Triple treat on tap at Border Bash

Marci Gore • Jun 21, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Bristol’s Border Bash concert series continues Friday with musical entertainment by three different bands.

Performances by The Tillers, Hurray for the Riff Raff and Rosco Bandana begin at 6:30 p.m. on State Street.

The twice-monthly free summer concert series is celebrating its 14th anniversary as a roving mini-fest that has grown to include children’s activities and vendors in addition to free live music. The concerts take place the first and third Fridays of each month, through August. Children’s activities begin at 6 p.m., followed by live music.

Admission is free.

Border Bash takes place in the 600 block of State Street in June and July, and will move to the 500 and 400 blocks in August.

The Tillers will kick off Friday's concert at 6:30 p.m. The band’s unique punk background has produced its wide range of musical styles, and its sound incorporates traditional folk, bluegrass, jazz, punk rock and any other genres members might run into. The Tillers have shared the stage with Doc Watson, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Guy Clark, Country Joe McDonald, Jerry Douglas, Iris Dement, The Carolina Chocolate Drops and others.

Hurray for the Riff Raff will take the stage at 7:45 p.m. Alynda lee Segarra, a 25-year-old Puerto Rican from the Bronx, released two records consisting of delicate folk and country songs. Segarra and her gunslinger on fiddle, Yosi Perlstein, met up with a young honky-tonk band called the Tumbleweeds just as she was beginning to expand her musical palette to include rock ‘n’ roll, pop and soul. The group’s new album, “Look Out Mama,” covers a wide array of musical ground, with every song unified by Segarra’s soulful vocals and expert songwriting.

Rosco Bandana will cap off the evening with a 9 p.m. performance. Rosco Bandana is a seven-piece Americana band from Gulfport, Miss., and is the first group signed to Hard Rock Records. The band is the product of teenage rebellion and its consequences of lost love, false starts and lasting friendship. It’s what happens when a group of kids takes a chance on a long shot and — against all odds — it pays off.

Border Bash’s band lineup consists mainly of artists slated to play the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in September. A few of the Border Bash acts will also perform at the Birthplace of Country Music’s monthly free concert series at Big Glades in Wise, Va.

Border Bash is hosted by Be- lieve in Bristol, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and the Birth- place of Country Music and Cel- ebrate Bristol on the 4th of July.

For more information, visit www.believeinbristol.org.

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