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Posted on: June 7, 2018

[ARCHIVED] 06/06/18 The Sounds of Summer music series takes the stage

Take a break from your work week in historic downtown Bristol at the Downtown Center where each Tuesday and Thursday evening live music will fill the air, as it has for years.

The newly branded Sounds of Summer music series, formerly known as the Full Moon Jam, just began its 22nd summer of providing the same great bluegrass, rock, and tribute music for which the venue is known.  The concerts begin at 7 p.m. and are free to the public as always.

The series runs from June through September, with the bluegrass concerts ending in August.

The Downtown Center venue is known for its secure family friendly atmosphere, with plenty of food and drink and clean on-site public restrooms.

Some of the familiar bands, who are considered as stalwarts of the concerts series, will again be featured. These bands include Samantha Gray, Shooter, Duty Free, Thomas Taylor, Glen Harlow and Friends, Ken Morrell and Family, Billy Crawford Band, Retroville, WyldeHeart, and of course, James Meadows.  New acts to the Downtown Center stage will also be performing like Phantom, Frontier, Northfork, and Shades of Refinement.  The tribute concerts will feature Sons of Sailors- a Jimmy Buffett tribute, Sail On- a Beach Boys tribute, and finishing out the season, Head Games- a Foreigner tribute.

“The Sounds of Summer concert series is a tradition in many families and has been for the last 21 years.  Bristol is, without a doubt, a great place to enjoy live music,” said Angie Rutherford, Recreation Programmer for the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. “The award winning concert series is loaded with great music in a festival atmosphere.”

For more information on the music series, please contact Angie Rutherford at 423-764-3463 or by email at

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