It is an exciting time in the Tri-Cities. The Rhythm and Roots Reunion starts Friday night in Downtown Bristol with music cranking up around 5 p.m. This is the 13th year of the popular festival, and according to a Sept. 19 article on Tricities.com, there are around 50,000 people expected for the weekend-long event.
With an ever-encompassing variety of musical genres represented, some might overlook that Bristol has been officially designated as the Birthplace of Country Music. The first country music recordings (1927-1928) were made right here by the Carter Family and Jimmy Rodgers.
Events and excitement will be staged all over Downtown Bristol with six outdoor stages. Restaurants and bars are featuring various artists, too. Besides the headliners, which you can read about here, there will be various new and local bands that add a special spice to this event.
The event planners are recommending that attendees bring a rain poncho since there is a chance of rain Friday and Saturday. The show will go on, although there may be some accommodations made for electrical instruments. They stress the fact that, unlike other outdoor festivals, mud is not a factor.