State Theatre Portland
Mumford & Sons, Eastern Promenade

GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD PRESENTS THE PORTLAND STOPOVER with

Mumford & Sons

Eastern Promenade

Dropkick Murphys, St. Vincent, Dawes, Maccabees, the Apache Relay, Haim, Reggie Watts as Emcee

Sat, August 4, 2012

Doors: 12:00 pm / Show: 2:00 pm

Eastern Promenade

Portland, Maine

$69

Sold Out

This event is all ages

The Box Office and will call willl be located on the Eastern Promenade, in between Moody and Wilson Streets. Box Office will open at 11am on August 4 and will remain open for the duration of the concert. Valid photo ID is required to pick up will call tickets. The Eastern Promenade is a 68-acre grassy reserve sloping down to the peaceful waters and islands of Casco Bay. The park is located on the East End of Portland in the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood. Gates for the August 4th concert will open at Noon and music will start at 2pm. Day of show Box Office and Will Call will be located at the main entrance where Wilson Street meets the Eastern Promenade. Box Office will open at 11am day of show. Parking is limited, so please carpool, bike or walk. No lawn chairs, pets, bottles, cans, glass, coolers, food, drinks, alcoholic beverages or fireworks. This is a no smoking venue per Maine state law. Dates, times & artists subject to change.

Mumford & Sons
Mumford & Sons
Portland, Maine: Lighthouses. Lobster traps. Grizzled dudes with manly beards setting sail at ungodly hours in the freezing cold. What better place to begin an American adventure than New England?

The Stopovers combine the intimacy of a community celebration with the excitement of a world-class music festival. Featuring local vendors and activities, each Stopover will begin with a concert at a unique site and end with a series of smaller events involving local businesses, venues, and, most importantly, local people. Mumford & Sons will headline the main event, alongside an eclectic and energetic roster of artists curated by the band themselves.

These one-day, outdoor events will take place in four carefully-selected and unique locations across America, including the Eastern Promenade in Portland, ME; downtown Bristol, VA/TN; Page Park in Dixon, IL; and the legendary Fairgrounds in Monterey, CA.

Tickets go on sale June 1 at 10am EST, exclusively at www.gentlemenoftheroad.com or by calling 1-800-512-SHOW.

Tickets to the Stopovers will be $69, with no additional service fees or hidden charges. A very limited quantity of $59 tickets with no additional fees or charges will be available beginning June 1 for the Portland concert on a first-come, first-served basis. These tickets will sell out so please plan accordingly.

Each ticket will include a beautifully designed commemorative passport ticket, and an exclusive compilation album featuring performances taken from across the four shows.
Eastern Promenade
Eastern Promenade
The Eastern Promenade is a 68-acre grassy reserve sloping down to the peaceful waters and islands of Casco Bay. The picturesque New England views here are some of the most beautiful in the world. The park is located on the East End of Portland in the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood.
Dropkick Murphys
Dropkick Murphys
After twenty years, Dropkick Murphys remain bigger than ever, having sold over 6 million albums worldwide. The band continues to sell out venues around the world. They've headlined Boston's Fenway Park and have been personally invited to share the stage with everyone from Foo Fighters to Bruce Springsteen to Mumford & Sons. The group's single "I'm Shipping Up To Boston" -- from 2005's Certified Gold The Warrior's Code -- has sold nearly 2 million copies. With lyrics penned by Woody Guthrie, the song gained mainstream notoriety after being prominently featured in Martin Scorsese's Academy Award-winning film "The Departed." It can be commonly heard at sporting events and on television as a theme song for many sports teams (even outside of Boston).
St. Vincent
St. Vincent
Musician and songwriter Annie Clark - aka St. Vincent - is one of the most distinctive artistic voices and arrestingly original guitarists of her generation. Her recent album, the self-titled St. Vincent , won her "album of the year" designations from the NME, the Guardian, and Entertainment Weekly. In 2014, St. Vincent performed on the season finale of Saturday Night Live and, in 2015, she won the Grammy for Best Alternative Album. She has been the recipient of the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award and the Q Maverick award, both given for outstanding innovation in the arts.

An incredible live performer, Clark has been heralded as "the first truly 21st century guitar hero" by Guitar World magazine, and is constantly pushing the boundaries of today's musical landscape. St. Vincent’s incomparable signature electric guitar for for Ernie Ball Music Man has been critically acclaimed by everyone from Guitar World to Vogue.

This past Sundance Film Festival, Annie expanded her creativity and vision with a filmmaking debut. She premiered her “BIRTHDAY PARTY” as part of the XX anthology. She co-wrote, scored, and directed the piece, which stars Melanie Lynskey, Joe Swanberg and Sheila Vand. Hollywood Reporter called it “most original […] with its own mad energy, quirky gallows humor and idiosyncratic visual signature,” while Variety said it left audiences “interested to see what Clark could deliver at feature length.”
Dawes
Dawes
"And may all your favorite bands stay together," sings Taylor Goldsmith on the title track to Dawes' fourth album, All Your Favorite Bands, on their own HUB Records, harking back to a time when that very special rock group helped define who you were, expressing the joy and passion the foursome put into the release.
"Your favorite band can identify you, express how you see yourself," explains Goldsmith, who co-wrote the song with Jonny Fritz and is the sole author of the album's other eight tracks. "They enable you to articulate your feelings through the way they play their instruments and the lyrics."
On All Your Favorite Bands, Dawes manage to transcend their well-documented Southern California influences to establish their own sound and themes, which range from the glass half full optimism of the first single, "Things Happen" and the minor-chord tension of "I Can't Think About It Now" (featuring background vocals from Gillian Welch and the McCrary Sisters) to the soulful gospel of "Waiting for Your Call," the rocking tongue-in-cheek lyrics of "Right On Time" and the epic, Dylan-esque set piece, "Now That It's Too Late, Maria."
Produced by David Rawlings (Dave Rawlings Machine, Gillian Welch, Robyn Hitchcock, Old Crow Medicine Show, Willie Watson) at Woodland Sound Studios in Nashville, Dawes recorded these new songs after they had already been road-tested in front of live audiences in intimate venues from Sonoma to Santa Barbara, with Rawlings in tow. The producer even played guitar solos on two of the tracks (including that jangling noir Epiphone acoustic on "Somewhere Along the Way"), with Richard Bennett on acoustic guitar and Paul Franklin on pedal steel, also contributing.
"We played and recorded the songs as a band, with very few overdubs," explains Taylor. "It was a real joy to work with Dave, who is such an incredible musician with a deep understanding of what goes into a song. We found ourselves immediately speaking a language we both understood."
Rawlings originally jammed with the band when they were Simon Dawes in their North Hills, CA, rehearsal space around seven years ago, then joined the group on one memorable occasion at the tiny Crepe Place in Santa Cruz for a raucous encore after one of his own shows down the street. Dave threw his hat in the ring to produce them, mutually agreeing on the goal of making their recordings sound more like they do live.
"I was always a big supporter of the way they went about things, and how hard they worked," said Rawlings. "I was also impressed with their growth as musicians."
The pairing of Dawes with Rawlings couldn't have been a more perfect match of band and producer.
"Playing these songs with them in a live setting in front of an audience before we ever set foot in the studio was a lot of fun," enthused Rawlings. "I was really pleased to see the new material not just holding its own with the older stuff, but in some cases sound even better and fresher."
Fresh from his game-changing experience working on the New Basement Tapes with producer T Bone Burnett and bandmates Marcus Mumford, Elvis Costello, Jim James, Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor took the spontaneity and organic interaction of those sessions – along with a newfound self-confidence – into recording the new album.
"We didn't get super-precious about it," he said. "The rest of the band were able to react and respond in the moment, so even during the guitar solos, you can hear everyone else expressing themselves as well."
The first single, "Things Happen," is accompanied by a video that expresses Dawes' joie de vivre, a bittersweet tale of a Beatles busker (played by their actor friend Nate Michaux) who works Hollywood Blvd., where he meets fellow street performers Charlie Chaplin (Taylor), Elvis Presley (Gelber) and Marilyn Monroe (Strathairn in drag).
"In a literal way, I'm singing to a friend, but I'm also giving myself a pep talk," said Taylor. "Things might be bad, but the only thing you can do is shift your perspective to deal with it. Hoping it will go away by itself is a little unreasonable."
There are also glimpses of past relationships in "Somewhere Along the Way" and "Waiting for Your Call," while "I Can't Think About It Now" offers a disquieting view of how repressing your problems ends up making things worse, and "Right on Time" describes the serendipity that makes up a long-lasting romance, posing a dichotomy between the dramatic music and the blatantly over-the-top lyrics. The sprawling, nine-minute-plus "Now That It's Too Late Maria" was the first song the band recorded in the studio, and set the template for the album's loose-limbed, yet deliberate approach.
"Griffin played a relaxed, mid-tempo beat and I just started singing it that way," recalls Taylor. "Dave just told us not to think about what we were doing, just do it, and that's what we did. It was a very special moment for us as a band. It really set the mood and made us confident and comfortable in our own skin, helped us embrace ourselves as a band. We realized nobody could do what the four of us do together."
Making the new album helped Dawes realize just how special – and unique – they were as a unit. It's a worthy addition – and a noticeable advance – on their three previous albums, 2009's debut North Hills, 2011's Nothing Is Wrong and 2013's Stories Don't End.
"They are a tremendously talented group of guys focused solely on the music as part of their lives," offered Rawlings. "I remember sitting in the control room with Taylor and Griff as they went through their iPods and pulled out pieces of songs, swapping ideas back and forth over a great breadth of different styles from all different eras. There's a good level of passion and friction, and there was a healthy give-and-take, of questioning things, then coming to an informed decision in the studio. I certainly learned a great deal working on this album."
Taylor suggested the energy of All Your Favorite Bands matches that of their very first album, though this time the spontaneity was part of a concerted plan rather than the necessity of budgetary limitations.
"There is so much joy in these songs, they make me smile when I hear them," he concluded. "We woke up every day looking forward to the fact we would be playing together in the studio. That's all we ever care about doing."
All Your Favorite Bands is the kind of album that could well make Dawes your favorite band.
Maccabees
Maccabees
the Apache Relay
the Apache Relay
Michael Ford Jr. was a music business major when he met The Apache Relay in a Belmont University dorm. They were already deep into “a very Americana, very rootsy” sound, and before long the band was backing up Ford around campus, and soon everywhere else. Ford Jr. dropped out of college, and the group, which at the time included Mike Harris (guitar, vocals), Brett Moore (keys, guitar, mandolin), Kellen Wenrich (fiddle, keys) gigged relentlessly behind their 2009 debut 1988 and 2011’s breakthrough American Nomad. Midway through their touring in support of American Nomad Ford, Jr’s brother joined the band rounding out the group’s line up and sound. While touring in support of the album The Apache Relay found themselves opening for Mumford & Sons and hitting such festivals as Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Firefly Music Festival, Voodoo Music Experience, among others. The writing sessions for their new album, The Apache Relay, were the first time the Nashville-based group stopped to catch their breath in years. Inspired by Shelby Lynne and Richard Swift, and working with producer Kevin Augunas at Fairfax Recordings, formerly known as the famous California studio Sound City, The Apache Relay shows a band eager to push past their boundaries, and commitment to always evolving their sound.
Haim
Haim
Every once in a while there comes along an artist who restores your faith in (real) music. They capture you with familiarity. They keep you with their novelty. And all of a sudden you're energized, inspired, touched in that unexplainable way that sorta just shook the earth beneath your feet. Totally turned on.

HAIM is a band fronted by three sisters with two chaps in the back on drums and keys. They've got a deadly and powerful cocktail of impactful, raspy and emotion-laced vocals; song structures that avoid staid, expected progressions; catchy lyrics (in the good way); the stage banter of someone comfortable in their skin and sense of humor; and mega-solos. Vocal interplay and harmonies that only sisters can truly pull off, and a show with so much energy, it’s impossible not to be transfixed.
Reggie Watts as Emcee
Reggie Watts as Emcee
Hilarious, brilliant, unpredictable – comedian/musician Reggie Watts is a staple of the international performance scene. Reggie's improvised musical sets are created on-the-spot using only his formidable voice and a looping machine. No two songs are ever the same. An avowed "disinformationist," Reggie loves to disorientate his audiences in the most entertaining way. You may not know what Reggie is going to do, but that's okay – he doesn't either.
He has played sold-out solo runs at Fusebox, SXSW, Bonnaroo, Soho Theatre (London), Brian Eno's Luminous Festival at the Sydney Opera House, Montreal Comedy Festival, PopTech!, Vancouver Comedy Festival, Bumbershoot, Sydney Festival, Outside Lands Festival and cities throughout the world including Amsterdam, Paris, Cologne, Madrid, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Melbourne, Cape Town and Rekjavik, among others. Reggie recently received the ARGUS ANGEL AWARD 2010 In Recognition Of Artistic Excellence at the Brighton Festival. In New York, Reggie regularly performs at The Box, UCB, Comix, the Bellhouse, Slipper Room, Caroline's, Union Hall and Moonwork. Reggie also received the ECNY Award (2009) and Andy Kaufmann Award (2006) for his brand of innovative stand-up performance.
Venue Information:
Eastern Promenade
East End, Munjoy Hill
Portland, Maine