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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

June 22 – July 1 | Paramount Bristol


Theatre Bristol is pleased to present Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as part of its family-friendly 53rd season of ARTspace and Paramount shows, including Lessons from Shakespeare: How to Avoid a Personal Tragedy with River's Way; Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Tartuffe; Pinocchio; Blithe Spirit; She Loves Me;and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

Take a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas. Based on the beloved 1968 film version of Ian Fleming's children's book, and featuring an unforgettable score by the Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is one family-friendly blockbuster that audiences will find "Truly Scrumptious."

"Filled with amazing stage spectacle and unforgettable songs, including the Academy Award-nominated title song, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a high-flying, fun-filled adventure for the entire family" (MTI Shows).

Director Kenn Naegele has performed in and directed more than 60 productions in his career in New York State and Tennessee. He most recently directed Theatre Bristol's ANNIE at the Paramount Center for the Arts, and directed Theatre Bristol's production of South Pacific. Music director Steve Davis is a music and voice teacher, retired church music minister, and producer. He is the director of the currently running musical Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day at Theatre Bristol and was music director for the musical ANNIE this past fall.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang opens June 22, and runs for two weekends at the Paramount Center for the Arts, Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 7:30 pm, and Sundays at 2:30 pm, closing on July 1. Tickets are $16 for adults plus fees and $12 for seniors and students plus fees, and will be available at www.ParamountBristol.org.

Classic Movie Corner: Singin' in the Rain

June 28 | Bristol Public Library


Considered the best movie musical of all time by the American Film Institute, Singin' in the Rain is set in 1927 – a time when the film industry is transitioning from silent movies to "talkies" – with Don Lockwood (played by Gene Kelly) and Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen), an on-screen romantic duo who are considered the best in the business. Although they can't stand one another off-screen, Don and Lina are working on a new project to transform their latest picture into a musical. The only problem: Lina can't sing. When Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds) is brought in to provide Lina with a voice, Don slowly begins to fall in love with her. But Lina, who enjoys the limelight her fictional relationship with Don brings, isn't about to give him up.

Rated G; 103 minutes.

Below 7

June 28 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Below 7 is a modern rock band out of Southwest Virginia playing in the five surrounding states. Check them out at reverbnation.com/below7

Sounds of Summer: Asylum Suite

June 28 | Downtown Center


Asylum Suite is a powerhouse of musicians who combine a blistering guitar driven rock attack with a skillful blend of four-part harmonies to achieve an ear-friendly sound that has made them one of the hottest groups around.

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The Sounds of Summer Concert Series, formerly the Full Moon Jam, will start June 5th and run through September 27th. Concerts will be held on Tuesdays & Thursdays from7-9pmfrom June -Augustat the Downtown Center (Country Music Mural), 810 State Street. Concerts will be held on Thursdays during the month of September.

Bring a lawn chair or come early to grab one of the 350 chairs provided on-site. Refreshments are sold in the concessions area for a nominal fee. Clean, well-stocked restrooms also available.

Bands subject to change without notice. For more information visit the City of Bristol TN website.

The Diamonds

June 28 | 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.

South Hill Banks

June 28 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Floydfest 17 “On The Rise” Competition Winner South Hill Banks have carved a niche for themselves with their jam infused bluegrass sound. Formed in August 2015 in Richmond, Virginia, South Hill Banks pulls from a wide range of influences such as classic rock, jam, blues, to traditional bluegrass to keep audiences entertained with a blend of sounds old and new.

Since the release of their debut album, Riverside Dr., South Hill Banks has gone on to showcase at the IBMAs in Raleigh, NC, win Floydfest's "On the Rise" Competition, 2018 Rock'n to Lock'n finalist, host a successful

The Great American Novel Book Club: Lonesome Dove

June 29 | Bristol Public Library


The Great American Novel Book Club will meet to read Larry McMurtry's classic western Lonesome Dove. The club will meet at Bristol Public Library in the Frances Kegley Conference Room at 6:30 p.m.

The Great American Novel Book Club meets on the final Friday of each month, and readers decide its new location after each meeting. Readers will be responsible for acquiring their own copy of the book each month, however, they are more than welcome to request a copy from the library.

No registration is required, simply drop in and enjoy an evening of good company and good books. If you have any questions, contact Ambrea at Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Not Your Mother's Belly Dance Show

June 29 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Misfit Gypsies and Gypsy Spirit invite you to experience their unique interpretation and styling of modern fusion belly dance. Each member is a contributing artist and brings something special to the dance troupe. This collective approach allows Misfit Gypsies to offer a unique and powerful dance experience like no other. Sit back and relax and see where their gypsy trail may lead you.

Blue Reign

June 29 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Blue Reign storms out of southwest Virginia playing a blend of Classic rock, Country and the Blues. The boyz of blue have performed in several major music events such as The Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ competition.

Bingo

June 30 | Bristol Public Library


Join Bristol Public Library for Bingo! No registration is necessary. Just drop in for free bingo games and family-friendly fun. BPL will have snacks available and small prizes for bingo winners!

A Great American Tapestry

June 30 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


The Birthplace of Country Music Museum presents a film screening and Q&A session with director David Weintroub of A Great American Tapestry: The Many Strands of Mountain Music.

A Great American Tapestry tells the story of the Southern mountains’ musical birth and evolution through the strands of the Scots-Irish legacy, oft-overlooked African-American tradition, and through the longest lived music in the Americas—the indigenous tradition.

The film features Grammy award-winners Rhiannon Giddens and Dom Flemons (The Carolina Chocolate Drops), folk performer and lecturer Sheila Kay Adams, David Holt (O Brother, Where Art Thou?), and folk balladeer and storyteller Joe Penland.

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House Cat with Collateral Jammage

June 30 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Surf Garage Rock 3-piece, House Cat, makes their debut in the Tri-Cities at Bloom Cafe with special guests Collateral Jamage!

James Meadows

June 30 | Quaker Steak and Lube


James started up his band, James Meadows & The Country Mile Drifters, just after his album officially released in August of 2008. The band is compiled of amazing professional musicians who put on a very high energy show. Their shows contain a huge set list filled with both fan/crowd requested and timeless Classic Country, Top 40 Country, Bluegrass, Southern Rock, and Originals that are sure to blow the walls off of any event or venue.

BPL Movie Night: The Greatest Showman

July 3 | Bristol Public Library


Starring Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams, The Greatest Showman is a musical adventure about P.T. Barnum (Jackman) and his ambitious, life-changing plan to create the greatest show on earth. Full of imagination, Barnum sets out from his ordinary life and discovers a cast of characters who help him realize the importance of family—whether it’s the one you have or the one you make—and personal acceptance.

Rated PG; 105 minutes.

Sounds of Summer: Turkey Creek

July 3 | Downtown Center


The Turkey Creek String Band is an exciting seven-person acoustic ensemble centered in Southern Middle Tennessee. Their repertoire consists of traditional fiddle tunes, folk, western swing, waltzes, bluegrass, and Irish jigs. Their unique triple and quadruple fiddle tunes add a flavor rarely seen in string bands.

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The Sounds of Summer Concert Series, formerly the Full Moon Jam, will start June 5th and run through September 27th. Concerts will be held on Tuesdays & Thursdays from7-9pmfrom June -Augustat the Downtown Center (Country Music Mural), 810 State Street. Concerts will be held on Thursdays during the month of September.

Bring a lawn chair or come early to grab one of the 350 chairs provided on-site. Refreshments are sold in the concessions area for a nominal fee. Clean, well-stocked restrooms also available.

Bands subject to change without notice. For more information visit the City of Bristol TN website.

Love Canon Album Release Concert

July 3 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


LOVE CANON brings their acoustic-roots sensibilities to the electronic-tinged pop hits of the 80’s and 90’s to create Cover Story, their 4th album, due out on Organic Records in July 2018. With Cover Story, LOVE CANON delivers a fresh set of classics, crossing genres to recount music of decades past from the likes of Peter Gabriel, Billy Joel, Depeche Mode, and Paul Simon. The self-produced album hosts a plethora of special guests including Jerry Douglas, Aoife O’Donovan, Keller Williams, Michael Cleveland, and Eric Krasno, among others.

The band’s diehard fans are music lovers first and are drawn to the charismatic and wide-ranging vocal stylings of lead singer and guitarist Jesse Harper matched with banjo master Adam Larrabee, mandolin pickin’ by Andy Thacker, Darrell Muller holding down the low-end on standup bass, and the slick sounds of resonator guitar king Jay Starling on the Beard MA-6. It’s acoustic rock! Acclaimed fiddler Alex Hargreaves [Turtle Island Quartet, Sarah Jarosz] does all of the fiddling on this record with the exception of two tracks, and he occasionally joins them on tour.

As seasoned virtuoso string players who have been touring the mid-Atlantic since 2010, LOVE CANON stays true to the approach, arrangements, and keen artistry of these nostalgic hits. Cover Story was engineered by Rob Evans at Dave Matthews Band’s Haunted Hollow Studio in LOVE CANON’s hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia and mixed by Wayne Pooley, Bruce Hornsby’s Engineer/Producer. Cover Story is a follow up to the band’s previous efforts, Greatest Hits Volumes 1-3.

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Star-Spangled 4th of July Celebration

July 4 | Downtown Bristol


Celebrate Bristol along with Border Bash invites you to enjoy a Star-Spangled 4th of July celebration! Event to be held rain or shine!

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018 Schedule
4:00 PM: Parade Line-up on Morrison Blvd.
5:00 PM: Bristol's Independence Day Parade — State Street
6:00 PM: Events in Cumberland Square Park including:

Special Recognition of all Veterans
Presented by Danny Hill

Family Fun Events in the Park
Inflatables, “Eating Contests”, and much more.
Food, Beverage, and Craft Vendors Available for Purchase

Free Watermelon
Sponsored by Kroger

Free Bag of Potato Chips
Sponsored by Shearers

6:30 PM: Great American Lions Club Rubber Duck Race
Cumberland Square Park/Beaver Creek Basin

Border Bash Concert
7:00 PM: Bill & The Belles
8:30 PM: Teen Spirit

Fireworks begin at 10pm! Bring and blanket and enjoy the show!

Also Coming Up

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
June 22 – July 1 | Paramount Bristol
Bored Kids Retreat Camp
June 27 | Mercantile on State
Classic Movie Corner: Singin' in the Rain
June 28 | Bristol Public Library
Below 7
June 28 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Sounds of Summer: Asylum Suite
June 28 | Downtown Center
The Diamonds
June 28 | Blackbird Bakery
South Hill Banks
June 28 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
The Great American Novel Book Club: Lonesome Dove
June 29 | Bristol Public Library
Not Your Mother's Belly Dance Show
June 29 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Blue Reign
June 29 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Bingo
June 30 | Bristol Public Library
A Great American Tapestry
June 30 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
House Cat with Collateral Jammage
June 30 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
James Meadows
June 30 | Quaker Steak and Lube
BPL Movie Night: The Greatest Showman
July 3 | Bristol Public Library
Sounds of Summer: Turkey Creek
July 3 | Downtown Center
Love Canon Album Release Concert
July 3 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Star-Spangled 4th of July Celebration
July 4 | Downtown Bristol
Bristol Pirates vs. Johnson City
July 4 | Boyce Cox Field
Radio Bristol Sessions ft. Esther Rose
July 5 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
BPL Anime Theater: Summer Wars
July 5 | Bristol Public Library
Bristol Pirates vs. Johnson City
July 5 | Boyce Cox Field
Sounds of Summer: Frontier
July 5 | Downtown Center
AACA Antique Car Show — Patriotic
July 6 | Downtown Bristol
Bristol Pirates vs. Johnson City
July 6 | Boyce Cox Field
Creative & Crafty: Paper Quilling Woodland Critters
July 7 | Bristol Public Library
Square Dance
July 7 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
A Gathering of None, Pythia & The Reppertons
July 7 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Bristol Pirates vs. Princeton
July 7 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Princeton
July 8 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Princeton
July 9 | Boyce Cox Field
Sounds of Summer: Linda Lay & Springfield Exit
July 10 | Downtown Center
Rock & Roll: Geology of Southern Appalachia
July 11 | Bristol Public Library
Farm & Fun Time ft. Carson Peters & Iron Mountain and the Brother Brothers
July 12 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Sounds of Summer: Sons of Sailors
July 12 | Downtown Center
Alexa Rose with Anthony Wayne
July 12 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Sounds of Summer: Ken Morrell Family
July 17 | Downtown Center
Bristol Pirates vs. Burlington
July 18 | Boyce Cox Field
BPL Book Club: Mrs. Sherlock Holmes
July 19 | Bristol Public Library
Bristol Pirates vs. Burlington
July 19 | Boyce Cox Field
1958 Film Series: The Big Country
July 19 | Paramount Bristol
Sounds of Summer: Billy Crawford Band
July 19 | Downtown Center
Border Bash: Ancient Cities and Justin Fedor & Frank Bronson
July 20 | Downtown Bristol
Bristol Pirates vs. Burlington
July 20 | Boyce Cox Field
Border Bash After Party with 49 Winchester
July 20 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Dale Murphy Night
July 21 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Kingsport
July 21 | Boyce Cox Field
Jason Hoss Hicks with JP Parsons & Clint Holley
July 21 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Bristol Pirates vs. Kingsport
July 22 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Kingsport
July 23 | Boyce Cox Field
Bingo
July 24 | Bristol Public Library
Sounds of Summer: Nortfork
July 24 | Downtown Center
Sounds of Summer: Retroville
July 26 | Studio Brew
Tartuffe
July 27–29 | Theatre Bristol
Classic Movie Corner: Mary Poppins
July 27 | Bristol Public Library
Blair Crimmins and the Hookers
July 27 | Studio Brew
Bristol Pirates vs. Bluefield
July 31 | Boyce Cox Field
Sounds of Summer: Matt Ledbetter & Friends
July 31 | Downtown Center
Sounds of Summer: Sail On
August 2 | Downtown Center
Border Bash: Thrift Store Cowboys and Guy Marshall
August 3 | Downtown Bristol
Humorist Jeanne Robertson
August 4 | Paramount Bristol
Healthy Hands Cooking Lunch Workshop
August 6 | Bristol Public Library
Sounds of Summer: Loose Strings
August 7 | Downtown Center
1958 Film Series: Thunder Road
August 9 | Paramount Bristol
Samantha Gray
August 9 | Downtown Center
Hot Bristol Night Antique Car Show
August 10 | Downtown Bristol
1927 Society Concert: Malpass Brothers
August 10 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Sounds of Summer: Appalachian Trail
August 14 | Downtown Center
Sounds of Summer: Borderline,Wyldeheart and Shooter
August 16 | Downtown Center
Sounds of Summer: Beaver Creek
August 21 | Downtown Center
Sounds of Summer: Shake Yo Money Maker
August 23 | Downtown Center
Sounds of Summer: ETSU Bluegrass Band
August 28 | Downtown Center
Sounds of Summer: Shades of Refinement
August 30 | Downtown Center
Sounds of Summer: Head Games
September 4 | Downtown Center
Evening with John Anderson – Acoustic — special guest Elvie Shane
September 7 | Paramount Bristol
Downtown Bristol TN/VA Loft Tour
September 8 | Downtown Bristol
Sounds of Summer: My New Favorites
September 13 | Downtown Center
18th Annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
September 21–23 | Downtown Bristol
Sounds of Summer: James Meadows
September 27 | Downtown Center
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
Downtown Bristol's Annual Christmas Open House
November 19 | Downtown Bristol
Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting
November 26 | Cumberland Square Park
EmiSunshine with Etta May
December 1 | Paramount Bristol
Bristol Christmas Parade
December 6 | Downtown Bristol

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