Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Heads to St. Augustine

September 17, 2013 | By | Comments (0)
 British band Mumford & Sons performs for a crowd of 25,000 in St. Augustine, Fla. during the Gentlemen of the Road stopover on Sept. 14. Photo: Renee Unsworth

British band Mumford & Sons performs for a crowd of 25,000 in St. Augustine, Fla. during the Gentlemen of the Road stopover on Sept. 14. Photo: Renee Unsworth

Last weekend, Mumford & Son’s Gentlemen of the Road Stopover played in St. Augustine, Florida for two days of musical revelry. The 12-band lineup included headliner Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Willy Mason, and a surprise performance by John Fogerty. The best part: This unique concert series selected only three dates in the U.S.—St. Augustine, Florida; Guthrie, Oklahoma; and Troy, Ohio—a serious win for the South.

According to Jacksonville’s First Coast News, the festival was one of the biggest events St. Augustine has ever seen, with about 25,000 tickets sold and an estimated influx of 15,000 out-of-town fans who came to see the bands play on Francis Field. For a small town, this was no small feat. According to writer and photographer Renee Unsworth of St. Augustine Record, the event had a huge economic impact on downtown due to the venue’s proximity to restaurants, hotels, and merchant areas.

Marcus Mumford, lead singer of British folk-pop-rock group Mumford & Sons performs on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Gentlemen of the Road stopover in St. Augustine, Florida:

Photo: Renee Unsworth

Photo: Renee Unsworth

The crowds began to form around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 in front of the stage for day two of the St. Augustine Gentlemen of the Road stopover:

The crowds began to form around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 in front of the stage for day two of St. Augustine Gentlemen of the Road stopover.

Photo: Renee Unsworth

Singer-songwriter Willy Mason opened the Gentlemen of the Road St. Augustine stopover at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 on Francis Field:

Singer-songwriter Willy Mason opened the Gentlemen of the Road St. Augustine stopover at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 on Francis Field in downtown St. Augustine during the Gentlemen of the Road stopover.

Photo: Renee Unsworth

Local actor and author Andy Nance shows off his moustache on Saturday during the Gentlemen of the Road stopover:

Local actor and author Andy Nance shows off his moustache on Saturday during the Gentlemen of the Road stopover. Photo: Madi Mack

Photo: Madi Mack

Joey Haynes of Bear’s Den sings vocals and plays banjo for the London-based trio. The group opened Day 2 (Sept. 14) of St. Augustine’s Gentlemen of the Road stopover:

Joey Haynes of Bear's Den sings vocals and plays banjo for the London-based trio. The group opened Day 2 (Sept. 14) of St. Augustines Gentlemen of the Road stopover. Photo: Renee Unsworth

Photo: Renee Unsworth

Fans cheer for the band Those Darlins on Saturday at Francis Field during the Gentlemen of the Road stopover:

Photo: Renee Unsworth

Photo: Renee Unsworth

Lead singer Jessi Zazu and bass guitarist Adrian Barerra of Tennessee-based band Those Darlins perform on Saturday , Sept. 14 during the second day of St. Augustine Gentlemen of the Road stopover:

Photo: Renee Unsworth

Photo: Renee Unsworth

Half Moon Run Lead singer Devon Portielje performs on Saturday at Francis Field during St. Augustine’s Gentlemen of the Road stopover:

Photo: Madi Mack

Photo: Madi Mack

Jackie W. Kent, proprietor of 63 Orange Street Bed and Breakfast, dons a mustache in front of her inn during St. Augustine’s Gentlemen of the Road stopover:

Photo: Renee Unsworth

Photo: Renee Unsworth

Concertgoers spread out over Francis Field near the Strongman sculpture which travels with the Gentlemen of the Road stopovers:

Photo: Madi Mack

Photo: Madi Mack

Concertgoers listen to Thao & The Get Down Stay Down on Friday, Sept. 13 at sunset on Francis Field in downtown St. Augustine during the Gentlemen of the Road stopover:

Photo: Renee Unsworth

Photo: Renee Unsworth

Justin Townes Earle performs on Saturday during the Gentlemen of the Road stopover. The musician has played in St. Augustine twice this year, having performed on Jan. 9 in Cafe Eleven:

Photo: Renee Unsworth

Photo: Renee Unsworth

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