The popular series was rebranded in 2018, placing a stronger focus on local acts with variety of sounds. In addition to regional bands like Turkey Creek, Cedar Valley, Phantom, and High Test Grass, tributes to some of music’s biggest legends are also slated for the season, setting the stage for a diverse offering of free music events in downtown Bristol this summer.
“Music is a big part of our culture here in Bristol. We’re home to countless songwriters, musicians, and even producers in addition to being a community full of general lovers of music,” said Terry Napier, Director of Parks and Recreation, the department that oversees many of the music events that take place downtown.
“It is one of the biggest things that comes to mind for most visitors, and there is hardly a night when music can’t be found in one of our many downtown venues,” he continued.
"We are really excited about our lineup this year. Whether you like bluegrass, rock, or even our tribute acts featuring music by Hank Williams Jr., Billy Joel, and Elton John, there is truly something for everyone,” said Angie Rutherford, Recreation programmer, whose job it is to book bands each year. She added, "Head on downtown, and you will hear some of the best music this side of Nashville."
- June 11, Turkey Creek
- June 13, The Catalinas
- June 18: NorthFork
- June 20: Borderline
- June 25: Cedar Valley
- June 27: Phantom
- July 2: High Test Grass
- July 9: Loose Strings
- July 11: 52nd St., Captain Fantastic (Billy Joel/Elton John tribute)
- July 16: Honey Badgers
- July 18: From The Edge
- July 23: Ken Morrell Family
- July 25: Retroville
- July 30: Hollow Ground
- Aug. 1: James Meadows
- Aug. 6: Appalachian Trail
- Aug. 8: The Dimestore Cowboys
- Aug. 13: Mountain Rose
- Aug. 15: Thomas Taylor
- Aug. 20: Rachel & The Boys
- Aug. 22: All My Rowdy Friends (Hank Williams Jr. tribute)
- Aug. 27: Glen Harlow Friends
- Aug. 29: Wyldeheart
- Sept. 3: Tom, Beverly & Company
- Sept. 5: Asylum Suite
- Sept. 10: ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band
- Sept. 12: Crossroad Band
- Sept. 24: Tim Laughlin & The Longbow Ramblers
- Sept. 26: Wanted Stranger Band
All Sounds of Summer concerts are held at the Downtown Center, 810 State St., Bristol, and are free.