Gentlemen of the Road Stop in St. Augustine

  • They came, they saw, and they played a mind-blowing concert! The Gentlemen of the Road Tour with Grammy award winning band Mumford and Sons was met with much excitement in their final stopover in St. Augustine Florida.

    There were plenty of concerns about the concert: parking, business, fitting 25,000 Mumford fanatics into Francis Field. But everything came together for a weekend that went more than smoothly.

    Friday, St. Augustine was abuzz as local businesses downtown set up shop for visitors. There were food stands, mustaches, merchandise, and the Colonial Quarter was open to the public. Places like Yard Bird Cafe extended their hours to accomodate everyone, and others offered special discounts to Gentlemen of the Road attendees. Local and not-so-local musical acts played on stages set up around town to expand the music festival scene, and concert goers explored all that was available to them inside and outside of Francis Field.

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    In the concert area, drink stands, merchandise carts, and places for guests to get their passport books stamped were scattered throughout the venue. The lines were long, but the music made the wait enjoyable. While the standard fair food was available, attendees were also able to enjoy some of St. Augustine's favorite flavors, such as popsicles from The Hyppo.

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    As evening approached, everyone with a Gentlemen of the Road wristband headed to the Main Stage, kicking back and enjoying bands Willy Mason, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, The Walkmen, and the closing act for the night, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

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    One of the downturns of Friday was finding out that mainstream band Fun. had dropped out of the lineup due to doctor's orders for lead singer Nate Ruess. The crowds were left speculating who would be their replacement. Luckily, on Saturday night, after performances all day from Bear's Den, Those Darlins, Half Moon Run, Justin Townes Earle, and The Vaccines, our Special Guest came to the rescue - John Fogerty! The lead singer from Creedence Clearwater Revival ignited the crowd with classics like "Have You Ever Seen Rain," "Proud Mary," "Born on the Bayou," and "Fortunate Son." For his first few songs, The Vaccines played as his back-up band. Then, for the remainder of his chart-topping set, his backup music was provided by Mumford and Sons.

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    The performace got the crowd hyped up, and everyone awaited in anticipation for Mumford and Sons to take the stage. The field filled up and energy grew as Mumford and Sons opened with their solemn ballad "Lover's Eyes" followed by an exhilirating performance of "Little Lion Man" that had everyone in the crowd shouting along.

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    By far, one of the best moments was seeing the British Mumford and Sons call on their GOTR bands to come together for the classic hit by the Beatles "Come Together." They also sang a cover of Bruce Spingsteen's "I'm On Fire," a heart-pounding presentation of their title song from Album of the Year, "Babel," and ended with the fan favorite "The Cave."

    The weekend is over though, and the question on everyone's minds is "What's next?" Well, Mumford and Sons appreciated all the love from St. Augustine and told the crowd about their desire to return. Until then, Mumford and Sons have opened the way for bigger acts to follow, and St. Augustine will welcome them all with open arms.

    For upcoming concerts...

    Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming concerts in St. Augustine! Here are a few music acts and performers headed this way in the next few months.

    Oct. 18 The Lumineers

    Oct. 26 John Fogerty

    Nov. 2 Barenaked Ladies

    Nov. 8 Passion Pit

    Nov. 9 Justin Moore

    Nov. 15 The Avett Brothers

    Gallery images provided by Matt Moody, Kate Groeneveld, Henry Hird and Alex Pooler.

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Updated: Wednesday, March 14, 2018

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