I'm hearing reports of another difficult summer in the local live music industry, but here's a balancing blast of good news. The Mumford & Sons show Aug. 9 at Portsmouth's nTelos amphitheater is sold out, promoters announced Thursday afternoon.
Of course, if you were dragging your feet on buying a ticket, this is not good news. The show, which also features openers Dawes, promises to be one of the highlights of the season.
Mumford & Sons is an English band that's found surprising success among rank-and-file rock fans. The group's mostly acoustic music combines elements of folk and indie rock. The band's songs "The Cave" and "Little Lion Man" have become hits on commerical rock radio outlets including the local WROX-FM (96.1).
While Dawes hasn't attracted the same level of excitement in the marketplace, the California band has created a buzz in the pop underground. It records for ATO, the Dave Matthews-associated label that's also home to My Morning Jacket, The Alabama Shakes and Old Crow Medicine Show.
You can download lovely Dawes tune "Time Spent in Los Angeles" as part of an ATO sampler. It's yours in exchange for an e-mail address. Go here and look for the heading, "Get Free Music."
Here's a press release from concert promoters:
MUMFORD & SONS
AT NTELOS WIRELESS PAVILION
IS SOLD OUT
Show Is Thursday, Aug. 9
Portsmouth, VA – Mumford & Sons with special guest Dawes at Portsmouth’s nTelos Wireless Pavilion on Thursday, Aug. 9 is sold out in advance. This is the 6,500-seat venue’s fourth concert this season to sell out.
“This is one of the summer’s strongest tours nationwide,” says Ken MacDonald, president of IMG, the buildings promoter and manager. “It’s the first time Portsmouth’s amphitheater has ever had four sold out shows in a season.”
Phish sold out two concerts in June, and Mindless Behavior sold out a pavilion-only show in July.
“Clearly Portsmouth’s nTelos Wireless Pavilion has gained a reputation in the music industry as one of the most desirable places to perform. This helps explain why such globally popular acts like to play here,” adds MacDonald.
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