The three-day Roots N Blues music festival held annually in Columbia now has a new name and a broader focus. Festival owners Tracy Lane and Shay Jasper announced the new brand just before tickets went on sale February 17th. The 2023 performers will be announced later this spring for the Treeline Music Fest.
The event has had a couple of name changes, since being founded as the ” Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival” held in downtown Columbia. Lane and Jasper say new brand reflects the beauty of Stephens Lake Park, the site of the music festival since 2013, as well as an homage to what has grown from the “roots” of the event.
Lane and Jasper, bought the festival from Richard King in 2019, making this the only entirely women-owned major music festival in the United States. The event is designed to be family-friendly, including free admission to kids under 14 years old and the “Friends of the Festival” foundation donates scholarships to a local music performance school.
They spoke to Missourinet’s Ashley Byrd moments after a special event to announce the name change. (Listen 5:23)