Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

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These cell phone photos are meant to capture a mere portion of the essence that is Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, an annual music festival in Bristol, VA/TN that celebrates music (particularly americana, folk, rock, and country). I worked as a volunteer stagehand for the 6th Street stage on Friday, September 18, 2015 and attended as a festival-goer on Saturday. Pictured above is the M.S.G. Blues Trio sharing their jazzy soul music with a crowd at Machiavelli’s indoor stage.

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 Amythyst Kiah and Her Chest of Glass rock the Near Moore Stage (hey Gary and Carole! I see you two behind that soundboard.)1442606251064
View from Dave Williams’ soundboard on the 6th Street Stage as he sets up the monitors.
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Song lyrics from The Rolling Stones song “Dandelion:” “When you’re finished with your childlike prayers/well you know you should wear it.”

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The Stray Birds‘ gear readied for their set (above), Charlie doing a sound check (below), and the band all singing and playing (far below)

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Lindi Ortega performing on the State Street Stage (above)1442618074106

The Black Lillies setting up (above, view from wings backstage) and kicking it up for the crowd at the Paramount Theater (below)

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Dale Watson telling stories and picking some good music on the State Street Stage. I even got to meet him while volunteering (below)1442626710836 1442683653415

Dale Jett & Hello Stranger playing with a pallet-board American flag in front of the stage.1442685009366 1442685544630

An intense amount of tie-dye (above) and free charging station for your phone (below)1442685625897 1442685681473 1442685809449

“Appalachian Disaster Pieces” were displayed at a local gallery.1442685824592

A street performer with a ukulele (above) and hoola-hooping on State Street (below)1442686855528 1442687148544

Farmhouse Ghost at the Quaker Steak & Lube Stage1442690677859

I found some old friends (and made a couple new ones).1442692627338

The Black Lillies at the Piedmont Stage.1442693385688

A sculpture at the Bristol Public Library1442694004734 1442698435838

The Virginia is for Lovers tent, harboring an electric and acoustic/electric guitar for anyone to play in front of a big “LOVE” sign.1442698448345 1442699342931

A jam session.
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The Avett Brothers’ signature backstage at the Paramount.1442714885878

The Near Moore Stage after dark1442716027556

The Piedmont Stage before Moon Taxi takes the stage (above) and while they’re jamming (below)1442717582278 IMAG0421

The Black Lillies pouring their hearts out in an encore.
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Chalkboard signs for people to complete the sentence “Before I die I want to _________”IMAG0425

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