FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival?
First Launched in 2007, The Festival features over 30 artists representing the genres of roots, blues, gospel, country, folk and soul. The line up includes international, national, regional and local artists. American Blues Scene Magazine called it “One of the most prominent festivals in the country!” As well as live music, fans enjoy delicious BBQ from local and national vendors. Included in The Festival is a ½ Marathon and 10K race on Saturday morning. Runners enjoy live music along the scenic course and BBQ, beer and a medal at the finish line. The Festival is a fun, true, and unique celebration of music, food and culture.
When is the festival?
The 7th Annual Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 20-22, 2013 at Stephens Lake Park in Columbia, Missouri.
Why is the festival moving to Stephens Lake Park?
Organizers want to enhance the experience for fans. We’ll have more green space, enjoyment of one of Columbia's most beautiful parks, improved mobility, increased BBQ vendors, more relaxed and inclusive fan experience, and reduction of city resources.
Where in the park is the festival?
The Festival will be held in the Northeast end of Stephens Lake Park behind the Riechmann Pavilion. There will be plenty of room for fans to spread out and enjoy the festival. The ticket gate and only festival entrance will be located next to the Riechmann Pavilion. View the map.
When and where can I get tickets?
Tickets are available online in the ticket section. Click here to purchase tickets.
Tickets are also sold in The Blue Note box office and at the festival ticket gate.
What about kids?
Everyone is welcome at The Festival. Kids 12 and under get in for free. A $25 VIP day pass can be purchased for children 12 and under, supervision is required. Secured stroller parking is available at the main gate of The Festival.
Where should I park and how will I get to the Festival from there?
There is no available parking at Stephens Lake Park during The Festival, but you can park in The District and take the Endless Shuttle instead! Shuttles will run continuously to and from all 5 downtown parking garages and Roots N Blues preferred hotels. Fans are encouraged to park in the District and enjoy local restaurants and retailers before catching the Endless Shuttle, riding a bike or walking to the event at Stephens Lake Park.
What is the Endless Shuttle and how do I ride?
Endless Shuttle passes cost $5 and cover you for unlimited rides the entire festival weekend. Shuttle passes can be purchased online, at The Blue Note box office, at the festival ticket gate, at all shuttle stops, and in preferred hotels. All shuttles begin operating a half hour before the festival gates open and will run until all festival-goers have been transported from the park.
Downtown Endless Shuttle locations will be: 8th & Walnut Garage - 5th & Walnut Garage - 6th & Cherry Garage - 8th & Cherry Garage - 10th & Cherry Garage
The Endless Shuttle will also make stops at the following hotels: Holiday Inn Executive Center - Hampton Inn - Hampton Inn & Suites - Courtyard Marriott - Stoney Creek Inn - Budget Host
Can I bring my bike and where will I park it?
Bikes are encouraged. Secure bike and stroller parking will be available at the main entrance of the event.
What about the BBQ?
Organizers are increasing the number of BBQ vendors but removing the competition so everyone will be able to experience the BBQ. We will be inviting some previous BBQ competitors as well as local District restaurants to be vendors in 2013.
Can I leave The Festival and come back in later in the day?
Yes, re-entry will be allowed. Individuals seeking re-entry will need to wear and present their valid day-of or weekend wristband to enter. Riding the Endless Shuttle to The District and enjoying local restaurants, retailers and all Columbia has to offer is encouraged.
What is allowed in the festival area?
The following items are ALLOWED at Roots N Blues N BBQ:
- Baby strollers
- Non-Professional Recording Equipment (Point & Shoot Cameras, Flip Video Cameras, etc.)
The following items are NOT ALLOWED at Roots N Blues N BBQ:
Can I bring a chair or blanket?
- Outside beverages, this includes water, soda, alcoholic beverages, coffee, etc
- Glass containers
- Noise makers and laser pointers
- Pets (However, service animals, which have been trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability, are welcome)
- Professional recording equipment
Chairs and blankets are welcomed and encouraged at the festival. However we ask that everyone follow our festival seating guidelines and keep all chairs back beyond a certain marked point to keep pathways clear.
Where should I stay in Columbia?
Stay at one of our Roots N Blues preferred hotels!
Is there camping?
There is no camping at Stephens Lake Park. But Columbia has several nearby camping locations.
What else is there to do in Columbia?
While you’re in Columbia, check out our awesome downtown area, The District and all of the restaurants and retailers it has to offer. Find more information about what’s happening in Columbia at the Columbia Visitors Bureau.
What is going on in The District during Roots N Blues weekend?
The Roots N Blues N BBQ Kick-off at 5pm, Thursday, September 19 in The District. Come out and get in the Roots N Blues mood while checking out the live music and downtown area restaurants and retailers.
Also catch the Endless Shuttle to enjoy specials and discounts from featured restaurants and retailers in the District all weekend long. Look for the Roots N Blues N BBQ guitar pick logo in the windows of downtown businesses and ask about The Roots N Blues N BBQ discount they are offering.
What is the easiest way to get around downtown Columbia?
Walk, bike, take the Roots N Blues Endless Shuttle, or the FastCAT Express. Also grab a taxi from any of the taxi stands located throughout The District from 9pm to 2am. Learn more by clicking on the "How to get to the festival" tab above.
Can I upgrade to VIP Whole Hog?
Yes. Upgrade at the ticket gate. Check out the Whole Hog experience here.
Where can I pick up Will Call tickets?
Will call tickets can be picked up at the ticket gate at The Festival.
Will there be a free area?
The Blues in the Schools performance will be free to the public. The performance will be on Saturday, September 21 beginning at noon at the Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater.
How do I get to Columbia and the festival?
For Directions, go here.
Or Fly American Airlines, the official airline of The Festival. American Airlines offers flights directly into the Columbia Airport at a discounted rate for our fans.
What is Blues in the Schools and The Roots N Blues N BBQ Foundation?
The Roots N Blues N BBQ Foundation is a nonprofit organization based out of Columbia, MO. The Foundation’s mission is simple. Through efforts of volunteer leadership, professional staff, the music industry, fans, sponsors, and musicians, we will provide the resources and energy to promote all aspects of roots and blues music and positively impact our society at large.
Through the Blues in the Schools program, the foundation is able to cultivate and enrich cultural awareness in our community. The program has been offered at 19 Elementary schools in the Columbia area. Children learn about the unique history, culture, and tolerance that blues music promotes through hands-on experience with award-winning performers. At the end of the program, the children perform on stage in front of a live audience at the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival. Email Foundation@rootsnbluesnbbq.com for more information or to make a donation. Visit the foundation section for more information.
What kind of arrangements do you have for accessibility?
We are happy to do our best to accommodate everyone and have been working with a committee to do our best to make the festival accessible for all our fans. ADA parking will be available at the Riechmann Pavilion Lot on a first come, first served basis. If you are in need of assistance or have any requests, please send us an email at INFO@ROOTSNBLUESNBBQ.COM or call 573-442-5862 to identify your needs and give an approximate arrival time in order that we may better serve you. Visit the accessibility section above for more information.
Will you be recycling?
Yes, The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival is doing its part to help keep the festival green. Please recycle all appropriate materials in the designated bins throughout the festival footprint.
Will Festival merchandise be available for purchase?
A variety of Festival and artist t-shirts, hats, posters, and other items will be sold at the festival as well as on our website.
When is the Roots N Blues N BBQ race and how do I sign up?
The Roots N Blues N BBQ ½ Marathon and 10K will be held Saturday, September 21, 2013. The ½ Marathon begins at 7am, the 10K at 7:30am. Runners receive a commemorative t-shirt and enjoy music along a scenic route and a BBQ sandwich, cold beer, and a medal at the finish line. More information, map routes, and sign-up can be found here. Learn more in the Run section.
Contact: Patrick Hanson
What is the Gospel Brunch and how do I get tickets?
The Sunday Gospel Brunch presented by Broadway Christian Church will be on Sunday, September 22 at 12:30pm, gates open at noon. Your Sunday Festival ticket gets you in.
Music Maker Revue and legendary gospel singer Mavis Staples will be the featured musicians of the event, with Festival vendors offering special brunch menu items.
How do I volunteer for the festival?
Follow the instructions on the volunteers page to sign up to volunteer for The Festival. Assignments will be made beginning in July.
Contact: Tom Smith
- (424) 262-5837
How do I vend at the festival?
The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival has some of the best BBQ and food vendors around. For more information about vending or to apply, check out the vendors page. All applications are due by August 1.
Contact: Danielle Hart
- (573) 206-9635