My favorite IT guy and I traveled to our second Gentlemen of the Road Tour last week. By traveled, I mean we were in a car for over 1200 miles. Seriously, who travels 1200 miles for a concert in a town of less than 30,000 people? Crazy people? Perhaps, but I’d prefer to call us music lovers who are just looking for a fun kid-free weekend who know it’s worth the drive after going to a prior GOTR concert. Our passion is no different that fans traveling to see their favorite football or soccer game. (Are you a crazed soccer fan? If so, then perhaps you should check out my friend Tanya’s blog http://soccerfamilystyle.com)
We were able to listen to some of our favorite bands, including Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, and Old Crow Medicine Show. We also added a few bands to our new favorites list: Bear’s Den, RubbleBucket, and The Vaccines. I’d love to see all of them again, as soon as possible, like tomorrow. Of course, I can’t forget Willy Mason. While listening to him to I imagined listening to his music on a date night while sipping a really good glass of red wine. I feel like he’s been in the music scene for a lot longer than he actually has. He is just pure talent.
One of the things I love most about the GOTR tour, is that they completely take over a small town for a weekend, generally doubling the towns population and giving it a huge influx of cash. Fans are generally some of the happiest out there of any music festival (except annoying camper neighbor dude, but I won’t waste my breath further about him) and the city itself is just pretty darn happy to have everyone visiting their quaint town. As an added bonus, I also was able to meet Amy from http://www.folkgeek.net. I love meeting with people who as just as passionate, if not more so, about music, than I am.
No GOTR tour would be complete without going around and getting your passport stamped. I’m not exactly sure how many stamps we ended up getting, but we completed our GOTR passport. What a fantastic way to learn about bands and the town! I won’t lie, I was a tad disappointed that I didn’t pick the correct after party to go to, to watch Mumford and Sons play a late night acoustic set, as I did last year in Dixon, Illinois (which by the way, was the best concert experience I’ver ever had.)
I’ve been to many a concert over the years, but until I went to GOTR last year, my favorite concert experience was Tori Amos at the Paramount Theater in Cedar Rapids in 1996. Yes, it was that amazing of a concert to hold top place for 16 years but I’m more than happy to now have it in my top 5 list of concerts after my two experiences at GOTR.
I’d love to go again and can’t wait for next year’s tour. In fact, I’m ready to go again to the remaining shows in the US this month! If you happen to have extra tickets for the Guthrie or Simcoe show, feel free to send them my way. 🙂