Music and Racing come together in 2020
In Bristol, the traditions of music and racing run generations deep. Thousands of fans flock to the Tri-Cities each year to cheer their favorite drivers at Bristol Motor Speedway, the world's fastest half mile, and to trace the steps of the legendary Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers in the town that catapulted them to stardom with the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings. It's Bristol, baby—and just when you thought it couldn't get better than that, it does.
For the first time in history, the worlds of racing and music combine for the ultimate 10-day experience for fans. It's all happening throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia next year—September 10 - 19, 2020.
During a press conference this morning, officials from Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) and Birthplace of Country Music (BCM), the parent nonprofit of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, the annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, and WBCM Radio Bristol, announced the new Rhythm and Racing Super Ticket, which will give music and race fans the opportunity to experience 10 days of fun, music, racing, and lots of excitement.
Earlier this year, BMS and BCM both announced new dates for 2020 with the exciting news that NASCAR would be bringing a trio of championship playoff races to Bristol for the first time in 2020. The Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival will be held on September 11 - 13, 2020, followed by race week kicking off on Monday, September 14 with events throughout the region and ending with the night race on Saturday, September 19, 2020.
The new Rhythm and Racing Super Ticket will offer music and race fans the opportunity to experience two of the region's biggest events in 10 days. The Super Ticket includes a three (3) day weekend wristband to the Festival and a three (3) day ticket to all the races at Bristol Motor Speedway, including the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. The cost of the ticket package begins at $150 per ticket.
"This Super Ticket package pairing of back-to-back September weekends of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion festival followed by a pivotal 2020 NASCAR Cup playoff elimination race at Bristol Motor Speedway will strike the perfect chord for music and racing enthusiasts alike," said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway. "No other NASCAR race kicks off their event experience a whole week early with a mega music festival and nightly entertainment leading into some of the most competitive racing on the circuit. This is an amazing experience in a beautiful region that we think fans of racing and music will love."
The Rhythm and Racing Super Ticket will go on sale this afternoon, August 2, 2019. For existing BMS 2020 Season Ticket Holders, call the ticket office for information on adding this new option to your package.
"Bringing together two of the largest events in the Southeast, the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival and a playoff race at Bristol Motor Speedway, is an incredible opportunity for our community," said Leah Ross, BCM Executive Director. "The merging of these events will bring nearly two weeks of entertainment to our region for locals and travelers to enjoy, and for the first time music and race fans traveling long distances won't necessarily have to choose between the two. The price of the Super Ticket is a fantastic deal, and we are thrilled to partner with BMS to offer the ultimate racing and music experience next September."
Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion and the races at Bristol Motor Speedway will bookend an incredible week of activities taking place around the region, which details will be announced in full at a later date. From race events in Kingsport, Johnson, and Bristol, to a special concert on Thursday night, September 10, to kick off the festivities, Rhythm and Racing Week promises to be an unforgettable experience that places the region's very best assets on the same stage.
In 2020, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion will be held Friday - Sunday, Sept. 11 - 13, 2020. Events at BMS will take place Thursday - Saturday, Sept. 17 - 19, 2020.
For those who love to camp for music festivals and race weekends, Bristol Motor Speedway also will make select camping options available to the public beginning Thursday, Sept. 10 through Sunday, Sept. 18, 2020. Enthusiasts are encouraged to come early and setup basecamp in Bristol for 10 days of Rhythm and Racing festival fun. For more information about the Rhythm and Racing visit RhythmandRacing2020.com.