It’s all about the fans

By WAQAS NAEEM

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

Fans definitely have their favorite artists at the Roots ‘N’ Blues ‘N’ BBQ Festival.

Elise Brion danced to the music of Noah Earle at the KOPN Community Stage at Flat Branch Park. She said she was a fan of Earle’s home grown, pure soul music.

“He’s absolutely masterful.” Brion said.

Brion said it was great the festival was gaining public appreciation.

“Roots ‘N’ Blues has its roots in Africa, but over the years it has synthesized itself with different music forms,” Brion said. “The fact that Columbia has it here, is unifying.”

Brion said her only “beef” with the festival was the ticket prices, but she said she could understand the organizers had to raise funds to pay the musicians. She said she appreciated the fact that Flat Branch Park’s KOPN Community Stage was free.

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