Set Up for Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival is Underway

Related Story

COLUMBIA - Volunteers and workers set up the foundation for the Roots N Blues N BBQ festival in Peace Park Thursday.

This weekend's festival starts Friday at 5 p.m. with the first live performer going on at 5:45 p.m. The festival ends Sunday and has more than 25 performers and a BBQ contest.

"We have 65 teams competing in the BBQ contest this weekend. It's the largest number we've ever had, making us the second largest BBQ contest in the state," said Jessica Brown, the festival director.

The big highlight of the weekend is headliner, Al Green. The festival has been on a two year wait-list trying to get the soul legend to Columbia.

General admission tickets are still available costing $55 for one all-day pass, or $75 for the whole weekend.

There will be a free admission section of the festival in Flat Branch Park with live local bands preforming.

If you can't make it to the festival this weekend, the Roots and Blues Throne will be displayed on 8th street outside of Crazy Music. It's open to the public to see and take pictures.