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Tri-Cities Escape Game introduces Alien Deception

In less 24 hours, four prominent ufologists have disappeared from Roswell, New Mexico — the Alien Capitol of the World. All evidence points to alien abduction and the town is gripped with fear.

The common link? Each of the missing ufologists frequented the Yellow Saucer Cafe owned by Marley Gentry, a self-professed hippie and world-renowned ufologist.

After a failed FBI investigation and the subsequent mysterious disappearance of a rookie agent— the stakes are high and the time is short.

You and your team of investigators are paying the Yellow Saucer another visit — this time during the black of night.

You have one hour to get in, get answers and get out.

Book your spot today online at or call 423-573-2114!

Downtown Bristol Events

Open Mic Night

January 2 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room

Bloom hosts an open mic every first Wednesday of the month. Come join us January 2nd!


January 3 | Blackbird Bakery

An Evening with Dailey & Vincent

January 4 | Paramount Bristol

Grand Ole Opry Members, Five-time Grammy® award winners individually, three-time Grammy® award nominees collectively, four-time DOVE Award winners, and winners of 35 IBMA Awards altogether (including 3-time IBMA Entertainer of the Year Award winners and 3-Time Vocal Group of the Year Award winners), Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent, backed by one of the best bands on tourtoday, are some of the most reputable and elite entertainers in American music; bluegrass, traditional country and gospel music.

From the very beginning of their partnership in late 2007, Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent quickly established themselves as fresh voices in their genre. Young but seasoned veterans of bluegrass, traditional country, and gospel groups themselves, Dailey and Vincent have built on the experience and knowledge gained from working with Doyle Lawson (Dailey) and John Hartford and Ricky Skaggs (Vincent) to forge their own distinct career path. The concoction of their fantastically powerful vocal blends, 4 award-winning studio albums, and heavy touring schedules has gained them well-deserved attention from bluegrass, country, and gospel critics and fans alike. Equally at home with material from any of the aforementioned genres, Jamie and Darrin continue to expand on the possibilities of what kinds of music can become "Dailey & Vincent" music.

While Dailey and Vincent continue to draw on the lessons they learned over the years about respect for musical integrity and the importance of tradition, they have certainly planted their own flag deeply and permanently into the soil of American music.


"Lackluster" Art by: Sterlin Hammond and Matthew Kilby

January 4 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room

Sterlin and Matthew made some art.

Check out Sterlins visceral, lowbrow, DIY stuff.

Peep Matthews rejuvenated thrift store nostalgia.

*snacks will be provided

Marques & Paul Acoustic

January 4 | Quaker Steak and Lube

Come out and enjoy the tunes by Marques!

Daniel Couper

January 5 | Quaker Steak and Lube

Traces of blues, rock, and pop mingle with strong folk influences in Daniel Couper's contemplatively honest and fervently hopeful songs.

Loose Leaves with Magus & The Movers and Dallas Danger

January 5 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room

8pm / all ages / $5

State Street String Band Bluegrass

January 7 | Blackbird Bakery

Join Blackbird Bakery for live bluegrass December 17th at 7pm.

Nick Koesters: "Side Effects May Include"

January 8 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Nick Koesters, Barter player, will be performing his one-man show "Side Effects May Include" on January 8, 2019 at 7:00 pm at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. This is a free performance, but donations will be accepted for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. The play is sponsored by a partnership between Arts Alliance Mountain Empire and the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

This one-man play, co-written by author and stand-up comedian Marc Jaffe and Broadway playwright Eric Coble, is based on Jaffe's real life experiences with his wife Karen, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2007. It is the story of how Parkinson's affected their lives, the choices they made in dealing with the disease, and the literal and figurative side effects of those choices. Since Karen's diagnosis, the Jaffes have raised over one million dollars for the Michael J. Fox Foundation through their nonprofit organization Shaking With Laughter. All proceeds raised from this event will go to Shaking With Laughter to help fund support and research for a cure for Parkinson's Disease.

May not be appropriate for people under 18 years of age.Seating is limited.

Community Notice Board

Breathe Bristol Yoga offers over 25 classes

Every week | Breathe Bristol Yoga

Beginner Yoga
Monday 7:15 pm, Wednesday 8:30 am & 5:45 pm

Mid-Day Motivation
Tuesday & Thursday 1-2 pm

HOT Yoga
Tuesday 6 pm

Gentle Flow
Monday & Friday 8:30 am, Wednesday 7:15 pm, Thursday 6 pm

Sunrise Yoga
Monday — Friday 6 am

$8 Lunch Class
Tuesday & Thursday 12:15 — 12:45 pm

Chair Yoga
Tuesday & Thursday 11 am — Noon

Find the complete schedule online at

Ladies' Night at Machiavelli's

Wednesdays at 4PM | Machiavelli's

Machiavelli's offers something special for the ladies on each Wednesday night. Enjoy half-priced appetizers and glasses of wine from 4:00-9:00 PM!

Voices From Children’s Literature

Feb 1 — Jun 30 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Coming February 2019! Reading Appalachia: Voices From Children’s Literature, a new special exhibit coming to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum!

Dates: February 1, 2019—June 30, 2019

Walk through the pages of your favorite storybook inReading Appalachia: Voices from Children’s Literature, a groundbreaking exhibit on Appalachian children’s books and stories.

Sporting life-size characters from Appalachian children’s books, this exhibit looks at the seminal titles from the late 1800s through the modern story of Appalachia – you’ll feel like you’re walking through the pages of a storybook. Children can stand eye-to-eye with characters fromJourney Cake Ho,A Mountain Rose,When Otter Tricked the Rabbit,When I Was Young, and others.

The exhibit also includes representative clothes and toys from Appalachia, music, and hands-on activities that bring the subject to life for kids of all ages. Children are encouraged to try on masks of storybook characters and find themselves in a story. They can create their own story of childhood set in Appalachia and hear the voice of old-time storyteller Ray Hicks along with some of their favorite authors and illustrators. Each panel includes an interpretation of the text from a child’s perspective.

All are invited to walk into the pages of a story of childhood in Appalachia!

Reading Appalachiawas organized by theEast Tennessee Historical Societyand theKnox County Public Library; it is made possible through the generous support of Clayton Homes, the Jane L. Pettway Foundation, Friends of the Knox County Public Library, and the University of Tennessee’s Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature.

The exhibit will be on display in the museum’s Special Exhibits Gallery fromFebruary 1 to June 30, 2019. Itwill be complemented by a variety of engaging public programs and can serve as a wonderful educational resource for school groups and educators.

I Have a Voice: Tennessee’s African American Musical Heritage

Feb 14 — Apr 30 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

The Volunteer State has been the birthplace of some of the most influential music in the world, illustrated by the Beale Street blues clubs in Memphis, the R&B scene on Nashville’s Jefferson Street, and Knoxville’s Gem Theater.I Have a Voicegives a snapshot of African American Tennesseans’ important contribution to American music, including spirituals, blues, ragtime, jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, and soul music. In turn, their music has influenced and enriched music around the world. From the early blues legends of W. C. Handy and Bessie Smith to the soul hits of STAX Records in Memphis, visitors can learn about various performers, getting the chance to hear the voices and the stories of many of the African American musicians from Tennessee who made their mark on American music and beyond.

The exhibit, which will be on display in the museum’s Learning Center, has been created and is being traveled by the Tennessee State Museum. A Tennessee State Museum curator-led talk about the exhibit will be open to the public on the evening of Thursday, February 21.

Also Coming Up

Open Mic Night
January 2 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
January 3 | Blackbird Bakery
An Evening with Dailey & Vincent
January 4 | Paramount Bristol
"Lackluster" Art by: Sterlin Hammond and Matthew Kilby
January 4 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Marques & Paul Acoustic
January 4 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Daniel Couper
January 5 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Loose Leaves with Magus & The Movers and Dallas Danger
January 5 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
State Street String Band Bluegrass
January 7 | Blackbird Bakery
The Nest Featured Artist Meet & Greet: Wayne Riddick
January 8 | Blackbird Bakery
Casual Word Poetry Slam!
January 8 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Farm & Fun Time
January 10 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Diamonds
January 10 | Blackbird Bakery
Rylee Peters
January 11 | Blackbird Bakery
Mamma Molasses
January 11 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Anthony Mangrum
January 17 | Blackbird Bakery
Square Dance
January 19 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
State Street String Band Bluegrass
January 21 | Blackbird Bakery
The Diamonds
January 24 | Blackbird Bakery
An Evening with The Cleverlys
January 25 | Paramount Bristol
Swing Band Trio
January 26 | Blackbird Bakery
Gerald Sheppard
January 31 | Blackbird Bakery
Symphony of the Mountains: Classical Masters
February 2 | Paramount Bristol
The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE!
February 9 | Paramount Bristol
AAME Speaker Series: An Artist’s Journey through Virginia
February 25 | Bristol Public Library
AAME Speaker Series: The Play's the Thing
March 4 | Bristol Public Library
AAME Speaker Series: Art in Advertising
March 14 | Bristol Public Library
Clint Black
March 31 | Paramount Bristol
Triumphant Quartet
April 25 | Paramount Bristol
Home Free
May 5 | Paramount Bristol

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