Missouri Music Festival Relief: Roots N Blues N BBQ

Maren Morris, John Prine, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Black Pumas, Ben Harper, The New Pornographers, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit and Old Salt Union to name a few… and there are 23 more bands on the bill.


In its 13th season, Roots N Blues N BBQ festival prides itself on celebrating American roots music. Top heavy on Blues, Americana and Country bookings, the festival makes way for a steady helping of Soul and even spreading the wealth to a few Indie Rock bands as well.


Set-up over 50 acres of Stephens Lake Park in Columbia, MO., the festival features 30 artists and two stages split by Missouri friendly beer and food vendors. The two night, three day Festival is $173 for a three-day pass and let’s face it, you spent half that at Starbucks last month.

The headliners are a doozy, especially John Prine. Prine is a bucket list singer-songwriter attraction. He’s been carrying the Folk music torch for nearly 50 years and is admired by the like of Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Roger Waters. Having Prine on the line-up is worth the price of admission alone.


While top-billers are going to grab a lot of the attention, be sure to make way for mid-day bands like St. Louis’ Old Salt Union and the dynamic darling duo, the Burney Sisters. Brooklyn natives, The National Reserve, husband and wife duo the War and Treaty from Washington DC and Jason Isbell’s better half, Amanda Shires are attention-worthy acts.


Take in the whole weekend or grab daily passes ($85 for Friday, $90 for Saturday and $70 for Sunday), there are a lot of can’t miss acts. Maren Morris sold out the Pageant back in May. The last time Ben Harper played St. Louis was September 2017 and The New Pornographers only Missouri stop on their tour is this Festival.


Admit it, you’ve been pining for a festival all summer, head to COMO and grab some BBQ, local brews and the rest is just a 90 minute drive from home.

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