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See this: local bands at Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ

These six local bands will be playing on Saturday on the KOPN Community Stage

September 20, 2012 | 12:00 a.m. CST

Blues in the Schools and T.J. Wheeler | 11 a.m.
Bluesman T.J. Wheeler has become a mid-Missouri staple for his Blues in the Schools program, in which Wheeler travels to local elementary schools and teaches children about the genre. Wheeler covers traditional blues songs with his own stylistic guitar-work.

The Mojo Roots | 2 p.m.
The Mojo Roots recall the brokenhearted blues of Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green, but this music isn’t feeble. Guitarist Trevor Judkins’ solos swing with a delta- influence twang, and when he plays fast, he sprints across the fretboard. This Columbia quartet proves that blues can be both emotional and exhilarating.

Todd Day Wait’s Pigpen | 3:45 p.m.
This Midwestern trio plays an anachronistic brand of bluegrass that harkens back to the days when streets were made of dust and bars were called saloons. The band toured California extensively in 2012 but returns to its home state for a day.

Don’t Mind Dying | 5 p.m.
Like your bluegrass heavy and with a splash of in-your- face attitude? Don’t Mind Dying has just the stuff. The band’s energetic sound is as catchy as it is unexpected.

The Hooten Hallers | 6 p.m.
A show with The Hooten Hallers is like getting caught in a tornado of blues, punk, country, gospel and more. After playing at open mic nights around town in 2006, the band acquired a fan base and has been captivating Columbians ever since.

The HipNecks | 7:15 p.m.
Inspired by all things Missouri, The HipNecks’ upbeat, bluegrass-infused rock lives up to its self-defined mixture of hippie, hipster and redneck. These guys have shared the stage with multiple big names, including Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson, but they truly are locals at heart.

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