Channeling the famed Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin Festival Express tour of 1970, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, Mumford & Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show are traveling together by antique train for a six-stop outdoor festival dubbed the Railroad Revival Tour.
From their press release: "The Railroad Revival train is 1,500 feet long and consists of 15 vintage railcars from the 1950s and 60s, pulled by two locomotives. The bands will eat, sleep, and record on the train as they travel across the American Southwest, bringing their collaborative vision to fans from California to New Orleans. The bands will have equal billing and equal time on stage, in an environment that encourages creativity and cross-pollination. The entire tour will be the focus of a documentary that captures the spirit of the journey and gives intimate insights into the creative process.
Today's mass transit is built for speed and volume, which suits our modern lifestyle. But sometimes the notion of landscape and discovery is left behind. The RRT is an effort to re-imagine that landscape, the experience of the journey, and to re-discover what happens in between destinations."
Tickets to their April 22 - San Pedro, CA (and only Southern California) show at Ports O'Call Village go on sale Wednesday, March 9 at 9 am PST, and are available through their website. Each ticket will include an MP3 download of live recordings from the tour as well as a commemorative ticket custom-designed for each site. No word on whether hitching onto railcars will be tolerated.