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Local Editorials

Mumford, Dixon brought each other good luck

Landing a major music concert last year was a lucky break for Dixon. And Mumford & Sons has had a string of good luck since then. Here’s hoping, someday, for a renewal of that lucky combination.

Mumford & Sons, the internationally recognized British folk-rock band that put Dixon in the spotlight last year, has done very well for itself of late.

Sunday night at the Grammy Awards, Marcus Mumford and his fellow band members not only performed on live TV but captured the coveted Album of the Year award for “Babel.”

Mumford & Sons also won a Grammy for Best Long Form Music Video.

Winning two Grammys is no small achievement.

Musical talent, a flair for composition, catchy lyrics, and good marketing are needed to win the favor of Recording Academy voters.

A wee bit of luck doesn’t hurt, either.

Could Dixon have had something to do with that?

We well remember the band’s concert in August. Dixon residents did a fine job hosting more than 15,000 music fans. Mumford & Sons’ concert was extremely entertaining. The pre- and post-concert activities proved that Dixon, as far as musical venues go, is right up there with the best.

The concert, coming 4 months after the arrest of Dixon’s comptroller, Rita Crundwell, on a fraud charge, was a lucky break for a community that seemed down on its luck.

And Mumford & Sons’ luck certainly has been impressive since then – having a record album go platinum, performing at the Grammys, and winning two awards.

The band recently announced this year’s Gentlemen of the Road touring schedule. Troy, Ohio; Guthrie, Okla.; and St. Augustine, Fla., are on tour. Dixon, unfortunately, is not.

Mumford & Sons offered a limited number of tickets to the Troy concert last week through the Dixon Main Street office – a nice gesture, to be sure.

And we hope the concert series goes well for the group.

However, maybe Mumford’s next album won’t go platinum.

Maybe the band will have a less-than-positive showing at the 2014 Grammys.

If Mumford & Sons ever needs to recharge its luck, we know of a certain local city that would be more than happy to roll out the welcome mat once again.

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