Words and Images by: Michael Kaiz
Gentlemen of the Road Stopover :: 08.18.12 :: Page Park :: Dixon, IL
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Have you ever seen an entire town transformed into a concert venue? It’s a rather difficult undertaking to imagine, but Mumford & Sons and the Gentlemen of the Road tour accomplished the feat during their stopover in Dixon, IL. The historic main street district on the south bank of the river was devoid of cars as patrons of the festival crowded the streets. One resident of Dixon said the Stopover was less of a hassle than the town’s annual Fourth of July festivities.
The music grounds were situated on the north bank of the Rock River. Dawes has been opening up for Mumford & Sons throughout the British band’s North American tour and Marcus Mumford joined the Goldsmith brothers in the middle of their set. Right before the headliners, Gogol Bordello revved up the audience with a hard-hitting set of Gypsy punk and astounding stage theatrics; front man Eugene Hütz leapt to the top of the bass cabinets from his platform at the front of the stage. Mumford & Sons went to business right away, playing “Little Lion Man” as the second song in their set. With their biggest hit in the books, the quartet delved deep into their catalog playing for all the gentlemen of the road.
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