Warrensburg favorite Jason Vivone and the Billy Bats have been crowned King of the Roots in a competition sponsored by the Missouri Lottery and Columbia’s Blues n Roots n BBQ Festival.
Roots and blues acts from St. Louis, Kansas City, Columbia and Springfield took part in regional competitions during the summer. The final showdown was held at the Blue Note in Columbia this past Saturday night.
Vivone and his band The Billy Bats will perform at the Blues n Roots n BBQ Fest in Columbia Saturday September 10th. Other acts scheduled to perform are Mavis Staples, Taj Mahal, Robert Cray, Robert Randolph and Dr. Ralph Stanley.
This February, Vivone has represented Kansas City at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. His backing band The Billy Bats has recently expanded from a North Mississippi influenced two-piece to include banjo, fiddle and percussion.
They will return to Warrensburg Friday September 30th at Neptune’s.
You know I will be there! Come dressed with bat wings to show your love, and get a free drink from me!
Catch Ya Later! congrats guys!