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Downtown Bristol Events

YP Monthly Social

May 23 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom


Join Bristol Chamber for a Young Professionals of Bristol for its monthly social.

YP Bristol is a program of the Bristol TN/VA Chamber of Commerce inspiring young professionals to connect, lead and serve to build leaders and improve our community.

Hiring Expo

May 24 | Bristol Motor Speedway


The Bristol Tennessee Industrial Development Board and NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership will once again host the Bristol Hiring Expo on Thursday, May 24th. Over 40 employers will be on hand seeking to fill in excess of 1,500 current job openings in fields such as manufacturing, healthcare, education, customer service, and many more. Employment opportunities will be available to job-seekers of all ages and nearly any level of education and experience.

This will be the fourth such event to be hosted by the city. The first three iterations of the event proved to be immensely successful at accomplishing the goal of connecting local employers with job-seekers from throughout the region. City Economic Development officials hope to replicate and build on that record of success.

“Each time we’ve hosted this event, we’ve been amazed at the response from both our employers and the prospective applicants who attend,” said Bristol, Tennessee Economic Development Director Tom Anderson. He added, “We continually encounter the narrative that there aren’t enough jobs available in our community, but the employment demands from our existing industry as well as from new businesses who have chosen to locate here prove that that’s simply not the case. The IDB and its partners are proud to host an event like this to help bridge that gap between employers and the qualified workforce in our region.”

Additional space is also being designated at the event as a Workforce Development Center. This area will feature agencies and organizations that are attending not as employers, but rather to provide information about the programs and services they offer. These include continuing education opportunities, résumé building, job training, veterans programs, and career services.
The Bristol Hiring Expo will take place on Thursday, May 24th, 2018 at the Bristol Motor Speedway South Building, 3005 Highway 11E. The event runs from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM, and job-seekers may arrive at any time during these hours.

For job-seekers requiring transportation, the city will provide a free shuttle to and from the event that will pick up and drop off at the Downtown Center on Shelby St across from City Hall. There is no cost to attend the Hiring Expo, and no pre-registration is required.

For more information, call 423-764-4171 or email HiringExpo@bristoltn.org.

Acoustifried

May 24 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Join Quaker Steak and Lube for Bike Night featuring Acoustifried.

The Diamonds

May 24 | Blackbird Bakery


From East Tennessee, The Diamonds play a diverse mix of music, specializing in jazz standards. The group performs at various venues and events throughout the region, including weddings, parties, and restaurants. They have also volunteered at many nursing homes, assisted living homes, and charitable organizations in the area.

The Great American Novel Book Club

May 25 | Bristol Public Library


Bristol Public Library is excited to announce a new monthly book club! Known as The Great American Novel Book Club, its latest book club will read and discuss works by American authors, including classic works like Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, famous novels like Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove, and modern works such as Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. The club meets on the final Friday of each month, and readers will decide the next meeting location at the end of each meeting.

The first book the club will read is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The club will meet at Bristol Public Library in the Frances Kegley Conference Room on May 25. Readers will be responsible for acquiring their own copy of the book each month, but the library is happy to assist.

If you have questions, contact Ambrea at Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers (unplugged) with Special Guest Nathan Stanley — A Benefit for the Appalachian College of Pharmacy

May 25 | Paramount Bristol


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Over 50 years ago, Larry, Steve, and Rudy Gatlin started singing in their little hometown of Abilene, Texas, and from there went on to make music history. Over their four-decade career, that has taken them from dusty Texas stages to White House performances, from Broadway to Grammy Awards to the top of the country charts, there has been one unifying element, music. There's no harmony quite as pure as family harmony. “Gatlin harmonies spin with high and light precision and their music bleeds and screams of love and a lot of living.” Said Country Capsule.
By 1976, the Gatlin Brothers were in the fast lane, thanks to the chart-topping success of the Grammy Award-winning “Broken Lady.” The hits continued throughout the rest of the decade, including their signature song, “All the Gold in California,” soon to be followed by “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You).” The number one hits continued throughout the next decade with “I Don’t Wanna Cry,” “I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love,” “Statues Without Hearts,” “Love is Just a Game,” and “Night Time Magic.” In addition to being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1976, the trio was nominated for awards by the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music and the Music City News Awards, among others.
Come to the Paramount on Friday, May 25 to hear the legendary Gatlin Brothers sing their top hits from the 1970s, 1980s and today, in a display of pure talent that has lit up major marquees and packed concert halls across America for more than 50 years.
Opening for the Gatlin Brothers is Nathan Stanley. Dubbed the Prince of Bluegrass, he has been performing since the age of two when he played the spoons with his grandfather’s band The Clinch Mountain Boys at the Grand Ole Opry. He later graduated to playing the mandolin, and in 2007 became lead singer and rhythm guitar player. He has nine solo albums to his credit. In his performance, he pays homage to his home, history and family.
This event is for the benefit of the health and educational programs of the Appalachian College of Pharmacy. Located in Southwest Virginia, The Appalachian College of Pharmacy offers a three-year doctor of pharmacy program, and is committed to serving the needs of rural and underserved communities in Appalachia as well as throughout the world.

Southern Rebellion

May 25 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Southern Rebellion was the winner of the 2014 Appalachian Fair Battle of the Bands.

Pints for Pets

May 26 | Elderbrew


The last Saturday of each month Elderbrew dedicates sales from 2p-5p to the Sullivan County Animal Shelter. This is an easy way to enjoy some great brews, meet new folks, and support a great cause... Plus, pet some furry creatures in need of a forever home, and forever family that they will love, guard and, comfort.

Rhythm & The Roosevelts with Mt. Kailash

May 26 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Rhythm & The Roosevelts say are a simple Indie-Soul quartet based out of Johnson City, TN, who like to make people dance.

$5 cover

Saving for Retirement Workshop

May 29 | Bristol Public Library


Participants will learn how to start saving for retirement, why it's so important, and when is the best time to start saving for the future. All materials needed for the workshop will be provided to participants. Light refreshments will also be served.

For more information, contact BPL at 276-645-8780 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Traditional Memorial Day Services

May 30 | Cumberland Square Park


The Traditional Memorial Day Services, conducted by Bristol's Fraternal Veterans & Civic Council, will be held on Wednesday, May 30th, at Noon located at Cumberland Square Park War Memorial.

Meal Planning & Prep for the Beginner Workshop

May 30 | Bristol Public Library


Have you ever wanted to learn more about planning and prepping your meals? Then join BPL on May 30 at 6:00 p.m. for a free seminar on Meal Planning & Prep for the Beginner!

Ambrea, a library staff member, will offer an introduction to meal planning – explaining what it is, and what it isn't, and how you can get yourself started on the right foot. Materials will be provided, so just bring yourself and learn all about meal planning!

For more information, contact BPL at 276-645-8780 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Border Bash — Sulphur Springs String Dippers & Appalachian Trail Bluegrass

June 1 | Downtown Bristol


Celebrating 19 years in Historic Downtown, Border Bash—Bristol’s premier summer concert series—is back for another amazing season! 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.”

June 1st – Downtown Center / Country Music Mural Stage
7:00 pm, Sulphur Springs String Dippers
8:30 pm, Appalachian Trail Bluegrass Band

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. Zaidi and media sponsors Bristol Herald Courier, WBCM Radio Bristol, WCYB-5, and WXBQ 96.9 FM.

About Sulphur Springs String Dippers
The Sulphur Springs String Dippers are part of an ongoing, dynamic tradition of southern Appalachian music. The vehicle for their artistic expression is old-time fiddle music played, past and present, in the hills and hollows of western North Carolina and East Tennessee. Old-time music is the binder or the roux in the Sulphur Springs String Dippers performances, but the music is ever-evolving every time the duo hits the stage.

About Appalachian Trail Bluegrass
Appalachian Trail Bluegrass Band is a collective group of singers, musicians, and songwriters from Northeast Tennessee. The band has been invited to play at festivals across the U.S, riverboat weddings in Nashville, are regular guests at the infamous Carter Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, corporate parties, and have played the “Song of the Mountains” public television series three times. The band is diversified, choosing innovative and original material to record.

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Kids Yoga Camp

Wednesdays in June | Breathe Bristol Yoga


Join Cassidy for creative, fun filled Wednesdays in June for kids yoga! Ages 5-10, please. Wear comfortable clothes, bring a water bottle and light lunch! 10am — 1pm.

Also Coming Up

Chamber 101
May 23 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
YP Monthly Social
May 23 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Hiring Expo
May 24 | Bristol Motor Speedway
Acoustifried
May 24 | Quaker Steak and Lube
The Diamonds
May 24 | Blackbird Bakery
The Great American Novel Book Club
May 25 | Bristol Public Library
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
Pints for Pets
May 26 | Elderbrew
Rhythm & The Roosevelts with Mt. Kailash
May 26 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Saving for Retirement Workshop
May 29 | Bristol Public Library
Traditional Memorial Day Services
May 30 | Cumberland Square Park
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
Family Fun Yoga
June 1 | Breathe Bristol Yoga
Border Bash — Sulphur Springs String Dippers & Appalachian Trail Bluegrass
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
Open Mic Night
June 6 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
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
Isaac Gibson, Jake Quillin and Magus Vaughn
June 14 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
RhythOM
June 15 | Breathe Bristol Yoga
Border Bash: JP Parsons & The American Bandwagon & Beth Snapp
June 15 | Downtown Bristol
Todd Snider
June 16 | Paramount Bristol
Summer Solstice Yoga Nidra
June 21 | Breathe Bristol Yoga
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
June 22 – July 1 | Paramount Bristol
Cooking with Essential Oils
June 23 | Breathe Bristol Yoga
Paul Thorn
June 23 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
A Great American Tapestry
June 30 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Border Bash & Celebrate Bristol
July 4 | Downtown Bristol
A Gathering of None, Pythia & The Reppertons
July 7 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
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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