WELCOME BACK: Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival kicks off in September

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 | 11:50 p.m. CDT; updated 11:56 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ

Back to its Roots

For four years, thousands of people have flocked to The District to check out performances from local bands and sample some of the Midwest's finest barbecue. The Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival brings mid-Missouri bands and grill masters into the limelight. Since its inception in 2007, the festival has attracted more than 250,000 fans from across North America.

Celebrating the Blues

More than 20 performances from bands from all over the world are lined up for this year's festival. Some of the musicians on tap include Ana Popovic, a Yugoslavian-born songstress with a career beginning in Nashville; Taj Mahal, a late twentieth-century blues pioneer; and Man in the Ring, a Columbia band that recently released its sophomore album, "Live at the Blue Note."

Barbecue's Finest

Attendees can get their grub on with the festival's barbecue competition, sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. If you think you have the skills to grill the rest of the competition, submit an application to the contest. The ultimate grill master will receive $15,000 in cash prizes and an original guitar trophy.

Tickets will be available until Sept. 10. Day passes cost $35 each, and two-day passes cost $60. A Whole Hog Pass, priced at $195 for the two days, grants access to center stage and front-of-stage spots, private tents with barbecue, a private cash bar, chair massages and other bonuses. 

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