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Celebrating 17 years in Historic Downtown, Border Bash—Bristol’s premier spring/summer concert series—is back for another amazing season starting May 20, 2016! Hosted by Believe in Bristol, the Birthplace of Country Music, and the Cities of Bristol, Virginia and Tennessee, Border Bash is about fun, family, great music, and creating memories to last a lifetime.
Border Bash takes place on State Street in Historic Downtown Bristol. Vendors and activities set up at 6:30 p.m. and live music begins at 7:00 p.m. Admission is FREE!
Border Bash is a free community event supported by the Cities of Bristol, Virginia/Tennessee, Anne and Ben Cowan, Bank of Tennessee, Blackbird Bakery, Blakley-Mitchell Co., Brown, Edwards & Co., Camellia Digital, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Express AV Productions, New Peoples Bank, Renasant Bank, Revolution Curbside Recycling, Strongwell Corporation, The Bristol Hotel: McCall Capital, LLC, Tom and Barbara Smith/ Merrill Lynch, Tri City Tent and Event, Walling Distributing, Wells Fargo and media sponsors Bristol Herald Courier, WBCM Radio Bristol, 99.3 The X, Electric 94.9 FM, WCYB-5, and WXBQ 96.9 FM.
About The Grand Shell Game:
We are all a part of the grand shell game. These are just some players, historians, scribes—if not for our age, then at least for their times. They sing songs of love and loss, of failure and resulting growth, of conflict and resolution, and conflicting resolutions. They borrow textures and tones from the past and blend elements of style towards a new future. Their accounting is playful and dynamic, rocking in a waltz and swaying as they roll. There is power in their arrangements. Rooted in the structure of the song, yet each is given the opportunity to shine in the light of their talents.
The sound has been called “prog-Americana,” “folk-core,” and sometimes just good old rock and roll. The songs are deceptively simple yet contain an elegant complexity. Danceable, even in odd times; singable, even as the melodies challenge and bend. Thoughtful, even when the whole of a tune fits on a fortune cookie slip. There is a familiarity in these players, but they are clearly different, surprising, and then the next song begins. The experience is revisited from a different angle.
The grand shell game is a celebration of life.
About The Kodiak Brotherhood:
The Kodiak Brotherhood is a home-grown outlaw country band hailing from Concord, North Carolina. A four-piece made up of longtime, experienced musicians who’ve played in (and still do play with) the likes of The New Familiars, Sugar Glyder, Solar Cat, and more Band members include: H.L. Ruth (The New Familiars) – Guitar, Vocals; Chris Rigo (Sugar Glyder/Solar Cat) – Drums; Ben Robinson (Swift Robinson) – Bass; Derek Furr (Goldfish Andy) – Guitar; and, Robby Parrott – Drums/ Percussion.