Columbia, Mo. - Thousands of enthusiastic music fans will takeover the normally serene, grass-covered rolling hills of Stephens Lake Park for the ninth installment of the raucously entertaining Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival, September 25-27.  


Dwight Yoakam is currently touring in support of his recently released critically acclaimed album, Second Hand Heart.

Roots N Blues features over 30 different musicians and bands from around the world performing a variety of country, bluegrass, gospel, folk, soul and, you guessed it, blues music, over the course of three days on two main stages set up throughout the park. On the marquee this year are country music legends Dwight Yoakam, Dale Watson and Junior Brown, venerable blues pioneers Buddy Guy and Robert Cray, highly acclaimed ladies of folk-rock Brandi Carlile and Lucinda Williams, the "Screaming Eagle of Soul" Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires, the funky blues-rap outfit G. Love and Special Sauce, and a slew of other genre-bending bands and performers. 


Buddy Guy, who was recently named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the best guitarists of all time, is returning to Roots N Blues for a second time.
"We're especially excited about this year's musical lineup," says Richard King, one of the festival organizers. "We have once again taken it to the next level and we hope that everyone is as excited about the performers as we are." 

The music kicks off on Friday afternoon and continues through Sunday evening. The stage schedule is yet to be announced, but the complete roster of performers can be found on the "Artists" page at


The 116-acre Stephens Lake Park is located 1.5 miles east of downtown Columbia and offers ample space for festival performances, events, vendors and amusement rides.
Although the music is certainly the main attraction, there also will be many different food trucks offering a variety of mouth-watering fare, including some delicious barbecue; vendors selling performers' merchandise, local artwork, Roots N Blues souvenirs, and more; beer gardens featuring local craft brews and familiar domestics; a carnival area for kids and adults alike; interesting and entertaining art installments throughout the festival grounds and much more. Roots 'n Blues also features a sanctioned half-marathon and 10k and the inspiring "Blues in the Schools" program, which is a music education program provided to Columbia's elementary schools to encourage an appreciation for blues music and its history through mentorship with an artist in residence.

Passes for the 2015 fest are on sale now and are already selling quickly. To order passes, or for more festival information, including musical lineups and registration forms for the marathon and 10k, please visit



Columbia features a mix of small town charm and friendliness with the amenities and cultural offerings of a big city. There is always something exciting to see and do in Columbia, so for more information on these and other ways to have fun in Columbia, please contact Megan McConachie at the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-652-0987 or at

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