Downtown Bristol Events
May 30 | Cumberland Square Park
The Traditional Memorial Day Services, conducted by Bristol's Fraternal Veterans & Civic Council, will be held on Wednesday, May 30th, at Noon located at Cumberland Square Park War Memorial.
May 30 | Bristol Public Library
Have you ever wanted to learn more about planning and prepping your meals? Then join BPL on May 30 at 6:00 p.m. for a free seminar on Meal Planning & Prep for the Beginner!
Ambrea, a library staff member, will offer an introduction to meal planning – explaining what it is, and what it isn't, and how you can get yourself started on the right foot. Materials will be provided, so just bring yourself and learn all about meal planning!
For more information, contact BPL at 276-645-8780 or email@example.com.
May 31 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Jigsaw Jane is a high energy 5-piece cover band that plays everything from classic/southern/alternative rock to driving/old school/new age country music.
May 31 | Blackbird Bakery
Sheppard has been repairing, refinishing, and building guitars for over thirty years. In 2013 he celebrated the 20th Anniversary of Gerald Sheppard Guitars. Gerald builds nine to twelve guitars per year. His guitars have been used by professional artists and featured on the Grammy winning Pink Guitar CD. He has been a featured luthier at the renowned Swannanoa Gathering for thirteen years. As an accomplished lifelong fingerstyle guitarist himself, Gerald understands how to match custom design components to the needs of his client. His instruments have been used for professional studio work and on stage by today's top guitarists.
June 1 | Breathe Bristol Yoga
Join Cindy Gardner for a family friendly yoga session before heading out to Border Bash in downtown Bristol! $5/person
June 1 | Downtown Bristol
Celebrating 19 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 Bishop, 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.”
June 1st – Downtown Center / Country Music Mural Stage
7:00 pm, Sulphur Springs String Dippers
8:30 pm, Appalachian Trail Bluegrass Band
Border Bash takes place on State Street in Historic Downtown Bristol. Children’s activities and vendors begin at 6:30 PM and live music will kick off at 7:00 PM. Border Bash is hosted by Believe in Bristol and the Cities of Bristol, TN & VA. Border Bash would not be possible without our community sponsors. Our sponsors in 2018 include The Antique Automobile Club of America – Appalachian Region, Bank of America, Bank of Tennessee, Birthplace of Country Music, Blackbird Bakery, Bristol Herald Courier, Camellia Digital, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Anne & Ben Cowan, Discover Bristol, Express AV Productions, John & Brenda Fincher, Highlands Realty – Bristol Branch, Anna Morgan, Tom and Barbara Smith/ Merrill Lynch, Stateline Bar & Grille, Tri-Cities Escape Game, Tri City Tent and Event, Walling Distributing Dr. & Mrs. Zaidi and media sponsors Bristol Herald Courier, WBCM Radio Bristol, WCYB-5, and WXBQ 96.9 FM.
About Sulphur Springs String Dippers
The Sulphur Springs String Dippers are part of an ongoing, dynamic tradition of southern Appalachian music. The vehicle for their artistic expression is old-time fiddle music played, past and present, in the hills and hollows of western North Carolina and East Tennessee. Old-time music is the binder or the roux in the Sulphur Springs String Dippers performances, but the music is ever-evolving every time the duo hits the stage.
About Appalachian Trail Bluegrass
June 1 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Appalachian Trail Bluegrass Band is a collective group of singers, musicians, and songwriters from Northeast Tennessee. The band has been invited to play at festivals across the U.S, riverboat weddings in Nashville, are regular guests at the infamous Carter Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, corporate parties, and have played the “Song of the Mountains” public television series three times. The band is diversified, choosing innovative and original material to record.
David Wiseman has been doing more extensive traveling to share his music and meet new friends. David performs Blues, Folk, and Ballads; Truth and Lies at this Tennessee. If you're near Bristol TN, come enjoy the music and storytelling, and meet a new friend.
June 1 | Quaker Steak and Lube
About Billy Crawford Band
Blues guitar might be associated with Mississippi, Texas and Chicago, but a man of the mid-South has something to say about that. The city of Bristol, smack on the Tennessee/Virginia border, claims itself as the birthplace of country music. But one of its native sons is making a huge blues noise.
The common denominator in all of this is Billy Crawford – raised playing bass in church, then gaining an early hard-rock pedigree on electric guitar. But for the past three decades, he has turned his six-string action toward the blues.
For much of the 1990s, audiences around the world heard Crawford’s intense work with blues-rocker Deborah Coleman. He gave up the road in 2002, when his wife gave birth to their son. Turns out, son Tyler is a little guitar hotshot, too.
But his daddy still has something to say. His Bristol-based Billy Crawford Band includes some of that region’s finest blues men. The fire is still burning blue from Crawford’s Guitar, as he rips through blues, ballads, rock, surf – even New Orleans-style.
Underpinning it all is a band with plenty of energy and mastery of dynamics. Go to thebillycrawfordband.com to hear and see more and find out when the band is playing in your town.
June 2 | Serendipity
Serendipity will host a trunk show in their downtown Bristol location this Saturday, June 2 from 10am-2pm with local jewelry company Lucy Bird Handmades. This brand is on trend with leather earrings and bracelets, necklaces and so much more. Check them out on social media @mylucybird .
This Saturday see Lucy Bird's full product line and experience their NEW (never seen before) jewelry at their Summer product launch in Serendipity Boutique.
A portion of the sales from Lucy Bird Handmades will support the Lucy Simpson Foundation, which offers comfort, care, and financial assistance to families that have lost children. See www.lucysimpsonfoundation.com to learn more.
June 2 | Paramount Bristol
Internationally known theater and classical organist Mark Andersen is coming to Paramount Bristol on June 2 for a special “open console” event. You will have a chance to play the Paramount’s Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ followed by a screening of the Charlie Chase silent film “Mighty Like a Moose," accompanied by an original live score played by Mr. Andersen.
Directed by Leo McCarey and released in July 1926, “Mighty Like a Moose” is representative of Chase’s adroit blend of farce, surrealism, and sight gags. After a homely married couple separately undergo plastic surgery, they unwittingly flirt with each other. Scholars consider this two-reel short comedy to be Chase’s finest silent film. In 2007, “Mighty Like A Moose” was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, which recognizes American films deemed culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.
Mark Andersen’s music is well known throughout America and Europe. He served as organist to the Boston Symphony, and won the International Composer’s Competition in Amsterdam – twice. He has performed in prestigious concert halls around the world, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Royal Albert Hall in London, and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. While living in New York City, Mark worked for NBC and produced Off-Broadway shows. For the past 10 years, he has served as Artist in Residence to Daniels Recital Hall in Seattle, playing one of the largest pipe organs in the state. As a composer, Mark is well known for his original scores for many silent movies.
June 2 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Soul Swagger will perform at Quaker Steak and Lube at 8pm.
June 3 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Matt Smile of the Buddz will perform at Quaker Steak and Lube. There is no admission charge for this special event.
June 4 | Blackbird Bakery
Join Blackbird Bakery for live bluegrass with State Street String Band.
June 6 | Bristol Public Library
Join BPL or Canning, Freezing, Preserving, and More: Food Safety in the Kitchen with Sandy Stoneman from the Virginia Cooperative Extension office. Ms. Stoneman will provide participants with an overview of canning and food handling safety, as well as offer tips and tricks for the best way to preserve fresh food.
For more information, contact Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 6 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Open Mic is every first Wednesday of the month at Bloom and is a free event. Performers all night!
June 7 | Quaker Steak and Lube
6PM — tba
6:30 — Matt Sanders
7:00 — Moose Roberts
7:30 — Toby Wilkins
8:00 — Marshall Henderson
8:30 — Wayne Penley
9:00 — Joey Yost
9:30 — House Cat!
Rusty Steele and Quarter Bounce will perform at Bike Nite.