“It is a way for them to bring their friends together, bring together the bands they like and appreciate, then go into these small communities and use the opportunity to help out a town in some small way,” Richard said.
“We love playing with them and it's really great to see what they do with these festivals,” he said. “It's always great to be working with gentlemen of such class.”
That level of class extends to everyone involved in the festival, Richard said. During the event, local artists will get to share in the collective good will at the Downtown Stage, featuring performances by Camille Harp, Horse Thief, Oklahoma Cloud Factory, Luke Dick and others, along with two Saturday sets by guitarist Keller Williams.
And as the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover comes to a close, Richard said the full level of collaboration is readily apparent onstage as Mumford & Sons brings all its friends back up for a big musical bear hug. Considering that the Magnetic Zeros are a dozen strong by themselves, the number of players during the grand finale, which usually consists of a classic song that everyone on the bill knows by heart, can reach orchestral levels.
“At the end of every festival, we go out and usually do the encore with Mumford. During their encores, they go out and do a few more songs, and then they have all of us come up onstage and we play a song together,” Richard said. “It's one of those moments when we can share the stage because of our common musical interests. And it would be the Zeros, Mumford and maybe three or four more bands, so to be honest, sometimes it can be up to 50 of us onstage.
“Just, like, 50 people shouting (Fleetwood Mac's) ‘The Chain,'” he said. “The more people you have, the better that song goes.”