POSTED ON: September 7th, 2018
Getting to listen to Sturgill Simpson on repeat for the past two weeks in preparation for this blog post has been a real treat for me. Narrowing it down to his top 5 songs, however, was much more challenging. Read More
POSTED ON: August 24th, 2018
Listen, festival weekend is great. We know this. But, it’s also exhausting. Spending three days in the sun and nonstop dancing around can be completely draining. The good news is that Columbia happens to be equipped with more coffee shops than you can count. You’re gonna need to load up on caffeine to keep the party going all festival weekend, and these coffee joints can help you with that. To help you navigate the tens of places that you could choose from, we made a list of the top five places you’ll want to check out before heading to the festival grounds. But don’t worry, we have coffee on-site, too.
POSTED ON: August 10th, 2018
Often times, the biggest barrier to sustainable living is that it’s just not on people’s radars. So we want to make sure this year that we’re spreading the word. Check out these helpful tips to saving the Earth while listening to incredible music. Read More
POSTED ON: July 31st, 2018
The key to a smooth festival weekend is, you guessed it, to be prepared—and we’re here to make sure you have everything you need to make the best of your Roots N Blues N BBQ experience! Here are 5 things to remember when preparing for this years’ festival.
POSTED ON: July 13th, 2018
After living in Columbia for several years now, I would have to say that downtown is my favorite part about Columbia — mostly because of the food selection. Whether you’re in the mood for cheap bar food, an upscale dinner or a veggie burger, there’s tons of options. The festival will feature incredible food, of course (we are the Roots N Blues N BBQ festival after all), but if you’re around CoMo for a few days before or after the weekend, check out my top five favorite places to eat in the area. Read More
POSTED ON: July 3rd, 2018
Lake Street Dive is known for a lot of things: exceptional bass solos, incredibly smooth vocals & a bold orchestral sound. But most of all, LSD has a reputation for witty and oftentimes sassy one liners that pack a punch in their songs. It’s part of what makes LSD so unforgettable; these lines may make you laugh, but they’ll most definitely get stuck in your head. So here’s our ranking of the best one-liners scattered throughout their repertoire. Read More
POSTED ON: June 15th, 2018
As music and journalism evolve, our ways of consuming information are completely different than they were even five years ago. The newest of these advances is podcasts — a medium that has been quickly gaining speed. There are hundreds of thousands of podcasts; there’s pieces about local news, global conflict, music and even serial killers. Within the music genre, it’s not just amateurs fiddling with a microphone — Rolling Stone, Rick Rubin & even the New York Times have all created their own music podcasts that range in topics but not in quality. Read More
POSTED ON: June 1st, 2018
Roots N Blues is always an incredible weekend of the year. Good food, good music, good beer. But most importantly, good people. Roaming the landscape of Stephens Lake Park in the September sun can really only be made better by having your best friend at your side. Let’s face it, you need a partner in crime. When you’re crafting that text to your friend convincing them to get a ticket, be sure to include these reasons: Read More
POSTED ON: May 25th, 2018
There’s nothing quite like the experience of hearing one of your favorite bands jam to a song you know and love. Covers are wholesome and reaffirming; they paint a song in a brand new light while simultaneously reinvigorating the pre-established appreciation for it. Whenever I hear a band cover a song I love, it creates this unparalleled connection that’s almost indescribable. In the least poetic way possible, it’s like, “They listen to that song?! I listen to that song!” In all honesty, it makes me feel like I’m friends with the band. Read More
POSTED ON: May 8th, 2018
With over 15 years worth of music to choose from, selecting the best of the best from The Avett Brothers is no easy task. As a die-hard fan, it was difficult to put my personal biases away and select the five songs I believe to be their best as a group. The following list looks at songs that include things like band chemistry and strong/deep lyrics, as well as what songs best showcase the group’s talent. First though, we take a look at the honorable mentions. (In no particular order) 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 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 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: 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 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 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 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.
POSTED ON: August 15th, 2017
We get it. It might seem a little crazy that Roots N Blues is going completely cashless this year. Here’s the thing: there are virtually no downsides. We could go on and on about how this will benefit your festival experience, but we’ve summed it all up for you. Here are the top 5 reasons to love cashless:
POSTED ON: August 1st, 2017
If you told me three months ago that I would be camping in Iowa for two days, I would’ve laughed. Then I saw the lineup at Hinterland Music Festival. And bought a ticket. Now I’m camping in Iowa for two days.
This August 4-5 in Saint Charles, Iowa, some incredible artists will be performing at Hinterland. This festival is made for people who not only love music, but love the outdoors. Plus, Roots N Blues staff are all headed down there. Check out these five artists that will be playing in the beautiful, rural landscape of Iowa. Read More
POSTED ON: July 25th, 2017
The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival weekend should be a weekend for celebration. When you’re not listening to the best lineup of live music you’ll hear all year, treat yourself to good drinks and good eats. This list, compiled by an expert brunch afficionado, details the best places to get brunch in downtown Columbia. Read More
POSTED ON: July 11th, 2017
Roots N Blues N BBQ is going to be here before you know it, and you don’t want to be scrambling the night before trying to decide what to bring. Let us help you create a checklist for the top five things you NEED to bring to this year’s festival! Read More