The Pedaler’s Jamboree Bike Ride and Music Festival is a must watch

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Any good road trip owes at least half of its value to the music that accompanies it.

Organizers of Pedaler’s Jamboree, a Memorial Day tradition that combines a bike ride through scenic central Missouri with live bands, take this truth seriously. Each year’s musical list is built on quality and focused on the good times.

If you’re ready to strap on your helmet and pedal on May 28-29, you’ll want to keep an eye — and an ear — on all of this year’s acts, but especially these five.

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Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers

Dwayne Dopsie maintains the family sound. The Lafayette, Louisiana native is the son of zydeco master Rockin’ Dopsie, and continues to roll out the music with an ear for compelling rhythms and his athletic accordion playing. The Grammy-nominated performer brings both a party and a rich musical history lesson wherever he goes. 7:15 p.m. Saturday May 28 at Kemper Park in Boonville

Opal Agafia and the Sweet Nothings

Opal Agafia and the Sweet Nothings

Arkansas singer-songwriter Agafia has the stage, impressive vocal presence that can belt out a breathless blues number and then find every nook and cranny of a country melody. Agafia’s band backs her up, playing with serious versatility and blazing a trail wherever her voice wants to go. 10:30 a.m. Sunday May 29 in Rocheport

Beth Bombara

Beth Bombara

Beth Bombara is at the head of Missouri’s class of contemporary songwriters. His songs live in the same world as greats like Petty and Dylan; Gillian and Joni, and grow like trees feeding on the music from their roots. But she never, ever sounds like the “typical” artist claiming these influences; Bombara to zigzag where someone else might zag, make harder or softer turns, brush up against jazz or bring rock to fulfillment. 6 p.m. Saturday, May 28 at Kemper Park

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MK-Ultra

MK Ultra's Ben Miller sings to a crowd at Blue Note Friday night in downtown Columbia.  The venue operated at limited capacity and social distancing was enforced.

MK Ultra joins two great musicians from Missouri who look (and sound) like grizzlies, but have hearts like teddy bears. Mid-Missouri stalwart Pat Kay and Roots N Blues festival veteran Ben Miller—whose eponymous band started in Joplin—team up for a raucous roots sound that’s equal parts strings and sawdust. 11 p.m. Saturday, May 28 at Kemper Park

Sifa

Sifa

Roots N Blues co-owner Tracy Lane called this 2021 performer — who will return to the festival this fall — “a source of energy. She just radiates positivity.” The locally forged artist plays harmonious and happy pop and soul music anchored by a powerful voice. Sifa will be remembered by artists like Lauryn Hill, both for her sonic influence and her sense of forward movement. 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 28 at the Katy Roundhouse in Franklin

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For more information on the Pedaler’s Jamboree, including the full list of performers and pass details, visit https://www.pedalersjamboree.com/

Aarik Danielsen is the Features and Culture Editor for Tribune. Contact him at [email protected] or by calling 573-815-1731. Find him on Twitter @aarikdanielsen.

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