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Volume 26, Number 8 — August 2018

Arts Calendar

August events in the Birthplace of Country Music

Date(s):  August 03 - 28, 2018
Venue: Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Bristol, VA 24201

BRISTOL, Tenn./Va.: Home to the legendary 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings, Historic Downtown Bristol, Virginia-Tennessee is not only a touchstone for music aficionados worldwide to pay homage to country music's origins, it's also a place to spend the weekend shopping, dining, or sampling craft brews at one of its breweries. In addition, the Birthplace of Country Music, parent nonprofit of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, and Radio Bristol, is the keeper of Bristol's important music heritage and hosts dozens of events annually in celebration of the region's rich music culture.

Friday, Aug. 3 the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, stays open a little later during Bristol's Doors Open Downtown, an event that happens each first Friday of the month. The museum, along with other downtown retailers, stays open until 8 p.m. Special happy hours at participating restaurants are also part of the occasion, an opportunity to do some back-to-school shopping before date night or to enjoy a girls' night out in downtown! For more information about Doors Open Downtown and other happenings in Bristol's revitalized downtown, visit Believe in Bristol's website at

This August, BCM's Radio Bristol hosts another exciting edition of its variety show Farm and Fun Time for audiences on the air, online, and in person Thursday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. The show is performed before a studio audience from the "acoustically perfect" Performance Theater inside the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. The throwback program includes performances, storyelling and more. Musical guests for the Aug. 9 show include Che Apalaché and Jesse Lege and the Old Fashioned Aces, plus the Farm and Fun Time house band Bill and the Belles. Tickets to the live performance are on sale for $30 at Can't come to the show? View Farm and Fun Time on Radio Bristol's Facebook Live or tune in online to

On Friday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. BCM hosts its 1927 Society Concert Series featuring the The Malpass Brothers. Christopher and Taylor Malpass have been performing together since childhood, creating music that pays respect to the traditional country music legends who have paved the way before them. Add the funny, off-the-cuff quips between the two 20-somethings and the engaging concert becomes a magnetic, time-traveling journey to when a calmer rhythm reigned supreme. The 1927 Society Concert Series offers a complete evening of enjoyment, with catering and adult beverages included in the ticket price. Tickets are on sale at

Volunteers are needed to assist in a variety of roles at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum on a daily basis so volunteer training classes are held periodically throughout the year to help recruit new talent and allow would-be volunteers the opportunity to choose their desired area of interest. The museum's next Museum Volunteer Training session takes place at the museum Wednesday, Aug. 15 from 2-5 p.m. For more information or to register for the session, e-mail

Local musicians of all ages and skill levels are invited to take part in the free monthly Community Jamsessions at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. The next Community Jam takes place on Saturday, August 18, from 2-5 p.m. The gathering is a great opportunity to pick, collaborate and have fun getting to know other musicians while passing the traditions of our Appalachian sound to fellow instrumentalists and singers. Spectators are also welcome.

Every now and again, Radio Bristol takes the opportunity to host a traveling-through musician when they're on tour. These "pop-up" shows are often assembled at short notice, but it's a great opportunity to catch a free Radio Bristol Session, as they are called, and experience an intimate, daytime performance. On Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 2 p.m., The Slocan Ramblers roll through town between tour dates to take part in a Radio Bristol Session of their own. Visitors are invited to be part of the studio audience at no charge, and listeners are invited to tune in to to enjoy the broadcast. Radio Bristol can also be heard in the Bristol area by turning the dial to 100.1 FM.

For a complete listing of BCM events, visit the events section of the organization's website at

Topics: Music

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