Downtown Bristol Events
September 18–22 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Sixty-five years after the launch of its original Artmobile, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is once again bringing traveling art exhibitions and educational offerings to audiences across the state with VMFA on the Road: An Artmobile for the 21st century! This state-of-the-art mobile museum and education studio will be at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum and open to school groups and Bristol Rhythm festivalgoers from September 18 to September 22, 2019.
School Groups can visit the Artmobile on Wednesday, September 18 and Thursday, September 19, 2019
The VMFA on the Road Artmobile will be open to middle school, high school, and college groups on September 18–19, 2019. A field trip to the Artmobile exposes students to multiple art mediums and concepts using visual thinking, sketching, and writing. Admission is free to the Artmobile. Teachers can find more information here.
September 18 | Bristol Hotel
You won't want to miss this performance at Lumac, our rooftop bar and lounge! We're thrilled to welcome Dave Eggar, Chuck Palmer, Evie Andrus, and James Bowman for a Rhythm & Roots Kickoff Show! What a way to start one of the best music festivals in the U.S.! Be sure to get here early, as we have limited space!
September 19 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
Join Marcy on Thursday, September 19th at 6:00 PM to learn how to recreate this #HappyFall Canvas! Cost is $35 per painter and covers the cost of all of your supplies. Bring your best friend and your favorite bottle of wine and join us to #MakeYourMasterpiece! Call or message to make your reservations.
September 19 | Blackbird Bakery
Join us at Blackbird Bakery for a swinging good time with Blue Mountain Saints from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm!
September 20–22 | Downtown Bristol
The award-winning Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival celebrates 19 years September 20-22, 2019 in Historic Downtown Bristol, VA-TN, the birthplace of country music!
Bristol Rhythm isn’t just a music festival. It’s an infectious, three-day music experience, bursting with creative passion, electricity, and soul. It’s an annual celebration of Bristol, VA-TN’s rich history as the place where the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings created the “big bang” of country music; they were the recordings that brought early country music to the mainstream and were the first recordings of The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers.
An aerial view of the Country Music Mural Stage during The SteelDrivers set. Packed! © Birthplace of Country Music, Photograph: Loch & Key Productions
The influence of the 1927 Bristol Sessions can still be heard in the soundtrack of today. It’s the roots and far-reaching branches of those seminal recordings that fuels the lineup of each Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion.
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion takes place in Historic Downtown Bristol, VA-TN on State Street and the surrounding area. Located on the Virginia and Tennessee border with 20 outdoor stages and indoor venues and more than 120 acts of live music, Bristol Rhythm takes visitors on a journey through Appalachia’s musical past, present, and future.
Click here to learn more or purchase tickets.
September 21 | Cascade Draft House
A new age rock and roll band doing what we love!
September 22 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) has launched a new fundraiser that will benefit the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. The Bristol Sessions Super Raffle is an opportunity to donate to the Museum and enter for a chance to win one of 49 prizes given away at the Raffle.
The Raffle drawing will take place on Sunday, September 22, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. A winner will be drawn every five (5) minutes and prizes include vacation packages, outdoor recreation vehicle, cars, shopping sprees, RV, jewelry, and cash to name a few items. Only 5,000 tickets are available for purchase, and ticket buyers do not have to be present to win.
The goal of the Raffle is to raise $250,000 to benefit the Museum.
Winners will be announced during the live event at the Museum. Winners will also be notified via phone or mail. Additionally, winners will be listed on the Bristol Sessions Super Raffle Website and Facebook event page on the day of the Raffle.
Raffle tickets are for sale for $100 each, and include two ticket numbers on each ticket. BCM is offering an incentive to ticket purchasers who buy multiple tickets. The “Buy 10 Get One Free” offer gives the buyer a free ticket with the purchase of 10 tickets. All 10 purchased tickets and the free ticket must be in the single buyer’s name.
For more information visit bristolsessionssuperraffle.org.
September 24 | Downtown Center
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.
September 25 | Lumac Rooftop Bar
Another installment of Wine & Unwind Wednesday, this time with Lightnin' Charlie! We're excited to welcome this artist to play for us on our rooftop bar and lounge, Lumac! Come out and enjoy some great live music while you sip on a signature cocktail and eat some of Chef's one-of-a-kind entrees!
September 26 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Widely regarded as the 20th century’s most important singer of English traditional song, Shirley Collins is someone who was born to invoke the old songs. Alongside her sister Dolly, Shirley stood at the epicenter of the folk music revival during the 1960s and 1970s. But in 1980, in traumatic circumstances, she was robbed her of her unique singing voice and forced her into early retirement.
Counterpointing the film’s contemporary journey with a more literal one taken from the opposite end of Shirley’s life, The Ballad Of Shirley Collins also proves itself to be something of a time-travelling Transatlantic road-movie – lovingly retelling the story of her seminal 1959 ’Southern Journey’ song-collecting trip around America’s rural Deep South alongside her then-lover (and legendary ethnomusicologist) Alan Lomax. A trip that took them into neglected rural communities, both black and white, that were about to be forever changed by the burgeoning Civil Rights movement. They uncovered and documented a peerless document of traditional American music – one that would later inspire the soundtrack to the Coen Brothers’ film O Brother Where Art Thou.
Deliberately eschewing a straightforward biopic approach, Rob Curry and Tim Plester ‘Way of the Morris’, is a lyrical response to the life-and-times of a totemic musical figure. Granted intimate access to recording sessions for Shirley’s first album (Lodestar) of new recordings in almost four decades, the film also features contributions from the comedian Stewart Lee , Appalachian singer Sam Amidon, and David Tibet of Current 93.
What emerges is a meditative and carefully textured piece of portraiture. Here then is a story about one woman’s battle to rise again from long silent ashes. A film about loss and redemption. A film about sacrifice, healing and rebirth. A film which suggests that, during these turbulent and increasingly untethered times, we might just need Shirley Collins and all she represents more than ever.
The film received its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival , before being released theatrically in the UK on more than 100 screens. It played prestigious international festivals including Rotterdam and CPH:DOX, and has been released in the United States.
More than 3-and-a-half years in the making, and co-produced with Fifth Column Films and Burning Bridges The Ballad Of Shirley Collins is the first release from Fire Films; the new film arm of the revitalized Fire Records and sister label Earth Recordings.
UK 2017, 94 mins