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Believe in Bristol Year-End Fiver to $5,000!


Believe in Bristol has less than one month left in the fiscal year and we are SO CLOSE to our fundraising goal, but we need your help! Please participate in our "Fiver to $5,000" campaign, ending June 30th. We just need 1,000 people to contribute $5 to our organization. Contributions can be made in person at the Believe in Bristol office or online at : www.believeinbristol.org/about/support

Thank you for your support! All contributions proceed continued revitalization of Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA!

Downtown Bristol Blog

Bristol Pirates announce 50th Anniversary Fan Trip to Pittsburgh


The Bristol Pirates have announced the details for the 50th Anniversary Fan Trip to Pittsburgh from September 27-29.

To commemorate 50 consecutive years of baseball in Bristol, the Bristol Pirates and Bristol Baseball, INC. are sponsoring a three-day trip to Pittsburgh that will allow fans the opportunity to sightsee around PNC Ballpark as well as watch three Pirates games against the Cincinnati Reds.

The itinerary will have fans departing Bristol on the morning of Friday, September 27 at 7, with arrival in Pittsburgh around 3 p.m. Fans will get to take part in a tour of PNC Ballpark before the ballgame Friday night. On Saturday, there will be a tour of the Duquesne Incline and the Roberto Clemente museum before the Pirates game that night. Fans will get the chance to watch the series finale between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati on Sunday afternoon before returning to Bristol that evening.

Tickets for the trip are $400 per person and will include tickets to all three games as well as double-occupancy rooms at the Spring Hill Marriott. To reserve a spot on this trip or to ask any questions, contact Craig Adams at ballparkoperations@bristolbaseball.com.



Sounds of Summer concert series revving up with a hot lineup for the season


Bristol is known for its plentiful and diverse music scene. Live bands are hosted every Tuesday and Thursday evening from June through September at the Downtown Center on State Street as part of the Sounds of Summer concert series, now in its 23rd season. The popular series was rebranded in 2018, placing a stronger focus on local acts with variety of sounds. In addition to regional bands like Turkey Creek, Cedar Valley, Phantom, and High Test Grass, tributes to some of music’s biggest legends are also slated for the season, setting the stage for a diverse offering of free music events in downtown Bristol this summer.

“Music is a big part of our culture here in Bristol. We’re home to countless songwriters, musicians, and even producers in addition to being a community full of general lovers of music,” said Terry Napier, Director of Parks and Recreation, the department that oversees many of the music events that take place downtown. “It is one of the biggest things that comes to mind for most visitors, and there is hardly a night when music can’t be found in one of our many downtown venues,” he continued.

"We are really excited about our lineup this year. Whether you like bluegrass, rock, or even our tribute acts featuring music by Hank Williams, Jr., Billy Joel, and Elton John, there is truly something for everyone,” said Angie Rutherford, Recreation Programmer, whose job it is to book bands each year. She added, "Head on downtown, and you will hear some of the best music this side of Nashville."

The Sounds of Summer concert series begins on June 4th featuring local band Duty Free. A complete schedule is available online at www.bristoltn.org, or rack cards can be picked up at the Slater Center, the Bristol, Tennessee Court House, the Bristol Public Library, the Chamber of Commerce or at the Downtown Center. All Sounds of Summer concerts are free to attend.

For more information contact Angie Rutherford at arutherford@bristoltn.org or 423-764-3463.



Downtown Bristol Events

Creative & Crafty: Book Bouquets

June 5 | Bristol Public Library


Back by popular demand! We're making "Book Bouquets" on Wednesday, June 5, starting at 5:30 p.m. We'll be crafting our bouquets by upcycling pages from an old Webster's dictionary, hot glue, and floral wire.

The class is free to attend, but registration is limited to only 15 participants. Each participant will have the supplies to create between 4 and 6 flowers, which will become their bouquet. To register for the class, please contact Ambrea at the Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Wine & Unwind Wednesday w/Caitlin Krisko

June 5 | Bristol Hotel


Welcome to the latest installment of Wine & Unwind Wednesday. This time we welcome Caitlin Krisko of The Broadcast! Come out and enjoy some great music while trying our amazing food and cocktails on Lumac, our rooftop bar lounge!

Lovely Llama Canvas Class

June 6 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio


Coming up for #CanvasClass on Thursday, June 6th with Susan! Starting at 6:00 PM, Susan will teach painters how to recreate this #LovelyLlama Canvas! Cost for this class is $35 and always #BYOB. Call or message us to make your reservations!

Wordcatching

June 6 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Join Carolyn Koesters at BCMM for this fun introductory workshop to create and decorate a simple journal, and then learn how to journal for yourself! Writing in a journal is easy and fun, and it’s a great method for organizing, goal-setting, and saving your memories for future generations.

All levels welcome – no experience or art background necessary, just the desire to have fun! Cost includes all supplies and light refreshments (wine, soft drinks, water, cookies). Space is limited so we ask that you purchase tickets online ahead of time.

Wordcatching is companion programming to our current special exhibit Reading Appalachia: Voices from Children’s Literature, on display until June 30, 2019. Special thanks to the Massengill-DeFriece Foundation for their support of this exhibit and its related programming.

TICKETS

Wyldeheart

June 6 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Wyldeheart brings a unique edge to Rock,Country, 80's, Dance and Oldies music.

Sounds of Summer: Shooter

June 6 | Downtown Center


Shooter is a 4 piece band with 3 part harmonies on every song. Formerly known as Old Dogs- New Tricks, they are ready to spread the joy of Music.

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The Sounds of Summer Concert Series, formerly the Full Moon Jam, will start June 4th and run through September 26th. Concerts will be held on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 7-9pm from June — September at the Downtown Center (Country Music Mural), 810 State Street.

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.

Juan Jon

June 6 | Blackbird Bakery


We are happy to welcome Juan Jon to Blackbird Bakery for his premier appearance. He is a professional guitarist/entertainer, and likes to captive audiences with his aggressive style. Juan Jon is a Grammy nominated performer that branches from blues, rock, ragtime, and classical music. We hope that you will stop by and support Juan Jon and try a slice of our "new cake of the month" and enjoy the music.

Border Bash: Fritz & Co. and Mr. Nobody & The Extras

June 7 | Downtown Bristol


Celebrating 20 years in Historic Downtown, Border Bash—Bristol's premier spring/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.

“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.

June 7, 2019 — 500 Block State Street
7:00 pm, Fritz & Co.
8:30 pm, Mr. Nobody & The Extras


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.

Pub Poll

June 7 | State Street Brewing


When there's no RIGHT answer, you have to pick the POPULAR answer. We survey our players, turn them into questions and you WIN!

Bring your team and get ready to brainstorm with Challenge Entertainment, State Street Brewing and PUB POLL!

Victor Lawson and Boogie Chillen w/ Catfish Frye

June 7 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Victor Lawson and Boogie Chillen are among the talented bands in the burgeoning blues scene in the Tri-Cities. Established about nine years ago and led by Lawson, the tight three-man band take their name from the song, “Boogie Chillen,’” which was made famous by late Delta blues icon, John Lee Hooker.

Gerald Sheppard

June 7 | 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.

Jordan Allen & The Bellwethers

June 8 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom


#BristolStation welcomes back crowd-favorite Jordan Allen & The Bellwethers on Saturday, June 8.

An Americana-Folk group that blends the musical stylings of the banjo, acoustic guitar, cello, and bass guitar.

Their love and appreciation for the classics and the originality of their songs are sure to keep you singing and dancing the whole night through!

Come hungry as The Pakalachian Food Truck will join us!

Tennessee Beach

June 8 | Quaker Steak and Lube


A new rock/country band from the coast of northeast Tennessee. Whether its on the lake, a house party, or benefit concert, everyday's a party with TN Beach.

Featured Artist Meet & Greet: Dale McKinney

June 11 | Blackbird Bakery


Meet & Greet the artist Dale McKinney featuring works of epoxy resin 6-8 pm with music by Campbell Denning.

Community Notice Board

Dads Eat Free at Quaker Steak & Lube

June 16th

Dads Eat Free at the Lube this year! Purchase one entree, get the 2nd free!

Also Coming Up

Creative & Crafty: Book Bouquets
June 5 | Bristol Public Library
Wine & Unwind Wednesday w/Caitlin Krisko
June 5 | Bristol Hotel
Lovely Llama Canvas Class
June 6 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
Wordcatching
June 6 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Wyldeheart
June 6 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Sounds of Summer: Shooter
June 6 | Downtown Center
Juan Jon
June 6 | Blackbird Bakery
Border Bash: Fritz & Co. and Mr. Nobody & The Extras
June 7 | Downtown Bristol
Pub Poll
June 7 | State Street Brewing
Victor Lawson and Boogie Chillen w/ Catfish Frye
June 7 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Gerald Sheppard
June 7 | Blackbird Bakery
Jordan Allen & The Bellwethers
June 8 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Tennessee Beach
June 8 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Featured Artist Meet & Greet: Dale McKinney
June 11 | Blackbird Bakery
Sounds of Summer: Turkey Creek
June 11 | Downtown Center
Western Wednesday: The Searchers
June 12 | Bristol Public Library
Bailey George & Jukebox Jessica Stiles
June 12 | Bristol Hotel
PC Class: Online Job Searching
June 13 | Bristol Public Library
Farm & Fun Time ft. Sierra Ferrell, Steel City Jug Slammers
June 13 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Bad Mountain Brew
June 13 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Sounds of Summer: The Catalinas
June 13 | Downtown Center
The Diamonds
June 13 | Blackbird Bakery
Bristol Bizarre: The Cosmos
June 14 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Movies in the Park: Spider Man Into the Spider-Verse
June 14 | Anderson Park
Orange you Glad It's Summer Party
June 15 | Mercantile on State
Billy Crawford Band
June 15 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Zoh Hamrick
June 15 | Blackbird Bakery
JP Parsons & The American Bandwagon W/ Handsome and The Humbles
June 15 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Pirate Fest 2019
June 17 | Boyce Cox Field
Sounds of Summer: Northfork
June 18 | Downtown Center
Bingo
June 19 | Bristol Public Library
The Ladybirds
June 19 | Bristol Hotel
Sounds of Summer: Borderline
June 20 | Downtown Center
Soul Collision
June 20 | Quaker Steak and Lube
The Dimestore Cowboys w/ guest Danielle Walters
June 20 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
For The Song's Sake: Xaris Waltman + Bill Edwards
June 20 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Theatre Bristol's The Wizard of Oz
June 21–30 | Paramount Bristol
Ruby Slipper Gala
June 21 | Paramount Bristol
Border Bash: Bella Raye and South Hill Banks
June 21 | Downtown Bristol
Ian Feathers Band
June 21 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Unity Festival and God Encounter
June 22 | Cumberland Square Park
Upstate
June 22 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Dimestore Cowboys
June 22 | Studio Brew
Tatum Spears: a cabaret
June 22 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Summer Dessert Class for Kids
June 25 | Mercantile on State
Carson Peters & Iron Mountain
June 25 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Sounds of Summer: Cedar Valley
June 25 | Downtown Center
The Allman Betts Band
June 25 | Paramount Bristol
Duty Free
June 26 | Bristol Hotel
Sounds of Summer: Phantom
June 27 | Downtown Center
Cutthroat Shamrock String Seisiúns
June 28 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Railway Express
June 29 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Mind Modes with Mahto and The Loose Balloons
June 29 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Railway Express
June 29 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Star Spangled 4th of July Celebration
July 4 | Downtown Bristol
Border Bash
July 4 | Downtown Bristol
Country Music
July 18 | Paramount Bristol
Border Bash
July 19 | Downtown Bristol
Radio Bristol Sessions ft. The McLain Family Band
July 26 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
USAF Band of Mid-America USAF Band of Mid-America
July 26 | Paramount Bristol
Border Bash
August 2 | Downtown Bristol
Tab Benoit
August 2 | Paramount Bristol
Get the Led Out
August 9 | Paramount Bristol
Applachian Outlaw Jamboree
August 23 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
RTE 23 Music Festival
August 24 | UVA Wise
Hank, Pattie, & The Current
August 24 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Railway Express
August 24 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Summer's End 5k Run and Back to School Youth Mile
August 31 | Anderson Park
VMFA on the Road Artmobile
September 18–22
The Black Jacket Symphony: The Eagles' "Hotel California"
October 3–4 | Paramount Bristol
Russian Ballet Theatre's Swan Lake
November 1 | Paramount Bristol
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
November 8 | Paramount Bristol
Front Country
November 23 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

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