Bristol’s Rhythm and Roots Reunion will be streamed live on the Internet via a partnership with East Tennessee State University this year.
Beginning Friday and continuing through Sunday on State Street in downtown Bristol, Tenn./Va., this festival brings in musical artists from around the country to celebrate Appalachian culture with an eclectic mix of tunes where the genre of country music was “born.” Bristol is widely recognized as the birthplace of country music due to the historic recordings known as the Bristol Sessions that took place there in 1927.
Besides musical performances throughout the weekend, there will be a chili cookoff, children’s events, a photography competition, a 5K race and other points of interest.
To help spread the music portion of the festival as far as possible, organizers arranged for ETSU Online to have two cameras set up at the venue to stream live some of the performances. Access these cameras can be found at: http://elearning.etsu.edu/brrlive.htm and http://elearning.etsu.edu/brrlive2.htm .
Not every performance will be streamed but many will. Performers broadcast online Friday include Wise Old River, Annabelle’s curse, Billy Joe Shaver and Hundred Acres. Saturday’s performers scheduled to be broadcast include The Dismembered Tennesseans, The Deep Dark Woods and Folk Soul Revival. Sunday’s streamed performances include those by James Justin & Co., Ha Ha Tonka and JP Parsons.
Jennifer Clements, director of marketing for online programs, said the bands being streamed had to give permission. The cameras will switch throughout the festival to capture the bands who agreed.
“I think we wanted to reach out to folks who can’t make it to the festival, but also folks who are watching a band but who also wanted to see another band,” she said. “They can pull it up on their phone.”
Karen King, vice provost for e-learning at ETSU, said the streaming is also an opportunity to showcase the school’s online learning capabilities.
Clements said ETSU hopes to stream bands live at subsequent Rhythm and Roots festivals.
“I just think it’s a great thing we’ve been able to do with them,” she said.
For more information on the festival, visit bristolrhythm.com.