Mumford & Sons sets Guthrie festival date
BY JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Scene Writer
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
2/05/13 at 3:20 PM
In one of three United States stops this year, the “Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Show” will bring Mumford & Sons to Guthrie.
The two-day celebration includes a Friday night concert and a festival all day on Saturday, Sept. 6-7, including music from Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, The Alabama Shakes, The Vaccines, Bear’s Den, Half Moon Run, Willy Mason, Those Darlins and more.
“The 'Gentlemen of the Road' stopovers are all about live music. We get to put them on in towns not normally frequented by touring bands in buses or splitter vans. We deliberately look for towns that have something unique, or some vibe of which they are proud, explore them and enjoy what they have to offer,” the band Mumford & Sons said in a press statement.
Estimates of this tour last year put the economic impact of a concert in Bristol, Tenn., at more than $4.2 million. Organizers expect a similar impact for Guthrie and Logan County. Cottonwood Flats in Guthrie will host the family-friendly event, expected to bring in 25,000 or more attendees to the area.
Event curator Mumford & Sons is an award-winning folk-rock band from England and one of the most popular groups in the world since it broke into the mainstream about three years ago. The band is upbeat with acoustic guitars, banjo, piano and has sold out concerts across the globe.
Said the band: “The 'Gentlemen of the Road Stopover' is a traveling event, celebrating the music, food and people of the places (we visit).
“We’ll be bringing a full lineup of some of our favorite bands from around the world, selecting events that combine a music festival and local gathering into one epic party. We bring in local food and vendors to help us celebrate your town and the people who live there.”
Tickets are $109, all fees included, and go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday. More bands will be announced soon. Also, local participating venues and businesses and other related events also will be announced. Three-night camping passes start at $40 per person and may be purchased with tickets. Tickets are available only via gentlemenoftheroad.com and from Guthrie stores.
Only five shows will happen across the globe, including the U.S., Canada and United Kingdom.
Guthrie is just minutes north of Oklahoma City off Interstate 35, about an hour-and-a-half southwest of Tulsa. Stopover planning was a three-month project engaging local officials and the city of Guthrie, organizers said Tuesday at a press conference.
“Guthrie was selected based on the unique nature of the town and its history, the array of local food and drink options, and the hospitality, warmth and passion of the officials who represented your community in dialogue with the event organizers and the band themselves,” a press statement said.
Other stops include Lewes, United Kingdom; Simcoe, Ontario, Canada; Troy, Ohio; and St. Augustine, Fla.
Mumford & Sons. Courtesy