Why should eclectic music be forced to confirm to society's standards of "big cities" and "predictable venues"?
That seems to be the thinking behind Mumford and Sons' "Gentlemen of the Road Stopover" events, during which the English folk act will appear with a varied group of artists (including St. Vincent, Gogol Bordello, Dawes and more) in locations that don't usually house major concert events.
The "local" date stops Aug. 18 at Page Park in Dixon, Ill., with tickets ($59-$69) on sale 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9. See below for full dates, locations and lineups. Says the band, in a press release: "The Gentlemen of the Road Stopover is based loosely upon our favorite festivals like Colorado’s Telluride Bluegrass and Scotland's Loopallu Festivals. We want to stop off in towns where bands don’t usually tour, and celebrate the local people, food and music. We’re keen to promote the town’s local businesses, and we’ll be using the local bars and venues for after-show parties, whilst working closely with the local people to get everyone involved in making these shows spectacular. There will be a host of our friends playing too, and the vibe falls somewhere between ‘travelling Victorian circus’ and ‘Victorian travelling circus’. It should be a whole lot of fun."
You heading down to Dixon?
Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers
August 4 – Gentlemen of the Road Stopover In Portland, ME (The Eastern Promenade) – Mumford & Sons + St. Vincent, Dawes, The Maccabees, Apache Relay, Simone Felice, Haim
August 11 – Gentlemen of the Road Stopover In Bristol, VA/TN (Off State Street in Downtown Bristol) – Mumford & Sons + Dawes, JEFF The Brotherhood, The Very Best, Justin Townes Earle, Apache Relay, Simone Felice, Haim
August 18 – Gentlemen of the Road Stopover In Dixon, IL (Page Park) – Mumford & Sons + Gogol Bordello, Dawes, Abigail Washburn, The Very Best, Apache Relay, Haim
August 25 – Gentlemen of the Road Stopover In Monterey, CA (Monterey County Fairgrounds) – Mumford & Sons + Gogol Bordello, The Very Best, Grouplove, Two Gallants, Apache Relay, HaimCopyright © 2015, RedEye