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On this week’s edition of Intersection, we delve into the rich history, sweet sounds and savory flavors of the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival. Our host Sara Shariari talks with Aarik Danielsen, features editor of the Columbia Daily Tribune, and learns about the stories behind the blues with musicians Pat 'Mother Blues' Cohen, Albert White, Big Ron Hunter, Ardie Dean, Lil' Joe Burton and Nashid Abdul, who perform with the Music Maker Blues Revue. Segments on some of the event’s food vendors and  festival-goers round out the show. 

Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival back in Columbia

Sep 19, 2013


The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival will be returning to Columbia this weekend with some changes.

The festival location is one of the biggest changes- it will now be at Stephens Lake Park instead of downtown Columbia.

Richard King is the festival organizer for Roots N Blues N BBQ. He says the time was right to make change.

A fundraising group in Columbia is accepting donations to fund improvements at Stephens Lake Park in honor of a deceased local activist. Friends and relatives of Christy Welliver have started the Welliver memorial project with the goal of enhancing the park's main entrance.

Welliver was an advocate for people with disabilities until her death in 2011. The group’s spokesperson Chip Cooper said Welliver deserves such recognition, and Stephens Lake Park is an ideal place to praise her work.