane
May 31 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Gerald Sheppard
May 31 | Blackbird Bakery
Border Bash
June 1 | Downtown Bristol
David Wiseman
June 1 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Mighty Wurlitzer Day
June 2 | Paramount Bristol
Canning, Freezing, Preserving & More: Food Safety in the Kitchen Workshop
June 6 | Bristol Public Library
Appalachian Arcana LIVE w/ Mad Gasser author William B. Van Huss
June 7 | Elderbrew
Teacher In-Service Special Program
June 8 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Kind Thieves with Collateral Jammage
June 8 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
RTE 23 Listening Room: Saw Black
June 8 | Gather
If Birds Could Fly
June 9 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Rodney Crowell with Special Guest Jedd Hughes
June 9 | Paramount Bristol
Terry Baucom’s Dukes of Drive
June 11 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Border Bash
June 15 | Downtown Bristol
Todd Snider
June 16 | Paramount 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
Evening with John Anderson – Acoustic — special guest Elvie Shane
September 7 | Paramount Bristol
18th Annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
September 21–23 | Downtown Bristol
Chicks with Hits: Terry Clark, Pam Tillis, Suzy Bogguss
October 4 | Paramount Bristol
The Black Jacket Symphony: AC/DC "Back in Black"
October 5 | Paramount Bristol
PUSH! Film Festival
October 12–14 | Downtown Bristol
EmiSunshine with Etta May
December 1 | Paramount Bristol

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