POSTED ON: February 16th, 2018
Pretty much overnight, the RNB team transforms Stephens Lake Park into a flourishing festival. Of course, we add the giant stages. vendor booths and the signature ferris wheel, but there’s something more that makes this transformation process all the more remarkable: the art installations. Read More
POSTED ON: February 10th, 2018
This is how we feel over at RNB.
POSTED ON: February 9th, 2018
Leon Bridges graced the stage at the 2017 Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival in a jumpsuit. He closed out the Saturday lineup with almost the entirety of his debut album, a few covers, and even an adlb dance number. His performance left us completely speechless and wanting to see him again. Read More
POSTED ON: February 6th, 2018
It is literally a Vinyl Renaissance because vinyl is back. Whether you’ve always been loyal, or you just bought a beginner’s record player from Best Buy, the medium that was once thought to be extinct could now be permanently mainstream, according to a recent feature in Pitchfork magazine. Read More
POSTED ON: January 29th, 2018
Last night’s Grammy Awards were packed with political statements and profound performances. This didn’t leave time much time for on-stage presentations of awards; in fact, there were only nine awards actually presented in front of the audience. Instead, most were given out at a pre-show ceremony, which means it was easy to miss a lot of the winners. Read More
POSTED ON: January 23rd, 2018
I guess this is what happens when siblings don’t bicker; brother-and-sister led team The Oh Hellos are returning this February with their fourth studio album titled Eurus. Read More
POSTED ON: January 16th, 2018
As the new year progresses, we are still tirelessly working towards our new year’s resolutions. Progress is, of course, great, but sometimes we get caught up in our busy schedules and forget about the constant flow of music. If you missed the releases of these three albums, take a few minutes, and dive in. Whether it’s on your commute to work or while you’re making dinner, be sure to check these out. Read More
POSTED ON: January 9th, 2018
In September 2017, Judd Apatow released his documentary about RNB alums the Avett Brothers, and most of the RNB team attended the one-night-only showing. We left thinking, “Man, I want to see that again.” But for the past few months, that’s been virtually impossible. Sure, there were a few more showings, but these were few and far between. Until now.
After a long four months, “May It Last” will be able to stream on HBO by the end of January. Whether it’s your first or third time, be sure to watch this stunning depiction of a RNB alums the Avett Brothers.
POSTED ON: January 2nd, 2018
We can only listen to Christmas music for so long before “Little Drummer Boy” begins to sound like nails on a chalkboard. If you’re over our Christmas playlist, you’re in luck. Here is a hand-crafted, Roots N Blues approved playlist to kick off your new year right. Read More
POSTED ON: December 29th, 2017
There’s only nine more months until the 2018 Roots N Blues Festival! But, if you don’t think you wait that long, we get it. Festivals aren’t just for late spring to early fall; there are festivals throughout the year that you might not even know exist. You may even need your passport for some.
POSTED ON: December 20th, 2017
Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires are one of the most authentic and charming couples in the spotlight. Not only that, but they both have had incredibly successful years for their careers. And beyond that, they have been some of the most outspoken voices on issues that transcend what is usually commented on by country artists. Read More
POSTED ON: December 19th, 2017
Pokey LaFarge paused before beginning his next song, looked inquisitively into the audience and asked, “Y’all got enough room to dance down there?” A few toes were stepped on, a couple drinks were spilled, but I’ve never seen more people dancing at one show before. And no, I don’t mean a slight head nod or foot taps. I’m talkin’ slow dancing, fox trotting, jumping-around and yeehawing. It was LaFarge’s last night on the tour, and he made sure to make it a memorable one.
POSTED ON: December 15th, 2017
2017 is coming to an end, and sometimes when I’m dating papers I still write the year as 2010. All mix-ups aside, 2017 was an incredible year for The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival, and it couldn’t have happened without you — the fans. Thirty-two performances, 13.1 miles and a whole lot of craft beer later, we cannot believe how quickly this year has passed. Here’s a look back at some of our — and your — favorite moments. Read More
POSTED ON: December 5th, 2017
Are you tired of the same ol’ version of the little drummer boy? Or the Michael Bublé Christmas album? Yeah, so are we. Here’s the problem: there are 20 more days until Christmas, so we have a ways to go until we can stop listening. To combat some of these holiday music blues, try listening to these not-so-conventional Christmas songs. And of course, some of these are by Roots N Blues alum. Read More
POSTED ON: November 28th, 2017
Another year, another Grammys where they ignore our favorite categories and only announce the pop categories on TV. Nevertheless, a massive amount of Roots N Blues alums are nominated for Grammys. Check out the complete list below: Read More
POSTED ON: November 24th, 2017
Okay, we know. The ticket prices seem higher. But, they’re not, we promise! How could this possibly be, you may ask. Here’s why:
POSTED ON: November 24th, 2017
November is more than halfway over, which means that Christmas music is officially socially acceptable to listen to now. We know you’ve been listening to “Little Drummer Boy” since November 1st, but now you can listen in public and not be judged. Read More
POSTED ON: November 7th, 2017
On the night of September 12th, 2017, tens of thousands of people donning Avett Brothers T-shirts lined the insides of theaters across the country. These fans were all queued, waiting to see the intimate portrayal of the Avett Brothers in their film “May it Last.” Of course, most of the Roots N Blues staff went to the viewing, and we all brought with us individual memories associated with the band and their music. Our assistant festival director played ping-pong with the brothers at the 2014 festival. One of the interns has a tattoo of Avett Brothers’ lyrics on his forearm. Meanwhile, I was a fan, but not that intensely. This quickly changed as I had a steady flow of tears throughout the entire film. I listened to all nine albums in succession the next day. Read More
POSTED ON: October 31st, 2017
Thirty days ago, we were watching Margo Price crush her performance at The 2017 Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival. Today, we’re listening to her soul-crushing sophomore album, All American Made. The title of this 12 track album is a little misleading — Price depicts a world in crisis. Read More
POSTED ON: October 17th, 2017
It’s been two weeks since the 2017 Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival, and we’re still not over some of the incredible performances this year. This year’s artists not only delivered unbelievably great shows, but also duetted with each other throughout the weekend. We were so lucky to have country legend John Prine and rising star Margo Price on the bill for Sunday, but who would’ve guessed they would perform together? Read More
POSTED ON: September 29th, 2017
The day we’ve all been waiting for is finally here! It’s festival day, y’all!! It seems surreal — after being hired in late December, the festival seemed like such a distant date. We’ve blogged, promoted, flyered, and now all our hard work is about to pay off for one incredible weekend. Read More
POSTED ON: September 28th, 2017
There are so many cliches that I could list off right now, i.e. “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” or “It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for.” But let’s just get straight to the facts: In 24 hours, you’ll be walking through the festival gates. Read More
POSTED ON: September 27th, 2017
Well guys, we’re two days away from the 2017 Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival. Many of you have been following us since last year’s festival and are impatiently waiting for this weekend. Yet many others have inevitably heard about the festival (because come on, we’re kind of a big deal), but don’t really know what it is. The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival is first and foremost a kickass concert with a bunch of talented artists. However, it doesn’t stop there. Here are 5 other things you can find on the grounds this weekend!
POSTED ON: September 26th, 2017
Well, folks. The moment we’ve been waiting for is here. I mean, literally every time you read a blog post there is a ticking timer counting down to the festival. And we could not be more excited because it’s festival time!
If you’ve been to Roots N Blues, or any festival for that matter, you know there is usually a lot of booze involved. Like, a lot. One thing we pride ourselves on here at RNBNBBQ is our incredible selection of craft beers, wines and drinks. So, we’ve compiled a list of all your drink options and their prices, so you can start mentally preparing now. Read More
POSTED ON: September 23rd, 2017
Well folks, we’re less than a week away from the festival, and here at RNB headquarters, we’re pumped. We want to make sure you have the most incredible weekend of food, friends and most of all, great music. So, we compiled a list of all the things you should not do at this year’s festival. Avoid these five things, and you’re sure to have an unforgettable three days. Read More
POSTED ON: September 14th, 2017
There’s no getting around it: there will be times throughout our life when we are reminded of a universal truth, life can be relentless. Sometimes we undergo a deep deconstruction of our entire beings. Heartbreak, something everyone will go through at some point, perfectly exhibits this universal truth; thank God we have music to cope. Read More
POSTED ON: September 8th, 2017
I almost got run over by a bike last Monday, but it was for good reason. Early that morning, NPR released their newest Tiny Desk Concert with Jason Isbell. So of course as I walked to my 8 a.m. class, my eyes were glued to the minuscule screen of my phone as Jason Isbell’s anything but minuscule sound projected out of my headphones. If you even mildly keep up with these blog posts, they almost always include a link to a Tiny Desk. And if a blog post doesn’t include a Tiny Desk, there is a strong chance it is about Jason Isbell. So basically, this was huge for me. Read More
POSTED ON: September 5th, 2017
Whether you consider yourself a star athlete or you physically cringe at the thought of going on a run, the Roots N Blues N BBQ races can be a great time for everyone! Now, I say that with the confidence of someone belonging to the latter part of that spectrum, so I’m not here to say crazy things like, “Running is the best!” or, “Yeah, I would totally rather go for a jog than take a nap!”
Fear not, I am here solely as a mediocre exercise enthusiast (but a major Roots N Blues enthusiast), so stick with me while I go through the top 5 reasons you should run at this year’s ½ Marathon or 10K!
POSTED ON: August 29th, 2017
I never realized just how many different kinds of music I really listen to until I tried to create this playlist. As I skimmed through my finalized list, I noticed the how the songs bounce in and out of genres and really kind of go all over the place. It took way too long to narrow it down to 30 songs, but these two hours of music are essential to my being. The list features country, alternative, a little punk and many more. It features artists like Charles Bradley, one of my favorite guys to walk this earth, Family and Friends, a group some of us interns recently saw, and 2017 Roots N Blues artists like Band of Horses and Pokey Lafarge. Specifically, the following five songs are personal favorites:
POSTED ON: August 22nd, 2017
It’s that time of year, folks: time to start preparing your festival looks. The most underrated but completely experience-changing item you can sport this festival season is — you guessed it: the Fanny Pack. Unsure of whether or not this style is for you? Well, here are 5 reasons you should bring one to Roots N Blues 2017.