COLUMBIA — The Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ music festival might move to a new location.
Pending city council approval, the annual three-day event will take place at Stephens Lake Park in 2013, a change from its previous location in downtown Columbia.
This past summer, the festival organizers put on a concert at Stephens Lake Park, outside of Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ, and it got good reactions from fans, said festival director Julie King. "We thought we would try to do it again with Roots 'N' Blues."
The new location will provide more space for attendees and will reduce crowding, according to a news release. The festival will take place on the east side of the park, away from the lake.
"It is a beautiful area, and the festival will be a great use of the park," King said. "It will also cut down on the use of city resources."
Changes in the festival
The community stage where local artists and children from the Blues in Schools program usually perform — which was free in past years — will be included in the paid area, but ticket prices will be reduced, King said.
The organizers have decided to eliminate the barbecue contest but plan to increase the number of barbecue vendors to help make up for it and to cut down on lines. Next year, the festival will also feature non-barbecue vendors from local restaurants and retailers.
More than 30 artists are slated to perform during the festival. The list has not been released yet.
The event will take place Sept. 20 to Sept. 22 with the 10k and half-marathon scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21. Pre-sale tickets go on sale Dec. 17.