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Historic Downtown Bristol Offers a Host of Weekend Events, Specials and Promos for AACA Appalachian Region Antique Car Show and Mumford & Sons Stopover!!

August 06, 2012


All events happening in Historic Downtown Bristol Friday — Sunday!!!

Appalachian Region AACA Car Show
Friday, August 10, 59 pm on State Street. A hot August night is the right time to cruise to downtown Bristol where State Street will be filled once again with classic cars for your viewing enjoyment. Bring a classic car or just the family for the fun and festivities! The show will be showcasing select famous vehicles, and the downtown merchants will be open for business so look for HOT BRISTOL NIGHT SPECIALS in restaurants and stores! Entry fee for cars is $5.00. Each car will receive a 50/50 chance ticket and t-shirt or dash plaque upon entry. All cars will enter on State Street from Commonwealth Avenue and exit from Lee Street after the show. Don't miss BLUESMAN & The Blues Essentials performing from 6-8 pm from the cruise-instage on 5th Street, Bristol TN (across the street from Machiavelli's).

Art D’Vine Gallery-Hop and Wine Tasting
Friday, August 10, 6–9 pm. The community is invited to stroll through Downtown Bristol, stopping at Kil’n Time, Benjamin Walls Gallery, CityMug, One Night Stand Gallery, 606 State Street Gallery, One of a Kind Gallery, Bridgeforth Design Studio and blowfish emporium. Each gallery will feature a different wine varietal that you can sample.

Bridgeforth Design Studio 29 6th Street, Bristol TN
Bridgeforth Design Studio welcomes Mumford and Sons and invites their fans to visit the studio to see the area’s largest selection of custom science fiction, fantasy, video game, and comic style art. Come by the working studio on Saturday, August 11, for a fun-filled day and see live drawing and painting demonstrations, and pick up a special edition Gentlemen of the Road Stopover in Bristol poster.
As a participating gallery in Art D’Vine on Friday, August 10, Bridgeforth Design Studio will be holding a book signing with Bristol's own filmmaker and author, Stephen J. Semones. Semones will be debuting his new novel, The Wraith: Crossfire, based on a wildly popular Australian comic and series of books. Bridgeforth created front and back cover art for the novel, and will have poster prints available for purchase and signing during the Friday event. Also, on Saturday, August 11, 11 am–5 pm, attend a special book release party for Semones, who will again be signing copies of his new novel.

Bristol Public Library Corner of Goode Street & Piedmont Avenue, Bristol VA
Fun for all the family at the Bristol Public Library! From 9 am to noon on Saturday, August 11, there will be a variety of events held inside the library and at the plaza in front of the building. There will be local author book sales, buskers, gift shop sales, a coffee shop in the gallery, children’s events, and volunteer information.
Opening hours: Friday/Saturday 9 am–5 pm; and Sunday 2 pm–5 pm.

MUMFORD & SONS GOTR OFFICIAL KICK OFF PARTY & PUB CRAWL – Friday, August 10th, Downtown Bristol! Country music was born in Bristol, but ALL MUSIC lives nightly in downtown Bristol! Check out the following schedule below and visit pickbristol.com for live music listings year-round. Live music for Friday, August 10, in downtown includes:
• 606 State Street Gallery: 606 Jam Band, 6 pm
• 620 State: Christabel & the Jons, 10 pm
• Acoustic Ale House: Over 200 beers and live music (TBA)
• Appalachian Region Antique Automobile Cruise-In and Cruise In Stage (5th Street across from Machiavelli’s): Live music 4-8 pm. Bluesman & the Blue Essentials with special guest Sonny Leonard, voted the Best Blues Band in the Tri-Cities (2012), 6-8 pm.
• Art D’Vine Gallery Hop, Downtown Bristol, 6pm
• Electric 94.9 (WAEZ) live radio remote 4-6pm
• Ivan Parker at the Paramount Center for the Arts, Gospel Christian Music Association, nine-time Favorite Male Vocalist of the Year, 7 pm, tickets $20.
• Machiavelli’s: Draft Truck with 25 beers, BBQ, pizza, and Live Music Tent with Annabelle’s Curse and Folk Soul Revival (9 pm-1 am)
• O’Mainnin’s Pub: Live Music TBA
• State Line Bar & Grille: Wildheart from 6-9 pm and Impeach Dixon 10 pm-2 am

One Night Stand Gallery 618 State Street, Bristol TN (former Ruth King Antiques)
As a participating gallery in Art D’Vine on Friday, August 10, 6–9 pm, One Night Stand will be featuring the work of three Virginia Intermont art students, Joey Blevins, Jerry Allen and Tyler Moreland, who painted the murals on the future Cultural Heritage Center building, located at 510 Cumberland Street.

State Street Farmers Market 810 State Street, Bristol TN
Come observe a live demonstration with local Chef Armond Lanesse from The Burger Bar! It's summer time, and an abundance of fresh local food is available for you. Hours are Saturday from 8am – Noon.

Tennessee Ernie Ford House (23 Anderson Street, Bristol, TN – this venue is not downtown)
The Bristol Historical Association will be opening the Tennessee Ernie Ford House for tours on Saturday, August 11, from 11 am to 1 pm.


620 State Restaurant & Venue 620 State Street, Bristol TN
Friday, August 10, 10 pm – Christabel & the Jons, $5 entry fee.
Saturday, August 11 – 11 pm – Shake It Like A Caveman, $10 entry fee.

Acoustic Ale House 11 7th Street, Bristol TN
Hosting live music all weekend! Choose from more than 200 beers.

Deering Banjo Company Parking Lot at Bristol Rhythm & Roots / BCMA office 416 State Street, Bristol TN
Friday, August 10, 5–9 pm – Come by to meet folks from the Deering Banjo Company and check out their instruments, learn more about the banjo, and hear people play or join in an impromptu jam and show off your skills.

Paramount Center for the Arts 516-522 State Street, Bristol TN
Friday, August 10, noon – Tunes @ Noon presents Mr. Rex Ward playing some good summertime tunes through the pipes and percussion of the Mighty Wurlitzer organ!
Friday, August 10, 7 pm – The Gospel Christian Music Association presents Ivan Parker! Tickets $20

Sessions 27 Record Shop 505 State Street, Bristol VA
Saturday, August 11, 10 am – 4 pm – Meet the Deering Banjo Company folks are back again, this time in front of the record shop. Come down and learn more about banjos! Banjo players are welcome to sit down for a jam session and newbies can learn how to pick or have your first lesson.

State Line Bar and Grill 644 State Street, Bristol TN
Friday, August 10, 6–9 pm – Wildheart. Come hear good-time music with a beach twist. All local musicians lead by a female vocalist who is a local teacher.
Friday, August 10, 10 pm–2 am: Impeach Dixon (rock and funk). All members are local and one is a local college professor.

Saturday, August 11, 11 am–2 pm: The Honeybadgers. They are a very popular local bluegrass band sure to entertain. They play original and classic bluegrass and southern rock covers.
Saturday, August 11, 2–10 pm: Open Mic. Local musicians are encouraged to perform. All shows are free until 10 pm!

Theatre Bristol 506 State Street, Bristol TN
Theatre Bristol will celebrate the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover tour by putting on a show that is sure to be talked about for a long, long time! Located at 506 State Street, the theatre will be steam-rollin’, with live music on the stage from 1 pm to 12 am on Saturday, August 11. The impressive list of some of the best local musicians in the area, includes the following: ***A GREAT DISASTER *** SCOTTY MELTON *** TENNESSEE LARUE WITH BITS AND PIECES *** FARMHOUSE GHOST *** SCRATCH RIVER TELEGRAPH *** RICKSHAW ROAD SHOW *** THIS MOUNTAIN *** THE BACKTALKERS *** J V SQUAD ***THURSDAY EVENING PORCH CHOIR *** A suggested donation of $5.00 at the door will get you into the “Steam-rollin! Pub and Show.” Theatre Bristol set designers will be transforming the theatre into a pub atmosphere unlike anything you have experienced before. Theatre Bristol concession will be selling traditional and untraditional pub fare so come early and stay late – and be prepared to be entertained!
In an effort to promote responsible drinking, Theatre Bristol will provide free bottled water to all designated drivers during the festival. In addition, Theatre Bristol will have a drawing for two theatre passes during the festival. Come by and enter to win. These passes will be good for all of the productions at the theatre for the remainder of 2012.

O’Mainnin’s Pub & Grill 712 State Street, Bristol TN
Hosting live music all weekend and late-night hours!


Blackbird Bakery 56 Piedmont Avenue, Bristol VA
Offering a special “Mumford” Scone with Devonshire cream – you won’t want to miss this!

Burger Bar 10 Piedmont Avenue, Bristol VA
Special hours: Friday & Saturday: 8 am–8 pm; Sunday: 8 am–2 pm

CityMug (inside CityMac) 631 State Street, Bristol VA
CityMug, one of the participating galleries in Art D’Vine on Friday, August 10, will be featuring photographs by Tammy Mercure and Chris Stewart, both of King College. The café will stay open until 9 pm for anyone needing a late-night caffeine fix.

CJ & Co. 16 6th Street, Bristol TN
Offering special discounts to designated drivers with food purchase!

K P Duty 520 State Street, Bristol TN
Offering half price chips & salsa with the mention of this offer!

Machiavelli’s 8 5th Street, Bristol TN
Join us in our huge tent for live music 4 pm–late night on Friday and ALL DAY LONG SATURDAY! Fresh grilled hot dogs and BBQ will be served in the tent, with ten beers on draft! Designated drivers receive 25% off food purchases and free tea or soft drink in our appreciation. Of course, we will also serve our full Italian menu in the restaurant or on our patio. Our gourmet brick-oven pizza is always available to go.

The Bristol Grind House 501 State Street, Bristol VA
Live music all day Saturday, featuring an English Toffee Latte special and open extended hours on Saturday and Sunday 8am – 1pm.

Troutdale Bistro 724 State Street, Bristol TN
Mumford Menu: Special for the Gentlemen of the Road, Saturday Only: Bentons bacon and heirloom tomato soup, roasted local squash soup, chicken salad croissant, pimento cheese burger, shrimp and grits, local goat cheese flatbread! Special hours: Friday & Saturday 11am – 9pm.

Shelbee's Vintage Café and Premiere Catering 504 State Street, Bristol TN
Mumford Menu: Special for the Gentlemen of the Road, Saturday Only: “Mum” Good Cupcake – British Inspired Vanilla Rum Spice Cupcake, Moonshiner Cupcakes – Orange and Lemon, Red Velvet, Vanilla and Coconut, Nacho’s Bristol’s Way and Hot Diggity Dogs – Juicy Dogs with homemade chili. Don’t miss out on Bristol’s sweetest secret downtown! Special hours: Friday 11 am–10 pm (regular café menu); Saturday 11 am–12 midnight.


606 State Street Gallery 606 State Street, Bristol TN
The gallery at 606 State Street will be participating in Art D’Vine on Friday, August 10, 6–9 pm. Featured artists will be Tammy Carter and Lisa Boardwine, and light refreshments will be served. The 606 Jam Band will also be playing. The gallery will have extended hours on Saturday, August 11, and will be open on Sunday, August 12. There will be a 10% storewide discount for the weekend.

The Benjamin Walls Gallery 701 State Street, Bristol VA
As a participating gallery in Art D’Vine on Friday, August 10, 6–9 pm, Ben will be showing his new release, “The Silent Gentlemen,” taken in the Great Smoky Mountains. There will be free admission to the gallery on Friday and Saturday with a Mumford & Sons ticket; free domestic shipping Thursday through Sunday only. Extended opening hours: Saturday 10 am–8 pm, Sunday 10 am–4 pm.

Blakley-Mitchell 517 State Street, Bristol VA
Super sidewalk sale with Bristol souvenir hats and train whistles! Open 10 am – 8pm on Friday & Saturday.

blowfish emporium 529 State Street, Bristol VA
As a participating gallery in Art D’Vine on Friday, August 10, 6–9 pm, blowfish emporium will host an Artist Spotlight and book signing with local writer Elizabeth Brown, author of Living Successfully with Screwed Up People, Working Successfully with Screwed Up People, and many others.

Boxwood Antiques 533 State Street, Bristol VA
Boxwood Antiques will be offering a 20% off discount to anyone with a Mumford armband or tickets on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Special hours: Friday from 11 am to 8 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday from 1 to 4 pm.

Cranberry Lane 623 State Street, Bristol VA
Cranberry Lane will be holding a sidewalk sale all day Saturday and offering a 10% discount with Mumford armband. Look for special hours!

Elements Staging 604 State Street, Bristol TN
Elements has 20-50% off select furniture and home décor!

Grand Antiques 615 State Street, Bristol VA
Open extended hours: Friday & Saturday 10am — 6pm, and Sunday 1-5pm

Holly Help Spay and Neuter 14 6th Street, Bristol TN
Holly Help Spay and Neuter welcomes Mumford and Sons with a special window display entitled “A Spot of Tea with Fido and Me,” focusing the spotlight on beloved British pets. For a small donation, keepsake items from your own pet and pet toys are available, as well as PAW Print Artworks from a local rehabilitating wildlife group, to help raise funds for underprivileged animals in the Appalachian area. Corn Hole tournaments will be held with prizes for the winners, along with other fun activities.

Inari Wines 39 Piedmont Avenue, Bristol VA
Beer tasting Friday 4–7 pm. Wine tasting special hours 1–7 pm Saturday. Cost of beer and wine tastings is $5. Big Tom's Bloody Mary mix also for sale of course! Special opening hours over the weekend: Friday 10–7, Saturday 10–7, Sunday 12–5

Kil’n Time 824 State Street, Bristol TN
As a participating gallery in Art D’Vine on Friday, August 10, 6–9 pm, Kil’n Time will be hosting the Abingdon Olive Oil Company. The group produces a wide range of custom-infused olive oils and balsamic vinegars that can be sampled in-studio during the evening.
On Saturday, Kil'n Time will be offering a Mumford & Sons MugStache special — choose any of our regular sized coffee mugs, paint a mustache on it, and receive 20% off your bisque.

L. C. King 26 7th Street, Bristol TN
L. C. King, known for its durable, high-quality Pointer Brand denim will be offering a 15% discount off its merchandise. Stop by its downtown factory at 24 7th Street or shop online (the online code is Mumford and expires August 19).

Mad Hatter – A Downtown Salon 14 Piedmont Avenue, Bristol VA
Offering hair tattoos! Also special poster for the weekend will be available featuring in-hair design by A Bristol Barber.
Opening hours: Friday & Saturday: 10 am–7 pm.

Mountain Empire Comics 31 6th Street, Bristol TN
Mountain Empire Comics celebrates Mumford and Sons by having guest artists and writers in store on Saturday, August 11th, signing copies of their books and artwork. Come and browse through the thousands of comics on the shelves. There will be a special half-off back issue sale!

One of a Kind Gallery 604 State Street, Bristol TN
One of a Kind Gallery will be participating in Art D’Vine on Friday, August 10, 6–9 pm. The gallery will be introducing glass artist Nancy Brooks on the evening, and shoppers will be able to view and purchase one of her exquisite and one-of-a-kind vases, goblets or decorative pieces over the weekend.
Also, for the entire weekend, One of a Kind will be offering a 20% discount off all pottery by Ed Lockett and the batiks by Mimi Kind. Nick Freeman, noted for his charcoal drawings of familiar places around Bristol, will be set up outside the gallery with new work over the weekend.

Other World Gallery 604 State Street, Bristol TN
Other World Gallery has ALL rugs and bronzes 50% off!

Serendipity 705 State Street, Bristol VA
Serendipity is going to offer 10% off the entire purchase to anyone with a Mumford armband or tickets on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Also we will offer a free gift with purchase, while supplies last.
We will be open extended hours: Friday from 11 am to 9 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.

Sidetrack Tobacco 523 State Street, Bristol VA
Special opening hours: 10 am–8 pm on Saturday

Top Hat Magic Supply 28 6th Street, Bristol TN
Top Hat Magic Supply welcomes Mumford and Sons fans with a special 10% off sale storewide, and 50% off select merchandise. Grab bags will also be available. Come by for live magic tricks and demos in the store. Top Hat Magic will also be staging street magic throughout the day, and showcasing the music of Bristol’s own VW Boys. Top Hat Magic will be open until 10 pm to accommodate concert goers.

Valentina’s Design and Alteration 8 6th Street, Bristol TN
Valentina’s Design and Alteration will be welcoming all visitors to Bristol by holding a very special sidewalk sale of Early American Antiques and Jewelry from 11 am–5 pm on Saturday. Stop by Valentina’s shop for dressmaking and alterations by this very talented seamstress.

Wm King Clothiers 534 State Street, Bristol TN
One of the finest clothiers in the South: Classic clothing for gentlemen and ladies.
Opening hours: Friday 9 am–5:30 pm, Saturday extended hours 9 am–5:30 pm.


Summer outdoor screening of Big Easy Express!
Cumberland Square Park, 3600 Lee Highway, Bristol, VA
Event Details:
Big Easy Express outdoor screening (no charge)
Cumberland Square Park
Friday, August 10th @ 10pm
Big Easy Express:
Featuring Mumford & Sons, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros as they travel across country in a vintage train. Directed By Emmett Malloy.

GET DECKED OUT WITH A RIGHTEOUS STACHE! Take your photo at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce Guitar, sporting a posh Mumford & Sons ‘Stache! Snap & Share your pic online while in front of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce ‘Stached Guitar... feel free to tag “Pick Bristol,” www.facebook.com/PickBristolMusic to tell the world you were at the Mumford & Sons Gentlemen of the Road Stopover in Bristol!

GET YOUR BRISTOL RHYTHM & ROOTS REUNION TICKETS at the INFORMATION BOOTH! Early-bird weekend passes for BRRR, Sept 14-16, 2012 for only $40! Purchase your tickets at the information booth or online at www.bristolrhythm.com. There are 160+ acts in this year’s line-up, including: Robert Earl Keen, City and Colour, Sam Bush Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Dr. Dog, Delta Spirit, Pam Tillis, Billy Joe Shaver, Tift Merritt, The SteelDrivers, Carrie Rodriguez, Dale Watson, Steep Canyon Rangers, Dex Romweber Duo, Red Molly, The Gibson Brothers, Eric Brace & Peter Cooper, The Black Lillies, Zach Deputy, Chris Thomas King, The David Mayfield Parade, Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band, Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons, Bearfoot, Sol Driven Train, Slaid Cleaves, Dale Ann Bradley, Kenny Vaughan, David Wax Museum, Megan Jean & the KFB, The Deep Dark Woods, The Boxcars, Anne & Pete Sibley, Hot Club of Cowtown, April Verch, Josh Phillips Folk Festival, Elephant Revival, Pert Near Sandstone, Balsam Range, Hello Stranger featuring Dale Jett, Ha Ha Tonka, Folk Soul Revival, Shovels & Rope, Girls Guns and Glory, Spirit Family Reunion, Jonny Corndawg, Sam Lewis, Buxton, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Todd Grebe & Cold Country, The Whiskey Gentry, AND MANY MORE!

Don’t miss Bristol’s future Cultural Heritage Center, located at 510 Cumberland Street, Bristol VA. The new facility will include temporary and permanent exhibits that trace the history, cultural influences, and development of country music through a sequence of audio-visual experiences which will allow visitors the opportunity to listen to the melodies and encounter the rich musical tradition first hand. The facility will also include space for educational initiatives through educational programming for all ages, live musical performances, lecture and film series, and other outreach activities. The renovated structure will provide BCMA with a permanent facility to house its operations in furtherance of the organization’s mission, To tell the story of the musical and cultural heritage of the region, its role in the birth and development of country music, and its influence on music around the world.
The new Cultural Heritage Center will attract over 75,000 annual visitors with an economic impact of over $43,232,806 over five years. We invite you back to see it complete in 2014!

Special thank you for providing us with cool artist “swag” to L.C. King Manufacturing/Pointer Brand, Big Tom/Wm King, , Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Birthplace of Country Music Alliance, Pick Bristol/Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Believe in Bristol. Media Sponsors – Bristol Herald Courier, WCYB and WAEZ Electric 94.9. Event sponsors – City of Bristol VA, City of Bristol TN, Believe in Bristol, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Birthplace of Country Music Alliance and Pick Bristol/Bristol Chamber of Commerce and all our community volunteers – thank you!