COLUMBIA — Some big name acts are coming to Columbia’s growing festival. With the announcement of three top performers, the fourth annual Roots ‘N Blues ‘N BBQ Festival hopes to be the best festival yet, organizers say.
Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi and Dan Tyminski will participate in the festival, which is scheduled to take place Oct. 1 and 2. Trucks and Tedeschi are performing together at only a handful of shows throughout the country.
“We have been in contact with these artists since the festival started,” said Steve Sweitzer, a partner with Thumper Entertainment. Thumper Entertainment runs the festival.
“Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks represent the next generation of blues musicians,” Sweitzer said.
Dan Tyminski, 13-time Grammy Award winner, is perhaps best known as George Clooney’s singing voice in “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” He's played with Alison Krauss and Union Station for several years.
“(He) is all that’s great about Americana, folk and blues,” Sweitzer said.
“I think it will be our best show ever," Sweitzer said. “Right out of the gate we got a strong lineup.”
Gibson Guitars will also be returning with their “interactive experience.” Gibson brings a trailer of around 30 guitars for people to play for free. All the sponsors from last year, such as MPIX, New Belgium Brewing Co. and Break Time, are returning and Thumper is trying to get more for this year, sponsorship division director Betsy Farris said.
Instead of the economy scaring away sponsors, Farris said there's been an increase, both nationally and locally. Local sponsors want to be involved as a matter of pride in their community, she said, and national sponsors are attracted by its reputation.
Tickets will be on sale in mid-summer, according to a news release. They will be the same prices as last year: $10 for the day and $15 for the weekend. On the day of the event, tickets will run $15 for the day and $25 for the weekend. For the Whole Hog VIP lounge at Forge and Vine, day passes are $125 with weekend passes at $195.