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 live on State Street in Bristol VA, having just moved here last July. As a member of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, I helped the Rhythm and Roots Reunion executive director, Leah Ross, prepare a PowerPoint presentation about the festival to show to at the chamber membership breakfast. After that project, I bought tickets and couldn't wait to attend. Putting the presentation together with Leah taught me how people come, and from all over - including several foreign nations - to listen to music and enjoy this festival. I also learned how the community deeply supports the event - with many corporate supporters, volunteers, in-kind service donors and musicians all chipping in to make the magic happen. When BRR threw out the welcome mat, my husband and I were there within the first hours, and we were blown away. BRRR is part block party, part hoe-down, part gospel revival, and ALL Americana roots music all the time. So many people crowded downtown, yet everyone was having a fun time. I saw no issues. That kind of success takes strong leadership and a core group of volunteers who share a clear vision. I cannot wait to get more involved this year and enjoy it all over again.

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

attended the 2010 Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion event as a member of the public.

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

Increase their marketing communications budget to enable the organization to more deeply tell the story of Bristol being The Birthplace of Country Music - online and via workshops or a speaker's series in conjunction with the festival. This would help more people see BRRR within the framework of this region's cultural heritage.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Last year was our first experience with BRRR and our experience with the event was excellent. We live out of town so we don't have access to the traditional media in the area but the organization has done a great job of keeping us informed. We are so pleased to see the positive effects that the September event and the other year round events are bringing to a wonderful downtown area that really needs a boost. We especially love how BRRR celebrates the pioneers who started Country Music with the Bristol Sessions yet really embraces music as self-expression that can take many forms. One of the best things about BRRR is how hard they have worked to make the festival accessible by keeping ticket prices low. It was such a pleasure to see so many generations enjoying the traditional and new music side-by side.

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

attending the Sept music festival and receiving communication about upcoming events.

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

Nothing

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

family in area

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

From the professionalism of the staff, to the friendliness of the volunteers, this event could not be better run. The choices of the artists is outstanding, all of them being so accessible to the general public. I discovered the festival in 2006, the year I moved to Bristol and have been going ever since. I, of course, have my favorites, but it is great to discover new talent. The weekend pass is a steal, some artists you can't even get a ticket for that price. Other festivals charge that much for one day. I hope this festival becomes number one in the country.

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

By seeing how much it has grown over the past 5 years

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

I think they are doing a great job

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

While attending R&RR the first time in 06

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

This festival and it's beyond-belief talented band line-up will BLOW YOUR MIND! The first time I went, it was with a 'sure, why not?' attitude. Now, I wouldn't miss it!

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

The packed streets of beautiful and historic downtown Bristol.

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

build a parking garage. Attendance is bound to expand year after year.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion continues to exceed my expectations and the expectations of all in attendance. Each year provides the best in Roots and Americana music with a focus on local, regional and national performers. The multi-venue scheme is a non-stop entertainment weekend with a surprise around every corner.
If you have not been to Rhythm and Roots you are missing the perfect opportunity to experience small town America at it's best in the official birthplace of country music.

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

The R&R Reunion staff is always helpful and courteous.

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

Increase their budget and the scope of the festival......

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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.

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.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

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

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

TV

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

yes

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

n/a

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

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?

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

Yes

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

None

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Attending this festival for 3 previous years.

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

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

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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.

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.

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