Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, organizers of the 2020 Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion announced the cancellation of this year’s event.
According to a release, during the past 19 years music has united fans on State Street in Bristol where many have danced, sang, and celebrated the region’s great musical legacy. Music still offers a tremendous amount of hope and healing as all continue to love and take care of each other through these trying days.
Organizers have arranged several options to help decide where dollars for this year’s tickets will go, including:
• Donation of all or part of your ticket back to the festival to help ensure a 2021 event and become a 2020 Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion Hero.
• Defer tickets until September, 2021 and avoid any potential price increases for next year’s tickets.
• Receive a refund.
The committee has sent all ticket purchasers an email to provide more details about these ticket options. The committee has also asked fans to give serious consideration to contributing tickets to help mitigate the financial stress that this cancellation will put on the reunion’s parent organization, the Birthplace of Country Music organization.
As an incentive and to show the event’s appreciation, those who contribute tickets or those who make a special one-time contribution to the 2020 Festival Recovery Fund, as “2020 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Heroes.”
In order to qualify, patrons must donate between $75 and $249 in 2020 Festival Ticket Purchases or make a cash donation of at least $75 to Birthplace of Country Music, Inc. for the Festival and receive:
• Recognition on a permanent plaque in the Birthplace of Country Music Museum as a 2020 Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion Hero
• Recognition on 2021 Festival website
• Recognition as a 2020 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Hero in the Festival Program Guide
• A discount of 10% on 2021 Festival tickets equal to the number of tickets donated or for every $100 donated
• Special Edition 20th Anniversary Poster – Poster printed in foil and signed by artist
• Name included in an recognition advertisement
Donate more than $250 in Ticket Purchases or cash to BCM for the festival and receive:
• Everything listed above
• 2020 Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion Hero T-shirt
• 2020 Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion Hero sticker
• A one-year membership to the 1927 Society
Deadline to donate is Friday, Aug. 14.
The committee hopes that all remain healthy and safe during these uncertain times. Readers are invited to stay connected with the committee by visiting the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, engaging with virtual content via social media and website, or listening to your local Radio Bristol station to hear many Bristol Rhythm artists.