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Celebrate 20 Years of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion


To kick-off the 20th Anniversary celebration Birthplace of Country Music is launching a four-part docuseries.

Check out the first episode andlearn how the Festival started 20 years ago.



Downtown Bristol Events

Wine & Unwind Wednesday w/ DC Wolf

January 8 | Lumac Rooftop Bar


Please join us for the latest installment of Wine & Unwind Wednesday featuring DC Wolf! Don't let the cold weather keep you from coming out — we have a fire pit and heaters to keep you warm. Also, try our specialty cocktails while you take in some great music!

Rusty Steel & Co.

January 8 | O'Mainnin's Pub


Happy Humpday! Come out and party with $1.50 drafts and Nashville recording artist Rusty Steel & co.

The Black Jacket Symphony: Led Zeppelin

January 9–10 | Paramount Bristol


The Black Jacket Symphonyreturns to Paramount Bristol for TWO shows to perform music from Led Zeppelin. Known for their note-for-note, sound-for-sound recreations of classic albums, The Black Jacket Symphony wants you to help them choose the album! They’ll start the show with a surprise album—eitherII,III,IV, orHouses of the Holy—followed by a full set of Led Zeppelin hits. Visitwww.Facebook.com/BlackJacketSymphonyand comment about which album you’d like them to play.The surprise will come on the first note the night of the show!

The Black Jacket Symphony offers a unique concert experience by recreating classic albums in a live performance setting with a first class lighting and video production. A selected album is performed in its entirety by a group of hand-picked musicians specifically selected for each album. With no sonic detail being overlooked, the musicians do whatever it takes to musically reproduce the album. Following the album and a brief intermission, the Black Jacket Symphony returns to the stage to perform a collection of greatest hits by the evening’s artist.

Family Nutrition Program Info

January 9 | Bristol Public Library


Trying to shed those extra pounds gained from the holidays, learn cooking techniques, try new healthy dishes, and learn new nutrition information?? Come by the new client sign up dates on 1/9/20 and 1/16/20 at the Bristol Public Library. There will be an informational table on the Family Nutrition Program and what all it entails. Classes will begin Thursday January 23rd at the Bristol Public Library and they will continue for the next six weeks each Thursday until the classes are completed.

Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

Julie Williams

January 9 | Cascade Draft House


Singer/Songwriter from Carter County, TN bringing sounds from the Appalachian Mountains to her original songs. Folk/Americana at it's finest with her East Tennessee sound that creates a unique listening experience for her audience.

Mae Malees Spring Rolls on site!

Candy Lab

January 9 | Bristol Public Library


The JCC has an exciting program for January: the Candy Lab!

During our two-part project series, interested participants will have the opportunity to use the Tinkercad app and our 3D printer to create a handcrafted silicone mold. (All silicone is food safe.) Participants can bring their own laptop to create their mold or one will be provided.

We'll meet on Thursday, January 9 at 5:30 p.m. for our first class, and then again on Thursday, January 16 at 5:30 p.m. to complete our candy molds. Space is limited, so registration is required! Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. The supply fee is $5 per person, but covers all associated costs for both classes.

To register or for more details, visit the Jones Creativity Center or contact us at 276-645-8790 or tjdewitt@bristol-library.org

TJ Darnell

January 9 | Delta Blues BBQ


Come out on Thursdays for Ladies Night with TJ Darnell

$12 bucket specials for Straw-ber-ritas and lime-a-ritas!

Red Truck Canvas Class

January 9 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio


Join Victoria on Thursday, January 9th starting at 6:00 PM to learn to paint this #Redtruck Canvas! Cost is $35 per painter. Call or message us to reserve your seats!

Farm & Fun Time ft. CW Stoneking, Vaden Landers Band

January 9 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Be part of the studio audience for Radio Bristol's Farm & Fun Time live variety show featuring music guests CW Stoneking and the Vaden Landers Band! Kris Truelsen and his house band Bill & the Belles will also perform.

The Diamonds

January 9 | Blackbird Bakery


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.

Matt Smile

January 9 | O'Mainnin's Pub


Matt Smile of the Buddz will perform at O'Mainnin's. Matt Smile has worked hard to get to where he is now. He is a the co-founder of rock n roll band "The Buddz". Their music style has created quite the buzz in the music industry with one of their releases reaching over 1.1 million streams on YouTube and touring nationally.

Operation HOPE: Credit and Money Management Workshop

January 10 | Bristol Public Library


In partnership with Operation HOPE, we are excited to offer a free workshop on Credit and Money Management. The tools discussed in this workshop are great for those just digging into financial management and for those who are financially established. Register today for FREE financial courses for you and your family! Registration is required to ensure that we have enough materials for everyone, secure your spot by calling 423-764-2226 or email
sarah.williams@operationhope.org

Read more about this workshop and Operation HOPE below:
Lack of financial literacy is a major cause of generational poverty. Poor credit, out of control debt, and other impacts of bad financial decisions and life events, can leave hardworking individuals struggling to move forward and make sense of it all.

The Credit and Money Management Program is designed to transform disabling financial mindsets—teaching people the language of money, how to navigate credit, and make better decisions with the money they have.

Through workshops and one-on-one counseling, our financial well-being coaches empower clients to take control of their finances, by creating a budget, reducing and paying off debt, and clearing errors from their credit reports. Seventy-two percent of clients see a FICO score increase; 25 percent achieve a 700+ FICO score after six months of participation.

With the HOPE 700-Credit-Score-Communities initiative, the focus on raising client FICO scores to 700 and bringing financial uplift to communities, is at the foundation of the Credit and Money Management Program—working to rehabilitate the credit, financial, and overall well being profile of the HOPE client, and the future bank borrower, and by extension, the community as a whole.

Bailey George and Jukebox Jess

January 10 | Cascade Draft House


A real musical experience!

A high-energy duo is just the thing to lift flagging spirits — unencumbered by too many personnel, Boppin’ Bailey George and Jukebox Jess can flow between musical styles, always keeping their own style intact. So cool it’s hot (and vice versa).

Gerald Sheppard

January 10 | Bristol Hotel


Please join us in some soft acoustic music in our dining room @ Vivian's Table! Enjoy a set from Gerald Sheppard while you enjoy your dinner! All ages are welcome!

Ryan Ward

January 10 | Quaker Steak and Lube


We are excited to have Ryan Ward to come and play for us. This is an evening you do not want to miss!

Rylee Peters

January 10 | Blackbird Bakery


Join Blackbird Bakery to enjoy the powerhouse voice of local Rylee Peters from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm!

Victor Lawson and Boogie Chillen with Duane "Catfish" Frye

January 10 | Delta Blues BBQ


They play a huge variety of music. Classic rock, country, oldies, blues, funk, disco, bluegrass. What the venue calls for, they play.

Friday Night Jams ft. If Birds Could Fly

January 10 | Lumac Rooftop Bar


We are thrilled to welcome If Birds Could Fly for the 2nd installment of Friday Night Jams! Please join us on our rooftop bar and lounge, Lumac, and don't let the cold weather keep you from coming out — we have a fire pit and heaters to keep you warm. Also, try our specialty cocktails while you take in some great music!

The Usual Suspects!

January 10 | O'Mainnin's Pub


Come see The Usual Suspect's LIVE at O'Mainnin's Pub!

Disney Dwarf Kids Canvas Class

January 11 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio


Join Victoria on Saturday, January 11th starting at 12:00 PM to learn to paint this #DisneyDwarf Canvas! Cost is $20 per painter. Parents or Guardians are welcome and encouraged to join! Call or message us to reserve your seats!

Chris Long

January 11 | Cascade Draft House


"I have been playing music for over twenty years. As a kid my biggest musical influence was my dad, who was playing music almost every weekend. He taught me how to play and we played together in the bands Sloe Ginn and Stonewall Gray in the late 90's and early 2000's. My biggest musical influences are Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, John Mellencamp, John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band, Bryan Adams, and John Fogerty/Creedence Clearwater Revival.

For me music has to mean something, I love songs that speak about life and the world we live in. That is the music that tells our story and that is the music we carry with us throughout life. That is why I am such a Springsteen fan.

My music today is focused more on songwriting than it has ever been before. Primarily that I what I play when I perform, with the occasional cover song thrown in when it feels right. I love songwriting, it has given me a chance to say so much with music that I have not got to express before.

This adventure just keeps getting better and better.

More to Come...This is still a work in progress."
Chris Long

Gerald Sheppard

January 11 | Bristol Hotel


Please join us in some soft acoustic music in our dining room @ Vivian's Table! Enjoy a set from Gerald Sheppard while you enjoy your dinner! All ages are welcome!

Corey Snowden

January 11 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Corey's first show at Quaker was a great success and we are excited to have him back on 01/11/2020!

Daniel Cooper Trio

January 11 | Blackbird Bakery


Join us at Blackbird Bakery for the music of the Daniel Cooper Trio from 8 — 10 pm.

Tom's Handgun with Basket Case

January 11 | O'Mainnin's Pub


Two Bands both awesome!Tom's Handgun with Basket Case!
Good tunes, Good people, Good times!

Beaver Creek Storytellers

January 12 | Bristol Public Library


The Beaver Creek Storytellers — Olde Christmas program.
Sunday January 12, 2020 at 3:00 pmin the Bristol Public Library.

Free admission but donations welcomed.

Friends of the Bristol Public Library Meeting

January 13 | Bristol Public Library


Join the Friends of the Bristol Public Library on Monday, January 13, at 6:00 p.m. for their monthly meeting. The BPL FOL will be meeting in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room upstairs to discuss Friends' projects and share ideas.

All interested members and participants are encouraged to use the meeting room entrance on the upper floor. For more information about the Friends of the Bristol Public Library, please contact the library at 276-821-6147 or the Friends directly at FriendsoftheBristolLibrary@gmail.com

If you are interested in joining the Friends, you can pick up a membership application at the library at any time or you can sign up online using Google.

Featured Artist Meet & Greet: D.M Doyle

January 14 | Blackbird Bakery


Meet & Greet the artist D.M Doyle at 6pm.

Gary Hensley

January 14 | Blackbird Bakery


Gary Hensley is a singer-songwriter who has been playing guitar and writing songs since he was a teenager in Indiana. Currently living in East Tennessee, Gary has released three CD projects, Give A Little Back, Wright’s Corner and his most recent Bristol to Memphis. The past few years have been spent playing listening rooms and festivals.

Film Screening: Rising Voices/Hóthaninpi: Revitalizing the Lakota Language

January 16 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Join us for a free screening of the award-winning documentary filmRising Voices/Hóthaninpi: Revitalizing the Lakota Language at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum!

The screening is complementary programming to the current special exhibitAmerican Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart,which is on display in the special exhibits gallery at the museum through January 31, 2020.American Ballads includes a section of stunning photographs of the Lakota people.

Filmgoers can check out the American Ballads exhibit before the film screening for reduced admission of $5.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration — The Legacy Lives

January 20–21 | Bristol Train Station


The Bristol Train Station Board, YWCA NETN and SWVA and APEC will host a community observance of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The commemoration event will be held on the national King holiday. Our theme, “The Legacy Lives” reminds us that the work Dr. King began is still important and unfinished. The celebration will bring greater awareness to Dr. King’s work and mission, promote unity and diverse participation within our community, educate, encourage and inspire deeper community dialogue, and help us to learn from the past.

Monday, January 20th
1:30 PM : Gathering at Paramount Theatre on State Street
2:00 PM : March begins
2:30 PM : Program begins at Bristol Train Station
7:00 PM : Father Gregory Boyle, Founder of Homeboy Industries, Los Angeles, CA*
"The Whole Language — The Power of Extravagant Tenderness" located at Lee Street Baptist Church — Bristol, VA

Tuesday, January 21st
10:00 AM : Father Gregory Boyle*
"Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship" located at King University Memorial Chapel — Bristol, TN

*Sponsored by King Institute for Faith & Culture

Community Notice Board

LC King Year End Sale — 25% off

Use coupon code YEAREND19 | L. C. King Mfg. Co.


IN STORE: Production Samples Available at Discounted Prices

Up to 25% off Selected Items

Manufactured Seconds -$25

Washed Chore Coats — $60

Annual Winter Sale

Sale ends soon! | Wm. King Clothiers


Come on down to Wm. King Clothiers for their annual Winter Sale! Since they only have 2 sales a year (and they don’t last long), now is the time to take advantage of some really cool clothing at reduced prices. Hurry, though... the spring collection for ladies and gents will be debuting soon!

Ultimate Karaoke Live

Wednesdays at 7pm | Quaker Steak and Lube


A karaoke competition that tops all karaoke competitions. Sing live in front of a live audience and for thousands watching live from home online, each Wednesday night form 7 — 9 PM. Cash prizes won each season. Season 1 begins Jan 22nd 2020. Each season will have a $1000 winner and that winner can move on to compete in the grand championship at the end of the year. Visit http://ultimatekaraoke.tv for rules and to register as a contestant

Happiest of Hours

Daily | Bristol Hotel


Happy Hour Daily (Tuesday — Saturday) 3 pm -6 pm at Vivian's Table

1/2 price Appetizers
$3 Domestic Bottles
$4 Draft Beer
$5 Well Mix Drinks
$5 House Wine

Also Coming Up

Wine & Unwind Wednesday w/ DC Wolf
January 8 | Lumac Rooftop Bar
Rusty Steel & Co.
January 8 | O'Mainnin's Pub
The Black Jacket Symphony: Led Zeppelin
January 9–10 | Paramount Bristol
Family Nutrition Program Info
January 9 | Bristol Public Library
Julie Williams
January 9 | Cascade Draft House
Candy Lab
January 9 | Bristol Public Library
TJ Darnell
January 9 | Delta Blues BBQ
Red Truck Canvas Class
January 9 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
Farm & Fun Time ft. CW Stoneking, Vaden Landers Band
January 9 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Diamonds
January 9 | Blackbird Bakery
Matt Smile
January 9 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Operation HOPE: Credit and Money Management Workshop
January 10 | Bristol Public Library
Bailey George and Jukebox Jess
January 10 | Cascade Draft House
Gerald Sheppard
January 10 | Bristol Hotel
Ryan Ward
January 10 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Rylee Peters
January 10 | Blackbird Bakery
Victor Lawson and Boogie Chillen with Duane "Catfish" Frye
January 10 | Delta Blues BBQ
Friday Night Jams ft. If Birds Could Fly
January 10 | Lumac Rooftop Bar
The Usual Suspects!
January 10 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Disney Dwarf Kids Canvas Class
January 11 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
Chris Long
January 11 | Cascade Draft House
Gerald Sheppard
January 11 | Bristol Hotel
Corey Snowden
January 11 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Daniel Cooper Trio
January 11 | Blackbird Bakery
Tom's Handgun with Basket Case
January 11 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Beaver Creek Storytellers
January 12 | Bristol Public Library
Friends of the Bristol Public Library Meeting
January 13 | Bristol Public Library
Featured Artist Meet & Greet: D.M Doyle
January 14 | Blackbird Bakery
Gary Hensley
January 14 | Blackbird Bakery
Family Nutrition Program Info
January 16 | Bristol Public Library
Candy Lab
January 16 | Bristol Public Library
Film Screening: Rising Voices/Hóthaninpi: Revitalizing the Lakota Language
January 16 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
For The Song's Sake
January 16 | Earnest Tube
Gerald Sheppard
January 16 | Blackbird Bakery
Zamar Band
January 17 | Cascade Draft House
Henry Cho
January 17 | Paramount Bristol
Victor Lawson
January 17 | Quaker Steak and Lube
KT VanDyke
January 17 | Blackbird Bakery
Osara
January 17 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Monica Woodard and Dave Sizemore
January 18 | Cascade Draft House
Laura Thurston
January 18 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Anthony Mangrum
January 18 | Blackbird Bakery
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration — The Legacy Lives
January 20–21 | Bristol Train Station
State Street String Band
January 20 | Blackbird Bakery
The Diamonds
January 23 | Blackbird Bakery
Chester Vortex
January 24 | Cascade Draft House
Nicholas Jamerson
January 24 | Quaker Steak and Lube
The Oak Ridge Boys
January 24 | Paramount Bristol
Trey Epling
January 25 | Quaker Steak and Lube
The Swing Band
January 25 | Blackbird Bakery
Victor Lawson
January 30 | Blackbird Bakery
Highway 3 Twenty-One LIVE
January 31 | Cascade Draft House
Jake Shimabukuro
January 31 | Paramount Bristol
Tennessee Songwriters Week Qualifying Round
February 1 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Rebirth Brass Band
February 1 | Paramount Bristol
Momma Molasses
February 1 | Blackbird Bakery
Jon King
February 1 | Cascade Draft House
State Street String Band
February 3 | Blackbird Bakery
The Steeldrivers
February 6 | Paramount Bristol
Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet
February 6 | Blackbird Bakery
She Loves Me
February 7–16 | Theatre Bristol
Flower Power Groove
February 8 | Cascade Draft House
Dustbowl Revival
February 8 | Paramount Bristol
Virginia West
February 8 | Blackbird Bakery
Bill Engvall
February 9 | Paramount Bristol
Featured Artist Meet & Greet: Janina Williams
February 11 | Blackbird Bakery
The Diamonds
February 13 | Blackbird Bakery
Rylee Peters
February 14 | Blackbird Bakery
Jason Senters
February 15 | Cascade Draft House
Kevin Lorenz
February 15 | Blackbird Bakery
State Street String Band
February 17 | Blackbird Bakery
Shannan Miller
February 20 | Blackbird Bakery
Mike Preslar
February 22 | Cascade Draft House
Anthony Mangrum
February 22 | Blackbird Bakery
The Diamonds
February 27 | Blackbird Bakery
Mick Kyte
February 28 | Cascade Draft House
Cleve Edwards
February 28 | Blackbird Bakery
Sam Collie and the Roustabouts
February 29 | Cascade Draft House
Sam Collie and the Roustabouts
February 29 | Cascade Draft House
The HillBenders: WhoGrass!
February 29 | Paramount Bristol
Pinion Pine
February 29 | Blackbird Bakery
Golden Dragon Acrobats
April 4 | Paramount Bristol
Triumphant Quartet
April 18 | Paramount Bristol

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