When Josh Albrecht was in talks with Jam Productions of Chicago, he really wanted to tell people why. Well, now he can, and he did.
Albrecht has announced that UK band Mumford and Sons will be heading to Dixon, IL this August as part of their Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers. Tickets for the August 18 show go on sale at 10 a.m. June 9.
As he put it, this news is "epic." And not to mention "awesome" for the city, as he told local radio station AM 1240 WSDR. For that complete interview, click here. He is the Dixon Main Street executive director. Albrecht said that he has spent the last five months working with Jam Productions from Chicago to plan the event.
The Stopovers combine the intimacy of a community celebration with the excitement of a world-class music festival. Featuring local vendors and activities, each Stopover will begin with a concert at a unique site and end with a series of smaller events involving local businesses, venues, and, most importantly, local people. Mumford & Sons will headline the main event, alongside an eclectic and energetic roster of artists curated by the band themselves.
These one-day, outdoor events will take place in four carefully-selected and unique locations across America.
They include Portland, ME; downtown Bristol, VA/TN; Page Park in Dixon, IL; and the legendary Fairgrounds in Monterey, CA.
Gentlemen of the Road StopoversAugust 4 – Gentlemen of the Road Stopover In Portland, ME (The Eastern Promenade) – Mumford & Sons and 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 and 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 and 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, Haim
Page Park is located near the Rock River and the festival, said Albrecht, is expected to bring people from all over the Midwest to the city. Because of that, he noted, the economic impact will surely help the city.
As for Mumford and Sons themselves, here is how they describe Dixon. The quintessential American small town: the high school looks like a castle, there’s a replica of the Berlin wall, and some local guy drives a car shaped like a chicken. They also have a lively main street, a thriving downtown, and a riverfront park on the banks of the iconic Rock River.
They went on: And we're taking it over. "All of it. We're coming in for the weekend with a few of our friends and working with the chefs, brewers, shopowners and people of Dixon to put on an epic, one-day music event that will start at Page Park and spill over into the town.
“Part of the reason why they loved our downtown is because of the architecture and the way we are nestled on the river. We just got on the National Register for Historic Places in March, and now this is happening, so it has been an amazing year for us,” said Albrecht. “The word ‘epic’ has been thrown around a lot, and that is no understatement.”
Tickets to the Stopovers will be $69, with no additional service fees or hidden charges. Each ticket will include a beautifully designed commemorative Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Passport, and an exclusive digital download compilation album featuring performances taken from various acts across the four shows.
Mumford & Sons said: “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.
The Dixon Stopover will go on sale Saturday, June 9 at 10 a.m. CT. Tickets for all Stopovers will be available exclusively at gentlemenoftheroad.com. A very limited quantity of $59 early-bird tickets will be available for each site on a first-come, first-served basis.
Mumford and Sons added: "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 traveling circus’. It should be a whole lot of fun.”