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The Sun Comes Out at Roots ‘N Blues

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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.

The festival attracts people from all walks of life. There are children, high school kids, college kids and people in their second and third age.

The blues is not just happening on stage either. There is a MO Blues Association, Inc. booth on Seventh just north of Locust. Go there to find out more about how to, as they put it, “promote, support and preserve the blues.” There is also a Gibson truck with a guitar display at the Seventh and Locust parking lot. 

The best music at the festival (so far) happened in the free area, on the corner of Sixth and Cherry. A man wearing a black velvet cowboy hat with long hair and sunglasses was sitting on a small amplifier playing true blues. He was playing an old hollow-body Ibanez that looked pretty beat up, and had a harmonica strapped to his neck. Judging from the money in his open guitar case, he had been on that corner for some time. He had an album on sale for $10.

The bluesman also had a motorcycle that matched his personality. It was black, like the rest of his outfit, and the front of the bike had these impressive long horns that gave the bike a bull attitude.

Good blues on stage and good blues on the street.


Written by DaddyWells

September 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm

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