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Downtown Bristol Events

Wine & Unwind Wednesday w/Blue Mountain Saints

February 26 | Bristol Hotel


If you love great, acoustic roots music, the Blue Mountain Saints will get your toes tappin'. Come chill up on the roof with some of Bristol's most skilled and esteemed musicians.

Radio Bristol Book Club: Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

February 27 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Readers from Birthplace of Country Music Museum and the Bristol Public Library are coming together to explore books inspired by our region with this monthly program that airs on WBCM Radio Bristol.

Hosted by museum Head Curator Dr. René Rodgers Laura Kelly and Kristin Pearson with the Bristol Public Library, the Radio Bristol Book Club airs weekly every 4th Thursday.

Book discussions will dig deep into the feelings and questions raised by each selection, learn more about the authors, and celebrate the joys of being a bookworm!

Listeners may tune in to Radio Bristol at 100.1 FM in the Bristol area, online at ListenRadioBristol.org, or download the free Radio Bristol mobile app.

About The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a powerful message about how the written word affects people–a story of hope and heartbreak, raw courage and strength splintered with poverty and oppression, and one woman’s chances beyond the darkly hollows.
Inspired by the true and historical blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek showcases a first in traditionally published literary novels— a bold and unique story about the Kentucky Blue people and Packhorse Librarians — a tale of fierce strength and one woman’s belief that books can carry us anywhere — even back home.

Boosting Your Home's Potential — On A Budget

February 27 | Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Jones Property Group


Learning how to make your home look better, feel better, and increase in value — on a budget. Let Michael Pruitt teach you his tips and tricks for loving your home, whether you are getting ready for the spring market or just need a fresh update!

RSVP here.

Moon Viewing

February 27 | Bristol Public Library


See the moon in a new light using BPL's telescopes. This event is weather-dependent, and updates will be given closer to the event date if there is a schedule change.

In February the moon will be very close to conjuction with Venus. We may be able to view Venus and the Orion Nebula, along with the moon.

Rylee Peters

February 27 | Cascade Draft House


A native of Bristol, Tennessee, Rylee Peters is a singer-songwriter who began performing at age 14. From beginnings at local venues, her success has exploded across the region of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Performing a large variety of music, Rylee’s talents range from jazz & folk, to rock, blues, and country.

Named an artist to watch in the region, her talents have been awarded in county fairs to Bristol’s acclaimed, Rhythm & Roots Reunion. The musical influences of Stevie Nicks and Etta James is captured in her bluesy voice, while her gifts on the guitar and songwriting is mesmerizing to audiences.

The Diamonds

February 27 | 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.

Laura Thurston

February 27 | 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.

Mick Kyte

February 28 | Cascade Draft House


Join me for an evening of original music and some of the old songs that made me. Excited to be playing on State Street again!

Virginia West

February 28 | State Line Bar & Grill


Formed in late 2017 and comprised of two Appalachian born-and-bred musicians Toni Doman and KT Vandyke, Virginia West is a musical duo based out of Abingdon, VA. Specializing in Country Western, Folk and Swing music styles, they bring a uniquely vintage approach to their musical escapades. Fresh with colorful harmonies, vibrant rhythm and melodies, they paint compelling musical landscapes. Pulling their influence from classic country greats like Patsy Cline, Hank Williams and George Jones, as well as intriguing swing acts like Squirrel Nut Zippers, Cab Calloway and other dance friendly swing icons, their music is simple yet captivating, emotive and catchy.

Friday Night Jams ft. Beth Snapp and Jason Crawford

February 28 | Bristol Hotel


Beth Snapp is among this region's most respected singer-songwriters. Her pop-infused roots sound has little to do with the box of a genre as she flits between folk, bluegrass, pop, early R&B, and jazz to create a unique sound with one purpose — to serve a great story. Accompanied by master multi-instrumentalist Jason Crawford, the duo reels in audiences with an "I've been there" kind of vibe.

Sasan Ahovan

February 28–29 | Bristol Hotel


We are excited to welcome back Sasan Ahovan for a weekend acoustic set at Vivian's Table. Please come enjoy music while you dine with us from 7-9 pm. All ages are welcome!

Cleve Edwards

February 28 | Blackbird Bakery


An evening of Jazz, Blues and R&B featuring "Cleve Edwards Live at Blackbird Bakery", October 25th from 8:00pm to 10:00pm. We are sure you will enjoy this inspiring, life-long musician and accomplished artist!! Mr. Edwards' vocal talents are akin to Michael McDonald and Louis Armstrong...a deep, “bluesy”, soulful style of music. His repertoire is broad and ever changing, and believes no artist can ever “stand still” in his talents and to grow in music is to still have the passion for the artistry.
In the early 1970’s, Cleve performed with various well known artists, and opened for big name bands such as Bonnie Raitt, The Four Seasons, Ike and Tina Turner, Johnny Winter, and The Allman Brothers Band, just to name a few.

Kindest People / Styrofoam Turtles / House Cat / Sous Sol

February 28 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


The Kindest People and House Cat return to Bloom Cafe with their best buds from Asheville The Styrofoam Turtles and Sous Sol. Four awesome bands for only $5! Show starts at 8.

Get ready for an amazing night of garage, grunge, and rock and roll.

Tad Norton's Trio

February 28 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Come check out music by Tad Norton, Daniel Messer, and Ethan Maltsburger here at the Lube!

Dirt Road Breakdown at Delta Blues BBQ

February 28 | Delta Blues BBQ


Excited to return to Bristol and our first time at Delta Blues BBQ !!

Sam Collie and the Roustabouts

February 29 | Cascade Draft House


Sam Collie and the Roustabouts make their first time appearance at the Cascade Draft House in Bristol!

Sam Collie and the Roustabouts attend high school around the Tri-Cities, and they began playing at venues across East Tennessee in the summer of 2019. They are a blues, rock, and soul band that play original and cover music!

Free show
7-9pm
Hope to see you there!

80’s Dance party Red Ball!

February 29 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


The year was 1980.......
Come help celebrate Lindsey and Thunder’s 40th Birthdays
Pretty Pretty from Asheville, NC will rock the house, then there will be dancing into the night!
5$ at the door
Free snacks and cake
Photo Booth
Dress code: wear red!

The HillBenders: WhoGrass!

February 29 | Paramount Bristol


In 2015, The Hillbenders launched a brilliant bluegrass remix of the Who’s iconic rock opera Tommy. Inspired by support from The Who themselves and fans around the world, they launched WhoGrass. With a perfect mix of acoustic musicianship and rock n’ roll showmanship, The Hillbenders take us on a journey through the Who’s legendary catalog. They play selections from Tommy in the first set and the Who’s greatest hits in the second. The rolling banjo, intense dobro percussion, and thunderous vocals will have even the biggest Who fans pumping their fists and singing along!

Special BOGO offer – Buy one, get one ticket FREE using promo code WHOAREYOU

Pinion Pine

February 29 | Blackbird Bakery


Join us at Blackbird Bakery for music by Pinion Pine!

TJ Darnell

February 29 | Quaker Steak and Lube


TJ is simply one of The Lube's favorites. We guarantee a great night of tunes on 2/29!

Mark Mahoney

February 29 | Delta Blues BBQ


Mark Mahoney Blues Band LIVE at Delta Blues

Below 7

February 29 | O'Mainnin's Pub


Below 7 is a modern rock band out of Southwest Virginia playing in the five surrounding states. Check them out at reverbnation.com/below7

First Fridays

March 6 | Downtown Bristol


Friday, March 6, 2020 | 6-8pm | Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA

Enjoy extended shopping and happy hours at participating locations throughout our vibrant downtown!

Shop small and support local!

Believe in Bristol's Dancing Downtown: Adult Prom Volume III

March 7 | Foundation Event Facility


Join us for Believe in Bristol's spring fundraiser, Dancing Downtown: Adult Prom Volume III: Prom through the Decades! Join us Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Foundation Event Facility and party with a purpose!

This event includes all your favorite prom staples from balloon arches and cheesy prom photos to finger foods and a DJ with the added bonus of games and a bar! Nominate your friends and vote for King and Queen, dance the night away with our DJ, and create fun memories along the way — all while supporting a local nonprofit organization! This event is open to anyone and everyone over the age of 21. Relive your high school glory days: dust off that old dress, tux, or suit, or use the night as an excuse to look good and have fun!

Individual and couple tickets will be available for sale both at the Believe in Bristol office and online for $25 and $40 respectively. Tables will be available for purchase ONLY through the Believe in Bristol office at $300 for 8 seats (table quantity limited). Tickets include entry, food, one drink, and dancing 'til you drop. King and Queen nominations and votes, extra drinks, games, and official prom photos will be cash only.

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Dancing Downtown: Adult Prom Volume III is a fundraiser for Believe in Bristol; all proceeds will benefit the Main Street Program and downtown revitalization efforts. For more information, please contact the Believe in Bristol at 423-573-2201 or info@believeinbristol.org.

As a Certified Main Street Community, Downtown Bristol has more to offer every day more activities, more shops, more homes, more offices and more life. Believe in Bristol is a nonprofit 501 ( c ) 3 organization composed of dedicated citizens, business owners, government officials and other friends of Bristol who recognize the role a vital downtown plays in preserving and furthering our communities identity, spirit and economy.

Theatre Bristol presents Real Heroes

March 14–15 | Theatre Bristol



Theatre Bristol and River's Way annual partnership is a presentation of "Real Heroes," March 14 at 10:30 am and 5:30 pm and March 15 at 2:30 pm at the ARTspace, 506 State Street.
"Real Heroes" is an original production by Dottie Havlik that features the gifts and talents of the River's Way youth and young adults with differing abilities and Theatre Bristol actors.
Dottie Havlik, who directs this production, was most recently Theatre Bristol director ofMiracle on 34th Street,Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, The Adventures of MadelineandCharlotte's Webat Theatre Bristol, and long-time actor in many shows includingFiddler on the Roof, Steel Magnolias,andThe Music Man.
“We have 35 actors participating in the show, both veterans to the stage and some new faces,” said Havlik. “Since it's an original work, it's easy to incorporate all the little wacky ad libs and suggestions that people throw in during rehearsals. The creative inputadds real personality to the show. We have such a good time that it hardly seems like work. But we adhere to real stage standards on production, so the young folks are all learning something as we go along. This is our fourth year, and I love these guys more each time!”

River's Way, lead by Executive Director Tom Hanlon, is an organization dedicated to the positive and productive involvement of young people with differing abilities in our community.
"It is year four of our collaboration with Theatre Bristol," said Hanlon. "The River's Way actors know what to expect and the excitement is building. Dottie Havlik pulls out all the stops in creating amusing scripts and we are grateful to her and to Theatre Bristol for providing us with another opportunity to showcase our acting skills. Audiences will truly enjoy this play!"
Theatre Bristol and River's Way thank the community for its support of this production, people with differing abilities, and the arts. Working together to create live performance, we develop stories and memories that entertain and fosterconnections in our community among people of all abilities.

"Real Heroes" will have two showings on Saturday, March 14 at 10:30 am and 5:30 pm, and one showing on Sunday, March 15 at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $5 and reservations online (bit.ly/TBRWRealHeroes) are encouraged as performances historically sell out. Payment is made at the door and cash payment is preferred. The box office opens 30 minutes prior to showtime. Seating is general admission and for any special accommodations, please call or email the Theatre. Show information is also available online atwww.TheatreBristol.orgor by calling the message line at423-212-3625.

Theatre Bristol’s is pleased to present “Real Heroes" as part of its family-friendly 55th season of ARTspace and Paramount shows, including "She Loves Me," "Jack and the Beanstalk" “The Sound of Music,” "Twelfth Night,” "To Kill a Mockingbird," and "elf The Musical."

Founded in 1965, Theatre Bristol is the oldest continually running children’s theatre in northeast Tennessee. Its Main Stage season consists of up to five productions. Some of its performances take place in the ARTspace, a multi-purpose, black box theatre which seats up to 120. Theatre Bristol is entirely volunteer run and we invite you to get involved. Theatre Bristol's work is made possible by generous donors, including season sponsors The United Company Foundation and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

For more information, visit the Theatre Bristol’s website or Facebook page, contact Theatre Bristol at423-212-3625, or emailinfo@theatrebristol.org.

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Game Night

Tuesdays | Quaker Steak and Lube


Singo & Trivia! Bring out the family and enjoy a fun night of playing Bingo with a twist. Different music genres are played.

Get a Bingo and win prizes — up to a $20 Quaker Steak & Lube gift card!

Also Coming Up

Coffee with the Mayors
February 26 | Foundation Event Facility
Wine & Unwind Wednesday w/Blue Mountain Saints
February 26 | Bristol Hotel
Radio Bristol Book Club: Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
February 27 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Boosting Your Home's Potential — On A Budget
February 27 | Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Jones Property Group
Moon Viewing
February 27 | Bristol Public Library
Rylee Peters
February 27 | Cascade Draft House
The Diamonds
February 27 | Blackbird Bakery
Laura Thurston
February 27 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Mick Kyte
February 28 | Cascade Draft House
Virginia West
February 28 | State Line Bar & Grill
Friday Night Jams ft. Beth Snapp and Jason Crawford
February 28 | Bristol Hotel
Sasan Ahovan
February 28–29 | Bristol Hotel
Cleve Edwards
February 28 | Blackbird Bakery
Kindest People / Styrofoam Turtles / House Cat / Sous Sol
February 28 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Tad Norton's Trio
February 28 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Dirt Road Breakdown at Delta Blues BBQ
February 28 | Delta Blues BBQ
Sam Collie and the Roustabouts
February 29 | Cascade Draft House
80’s Dance party Red Ball!
February 29 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
The HillBenders: WhoGrass!
February 29 | Paramount Bristol
Pinion Pine
February 29 | Blackbird Bakery
TJ Darnell
February 29 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Mark Mahoney
February 29 | Delta Blues BBQ
Below 7
February 29 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Coupe' DeVille
March 4 | Bristol Hotel
First Fridays
March 6 | Downtown Bristol
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
March 6 | Paramount Bristol
Believe in Bristol's Dancing Downtown: Adult Prom Volume III
March 7 | Foundation Event Facility
Radio Bristol Annual Fund Drive
March 11–12 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Poverty Simulation
March 12 | YWCA
Broken Daze w/Fury in Few
March 13 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Theatre Bristol presents Real Heroes
March 14–15 | Theatre Bristol
Zak Saltz LIVE
March 20 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Theatre Bristol Audtions for "The Sound of Music"
March 21–30 | Theatre Bristol
The Brewery Comedy TOUR at Bristol
March 21 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
The Blind Boys of Alabama
March 27 | Paramount Bristol
State Street Brewing First Annual Anniversary Party
March 28 | State Street Brewing
Wizard Pub Crawl
March 28 | Downtown Bristol
Bloom Nocturnal Art Market
March 28 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Charles Esten
April 2 | Paramount Bristol
Golden Dragon Acrobats
April 4 | Paramount Bristol
Leo Kottke
April 7 | Paramount Bristol
Friday Night Jams ft. Michelle Malone
April 10 | Bristol Hotel
Mindful Appalachian Swap Party
April 11 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Theatre Bristol presents "Jack & The Bean Stalk"
April 17–26 | Theatre Bristol
Triumphant Quartet
April 18 | Paramount Bristol
The Paramount Revival 2020
April 19 | Paramount Bristol
Jim Messina
April 25 | Paramount Bristol
Sebastian Bach
April 26 | Paramount Bristol
Miss Stateline Beauty
May 3 | State Line Bar & Grill
Béla Fleck & the Flecktones
May 28 | Paramount Bristol

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