A 2012 Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ flyer | Natalie Cheng/Missouri Business Alert

Columbia’s Roots N Blues festival draws estimated record crowds



Columbia’s Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival, which wrapped up Sunday, drew estimated daily crowds of more than 10,000 people, organizers said. That marks a record for the annual music festival, now in its 12th year.

Less than a month after the cancellation of LouFest, another annual Missouri music festival, Tracy Lane, director of Roots N Blues, said this year’s Roots N Blues was “the smoothest festival across the board” that she has seen.

Organizers chalked the increased attendance up to a variety of factors, including ramped-up promotional efforts in Kansas City, St. Louis and at the Lake of the Ozarks. A lineup headlined by big-name acts like the Avett Brothers and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats also helped draw crowds, organizers said.

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