In the Midwest, September kind of counts as the summer’s last hurrah. Officially called “Indian summer” in many parts of the country, it’s a time when folks still want to play outside. Despite the ever-growing chill in the air, people like to hike local trails and spend time camping and fishing and generally enjoying the great outdoors.
They also show up en masse to listen to some great music and to nosh on some excellent barbecue at the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival.
Enjoying the Last Hurrah
In many respects, this blues music festival's last day, September 29, 2019, counts as the epitome of the last hurrah.
Don’t misunderstand us. Visitors to the show still line up for the excellent barbecue and like to get comfy as they get their groove on.
What comes with all of this deliciousness, though, is the understanding that Sunday is the last day of this folk music festival. Naturally, this makes attendees want to enjoy the festivities all the more.
After all, most Roots N Blues N BBQ visitors know the festival’s music, food, and arts offerings are as fleeting and therefore as precious as the remainder of the Indian summer’s warmest days.
Like most days of the event, Sunday’s lineup doesn’t disappoint.
The January Lanterns open the festival with a serenade at 12:15 p.m. on the Great Southern Bank Stage while the Burney Sisters kick off the festivities on the Missouri Lottery Stage at 12:45. The musical celebration goes on all daylong on both stages.
Here’s a look at the lineup on the two stages.
Great Southern Bank Stage:
• The January Lanterns: 12:15 - 1:00 p.m.
• The Daves: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
• Old Salt Union: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
• Del McCoury: 4:30 - 5:45 p.m.
• Mandolin Orange: 6:15 - 7:45 p.m.
Missouri Lottery Stage:
• The Burney Sisters: 12:45 - 1:45 p.m.
• The Kay Brothers: 2:15 - 3:30 p.m.
• Amanda Shires: 4:00 - 5:15 p.m.
• The New Pornographers: 5:45 - 7:00 p.m.
• Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit: 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Food and Craft Offerings
In many respects, the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival is the ultimate Americana music festival, meaning the event doesn’t just have music. It offers visitors the whole package: food, music, arts and crafts, and carnival rides.
Additionally, despite the festival’s folksy vibe, organizers are bringing in some convenient modern-day technology to make the experience more hands-on, literally.
The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival introduced RFID wristbands, which allows attendees to get into the event and use the wristband as a digital wallet. A tap on the band pays for food, drinks, and more. The wristbands are the only form of currency accepted at the show.
Specific Advice for People Traveling to the Festival
Like most big shows, the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival attracts people from all over. It's certainly the case for the musicians and artists who count among the best artists locally and nationally.
However, the same can be said of the festival visitors. Many guests are staying at local hotels. Understandably, they carry more than just themselves around with them, so to speak. This is especially true if the festival isn’t their only destination. (The best road trips consist of lots of cool stops, after all.)
These last days of summer are still warm enough for travelers take road trips to festivals, like the Roots N Blues N BBQ, as well as to check out camping, fishing, and other outdoor activities in the area. Truth be told, our local show may be just one of their many stops.
People visit Columbia, Missouri, in part because of the access it gives them to the natural world. They come here to hike and to visit the caves in Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. Additionally, Finger Lakes State Park offers mountain bike trails to ride on, and there are boating and fishing opportunities. The hiking in the park can’t be beat, either.
This doesn’t even touch what visitors can do in Stephens Lake Park; the festival area only takes up a small portion of this gem. The park itself is 116 acres and offers visitors fishing and swimming, garden areas, soccer fields, and picnic grounds.
In light of this, festival attendees may be traveling to the show with bikes, camping equipment, kayaks, ATVs, and more.
Not all people will feel comfortable leaving these items out on travel trailers in the parking lots of their hotels when they’re at the show. One way to sidestep this issue is to rent a storage unit to store your belongings in while you’re at the festival. We have on-site property managers at many of our sites and 24-hour video surveillance as well.
Additionally, some items, like kayaks, need to be stored in a cool dry place out of the way of the sun’s rays or even weather extremes, which can sometimes happen unexpectedly this time of year.
Climate controlled storage units protect festival-goers' belongings (like kayaks) not only from the weather but also from possible theft as well. Our units come in a number of sizes, many of which can accommodate larger items, like ATVs.
Aside from all of this, visitors traveling to this Midwest music festival can reserve a storage unit online before they arrive. This allows you to quickly off-load your recreational belongings before you head off to the show.
Those who have a rental will also have an easier time at checkout. Local hotels will be filled with festival visitors, many of whom will be securing their campers and recreational equipment in the parking lots of those hotels, which can slow down the checkout process.
If you have a rental, you can leave your room quickly and pick up your items at your unit before heading back on the road. Our parking lot is bound to be less busy than the lots at many local hotels on the day after the festival.
If you’re planning on checking out Roots N Blues N BBQ in September and you want to make the festival’s last day as stress-free as possible, contact us about which type of storage unit might be right for you.