U.K. folk-rockers Mumford & Sons are bringing their two-day “Gentlemen of the Road” festival to Guthrie on Sept. 6-7.
Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday for the event, which will take place at Cottonwood Flats near downtown Guthrie, reports my excellent colleague George Lang.
The event also will feature Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Alabama Shakes, Willy Mason, The Vaccines and Those Darlins, with more performers to be announced. Mumford & Sons will headline and close the concert on Sept. 7.
The Guthrie stop for “Gentlemen of the Road” is one of only five scheduled performances, including one stop each in England and Canada and domestic dates in Troy, Ohio and St. Augustine, Fla.
Jamie Fitzgerald, director of marketing for DCF Concerts, the promoter of the event, told George that her company has worked for more than three months to bring “Gentlemen of the Road” to Oklahoma. In each stopover, Mumford & Sons partners with the host city to bring in local vendors and food to celebrate the individual character of each town.
“They’re all centered on small towns,” Fitzgerald said. “They find a patch of land, set it up and people camp out. Lots of revenue for Guthrie and Oklahoma City, as well.”
Tickets for “Gentlemen of the Road” are priced at $109 for the complete event and $40 for onsite camping. They can be purchased at www.gentlemenoftheroad.com.
Formed in 2007, Mumford & Sons’ debut album, “Sigh No More,” became an unexpected hit thanks to songs such as “Little Lion Man” and “The Cave,” earning the band Grammy nominations in 2011 and 2012. Released in September, the band’s sophomore effort, “Babel,” sold more than 600,000 copies in its first week.
Mumford & Sons will compete for six awards Sunday night on the 55th Annual Grammy Awards: Album Of The Year and Best Americana Album for “Babel”; Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song for “I Will Wait”; Best Song Written For Visual Media for “Learn Me Right” (from the movie “Brave”); and Best Long Form Music Video for “Big Easy Express.” In addition, the band will perform on the Grammys, which will air live from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday on CBS.