COLUMBIA — The cost of admission for the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival has increased to pay for bigger names and more artists.
The festival is scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 9 and 10. Prices have been increased to $35 for a one-day pass and $60 for the two-day pass. Last year, prices were $15 and $25, respectively.
"Every year, we try to keep the funds sustainable so we can continue to bring it back next year," festival director Jessica Brown said. "We have definitely increased our talent budget, and we've got a knockout of a lineup this year."
Artists and bands expected to hit the stage include the Robert Randolph Family Band, Robert Cray, Los Lobos and Grammy Award winners Mavis Staples and Sam Bush. Taj Mahal will be making another appearance this year.
The festival's location is set to remain on Seventh and Eighth streets between Locust and Elm streets, with performances also at Peace Park and Flat Branch Park.
Five hundred pre-sale tickets are already sold out, and the time frame for early discounted tickets has passed. General admission tickets are still available.
"It's good music, good food, good barbecue and good people," Brown said. "It's a heck of a weekend. We are really happy we are able to bring this wonderful thing to downtown Columbia."