Guthrie businesses rock during Gentlemen of the Road festival

About 35,000 extra people poured into Guthrie on Saturday to see Mumford & Sons, Alabama Shakes, Haim, The Vaccines and other bands at Cottonwood Flats, and spent money with downtown merchants on their way to the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover.
BY George Lang glang@opubco.com Modified: September 7, 2013 at 10:12 pm •  Published: September 7, 2013
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Crowds multiplied on the streets of downtown Guthrie during day two of the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover, and Trey Woods saw his business at Hoboken Coffee Roasters filled to overflowing.

It was a story that echoed throughout the town as 35,000 extra people poured into Guthrie on Saturday to see Mumford & Sons, Alabama Shakes, Haim, The Vaccines and other bands at Cottonwood Flats, and spent money with downtown merchants on their way to the festival.

It finally got so crazy at Hoboken, Woods and his wife, Mallory, who opened the coffee bar in 2012, shut their doors early.

“The amount of business we experienced is probably equal to four Saturdays packed into six hours,” Woods said, finally relaxing while listening to mandolinist Jeff Austin's fleet-fingered picking on the Downtown Stage. “Saturday is our best day, so it was like a month of our best days rolled into one.”

And it was not just a phenomenon for suppliers of in-demand caffeinated beverages.

Byron Berline's Double Stop Fiddle Shop and Music Hall was teeming with customers as musicians stopped in to check out the rows and rows of stringed instruments. When asked how business was going that afternoon, Berline proudly waved his hand at all the people jamming and listening.

“Well, you can see,” Berline said, laughing as a virtuoso fiddle player sawed in the background. “A lot of times it's so full in here you can't turn around. “There's thousands of people here and a lot of them are into music, so they're gravitating to our shop.”

Some of those customers happen to be the most famous musicians at the festival.

Just as the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover was ramping up, Berline received a visit from headliners Mumford & Sons.

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