With Roots N Blues N BBQ quickly approaching, mouths are inevitably starting to water for the barbecue and treats, and feet are surely starting to dance in anticipation of the music. Although the food and music attract a lot of festivalgoers, that’s not all that Roots N Blues has to offer. The vendors and art also make for a great day at the park.
The 2016 Roots N Blues press release says that last year's festival attracted 32,000 attendees, and they had 19 craft and non-profit vendors with an array of crafts and products.
This year, Roots N Blues has 13 craft and non-profit vendors; they include photographers, craftspeople and non-profit organizations. Take a look at some of the vendors you can expect to see.
Sue Giger, the artist behind Midnight Museum, is based in Columbia and has been face- and body- painting since 2000. At the festival, her booth will include body art, crafts and succulents. Giger says festivalgoers can adorn their bodies with temporary body art, including henna and glitter tattoos throughout the weekend. She will have books of original designs, but they can do custom designs, as well. Midnight Museum will have two professional henna artists working with hand-crafted henna paste and glitter.
Giger is excited to bask in the spirit of the festival. “I love the music, the people, and the whole energy of the event," she says. "I get to do what I love and share art with others against a backdrop of amazing music and community art.”
Greg Davis is an Austin-based National Geographic Creative photographer. Expect to see Davis' collectible limited edition photography and small prints from all over the world during the festival. His work has been published in the New York Times and on National Geographic’s website. Davis is looking forward to the chance to slip away to catch one of his hometown heroes, Gary Clark Jr., perform.
Indigo Child Gift Shop
Owner of Columbia-based Indigo Child Gift Shop, Nicole Danielle makes handcrafted jewelry that is for sale at her gift shop. She designs a range of products including bracelets, necklaces and earrings that are made out of sterling silver and precious gems.
Gypsy Wagon Wares
Karen Diamond and Ryan Hostetter joined forces in 2006 to create Gypsy Wagon Wares. They make handcrafted art, such as cutting boards and folk art, from recycled goods. Their cutting boards are sculpted from red and white recycled oak, and their folk art is made from recycled barn wood or old tin ceiling. Much of their art is in the form of musical instruments, which will fit in swimmingly with the festival aesthetic.
"We Always Swing" Jazz Series
"We Always Swing" Jazz Series is a non-profit that brings jazz concerts to Columbia and promotes educational activities to celebrate and preserve the art of jazz. At the Jazz Series booth, festivalgoers can collect information on their upcoming season, buy tickets to their concerts and purchase a variety of merchandise such as CDs, hoodies and coffee mugs. Josh Chittum, assistant director at the Jazz Series, says they are pushing people to buy tickets to their October 29 show, Eddie Palmieri, because, from now until the end of Roots N Blues, they are donating $5 of each ticket to DirectRelief.org in an effort to help Puerto Rico, Palmieri’s home, during the flooding. Chittum says they are ready to spread the good word of jazz to all the music lovers at Roots N Blues.
Other vendors to keep an eye out for at the festival include The Missouri Department of Conservation, Lite-Em-Up, Be Hippy and Restoration Chiropractic.