Every year the city of Bristol, settled right on the state borders of Virginia and Tennessee, hosts a festival celebrating its heritage as the birthplace of country music. You can find an actual state line downtown on “State St.,” where the festival takes place.
The festival covers four blocks of downtown Bristol. There are four main stages and twelve smaller stages throughout the various restaurants and bars. You can hear different genres including blues-rock, folk-rock, bluegrass, country and more. Thousands of people all join together to enjoy a weekend of music, great food, and of course some of the best beer around.
I went to Rhythm and Roots 2 years ago for the first time and I must say it was the best music experience I’ve ever had. I spent two full days there from morning until the music stopped which was well after midnight. Everything about this event was incredible. The music, people, and food will just light everyone’s weekend up with nothing but positive vibes. With this event taking place every year in Blue Ridge Report’s backyard, you can guarantee that we will set up shop there in the future.
Bristol has a huge turn out for Rhythm and Roots, people come from all over the nation. What we at BRR would like to see, is the attendance of more people from the Blue Ridge community at this awesome festival. So be sure to check it out this year September 21st through the 23rd.
For ticket purchase tickets, you can visit www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org.
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