Downtown Bristol Events
April 4 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Chris Long hosts Bloom’s Open Mic Night! Open Mic is from 6-10PM every Wednesday & is free to the public.
If you would like to perform sign-up in the event discussion or drop by the shop & add your name in writing the day of. If you reserve a slot, make sure you arrive 30 minutes before or you might get skipped. Please stay & support the other performers if you are on stage that night! Music, open jams, spoken word, comedy, poetry, & other forms of art are all welcome!
April 4 | Bristol Public Library
7:00- Smitty (magic show!)
7:30- Mac Partain
8:00- Heavy Lemon
8:30- Bill Edwards
9:00- Major Payne
Bristol Public Library will offer a free Creative & Crafty project on April 4 at 6:00 p.m. Decorate recycled glass jars and bottles using glitter, paint, paper, and ModPodge. The glasses and jars will be all different sizes and shapes, and availability of decorations will vary; however, if you have a specific project in mind, you're welcome to bring your own supplies.
This project is great for all ages, easy to do, and completely free to attend!
One jar or bottle available per person. To ensure everyone has the opportunity to complete a glass project, registration is required. To participate, contact BPL at 276-645-8780 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 5 | Bristol Public Library
Michael Czarnecki will present a free Poetry Reading on Thursday, April 5 at 3:00 p.m. at Bristol Public Library. Czarnecki, a poet and small press publisher from New York, will read original poems, tell stories, and share his latest books, as well as offer an open reading for local poets and authors. Everyone is welcome to participate and visiting poets are encouraged to share!
April 5 | Bristol Public Library
Bristol Public Library will offer a free showing of Tenchi Muyo! The Movie (1996) on April 5 at 5:30 p.m. BPL Anime Theater meets on the first Thursday of the month in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room to watch anime and related manga—and munch on Japanese snacks!
Tenchi is not your average teenager: he’s friends with an intergalactic criminal, a Galaxy Police officer, and members from the Jurai royal family. He’s always drawn into different adventures and hijinks—but, this time, he may be in real danger! When a merciless criminal named Kain escapes from subspace and demolishes the Galaxy Police headquarters, Tenchi and his friends are put in peril as Kain turns his gaze on the earth.
Rated PG-13. 95 minutes.
April 5 | Blackbird Bakery
Join Blackbird Bakery to enjoy the powerhouse voice of local teen Rylee Peters!
April 5 | Elderbrew
Appalachian Arcana brings you tales of the strange and unusual from around the Appalachian region. From hair-raising accounts of true crime to haints and hauntings, ghost cats and goatmen, tune in for stories of the many things that go bump in the night in these hills.
Recording live at Elderbrew the first Thursday of each month.
April 6 | Downtown Bristol
Are long work hours keep you from experiencing everything that Downtown Bristol has to offer? We have a solution! Introducing Doors Open Downtown, a monthly, post-work, shopping and dining experience.
In partnership with downtown businesses on the First Friday of each month, customers and visitors will be able to enjoy after hours shopping in participating retailers until 8 PM as well as extended happy hours featuring a variety of food and drink specials at participating restaurants. As an added bonus, there's always affordable entertainment to be had on Fridays in Downtown Bristol.
On April 6th, Believe in Bristol will be adding onto that entertainment with a Bristol-themed scavenger hunt! Clues will lead participants up and down State Street for a chance to be the winner of our grand prize. Stay tuned for our rotating monthly entertainment and activity schedule!
Remember: when you buy from an independent, locally-owned business, rather than a nationally-owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses and service providers — continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.
April 6 | Blackbird Bakery
Kimmie Rhodes will be at Blackbird Bakery from 11:30 am — 1:30 pm.
April 6 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Songs and Stories from the Appalachian Collections of Cecil Sharp, Maud Karpeles, and Olive Dame Campbell
Join BCMM on Friday, April 6 at 7pm in the museum’s Performance Theater for “Strong Mountain Women: How Ballads Power People – Songs and Stories from the Appalachian Collections of Cecil Sharp, Maud Karpeles, and Olive Dame Campbell.”
From 1916 to 1918, English ballad collector Cecil Sharp traveled the Appalachian region to document variants of ballad songs and photographed some of the singers who shared their music. The special exhibit – The Appalachian Photographs of Cecil Sharp, 1916 to 1918 – highlights 26 rare photographs that offer a stunning window into the lives of Appalachian people of the period. This exhibit will be on display at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum from March 17 to May 31, 2018.
This related program will feature a talk by Donald Hughes, exhibit curator, and a performance by eighth-generation North Carolina ballad singer and storyteller Donna Ray Norton. Norton is one of the artists on the 2017 Grammy-nominated recording Big Bend Killing: The Appalachian Ballad Tradition, a two-disc set that features a number of performers, including Roseanne Cash and Sheila Kay Adams.
The Appalachian Photographs of Cecil Sharp, 1916 to 1918 is on loan from the Country Dance and Song Society, with permission of the English Folk Dance and Song Society.
For more information about the exhibit, go to www.cecilsharpinappalachia.org.
April 6 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
April 6 | Paramount Bristol
An old-time string trio playing high energy music from our southern Appalachian region, past and present!
The Black Jacket Symphony offers a unique concert experience through recreating classic albums in a live performance setting. A selected album is performed in its entirety by a group of handpicked musicians specifically selected for each album, with no sonic detail being overlooked — the musicians do whatever it takes to musically reproduce the album.
The performance is separated into two sets. The first set features the album being recreated as a true symphonic piece. The second set, which features a selection of the album artist's "greatest hits," opens in full contrast to the first set with an incredible light display and the symphony being much more laid back. The tone is set very quickly that the show will feature the high level of musicianship of the act being covered and will also be accompanied by all the bells and whistles of a major rock and roll show.
April 6 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Hailing from Wilmington, North Carolina, Brad Heller and The Fustics continue to expand their audience throughout the east coast with spirited live shows, and acclaimed studio releases. Blending an array of musical genres into their own distinctive style, the band has evolved from humble acoustic beginnings to a high-energy touring outfit. The Fustics incorporate a slab of blues, gallons of folk, a pint of punk, and a hint of country within their blue-collar rock.
April 7 | Bristol Public Library
Join Bristol Public Library for Bingo! No registration is necessary. Just drop in to the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room for an entire evening of free bingo games and family-friendly fun. BPL will have snacks available and small prizes for bingo winners!
April 7 | Park Avenue Theater
The Birthplace of Country Music presents the RTE 23 Listening Room with Folk Soul Revival at the Park Avenue Theater in Norton, Virginia.
Folk Soul Revival is one of southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee’s most beloved and sought after acts. Performing original roots-rock, the quintet’s distinct, radio-ready sound and back-porch instrumentation have garnered success with high profile gigs opening for the likes ofTravis Tritt, Jason Isbell, Eric Church, Justin Townes Earle, Dr. Ralph Stanley, and more.FSR’s loyal fan base, fondly referred to as “The Congregation,” consistently packs sold out shows across the southeastwhile singing along with the band word for word.
FSR is a mainstay act atBristol Rhythm & Roots Reunionwhich boasts more than 60,000 attendees. The band has also performed atFloydfestand are among the best-selling acts to perform at the legendaryCarter Family FoldandThe Down Home.
April 7 | Paramount Bristol
Phil Vassar is as driven today as he was when he first left his Lynchburg, Virginia home to pursue – and realize – his dream of making his mark in entertainment. A career that has seen the release of eight al bums, two ASCAP Songwriter of the Year trophies, Billboard Country Songwriter of the Year, countless hits as a singer and songwriter and a mantle full of awards and the launch of his own Rodeowave Entertainment label continues to expand and evolve.
As a singer/songwriter, Phil has hit the Top 5 seven times with songs like “Carlene,” “Last Day of My Life” and “American Child” and topped the charts with “In A Real Love” and the perennial favorite “Just Another Day in Paradise.” Known as one of Nashville’s top tunesmiths, his songs other artists have taken to #1 include “My Next Thirty Years” by Tim McGraw, “She’s Right On The Money” by Alan Jackson, and Jo Dee Messina’s “Bye, Bye” and “I’m Alright.” New artist David Nail had a hit with Phil’s “The Sound of a Million Dreams,” which Billboard named the #1 song in their Top 10 Country Songs of 2012.
Visit www.PhilVassar.com for more information and media.
April 7 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
ScroungeHound is classic hard rock & psychedelia from WV.
Loose Leaves is indie rock n roll from JC.
The Shifters play blues rock magic from B town.
8pm / $5 / all ages
April 8 | Breathe Bristol Yoga
Join herbalist Lesley Setchim to discuss spring herbs to help detoxify the body and digest and nourish from the inside, out! Fresh teas, tinctures, salves and tonics will be available to sample. Participants will leave with information to begin producing their own.
Space is limited – register today! Call 423-254-0323, or stop by the studio.
April 10 | Blackbird Bakery
Well known local photographer Matthew Mills will introduce his latest works consisting of 41 pieces of both canvas and matted photographs. The collection will be on display from April 2-29. All art sale proceeds will be donated to Holly Help Spay-Neuter Fund to help underprivileged dogs and cats.