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PHOTO GALLERY: Images from first day of the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival

Friday, September 21, 2012 | 7:55 p.m. CDT; updated 7:50 p.m. CDT, Saturday, September 22, 2012
Sean Jessiman, foreground-left, and Danni Jessiman, and Leanne Martin, background-left, and Pete Martin dance to the Del McCoury Band on Friday evening at the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival. The two couples danced and sang along to the band while the crowd clapped in time to the music.

Rodriguez sings into the microphone while playing his guitar Friday night at the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival. Rodriguez, an American folk musician from Detroit, was a heavily anticipated act at the festival. (SARAH BRICKER/Missourian)

A pig made of metal wire and bottle caps hangs from the ceiling of the white tented-bar in Peace Park Friday night. The bar was popular at night when Rodriguez played for the large crowd sitting on the grass in the park.
(SARAH BRICKER/Missourian)

Monophonics' keyboardist, Kelly Finnigan, sings into the microphone while playing during a set Friday night. Monophonics, a psychedelic soul group, recently added Finnigan to its ensemble. (SARAH BRICKER/Missourian)

Amanda Frevert dances in the street with a light-up hula-hoop Friday night. Frevert and her friends Callie Job and December Montecino are part of a group called the Hulagans. (SARAH BRICKER/Missourian)

Mary Beth Faulhaber takes drink orders from two women Friday night at the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival. Faulhaber was one of five bartenders working the bar under the white tent in Peace Park. (SARAH BRICKER/Missourian)

Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival attracts many for its array of delicious foods and lively music. The two day festival opened up Friday night with the Del McCoury Band and Joe Lovano and Us Five. (SARAH BRICKER/Missourian)

Brian Klinker holds a toothpick over the fryer where mini-donuts are fried to a golden brown Friday at Lutz's donut stand. Once cooked, the donuts are placed in a bag and covered with either cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar and served hot.
(SARAH BRICKER/Missourian)

Sherman Wefenstette, 66, holds his left arm high as he rides the mechanical bull at the Matador Beef Jerky stand at the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival. Wefenstette did his best to hang on to the bucking, black bull as the surrounding crowd cheered him on. (SARAH BRICKER/Missourian)

Karen Taylor, left, shares a funnel cake with her grandson Ayden Taylor, 5, Friday evening. Funnel cakes were a popular item at the festival with many kids walking around with fingers coated in powdered sugar. (SARAH BRICKER/Missourian)

Del McCoury strums his guitar during the Del McCoury Band's opening song Friday evening. McCoury, who was recently inducted into the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame is also the recipient of nine International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer of the Year awards and a Grammy. (SARAH BRICKER/Missourian)

Esperanza Spalding of Joe Lovano and Us Five takes a break from playing the bass Friday afternoon. The group played jazz ensembles, attracting a large crowd early on in the show. (SARAH BRICKER/Missourian)

Gerald Bascoe, left, and Colin Russell set up their Jamaican Jerk Hut stand for the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival Friday. Bascoe and Russell began setting up for the event last night. (XIAOJIE OUYANG/Missourian)

Brad Kindle hangs the sign for his food stand Friday on 7th Street. Kindle and seven other family members are running the stand during the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ festival that is going on Friday and Saturday. (XIAOJIE OUYANG/Missourian)

Jerk chicken is prepared at the Jamaican Jerk Hut stand Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 on 7th Street. (XIAOJIE OUYANG/Missourian)

Schlafly taps line coolers Friday afternoon outside of Chong’s Oriental Market. The taps are one of the many bars that are set up for the Roots ‘N’ Blues ‘N’ BBQ Festival. (ALLI INGLEBRIGHT/Columbia Missourian)

Patrick Dierkes prepares chicken Friday afternoon in downtown Columbia. This is the second year competing in the Roots ‘N’ Blues ‘N’ BBQ Festival. He stands out from the other competitors because he cooks his meat in an old cabinet. It used to belong to a friend before Dierkes started smoking meat in it. (ALLI INGLEBRIGHT/Columbia Missourian)

Bob Drainer and Curt Volmert prepare meat Friday afternoon. This is their first Roots ‘N’ Blue ‘N’ BBQ Festival. “We are little fish in a big sea,” Drainer said. (ALLI INGLEBRIGHT/Columbia Missourian)

Pink fabric and a disco ball hang in Peace Park for the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival. (KILE BREWER/Missourian)

Lanterns hang from trees in Peace Park in preparation for the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival. (KILE BREWER/Missourian)

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros drummer Josh Callazo adjusts his floor tom while doing sound checks. The band will take the stage at 10:30 p.m. Friday. (KILE BREWER/Missourian)

Guitar tech Alex Krispin tunes a guitar for the band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at the stage on 7th and Locust. The band will take the stage at 10:30 p.m. Friday during the first night of the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ  festivities. (KILE BREWER/Missourian)


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