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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:


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
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Budget Host Inn
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Courtyard by Marriott
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Holiday Inn Executive Center
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The Tiger Hotel
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Other Hotels on Clark Lane and Keene Street
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There will be an additional bus added to the popular #10 Red / Downtown Routeopens PDF file  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:

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

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
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

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
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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