I remember back in February when news broke that one of the biggest acts in the world would be bringing the show to Guthrie, OK. Believe it or not, even though it didn't make any sense at all, it actually made perfect sense. Guthrie is so perfect for this festival. It's perfect for Justin Townes Earle, and The Alabama Shakes, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero, Half Moon Run, Those Darlins, Phosphorescent, and it's perfect for Mumford and Sons. Guthrie perfectly embodies the spirit of the Gentlemen of the Road tour. The people, the buildings, the Flats, the history, all those cobble streets, echos of the land run, and the music are all going to come together to create one of the best weekends this town and these people have ever known.
I fully expect to see band members come into Hoboken. Why not? They picked Guthrie so they probably want to experience what we have to offer. I'm really hoping to score some autographs on a few vinyls. Mallory really wants to meet Carey Mulligan but I don't think she's been traveling with the band. She would probably cry though if she did come in and that could be awkward for everyone ;)
Guthrie is a town of ten thousand. Word on the street is that we're expecting forty thousand plus to show up this weekend. FORTY THOUSAND HUMANS! Guthrie hasn't had that many people here at one time since the land run. So be patient with everything. Everyone has put in a lot of work to make sure this place functions the best it can. But there is only so much the city, the businesses, and the public services can handle at one time. We're here for you (we promise) but help us, help you, by showing as much grace as possible. Be kind to one another and the rest will take care of itself.
The Hoboken plan: We're not going to do to much out of the ordinary. In fact, our menu will be simplified a bit. No hand brewed coffee this weekend because, forty thousand remember? Don't worry though because the batch brew will be fresh and tasty. We've ordered some pastries from some local bakeries to help with the load but if we run out of anything this weekend it will be food. We have a pretty endless supply of coffee but the food will probably be gone each day at some point. So if you want some carbs with your caffeine you should be here as early in the morning as you can.
We will be open all day Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 7:00am to midnight. Sunday is still up in the air. As of this post we don't plan on having hours on Sunday but if we change our minds we'll post it to social media.
This Land will have a pop up shop on our deck. You should chat with these people to learn about how awesome their paper is and why you should be buying it every other week. They also have cool merch and you'll want to spend lots of money on it.
Arrive early and stay late. Come see all the cool new businesses that have opened in the last year. If I were you I'd go to Prairie Gothic, Same Old Moses (newest music venue), Hancock Creative Shop, Ella Rose Boutique, The Blue Bell Saloon, Prairie Wolf Spirits (can't go into this place but you can look though the window at their big beautiful copper still and think to yourself how you wished you lived in a town with a big beautiful copper still), Byron Berline's Double Stop Fiddle Shop, Union Tacos, Guthrie Bike, Tipsy Artist, and all the great antique shops and museums. Do a tour of the Temple and you'll thank yourself.
One last thing. Mallory and I have some friends and family helping us this weekend but nobody that we can leave the store unattended with. However, wouldn't it be tragic if we missed the whole festival? There's a 99% chance you could see a sign on the door that say's, "Gone to watch Alabama Shakes & Mumford and Sons" if you show up on Saturday night around 8:00pm. Plus, you should be tearing down the fence to see that set even if you don't have tickets, not trying to have a coffee anyway. Sorry I'm not sorry...
Also, we will not have regular business hours on Wednesday night. This will give us one last chance to tie up all the loose ends in preparation for the onslaught people headed our way.
Have fun and stay safe!
Posted on Mon, September 2, 2013
by Trey Woods filed under