BRISTOL, TN/VA – April 3, 2019 – Located in Historic Downtown Bristol, Tennessee-Virginia, the Birthplace of Country Music, parent organization of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, the annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, and Radio Bristol, has announced the date for the 2020 Bristol Rhythm, which celebrates its 20th anniversary that year, will change.
The decision to adjust scheduling for the festival follows the recent announcement from NASCAR that Bristol Motor Speedway's popular August night race will move to Sept. 19, 2020 as part of NASCAR's 2020 playoffs. The news that Bristol Motor Speedway will host a playoff race is an important step in the evolution of the track's rich history and an exciting prospect for Bristol and fans who travel here to watch the action. As both the track and the music festival rely on the same resources – police, EMS, waste management, volunteers, hotel accommodations – Birthplace of Country Music was eager to work with city leaders and Bristol Motor Speedway to come up with a positive solution that would alleviate concerns of visitors and the community.
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion celebrates the legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings with more than 130 acts of live music on 20 stages across several blocks of State Street in Historic Downtown Bristol. The event has hosted musicians from across genres over the years, including Old Crow Medicine Show, Emmylou Harris, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dr. Ralph Stanley, The Indigo Girls, the Drive-By Truckers, and Buddy Guy. It's the most anticipated music festival in the region.
Dates for this year’s 19th annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion are scheduled for Sept. 20–22, 2019 in Historic Downtown Bristol, Tennessee-Virginia.
For tickets to the 2019 music festival and continued updates on the 2020 event, visit www.BristolRhythm.com.
Photo credit: Cora Wagoner
About Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia is heralded as the birthplace of country music, home to the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings. The award-winning Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is a celebration of that great legacy and is renowned for its diverse headliners, established touring acts, up-and-coming artists, and some of the Appalachian regions finest music across a wide variety of roots genres. It is also noted for its unique downtown setting along State Street, where Virginia and Tennessee meet to form the twin cities of Bristol. The festival hosts an estimated 45,000 attendees across 20 outdoor stages and indoor venues with more than 130 acts of live music over the course of the three-day weekend. For more information about Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, visit BristolRhythm.com.
To access the media kit for the Birthplace of Country Music, including the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion visit www.media.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org.
# # #
Birthplace of Country Music