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Business The Bristol Hotel makes USA TODAY list of best new hotels


SOURCE: Johnson City Press — The Bristol Hotel has been named a winner in the 2019 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice award for Best New Hotel.

Built in 1925, The Bristol Hotel took the No. 8 spot in the top 10 winners in the Best New Hotel category. The Margaritaville Resort in Gatlinburg was ranked in the top spot.

According to USA TODAY, a panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick 20 initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

The Bristol Hotel opened in October and featured historic design elements from the 1920s, including exposed brick with original press lettering, the former hand-crank elevator displayed in the lobby and Roman-arched entryways. The hotel also features Bristol’s first rooftop bar, Lumac, and a street-side restaurant, Vivian’s Table, that specializes in made-from-scratch cuisine.



Downtown Bristol Events

The Odd Couple

January 18–27 | Cameo Theater


This classic comedy, from beloved playwright Neil Simon, centers on two men. The slovenly Oscar Madison (Martin Robinette), and the neat freak Felix Unger (Chip Zimmerman). The action takes place in the New York City apartment of divorcee Oscar Madison, and if the mess is any indication, it’s no wonder that his wife left him. Felix Unger, fastidious, depressed, and none too tense, has just been separated from his wife, and is looking for a place to stay. Hilarity ensues when the clean freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together as The Odd Couple is born. Tony Nominated for Best Play and Winner of Best Author of a Play, 1965.

The Odd Couple is Directed by Martin Robinette. The cast includes Chris Bowman, Justin Shortt Elizabeth Nave, Meghan Carty and Father Chris Hess.

TICKETS

Beth Snapp with Jason Crawford

January 23 | Bristol Hotel


At the Lumac Rooftop Bar! Come hang out with us as we check out this brand new venue!

Beth Snapp’s egress into one of East Tennessee’s most gifted and respected singer-songwriters is a metamorphosis of triumph, played out over a trifecta of pristine, confessional studio releases that chronicle her journey of self-actualization with the warm reassurance of a wise confidante.

Her latest, an EP entitled Don’t Apologize, is the culmination of years of growth both personally and as an artist. As the title would suggest, it’s about picking up the mess, cutting losses, and living life on her own terms. The EP’s has risen thus far to #9 on the Folk Alliance charts within the first weeks of play, and "Easy to Love" was featured on Sirius XM's Bluegrass Junction. Beth has also been featured on No Depression as well as DittyTV.

“To me, this EP is a continuation of a journey. My second project was largely an account of just coming out of a storm. I had survived, I knew things were going to get better, but there was some healing and processing to be done. As time passed, and I did the work to heal, I emerged into a new place. I realized that surviving the storm wasn’t enough. I realized I was put on this Earth to do more than survive.”

Beth’s “Pop-Alachian” sound is a cross-over blend of country, bluegrass, pop and folk, a colorful variance where each element shines. Her silken, jazzy vocals are as delicate as a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis, softly lilting over lush, acoustic instrumentation and stirring echoes of Southern hills into the smooth, caramel creamer of an uptown latte.

PC Class: Check Out E-books

January 24 | Bristol Public Library


During January, the JCC will be offering a special class on "Check Out E-books!" Interested students will learn more about free online library resources, including Tennessee READS, and uncover how to checkout, use, and download e-books, audiobooks, e-magazines, and much more.

Classes will be held at the Bristol Public Library on January 24, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. and the Avoca Branch Library on January 31, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. For more information, please contact the JCC at 276-645-8790.

Building Your Financial Know-How

January 24 | Bristol Public Library


The Bristol Public Library, in partnership with Regions Bank, will be offering a free seminar on “Building Your Financial Know-How” on Thursday, January 24, at 5:30 p.m. A representative from Regions Bank will be present to answer questions and help participants understand the complicated aspects of personal finances, budgets, bank accounts, and much more.

This workshop is completely free to attend and open to the public; no registration is required. For more information, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

The Diamonds

January 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.

Matt Smile

January 24 | O'Mainnin's Pub


Matt Smile of the Buddz will perform at Quaker Steak and Lube. There is no admission charge for this special event.

The Honey Badgers

January 25 | State Line Bar & Grill


(Bluegrass) Comprised of a rotating group of notable Tri-Cities-based musicians, this band’s just crazy – about traditional bluegrass! Throw in a little newgrass, they don’t care! Artistically speaking, they take what they want! Stomp your feet, clap your hands, cut a rug!

An Evening with The Cleverlys

January 25 | Paramount Bristol


Join Discover Bristol for acelebration of Bristol’s tourism industry hosted by the Cleverlys.

The New York Times says, “If Earl Scruggs, Dolly Parton, and Spinal Tap spawned a litter of puppies, it would be the Cleverlys.” The program starts at 7 p.m. and is free to the public. Discover Bristol and Kindler Studios will also debut their new 90-second tourism video “Bristol: Sounds Good,” which is a celebration of everything we love about Bristol and why people from all over the world should come Discover Bristol!

This show is FREE!

TICKETS

Tyler Williams

January 25 | Quaker Steak and Lube


We are excited to have Tyler Williams come and grace us with his music here at Quaker Steak. Tyler is a singer/songwriter and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face!

The Kincaid Band

January 25 | O'Mainnin's Pub


The Kincaid Band members are seasoned musicians who have been involved with music most of their lives. The original core of the band started in 1979 as the “News” with Bill, Dave and Curt. Tron joined the band a short time later. The “News” changed its name to The Kincaid Band has had the opportunity to play with several great musicians over the years.

In 2007, after years of being apart, the core group was reunited when Dave and Curt rejoined the band. Due to illness, Curt chose to retire in 2012. The most recent addition to The Kincaid Band is Scott “Naughty” Houston who joined in 2014.

Swing Band Trio

January 26 | Blackbird Bakery


Join us at Blackbird Bakery for a swinging good time with The Swing Band from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm!

Lauren Beeler and Gypsy & Me

January 26 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Lauren Beeler and her band and Gypsy & Me live at Bloom Cafe & Listening Room in Bristol, TN.

Tickets only $5!

Rylee Peters

January 26 | Quaker Steak and Lube


A native of Bristol, Tennessee, Rylee Peters is a singer-songwriter who began performing at age 14. From beginnings at local venues, her success has exploded across the region of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Performing a large variety of music, Rylee’s talents range from jazz & folk, to rock, blues, and country.

Named an artist to watch in the region, her talents have been awarded in county fairs to Bristol’s acclaimed, Rhythm & Roots Reunion. The musical influences of Stevie Nicks and Etta James is captured in her bluesy voice, while her gifts on the guitar and songwriting is mesmerizing to audiences.

Reggae Party with Demon Waffle

January 26 | Studio Brew


Winter Blues . Island Cures

No Worries Mon We Be Jammin'
Gonna be a Reggae party with Demon Waffle, beer specials, island cocktails, awesome jerk chicken and pork offerings.
Everything gonna be irie so join us. $5 entry — get tickets in advance HERE.

The Royal Hounds

January 26 | O'Mainnin's Pub


The Royal Hounds are a high energy rockabilly trio from Knoxville, TN. They have been wowing and entertaining audiences with their unique approach to live music. Known for their on-stage antics and humorous approach to music, The Royal Hounds offer a live show that is unlike anything seen in the area. Not content to merely stand there and play, The Royal Hounds successfully marry quality musicianship with stellar showmanship. They have opened for Travis Tritt and have shared a stage with Kingsfoil.

The trio is comprised of Scott Hinds on the doghouse bass, Brian Lee on guitar, and Scott "Bramblebush" Billingsley on drums. All three members have been playing regularly in the area with various bands such as Pistol Creek Catch of the Day, Dream on Alice, Alien Love Charm, and The Parrott Brothers.

The Office Trivia

January 28 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


It’s The Office trivia time again at Bloom Cafe and Listening Room. Bring your fishing boats, because it’s time for some big tuna! The questions will cover all seasons of the office. 8pm!

Come hungry, we will have our full menu as well as a pretzel bar for Pretzel Day!

Winner will receive a $25.00 gift card.

We will also have a costume contest! Winner of that will receive $15.00!

Dancing Downtown: 2nd Annual Adult Prom

February 23 | Foundation Event Facility


You asked and we listened, Adult Prom is back! Believe in Bristol is gearing up for our spring fundraiser, Dancing Downtown: 2nd Annual Adult Prom! Join us Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the Foundation Event Facility and party with a purpose!

This event includes all your favorite prom staples from balloon arches and cheesy prom photos to finger foods and a DJ with the added bonus of games and a bar! Nominate your friends and vote for King and Queen, dance the night away with our DJ, and create fun memories along the way — all while supporting a local nonprofit organization! This event is open to anyone and everyone over the age of 21. Relive your high school glory days: dust off that old dress, tux, or suit, or use the night as an excuse to look good and have fun!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW! Individual and couple tickets will be available for sale both at the Believe in Bristol office and online (BIBadultprom2.brownpapertickets.com) for $25 and $40 respectively. Tables will be available for purchase through the Believe in Bristol office only at $185 for 8 seats (table quantity limited). Tickets include entry, food, one drink, and dancing 'til you drop. King and Queen nominations and votes, extra drinks, games, and official prom photos will be cash only.

Dancing Downtown: 2nd Annual Adult Prom is a fundraiser for Believe in Bristol; all proceeds will benefit the Main Street Program and downtown revitalization efforts. For more information, please contact the Believe in Bristol at 423-573-2201 or info@believeinbristol.org. As a Certified Main Street Community, Downtown Bristol has more to offer every day – more activities, more shops, more homes, more offices and more life. Believe in Bristol is a nonprofit 501 ( c ) 3 organization composed of dedicated citizens, business owners, government officials and other friends of Bristol who recognize the role a vital downtown plays in preserving and furthering our communities identity, spirit and economy.

Also Coming Up

The Odd Couple
January 18–27 | Cameo Theater
Beth Snapp with Jason Crawford
January 23 | Bristol Hotel
PC Class: Check Out E-books
January 24 | Bristol Public Library
Building Your Financial Know-How
January 24 | Bristol Public Library
The Diamonds
January 24 | Blackbird Bakery
Matt Smile
January 24 | O'Mainnin's Pub
The Honey Badgers
January 25 | State Line Bar & Grill
An Evening with The Cleverlys
January 25 | Paramount Bristol
Tyler Williams
January 25 | Quaker Steak and Lube
The Kincaid Band
January 25 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Swing Band Trio
January 26 | Blackbird Bakery
Lauren Beeler and Gypsy & Me
January 26 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Rylee Peters
January 26 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Reggae Party with Demon Waffle
January 26 | Studio Brew
The Royal Hounds
January 26 | O'Mainnin's Pub
The Office Trivia
January 28 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Classic Movie Corner: The King and I
January 31 | Bristol Public Library
Gerald Sheppard
January 31 | Blackbird Bakery
BPL Anime Theater: Trigun: Badlands Rumble
February 2 | Bristol Public Library
Symphony of the Mountains: Classical Masters
February 2 | Paramount Bristol
C2 & Brothers Reed w/ Indighost
February 2 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Eric Gress Duo
February 8 | State Line Bar & Grill
The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE!
February 9 | Paramount Bristol
Groundhog Gravy
February 15 | State Line Bar & Grill
Vaden Landers & Xaris Waltman
February 15 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
The Parachute Brigade / The Dividends / Plowman & The Ruckus
February 16 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
The Honey Badgers
February 22 | State Line Bar & Grill
Water Bath Canning 101
February 23 | Bristol Public Library
Dancing Downtown: 2nd Annual Adult Prom
February 23 | Foundation Event Facility
Brielle Rathbun
February 23 | Quaker Steak and Lube
AAME Speaker Series: An Artist’s Journey through Virginia
February 25 | Bristol Public Library
The Chris Kelley Band
March 1 | State Line Bar & Grill
AAME Speaker Series: The Play's the Thing
March 4 | Bristol Public Library
Troy
March 8 | State Line Bar & Grill
AAME Speaker Series: Art in Advertising
March 14 | Bristol Public Library
Fortch
March 15 | State Line Bar & Grill
The Honey Badgers
March 22 | State Line Bar & Grill
Tommy Yon, Kyle Corbett and Stephen Evans
March 22 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Wolf & Johnny
March 29 | State Line Bar & Grill
Clint Black
March 31 | Paramount Bristol
The Honey Badgers
April 5 | State Line Bar & Grill
Thomas Willard
April 12 | State Line Bar & Grill
Cave Twins
April 12 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Triumphant Quartet
April 25 | Paramount Bristol
James Meadows
April 26 | State Line Bar & Grill
Julie Williams
May 3 | State Line Bar & Grill
Home Free
May 5 | Paramount Bristol
Rex Montgomery
May 17 | State Line Bar & Grill
Chris Long
May 31 | State Line Bar & Grill

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