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The Ledgerwoods

March 4 | Delta Blues BBQ


The Ledgerwoods are an eclectic mix of original music, folk, gospel, Americana, and blues music!

David began learning to play guitar at age nine and played with a variety of groups including "East Street" and "Image." Ann grew up singing harmonies with her sisters Cathy and Carol. Their late mother was instrumental in bringing the love of music into their lives.

​They released ​their first CD in 2009 recorded in ​ their home studio "Tripod Recording". "Face the Wind" is a collection of 12 original songs of a variety of styles.

Coupe' DeVille

March 4 | Bristol Hotel


Casual bar / lounge with LIVE MUSIC & adult beverages !

Victor Lawson Band

March 4 | O'Mainnin's Pub


Victor Lawson and Boogie Chillen are among the talented bands in the burgeoning blues scene in the Tri-Cities. Established about nine years ago and led by Lawson, the tight three-man band take their name from the song, “Boogie Chillen,’” which was made famous by late Delta blues icon, John Lee Hooker.

Incredible Business Networking

March 5 | Bristol Hotel


Our March IBN Lunch will be held at The Bristol Hotel in the Ballroom. Network and have lunch with new and old friends while you promote your business products and services. Bring a big stack of business cards and a friend if you like. ALL are invited, no cost to attend the meeting, we just ask that you support our host restaurant and buy your lunch. Have a Door Prize for our drawing? Please bring one!

Thanks to our Sponsors for this event for making it possible:
Green Meadow Cleaning Services
Integral Chiropractic Co.
Xtreme Painting
1Source Insurance Group
Focused Investing

We are looking for more Sponsors to help us. If you are interested in some excellent B2B promotion and to help us grow independent Networking in the Tri-Cities, please contact us at choyaharden@incredibletowns.com

YW Prom Dress Project

March 5–7 | YWCA


Last year’s sparkle can light up a girl for the upcoming 2020 prom season. Teens and young women have a unique opportunity to “pay it forward”, by donating their previously worn prom accessories to the YWCA Prom Dress Project. Every girl should have the opportunity to wear a beautiful dress with accessories to their special event!

“Get involved and contribute to help our young ladies across the region have a wonderful prom experience,” said Tammy Alls, Director of Mission Advancement. “All contributions are immensely appreciated and will make a difference for making her night special!”

This year’s Prom Dress Project, is open to all area high school girls and will be held at the YWCA on Thursday and Friday, March 5th and 6th from 3 pm to 6 pm and Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 8 am to 5 pm. The sale will feature hundreds of previously worn gowns and accessories at a deeply discounted price of only $25. Scholarships are available to any girl needing assistance.

This community service project is hosted by the YWCA Junior Board of Directors- a diverse group of women ages 20-40 with a desire to enhance their servant leadership skills in our community. If you would like more information about the Prom Dress Project or the YWCA Junior Board of Directors, please call the YWCA at 423.968.9444 or emailthenkel@ywcatnva.org.

Welcome Oskar Blues Brewery on Wicked Wing Thursday

March 5 | Bristol Hotel


Welcome Oskar Blues Brewery tap takeover! Lumac Rooftop Bar. Come try our Wicked Wings: 10 for $5 and enjoy some craft beer samples from Oskar Blues.

Celebrity Bartender John Mann

March 5 | Machiavelli's


Come out to watch Doc celebrity bartend from 5:00-7:00 (Happy Hour) for The Glendale Merlins Women’s Rugby Team!!!
Many of you may know Allie Schrenker and how hard she has worked and committed to this team and sport!!
That being said we all get by with a little help from our friends.

All tips during this time will be donated to the team to help in many ways and expenses. $2 Jello shooters will be sold as well. There will also be an appetizer special!! So come out donate that “dough” and show your support for an amazing team/ cause and friends in our community!

Yellow Flowers Canvas Class

March 5 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio


Coming up for #CanvasClass on Thursday, March 5th! Starting at 6:00 PM #KTCrewMember Susan will be teaching painters how to recreate the #YellowFlowers Canvas! Cost is $35 per painter. Call or message us to reserve your seats.

House Concert — South For The Winter

March 5 | Earnest Tube


The Earnest Tube is excited to have up and coming trio South For The Winter playing an intimate show in Clint and Bonnie's house concert space. Catch this act before they become too big to play small rooms like ours.

Often described as “folk-blues," "folk-jazz," or “Renaissance,” South for Winter's songs are intoned with a depth of emotion and richness of experience that invites listeners into the story — eager and anxious in turn with each verse. In a landscape saturated with incredible songwriters and musicians, South for Winter have developed a sound all of their own. With meticulously crafted lyrics, captivating natural charisma, and an impressive assortment of instruments at their command, South for Winter have time and time again established themselves as a crowd favorite.

Laura Thurston

March 5 | Cascade Draft House


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.

Dirt Road Rising

March 5 | Blackbird Bakery


Growing roots from Mt City Tennessee, each member of the band has joined from different areas of east Tennessee, to make Dirt Road Rising what it is today. Music speaks to each of us in a different way and each unique relationship brings a different dynamic creating a fun, harmonic, upbeat sound that Dirt Road Rising strives to bring to each show.

TJ Darnell

March 5 | O'Mainnin's Pub


We guarantee a great night of tunes on 3/5!

Virginia Humanities Grant Workshop

March 6 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Southwest Virginia organizations are invited to join us for a FREE workshop to learn more about funding opportunities for your nonprofit!

Register online for FREE!

Register Here.

Since 1974, Virginia Humanities has awarded more than 3,500
grants to non-profit organizations exploring the history and
cultural traditions of Virginia and its communities and the
issues that matter most to Virginians. We hope to forge new
partnerships resulting in new grants to Southwest Virginia
organizations in 2020 and beyond.

Workshop Includes:
Lunch and a private tour of a new photo exhibition on our
Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program on display at the
Birthplace of Country Music Museum from March 6 to August
2, 2020. Over the past 18 years, this program has paired more
than 150 experienced master artists and apprentices to pass
along traditional art forms.

Learn About Funding Opportunities
for Southwest Virginia
• Grant priorities and limitations
• Guidelines and proposal requirements
• Application and review process
• How to create a strong proposal

Open to representatives from any Southwest Virginia non-profit
organization whose mission includes education, history, cultural
preservation, and/or the traditional arts.

Special Exhibit — Real Folk: Passing on Trades & Traditions

March 6 – May 5 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Since 2002, the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program at Virginia Humanities has brought together over 150 experienced master artists and eager apprentices, ensuring various art forms are passed on in ways that are conscious of history and faithful to tradition. All forms of Virginia’s expressive culture – from the Appalachian hills and the Chesapeake shore to new immigrant traditions brought to the state – are represented, including letterpress printing, mandolin making, African-American gospel singing, quilting, old-time banjo playing, Mexican folk dancing, classical Iranian and Persian music, broom making, and more. The master artists comprise some of Virginia’s most celebrated practitioners of folk traditions both old and new to Virginia, and the apprentices learn their chosen craft not in classrooms or lecture halls, but in their traditional contexts, such as local dance halls, churches, woodshops, stables, and garages – making the passing on of these crafts even more meaningful.

Real Folk: Passing on Trades & Traditions through the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program gives viewers an inside look at these traditions and the people who are keeping them alive, helping to ensure that Virginia’s treasured folkways remain in good keeping for years to come.

This exhibit, on display at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum March 6—August 2, 2020, was produced through a partnership between the museum and the Virginia Folklife Program.

A variety of complementary programs will be offered to go along with Real Folk; keep an eye on our events page to learn more.

Josh Watson from Grand Ole Uproar w/Baked and Loaded Food Truck

March 6 | Cascade Draft House


Join us for a special evening of music and grub!

Food begins around 5 and music around 7.

Noah’s art show at Bloom!

March 6 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Noah Cumbow (age 7) will be proudly displaying his collection in his first ever art show.
He’s working hard and has quite a wide range of concepts for this show. When asked how he’s feeling about his art he answered: “REALLY excited right now”.

Show will be March 6th from 6-8pm. Snacks will be provided and Bloom will be open for this event for drinks, etc.

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!

Sasan Ahovan at Vivian's Table

March 6–7 | Bristol Hotel


Come out and enjoy a wonderful acoustic set by Sasan Ahovan while you indulge our fine dining experience at Vivian's Table!

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

March 6 | Paramount Bristol


Hang onto your fedora, Grammy nominated, multi-platinum selling Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – the incomparable kings of swing —are coming to Bristol! Together for over 25 years, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, famously named after an autograph by blues legend Albert Collins, has appeared in concert venues across the world,sold millions of records, and had their music appear in hundreds of movies and television shows. Their sound is a blend of New York Swing, New Orleans Jazz, and Jump Blues, made popular by bandleaders like Cab Calloway and Louis Prima.

With sold out concerts from the Hollywood Bowl to Lincoln Center, appearances with many of the country's finest symphony orchestras, and television appearances ranging from Dancing with the Stars to Superbowl XXXIII, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy continues its decades long mission to celebrate and revitalize jazz and swing music — America's original musical art form — and bring joy to audiences around the world.

If you liked the high energy Mavericks show last Spring – You’ll love BBVD!

TICKETS

Gerald Sheppard

March 6 | 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.

Tyler Williams

March 6 | Quaker Steak and Lube


We are excited to have Tyler Williams come and grace us with his music here at Quaker Steak. Tyler is a singer/songwriter and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face!

Friday Night Jams ft. Josh Daniel with David Via

March 6 | Bristol Hotel


Josh Daniel is a singer-songwriter and instrumentalist who describes his sound as rock 'n' roll, but molds his influences in to a unique sound that blends rock, bluegrass, funk and soul with a reggae backbeat.

David Via's brand of "blues-grass Appalachian-funk" has been called "y'alternative," earning him the coveted International/American Folk Alliance Songwriters Contest in 2009. He is also a three-time Chris Austin Songwriter Competition prize winner.

Coupe DeVille

March 6 | Delta Blues BBQ


Join us for a night of music at Delta Blues!

The Grand Ole Uproar

March 6 | O'Mainnin's Pub


The Grand Ole Uproar's musical gumbo conjures up the Texas twang of Waylon Jennings and Doug Sahm, the electric carnival of Dylan, the improvisational impulses of the Grateful Dead, and the laid-back swampy sound of J.J. Cale, as well as many other(and older) songs and artists in the American tradition.

The Grand Ole Uproar frequently tours the Southeast and Midwest, appearing recently on Knoxville TN's Blue Plate Special Radio Program on WDVX and Balcony TV Nashville. The Uproar has shared the stage with artists like Zach Deputy, PALEFACE, The Corbitt Brothers, The Deadstring Brothers, and Cosmic Charlie.

Virginia West

March 7 | Cascade Draft House


Virginia West is comprised of two Appalachian born-and-bred musicians Toni Doman and KT Vandyke. Specializing in Country Western, Folk and Swing music styles and based out of Abingdon, Virginia, 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.

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.

Kevin Lorenz

March 7 | Blackbird Bakery


Join us at Blackbird Bakery for the music of Kevin Lorenz from 7:30 to 9:30pm.

James Meadows

March 7 | Quaker Steak and Lube


James started up his band, James Meadows & The Country Mile Drifters, just after his album officially released in August of 2008. The band is compiled of amazing professional musicians who put on a very high energy show. Their shows contain a huge set list filled with both fan/crowd requested and timeless Classic Country, Top 40 Country, Bluegrass, Southern Rock, and Originals that are sure to blow the walls off of any event or venue.

Lightnin' Charlie

March 7 | Delta Blues BBQ


Lightnin' Charlie Live
8-10

Indighost and House Cat

March 7 | O'Mainnin's Pub


10PM Show & $5 Cover

INDIGHOST & HOUSE CAT

Electric Fuzz Magic meets Garage Deliciousness

O’mainnin’s Pub in Bristol TN MARCH 7TH

Sunday Funday

March 8 | Cascade Draft House


Come have some of the best cuisine around and enjoy the day.

The Next Featured Artist Meet & Greet: Deb Slaughter

March 10 | Blackbird Bakery


This month's featured artist is Deb Slaughter. Come by to meet Deb and view her works from 6-8 pm.

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.

Also Coming Up

The Ledgerwoods
March 4 | Delta Blues BBQ
Coupe' DeVille
March 4 | Bristol Hotel
Victor Lawson Band
March 4 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Incredible Business Networking
March 5 | Bristol Hotel
Welcome Oskar Blues Brewery on Wicked Wing Thursday
March 5 | Bristol Hotel
Celebrity Bartender John Mann
March 5 | Machiavelli's
Yellow Flowers Canvas Class
March 5 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
House Concert — South For The Winter
March 5 | Earnest Tube
Laura Thurston
March 5 | Cascade Draft House
Dirt Road Rising
March 5 | Blackbird Bakery
TJ Darnell
March 5 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Virginia Humanities Grant Workshop
March 6 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Special Exhibit — Real Folk: Passing on Trades & Traditions
March 6 – May 5 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Josh Watson from Grand Ole Uproar w/Baked and Loaded Food Truck
March 6 | Cascade Draft House
Noah’s art show at Bloom!
March 6 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
First Fridays
March 6 | Downtown Bristol
Sasan Ahovan at Vivian's Table
March 6–7 | Bristol Hotel
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
March 6 | Paramount Bristol
Gerald Sheppard
March 6 | Blackbird Bakery
Tyler Williams
March 6 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Friday Night Jams ft. Josh Daniel with David Via
March 6 | Bristol Hotel
Coupe DeVille
March 6 | Delta Blues BBQ
The Grand Ole Uproar
March 6 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Virginia West
March 7 | Cascade Draft House
Believe in Bristol's Dancing Downtown: Adult Prom Volume III
March 7 | Foundation Event Facility
Kevin Lorenz
March 7 | Blackbird Bakery
James Meadows
March 7 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Lightnin' Charlie
March 7 | Delta Blues BBQ
Indighost and House Cat
March 7 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Sunday Funday
March 8 | Cascade Draft House
The Next Featured Artist Meet & Greet: Deb Slaughter
March 10 | Blackbird Bakery
Radio Bristol Annual Fund Drive
March 11–12 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Wine & Unwind Wednesday w/Midnight Pony
March 11 | Bristol Hotel
Poverty Simulation
March 12 | YWCA
Farm & Fun Time ft. Jim Lauderdale, Miss Tess
March 12 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Diamonds
March 12 | Blackbird Bakery
Operation HOPE: Credit and Money Management Workshop
March 13 | Bristol Public Library
Broken Daze w/Fury in Few
March 13 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Rylee Peters
March 13 | Blackbird Bakery
Bill Dotson
March 13 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Pi Day
March 14 | Bristol Public Library
Theatre Bristol presents Real Heroes
March 14–15 | Theatre Bristol
State Street String Band
March 16 | Blackbird Bakery
WPBA Sledgehammer Open
March 19–22 | Borderline Billiards
WPBA SLEDGEHAMMER OPEN PRO EVENT
March 19 | Borderline Billiards
Zak Saltz LIVE
March 20 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Momma Molasses
March 20 | Blackbird Bakery
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
Virginia West
March 21 | Blackbird Bakery
Radio Bristol Book Club
March 26 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
A Hazel Dickens Tribute
March 26 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Diamonds
March 26 | Blackbird Bakery
The Blind Boys of Alabama
March 27 | Paramount Bristol
State Street Brewing First Annual Anniversary Party
March 28 | State Street Brewing
Take the Edge Off: Over the Edge Information Event
March 28 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Wizard Pub Crawl
March 28 | Downtown Bristol
Bloom Nocturnal Art Market
March 28 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
The Swing Band
March 28 | Blackbird Bakery
Sunday Funday Dance Party with DJ B Digital!
March 28 | O'Mainnin's Pub
State Street String Band
March 30 | Blackbird Bakery
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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