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  

Bristol Rhythm and Roots is one of the most family friendly music festivals around. What other festival has a place for families to stop in and rest for a while before heading off to the next venue! The Baby Comfort Station, hosted by La Leche League of the Mountain Empire, is such a fantastic place for families to stop in to nurse, change, or simply rock and rest while enjoying the amazing musical offerings at RRR.

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

managing the Baby Comfort Station

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

change nothing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Rhythm and Roots is one of our favorite weekends in Bristol! The talent is always tremendous. The vendors are fantastic. We always show up first thing Saturday morning and have more than once closed it down after midnight! Even my kids enjoy the long day! If you have never attended the Rhythm and Roots Reunion, do yoursef a favor and plan to show up this year. You will not be sorry!

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

not sure what you are asking here

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

use Coke, not Pepsi

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Rating: 5 stars  

i live in bristol,tn. and have attended this event ,it is a great time for all..

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

yes

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

nothing

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Changing the community!

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

Give them more $$$$$!

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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  

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!

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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  

Our family has been attending Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion for the past five years and we love it. My wife is a native Bristolian and every year she sees old friends she has not seen in years. The bands are outstanding. We already have our tickets for this years event. We usually go to the event with several other couples and have our performers we want to see made out in advance. It is a weekend event, Friday through Sunday. The entertanment keeps betting bigger and better each year.

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

Bringing downtown Bristol ALIVE again!

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

We enjoy the organization the way it is.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Very rewarding experience to be able to give back to my community. Excellent vendors.....food....and the most amazing and eclectic gathering of music in our area....Thank you BR&RR for the opportunity and experience!

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

Sharing with my family and teaching my children to give back to their community.

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

None needed

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