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February 26, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 26, 2011

Since the festival began, I have only missed 2 years of the most incredible music and adventure I could have had those years. Rhythm and Roots has brought to light a generation of singer/songwriters that very well could have been looked over. The venue is set up in expertise, with everything happening on one main strip of the downtown Bristol area. The rustic antiquity of the stores and corner pubs being exploited in the utmost fashion, the feeling is always bright and enjoyable. Rhythm and Roots always brings the best of talents to the table, such as Del McCoury, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ricky Skaggs, and the list goes on. Also to be mentioned, the increpurest piedible one-of-a-kind food, arts and crafts, and microbrewery vendors. This festival puts a spotlight on the history and existence of Appalachian culture and heritage, but also brings a variety of rock-a-billy, southern rock, and other types of great music to the lineup. Also, if you get just plain tired, you can visit one of the many businesses and bars that not only serve you food and drink, but hold entertainment all day long. I have personally discovered many new artists here that I may have never heard, and many fond and dear memories that I never would have had. If you are up for gettin' down on a piece of America's finest land, then Rhythm and Roots is the place for you. I hope to see you there in September.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have experienced the results in that this organization has brought much needed tourism and funds to the city of Bristol in which I live.

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If anything were to be changed, it would not be the same.

February 26, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 26, 2011

The BEST music festival we have attended! In addition to the main stages there are different varieties of Traditional, Bluegrass, and Progressive music in the main street businesses. Local talent and world-known talent all for your listening pleasure, located right in the heart and soul of where this music first evolved, "The Crooked Road, Virginia's Musical Heritage Trail". The Roots! Got to go to the Reunion at Bristol!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I follow the news and changes made in the organization and follow on facebook to see the schedule of concerts in the area, buy my tickets early and encourage others to do the same.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Perhaps feature bands/musicians to the area schools. Maybe schedule them on Thursday or Friday in workshops or concerts to promote BR&R and to encourage the youth of our area to carry on our musical tradition.

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TV

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 25, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 25, 2011

This is an awesome music event.Attending since the third year. The reunion has music fo everybody(at least I think so) always open it up on Friday evening ,close it down Sunday.Can't imagine not being there.

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yes

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n/a

February 25, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 25, 2011

I attended Bristol R&R back in 2005. It was great. The musicians really mingle with those in attendance. Old Crow Medicine Show was there that year and they really rocked out the place. It is a nice family atmosphere as well. The street vendors are neat too. I highly recommend it.

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Bristol, VA

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Nothing. Everything was great.

February 25, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 25, 2011

What a fantastic place to meet some of the most talented musicians in the world! Where else could you walk up to someone like Darrell Scott, have a conversation with him, shake his hand and then him go on stage and put on a performance that will bring tears to your eyes?

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February 25, 2011

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February 25, 2011

Hands down this is the best music festival you will find in the Southeastern United States, possibly even the entire country (though I can't speak from personal experience on that.) The tickets are entirely affordable and the variety of the venues offers something for every type of individual and mood. Since the inception of the festival, organizers have consistently offered a lineup featuring the absolute best in Americana and Roots music (with up and comers and legends alike.) I would recommend this festival to any music lover and have actually done so in a review of last year's festival on my blog: redeyedrooster.com/tenthannualrhythmrootsfestival/

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I have personally witnessed the festival's growth over the past several years and while more people seem to attend each year, the festival organizers do a great job of accommodating the crowd.

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The only suggestion I have would be to expand the "beer friendly" areas close to and around the outdoor stage. With such small tents and so many people looking to imbibe on alcoholic beverages, it seems to be somewhat of a problem. Also- to reduce waste in the beer tent areas, I would recommend switching solely to draft beer. Especially during the evening shows, empty beer cans and bottles are absolutely everywhere.

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Some

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 25, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 25, 2011

One of my favorite festivals. There are so many things I love about this festival...the variety of music, venues, and people to start. Cozy pubs, beautiful old auditoriums, and open air concerts attended by people of all ages. Impressive main attractions, with many returning favorites (Holy Ghost Tent Revival, oh yeah!). Best of all...it's a great atmosphere for meeting new friends, and looking forward to those reunions.

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Attending this festival for 3 previous years.

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In my dreams, I'd like to see tighter restrictions of cigarette smoking at the festival. Specifically banning smoking under the dance tent.

February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

Since I live in Bristol, I've been to every Rhythm and Roots Reunion from the beginning. Every year, this festival invents new and exciting things for us 'old timers' to see and hear. This past year we got to hear Joe Diffie and Ricky Skaggs and The Boxcars!!...(could be my new favorite group). The vendors and volunteers are great. (last year, one of the vendors came running over to tell me there were bees hovering around my lemonade glass while I set up my chairs..to be careful) The food stalls are wonderful. The crafters bring new and innovative products and there is music literally on nearly every corner and sometimes between street corners at the Busker Stops. For 3 days and nights, you can plan out your route to catch your favorites and hear new groups you've just heard about from friends. (won't ever miss another 'Sythian' appearance). If you've never been to Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, you've missed the best of the best. Also...you'll never find another music festival that keeps it's ticket prices so reasonable that the whole family can attend.

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One of my clubs sets up a booth at RRR. This past year, we raised money for our charity committee by selling cookbooks. I didn't work the booth, but several of my friends did and they all raved about what a great experience it was and the fact that we (and other civic organizations) get to raise money for our different causes.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Probably hire some additional office help that could be on hand to return messages and phone calls. If I have any criticism, it's that they need office help to keep up with the communications end.

February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

After friends in the US had given the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion the highest praise I began to take a lot of interest in this event. They recommended that, if I could make the trip from the UK, I would enjoy myself.

I began reading more about the history of Bristol and the history
behind the BR&RR festival and the city itself - and was 'sold' on attending the 2010 festival.

The city of Bristol is a fine place and to be able to walk down the streets were AP Carter, Jimmy Rodgers and so many more trod to make history was a marvellous experience. I made a trip out to Poor Valley and visited the Mt Vernon Church and, during this trip, not only remembered those that made the journey into Bristol in 1926 but also how difficult that journey would have been and how our musical heritage would have been the poorer without their determination.

Seeing State Street closed off and filled with vendors, musicians and so many smiling and welcoming faces was just incredible; and to see the streets names after the famous participants on the 1926 sessions was a thrill.

The festival has so many venues, from the beautifully restored Paramount Theater to the large State Street and Piedmont Stages and many smaler, more intimate venues where great music can be heard while supporting local businesses.

The quality and range of music on offer is outstanding; from 'top-line' bands to lesser known but hugely talented artists - not forgetting the folks who just stop in State Street and jam (some of whom you might just see on a stage somewhere during the weekend)

Camping facilities around Bristol are excellent with shuttle buses taking the strain of getting into and out of Bristol.

In short, to hear such great music in a city (that feels like a village for the weekend) steeped in the musical past and present makes Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion a 'definite' for a return in 2011.

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The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

... the wonderful line-up of musicians and the excellent rganisation of every aspect of the festival

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

... not have to travel so far to attend (flying over from the UK !)

February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is a wonderful event for Bristol and the Tri-Cities at large! The festival brought in over 45,000 people this year to the heart of our community, many of those from out of town, that's more people than the population of our 2 cities together. Bristol is known for the Bristol Motor Speedway and now we are making known our heritage as The Birthplace of Country Muisc! Thanks BRRR for promoting our culture and giving us great memories and awesome music to enjoy not only in September but year arround.

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Changing the community!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more $$$$$!

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