Old friends used Roots ‘N’ Blues as a reunion

By ROSELLEN DOWNEY

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

The Roots ‘N’ Blues ‘N’ BBQ Festival was about more than music and food Friday night. Bob Cole and Steve McDannold were at the festival for a mini reunion with two friends from their Truman State University days.

“We’re here with friends from Colorado and Florida,” said McDannold, a Lake of the Ozarks resident.

The friends were at the MPIX stage because they thought it offered the best music.

“This is the prime stage,” said Cole, of St. Joseph. “We come here to listen to some great tunes.”

The two men were also looking forward to the experience of discovering bands.

“I wanted to see the unknowns because you always find something new with that,” McDannold said.

Anders Osborne took to the stage at dusk and his guitar promptly began to wail. The audience was especially appreciative when he played a song about missing his wife and children while out on the road.

His lyrics of “You don’t know how it makes me feel when you call on me” wafted through the crowds as small children danced and spun Hula Hoops on Locust Street.

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