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Roots N Blues N BBQ celebrates decade of music, barbecue



This month, Roots N Blues N BBQ celebrates its 10th anniversary from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at Stephens Lake Park in Columbia, with 30 bands representing roots, blues, gospel, country, folk, bluegrass, rock and soul. 

The festival began as a 150th anniversary party for Boone County National Bank, now Central Bank of Boone County. Since the inaugural event, the festival has added a half-marathon, art installations, more food and craft beer vendors, a Blues in the Schools program, and the John Lennon songwriting contest.

Over the past decade, Columbia’s local economy has benefited from the money and tourism that the festival brings to town. In 2015, the estimated economic impact was around $860,000, and attendance for the ticketed events was nearly 25,000.

The blues festival has become a Columbia tradition that puts the city’s music scene on the map and brings thousands of visitors to town year after year.

The lineup of this year’s festival includes The Avett Brothers and Ben Folds, as well as Blues Traveler, rocker Grace Potter and the traditional gospel music of The Blind Boys of Alabama.

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