Clear skies and highs in the low 70s forecast a pleasant backdrop for the second Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival, which starts at 5 p.m. Friday with performances by James Hand at the Shelter Insurance stage at Eighth and Cherry streets, Aubrey and Lori Ghent at the Mediacom Peace Park stage and John D'Agostino at the Verizon Wireless Flat Branch Park stage.
Barbecue vendors will open for business about the same time.
Check out the Missourian's Web site for updated coverage of the event; an overview can also be found in Vox. Head to CoMo Arts, the Missourian’s new arts and entertainment blog, for stories, pictures, audio and video from the whole weekend. Readers can add their own photos from this weekend to the CoMo Arts Flickr group.
We’ll also provide “traffic” posts via Twitter to bring you real-time updates on lines and crowds that can be sent straight to your cell phone. Register on the site, become a follower of CoMissourian and make sure your mobile device is turned on.
Dos and don'ts of this year's festival:
Don't bring glass containers, coolers or pets.
Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome, but don't leave chairs unattended in front of the stage as they may impede emergency vehicles.
Do bring cash. There are no Blues Bucks this year.
Do park in any parking structure downtown except for the one at Eighth and Cherry. Or park at the Mizzou Sports Complex on Mick Deaver Drive, just off Stadium Boulevard or at the Hearnes Center. Shuttle service starts at 4 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday and goes to 11:45 p.m. both nights.
Go to the festival's Web site for more information.