Sunday, September 11, 2011

What A Weekend!

This weekend Tony and I made a road trip to Columbia, Missouri for the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival. Son Brian and Daughter-In-Law Nicole live there, and going to "Roots N Blues" has become a family tradition.

The festival has a sanctioned barbecue contest, but this year we concentrated on the music, which takes place in downtown Columbia. Tony and I left our house shortly before 10:00 in the morning and arrived at Brian and Nicole's a couple of hours later. After we brought our things in and chatted a bit, we met the rest of our group for lunch, and got to the festival shortly before 3:00. We staked out a place in front of the main stage with our chairs, then spent the day chatting, listening to music, eating, and listening to more music. We had to dodge raindrops a couple of times, but the showers resulted in a beautiful double rainbow.

We moved between the multiple stages throughout the day. Before things wrapped up and we left at 10:30, we saw:
  • David Wax Museum, which played a combination of traditional Mexican music and Americana that they call "Mexo-Americana"
  • Toubab Krewe, an instrumental band that fused American music with African music of Mali
  • Progressive bluegrass from Sam Bush
  • Traditional Southern blues from the Music Maker Revue
  • The blues guitar of Robert Cray 
  • Los Lobos, which I've always associated with Mexican-American roots-rock, but who also played some pretty good zydeco.
  • And my new favorite band, Fitz and the Tantrums, which played an infectious blend of soul and pop.


  1. Thanks for visiting! Definitely agree that Fitz and the Tantrums were really good.

  2. i really enjoyed this song. i love hearing good new music. glad you had a good weekend.

  3. Sounds like a great weekend! Glad you had an enjoyable time with the fam...