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Downtown Bristol Events

Wine & Unwind Wednesday with Steve Gilbert

May 1 | Bristol Hotel


Come out to our rooftop bar, Lumac, for some great live music and drinks! Before the show, be sure to stop by Vivian's Table for some amazing food!

Creative & Crafty: Mother's Day Shadow Boxes

May 2 | Bristol Public Library


During May, we have some wonderful new crafty projects planned, including a special project for Mother's Day! On May 2, starting at 5:30 p.m., we'll be decorating Mother's Day-themed shadow boxes with paper flowers and vinyl.

The cost for this project is $10 per person, but it will include all supplies needed, including the shadow box, paper, vinyl, and hot glue. Space is limited to only 10 students, so registration is required. To register, please call or email Ambrea at the Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

All projects will include a vinyl saying on the front (if desired), which must be decided by April 30. After April 30, a generic Mother's Day sentiment will be chosen.

The Ballad of Shirley Collins

May 2 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


The Birthplace of Country Music presents a film screening of the documentary filmThe Ballad of Shirley Collins,ameditative and carefully textured piece of portraiture of one of the 20th century’s most important singers of English traditional songs.

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Performance Theater, Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Tickets: $5

Bike Night Street Closure w/ Hip Gypsy

May 2 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Come out and join us for the biggest and best Bike Night in the Tri-Cities!! Hip Gypsy will be providing the tunes!

The Black Jacket Symphony: Journey's "Esc4p3"

May 2 | Paramount Bristol


The Black Jacket Symphony offers a unique concert experience through recreating classic albums in a live performance setting. A selected album is performed in its entirety by a group of handpicked musicians specifically selected for each album, with no sonic detail being overlooked — the musicians do whatever it takes to musically reproduce the album.

The performance is separated into two sets — the first set features the album being recreated as a true symphonic piece. The second set, which features a selection of the album artist's "greatest hits", opens in full contrast to the first set with an incredible light display and the symphony being much more laid back. The tone is set very quickly that this is going to be the musicianship of the first act paired with all the bells and whistles of a major rock and roll show.

TICKETS

Gerald Sheppard

May 2 | Blackbird Bakery


Sheppard has been repairing, refinishing, and building guitars for over thirty years. In 2013 he celebrated the 20th Anniversary of Gerald Sheppard Guitars. Gerald builds nine to twelve guitars per year. His guitars have been used by professional artists and featured on the Grammy winning Pink Guitar CD. He has been a featured luthier at the renowned Swannanoa Gathering for thirteen years. As an accomplished lifelong fingerstyle guitarist himself, Gerald understands how to match custom design components to the needs of his client. His instruments have been used for professional studio work and on stage by today's top guitarists.

First Fridays: Mini Golf Edition

May 3 | Downtown Bristol


Join us Friday, May 3rd, at 6:00pm for the second round of Downtown Mini Golf through the shops and restaurants of Downtown Bristol! Each participating location will have their own unique mini golf hole to challenge you along your way. This is a family friendly event, all ages are welcome!!

$5 each to get your card and very own golf ball. $3 each for families with 3 or more children and $1 each for children 5 and under. Turn in your completed card at your last location at the end of the night to be entered in for a prize drawing!

Special Thank You to Turtleson for Sponsoring this month's First Friday! Tickets on sale at each participating location on May 3rd). Check out the Facebook event for most current updates.

In partnership with downtown businesses on the First Friday of each month, customers and visitors will be able to enjoy after hours shopping in participating retailers until 8 PM as well as extended happy hours featuring a variety of food and drink specials at participating restaurants. As an added bonus, there's always affordable entertainment to be had on Fridays in Downtown Bristol.

Remember: when you buy from an independent, locally-owned business, rather than a nationally-owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses and service providers — continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community. For a full list of events going on in Downtown Bristol visit:www.believeinbristol.org.

"Dead Air" by Richard Graves

May 3 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Hope you will consider coming to this showing of recent work by Richard Graves. Prints and originals for sale. Inquires and commissions can be directed to: richard.augustus.graves@gmail.com

Website coming soon, but meanwhile you can see more at www.instagram.com/serpounce

Thanks so much for the support!

Bad Mountain Brew

May 3 | Quaker Steak and Lube


We are excited to have Bad Mountain Brew come rock the patio!

6th Street Celebrates Free Comic Book Day

May 4 | Mountain Empire Comics


A fun-filled day with FREE comic books, with food, and local Vendors & Artists selling unique Arts & Crafts! 6th Street, Downtown Bristol, TN.

Star Wars Day

May 4 | State Street Brewing


On May 4, State Street Brewing will host a Star Wars Day party. Put on your best Star Wars gear and join us for a day of fun and beer.

We'll show a marathon of the films throughout the day and have fun photo booth props. Soul Case Face and Body Art will offer free Star Wars-themed face paintings and glitter tattoos beginning at 5 p.m. Plus, starting at 7 p.m., Eric Drummond Smith will host Star Wars-themed trivia with prizes for first, second and third place teams.

**Costumes are encouraged but not required**

BCM's Free Family Fun Day

May 4 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Join the Birthplace of Country Music and the Bristol Public Library at the museum for a free Family Fun Day! On offer will be an Instrument Petting Zoo, giving kids a chance to learn about and play a variety of stringed instruments; a story-related activity; and free entry to the special exhibit, Reading Appalachia: Voices from Children’s Literature.

BPL Anime Theater: The Boy and the Beast

May 4 | Bristol Public Library


Kyuta, a young orphan living on the streets of Shibuya, accidentally stumbles across a fantastic world of beast creatures and starts on the greatest adventure of his life. When he meets Kumatetsu, a rough-around-the-edges warrior beast, he promptly becomes his apprentice and forms unlikely friendships in a strange new world.

Rated PG-13; approximate runtime is 119 minutes.

#BoPeepSheep Canvas Class

May 4 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio


Kil'n Time's first Saturday #CanvasClass is this #BoPeepSheep Canvas with Susan! On Saturday, May the 4th starting at 4:00, Susan will be sharing with painters how to recreate this painting. All who are present the night of the class have a chance to win a 9” Cake from Blackbird Bakery!

Class is $35 per painter! Call or message us to reserve your seats!

Masterworks of Chamber Music

May 4 | Paramount Bristol


In its final offering of the 2018-19 season, TPCP presents a program featuring compositions of historical importance. Since its first performance in 1843, Schumann’s Piano Quintet has never disappeared from the canon of frequently heard chamber works. Its rare combination of lyricism and angst was a pinnacle of its time. Juxtaposed against this powerful tapestry is the clarity and grace of Mozart’s piano trio in E major, K 542 — one of the first piano trios where the strings are of equal importance to the piano. Topping off this program is J. S. Bach’s Concerto for Oboe d’amore, BWV 1055.

Repertoire:
Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet
W. A. Mozart: Piano Trio in EM, K542
J. S. Bach: Concerto for Oboe d’amore in AM BWV 1055

Student tickets are free of charge but must be reserved.

TICKETS

Berachah Valley Bluegrass

May 4 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


8pm $5 cover all ages

“Berachah Valley" is known for their powerful female trio harmony.

Cathy Baker plays rhythm guitar, sings lead and harmony and is one of the founding members, along with Michelle Edester who continues to blossom with her command of the mandolin. Michelle also provides consistent harmony and is very versatile vocally. Leisa Hinkle completes the vocal trio.

Cathy, Michelle and Leisa take a sophisticated approach to harmony and together produce tight vocal harmonies forBluegrass, Americana, Gospel, Country, Popular tunes and other genres.
They are multi-talented vocalists, whose clear sounding, natural voices reach audience members time after time.

Becky Meyers began playing banjo at a very young age. She is an amazing banjo. player. Becky's talent is second to none. She is well known and respected in The Miami Valley as a skilled and talented musician.

On the bass is Larry Collins, who plays with much pathos with every movement and motion. During a performance, Larry seems to perceive complex themes, musical contour, and subtle nuances. His use of the bow during several songs is second to none.
Greg Beasley, our guest fiddler is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, playing mandolin, fiddle, guitar and banjo as well. His love of vocal harmony, along with his versatile fiddling style, makes Greg a great fit for Berachah Valley.

Samantha Gray

May 4 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Here is a show you do not want to miss!! We are thrilled to have Samantha play the patio.

Home Free

May 5 | Paramount Bristol


The all vocal (a cappella) country music sensation Home Free brings Nashville country standards and country-dipped pop hits to the Paramount. The 5-man band, whose musical style meshes gospel, country and barbershop, is known for performances that mix their signature all-vocal music with quick-witted humor. Their appearance at the Paramount follows the release of their fourth studio album, TIMELESS, which debuted at the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Country Albums Chart.The group took home the Grand Prize in the fourth season of NBC’s The Sing-Off in 2013.

TICKETS

State Street String Band Bluegrass

May 6 | Blackbird Bakery


Join Blackbird Bakery for live bluegrass at 7pm.

Tri-Cities: Small Business Festival

May 9–11 | Downtown Bristol


The Cities of Bristol, TN and VA and the Bristol Chamber of Commerce have teamed up with Startup Tri-Cities, a local entrepreneur organization, to bring a piece of the vibrant Austin, Texas startup community to our region. The 2019 Small Business Festival is a collaboration between small business owners, entrepreneurs, and the many supporting organizations that bring innovation and growth to our region.

Serving as a culminating event for National Small Business Week, the festival will take place May 9 –11. Events will be hosted across the Tri-Cities with a focus on providing actionable information to help anyone start and grow their businesses. Individuals curious about any type of small business are welcome. By combining retail, service, and technology companies together, amazing things happen as they share their experiences. The festival also provides our region with the opportunity to highlight the excellent programs and services already available to local entrepreneurs, and provides valuable exposure for our local subject matter experts. Selections from the festival lineup include:

Thursday, May 9:
9am: Thursday begins with a kickoff event at Bristol Motor Speedway with featured entrepreneur and speaker Jose Castillo, of NASCAR Trackside Live, who will be speaking on “The Birth of an Idea” which will inspire your creative side.

Afternoon: Workshops on how to start and grow a business will be held in Johnson City.

6:30pm: The fourth annual Pitches and Pints, the region’s largest open “Shark Tank”-like competition, will put aspiring entrepreneurs against the clock to pitch their ideas in 5-minutes or less for a chance to win cash prizes. Free finger foods, local craft beer, and audience participation are part of this year’s event.

Friday, May 10:
9am: Friday begins with a kick off breakfast in Kingsport’s Inventor Center, a new facility to help anyone build a prototype, learn about entrepreneurship, and engage our youth in hands on STEM education.

Afternoon: Workshops on how to start and grow a business will be held in Kingsport’s Inventor Center.

5:30pm: Entrepreneurial Networking Social will be held in downtown Kingsport to connect small businesses together, share stories, and learn from one another.

Saturday, May 11:

9am-5pm: All day in downtown Bristol, local entrepreneurs, business leaders, and supporting organizations will gather at the Foundation Event Facility on State Street to provide inspirational talks, workshops, and detailed information on how to start and grow your business. The focus of this main event is to provide all businesses with valuable tools to take their existing business to the next level with actionable information. For those thinking of starting a new venture, Saturday will have the information you need on how to get started in entrepreneurship in the Tri-Cities, as well as on pitfalls to avoid.

“When local entrepreneurs get together and openly share their experiences, challenges, and successes, amazing things happen economically for the region’s growth and development,” said David Nelson, entrepreneur and Startup Tri-Cities member. He added, “Bristol and Startup Tri-Cities invite everyone with an interest or experience in entrepreneurship to join them at the Small Business Festival.”

This festival is a free event to all attendees and refreshments will be provided at select events.

To learn more about the 2019 Small Business Festival and to view the full schedule as events and speakers are added, visit www.startuptri.com/sbf2019. For more information, about Startup Tri-Cities, contact David Nelson at info@startuptri.com.

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Holly Help Dreamcatcher Fundraiser

Through May 2019 | Mountain Empire Comics


Holly Help Spay-Neuter Fund is selling dream catchers for $3 each. Proceeds benefit spay-neuter efforts for underprivileged dogs and cats in our community. Dream catchers can be purchased at Mountain Empire Comics through May.

Singo — Music Bingo

Four dates May — July | Quaker Steak and Lube


Communities In Schools of Southwest Virginia (CIS of SWVA) invites you to come out to Bristol Station Brews and Taproom (41 Piedmont Avenue, Bristol, VA 24201) and have fun playing SINGO while raising money for us! We will be partnering with Bristol Station Brews and Taproom one Friday each month, from April until July, 7 — 10 pm.

Friday, April 26
Friday, May 24
Friday, June 21
Friday, July 26

CIS of SWVA is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization that began in 2013 with the mission of surrounding students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Our school-based site coordinators work directly in the school building, which sets us apart from other agencies. To date, CIS of SWVA has worked with over 7,500 students with many of those students receiving individual, case-management. School-based site coordinators connect students and families to basic and critical community resources, tailored to each student’s specific needs as well as provide whole-school supports. Examples of services provided include supportive guidance and counseling; advocacy; social-emotional learning; academic support, including tutoring and homework help; truancy interventions; opportunities to give back to the community; college application assistance; career/college fairs; parent education and engagement opportunities; and referrals to other agencies for mental health, physical health and other basic needs supports. As a result, teachers are able to focus on teaching and students are able to focus on learning.

All services offered to our deserving students, families and schools are FREE.

O'Mainnin's May Events

May 2019 | O'Mainnin's Pub

1. Jason Lloyd & Co. Host our Humpday party $1.50 Drafts!
2, Davy Williams!
3, Cornbeef & The Pillbillies, Basketcase & Tom's Handgun
4, If Birds Could Fly!
5, Sunday Funday Dance Party hosted by DJ B-Dgital!$1.50 Drafts!
6, Mello Jelloshot Monday With Betsy!
7, Guido Auesome Show!
8, Quarter Bounce Unplugged!
9, Matt Smile!
10 The Fustics!
11, Hip Gypsy!
12, Sunday Funday Dance Party hosted by DJ B-Dgital! $1.50 Drafts!
13, Mello Jelloshot Monday With Betsy!
14, Guido Auesome Show!
15, Clint Roberts Trio Host the Humpday Party! $1.50 Drafts!
16, Shawn Abbott!
17, The Kincaid Band!
18, Below 7!
19, Sunday Funday Dance Party hosted by DJ B-Dgital!$1.50 Drafts!
20, Mello Jelloshot Monday With Betsy!
21, Guido Auesome Show!
22, Mello Yellow host our Hump Day Party! $1.50 Drafts!
23, Matt Smile!
24, Black Wolf!
25, Loose Leaves!
26, Sunday Funday Dance Party hosted by DJ B-Dgital! $1.50 Drafts!
27, Mello Jelloshot Monday With Betsy!
28, Guido Auesome Show!
29, Humpday Party $1,50 Drafts all night! No cover charge!
30, Laura Thurston!
31 The Cryptkeeper 5, The Vansaders, Moose Roberts and The Jay Fitgeralds!!

Also Coming Up

Wine & Unwind Wednesday with Steve Gilbert
May 1 | Bristol Hotel
Creative & Crafty: Mother's Day Shadow Boxes
May 2 | Bristol Public Library
The Ballad of Shirley Collins
May 2 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Bike Night Street Closure w/ Hip Gypsy
May 2 | Quaker Steak and Lube
The Black Jacket Symphony: Journey's "Esc4p3"
May 2 | Paramount Bristol
Gerald Sheppard
May 2 | Blackbird Bakery
Julie Williams
May 3 | State Line Bar & Grill
First Fridays: Mini Golf Edition
May 3 | Downtown Bristol
"Dead Air" by Richard Graves
May 3 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Bad Mountain Brew
May 3 | Quaker Steak and Lube
6th Street Celebrates Free Comic Book Day
May 4 | Mountain Empire Comics
Star Wars Day
May 4 | State Street Brewing
BCM's Free Family Fun Day
May 4 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
BPL Anime Theater: The Boy and the Beast
May 4 | Bristol Public Library
#BoPeepSheep Canvas Class
May 4 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
Masterworks of Chamber Music
May 4 | Paramount Bristol
Berachah Valley Bluegrass
May 4 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Samantha Gray
May 4 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Home Free
May 5 | Paramount Bristol
State Street String Band Bluegrass
May 6 | Blackbird Bakery
Uninvited Women's Bible Study
May 7 | Mercantile on State
Tri-Cities: Small Business Festival
May 9–11 | Downtown Bristol
Farm & Fun Time ft. Davina & The Vagabonds, Hoot & Holler
May 9 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Diamonds
May 9 | Blackbird Bakery
Rylee Peters
May 10 | Blackbird Bakery
Bristol Ballet's The Wizard of Oz
May 11 | Paramount Bristol
State Street Tattoo Festival Kick-off!
May 11 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Featured Artist Meet & Greet: Dale McKinney
May 14 | Blackbird Bakery
Historic District Preservation Awards Ceremony
May 16 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Kevin Lorenz
May 16 | Blackbird Bakery
Rex Montgomery
May 17 | State Line Bar & Grill
Border Bash
May 17 | Downtown Bristol
Literarily Cool
May 18 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Doom Yoga
May 18 | Elderbrew
Ryan Ward
May 18 | Elderbrew
Daniel Cooper Trio
May 18 | Blackbird Bakery
Radio Bristol Book Club
May 23 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Wrestle
May 23 | Paramount Bristol
The Diamonds
May 23 | Blackbird Bakery
State St. Tattoo Fest 2019
May 24–26 | Foundation Event Facility
The Swing Band
May 25 | Blackbird Bakery
Blue Mountain Saints
May 30 | Blackbird Bakery
Chris Long
May 31 | State Line Bar & Grill
John Schneider
May 31 | Paramount Bristol
Blue Mountain Saints
May 31 | Blackbird Bakery
BIG Son and Seven Mile Mushroom
June 1 | Studio Brew
Wyldeheart
June 6 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Border Bash
June 7 | Downtown Bristol
Theatre Bristol's The Wizard of Oz
June 21–30
Border Bash
June 21 | Downtown Bristol
The Allman Betts Band
June 25
Railway Express
June 29 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Border Bash
July 4 | Downtown Bristol
Border Bash
July 19 | Downtown Bristol
Border Bash
August 2 | Downtown Bristol
Tab Benoit
August 2 | Paramount Bristol
Get the Led Out
August 9 | Paramount Bristol
Railway Express
August 24 | Quaker Steak and Lube

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