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Downtown Bristol Events

Emergency Preparedness for Hurricanes and Other Disasters

May 29 | Bristol Public Library

The Bristol Virginia Fire Department will be hosting a special workshop on emergency preparedness on Wednesday, May 29 at 2:00 p.m. This workshop will offer tips on emergency preparedness in disaster situations, as well as take a look at mitigation, response, and recovery efforts. This event is free and open to the public, and no registration is required. For more information, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147.

Wine & Unwind Wednesday with Johnny Sword

May 29 | Bristol Hotel


Please come out and enjoy the latest installment of Wine & Unwind Wednesdays with our very own Johnny Sword at our beautiful rooftop bar and lounge, Lumac! Get here early because it's first come, first serve and the music starts at 7:00 pm!

Classic Movie Corner: Top Hat

May 30 | Bristol Public Library


Jerry Travers (Fred Astaire), an American showman, is working for producer Horace Hardwick in London when he meets Dale Tremont (Ginger Rogers). Their attraction is instant, but, when Dale mistakes Jerry for Horace, sparks fly—and not in a good way. Soon, their turbulent relationship leads to a whirlwind adventure across Europe.

Not rated; 101 minutes.

Coal Creek

May 30 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Come on down and join us for a killer Bike Night with music from Coal Creek!

Blue Mountain Saints

May 30 | Blackbird Bakery


Join us at Blackbird Bakery for a swinging good time with Blue Mountain Saints from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm!

Laura Thurston

May 30 | O'Mainnin's Pub


Laura brings multi-instrumentalism to a new level! You will be enthralled when you see this lovely lady rappin’ on a suitcase kick drum with one foot and tappin’ on a tambourine with the other; all the while, hands on her guitar and mouth on her harp. On top of that, Laura then adds sweet sugary vocals to her acoustic Folk-Grass mix while giving energy and presence to capture your attention.

This talented musician launched her solo career in 2011, performing up and down the east coast. With her original ideas and talented executions this one woman band is sure to dazzle any audience. Laura Thurston has her own unique style from a vintage era that will enliven you and have you feelin fine.

Chris Long

May 31 | State Line Bar & Grill


About Chris Long

Growing up in the mountains of Southwest Virginia the son of a musician, Chris has been around music his whole life. Picking up his first guitar at the age of twelve, he became a young musician that has played in several bands and groups including a regional band that he formed with his father Melvin in the late 90’s.

After taking several years off from music to pursue his education, Chris has returned to music as a singer songwriter performing regionally for the past year. With strong influences from his Heartland Rock roots with artists such as Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp, he enjoys writing about life with a little twist of history to it.

Coming from a region that is deeply rooted in coal mining and farming Chris loves telling the stories of people we see every day that go untold. Passionately painting a picture in your mind, he will make you identify and feel the struggles and triumphs of life, love, loss and war like no other.

Travis Goyette’s Art Opening at Bloom

May 31 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


This will be a relaxed event with some snacks for the guests. I’m working on the perfect playlist to help set the mood.

John Schneider

May 31 | Paramount Bristol


John Schneider is a celebrated country artist with four #1 singles and 10 albums to his credit. His very first hit was a 1981 cover of Elvis Presley’s “It’s Now or Never,” which reached #4 on the Billboard Country chart. It remains the top charting Elvis cover of all time in any genre to date. Other hit songs include “I’ve Been Around Enough to Know,” “Country Girls,” and “You’re the Last Thing I Needed Tonight.”

Schneider is also an accomplished actor, best known for his role as “Bo Duke” in the hit CBS comedy series The Dukes of Hazzard. He also played the role of Superman’s father on the CW’s Smallville, and starred in Tyler Perry’s drama series The Haves and The Have Nots on Oprah’s OWN channel. He has appeared in Desperate Housewives, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, Nip/Tuck, Touched by an Angel, and numerous films.

Singer/songwriter Kaitlyn Baker has been making waves in Nashville since the release of her ballad “Coal Train” which was chosen by the Academy of Country Music as part of the star-studded 2015 ACM Awards ZinePak album. The Huffington Post listed her among “Top 10 Country Artists to Watch.” Baker’s “Heart of Appalachia” is the official theme song for tourism in her native Southwest Virginia.

TICKETS

Zoh Hamrick Trio

May 31 | Blackbird Bakery


Join us at Blackbird Bakery for a swinging good time with Zoh Hamrick Trio featuring Zoh on saxophone from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm!

Comedy Show

May 31 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Please join us for a night of adult comedy featuring Bryan Morton, Kelly Morgan, Hunter Roberts, and Dave Stone! This will be a 18+ event so find a sitter and come out for our first Comedy Show here at the Lube!

The Cryptkeeper 5, The Vansaders, Moose Roberts and The Jay Fitzgeralds

May 31 | O'Mainnin's Pub


BPL Anime Theater: Space Dandy

June 1 | Bristol Public Library


Dandy, a so-called "dandy in space," is a an alien hunter. He trawls the universe in search of undiscovered and rare aliens with his robot assistant QT and his feline-like friend named Meow. Shenanigans, of course, are bound to ensue.

Rated TV-14; approximate runtime is 144 minutes.

#FlirtyFlamingo Canvas Class

June 1 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio


Calling all coffee lovers! Join us for our #SaturdayCanvasClass for the month of June! From 4:00 to 7:00 PM, Victoria will be teaching painters how to recreate this #FlirtyFlamingo Canvas!

All who attend this class will be entered to win a $20 gift certificate to @Bloom Cafe and Listening Room!

Cost is $35 per painter. Call or message us to reserve your seats.

BIG Son and Seven Mile Mushroom

June 1 | Studio Brew


BIG Son & 7 Mile Mushroom are happy to be back on stage together for a fun night of good tunes and great beer at Studio Brew!

Noah Spencer

June 1 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Noah Spencer is a musician who enjoys singing and playing guitar, drums, piano and the ukulele. He enjoys learning and performing all types of music!

Robinson Park w/ Johnny Sword

June 1 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Robinson Park is an alternative rock trio out of Knoxville, Tenn. Take the intensity and spunk of the Killers, mix it with the rock n’ roll growl of Kings of Leon, combine that with the raw honesty of John Mayer’s songwriting style, then sprinkle it all with the nouveau, electronic undertones of the 1975. Robinson Park is a strong mix of all of those greatest qualities.

Creative & Crafty: Book Bouquets

June 5 | Bristol Public Library


Back by popular demand! We're making "Book Bouquets" on Wednesday, June 5, starting at 5:30 p.m. We'll be crafting our bouquets by upcycling pages from an old Webster's dictionary, hot glue, and floral wire.

The class is free to attend, but registration is limited to only 15 participants. Each participant will have the supplies to create between 4 and 6 flowers, which will become their bouquet. To register for the class, please contact Ambrea at the Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Border Bash: Fritz & Co. and Mr. Nobody & The Extras

June 7 | Downtown Bristol


Celebrating 20 years in Historic Downtown, Border Bash—Bristol's premier spring/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.

“We are always excited when it’s time for Border Bash.It is an opportunity to bring great music to our downtown and bring the community together during the summer months.Believe in Bristol is proud to have brought this event to the community for twenty years,” stated Maggie Bishop, Executive Director, Believe in Bristol.

June 7, 2019 — 500 Block State Street
7:00 pm, Fritz & Co.
8:30 pm, Mr. Nobody & The Extras


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. Border Bash would not be possible without our community sponsors. Our sponsors in 2019 include Bank of Tennessee, Birthplace of Country Music, Blackbird Bakery, Bristol Herald Courier, Camellia Digital, Cascade Draft House, Coca-Cola, Dr. & Mrs. Ben Cowan, Express AV Productions, Dr. & Mrs. John Fincher, Framed, Jeff & Terri Gregory, Knoxville TVA Employee Credit Union, Lost State Distilling, Merrill-Lynch, Anna Morgan, Dale & Joneen Sargent, Tom & Barbara Smith, The Bristol Hotel, John & Ann Tickle, Tri-City Tent & Event, Turtleson, and Dr. & Mrs. Zaidi.

Also Coming Up

Emergency Preparedness for Hurricanes and Other Disasters
May 29 | Bristol Public Library
Wine & Unwind Wednesday with Johnny Sword
May 29 | Bristol Hotel
Classic Movie Corner: Top Hat
May 30 | Bristol Public Library
Coal Creek
May 30 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Blue Mountain Saints
May 30 | Blackbird Bakery
Laura Thurston
May 30 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Chris Long
May 31 | State Line Bar & Grill
Travis Goyette’s Art Opening at Bloom
May 31 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
John Schneider
May 31 | Paramount Bristol
Zoh Hamrick Trio
May 31 | Blackbird Bakery
Comedy Show
May 31 | Quaker Steak and Lube
The Cryptkeeper 5, The Vansaders, Moose Roberts and The Jay Fitzgeralds
May 31 | O'Mainnin's Pub
BPL Anime Theater: Space Dandy
June 1 | Bristol Public Library
#FlirtyFlamingo Canvas Class
June 1 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
BIG Son and Seven Mile Mushroom
June 1 | Studio Brew
Noah Spencer
June 1 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Robinson Park w/ Johnny Sword
June 1 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Creative & Crafty: Book Bouquets
June 5 | Bristol Public Library
Lovely Llama Canvas Class
June 6 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
Wordcatching
June 6 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Wyldeheart
June 6 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Border Bash: Fritz & Co. and Mr. Nobody & The Extras
June 7 | Downtown Bristol
Victor Lawson and Boogie Chillen
June 7 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Jordan Allen & The Bellwethers
June 8 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Tennessee Beach
June 8 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Farm & Fun Time ft. Sierra Ferrell, Steel City Jug Slammers
June 13 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Bad Mountain Brew
June 13 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Bristol Bizarre: The Cosmos
June 14 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Orange you Glad It's Summer Party
June 15 | Mercantile on State
Billy Crawford Band
June 15 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Soul Collision
June 20 | Quaker Steak and Lube
For The Song's Sake: Xaris Waltman + Bill Edwards
June 20 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Theatre Bristol's The Wizard of Oz
June 21–30 | Paramount Bristol
Border Bash: Bella Raye and South Hill Banks
June 21 | Downtown Bristol
Ian Feathers Band
June 21 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Upstate
June 22 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Dimestore Cowboys
June 22 | Studio Brew
Summer Dessert Class for Kids
June 25 | Mercantile on State
The Allman Betts Band
June 25 | Paramount Bristol
Cutthroat Shamrock String Seisiúns
June 28 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Railway Express
June 29 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Mind Modes with Mahto and The Loose Balloons
June 29 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Railway Express
June 29 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Border Bash
July 4 | Downtown Bristol
Country Music
July 18 | Paramount Bristol
Border Bash
July 19 | Downtown Bristol
Radio Bristol Sessions ft. The McLain Family Band
July 26 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
USAF Band of Mid-America USAF Band of Mid-America
July 26 | Paramount Bristol
Border Bash
August 2 | Downtown Bristol
Tab Benoit
August 2 | Paramount Bristol
Get the Led Out
August 9 | Paramount Bristol
Applachian Outlaw Jamboree
August 23 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
RTE 23 Music Festival
August 24 | UVA Wise
Hank, Pattie, & The Current
August 24 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Railway Express
August 24 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Summer's End 5k Run and Back to School Youth Mile
August 31 | Anderson Park
VMFA on the Road Artmobile
September 18–22
The Black Jacket Symphony: The Eagles' "Hotel California"
October 3–4 | Paramount Bristol
Russian Ballet Theatre's Swan Lake
November 1 | Paramount Bristol
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
November 8 | Paramount Bristol
Front Country
November 23 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

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