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August 2, 2012

Mumford & Sons: Prom kings

The reigning British folk-rock phenom plays a sold-out show in Portland.

By Ray Routhier rrouthier@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD STOPOVER

WHO: Mumford & Sons with St. Vincent, Dawes, The Maccabees, The Apache Relay, Haim, Dropkick Murphys, Simone Felice and emcee Reggie Watts

WHEN: 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Gates open at noon. Rain or shine.

WHERE: Eastern Promenade Park, Portland. The only entrance gate is near Moody Street on the Eastern Prom.

HOW MUCH: Sold out

INFO: statetheatreportland.com; gentlemenoftheroad.com

GETTING THERE

FIRST, THE BAD NEWS

There is no parking on the festival grounds. Much of the East End neighborhood, roughly from Washington Avenue north to the water, will be closed to vehicles beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. Residents with proper ID will be allowed to drive into the area.

Even if you get to the area early, there will be no parking from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on many streets, including: Eastern Promenade, both sides from Morning Street to Washington Avenue; Fort Allen Park (both sides); Walnut Street from the Prom to Washington Avenue; and Mountfort Street from Congress Street to Fore Street (both sides).

Also from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., the following streets will be closed as part of an emergency route: Eastern Prom from Morning Street to Walnut Street; Wilson Street from Morning Street to the Prom; Moody Street from Morning Street to the Prom; Congress Street from Morning Street to the Prom; Turner Street from Morning Street to the Prom; Quebec Street from Emerson Street to the Prom; Melbourne Street from Emerson Street to the Prom; Montreal Street from Willis Street to the Prom; and Walnut Street from Willis Street to the Prom.

NOW THE GOOD NEWS

There are a number of parking garages and lots within walking distance from the Eastern Promenade. To view a list or map, see the city's website at portlandmaine.gov/parking/offstreet.asp.

If you don't want to walk all the way from Washington Avenue to the park, the Narrow Gauge Railroad will be shuttling people from its location at 58 Fore St. to the festival grounds between 1 and 7 p.m. Free; donations accepted.

A bicycle valet service by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine will be set up at the bottom of Cutter Street near East End Beach. You can ride your bike there using the Eastern Promenade Trail from the Old Port or from near Marginal Way. Bikes can be retrieved from the valet area at any point during the show. Free; donations accepted.

Maine Pedicab will be running Saturday to take people to the festival. They work on tips, so it's pay what you want. Call 430-7011.

STAY CALM AND CARRY ON

WHAT'S AN ALL-DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL in a public park without rules? Well, we won't know, because the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover does indeed have some. Here are most of the key ones from the event organizers. See more online at statetheatreportland.com.

DO NOT BRING: Alcoholic beverages; illegal or illicit substances of any kind; weapons; fireworks; umbrellas; bicycles inside the festival grounds; professional photo, audio or video equipment; laser pointers; chairs; beach umbrellas or anything that could obstruct the view of others; pets; outside food and drink; glass; bottles; cans or coolers.

RE-ENTRY: There will be no re-entry into the festival once you have had your "Gentlemen of the Road Passport" checked. Gates open at noon and will stay open for the duration of the concert.

FOOD: Food vendors will be on site all day.

ALCOHOL: Locally made Gritty McDuff's and Shipyard beers will be sold at the beer garden. The bars are cash only. ATMs will be available on the site.

SMOKING: Don't do it. Not allowed.

HANDICAPPED SEATING: Will be made available by request when you arrive at the festival grounds.

HANDICAPPED PARKING: Available on a first-come, first-served basis on Cutter Street and in Fort Allen Park. Clearly marked handicapped vehicles can pass through the barricades until 6 p.m.

"That's how they got a large number of very loyal fans without needing to be as widely known as Justin Bieber or Katy Perry. That's why a festival that thrills half of the state can leave many people scratching their heads."

It's also a festival that has left music fans around here in a somewhat frenzied state as they try to figure out the best way to be part of the event.

While there have been rumors that the band may come to town early and hang out, that seems unlikely -- it was scheduled to play a regular show in Hoboken, N.J., on Wednesday.

The Portland show's local promoter, Lauren Wayne of the State Theatre, said she did not know when the band would get to town or if they'd be here early. The tour's publicist, Jim Merlis, also said he had not heard about the band getting to Portland early and "hanging out."

But Marshall said he was looking forward to seeing as much of Portland as he could.

"One of our merchandising guys is from Maine, and he's always telling us about it, and so we're really excited to finally get there," said Marshall. "We've never played Maine before, and that's kind of a disgrace."

But this weekend, the disgrace will be righted.

In a very big way. 

Staff Writer Ray Routhier can be contacted at 791-6454 or at:

rrouthier@pressherald.com

Twitter: RayRouthier

 


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The Dropkick Murphys will play Mumford’s “Stopover” festival in Portland. The punk-pop band from Boston is one of a number of acts that will perform, including St. Vincent, Dawes and The Maccabees.

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