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Bristol Hotel named No. 4 City Hotel in US


We are beyond thrilled to share that Travel + Leisure’s 2019 World’s Best Awards have officially been announced, and The Bristol Hotel was named No. 4 City Hotel in the Top 15 Hotels in the Continental U.S and No. 53 in the Top 100 Hotels in the World. Major congratulations, Hotel Bristol team!



Downtown Bristol Events

Wine & Unwind Wednesday w/ Danielle Walters

July 17 | Bristol Hotel


Another installment of Wine & Unwind Wednesday, this time with Bristol native Danielle Walters! We're excited to welcome Danielle back home to Bristol to play for us on our rooftop bar and lounge, Lumac! Come out and enjoy some great live music while you sip on a signature cocktail and eat some of Chef's one-of-a-kind entrees!

Summer Swing Canvas Class

July 18 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio


Join Victoria for #CanvasClass on Thursday, July the 18th from 6-9 PM to recreate this #SummerSwing #canvas! Call or message us to reserve your seats. Cost for this class is $35 and always #BYOB (bring your own bottles of whatever you would like to enjoy throughout the class including wine).

Country Music

July 18 | Paramount Bristol


East Tennessee PBS, in partnership with the Paramount Center for the Arts and ETSU's Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies program, presents an advance screening of Ken Burns's COUNTRY MUSIC!

COUNTRY MUSIC chronicles the history of a uniquely American art form. From southern Appalachia’s songs of struggle, heartbreak and faith to the rollicking western swing of Texas, from California honky-tonks to Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, the series follows the evolution of Country Music over the course of the twentieth century, as it eventually emerged to become “America’s music.”

Country Music is directed and produced by Ken Burns, written and produced by Dayton Duncan, and produced by Julie Dunfey, the Emmy-winning creators of PBS’s most-acclaimed and most-watched documentaries for more than a quarter century. This eight episode, sixteen-and-a-half hour series will begin airing on PBS September 15, 2019.

This event is free and open to the public with an online reservation.

Special pre-show performance by students in ETSU's Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Studies program begins at 6:30 pm.

Support provided by:
Bank of America, the Annenberg Foundation, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Belmont University, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Rosalind P. Walter and by members of ‘The Better Angels Society.'

Major funding was provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.

FREE with online reservation.

TICKETS

BPL Book Club: Far from the Madding Crowd

July 18 | Bristol Public Library


The BPL Book Club will meet in the Frances Kegley Conference Room. Copies of the book we will be discussing are available now!

Any reader is welcome to join at any time, and no registration is required. BPL Book Club meets on the third Thursday of each month, unless otherwise noted on our calendar, to read and discuss a wide variety of books. Make sure to join us for good company, good books, and sweet treats!

For more information, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780.

Sounds of Summer: From the Edge

July 18 | Downtown Center


“From the Edge” is a Rock n’ Roll Cover Band with members from East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Playing all types of venues from Pubs and Parties to Weddings and Festivals! Providing an electric mix of Girl Pop Tunes to your favorite oldies, we will serve up music you will absolutely enjoy. Influences include Linda Ronstadt, Journey, Eagles, Pretenders, Bryan Adams and lots and lots of your preferred 80’s music.

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The Sounds of Summer Concert Series, formerly the Full Moon Jam, will start June 4th and run through September 26th. Concerts will be held on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 7-9pm from June — September at the Downtown Center (Country Music Mural), 810 State Street.

Bring a lawn chair or come early to grab one of the 350 chairs provided on-site. Refreshments are sold in the concessions area for a nominal fee. Clean, well-stocked restrooms also available.

Bands subject to change without notice. For more information visit the City of Bristol TN website.

Billy Crawford Band

July 18 | Cumberland Square Park


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.

Mr. Nobody & The Extras

July 18 | Quaker Steak and Lube


If you haven't seen the Denton boys jam out, you should definitely come and check them out!

For The Song’s Sake: Abigail Dowd + Julie Williams

July 18 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Abigail Dowd is a singer/songwriter/guitarist with a gift for telling stories. She grew up under the longleaf pines in the Sandhills region of North Carolina; land that could only be tamed by Scotch-Irish settlers. Dowd brings this heritage of storytelling and determination to her music and weaves together hints of Celtic melodies with the soulful gospel of the south. There are also strands of something haunting and mysterious, as unique as the journey she took to get to where she is now.

Dowd comes from a long line of musicians and always knew music was her destination, and it shows. Every song is like an ethnography of the places she’s been and the people she's met along the way. Dowd's playing has been described by PopMatters as "Robust acoustic guitar and subtle tones of instrumentation that offer themselves well to the songs' feelings of reflection, carried forward most ebulliently by [her] warm, sonorous vocals." She combines her classical fingerpicking style with the edgy bass and percussion of Jason Duff to create a sound that dances between folk, rock and blues.

Phil Ling & Erin Dalton

July 19–20 | Bristol Hotel


We are honored to have Phil Ling & Erin Dalton perform at our restaurant, Vivian's Table, at 7 pm. Come out and enjoy dinner while you listen to these amazing artists!

Bingo

July 19 | Bristol Public Library


Join the Bristol Public Library for free bingo, prizes, snacks, and fun! No registration is necessary. Simply drop in to enjoy free bingo, win prizes, and munch on tasty snacks. For more information, please reach out to the library at 276-645-8780.

Border Bash

July 19 | 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.

July 19, 2019 — Downtown Center (810 State Street)
7:00 pm, Jake Quillin
8:30 pm, 49 Winchester

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.

Derrick Ryan with Desmond Fugate, Fling, and Fidem

July 19 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Live performances by:
Derrick Ryan
Desmond Fugate
Fling
Fidem Beats

Jackdaw's 7

July 19 | Quaker Steak and Lube


The Jackdaw's 7 are an original alt-country band hailing from Bristol, TN/VA. They have set out to invoke the darker side of the country music genre by utilizing elements of classic country combined with modern story telling. With musical backgrounds ranging from bluegrass and classical...to punk and metal, these musicians are just coming out of the studio and looking to promote their new recordings with some memorable live performances.

50th Anniversary Film Screenings: The Day We Walked on the Moon

July 20 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


You’re invited to join us to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic Moon landing for a screening of Smithsonian Channel’s The Day We Walked on the Moon!

Show times: 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m, 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.

The museum will host several free screenings of the film on the day of the 50th anniversary — Saturday, July 20, every hour from 11:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m.. We will also host an evening screening on Thursday, July 25. Mini Moon Pies, courtesy of the Moon Pie company, and Tang will be on hand while supplies last!

Half a century after humanity’s historic first step on the Moon, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum is hosting a screening of Smithsonian Channel’s The Day We Walked on the Moon.

Astronauts (including Michael Collins, the third member of the Apollo 11 mission), members of Mission Control (including Flight Director Gene Kranz, Capsule Communicator Charles Duke and Guidance Officer Steve Bales) and the children of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin reveal their personal stories behind the scenes of that iconic day.

Pop culture notables like Queen guitarist and doctor of astrophysics Brian May and television personality and professor of physics Brian Cox describe where they were and what they felt during that “One Small Step.” It’s a story that ranges from the deeply personal to the grand and historic, an in-depth look at one of the most important 24-hour periods in history.

Kids Canvas Class

July 20 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio


Join Victoria on Saturday, July 20th from 12-2 PM for our #KidsCanvasClass and learn to paint #TheCatintheHat from #DrSeuss! Parents are welcome and even encouraged to participate in this class with their children. Cost is $20 per painter. Call or message us to reserve your seats!

The Dimestore Cowboys w/ guest Danielle Walters

July 20 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Excited to be returning to Bloom Cafe and we have a special one planned for you! The wonderful singer/songwriter Danielle Walters joins us for what will sure be a great time. If you have never heard Danielle then you will be in for a treat. $5 cover and we promise you will have a great time.

If Birds Could Fly

July 20 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Three kids from the mountains of Southwest Virginia that love to make music.

My New Favorites

July 20 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom


About My New Favorites
Award-winning songwriters hook up with top-notch players to fly off into an Americana frenzy. Eclectic in all things, they combine musical styles without fear and serve up high energy at every show.

Sounds of Summer: Ken Morrell Family

July 23 | Downtown Center


One of the most beloved family bluegrass bands in our region.

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The Sounds of Summer Concert Series, formerly the Full Moon Jam, will start June 4th and run through September 26th. Concerts will be held on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 7-9pm from June — September at the Downtown Center (Country Music Mural), 810 State Street.

Bring a lawn chair or come early to grab one of the 350 chairs provided on-site. Refreshments are sold in the concessions area for a nominal fee. Clean, well-stocked restrooms also available.

Bands subject to change without notice. For more information visit the City of Bristol TN website.

Creative & Crafty: Tie-Dye Your Own T-Shirt

July 24 | Bristol Public Library


This month, the Bristol Public Library is offering a free class on tie-dyeing your own t-shirt!

Starting at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24, we'll be showing registered participants tie-dye techniques. We'll supply the dyes and necessary materials, just bring your t-shirt or other fabric item (preferably fabric that is 100% cotton) and get ready to create!

Space is limited, so registration is required; however, the event is free to attend. If you would like to register or if you have a few questions about our upcoming class, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780.

Harry Potter Day

July 27 | State Street Brewing


Gather all your Potterhead friends and join us for an early celebration of Harry Potter’s birthday.

We will have a movie marathon, face painting beginning at 5 p.m., trivia starts at 7 p.m. and we’ll tap a brand new Hogwarts-inspired beer.

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O'Mainnin's July Calendar

July 2019 | O'Mainnin's Pub



1. Mello Jelloshot Monday with Betsy!


2,Tiki Tuesday!


3, DJ B-Digital 4th of July Dance Party!(turns at midnight)


4, Ragged Sally 4th of July Celebration! Right after downtown Fireworks.


5, John Tyler & The Chase!


6, Tennesee Champagne!


7, Sunday Funday Dance Party with DJ B-Digital! $1 50 Drafts!


8, Mello Jelloshot Monday with Betsy!


9, The Guido Au'some Show!


10, Quarter Bounce!


11, Matt Smile!


12, Kincaid Band!


13, Before the Storm!


14, Sunday Funday Dance Party with DJ B-Digital! $1 50 Drafts!


15, Mello Jelloshot Monday with Betsy!


16, Tiki Tuesday!


17, Edgar Red and the Loud & Rowdy Tour!


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19, Loose Leaves!


20, Below 7!


21, Sunday Funday Dance Party with DJ B-Digital! $1 50 Drafts!


22, Mello Jelloshot Monday with Betsy!


23, Tiki Tuesday!


24, Coupe Deville!


25, Matt Smile!


26, Big Son!


27, Before The Storm!


28, Sunday Funday Dance Party with DJ B-Digital! $1 50 Drafts!


29, Mello Jelloshot Monday with Betsy!


30, Tiki Tuesday!


31, The Royal Hounds!

American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart special exhibit

August 1 – January 2020 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Although known primarily as a country music star, Marty Stuart (b. 1958) is a master storyteller not only through his songs, but also through his revealing photographs. He has been taking photographs of the people and places surrounding him since he first went on tour with bluegrass performer Lester Flatt at age 13. His inspirations include his mother, Hilda Stuart and her documentation of their family’s everyday life in Mississippi. He also admires bassist Milt Hinton’s photographs of fellow jazz artists and Edward Curtis’s well-known images of Native Americans at the turn of the 20th century. Stuart’s photographs in American Ballads range from intimate behind-the-scenes depictions of legendary musicians, to images of eccentric characters from the back roads of America, to dignified portraits of members of the impoverished Lakota tribe in South Dakota, a people he was introduced to by his former father-in-law, Johnny Cash. Whatever the subject, Stuart is able to tease out something unexpected or hidden beneath the surface through a skillful sense of timing and composition, as well as a unique relationship with the sitters often based on years of friendship and trust.

Serendipity's Summer Clearance Sale

Through July 31


We are headed into Fall, can you believe it? As we start to make that transition, we are excited to wrap up an amazing Summer and see what a new season has for us. BUT, first we have to make room for all the lovely Fall styles that will be gracing our doors soon. Our Summer Clearance SALE starts TODAY in stores and online.

Receive 30% — 50% off some of our most loved brands in the store.This sale is for a limited time, so hurry in today.Not all brands will remain on sale.

PLUS, now through July 31st receive an extra 50% offclearance merchandise. That is savings up to 75% off original retail prices.

Also Coming Up

Wine & Unwind Wednesday w/ Danielle Walters
July 17 | Bristol Hotel
Summer Swing Canvas Class
July 18 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
Country Music
July 18 | Paramount Bristol
BPL Book Club: Far from the Madding Crowd
July 18 | Bristol Public Library
Sounds of Summer: From the Edge
July 18 | Downtown Center
Billy Crawford Band
July 18 | Cumberland Square Park
Mr. Nobody & The Extras
July 18 | Quaker Steak and Lube
For The Song’s Sake: Abigail Dowd + Julie Williams
July 18 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Phil Ling & Erin Dalton
July 19–20 | Bristol Hotel
Bingo
July 19 | Bristol Public Library
Border Bash
July 19 | Downtown Bristol
Derrick Ryan with Desmond Fugate, Fling, and Fidem
July 19 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Jackdaw's 7
July 19 | Quaker Steak and Lube
50th Anniversary Film Screenings: The Day We Walked on the Moon
July 20 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Kids Canvas Class
July 20 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
The Dimestore Cowboys w/ guest Danielle Walters
July 20 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
If Birds Could Fly
July 20 | Quaker Steak and Lube
My New Favorites
July 20 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Sounds of Summer: Ken Morrell Family
July 23 | Downtown Center
Senior Show Choir
July 24–25 | Paramount Bristol
Creative & Crafty: Tie-Dye Your Own T-Shirt
July 24 | Bristol Public Library
50th Anniversary Film Screenings: The Day We Walked on the Moon
July 25 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Sounds of Summer: Retroville
July 25 | Downtown Center
Sherlock Holmes
July 26–28 | Theatre 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
Back to School Palooza
July 27 | Cumberland Square Park
Harry Potter Day
July 27 | State Street Brewing
State Street String Band Bluegrass
July 29 | Blackbird Bakery
Sounds of Summer: Hollow Ground
July 30 | Downtown Center
Border Bash
August 2 | Downtown Bristol
Tab Benoit
August 2 | Paramount Bristol
Into the Woods Auditions
August 3 – July 10 | Theatre Bristol
Farm & Fun Time ft. The Lonesome River Band and Irene Kelley
August 8 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Hot Bristol Night Antique Car Show
August 9 | Downtown Bristol
Movies in the Park: Ant-Man & The Wasp
August 9 | Anderson Park
Get the Led Out
August 9 | Paramount Bristol
Summer Pasta Class
August 10 | Mercantile on State
Applachian Outlaw Jamboree
August 23 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
RTE 23 Music Festival
August 24 | UVA Wise
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
VMFA on the Road Artmobile
September 18–22 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Auditions for Miracle on 34th Street
September 28 – October 1 | Theatre Bristol
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
Theatre Bristol presents Into the Woods
November 15–24 | Paramount Bristol
Front Country
November 23 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Miracle on 34th Street
December 6–22 | Theatre Bristol

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