TIME: 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
This year’s July 4th Celebration, hosted by Believe In Bristol, is packed full of fun events and activities the whole family can enjoy, complete with a free Border Bash concert featuring Scythian.
STAR-SPANGLED 4TH OF JULY SCHEDULE
- 5:00 PM – Bristol’s Independence Day Parade on State Street
- 6:00 PM – Events in Anderson Park
- 7:00 PM – Border Bash – Fritz & Co.
- 8:30 PM – Border Bash – Scythian
- 10:00 PM – Fireworks
BORDER BASH SUMMER CONCERT
FRITZ & CO. (7:00 PM)
Fritz & Co is helmed by Abingdon-based singer-songwriter Logan Fritz.
Joining Logan on vocals and auxiliary percussion is songwriter McKenna Blevins and, founding member of Holy Ghost Tent Revival, songwriter Matt Martin on bass guitar and vocals. Anchored by Pixel Vision’s Amanda Hollifield on the drum kit and Joshua Cavinder on all things keys, the band brings the fun with genre-defying original material and a few energetic covers.
Fritz & Co have been a staple at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Appalachian Trail Days, The Howling, and have played extensively throughout the Tri-Cities and surrounding area.
SCYTHIAN (8:30 PM)
Washington DC-based Scythian (sith-ee-yin) began over 13 years ago as a bunch of college buddies playing Celtic music in the streets and has grown to be a headliner on the US Celtic Festival Circuit as well as a name in the Bluegrass/Americana Festival Circuit. They found that their brand of high-energy folk music found a resonance that led The Washington Post to state: “Scythian’s enthusiasm is contagious, and shows seem to end with everyone dancing, jumping around or hoisting glasses.”For over 12 years they have found success as an independent band and have played over 1,300 shows all over the United States, Europe, Canada and as far aways as Australia.
Founded by brothers Alexander and Danylo Fedoryka who are first-generation sons of Ukrainian immigrants, Scythian from the start has been a search and love for the “old time, good time music” of many cultures. They were inspired by a tale told by their 92-year-old grandmother of a roving fiddler who came into her farming village every six months or so. Once he was spotted, messengers were sent to all the outlying fields and mills and worked ceased; everyone gathered in the barn where they danced all night and danced their cares away. This spirit is what has motivated Scythian from its inception and their success as an independent band is due largely to their finding a resonance of soul amongst kindred spirits that span all ages and races. This spirit took them from the streets to playing for the US president on St. Patrick’s Day and its the enthusiastic response they receive that has made each of their 1,300+ shows unique.
The calling card of Scythian is their ability to engage their audience no matter the venue or circumstance and truly every Scythian shows ends with people dancing, smiling and covered with sweat. This is best summed up byThe Camel-City Dispatch(Winston-Salem, North Carolina):“[Scythian gives] no quarter in their quest to entertain and bring a joy to their music that gives it an irony-free, wide open feel of manic possibility. The playing is technically brilliant, but it is the energy that carries the day.”