Downtown Bristol Events
May 9 | Bristol Public Library
To celebrate its May "Foodie Fest," BPL will offer a food-themed canvas class on Wednesday, May 9 at 5:30 p.m.
Participants will have the opportunity to pick between one of three canvases to paint, including Bakers Gonna Bake, Calories Don't Count on the Weekend, and Like a Chef. These prints will be stenciled on your canvas, so make sure to let us know which canvas you would prefer. Or you can personalize your canvas in any way you want!
Cost is $5 per person. Participants will be provided all the materials they need, including a stenciled canvas, paint, brushes, instructions, and other supplies. Space is limited, so registration is required. To register, contact Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 10 | Paramount Bristol
Sullins Academy presents "Good Golly, It's Dolly!" a student art show in tribute to Dolly Parton. Admission is FREE!
May 10 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
In recognition of National Preservation Month in May, the Historic District Preservation Award Committee in the City of Bristol, Virginia will hold its fifth annual award ceremony on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in the Performance Theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, 520 Birthplace of Country Music Way, Bristol, Virginia.
The mission of the award program is to encourage excellence in preservation by honoring property owners and developers who engage in high-quality preservation and/or maintenance projects within our city’s five historic districts. The five historic districts are the Euclid Avenue Historic District, Solar Hill Historic District, Virginia Hill Historic District, Bristol Downtown Commercial Historic District, and Bristol Warehouse Historic District.
The public is invited to attend the award ceremony. Light refreshments will be served.
May 10 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Radio Bristol presents the Farm and Fun Time variety show, live from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum with Traveller and Roy Book Binder.
Named after Robert E. Lee’s horse, Traveller is an alt-country “supergroup” featuring the talents of Robert Ellis, Cory Chisel, and Jonny Fritz. Formed in 2015, the band performs a mix of songs written by the band as well as tunes released individually. The band’s debut album Western Movies was independently released last year.
About Roy Book Binder
Singer-songwriter-storytelling-bluesman Roy Book Binder has been rambling around the world for the past 45 years. He gave up his Greenwich Village “pad” in the early 1970’s and lived in his tour bus for the next 15 years criss-crossing the US and appearing at festivals throughout Canada & Europe.
Book Binder, traveled with the legendary Rev. Gary Davis in the late 60’s.“The Book”recorded his first solo acoustic Blues album in the 1970’s, which was the first to receive 5 stars in Downbeat magazine. In the late 1980’s he was part of Bonnie Raitt’s East Coast Tour, which included an appearance on The Grand Old Opry, and led to almost 30 appearances on Nashville Now’sRalph Emory Show. In the 1990’s he often appeared with Jorma Kaukonen, who recorded 2 of Roy’s songs. The Good Book, Roy’s latest release of all original songs, reached #3 on AirPlayDirect’s Americana charts.
May 10 | Quaker Steak and Lube
About Quarter Bounce
May 10 | Blackbird Bakery
Quarter Bounce hails from Southwest VA and Northeast TN. The band is composed of very serious and seasoned musicians who would rather perform than just about anything else. Quarter Bounce plays classic rock, a few ballads, a few country & western tunes, and blues for a great mix.
From East Tennessee, The Diamonds play a diverse mix of music, specializing in jazz standards. The group performs at various venues and events throughout the region, including weddings, parties, and restaurants. They have also volunteered at many nursing homes, assisted living homes, and charitable organizations in the area.
May 11 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Drawn to the mystique, and lore that surrounds our indigenous landscape, Brian Serway takes it one step further, embracing a monochromatic field of black and white, his artwork reveals depth, and description of scene and circumstance that is as descriptive, as it is enthralling. From a distance, nature is safe, when darkness falls, shine a light, there are many eyes that observe you.
Featured art will also reveal new pieces from Contemporary Waterscape artist Wesley Jones. Utilizing the framework of oils, canvas, and mixed media paperwork, to paint a visual document of emotion worthy of any Hemingway Novel. The depths of all tides are not only turbulent, but defining of a positive stillness captured if one just waits. Patience is virtue.
As a true collaborative effort, Serway and Jones will be unveiling a short run series that in fact defines, and embraces the true forces of nature, and all the creativity that have shaped, and inspired them along their path. Nature. It’s truly timeless.
May 11 | Paramount Bristol
TICKETS — What happens when two brilliant musical explorers come together on one stage? An exciting night of priceless musical moments and soul-stirring virtuosity, that’s for sure. The legendary five-time Grammy Award winner Roy “Futureman” Wooten teams up with master kalimba player and one-man music ensemble Kevin L Spears to create a world-class mix of folk, electronica, dance, rock, world and funk music that will move your feet and stir your soul.
Wooten is an inventor and virtuoso who is best known for his masterful drumming and percussion skills as a founding member of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. At the heart of that music is a ground breaking percussion technique performed on his first invention he calls the “Drumitar,” a guitar-shaped instrument allows him to replicate sounds of an entire contemporary drum kit with just a few fingers. Hailed as one of the best players alive today, Kevin Spears’ breathtaking ability on an electric version of the traditional African instrument called kalimba, is often compared to music legends such as Herbie Hancock, Jimi Hendrix, Bobby McFerrin and Les Paul.
These sonic visionaries join forces to musically transport you into a futuristic world using otherworldly instruments that will leave you spellbound and uplifted.
May 11 | Quaker Steak and Lube
JB 5 n Dime was established in 2012. Band members include James Brashears (vocals), Jason Shaffer (bass), Jeff Waddell (electric guitar), and Jimmy Richardson (drums). A group of friends with a love for many styles of music. Their musical background includes country, southern rock, soul, and a hint of southern gospel influence. There are a number of covers and originals performed. The covers include songs from artists such as Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Garth Brooks etc. Their first demo song She Left Me for Jesus was released in 2012 by producer and engineer Troy Whitson with Sound Asylum.
May 12 | Top Hat Magic Supply
Dave Vaught, along with magician, escape artist, wise guy, and prestidigitator Siraldi, will lead you through a mind blowing experience with laughter, mystery and amazement.
TICKETS: $8 for children under 16, $12 adults. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Only 30 seats available, so reserve yours now! Call Top Hat Magic Supply at (423) 968-3200.
May 12 | Paramount Bristol
Bristol Ballet presents “Alice in Wonderland” on Saturday, May 12 at 5:30 pm at Paramount Bristol. Jump down the rabbit hole to take a journey through Wonderland with Bristol Ballet’s Company members and student body as they present their annual student concert.
Bristol Ballet’s “Alice in Wonderland” draws inspiration from Lewis Carroll’s classic tale Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. A polite and well-mannered child, Alice is extremely curious about the world around her. When she falls down the rabbit hole, she finds herself in a fantastical but irreverent world where the rules of social etiquette don’t matter and time is irrelevant.
The performance will feature high tech digital displays along with classical ballet and traditional characters and sets. “Alice in Wonderland will be a delightful way to wrap up our 70th anniversary season,” Artistic Director, Michele Plescia. “The performance will have an exciting twist as we plan to use the Paramount’s projection equipment during the show. This use of digital effects will be a fun and challenging way to combine 21st century technology with Bristol Ballet’s 70 year tradition of classical ballet.”
Admission is $11.25 for adults, $9 for students and seniors, and $6.50 for children under 6.
May 14 | Bristol Public Library
BPL will offer a special class on “Library Resources.” Participants will learn more about the computer resources available at their local library, including learning how to use Tennessee READS, Overdrive, Libby, Ancestry.com, Find It Virginia, Transparent Languages, Tennessee Electronic Library—and much more!
Classes will be held on May 14 at Bristol Public Library at 5:30 p.m. and on May 17 at the Avoca Branch Library at 5:30 p.m. For more information on upcoming PC Classes, contact Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780.
May 15 | 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.
May 17 | Paramount Bristol
FREE ADMISSION! Presented by East Tennessee PBS. Served Like a Girl provides a candid look at a shared sisterhood to help the rising number of homeless women veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and suffer from PTSD, sexual abuse, and other traumas. By entering into the “Ms. Veteran American” competition, these amazing ladies unexpectedly come full circle in a quest for healing and hope.