Roots n' Blues brings extra patrons to local businesses

2 years 7 months 3 weeks ago Friday, September 25 2015 Sep 25, 2015 Friday, September 25, 2015 4:09:00 PM CDT September 25, 2015 in News
By: Emma Henderson, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The Roots n' Blues n' BBQ Festival brings many people to Columbia to enjoy a weekend of music and food, and with that influx of people comes a boost in traffic for local businesses.

The festival takes place at Stephens Lake Park. Businesses can become sponsors or vendors at the event, but they also see increases at the main locations.

"It's a huge weekend for us, I mean double revenue. Basically we get a free weekend pretty much, so it's wonderful for everybody," said Andrew DuCharme, General Manager of Lakota Coffee.

Preparations begin before the weekend starts; at Lakota Coffee employees roasted extra coffee beans to make sure they had enough to last through the weekend.

When the weekend of Roots n' Blues rolls around "We double our staff, plus a little bit," DuCharme said.

Hot Box Cookies also sees a boost in business and makes sure to have extra cookie dough in stock to make sure that hungry customers don't leave empty handed.

"The past three years I know we've done different levels of involvement as far as passing out cookies doing donations and that kind of thing, but we're definitely looking to get more involved," said Tim Roof, General Manager of Hot Box Cookies.

The festival has different levels of tickets, and patrons who are VIP ticket holders have access to free food and drinks, some of which are provided by local businesses like Lakota Coffee and Hot Box Cookies.

Part of the reason Hot Box has been able to get more involved is due to an increase in staff.

"We've just been growing so quickly. Our staff is basically double or triple where it was about a year ago, so we can do these huge large catering orders for these events more frequently," Roof said.

Signs can be seen at local businesses welcoming people to Columbia for Roots n' Blues or offering discounts to ticket holders.

Local businesses that have large Roots n' Blues logos on display in the windows are participating in "Celebrate Your Roots Discover the District" that goes from September 11 to the 24 and offers discounts to shoppers.

The festival brings big names in roots and blues music to town; this year there are five featured artists including Buddy Guy and Dr. John. The three-day festival has more than 30 acts and has a few offshoot programs.

In addition to the festival, there is a Half Marathon and 10k, auctions, art shows, and multiple events where organizers announce the artists performing in the coming year.

Businesses can also be vendors on site for Roots n' Blues, so employees are able to enjoy music while working.

"It's a little bit hectic, but it's also really fun. I mean they get to go listen to a lot of great bands, and I mean they make great tips they love it, it's a great weekend for everybody," DuCharme said.

Roots n' Blues takes place from September 25 to the 27.

More News

Grid
List
AUXVASSE - Gov. Eric Greitens spoke at the 16th annual Fire Fighters Memorial Service on Sunday. The service was... More >>
2 hours ago Sunday, May 20 2018 May 20, 2018 Sunday, May 20, 2018 4:05:00 PM CDT May 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri State Highway Patrol is taking to social media to spread awareness of National Safe Boating Week... More >>
3 hours ago Sunday, May 20 2018 May 20, 2018 Sunday, May 20, 2018 3:36:00 PM CDT May 20, 2018 in News
FULTON - All 6-year-old Sam Santhuff wanted to do was comfort children in the hospital, even though he was there... More >>
11 hours ago Sunday, May 20 2018 May 20, 2018 Sunday, May 20, 2018 6:47:00 AM CDT May 20, 2018 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY - The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released the identities of the three people killed and the two... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 6:42:00 PM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Children in Columbia have a chance to get paid to play. Columbia Parks and Recreation started its... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 6:10:00 PM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
HAVANA (AP) — The Latest on the crash in Cuba of a passenger jet with 113 people on board (all... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 5:23:00 PM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Over 90 people showed up at the Burr Oak Brewery for an afternoon of puppies, yoga and beer... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 4:50:00 PM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Although it is nowhere near Halloween, some Columbia runners faced their fears by participating in a zombie-themed 5K... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 11:12:00 AM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- The city of Columbia has been ranked a top-ten affordable college town to live in by realtor.com. Factors... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 10:41:00 AM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Mississippi River is above flood stage at several northeast Missouri locations, but forecasters do... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 9:29:44 AM CDT May 19, 2018 in Continuous News
(CNN) -- And they're married! Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle were wed Saturday at Windsor... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 7:09:00 AM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- The United states is experiencing one of the lowest birth rates in 30 years, according to the Centers for... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 9:08:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Attorney General Josh Hawley says attorneys helping Gov. Eric Greitens through impeachment proceedings are acting improperly. "By... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 8:34:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The annual Backyard Concert Series kicks off Saturday evening at the Jefferson Landing Historic site. Missouri... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 6:45:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY –Missourians will soon be able to keep a little more money from their paychecks, after a state House... More >>
2 days ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 6:33:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
MADISON (AP) — A Columbia man will likely spend the rest of his life in prison for a shooting death... More >>
2 days ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 4:40:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
WARSAW (AP) — Authorities say the police chief of a western Missouri town was wounded after a 16-year-old boy shot... More >>
2 days ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 4:24:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's Republican-led Legislature approved tax cuts for both individuals and corporations Friday and sent a gas-tax... More >>
2 days ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 4:18:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 78°
7pm 79°
8pm 76°
9pm 73°
10pm 71°