As difficult as this year has been for everybody, and in this case musicians and everyone involved in the music industry, there are some glimmers of normalcy and familiarity shining through.
While many festivals have had to cancel and quickly try to find alternative avenues to exist, some have turned to unique livestreaming methods.
One such festival is the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Festival out of Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia. Located in the heart of the “Birthplace of Country Music,” the annual event has established itself as one of the country’s most celebrated live music destinations, invoking praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, CMT, The New York Times, and more. The festival itself has raked in over $16 million for the city’s economy to date.
Celebrating Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Live Stream will kick off tomorrow, Thursday September 10th to Sunday September 13th with virtual, live concert events that include Jim Lauderdale, Acoustic Syndicate, Amythyst Kiah, Morgan Wade, and Martha Spencer. It will also include a WBCM Radio Bristol Farm and Fun Time show, flashback performances from festivals past, and the Bristol Sessions Super Raffle drawing.
“It’s important for us to do something to commemorate the festival this year even if it can’t be in person,” said BCM Executive Director Leah Ross. “This would have been our 20th anniversary, a milestone. We can’t let that go. We also felt that our community and our staff really needed something positive to help fill that void.”
Information and scheduling is as follows:
Thursday, September 10 – 7:00 p.m.
Kick off the weekend with a Farm and Fun Time show from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, featuring host band Bill & The Belles – artists to include Po’ Ramblin’ Boys and 49 Winchester.
Friday, September 11 – 7:00 p.m.
Join us Friday night as we partner with the Virginia Tourism Corporation to celebrate Virginia Music Heritage Month. This show will feature music from Amythyst Kiah, Morgan Wade, and Martha Spencer. The night will be filled with live music, announcements about the 2021 Festival line-up, and more!
Saturday, September 12 – 1:00 p.m.
Festival Flashbacks – Join us on Saturday afternoon to watch some past Festival performances. Past shows will include Carson Peters & Iron Mountain, The War and Treaty, Mike Farris, Folk Soul Revival, Jerry Douglas and the Earls of Leicester, and the Way Down Wanderers.
Sunday, September 13 – 12:00 p.m. Join us for the Bristol Sessions Super Raffle Drawing as we give away $250,000 in prizes.
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