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In late September, Stephens Lake Park will erupt with folk and blues culture, art and a range of musical talents, including The Avett Brothers, John Prine and Rosanne Cash! Also to come through is Trampled By Turtles, a foot-thumpin’ attitude of sound,  Lake Street Dive, a soul and R&B inspired British-inspired group and David Wax Museum, the duo of a Missouri native and a Southern belle. Jason Isbell, Music Maker Blues Revue, The Flood Brothers and the Hooten Hallers will also join the mix. We at Thumper can’t help but get excited about the musicians that have offered up their talents for Columbia to witness in just five short months.

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In its 8th year, RNBNBBQ continues to reach out to audiences from all over the world. Recently, the festival has gained international attention We don’t mean to brag, but the festival was even nominated for “The Best Roots Music Festival” by Ameripolitan Music Association in 2013!

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Although the festivities are five months away, we recommend you get your tickets now, before our Early Bird Special ends on April 30 at midnight. Tickets can be purchased online at or at The Blue Note box office, located on Ninth Street in Columbia. Kids are welcome and admission is not required for those under the age of 12. We hope to see you there!

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