Accessibility and Health Care at Roots N Blues Festival
Whether you are visiting the Roots N Blues Festival for the first time or have been coming to the festival for years, it’s important to understand the accessibility and health care available to you. This article will help you know what’s available, what’s expected, and how to make the most of it.
Originally established in 2007, the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival was created by the Central Bank of Boone County as a community celebration of its 150th anniversary. In 2008, Richard King acquired the festival from the bank and operated it under Thumper Productions, LLC.
As the festival approached its eighth year, the owners realized that the festival needed a fresh look. After selling the festival to Trio Presents, LLC in December of 2019, the new owners have created a refreshed look and have remained loyal to the roots of the event.
The new owners of Roots N Blues are determined to create a festival that is inclusive of all people. They hope to continue exploring barriers that affect accessibility, while also making sure that the festival pays equitable salaries to its staff.
Located half way between Kansas City and St. Louis, the town of Columbia is a college town surrounded by farmland.
The Roots N Blues Festival is a three-day event taking place at Stephens Lake Park in Columbia, Missouri. In the past, the music festival has featured acts like Trombone Shorty, John Prine, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, and Trombone Shorty. The line up isn’t without its flaws, though.
The Roots N Blues Festival has taken several safety measures, namely, using off-duty Columbia police officers to augment regular festival police. The event will also be monitored by metal detectors and a water refilling station.
The festival’s security team is led by Head of Security Bill Clinton. He has been working at the event for over 10 years.
Earlier this year, the Roots N Blues festival announced a line-up featuring Grammy-winning artists. The festival is held in Columbia, Missouri every fall. It is a three-day multi-genre music event.
The festival will take place at Stephens Lake Park, a 20-minute walk from the University of Missouri campus. It features up-and-coming musicians, along with old favorites.
The lineup includes 19 female performers. The festival will also have designated ADA viewing platforms for people with disabilities. These viewing platforms will be identified in the festival’s mobile app. Those with disabilities will have good views of the stages.
The festival has partnered with the Columbia Police Department to help with security. This includes hiring Chase Security and using off-duty Columbia police officers. The festival will have metal detectors for security.
COVID-19 pandemic halt
Despite the positive test that forced Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger to postpone his June 13 show, the COVID-19 pandemic has not halted the live music industry. In fact, there are still a lot of last-minute cancellations happening, particularly in the week before Christmas.
One of the largest affected concerts is the Roots N Blues festival. This year’s festival is scheduled to be held in Columbia, Missouri, halfway between Kansas City and St. Louis. A group called Friends of the Festival has been formed to help keep the festival going.
In recent weeks, many US festivals have implemented COVID protocols. The Rooster Walk Festival in Los Angeles has also done so. In addition to implementing COVID, the Bonnaroo festival has announced five different dates for its event.
2022 Missouri Roots Songbook honor
Getting a Missouri Roots Songbook honor is like being inducted into the Roots N Blues Hall of Fame. The honors are presented to musicians who have made significant contributions to music in the state. They were founded by Tracy Lane and Jasper in 2018. Several notable performers have made the honors list, including Chuck Berry, John “Blind” Boone and the Old Crow Medicine Show. In fact, the best part about being an honoree is that you get to perform for an enthusiastic audience.
While there were a number of other Missouri musicians whose names were nominated for the Missouri Roots Songbook honor, Jeff Tweedy was chosen as the winner. Tweedy is the guitarist, bandleader and songwriter for Wilco, a band that has been around for almost thirty years. He also has a close relationship with one of the founders of Roots N Blues, Mavis Staples.