Street vendors profit from True/False weekend

3 years 2 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, March 05 2015 Mar 5, 2015 Thursday, March 05, 2015 8:13:00 PM CST March 05, 2015 in News
By: Lindsay Gloor, Ginger Hervey, KOMU 8 Reporters

COLUMBIA — Filmgoers in pea coats and slouchy beanies bustled down Broadway on Thursday, March 5, as the first day of True/False Film Fest filled downtown Columbia with cars and new faces.

These people had plenty of options when it comes to entertainment and eateries, not only in theaters but on the streets. For musicians and food cart operators, True/False weekend is one of the most profitable of the year.

"I'm usually just here on Friday," recording artist and street performer RavenWolf said. "But True/False weekend, I increase my time here to Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday."

RavenWolf is well known at his post outside of Lakota Coffee Co. on Ninth Street. He lives and records music in St. Louis, but nearly every Friday for six years he has come to Columbia and performs what he calls "spiritual jazz" from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. True/False weekends are an opportunity to sell his music to a wider audience.

"I mean, it's a whole bunch of people that come here," RavenWolf said. "It's bigger than any football game that the university has ever held. It's that many people here."

James Sommerfeldt, a hot dog vendor and long-time friend of RavenWolf's, agrees the festival weekend is a great opportunity for the musician.

"That is his stage, we are his muse," Sommerfeldt said. "With street performers like RavenWolf, it depends on how much of a novelty people feel they are. And when he does his thing, nobody else can even come close."

Novelty seems to be a common denominator for successful street vendors on the festival weekend. Disco Eats, a food cart that began as Stick It Kebabs and serves a variety of foods, also increased its hours this weekend to appeal to out-of-towners.

"A lot of people come from places where they don't have food carts," Owner/operator Shawni Perry said. "The food truck thing isn't happening there, so it's like a big deal for them to be able to get a hot dog from a food truck."

Disco Eats is sure to get a lot of business located right outside the festival box office for the weekend.

"We are able to see everyone who comes into the festival and everyone who comes out of the festival," Perry said. "It's definitely a range of interesting people, and it's been very busy."

Although the weekend has the potential to widen his fan base, RavenWolf does not feel pressured by the new listeners. He sees the festival as just another chance to share his music.

"When you play 17 hours a day, you learn to understand what happens with you and the music," he said. "I'm here to change the world, one heart at a time. There's no pressure."

For more photos of street vendors and True/False, click here.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missourians who are moving outdoors as the weather should keep their eyes open for snakes. ... More >>
2 hours ago Saturday, May 26 2018 May 26, 2018 Saturday, May 26, 2018 10:21:00 AM CDT May 26, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- The counting of votes was underway Saturday following Ireland's referendum to lift the... More >>
6 hours ago Saturday, May 26 2018 May 26, 2018 Saturday, May 26, 2018 6:43:00 AM CDT May 26, 2018 in News
NEW BLOOMFIELD - New Bloomfield has a new mayor, but it's the way he was selected that has a group... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 9:26:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The ACLU of Missouri is suing the Independence School District on behalf of a senior... More >>
18 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 6:35:52 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Thornbrook neighborhood was without water and electricity for almost two hours on Friday. Columbia Water and... More >>
19 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 5:36:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY – Four vehicle crashes have occurred this week along State Road F west of Fulton in Callaway County.... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 4:12:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – After serving eight years in the United States Air Force, the passion of this veteran for sky travel... More >>
21 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 3:50:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - In another day of political theater, the special House committee investigating Governor Eric Greitens heard new testimony... More >>
21 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 3:15:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- Organizers are expecting a large turnout for the 30th annual "Salute to Veterans" airshow on Memorial Day weekend. ... More >>
21 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 2:53:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- When most people lose an animal, one of the first steps is to put a "missing" sign on a... More >>
22 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 2:46:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Aircraft and pilots met at Columbia Regional Airport Friday to prepare for the 30th annual "Salute to Veterans"... More >>
22 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 2:45:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
CALIFORNIA - A high-speed car chase ended Sunday when the suspect slid into a ditch, according to a press release... More >>
22 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 2:30:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- It's no secret more cars will out for Memorial Day weekend, but many drivers are taking precautions before... More >>
22 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 2:16:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - More than five hundred Missourians have lost their hunting, fishing and trapping licenses after a Department of... More >>
23 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 1:48:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
HARRISONVILLE (AP) — Authorities say a 12-year-old western Missouri boy fought off an attempted abduction by hitting the... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 8:53:00 AM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating an early morning crash on I-70 Westbound. It caused major backups... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 8:47:00 AM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - On Thursday, the Columbia Airport Advisory Board announced the TSA approved a security screening lane to open by... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 11:41:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- May is known for Mother’s day, Memorial Day and in Missouri, the start of tick season. “May, June... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 8:21:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 85°
1pm 89°
2pm 91°
3pm 91°
4pm 91°