River festival showcases Mid-Missouri bands

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COLUMBIA - Cooper's Landing hosted the first Rock n' Roll River Festival Saturday, where families enjoyed food, a fun atmosphere and music from local bands.

Will Saulsbery plays for the band Money For Guns and helped plan the festival with Cooper's Landing.

"We just decided to throw an all day music festival, and this seemed like the perfect venue," he said.

Saulsbery said the free event was family-friendly, which gave his band a new type of crowd to entertain.

"We play a lot of shows at night in clubs and in bars and the kids can't come," he said. "So it's more just everybody who's wanted to see us and hasn't been able to can come out today."

The musical groups were from mid-Missouri. They included Money for Guns, Monte Carlos, River Ghost Revue, The Ridgerunners, St. Gnome and Burney Sisters.

Saulsbery said he doesn't think the hot weather hurt the festival's turnout.

"So far, it's more people than I've ever had at a concert," he said. "So it's going really well!"

Saulsbery said he thinks 500 to 600 people will attend the musical celebration throughout the day.

He plans on having the festival at Cooper's Landing again next year.

"It's been a very welcoming spot for us to come play," he said. "If they have us back, which most likely they will, we hope to make it an annual thing."