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BRISTOL RHYTHM AND ROOTS REUNION
February 28, 2011

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.

The Great!

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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & Volunteered to help with a communications project - PowerPoint presentation.

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