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18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Whit M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Bobby W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Lisa A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Robin J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This festival continues to amaze me. For less than 14 cents per act, this festival delivers some of the best music you can find anywhere. From the up and coming to the legacies of the music world, you will not be disappointed. There is everything from rock to bluegrass to country to blues to jazz. The worst thing about the weekend is that I know that there is no way to see all of the acts I want to see...not a real problem.

This past year was my first year to volunteer for BRRR and the team behind the scenes is tireless with one mission: provide high caliber music for a very affordable price to anyone who wants to come to town to visit. The festival is wonderful because the people behind it are wonderful and work harder than any group of people I have ever known.

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Tarah T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Where else would you be able to catch hundreds of bands, all within walking distance, for no more than 40 bucks for the entire weekend? You can't! The people of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion are truly doing this for the fans! It's not for profit, it's purely for people who love music, especially the kind of music that can trace it's roots, right to Bristol. IT's easy to navigate, you have plenty of options of food and many places to take in a cold drink! I've become a fan of hundreds of new people simply by placing myself downtown during that weekend in September. There is never chaos, plenty of people to guide you and really a great team working extremely hard to put on a such a GREAT event! Great music, great venue, great time!!!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This festival is just simply amazing! It is so well run from the year help workers to the weekend of volunteers. It all comes together so smoothly. We love it! We bring in friends and family each year to show off how great Bristol and our music scene is!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bristol Rhythm & Roots celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2010. This festival has grown by leaps & bounds in just a short period of time. It had an estimated crowd of over 40,000 people last year. Individuals from all over the United States, and even some from other countries, enjoy attending this event every year. Ticket prices are very inexpensive, since you can purchase a weekend pass for less than one concert ticket for see most bands. My husband and I have enjoyed volunteering our entire weekend for the past two years for this great event. This is a DON"T MISS!

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Billie A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This 3rd week in September each year in Bristol is the HIGHLIGHT of the year. This coming year will be the 11th and each one gets better than the last one. Bristol is a friendly city and I guess country music justs makes you that way. Young talent is discovered each year and established singers always want to come back!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bristol Rhythm and Roots is one of the few remaining festivals on the circuit that has continued to grow, yet remain true to the roots of what the event was founded on. The diversity of musicprovided by the festival serves up a product that music fans of all types can feast on. BRR has the unique ability to find artists right before their popularity skyrockets, thus allowing fans a sneak peak to the next generation of big bands to come (i.e. The Avett Brothers, Old Crowe Medicine Show). To top it off, the price of a ticket is a steal. For under $50 you get 3 days of music in a beautiful part of the world. There's nothing like watching State Street in downtown Bristol fill with music as fans do their best to chase it down. Warning: Bristol Rhythm and Roots can and will be addictive!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion has never been short of amazing. Being a college student, this organization has given me the ability to enjoy a musical experience on a yearly basis that is second to none. The Rhythm and Roots Reunion is so much fun and without this organizations efforts the festival would be nonexistent. So thank you Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion for providing a continually improving musical experience year after year!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The artists at Bristol Rhythm & Roots are OVER THE TOP entertaining, the volunteers are WILLING TO HELP, and the fans are THE BEST!

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