Festival Kick-Off Concert: Cruz Contreras & Friends - The Birthplace of Country Music
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Festival Kick-Off Concert: Cruz Contreras & Friends

September 9, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Kick off the 20th anniversary of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion with a special Thursday night performance by Cruz Contreras & Friends at The Sessions Hotel’s new Lauderdale Stage!

Date: Thursday, September 9, 2021

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Lauderdale Stage, The Sessions Hotel

Tickets: $40


Cruz Contreras, former front man of The Black Lillies, has a long history of performing at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and will join us the evening prior to the festival at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum for a special kick-off concert with a few of his very special friends – Molly Contreras (vocals), Jake Smith of Jubal and Cereus Bright (guitar), Robert Richards of The Black Lillies (bass), and Kris Killingsworth of Thrift Store Cowboys (drums).

About the Artist:

Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter, and producer Cruz Contreras has roots in Tennessee and Michigan, but has impacted Americana music worldwide.  

The frontman, founder, and driving force behind The Black Lillies’ raw and rootsy sound also co-founded Robinella and the CCstringband, and has collaborated with musicians ranging from John Oates and Jim Lauderdale to Langhorne Slim and The Turnpike Troubadours. His projects have topped both the Billboard and Americana radio charts, won Independent Music Awards, and been nominated for the Americana Music Association’s Emerging Artist of the Year award. After over a decade touring under the name The Black Lillies, Contreras is currently performing as a solo act and has been recently collaborating with cellist Dave Eggar, fiddle player Billy Contreras, and wife Molly Contreras.  

Over the years, Cruz has appeared on nationally broadcasted television including Late Night with Conan O’Brien, CMT, VH-1, GAC, Bluegrass Underground and PBS Television’s Sun Studio Sessions. His music has been lauded by outlets as diverse as American Songwriter Magazine, Rolling Stone, NPR’s Morning Edition and Vanity Fair, among others. Contreras is currently at work on his debut solo album, ‘Cosmico’, to be released 2021.


September 9, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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