This year's Roots N Blues festival has been postponed to September 24-26 2021 due to public health and safety concerns. The Roots N Blues promoters updated the festival's website Wednesday morning and announced the postponement.
All ticket purchases for the 2020 festival will carry over to the 2021 festival, and ticket holders will receive wristbands for the event in the summer of 2021. If you have tickets to the 2020 festival but cannot make the 2021 dates, you can securely sell your tickets online through Lyte.
Roots N Blues has retained 95% of the planned 2020 lineup for the 2021 festival, but organizers are still waiting on confirmation from a few remaining artists. As of Wednesday, the 2020 lineup on the festival's website included Brandi Carlile, Brittany Howard, Sheryl Crow and Mavis Staples.
Roots N Blues usually draws around 10,000 people from around the country each day of the three-day weekend. Because of this, local retail shops, musicians, restaurants and artists rely on the festival for exposure and business. Every year, over 30 local visual artists present interactive art installations throughout the festival grounds. Also, several food and retail vendors from around the state regularly travel to Columbia for the festival weekend, such as St. Louis' Sugarfire Smokehouse and Washington's Gypsy Wagon Wares.
The festival's website says that an update on the Betsy Farris Memorial 5K, 10K and half marathon will be available soon.