Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ: what you should know

Thursday, September 20, 2012 | 7:35 p.m. CDT; updated 7:55 p.m. CDT, Saturday, September 22, 2012
Workers prepare Thursday for the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival.

COLUMBIA — Preparations were under way Thursday for this weekend's Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival. Ticket prices increased this year to $55 for a one-day pass and $75 for a two-day pass. Notable acts include Al Green, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Wanda Jackson and Rodriguez, along with many other performers as well as a selection of free concerts.

(Get a preview of the music with our Spotify playlist and video clips.)


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FRIDAY: Welcomes and introductions at all three stages are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Music ends at 11:30 p.m. after Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros conclude their performance on the Mpix stage at Seventh and Locust streets.

SATURDAY: The festival resumes at 11 a.m. with Blues in the Schools and T.J. Wheeler at the KOPN Community Stage in Flat Branch Park. Though Al Green's headlining set on the Mpix stage ends at 11 p.m., the festival comes to a close at 11:30 p.m. after Sam Bush’s show on the MO Lottery Stage in Peace Park.

TICKETS: General admission tickets are still available. Tickets can be purchased at all Gerbes and Dillons stores, Walgreens stores, online through the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival website or at The Blue Note box office.

For MU students, tickets can be student charged at the MSA/GPC box office in the MU Student Center. There are no service fees added to the published ticket price. Ticket prices include all sales tax and processing fees.

General admission is $55 for a single-day pass or $75 for both days. Children 12 and under receive free admission both days.

The following discounts are also available for groups: 5 percent for 30 or more tickets, 10 percent for 60 or more tickets and 15 percent for 100 or more tickets.


  • Al Green, 9:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday.
  • Wanda Jackson, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
  • Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, 10 to 11:30 p.m. Friday.
  • Rodriguez, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday. Rodriguez is featured in the award-winning movie Searching For Sugar Man, which was featured during this year's True/False Film Fest and is playing at Ragtag Cinema.
  • Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, 9:30 to 11 p.m. Friday.
  • John Mayall, 7:45 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
  • Sam Bush, 10 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday.


  • MO Lottery Stage: Peace Park at Sixth and Elm streets
  • MPIX Stage: Seventh and Locust streets
  • KOPN Community Stage: Flat Branch Park at Fourth Street

All stages are located in downtown Columbia. Paid admission is required for access to the MO Lottery and Mpix stages.

The KOPN Community Stage is a free area during the festival. The BBQ Contest, Family Zone and all concerts taking place on this stage are free to the public.

Free music on the KOPN Community Stage:


  • Believers, 5:45 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Vulvette, 7 to 8 p.m.
  • The Flood Brothers, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.


  • Blues in the Schools & T.J. Wheeler, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • The Mojo Roots, 2 to 2:45 p.m.
  • Todd Day Wait's Pigpen, 3:45 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Don't Mind Dying, 5 to 5:45 p.m.
  • The Hooten Hallers, 6 to 6:45 p.m.
  • The Hipnecks, 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.


Parking garages are located at Hitt and Elm streets, Fifth and Walnut streets, Sixth and Cherry streets and Eighth and Cherry streets.

All listed parking garages are free on weekday evenings and on the weekends.


  • FastCAT Express

The Roots 'N’ Blues 'N’ BBQ designated bus stop is located at Seventh and Cherry streets. On both Friday and Saturday, the FastCAT Express shuttle will stop at this location. The cost per ride is $1.50.


Not allowed: outside beverages, coolers, glass containers, pets other than service animals, and professional recording equipment.

Allowed: Food, blankets, handheld umbrellas, baby strollers, chairs in designated areas, and non-professional recording equipment such as point-and-shoot cameras.


The 6th Annual Kansas BBQ Society Sanctioned Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival Competition begins Friday.

This year, 65 teams will compete for more than $10,000 in cash prizes and special painted guitar trophies. The teams will arrive early Friday morning and set up on Fourth, Fifth and Sixth streets along Cherry Street. This is the largest number of teams to compete at the Roots 'N' Blues Festival, Thumper Entertainment President Betsy Farris said.

Judging on the best chicken, ribs, beef brisket and pork will begin about 2 p.m. Saturday at Sixth and Locust streets. The winners will be announced at the KOPN Community Stage at 3 p.m. 

EMERGENCY HELP: The Columbia Police Department and Fire Department will be on site during the festival. There are police volunteers, paid security and regular volunteers to help with any emergencies. Festival volunteers have a direct phone number to the command center.

LOST AND FOUND: Anything that is lost will most likely be returned to either the command center or volunteer booth. The command center is centrally located within the festival grounds. The volunteer check-in and booth is located in the back of the Calvary Episcopal Church.


Half marathon:

  • Cost: $60 through Thursday and $80 starting Friday.
  • Start time: 7 a.m.

10K run:

  •  Cost: $50 through Thursday and $65 starting Friday
  • Start time: 7:30 a.m.

The half marathon and 10K will take place Saturday. This year, there will be more aid stations along the course, shirts for participants and prize money for the top three finishers in the 10K.

Both races begin at Flat Branch Park. All entrants will receive a free one-day pass to the festival for Saturday, a shirt and free barbecue.


The National Weather Service was forecasting for mostly clear and cool conditions Friday and Saturday nights and sunny skies both days.

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