In fun-loving Columbia, Missouri they like to party and they don’t need much of a reason to do so. Autumn has arrived? Let’s party! Whether you consider it the last big blow-out of the summer season or the first of the fall, Columbia’s Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival is three days of fun that brings out the entire community and lots of folks from the surrounding area and beyond, and this year it takes place Sept. 26-28.
The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival is exactly what it says; a celebration of roots and blues music accompanied by plenty of barbecued food and the ice cold beverages it takes to wash it all down. The festival used to be held on the streets of the city’s downtown but the event got so popular that it moved to the spacious Stephens Lake Park last year where acts like the late Johnny Winter, Steve Earle, Samantha Fish, ZZ Ward, Mavis Staples, John Hiatt, Jimmy Cliff and the Black Crowes wowed the crowd.
This year’s festival is packed with a similarly impressive line-up. Among those scheduled to appear are the Avett Brothers, Los Lobos, Roseanne Cash, John Prine, Amos Lee, Blackberry Smoke, JJ Grey & Mofro, Jason Isbell, Bettye Lavette, Robert Randolph & the Family Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Lots of regional and local acts will also play and buskers will perform on the grass in various spots throughout the park. Of course the dozens of vendors selling all kinds of barbecue and other festival-friendly snacks will be returning as well.
Getting to the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival is not difficult; reasonably-priced shuttle service runs more or less constantly from the park to various points in the city, including to a number of hotels. For the complete schedule of performers and to view ticket options including the “Whole Hog” VIP package, go here.
To plan a trip to Columbia and find out what else is going on in the city, go here.