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Fri, Jul 19


Piedmont / State Street Intersection

Border Bash: AJ Smith with Orbital Planes!

Border Bash: AJ Smith with Orbital Planes!
Border Bash: AJ Smith with Orbital Planes!

Time & Location

Jul 19, 2024, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Piedmont / State Street Intersection, 655 State St, Bristol, TN 37620, USA

About the event

Celebrating 24 years in Historic Downtown, Border Bash—Bristol’s premier 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.

“Border Bash is a tradition that showcases everything that makes Downtown Bristol special, and that includes great live music,” said Maggie Elliott, Executive Director of Believe in Bristol.” Bristol’s downtown is definitely a hub for a wide variety of food, unique shopping, community events, and an all-around great place to come together with friends and family. This year Border Bash will introduce audiences to a whole new roster of talented, emerging acts as well as a few familiar favorites.”

July 19, 2024 — Piedmont (600 Block) 6:30pm — Orbital Planes 7:30pm — AJ Smith

AJ Smith Bio: AJ Smith takes his listeners on a musical odyssey, through honest, sanguine songwriting of epic proportions, matched only by the dynamic & show-stopping character of his live performances. An optimistic existentialist, he injects hope into even the most hopeless of circumstances, such as in penning his breakthrough end-of-times anthem, “We’re All Gonna Die,” which went viral on TikTok, broke into the Top 50 at Alternative Radio, and reeled in millions of streams on Spotify, Apple Music, and more.

AJ’s star is certainly on the rise as, in the last two years alone, he has performed on The Kelly Clarkson Show, made his SXSW debut on their largest stage, been featured as one of the top independent artists to watch in Music Connection, and wowed audiences & critics across the United States with his 10+ multi-instrumentalism as direct support for bands like MAGIC GIANT, Ripe, The Zombies, The Collection, and more.

His upcoming album is rooted in his own mental health journey, while attempting to explore universal human truths - the idea that we are all more alike than we may think at times in our journeys as human beings. It is slated for release in mid-2024.

Orbital Planes Bio: Orbital Planes is an indie/alternative band based in the heart of Bristol, VA. The crew has been making music together since 2022, and is lead by singer/songwriter Jenna Greene. Jenna is an honest writer. Her lyrics reveal stories of heartbreak and mental health struggles, with her catchy melodies and chord progressions woven in. The distinguished instrumentals of those songs can be credited to founding members Jacob Bordwine (bass) and Neal Reid (drums). The band is thrilled to have their two latest members perform with them, none other than Ashton Davison (vocalist/guitarist/songwriter) and Ashton Brown (keys).

Border Bash is hosted by Believe in Bristol and would not be possible without our community sponsors. Our sponsors in 2024 include City of Bristol, Tennessee, City of Bristol, Virginia, Eastman Credit Union, Bank of Tennessee, Bristol Gynecology & Obstetrics, East Tennessee State University, Front Row Music, GRIFOLS, Holston Medical Group, Strongwell Corporation, Audrey Zaidi, Anne & Ben Cowan, John & Brenda Fincher, Robin & Margaret Feierabend, Tommy Rivera, Van & Sarah Guthrie, Tom & Barbara Smith, Bonnie Flinner & Clint Holley, Kil’n Time Ceramic Studio, Bank of America, and 99.3 The X.

Hospitality Sponsors for 2024 include The Bristol Hotel, Delta Blues BBQ, Machiavelli’s, Southern Craft BBQ Bristol, Stateline Bar & Grille, The Corner, and Urban Thistle Bakery & Bistro.

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