So you’re going to the “Roots n Blues n BBQ” festival this weekend. You love blues music and all the subgenres influenced by that gritty, American sound.
Or maybe you don’t know much about it besides loving to karaoke The Black Crowes version of “Hard To Handle.” Or perhaps you just want to catch a glimpse of Kate Hudson’s baby daddy.
Whatever your motivation, there are some solid up-and-coming acts, as well as some staples (see what I did there?) to catch while they’re in town, or…gulp…still alive.
To prepare for the festival, I sat down with Hitt Records co-owner Kyle Cook to talk about what tunes can help newbies and connoisseurs of blues music prepare for the festival. (Full ethical disclosure: I play pickup hoops with him on Sundays.) We put a list together of some songs that may excite those already with tickets or convince those on the fence that you may want to catch these acts while they are in our backyard. Regardless, these are some of the tunes you should know before heading into the gates.
Also, check out this Spotify playlist to get you in the mood with more songs we couldn’t include here.
This weekend attendees of the Roots n Blues n Barbeque Festival will have access to free public WiFi in many areas of downtown Columbia. Robert Simms is director of Information Technologies at the City of Columbia. He said he would love to offer WiFi year round but it is unlikely to happen in the near future. Simms said there are many factors consider.
The Roots “N” Blues “N” Barbeque Festival is returning for its fifth year next week. Downtown businesses now know what to expect during the festival and how to prepare financially. Sub Shop General Manager Scott Schulte says one of the concert stages is in their parking lot and that always helps business.
“It almost doubles are business for the day; we have a concert that usually helps bring in more people also," Schulte says.
But other businesses are not so lucky. Déjà vu Managing Partner Matt Istwan says he's found a way to draw people in.