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Some observations re: the LC Pavilion’s “festival setting” for Mumford & Sons

People LOVE Mumford & Sons. A lot. The band played the Wexner Center’s Black Box on the Mershon stage a couple years ago, then sold out the roughly 5,000 tickets for the outdoor version of the LC Pavilion. So Scott Steinecker, head of LC’s parent company PromoWest, decided to turn the Aug. 14 show into a “festival setting,” which meant renting a stage and turning the LC’s parking lot into a venue that could hold roughly 10,000 people. And the Brits packed that lot, too, selling out double the LC’s regular capacity.

This was the scene: A fence around the perimeter, beer stations everywhere, Late Nite Slice, a burrito bus, plus a large screen next to the main stage and another in the middle of the lot about halfway back. Here’s a view during Dawes’s opening set from roughly halfway back on the left side:
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Tuesday: Blind Pilot at The Newport

The timing couldn’t be better for Blind Pilot. Folk-based indie rock is doing extremely well, maybe not on the radio but bands like Dawes, Mumford & Sons, Quiet Corral, and The Decemberists (just to name a few) are playing to larger and larger crowds on each tour. The last time Blind Pilot played the Newport (Feb.6, 2012), the band apparently made the show an intimate experience by hopping down into the crowd for an acoustic number while asking people to put away their cell phones and just enjoy the experience. What a refreshing change in this digital age where everybody (guilty as charged) wants to take photos and videos throughout a band’s performance.

Blind Pilot and River City Extension perform at The Newport Music Hall on Tuesday. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are $20.

Mumford and Sons announce tour dates

Press release, including a tour stop in Columbus:

Mumford & Sons are pleased to announce the details of a summer tour across the US, beginning on August 1st in Hoboken, NJ. The band will likely be performing new material from their forthcoming album, due out in the Fall. The tour will go on pre-sale this Thursday, June 28, and general on-sale to the public will begin on Friday, June 29. For a full itinerary, please see below.

August will also see the band performing at their “Gentlemen of the Road” Stopovers, which quickly sold out after being announced. 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.

August 1 – Hoboken, NJ @ Pier A (No Fee Ticket)
August 4 – Portland, ME @ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover
August 6 – Providence, RI @ Providence Performing Arts Center
August 7 – Canandaigua, NY @ Marvin Sands Performing Arts
August 9 – Portsmouth, VA @ nTelos Wireless Pavilion
August 11 – Bristol, VA @ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover
August 13 – Louisville, KY @ Louisville Waterfront Park
August 14 – Columbus, OH @ The LC Pavilion
August 18 – Dixon, IL @ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover
August 20 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinewood Bowl Theatre
August 21 – Laramie, WY @ Gryphon Theatre
August 22 – Magna, UT @ The Saltair
August 25 – Monterey, CA @ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover
August 28 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
September 1 – Snowmass Village, CO @ Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festival

Joel Oliphint’s Favorite Albums of 2010

If 2009 was the year of Larry Jon Wilson, 2010 was the year of Bill Fox and the Gibson Bros. I think I listened to Bill Fox’s two reissued albums — Shelter from the Smoke and Transit Byzantium — more than anything else. (Shelter got a deluxe vinyl reissue, and Scat promises a similar treatment for Transit in 2011.) Go get ‘em. And working on a story about the Gibson Bros. reunion show back in July occupied my brainspace and held my interest for months. I don’t know if CDR has any copies of the Build a Raft reissue left, but if they do, it’s required listening for any Columbus music fan or anyone with a passing interest in twisted, noisy country/blues/rock.

But in terms of new stuff, here’s what I liked this year, starting with national releases and ending with Cowtown LPs.


1. Strand of Oaks – Pope Killdragon
I didn’t immediately hit repeat when I heard this album, but once I came back to it, I never stopped. Who knew a record with songs about John Belushi (from the perspective of Dan Akroyd), a 12-foot man and JFK could be so engrossing. Devastating, too. If you think Tim Showalter is just another pretty-voiced folkie, the layers of synth and Sabbath-like riffs on “Giant’s Despair” prove otherwise. The best way to get Killdragon digitally or on vinyl is through Strand of Oaks’ Kickstarter page.


2. The Black Keys – Brothers
Ditto Duffy.
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Win tickets to Saturday’s Mumford & Sons, The Middle East sold-out Black Box show

The hottest show in town this weekend is at the Black Box performance space at the Wexner Center and features English quartet Mumford & Sons and Australian music collective The Middle East. Like most other dates on the tour, this one has been sold out for weeks but we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky winner thanks to Sneak Attack Media.

To enter the ticket giveaway, send an e-mail to contestdonewaiting@gmail.com with the subject line I SHOULD HAVE BOUGHT TICKETS BEFORE THEY SOLD OUT. A random winner will be chosen at 5pm on Friday.