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BVPS VIP Parking Fundraiser

The Bristol Virginia Public Schools Education Foundation will offer VIP parking for Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2018. Parking will be available at the 220 Lee Street / BVPS School Board parking lot (beside the Cumberland Square Park and Studio Brew stages), a prime location for festival parking.

Parking is available September 21-23 as follows:

All weekend: $100
Friday only: $40
Saturday only: $40
Sunday only: $30

To reserve a space, visit bvpsfoundation.org. Parking passes may be picked up at the Foundation office, or will be mailed to you by September 14. Please display your parking pass on your car's dashboard. Parking attendant will be present.



Downtown Bristol Events

Bristol Pirates vs. Burlington

July 18 | Boyce Cox Field


The gates at Boyce Cox Field open at 6:00 pm and the game starts at 7:00 pm!

BPL Book Club: Mrs. Sherlock Holmes

July 19 | Bristol Public Library


BPL Book Club will finish reading and discussing Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca, and pick up its next book, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë.

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!

1958 Film Series: The Big Country

July 19 | Paramount Bristol


Director William Wyler’s classic Western with an Academy Award-winning score. The film starsGregory Peck,Jean Simmons,Carroll Baker,Charlton HestonandBurl Ives, who won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

FREE and open to the public.

Sounds of Summer: Billy Crawford Band

July 19 | Downtown Center


His Bristol-based Billy Crawford Band includes some of that region’s finest blues men. The fire is still burning blue from Crawford’s Guitar, as he rips through blues, ballads, rock, surf – even New Orleans-style.

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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.

Shades of Grey

July 19 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Shades of Grey will perform at Quaker Steak and Lube at 7pm.

Mama Molasses

July 19 | Blackbird Bakery


Mamma Molasses performs Alt-Country, Americana, Indie Folk, and Blues. She is a songwriter, and she has her own way of fingerpicking a guitar. A lot of her inspiration is drawn from Appalachian Folk Music, Gospel, Old Country, Piedmont Blues, and Contemporary Roots Music. It's gonna be a great evening of fun!

Dezorah (TX) and Indighost

July 19 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


DEZORAH is a post progressive band from McAllen, TX. Formed in 2015, the bands musical style reaches for aggressive, charging drums and distorted guitar with a unique blend of gloomy and eager vocal melodies that portray both high energy and burying anxiety. These elements and more are explored in the bands upcoming sophomore release titled Creando Azul. The five song EP was produced and mixed by Audio Engineer Alex Bhore at Elmwood Studio in Dallas, TX and mastered by Mastering Engineer Sarah Register in New York, NY. Creando Azul is scheduled for release in May 2018 followed by extensive touring both regionally and nationally.

The band has directly supported SPARTA, Le Butcherettes, Xenia Rubinos, and has also been featured in festivals with acts such as Downtown Boys, Helado Negro, and Power Trip.

Radio Bristol Sessions ft. Scott Miller

July 20 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Be part of the live audience for Radio Bristol Sessions at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. It’s free! Can’t attend the show? Listen live on the air at WBCM 100.1 FM in the Bristol area, at ListenRadioBristol.org, or our on our mobile app for iPhone or Android.

Meet the Candidate: Mia J. Johnson

July 20 | Downtown Bristol


GET INFORMED! Stop by and meet with Mia J. Johnson, Candidate for District 2 Sullivan County Commission! So on Friday, after work or on your way to Downtown Bristol's Border Bash, stop by and speak with Mia about the changes we need in the County! This may well be one of the most important elections ever held in Sullivan County! Snacks for the adults and balloons for the kiddos!

Border Bash: Ancient Cities and Justin Fedor & Frank Bronson

July 20 | 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.”

July 20th – Downtown Center / Farmers Market
7:00 pm,Justin Fedor & Frank Bronson
8:30 pm, Ancient Cities

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 Alpha Natural Resources, 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, Grifols, Highlands Realty – Bristol Branch, Anna Morgan, Tom and Barbara Smith/ Merrill Lynch, Stateline Bar & Grille, Strongwell, Tri-Cities Escape Game, Tri City Tent and Event, Walling Distributing Dr. & Mrs. Zaidi and media sponsors Bristol Herald Courier, Radio Bristol, WCYB-5, and WXBQ 96.9 FM.

About Justin Fedor & Frank Bronson
NC's Justin Fedor has been singing songs and traveling the US both solo and with Alt-Country Rockers, The New Familiars, for over a decade. The band's foundingmember, he's worn many hats both as a singer-songwriter and also as a multi-instrumentalist; playing guitar, mandolin, and banjo in the studio. With songs that dangle between Appalachian Roots and Outlaw Country, his vocals carry the grit that only growing up southern can teach. In one form or another over the years whether solo or with his band, he's shared the bill with legends including Gregg Allman, Levon Helm, Taj Mahal, Del McCoury and more.

About Ancient Cities
Formed in North Carolina in 2013 by multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Stephen Warwick, Ancient Cities melds well-crafted lyrics with fuzzed-out guitars, hints of psychedelia, and a pop sensibility.

Downtown Bristol Night Market

July 20 | Mercantile on State


Come shop small and local at Downtown Bristol's FIRST Night Market!

Enjoy shopping with 50+ makers, live music, fresh and local craft beer and food trucks while shopping small and local!

Music, beer, makers, instagrammable moments and more!

Jigsaw Jane

July 20 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Jigsaw Jane is a high energy 5-piece cover band that plays everything from classic/southern/alternative rock to driving/old school/new age country music.

Border Bash After Party with 49 Winchester

July 20 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Join Southwest Virginia natives 49 Winchester at Bloom in Downtown Bristol VA/TN for a free show right after Border Bash: Ancient Cities & Justin Fedor and Frank Bronson on Friday, July 20th. Live music downtown will begin at 7:00pm!

Community Jam Sessions

July 21 – December 31 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


The Birthplace of Country Music Museum will begin hosting a monthly gathering of local musicians for a full-on community jam session starting on Saturday, May 19, 2018. The community jams are open to all ages and all skill levels.

The jam events have been organized to provide a space for local musicians to gather and pick, collaborate, share their experiences, and—most importantly—to have fun!

Jams will be scheduled for the third Saturday of each month from 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., serving as a great warm-up for Saturday night gigs! Musicians are asked to bring their own instruments.

The sessions will be heldin the Learning Center at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

For more information call 423-573-1927.

Dale Murphy Night

July 21 | Boyce Cox Field


Atlanta Brave great Dale Murphy, who began his 20-year career in professional baseball in the Tri-Cities in 1974, will return to the Appalachian League on July 21 when the Bristol Pirates host the Kingsport Mets.

Drafted in the first round of the June 1974 amateur draft, Murphy made his professional debut as a catcher later that month with the Kingsport Braves. He hit five home runs, driving in 31 runs, that summer, and quickly progressed through the minor leagues, earning a late-season call-up to Atlanta in 1976, where he was moved to the outfield.

A seven-time All Star, and the youngest winner of back-to-back National League MVP trophies in 1982 and 1983, Murphy starred with the Atlanta Braves from 1976 until 1990, and finished his career with the Philadelphia Phillies and the Colorado Rockies. During his 1983 MVP season, he became the only player to compile a .300 or better batting average, 30 or more home runs, 120 or more runs batted in, score 130 or more runs, draw 90 or more bases on balls, and steal 30 or more bases in one season. Following his retirement from baseball, Murphy’s number 3 was retired by the Braves.

TICKETS (on sale April 16)

Jason Hoss Hicks with JP Parsons & Clint Holley

July 21 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Bristol Rhythm alumns will be gracing the stage at Bloom for a pre-Rhythm and Roots shindig!

Coal Creek

July 21 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Coal Creek will play Quaker Steak & Lube.

Black Mirror Trivia

July 23 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


In a surreal world where all is too real, Black Mirror pushes viewers to the limits and make you think “this could really happen”. Well it’s happening at Bloom, so come test your knowledge of the groundbreaking modern day Twilight Zone, where technology takes over. Black Mirror trivia!

Winner will receive a $25 gift card! We will have our full menu available so come and have dinner and hang out!

Sounds of Summer: Nortfork

July 24 | Downtown Center


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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.

Jesse Daniel Edwards

July 25 | Blackbird Bakery


Jesse Daniel Edwards is an award-winning songwriter from Nashville TN. Apart from his work as a solo artist, he spent five years on the road with The Smart Brothers releasing 4 studio albums and performing with the likes of First Aid Kit, Jason Mraz, and Willie Nelson.

As a young songwriter, Jesse relocated to Music City where he became a protege of Al Bunetta (John Prine, Oh Boy Records). Honing his art busking outside of honky tonks and songwriting on Music Row in the following years, JDE crafted his raw talent into the passionate vocals and clever lyrics that would evolve into his signature style. Jesse’s heartfelt sound has endured with fans through his honest recordings and engaging live performances. His music has been featured in radio, TV, and independent films and can be heard on Netflix, Spotify, and Apple Music. His forthcoming album “Un / Becoming” (produced at iconic Blackbird Studios) releases throughout 2018.

Community Notice Board

Wm. King Clothiers Semi-Annual Sale

July 11–18


In order to make room for the upcoming fall collections, Wm. King Clothiers has a selection of seasonal items priced to move quickly. The more you buy the bigger the savings. They invite you to stop by and take a look for yourself. They are anxious to introduce you to some exciting new labels for fall!

The Casual Word: Adult Creative Writing Class

Thursdays at 6:30pm | Bristol Public Library


Visit Bristol Public Library on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. to join “The Casual Word: Adult Creative Writing Class” in the Jones Creativity Center. This free, fun, engaging program offers writers and poets a different way of looking at writing.

In this class, participants won’t focus on structure, form, or rules, but on the freedom of writing. It is the goal of this class to open the mind to its full creative potential by allowing participants to write what they want, how they wish to write it. All sessions will be student lead; all topics and subjects will be of interest to students. The atmosphere is casual and jovial.

This class is designed for all those 18 and up who wish to try their hand at creative writing.

Radio Bristol Fund Drive

July 19-20


Radio Bristol is kicking off the first Radio Bristol Fund Drive. Listener support is very important to Radio Bristol and right now, your support is more important than ever. Your support ensures thatRadio Bristol can continue to provide the quality programming that you rely on.

Radio Bristol's annual fund drive takes place July 19-20 with online giving available throughout the week. Visit ListenRadioBristol.org to learn more.

Also Coming Up

The Casual Word: Teen Poetry Class
July 17 – January 1 | Bristol Public Library
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
Shades of Grey
July 19 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Mama Molasses
July 19 | Blackbird Bakery
Dezorah (TX) and Indighost
July 19 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Radio Bristol Sessions ft. Scott Miller
July 20 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Meet the Candidate: Mia J. Johnson
July 20 | Downtown Bristol
Border Bash: Ancient Cities and Justin Fedor & Frank Bronson
July 20 | Downtown Bristol
Downtown Bristol Night Market
July 20 | Mercantile on State
Bristol Pirates vs. Burlington
July 20 | Boyce Cox Field
Jigsaw Jane
July 20 | Quaker Steak and Lube
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
Coal Creek
July 21 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Bristol Pirates vs. Kingsport
July 22 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Kingsport
July 23 | Boyce Cox Field
Black Mirror Trivia
July 23 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Sounds of Summer: Nortfork
July 24 | Downtown Center
Bingo
July 25 | Bristol Public Library
Jesse Daniel Edwards
July 25 | Blackbird Bakery
Sounds of Summer: Retroville
July 26 | Studio Brew
Acoustifried
July 26 | Quaker Steak and Lube
The Diamonds
July 26 | Blackbird Bakery
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
Southern Rebellion
July 27 | Quaker Steak and Lube
BCM's Free Family Fun Day
July 28 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Farm & Fun Time ft. Carson Peters & Iron Mountain and the Brother Brothers
July 28 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Smokehouse Crickets
July 28 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Acoustic Swing Quartet
July 28 | Blackbird Bakery
Classic Karaoke
July 31 | Bristol Public Library
Bristol Pirates vs. Bluefield
July 31 | Boyce Cox Field
Sounds of Summer: Matt Ledbetter & Friends
July 31 | Downtown Center
Shooter
July 31 | Cumberland Square Park
Sounds of Summer: Sail On
August 2 | Downtown Center
Border Bash: Thrift Store Cowboys and Guy Marshall
August 3 | Downtown Bristol
BPL Anime Theater: Castle of Cagliostro
August 4 | Bristol Public Library
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
Wyldeheart
August 9 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Hot Bristol Night Antique Car Show
August 10 | Downtown Bristol
1927 Society Concert: Malpass Brothers
August 10 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
IRS Public Forum: Taxpayer Services
August 14 | Bristol Public Library
Sounds of Summer: Appalachian Trail
August 14 | Downtown Center
Sounds of Summer: Borderline,Wyldeheart and Shooter
August 16 | Downtown Center
Write Here: A Writing Club for Current and Future Authors
August 21 | Bristol Public Library
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
Steve Earle and the Dukes: 30th Anniversary of Copperhead Road
November 23 | Paramount 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
Bristol Ballet presents "The Nutcracker"
December 7–8 | Paramount Bristol

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