COLUMBIA — The Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival begins at 5 p.m. Friday, with an introduction at the MPIX stage at Seventh and Locust streets. It will continue through 11 p.m. Friday and open again at 11 a.m. Saturday. Stages will be located at Seventh and Locust, Flatbranch Park and Peace Park. Tickets are $35 for one day or $60 for two days. Kids 12 and under are free.
The city’s website says that parking will be free in all city garages, lots and meters on a first-come, first-serve basis. Parts of Fourth through Ninth streets from Broadway to Elm will be closed. More information from the city is here.
The festival's official site has YouTube videos of the artists who will be performing, links to purchase tickets, a map, directions, information on hotels and downtown businesses and more.
Vox provides an overview of the festival, now in its fifth year, as well as a detailed lineup of which artists will be performing when and where.
Follow the festival, or prepare for it, online
Want to know what the artists themselves tweet about? The Roots ’N’ Blues folks made an artist Twitter list. Official information will come from the official festival Twitter account, @RootsNBluesNBBQ.
Grooveshark.com user “Toney L” put together a playlist of music from the festival’s artists.