PHOTO GALLERY: Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival kicks off

Friday, September 9, 2011 | 8:28 p.m. CDT; updated 11:48 a.m. CDT, Monday, September 12, 2011
Breezy Peyton of Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band plays washboard and sings during a concert on the first night of Roots N' Blues N' BBQ on Friday in downtown Columbia.

COLUMBIA — The Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival opened Friday evening downtown, and continues through Saturday night.

The annual event kicked off with a bike parade and a march featuring the Missouri High Steppers, followed by a series of concerts on three stages. Local businesses set up shop to attract festival attendees.

Spectators gather around the stage as Mavis Staples performs during the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival on Friday.
Mavis Staples, an American rhythm and blues and gospel singer, performs during the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival Friday night.
Rachel Tompkins from Edwards County, Ill., drove to Columbia to watch Mavis Staple's concert at the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival. "I've listened to her music for almost 40 years. This is the most perfect music I've ever heard. I really enjoy it," Tompkins said.
The owners of D Dee's Kettle Korn, Lisa Hackley and Angela Rapp, prepare popcorn for the first night of Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Friday on Cherry Street.
Steven Rogers gives away balloons in a superhero costume during the first night of the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival on Friday on Ninth Street. Rogers was doing promotional work for Slackers, a music store on Broadway.
Wanda Coats (left) and her husband, Clarence Coats, listen to Mavis Staples in Peace Park during the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival on Friday. Taj Mahal, Robert Randolph and Ana Popovic are among the couple's favorite musicians at this year's festival.
Michelle Windmoller and Mike Dendu at the Roots 'N' Ride event dance in the crowd of bikers outside Shakespeare's Pizza before the bike parade on Friday. The parade kicked off the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival weekend.
Members of the Missouri High Steppers march down Ninth Street after the bike parade Friday afternoon. The two events started off the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival this year.

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Joy Mayer September 10, 2011 | 8:19 a.m.

The Missourian would like to publish fans' photos from Roots 'N' Blues. If you have any pictures you'd be willing to share with us and with our readers, please email them to Include your name and anything else you'd like to include. Thanks.
— Joy Mayer, director of community outreach, Columbia Missourian

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