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-Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival is a carefree zone. For most, there’s very little thought of work; other commitments seem to fade away during this weekend in late September. Especially with our new cashless system, you don’t even have to think about losing your wallet. The only responsibility you should have is ensuring you see all your favorite acts. The good news is, the stage schedule has just been released. Now, you can start planning to make sure you don’t miss anyone.

Friday starts out strong. On the Missouri Lottery Stage, Paul Weber and the Scrappers will kick things off. They’ll be followed by The Suffers, Old 97’s and Gary Clark Jr., who will end the night. On the Great Southern Bank Stage will be Big Sandy and His Fly Rite Boys, Lee Fields & the Expressions and Booker T’s Stax Revue. It’s a day stacked with talent.

On Saturday, the fun continues at the Missouri Lottery Stage. Kicking it off will be Kent Burnside & the Flood Brothers. They will be followed by The Hooten Hallers, then The Untamed Youth, Nikki Lane, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, The Mavericks and finally Leon Bridges, who is the headliner for that night.

Just a short walk away, the Great Southern Bank Stage will be rockin’ just as hard. They’ll kick off the day with the winner of the King of the Roots, a battle of the bands competition. Next will be The Bel Airs, Nikki Hill, Marshall Crenshaw & the Bottle Rockets, The SteelDrivers and Pokey Lafarge. That stage will then be closed out with Band of Horses.

Sunday will kick off with Norm Ruebling on the MO stage. He’ll be followed by Chump Change, Music Maker Blues Revue, Ana Popovic, Margo Price and Ryan Adams, who will be the last headliner. The Great Southern Bank Stage will feature Broadway Blues first. The following acts will be the Fairfield Four, Amanda Shires, Emmylou Harris and John Prine.

The best part about smaller festivals like Roots N Blues is you can pretty much see every act you intend to. If you go to a huge festival that has something like seven stages, you’ll have to sprint back and forth between stages, and chances are you’ll still have to miss some bands. With two stages, RNB makes sure you get to listen to all the incredible talent we have this year!

In case you don’t want to memorize the entire schedule, here’s a printable version 🙂