Downtown Bristol Events
May 15 | Bristol Hotel
Please come out and enjoy the latest installment of Wine & Unwind Wednesdays with Fiddlefunk at our beautiful rooftop bar and lounge, Lumac! Get here early because it's first come, first serve and the music starts at 7:00 pm!
May 16 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
In recognition of National Preservation Month in May, the Historic District Preservation Award Committee in the City of Bristol, Virginia will hold its annual award ceremony on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in the Performance Theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, 520 Birthplace of Country Music Way, Bristol, Virginia.
The award program recognizes and honors property owners and developers who engage in preservation projects on properties located within our city’s five historic districts. The five historic districts are the Euclid Avenue Historic District, Solar Hill Historic District, Virginia Hill Historic District, Bristol Downtown Commercial Historic District, and Bristol Warehouse Historic District.
The public is invited to attend the award ceremony. Light refreshments will be served.
Nominations for next year’s 2020 award program will be accepted through March 31, 2020. For additional information contact Catherine Brillhart, Committee Chair at 276-591-6952
May 16 | Bristol Public Library
The BPL Book Club will meet on Thursday, May 16, at 6:00 p.m. in the Frances Kegley Conference Room. We’ll finish reading and discuss Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Harding, as well as pick up our next reading adventure: River of Doubt by Candice Millard.
Any reader is welcome to join at any time, and no registration is required. BPL Book Club meets on the third Thursday of each month, unless otherwise noted on our calendar, to read and discuss a wide variety of books. Make sure to join us for good company, good books, and sweet treats!
For more information, please contact Ambrea at the Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 16 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Old School Rock n' Roll Band. Rusty Steel & Quarter Bounce always deliver a great show of all of your favorite songs!
May 16 | Blackbird Bakery
Join us at Blackbird Bakery for the music of Kevin Lorenz from 8 — 10 pm.
May 16 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
For The Song’s Sake is a monthly music series featuring performances by emerging regional & nationally touring artists. Hosted by Momma Molasses on every third Thursday at Bloom Cafe & Listening Room in downtown Bristol, TN.
May 17–18 | State Street Brewing
$5 cover, shows start at 7:30pm.
Friday, May 17: Opie's Pizza Wagon, 5 p.m. — ?
May 17 | State Line Bar & Grill
Saturday: May 18: Feeding Frenzy Mobile, 5 — 9 p.m.
Live music this Friday at State Line!
May 17 | Downtown Bristol
Celebrating 20 years in Historic Downtown, Border Bash—Bristol's premier spring/summer concert series—is back for another amazing season starting May 17, 2019! 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.
“We are always excited when it’s time for Border Bash.It is an opportunity to bring great music to our downtown and bring the community together during the summer months.Believe in Bristol is proud to have brought this event to the community for twenty years,” stated Maggie Bishop, Executive Director, Believe in Bristol.
May 17, 2019 — Piedmont / State Street Intersection
7:00 pm, Magus & The Movers
8:30 pm, Kirk Fleta
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. Border Bash would not be possible without our community sponsors. Our sponsors in 2019 include Bank of Tennessee, Birthplace of Country Music, Blackbird Bakery, Bristol Herald Courier, Camellia Digital, Cascade Draft House, Coca-Cola, Dr. & Mrs. Ben Cowan, Express AV Productions, Dr. & Mrs. John Fincher, Framed, Jeff & Terri Gregory, Knoxville TVA Employee Credit Union, Lost State Distilling, Merrill-Lynch, Anna Morgan, Dale & Joneen Sargent, Tom & Barbara Smith, The Bristol Hotel, John & Ann Tickle, Tri-City Tent & Event, Turtleson, and Dr. & Mrs. Zaidi.
About Magus & The Movers
"WITH A VOICE LIKE AGED HONEY, Magus Vaughn has come into his own as a frontman and songwriter to be reckoned with. Just a few years after disbanding his group, now-local-legends The Comet Conductors, he decided to return to the stage and to the studio with a fresh outlook on life, and songs to bear it. Backed by a crack team of musicians lovingly called “The Movers”, Vaughn started putting in the work and pushing past the fear of the unknown to craft a unique sounds all his own." — MADSCIENCE
About Kirk Fleta
May 18 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
"Fleta's Spanish roots combine with Delta blues, driving percussive at times and gently melodic at others he intertwines the rich tone of his voice with his unique finger style guitar playing to lay down his insightful lyrics with soul." — Metropulse
Join educator Christine Mitten at the museum on Saturday, May 18th at 10:30 a.m. for a fun and active literacy program! Children (ages 2 ½ to 6) and their grown-ups will experience the magic of Appalachian children’s literature. Through fun, hands-on activities, stories will be brought to life for the children and wonderful family memories will be made.
This event is free but donations are very much appreciated – your donation supports free and low-cost programming at the museum. Space is limited, so please RSVP!
Literarily Cool! is companion programming to our current special exhibit, Reading Appalachia: Voices from Children’s Literature, on display until June 30, 2019. We would like to extend a special thanks to the Massengill-DeFriece Foundation for their support of this exhibit and its programming.
May 18 | Elderbrew
Coming May 18th @ 2pm — Only $12! Bristol Yoga has partnered with one our city's awesome local breweries, Elderbrew to present a special class featuring LIVE drone, ambient and meditation style music by M. Peck merged with Slow Flow Vinyasa. The meditative tones of the music combined with a slower flow asana sequence allows for the attachment of breath to movement, deepening your connection to the poses. Your ticket price includes your choice of Elderbrew beer and 60 min class, a BYOM (bring your own mat) event. Come out and enjoy the beginning of Spring with us!
May 18 – December 21 | 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 on the third Saturday of every month. 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 held in the Learning Center at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.
For more information call 423-573-1927.
May 18 | Elderbrew
Ryan Ward is a talented, eclectic guitarist with an endless passion for music. He incorporates his guitar heroes and influences into his own compositions. You can expect a mixture of classic rock/indie/alternative/folk with some originals thrown in. If you like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, and other music greats, then this is a show not to miss! Support live music!
May 18 | Blackbird Bakery
Join us at Blackbird Bakery for the music of the Daniel Cooper Trio from 8 — 10 pm.
May 18 | Quaker Steak and Lube
If you like to grin while listening to music, then Matt will make you Smile! Come hang out and listen to the cool array of songs Matt performs.
May 20 | Bristol Public Library
Join the Friends of the Bristol Public Library for their monthly meeting.
All interested members and participants are encouraged to use the meeting room entrance on the upper floor. For more information about the Friends of the Bristol Public Library, please contact the library at 276-821-6147 or the Friends directly at FriendsoftheBristolLibrary@gmail.com
If you are interested in joining the Friends, you can pick up a membership application at the library at any time or you can sign up online using Google.