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Educators' Day Events at Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Birthplace of Country Music MuseumBristol, TN/VA -- In preparation for the Grand Opening of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum (BCMM), BCMM's Education Committee wants to ensure educators in both Virginia and Tennessee view the museum as an important educational resource. BCMM is committed to providing interdisciplinary material and experiences that will help teachers and students achieve their educational goals. In order to do so, BCMM is planning an Educators’ Day on July 22, 2014 and two days of in-services for regional teachers on July 23 and July 24, 2014. These events will offer educators from our region a “sneak peek” at the new museum before Grand Opening Events Weekend August 1-3. It will also offer an opportunity to earn professional development/in-service hours.

Birthplace of Country Music Museum Opening Aug 1

Birthplace of Country Music MuseumThe dream that began years ago is finally on the horizon. The Birthplace of Country Music's museum is scheduled to open August 1, 2014 in Bristol TN/VA. Referred to as the "big bang of country music," the 1927 Bristol Sessions changed the industry forever. The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, in affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution, will tell the story of Bristol's musical heritage and its impact on the world.

Bristol's Border Bash Artist Lineup Announced

Bristol Border BashBristol, VA/TN -- At Wednesday’s press conference, Believe in Bristol, alongside community partners Birthplace of Country Music®, revealed plans for a summer packed with free live music and family fun on State Street and beyond. Border Bash, the twice-monthly free concert series held annually May through August, celebrates its 15th anniversary as a roving mini-fest that has grown to include children’s activities and vendors in addition to live music and much more. Border Bash will take place on the first and third Fridays, May through August.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Earns Mayors' Award of Distinction

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2014Bristol, TN/VA -- Birthplace of Country Music® is proud to announce Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion annual music festival has achieved the esteemed Mayors' Award of Distinction from the cities of Bristol. The call was received from the judges’ committee chairman, Gary McGeough, Thursday afternoon.

Bank of Tennessee Gifts $100,000 to Birthplace of Country Music Museum

BCM Receives GiftBristol, VA/TN -- A press conference was held Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in the atrium of the Birthplace of Country Music® Museum (BCM) to announce a $100,000 gift by Bank of Tennessee to the museum. Bank of Tennessee CEO, Roy Harmon, and Bank of Tennessee Market President, David Wagner, presented the check to BCM Executive Director, Leah Ross, during the conference.

Carolina Chocolate Drops at the Paramount Center

Carolina Chocolate DropsBristol, TN/VA -- The Grammy Award Winning Carolina Chocolate Drops are sure to bring an amazing concert to The Paramount in Bristol. The night will be full of toe tapping, hand clapping and faces full of smiles. This show is going to be incredible and is a do not miss show. Tickets are $25 in advance $30 day of show.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Ticket Special Dec 1-31

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2014Here's a great holiday gift idea. Discount Weekend Passes to Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2014 will be offered for $40, December 1-31, 2013, just in time for holiday gift giving. Festival dates will be September 19-21, 2014.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2013 Attendance Up a Whopping 10%

Bristol Rhythm & Roots ReunionBristol, TN/VA -- Despite getting .6 inches of rain on the music festival's biggest day, Birthplace of Country Music®, the parent organization of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, reports a 10% increase in attendance from their 2012 event. More than 55,000 visitors, artists, vendors, and volunteers converged onto Historic Downtown Bristol, VA/TN for the annual, three-day festival. Visitors from 45 states and 4 foreign countries were represented. Folks from as far away as the U.K., Scotland, Australia, the Middle East, and South America watched the event's live stream from their computers.

Country Music Traces Its Celtic Roots During Ireland Immersion Weekend

Ireland Immersion WeekendBrentwood, TN -- The non-profit organization, The Irish Gift, will kick off its celebratory Ireland Immersion Weekend Nov. 15, 16 & 17 at Mountview Mansion in Brentwod with a Friday night performance of “The Mockingbird Sings,” (see below) a musical in development, that traces the roots of country and bluegrass music through Scottish, Irish, Delta Blues and Gospel influences.

Larry Sparks to Perform at the Cameo in Bristol October 25th

Larry SparksThe legendary Larry Sparks & his Lonesome Ramblers will perform at the Cameo Theatre in Bristol, Virginia on Friday, October 25th at 7:30 pm. Sparks is celebrating his 50th year in bluegrass music and this concert will be part of his 50th Anniversary Tour.

Birthplace of Country Music Reveals Symbolism Within the Sign

Clay Prewitt Sings StatelineBristol, TN/VA -- /BCM/ Birthplace of Country Music® held a press conference Friday afternoon to reveal more than the newly fastened sign at the entrance of Birthplace of Country Music® Museum. BCM representatives exposed the special meaning residing within the structure. It was impossible to hide the rather large, aluminum sign being hoisted to the second story of the museum this week. In fact, passersby and shutterbugs were quick to notice the impressive piece almost as soon as it went up. alt=

The Queen Of Bluegrass Meets The King Of Racing

Jeff Gordon, Rhonda Vincent, Richard PettyBristol, TN/VA -- The "Queen of Bluegrass" Rhonda Vincent met the "King of Racing" Richard Petty along with race star Jeff Gordon, during their appearances at the Food City Family Race Night, hosted in Bristol, TN on 8/22/2013.

Birthplace of Country Music a Partner in Bringing "America's Music" to Bristol

 Birthplace of Country MusicBristol, TN/VA -- The Bristol Public Library (BPL) is hosting a new six week program series entitled “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway.” The series features documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions of twentieth-century American popular music. The series allows audiences to focus on uniquely American musical genres including blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock n’ roll, mambo and hip hop. The first session—Blues and Gospel—will take place July 13 at 11:00 a.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at the Library. Sessions will continue on each Saturday through August 10, 2013.

Release Event for "Sing Me a Carter Family Song"

Sing Me a Carter Family SongThe official cd release celebration for Dennis Cash's latest project on Blue Circle Records, Sing Me A Carter Family Song, will be held Monday, July 1 at the Picking Porch in Bristol, TN. The Picking Porch is located at 620 State Street in Bristol. The celebration starts at 7:00PM.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Announces Lineup Additions for 2013

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 13th PosterBristol, TN/VA -- This year's Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is quickly approaching -- and to add to the excitement, BRRR has made a few additions to its line-up. Jim Lauderdale, Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison, and Willie Watson, former frontman for Old Crow Medicine Show, will bring their talents to Bristol September 20-22, 2013.

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