August 2, 2012

From the Editor: After-party scene? It's all downhill (from the Prom)

By ROD HARMON Deputy Managing Editor

The city's been abuzz for weeks about Saturday's "Gentlemen of the Road Stopover" festival featuring Mumford & Sons and about a half-dozen other bands.

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As many as 16,000 people are expected to converge on the Eastern Promenade for seven hours of music and merry-making, and a number of other events have been planned to coincide with the fest, including a house-decorating party and an intimate show by Mumford & Sons on Friday at Bull Moose Music in Scarborough.

If you weren't able to snag a ticket to the sold-out festival or Friday's pre-show, there's still a chance to catch some of the GOTR musicians at five "official" after-parties taking place around Portland.

Here's the low-down:

SPACE GALLERY, 538 Congress St.: Ben Lovett, who plays drums, accordion and keyboards for Mumford & Sons, will DJ a set at this after-party, which begins at 8 p.m. Admission is $5 to this 18-and-older show. space538.org

THE BIG EASY, 55 Market St., will feature Winston Marshall, guitar/dobro/banjo player for Mumford & Sons, along with GOTR emcee Reggie Watts and local reggae band Royal Hammer. This 21-and-older party begins at 8 p.m., and admission is $5. bigeasyportland.com

EMPIRE DINE AND DANCE, 575 Congress St., features Boston funk band Miss Fairchild and "special guests" from the festival to be announced. This 21-and-older show costs $5, and begins at 9 p.m. portlandempire.com

PORT CITY MUSIC HALL, 504 Congress St., will feature singer-songwriter Aaron Embry and New Hampshire band Tan Vampires at 10 p.m., plus "special guests" from the GOTR fest. Admission to this 18-and-older show is $10 for general admission and $20 for VIP seating. portcitymusichall.com

STATE THEATRE, 609 Congress St., saves the best for last with a full-blown concert featuring GOTR band Dropkick Murphys at 10:30 p.m. The Parkington Sisters open. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show. statetheatreportland.com

Promoters have been teasing that more "special guests" may pop up at any of these after-parties, so there may be a surprise or two in store. Check pressherald.com regularly for updates, and follow our blow-by-blow festival coverage all day (and night) Saturday.

Deputy Managing Editor Rod Harmon may be contacted at 791-6450 or at:

rharmon@pressherald.com

Twitter: RHarmonPPH

 

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