Ryan Adams and Gary Clark Jr. among headliners for Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival
Courtesy of Warner Brothers Records

If ever there was a music festival that deserves to be labeled ‘tasty,’ it is the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival (RBBBQ) that’s set to take place at Stephens Lake Park in Columbia, Mo. Sept. 29 – Oct. 1. And not just because festival-goers will gobble up hundreds of pounds of delicious barbecue and other savory foods during the three-day event, but also because the musical lineup is nothing short of mouthwatering.

RBBBQ is renowned for always presenting a diverse group of roots music and blues performers, and this time out, an especially eclectic bunch will be on hand. The music will take place on two stages so there are two headliners each evening. Getting the closing slots this year are red hot blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr., soul man Leon Bridges, revered folk singer John Prine, singer, producer and poet Ryan Adams, the legendary Memphis musician Booker T's Stax Revue and South Carolina’s Band of Horses who will be taking the stage with a couple of new members.

As usual, Columbia-based artists will be well-represented at RBBBQ. Set to appear are Paul Weber & the Scrappers, Untamed Youth, the Bel Airs, Broadway Blues, Chump Change, Music Maker Blues Revue, the Norm Ruebling Band and the Hooten Hallers, who are currently in the middle of a major North American tour. Also appearing will be the winner of the King of the Roots contest; Columbia-area bands are currently battling it out for a chance to appear on the big stage.

A couple of things to note are that the Bottle Rockets and Marshall Crenshaw are appearing together; the Bottle Rockets will play a set of their own music and then continue the set as the backup band for Crenshaw. Amanda Shires will be appearing Oct. 1 and she is married to Jason Isbell, so no doubt there will be those anticipating a walk-on from Isbell who does not have a show of his own scheduled for that date. A guest appearance, while not impossible, is however quite unlikely as Isbell has a show the night before in Charlotte, N.C.

Here’s the complete list of performers as it stands today:

Friday, Sept. 29:

MO Lottery Stage
Paul Weber & the Scrappers
The Suffers
Old 97’s
Gary Clark Jr.

Great Southern Bank Stage
Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys
Lee Fields & the Expressions
Booker T’s Stax Revue

Saturday, Sept. 30:

MO Lottery Stage
Kent Burnside & the Flood Brothers
The Hooten Hallers
Untamed Youth
Nikki Lane
Marty Stuart & his Fabulous Superlatives
The Mavericks
Leon Bridges

Great Southern Bank Stage
King of the Roots (Contest winner TBD)
The Bel Airs
Nikki Hill
Marshall Crenshaw & the Bottle Rockets
The Steel Drivers
Pokey LaFarge
Band of Horses

Sunday, Oct. 1:

MO Lottery Stage
The Norm Ruebling Band
Chump Change
Music Maker Blues Revue
Ana Popovic
Margo Price
Ryan Adams

Great Southern Bank Stage
Broadway Blues
The Fairfield Four
Amanda Shires
Emmylou Harris
John Prine

The producers of RBBBQ make it really easy to get to the event; shuttles run to the park on a continuous basis from select hotels and various points throughout downtown Columbia. Ticketing options include general admission weekend passes, general admission individual day tickets and the Whole Hog VIP pass which includes special up-front viewing areas and lounges where small plate meals and snacks are served. The Whole Hog pass also gives holders access to private restrooms and a private cash bar. The top ticketing option is the Platinum Pig VIP pass; it includes everything the Whole Hog pass includes plus additional perks like artist meet-n-greets, a backstage tour, a goodie bag and more.

For more information on the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival go here.

To plan a visit to Columbia go here.