BRISTOL RHYTHM AND ROOTS REUNION

Rating: 4.99 stars   73 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 29 6TH St Bristol TN 37620 USA

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2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I look forward to Rhythm and Roots every year! The festival has truly transformed our city and offers great fun for locals as well as visitors. Good music, good food, and fun activities for children and adults make it a 'must do' every year. The coordination of the event is exceptional as are the hundreds of volunteers that help make it happen!

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

living in Bristol. It has grown tremendously over the past several years and continues to showcase diverse types of music and artists.

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

Personally, I like it as it is! However, the event continues to grow so I am sure a few changes will be necessary to accomodate the crowd. Just keep it downtown!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Hands down my favorite time of year. My whole family comes in for the reunion. Along with their friends. It is nice to see many familiar names of bands coming back every year. It is, however, more exciting to find the new groups that come and make you fall in love with their style of music. The saddest part is when you come out of one of the last concerts and people are taking down the vending tents, stages and cleaning up. It just makes me ready for the next year. Everyone should experience Bristol Rhythm and Roots at least once.

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

Listening to the music of the groups that made me happy that year all year long.

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

Nothing.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I love the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion. The diversity of the music is wonderful. So many great bands to choose from. As a mother of three young children the festival is very family friendly. I feel very comfortable having my children with me and have no reservations about the things they are exposed to at this festival.

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

attending 4 Bristol Rhythm and Roots Festivals

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

Continue the great work!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The best part of the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is their ability to give local musicians and less well known musicians exposure to a large audience. This helps sustain our music tradition and encourages musicians to continue playing. Just ask Ed Snodderly, Frank Newsome, Michelle Malone or Junior League. Or Scotty Melton, Annie Robinette, The Drunk Uncles, Carson Peters & the Rockhouse Stringband, Kelley & the Cowboys.

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

Just look at the Grammy award winning Carolina Chocolate Drops who played the festival as unknown musicians and now take center stage.

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

nothing

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a native of Bristol and have attended Rhythm and Roots Reunion for three years now, and it gets better every year. The variety of the music, the people you meet and the atmosphere cannot be beat. The only thing I would change is expand the festival beyond main street. I have already got my tickets for this year and cannot wait.

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been attending BRRR for several years, the last 3 as a volunteer. The music is wonderful, the atmosphere festive, and the whole experience is a highlight of my year. BRRR has something for everyone, from families with young children to singles in search of a good time. The music also is eclectic, with something for nearly every taste. I can't wait for September to roll around!!

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

increased community pride.

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

change nothing!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Bristol Rhythm And Roots Reunion Festival is so important to my musical education for several reasons. First, I always experience a type of music there that I am not familiar with. Second, the legends and professionals that fill the schedule are important contributors to music history. Third, discovery of the unknown is always the most valuable part of my festival experience every year.

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

Bristol TN/VA

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

Create more venues to alleviate the crowding that has been more prevalent the last 2 years. Also, stop over-selling admission to help alleviate crowds.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unlikely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

advertising via social media and knoxville news outlets

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a native of Bristol and have attended Rhythm and Roots Reunion every year. The festival continues to improve every year. The cost of the three day pass is beyond affordable considering the number of acts presented. I have compared to other festivals of this calibur and none can compare. I plan my schedule around RRR weekend!

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

Enjoy the festival year. I have seen the amount of business this provides to downtown Bristol merchents.

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

Can't think of anything.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been attending the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion for 7 years, the last 5 as a volunteer. It has provided me with many great memorable experiences. I've reconnected with old friends I grew up with here in my home town and met and made new friends literally from around the world down on State Street these last few September long weekends.

In addition I've enjoyed being a BR&RR Volunteer who helps with the Bristol Motor Speedway's annual Speedway In Lights through the Christmas holiday season. It's rewarding to be a part of this charity event which benefits 84 children's agencies in our region.

More than just a music event (which I enjoy immensely!), BR&RR has built a cameraderie among its volunteers which drives us to give our best for those days in September, the organization and the town. It's been a crucial element in the renewal of downtown Bristol, Virginia-Tennessee, as well as bringing relevant contemporary musical artists and musical industry recognition to The Birthplace of Country Music.

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

Downtown Bristol's music scene has experienced a revitalization in large part due to BR&RR and their summer Border Bash free concert series, This, in turn has helped encourage other types of businesses to locate on State Street and in the greater downtown area. BR&RR has also raised our local musical history IQ by their consistent retelling of the 1927 Peer Sessions "Big Bang of Country Music" story and the involvement of the Carter and Stoneman families and other regional musicians in those sessions.

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

I feel the festival would benefit from Volunteer training session(s).

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Training sessions for volunteers. They could be a week or so in advance for local volunteers and on Thurdsay for those who've traveled to attend BR&RR.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Lots of effects - new skills, new friends, both volunteers & performers, a greater feeling and knowledge of community in my hometown, a desire to do my best to help produce a world-class event.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Very Good!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

We've lived all over the world during a 25 year military career and have not had a better experience at a festival anywhere than we had at Bristol's Rhythm and Roots Reunion! This event is a winner in every sense. Where can you find a music/food/history/art entertainment event that is equally friendly to families with small children, teenagers, and young adults? The value is amazing also...for one low ticket price you can take in an infinite variety of shows. The variety of music is astounding...this is NOT just your father's Bluegrass! The venues are also amazing from the art deco Paramount Center to the huge Farmer's Market which accomodates over 1000 people (there seemed like at least 5000 there during the Ricky Skaggs night concert!). We discovered beautiful music from acts that we had never heard of before like Red Molly (bought 3 of their CD's). In short, this is an awesome event that needs to be on everyone's bucket list. Warning: this festival is addictive....come once, and you will want to come back each year!

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

Attending the Festival.

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

Expand the area.

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