Bristol’s Rhythm & Roots Reunion is a music and art festival held every 3rd weekend in September on the state line between Tennessee and Virginia. Since we’ve lived in Bristol for the last 7 years we’ve been quite a few times and seen incredible headliners and talented artists from all over the world. One year my sister set up an art tent to sell her pottery which gave me a unique opportunity to see the festival from the other side. This year was much more relaxed because we decided to go for one day instead of all 3.
You can see my original post about Rhythm & Roots here for more photos and information. That post from 2017 was one of my favorites that I’ve ever written. 2017 was the same year my sister had her art tent and I got to see all the artists as one big community. Artists were going around to other tents encouraging each other, trading pieces, and sharing business strategies. We could all use a little more of that in the world.
Right out of the gate we caught a bluegrass concert and I enjoyed my favorite Gypsy Circus cider just as the sun was beginning to set. Afterwards we strolled down State Street in search of food trucks and a funnel cake.
I was so glad that my favorite tent was back for another year. Jacked Up Airbrush creates the coolest jackets you’ve ever seen! I snapped a photo of their business card if you want to order one for yourself.
How insane is this string art? I had my eye on the one modeled after the State Street Sign.
The other tent that caught my eye was this one with stained glass. Over-sized D20 dice are definitely on my Christmas list. Hint, hint Christopher!
We had another great year at Rhythm & Roots. If you haven’t been it’s definitely worth the trip. The headliners and other bands are usually posted way in advance that way you can know if the ticket price is worth it for you. We paid $55 each for a one day pass but an armband for the whole weekend is a better deal. If you have any questions about Rhythm & Roots please send me a message. For anyone who might be interested I’m working on a post about all the best things Bristol has to offer.