Mumford & Sons are coming to Portland!
I’m a firm believer in that good things happen on Tuesdays. Waking up to a nice cup of coffee and a good conversation was only proved my theory. Soon after, however, as I set out to start the day’s writing, things got REAL good. I received a link to this article…
“One of today’s hottest folk rock bands has agreed to play on the Eastern Promenade this summer in what’s expected to be Portland’s largest outdoor concert – other than July 4th celebrations – in years.
The State Theatre, which is promoting the event scheduled Aug. 4, anticipates that more than 12,000 people will attend the “Gentlemen of the Road” concert featuring the British band Mumford & Sons.
Organizers hope that the daylong event, on a Saturday, will spill over into the rest of the city by nightfall. For the “after concert party,” smaller, indoor venues would host the local musicians who will be opening acts for Mumford & Sons.
Portland’s City Council approved the concert proposal Monday night by an 8-0 vote. On the advice of its attorney, the council stipulated that the State Theatre agree to a contract detailing conditions that must be met to protect the public’s safety.” ~Dennis Hoey, Portland Press Herald staff writer
Key words and phrases I like from the lede of this article: Eastern Promenade, summer, outdoor concert, Mumford & Sons (DUH!), daylong event, spill over into the rest of the city, “after concert party,” smaller venues, local musicians, approved…proposal…by an 8-0 vote.
I don’t think I need to point out how HUGE this is for the city of Portland as a whole. But it is HUGE! I think it’s awesome that the city passed this with an 8 to 0 vote. This is going to really put Portland on the map in terms of music and is going to be GREAT for tourism.
I’m a huge fan of big music events but living in Maine often creates the travel to these events difficult, or even often financially impossible for me.
I love summer. I love being outside. I love music. I love Mumford & Sons. I love our local bands. I love the local aspect about this whole event and I love that it is being applied to music.