Archive for September 2009
The crowd for Booker T. at Roots’N Blues’N BBQ was immaculate. I watched the show for free from the intersection at Eighth and Locust and thought it was pretty good. A show I hope nobody missed was Blind Boys of Alabama. They performed after The Steeldrivers at the Mediacom stage in Peace Park. The show was incredible. Though the festival guide describes a “four-part harmony,” there were only three boys Saturday night.
Booker T is not just good for an old man. He is just plain good.
The Roots ‘N Blues ‘N BBQ festival was finally graced with a bit of sunshine.
By around 5 p.m., the scattered showers that left the ground at Peace Park wet and muddy had disappeared. Now it seems like more and more people are starting to show up.
Maybe people had been waiting for dinner time to hit up the food vendors. Deciding what to eat is tough as you walk past the many barbecue smokers and smell the smells of delicious pulled pork, ribs, etc. The prices are quite good too. Most vendors are charging about $5 for a meal.
Two female singers performed at 1 p.m. Saturday during the Roots n’ Blues n’ BBQ festival.
Ana Popovic, a Serbian-American singer-guitarist with a passion for the blues, played some jazzy guitar riffs at the Mediacom stage in Peace Park.
Popovic drew quite a crowd. From older couples dancing to the swingy tunes or young families with kids in tow, concertgoers enjoyed her smooth, laid-back style.
Nearby, on the MPIX stage at 7th and Locust, Heather Myles was wooing listeners with her feel-good country style. Myles, known for her song “Cars”, had quite a few people dancing around 7th Street.
The Roots ‘N Blues ‘n BBQ Festival will continue tonight with artists such as Booker T. performing at 7 p.m. and the Blind Boys of Alabama at 9 p.m.
Here are the winners of the 2009 Roots ‘N ‘Blues ‘N BBQ Festival:
1. Overall Grand champion: Great Grills O’ Fire
2. Best brisket: Tiger Dog BBQ
3. Best pork ribs: Belly Brothers
4. Best pork: Smoke This BBQ
5. Best chicken: Smoke This BBQ
6. Best dessert: Blazin’ Butts
Competitors in Roots ‘N Blues ‘N BBQ Festival were judged on their meat’s appearance, taste and tenderness. To win overall, the teams needed to submit meat in all four of the categories: chicken, ribs, pork and beef brisket.
The dessert category was added this year. There were no guidelines to submitting dessert, so there was a wide variety of entries that included sweet cornbread, cream cheese blueberry pie and chocolate tart cake.
An isolated rain shower didn’t create too much distraction for the crowds attending the Roots ‘N Blues ‘N BBQ Festival. Festival goers congregated under building awnings and in open business doorways. Some were prepared with umbrellas and ponchos while others used their intuitive fashion sense and created their own rain slickers out of garbage bags.
The music continued and the crowds patiently waited out the rain.
The University of Missouri’s Mizzou BBQ team was cooking, smoking, and saucing it up in anticipation of this year’s BBQ competition. Established in 2006, the Mizzou BBQ team has traveled around Missouri and other states to compete.
Last year, they placed 11th overall, but this year the team is hoping to break into the single digits. They would not disclose their top seceret sauce recipe, but said that “smoke and sugar” are their key ingredients.