Roots N Blues is no longer taking cash, credit or debit cards

1 year 1 month 3 weeks ago Thursday, September 28 2017 Sep 28, 2017 Thursday, September 28, 2017 4:13:00 PM CDT September 28, 2017 in News
By: Jessica Porter, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA – The famous Roots N Blues festival is back in town with a new twist: attendees will no longer be able to use cash, credit or debit cards. 

Festival-goers will receive a wristband that will be used as a pre-paid account. The wristband uses radio frequency identification or RFID technology. Attendees can track how much money they spend by tapping on the wristband. They will get emailed receipts for all of their transactions. 

Those that bring cash to the festival will have the chance to load that cash onto their wristbands.

"Of course we've checked it out at other events and it really works well," said Kevin King, President of Thumper Entertainment. "We think it's a great service for the folks that are attending the festival." 

If festival-goers have funds left on their wristbands after it's over, debit and credit cards will be automatically refunded and cash payments will have to be requested online. Both refund methods require a $5 fee.

The new year also brings in new music headliners, including Emmylou Harris, Leon Bridges, Band of Horses and many more first timers.

King said the music is his favorite part of the festival.

"I'm going to be honest with you, I've invited several artists that I really like here, you know we have John Prine coming, I'm a big fan of John Prine, Band of Horses, I'm a big fan of Band of Horses, Booker T goes back to my teenage days, so really music is what really what's the big part of it for me." 

Local artist and festival-goer Quanah Leija-Elias said he’s looking forward to attending the festival after many years.

"I'm really excited about seeing Leon Bridges, he's one of my favorite musicians right now. I've been once, to the very first Roots N Blues festival, so this will be my first time in this new space," Leija-Elias said. 

Traffic and parking will be restricted in the areas of Broadway, Old Highways 63 and East Walnut. Parking restrictions will begin on Friday at 3 p.m. and continue through the evening of Sunday, Oct. 1. 

For those that plan to drive, parking garages will be free on Friday after 6 p.m. through Sunday. Roots N Blues will provide free shuttles from parking garages. ADA accessible shuttles will also be available. 

GoCOMO will also offer free rides the entire weekend with extended evening hours on Friday and Saturday nights. 

More News

Grid
List
BRUNSWICK – Pecan trees are the root of Brunswick’s tourism industry, and this town is “nuts” about pecans. The... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, November 21 2018 Nov 21, 2018 Wednesday, November 21, 2018 8:07:00 AM CST November 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - It's one of the busiest travel holidays of the year. According to AAA, this year is... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, November 21 2018 Nov 21, 2018 Wednesday, November 21, 2018 5:50:00 AM CST November 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - City Manager Mike Matthes' handling of the community policing efforts could be cited as a big reason for... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, November 21 2018 Nov 21, 2018 Wednesday, November 21, 2018 12:06:00 AM CST November 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The 17th annual Partnership Against Hunger collected nearly 12,000 pounds of food and more than $42,000 in monetary... More >>
11 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 11:30:00 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
MILLER COUNTY - The Miller County Sheriff’s Office conducted a large investigation on November 11 and 12 by the United... More >>
15 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 7:31:00 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - City Manager Mike Matthes announced his resignation Tuesday morning and it has caused a lot of reactions from... More >>
15 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 6:37:00 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON DC - Health officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an alert for consumers to avoid... More >>
16 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 6:19:00 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is renewing a lobbying ban for members of his office. Parson... More >>
16 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 5:46:59 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Margie Vandeven will be reinstated as the education commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education... More >>
17 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 4:49:00 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - On Tuesday afternoon Jefferson City Public Schools announced new administrative staffing appointments for Capital City High School... More >>
18 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 4:02:00 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
MARSHALL – One Salvadoran family in mid-Missouri could be split up with the end of what is called TPS or... More >>
18 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 3:56:00 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
CAMDENTON - The Camden County Sheriff's Office identified the victim in Monday's early morning homicide as Derek Ray Harrelson, 34,... More >>
18 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 3:38:00 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council approved a $12 million improvement project on Nifong Boulevard at Monday's meeting. The... More >>
19 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 3:09:00 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The sheriff of a rural southeast Missouri county pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges for using... More >>
20 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 2:27:00 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Mike Matthes will resign as city manager, effective Wednesday, the City of Columbia announced in a press release.... More >>
21 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 1:32:00 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The State Board of Education announced Tuesday that Margie Vandeven will return to her role as commissioner... More >>
21 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 12:44:00 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A judge sentenced a man to seven years in prison for his role in a robbery in April.... More >>
22 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 12:19:32 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Police are looking for a man in connection with a shooting early Tuesday morning that left a... More >>
23 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 11:12:00 AM CST November 20, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 48°
11am 47°
12pm 50°
1pm 53°
2pm 55°