Where oh where has your Stella Shops Sustainable Style Editor been you ask?
Well, all of this cruelty-free do-gooding has led to some mighty fine karma, as I was a guest for the Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers for the last couple of weeks. Unfortunately due to scheduling conflicts, I missed the final US stopover in Monterey, but the incredible experiences I enjoyed will certainly last a lifetime.
As an avid music festival attendee, I have pretty much seen it all but I was beyond impressed with the layout of this series. Each location was handpicked and supported the hosting community by utilizing local resources and businesses. Each day-long event truly supported music, food, people, and embraced the small town culture.
My behind the scenes experiences ranged from campy bonfires, ping pong or soccer matches to dance parties in historic train stations, trickery from magicians, and rides in a chicken car…yes, that actually happened. I definitely had an amazing time and developed some friendships that I will continue to cherish. Here is the perspective of my first stop, Bristol, Tennessee AKA Birthplace of Country Music.
The Mumford’s curated lineup in Bristol included a mix of Nashville’s finest including Apache Relay, Justin Townes Earle, and JEFF the Brotherhood along with tour mate Dawes, London club kids The Very Best, The Felice Brothers sibling Simone Felice, and emerging LA girl posse Haim.
JEFF the Brotherhood didn’t disappoint with an energetic set that included singer and guitarist Jake Orrall dropping trou during the set. Rock and roll babay.
Justin Townes Earle also gave the sold out crowd a proper education on country music.
Proper festival hobbies included the following:
And, we couldn’t leave you hanging. Here’s some festival style to peruse:
Next Sunday I'll bring you the scoop on the Gentleman of the Road Stopver in Dixon, Illinois. Comment below if you were able to attend any of the stopovers. We’d love to hear your feedback!
Photo credit: J Bryan Dill