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We’re only a few days away from the 11th annual Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival! The festival showcases over 30 artists in genres including blues, folk, gospel, and more. There will also be plenty of  opens in a new windowfood vendors on hand including Ozark Mountain Biscuit Co, Jamaican Jerk Hut, Grill-A-Brothers, and, of course, lots of BBQ. Roots N Blues will be at Stephens Lake Park; check out the map below to see the setup:

map of the 2017 roots n blues n bbq festival at stephens lake park

HOW TO GET TICKETS

Don’t have tickets for the fest? Don’t worry, they’re still available!

Prices:

General Admission Friday – $55
General Admission Saturday – $70
General Admission Sunday $55
General Admission Weekend Pass – $135

Whole Hog VIP – $295
This pass grants you access to two lounge areas, private restrooms, and upfront viewing areas at both stages, along with small plate meals, appetizers, and snacks served in the lounges.

Tickets can be purchased:

  •  online
  • over the phone at 877-987-6487
  • at the Box Office located at Vinyl Renaissance of Columbia, 111 S 9th in The District
  • at the MSA/GPC Student Box Office located at the MU Student Center

Children 12 and under get free general admission with an adult.

HOW TO GET THERE

Festival Shuttle: free shuttles will be running from downtown  opens in a new windowparking garages (which are free after 6 PM on Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday)

GoCOMO Transit: City transit will be free all weekend – check the map to find out which route will work best for you

Ride a bike: there will be secure bike parking at the entrance to the festival

Walk: park downtown and walk to the park – it’s about 15 minutes and a straight shot down Walnut Street

nighttime performance by Shovels and Rope at Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival

HOW TO PLAN YOUR WEEKEND

Below is the artist schedule. We suggest following  opens in a new windowRoots N Blues on Twitter in case there are any schedule updates during the weekend. Learn more about each artist at RootsNBluesNBBQ.com.

FRIDAY:

MO Lottery Stage:
5 PM – Paul Weber & The Scrappers
6 PM – The Suffers
7:30 PM – Old 97’s
9:15 PM – Gary Clark Jr.

Great Southern Bank Stage:
5 PM – Big Sandy and His Fly Rite Boys
6:30 PM – Lee Fields & The Expressions
8:15 PM – Booker T’s Stax Revue

11 PM – After Party at Rose Music Hall with Ben Miller Band

SATURDAY:

MO Lottery Stage:
11:30 AM – Kent Burnside & The Flood Brothers
12:30 PM – The Hooten Hallers
2:15 PM – Untamed Youth
4 PM – Nikki Lane
5:45 PM – Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives
7:30 PM – The Mavericks
9:30 PM – Leon Bridges

Great Southern Bank Stage:
11:15 AM – King of the Roots Winner
12:15 PM – The Bel Airs
1:30 PM – Nikki Hill
3:15 PM – Marshall Crenshaw & The Bottle Rockets
5 PM – The Steeldrivers
6:45 PM – Pokey LaFarge
8:30 PM – Band of Horses

11 PM – After Party at Rose Music Hall with Dirtfoot

SUNDAY:

MO Lottery Stage:
11:15 AM – Norm Ruebling Band
12:45 PM – Chump Change
2:15 PM – Music Maker Blues Revue
4 PM – Ana Popovic
5:45 PM – Margo Price
7:30 PM – Ryan Adams

Great Southern Bank Stage:
11:30 AM – Broadway Blues
1 PM – The Fairfield Four
2:45 PM – Amanda Shires
4:30 PM – Emmylou Harris
6 PM – John Prine

9 PM – After Party at Rose Music Hall with The Kay Brothers & The Driftaways

Take a look at our  opens in a new windowcalendar of events to find out what else is going on in town while you’re here.

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HOW TO FOLLOW ALONG IF YOU AREN’T ATTENDING

instagram logoWe will be at the festival so even if you aren’t able to go, you can still take in the sights and sounds! Follow us on Instagram ( opens in a new window@VisitColumbiaMO) and Roots N Blues on Instagram (@rootsnbluesnbbq) to see photos and stories from the fest.

The Blues in the Schools performance will be free to the public. The performance will be on Saturday, September 30 beginning at noon at the Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater.

HOW TO GO CASHLESS

The only form of payment accepted by vendors at the fest this year will be your RFID wristband, which will need to be loaded like a pre-paid account. You’ll be able to load money to your cashless account through the Cashless Website or the ‘top-up stations’ located throughout the festival grounds (see map). All you have to do is double-tap your wristband at vendor locations to make a purchase!

We recommend registering and topping-up your wristband before getting to the festival. Attend Swap Night at Academy Sports on Thursday from 4-7 PM to swap your paper ticket for a wristband (or bring your order confirmation and ID). You may also ‘swap’ at the Festival Box Office over the weekend.

Find out more about going cashless at RootsNBluesNBBQ.com.

HOW TO DECIDE WHAT TO EAT

Honestly, we can’t really help you here because we want to eat everything. Take a look at the vendors and what they’ll be offering, and tag us in your Instagram photos over the weekend to help US decide what to eat.

DO’S AND DON’TS

DO:

  • Recycle and keep the park clean
  • Bring a re-fillable water bottle (make sure it’s empty at the entrance – there will be fill stations inside)
  • Be respectful of the people around you
  • Try the food and check out the merchandise and art installations

DON’TS:

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We’re only a few days away from the 10th annual Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival! The festival showcases over 30 artists in genres including blues, folk, gospel, and more. There will also be plenty of opens in a new windowfood vendors on hand including Ozark Mountain Biscuit Co, Jamaican Jerk Hut, Grill-A-Brothers, and, of course, lots of BBQ. Roots N Blues will be at Stephens Lake Park; check out the map below to see the setup:

2016 Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival map

How to get tickets

While Whole Hog and Platinum Pig passes are sold out, there are still tickets available.

Prices:
Friday – $55
Saturday – $70
Sunday – $55
Weekend – $135roots and blues n bbq

Tickets can be purchased opens in a new windowonline, at Vinyl Renaissance of Columbia (16 N. 10th Street) or at The MSA/GPC Box Office located at the MU Student Center. Kids 12 and under get free general admission with an adult.

How to get there

Festival Shuttle: free shuttles will be running from downtown opens in a new windowparking garages (which are free after 6 PM on Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday)

COMO Connect: COMO Connect will be free all weekend – opens in a new windowcheck the map to find out which route will work best for you

Ride a bike: there will be secure bike parking at the entrance to the festival

Walk: park downtown and walk to the park – it’s about 15 minutes and a straight shot down Walnut Street

How to plan your weekend

Below is the artist schedule. We suggest following opens in a new windowRoots N Blues on Twitter in case there are any schedule updates during the weekend.

Thursday:

8 PM – opens in a new windowKickoff Party at Rose Music Hall with Paul Weber & The Scrappers, W.T Newton & The Ozark Blood, Tim Carey

Friday:

Missouri Lottery Stage:
6 PM – opens in a new windowThe Oversight Committee
7:30 PM – opens in a new windowMike Farris
9:30 PM – opens in a new windowNathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Great Southern Bank Stage:
5 PM – opens in a new windowThe Fried Crawdaddies
6:30 PM – opens in a new windowHoundmouth
8:15 PM – opens in a new windowSt. Paul & The Broken Bones

10:30 PM – opens in a new windowAfter Party at Rose Music Hall with Old Salt Union

Saturday:

Missouri Lottery Stage:
11:30 AM – opens in a new windowThe Flood Brothers
12:30 PM – opens in a new windowDeke Dickerson
2:15 PM – opens in a new windowSouthern Culture on The Skids
4:00 PM – opens in a new windowThe Oh Hellos
5:45 PM – opens in a new windowSam Bush
7:30 PM – opens in a new windowThe Devil Makes Three
9:15 PM – opens in a new windowJason Isbell

Great Southern Bank Stage:
11:15 AM – opens in a new windowBrad Cunningham Band
12:15 PM – The John Lennon Songwriting Competition Winners
1:45 PM – opens in a new windowThe Budos Band
3:30 PM – opens in a new windowJackie Greene Band
5:15 PM – opens in a new windowThe Mavericks
7:00 PM – opens in a new windowShovels & Rope
8:45 PM – opens in a new windowGrace Potter

10:30 PM – opens in a new windowAfter Party at Rose Music Hall with Todd Day Wait’s Pigpen, Molly Gene One Whoaman Band

Sunday:

Missouri Lottery Stage:
11:15 AM – opens in a new windowChump Change
12:45 PM – opens in a new windowPaul Thorn
2:15 PM – opens in a new windowRayland Baxter
4:00 PM – opens in a new windowReverend Payton’s Big Damn Band
5:45 PM – opens in a new windowG. Love & Special Sauce
7:30 PM –  opens in a new windowThe Avett Brothers

Great Southern Bank Stage:
11:30 AM – opens in a new windowBroadway Blues
1:00 PM – opens in a new windowMusic Maker Blues Revue
2:45 PM – The Blind Boys of Alabama
4:30 PM – opens in a new windowBlues Traveler
6:15 PM – opens in a new windowBen Folds

8:30 PM – opens in a new windowAfter Party at Rose Music Hall with Aaron Kamm & The One Drops, Don’t Mind Dying, The Flood Brothers

New this year:  The Front Porch Stage will have instruments and musical equipment for anyone to perform.

Take a look at our opens in a new windowcalendar of events to find out what else is going on in town while you’re here.

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How to win Columbia prizes

We know you’ll be taking photos at the festival – use the tag opens in a new window#ShowMeRootsNBlues on Instagram to be entered to win Columbia goodies. That’s it! So easy, right?

How to follow along if you aren’t attending

We will be at the festival so even if you aren’t able to go, you can still take in the sights and sounds! Follow us on Instagram ( opens in a new window@VisitColumbiaMO) or Snapchat (VisitColumbiaMO) for photos and videos from the festival.

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Do’s and don’ts

DO:

  • Recycle and keep the park clean
  • Bring a re-fillable water bottle (make sure it’s empty at the entrance – there will be fill stations inside)
  • Be respectful of the people around you
  • Try the food and check out the awesome merchandise

DON’T:

Have fun!

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Autumn just might be the best time of year in CoMo: the cooler weather is perfect for patio dining, our parks and college campuses become gorgeous scenes of fall colors, and of course, we have the return of four great festivals.

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38th Annual Heritage Festival and Craft Show
September 19-20 | Nifong Park, 3700 Ponderosa

Step back in time at the Heritage Festival, and bring the whole family. This free festival features crafts, entertainment, traditional tradesmen presenting the ‘lost arts,’ activities for children, ghost stories, and delicious food. While you’re there, you can also tour the historic Maplewood Home, Boone Junction Village, and the Walters-Boone County Historical Museum. History buffs and craft lovers will not be disappointed. We suggest not leaving the festival without buying some homemade fudge.

Roots and Blues Performers

Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival
September 25-27 | Stephens Lake Park, 2001 E. Broadway

Roots N Blues is one of Columbia’s largest festivals and showcases over 25 artists in the genres of roots, blues, country, folk, and soul. This year’s lineup includes some big names like Dwight Yokam, Brandi Carlile, The Punch Brothers, NEEDTOBREATHE, and Buddy Guy. The festival isn’t just about the music, though – over the weekend, Stephens Lake Park is home to craft vendors, food trucks, art installations, and delicious BBQ. Sounds like an awesome time, right? Get your tickets now, and don’t forget to pack a blanket or chairs.

 Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival
October 10-11 | Hartsburg, MO

Just south of Columbia, the tiny river town of Hartsburg (population 105) has been known to bring in up to 50,000 people for the annual Pumpkin Fest. Browse through the 150 craft vendors while munching on fresh kettle corn, help your kiddos pick out the perfect pumpkins to take home for carving, and enjoy traditional fall activities: pumpkin painting, hayrides, straw mazes, and more. If you love fall and picture-perfect small towns, you absolutely cannot miss this festival. Be sure to get an early start – the town really is tiny, which means there will be traffic from the visitors flocking in.

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Citizen Jane Film Festival
October 22-25 | Various venues in downtown Columbia

The Citizen Jane Film Festival was founded with Stephens College (the only women’s college in the Midwest to offer a film production program) to celebrate female filmmakers, who are typically underrepresented in the film industry. While this festival showcases female filmmakers, it isn’t just for women – everyone is encouraged to attend. Enjoy a weekend filled with films, after-parties, and lectures, and although the film fest continues to grow each year, it still boasts an intimate environment where you can interact with fellow festival-goers and filmmakers. It’s the perfect unique experience for any film fan, and you can get the Insane Jane Pass for only $100.

 

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Who else is excited for Roots N Blues N BBQ this weekend? We’re ready here at the CVB so we’ve put together some staff Roots N Blues-related favorites for you!

The Avett Brothers

(The Avett Brothers Facebook)

Megan: This year, Roots ‘n Blues ‘n BBQ has really outdone themselves with their lineup. With artists from John Prine to Trampled by Turtles to Roseanne Cash, there is such an incredible variety to choose from. I, for one, will be sure to find my spot at Stephens Lake Park for The Avett Brothers on Saturday night. I’ve heard for years about how incredible they are live, and I’m finally getting my chance to see them perform right here in Columbia. Hope to see you there!

Rosanne Cash

(Rosanne Cash Facebook)

Amy: Roseanne Cash – I have been a fan of her family for many years and I love the legacy she represents. It also doesn’t hurt that I was a child of the 80’s and remember clearly using the vacuum as a microphone when Seven Year Ache played on the radio. And I have to see Preservation Hall Jazz Band. I traveled to New Orleans many times growing up and my dad always had to go to Preservation Hall, I only wish he could be here to enjoy them as well. What memories! Every year I attend, my eyes are opened to music and bands I haven’t heard before. And THAT is my favorite part of the weekend.

Buckinham's

Julie: My favorite BBQ place in Columbia is Buckingham’s. Their beef brisket is always nice & tender with a sweet sauce. I also love their pit salads with turkey, and you gotta love their sweet potato fries!

Matthew Curry

(Matthew Curry Facebook)

Rachel: This year will be my first Roots N Blues experience so I’m excited to see what it’s all about! I’m looking forward to seeing Matthew Curry, JJ Grey and Mofro, and Bettye LaVette. I’ll be there for most of the weekend with some great CoMo goodies, so be sure to follow us on social media for your chance to find me and win!

Lutz's BBQ

Beth: My favorite BBQ in Columbia is Lutz’s barbecue.  It’s not an easy choice because Columbia has so many great options, but what puts Lutz’s over the top for me is their pork loin and their amazing sides.  Lutz’s has so many options for sides that I have a hard time deciding which ones to get every time I order: mac and cheese? Yum! Sweet potato fries? Yes, please! I love coleslaw and Lutz’s is delicious, so that’s another hard decision. And last, but certainly not least, those chips. I love those chips and they come in so many different flavors, it’s just impossible to pick one.

Amos Lee

(Amos Lee Facebook)

Billye: This will be my first time attending and I’m so excited. A friend of mine introduced me to Amos Lee a few years ago, and he is the artist I am most looking forward to seeing. I’m not familiar with a lot of the artists but hope to come away with several new favorites.

Have a great weekend, and enjoy the festival if you are able to attend!

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We’re only a couple days away from the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival! This annual festival showcases over 30 artists in genres including blues, folk, gospel, and more. There will also be plenty of food vendors on hand including, of course, lots of BBQ and the Ozark Mountain Biscuit Co. For the second year in a row, Roots N Blues will be at Stephens Lake Park. Check out the map below to see the setup:

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How to: Get tickets –

Ticket Prices:
Friday – $40
Saturday – $45
Sunday – $40
All Weekend – $85
Whole Hog – $250

Kids 12 and under are free!

Tickets are available online, at The Blue Note box office, at the MSA/GPC Student box office, and by phone for a $3 handling fee. For phone orders, call 573-874-1944, noon-6pm M-F.

How to: Get there –

COMO Connect of course! The buses will be free this weekend, AND they will be extending their evening hours and providing the service on Sunday (when the buses don’t usually run)! Here’s the schedule:

FRIDAY – 6:25 AM – 10:00 PM
SATURDAY – 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
SUNDAY – 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

These are the hotels that will have bus service:

The Broadway
Budget Host Inn
Courtyard by Marriott
Hampton Inn & Suites
Holiday Inn Executive Center
The Tiger Hotel
Other Hotels on Clark Lane and Keene Street

There will be an additional bus added to the popular #10 Red / Downtown Route so be sure to check out The District in your spare time!

You can also ride your bike or walk from downtown (which is about a 15 minute walk). There will be parking for bicycles at the festival entrance.

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How to: Plan your weekend –

Here is the artist lineup for the weekend:

FRIDAY
SHELTER INSURANCE STAGE
5 PM – The Flood Brothers
7 PM – Blackberry Smoke
9 PM – Los Lobos
MISSOURI LOTTERY STAGE
5:30 PM – Jay Farrar
7:30 PM – St. Paul & The Broken Bones
9:30 PM – Jason Isbell

SATURDAY
MISSOURI LOTTERY STAGE
12 PM – Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear
1 PM – The Hooten Hallers
2:30 PM – David Wax Museum
4:15 PM – Lake Street Dive
6 PM – Rosanne Cash
7:45 PM – John Prine
9:30 PM – The Avett Brothers
SHELTER INSURANCE STAGE
12:30 PM – Todd Day Wait’s Pigpen
2 PM – Chump Change
3:30 PM – John Lennon Song Writing Contest Winner
4:45 PM – Preservation Hall Jazz Band
6:30 PM – Robert Randolph and the Family Band
8:15 PM – Amos Lee

SUNDAY
MISSOURI LOTTERY STAGE
12:15 PM – Music Maker Blues Revue
1:30 PM – The 2nd Missionary Baptist Church Music Ministry
2:45 PM – Paul Thorn
4:30 PM – Hot Rize with Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers
6:30 PM – Trampled by Turtles
SHELTER INSURANCE STAGE
12:45 PM – TJ Wheeler
2:15 PM – Matthew Curry
4 PM – JJ Grey & Mofro
6 PM – Bettye LaVette

Be sure to check out our events calendar for more events going on while you’re here!

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How to: Win cool CoMo prizes –

Megan and Rachel from the Convention and Visitors Bureau will be at the festival this weekend with great Columbia giveaways! Be sure to follow us all weekend for festival updates, photos, and your chance to win!

Facebook – Columbia Missouri CVB
Instagram – VisitColumbiaMO
Twitter – ColumbiaMOCVB

Do’s and Don’ts –

DO bring:

Blankets, chairs, baby strollers, non-professional recording equipment, and your friends!

DON’T bring: 

Outside drinks (including water), coolers, glass containers, weapons, noise makers and laser pointers, pets, or professional recording equipment.

MOST IMPORTANT: Have fun! And come back next year for Roots N Blues 2015!

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We’re just over a week away from this year’s Roots ‘n Blues ‘n BBQ Festival! This annual event showcases the best in blues, gospel and much more over three day in Columbia, MO. This outstanding festival has moved locations to beautiful Stephens Lake Park this year, and three-day passes are only $75!

This year, the Convention and Visitors Bureau will also be on the ground at the festival providing up-to-the minute updates, photos from performances, prizes and more! CVB team members Rachel and Megan will be on the festival grounds most of the weekend, so be on the lookout for CoMo goodies we’ll have to give away. Here’s how you can find us during Roots ‘n Blues…

  • Follow us on Twitter: @ColumbiaMOCVB. This is a great place to send us any questions you have throughout the weekend. You can also follow #RNBNBBQ for tweets from attendees from all over
  • Facebook: Columbia Missouri CVB
  • Instagram: VisitColumbiaMO

You can also check back here on the blog each evening for a wrap up from the day at the festival and previews for the next day’s performances and activities.

Even if you can’t make the festival, we hope you’ll follow along next weekend so you can start making your plans for next year. See you at Stephens!

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This Friday and Saturday, downtown Columbia will be transformed as the opens in a new windowRoots ‘n Blues ‘n BBQ Festival takes over! Whether it’s your first time at the festival or you’ve been coming since the beginning, Roots ‘n Blues has something new to offer each year. Here’s a few things to not miss at this year’s festival…

  1. Take a stroll through BBQ village, where competitors set up early and stay up late. The smell alone is reason enough to check out these festive folks.
  2. Were you at the opens in a new windowTrue/False Film Festival this year? Did you love ‘Searching for Sugarman?’ Then don’t miss your chance to see Rodriguez live at Roots ‘n Blues! He’ll be performance on the MO Lottery Stage at Peace Park Friday evening.
  3. Take the time to look down as you wander the festival. This year, festival organizers partnered with local artists to create stunning storm drain art to raise awareness for what litter does to our water system.
  4. Singing for a Cause. As a park of the Blues in the Schools program, a resident artist visits local schools to teach them the importance of music each year. This year, TJ Wheeler will be performing with those very students at the free stage in Flat Branch Park on Saturday morning.
  5. Give a Cheer. Have a few spare minutes Saturday morning? Head down to Flat Branch Park to cheer on the racers as they finish their 10K and Half Marathon. Sure they’ve gotten to experience a beautiful course, listen to music and get free barbeque, but they’ve also been running. Who knows, maybe they’ll share their BBQ with you.
  6. Al Green. Enough said.

A few last things:

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Every fall, thousands of music and barbeque fans gather in Columbia to attend the opens in a new windowRoots ‘n Blues ‘n BBQ Festival. The two-day festival begins on a Friday night and concludes on Saturday, but there’s a part of the festival that not everyone sees. While concert goers sleep in and the BBQ teams tend to their smokers, hundreds of attendees wake up at the crack of dawn to run the opens in a new windowRoots ‘n Blues Half Marathon/10K race.

This popular race grows each year as runners appreciate the beautiful routes through Columbia, the musical acts along the route and, of course, the BBQ and beer at the end! Both the 10k and Half Marathon routes combine roads and trails through scenic Columbia on a fall morning. In addition to the race experience, your registration fee also includes a free ticket to the festival for the day of the race…not a bad way to celebrate finishing!

So, whether you’re a seasoned runner or someone looking to complete their first race, there’s nothing like the festive atmosphere of Roots ‘n Blues to give you a fantastic experience. So get opens in a new windowregistered today and we’ll be cheering for you at the finish line!

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