The Stopovers will start with a concert headlined by Mumford & Sons. An array of eclectic, full-of-life artists handpicked by the band will be playing as well, including, St. Vincent, Dawes, JEFF The Brotherhood, Apache Relay, and Abigail Washburn to name a few. After the show, local businesses, venues and the townsfolk will be involved in smaller events throughout each town.
Inspired by the bands favorite festivals, such as the Telluride Bluegrass in Colorado and Loopallu Festivals in Scotland, the band wants each town’s unique atmosphere to influence each performance. The vibe they are trying to emulate is a combination of, “traveling Victorian circus,” and “Victorian traveling circus.”
“We want to stop off in towns where bands don’t usually tour, and celebrate the local people, food and music,” the band said in a press release about the event. “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 o get everyone involved in making these shows spectacular.
Each location was thought out carefully by the band for its significant meaning and small town atmosphere. The first leg of the tour will begin on August 4th in Portland, Maine’s Eastern Promenade, an area of green overlooked by the Portland Observatory. On August 11th they head down to historic State Street that connects Bristol, Virginia and Bristol, Tennessee. From there they head to Dixon, Illinois on August 18th where the shows will start in Page Park and continue throughout the entire town. The final stop will be at the Monterey Fairgrounds in Monterey, California – the place where Jimi Hendrix lit his guitar on fire – and continue on to Monterey proper, Cannery Row and the Aquarium.
Tickets will cost $69 and will include a commemorative Gentleman of the Road Stopover Passport. A digital download compilation of various performances from the four shows will be given exclusively to attendees. The band is setting aside a very limited number of early-bird tickets in each town that will be available for first-come, first-serve.
For more information on the other performances and events, visit the website, Gentlemenoftheroad.com or visit Mumford & Sons’ website, mumfordandsons.com.