Listening to the Blind Boys

Joyce Whitney, Mohamed Shakir and Andes Veintimilla listen to the Blind Boys of Alabama perform on Sept. 26 at the Peace Park stage. The Blind Boys were the last to perform at the stage for the third annual Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival.

Blind Boys of Alabama closes out Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ

Jimmy Carter of the Blind Boys of Alabama starts singing "Spirit in the Sky" to close the third annual Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival on Saturday at the Peace Park stage. Carter has led the Grammy-winning gospel band since its formation in 1939 in Talladega, Ala.

On the road

Stacy and Ken Roberts enjoy the patio they've made outside their motor home on Sept. 14 at the Cottonwoods RV Park in Columbia. The Robertses sold their home in Arizona and switched to the motor home when they retired six years ago and have lived three months out of every year in Columbia where Ken grew up. "It's a hard life," he said with a grin and then pointed to the principal advantage to the motor home: "If you get tired of your neighbors, you just crank it up and move."

Wrestlers charge up the hill

Missouri wrestlers charge up the hill at the north end of Memorial Stadium on Wednesday during a preseason workout.

MU wrestler tested by wheelbarrow races

Wheelbarrow races up the stands at Memorial stadium are one way the Missouri wrestling team has tried to make preseason workouts tougher.

Wrestlers train by carrying teammates

Left to right: Kyle Bradley carries teammate Luke Greco, while Weston Keleher carries Todd Porter during a Misouri wrestling team preseason workout Wednesday at Memorial Stadium.

Stands fill with wrestlers

Missouri wrestlers weave up and down the stands at Memorial Stadium during a preseason workout.

A group braving the rain at the BBQ festival

A group of people walk down 5th St. with BBQ and beers at the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival in Columbia on Saturday, Sep. 26.


People take cover under a tree and under ponchos at the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival on Saturday in Peace Park. Many people came prepared for the possibility of rain and brought umbrellas and rain gear. They ended up needing it around 4 p.m. when the rain finally fell.

Phil Bradley is Missouri's new assistant softball coach

Phil Bradley, right, stands in the dugout with Shana White, left, Lisa Simmons and Marla Scheisberger during the Tigers' game against North Central on Saturday in Columbia.

Rain doesn't mean blues for festival-goers

Claire Rash, 3, waits to be helped into her parent's car downtown at the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival. Her mother Jacqueline Rash said the rain was not the reason for leaving, as they were only heading home for a few hours and would return to the festival for dinner.

The Itals rock Columbia residents with reggae

Paul Searles cheers on the Itals, a reggae vocal group based out of Jamaica's Westmoreland Parish, following their performance Saturday night. The Itals are currently on tour across the U.S.

Vendors set up to fulfill Columbian's cravings

Wesley Moyston keeps an eye on the meats at the Jamaican Jerk Hut station Saturday, on Cherry Street. The Jamaican Jerk Hut was one of about a dozen food vendors at the festival this year.

Festival draws a wide variety of musical acts

Texas country singer James Hand performs Saturday, on the stage at Seventh and Locust Streets during the third annual Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival. Hand, who has appeared on Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, also played at the Whole Hog Lounge for the VIP guests.

Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ attendees brave rain

Greg Kreek watches Junior Brown play his set at the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival on Saturday. Kreek and his four friends took cover under a giant yellow umbrella, but his glasses still got rain drops all over them.

Roots 'N Blues audience stays despite rain

In this Missourian file photo, Junior Brown, a singer at the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival, plays a lick at the Mediacom Stage at Peace Park for a wet audience on Saturday, September 26, 2009.

Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ vendor protects his food from the rain

Scott Baxley cooks up weiners at the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival on Saturday. Baxley covered the hot dogs with an umbrella to save them from the rain before serving them to customers.

Blues Festival has Columbians returning for more

Columbia resident Shelly Ramsey surveys the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival on Fifth Street on Saturday. Ramsey has been coming to the festival for three years now, and says she "always has a great time."

Balloon artist makes hat at Roots 'N Blues

Balloon artist Mike Martin and Columbia resident Beverly Bell help place a balloon hat on 8-year-old Nikki Williams' head on Saturday, outside of Flat Branch Park during the third annual Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival. Bell said the wait for balloon creations was an hour long.

Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ contestant prepares food

Up in Smoke barbecue team member William Bryan slices sausage at the team's station before the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival judging on Saturday. The team, which is from Marshall, has been barbecuing together for about 15 years.