DIXON – The band Mumford & Sons proved two summers ago that Americana and folk music can be a hit in Dixon.
This summer, another Grammy winner will be taking a city stage.
Lyle Lovett and His Large Band will be in Dixon in August to celebrate the 5-year anniversary of the downtown riverfront development.
Lovett and his band will headline a 2-day music festival at Heritage Crossing Park on the riverfront, Dixon Main Street Executive Director Josh Albrecht said Tuesday in a news release.
"We are extremely excited to bring Lyle Lovett and His Large Band to downtown Dixon," Albrecht said in the release. "He is an Americana music legend, and it will be exciting to see him bring his unique style of country and folk music to our community."
Lovett's style of music – Americana and folk – is similar to that of Mumford & Sons, who played in Dixon in 2012, Albrecht said, adding that Main Street wanted someone with a welcoming sound and someone who could attract a wide audience.
"We know that it'll play well in Dixon," he said.
Lovett, a singer, songwriter and actor, has won four Grammy Awards, including Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Album. He's on tour promoting his 2012 album, "Release Me."
Tickets for the festival go on sale at noon on May 20 and will be available online at www.thecrystalcork.com or at The Crystal Cork, Trein's Jewelry or the Dixon Main Street office.
Tickets will cost $55 for seats, limited to 500, and $30 for general admission.
There is a limit on the tickets Main Street will sell, so Albrecht encouraged people not to wait to make their purchase.
Lovett's band will perform at 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, the second day of the festival, which will include local bands playing throughout the festival grounds.
The festival will include a "pre-party" from 4 to 11 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, at the riverfront and include music, food and art, according to the Main Street release.
Admission to the "pre-party" is included with a ticket to the Lovett concert, but can also be purchased for $5.
The full lineup of bands, including Sauk Valley bands and a mid-level national touring band to headline the "pre-party", Albrecht said, hasn't been finalized but could be in the next few weeks.
Main Street also will work to bring in artists and food vendors, Albrecht said, to make the festival a "full cultural experience" and not just a concert.
"We've always tried to do something big this time of year," Albrecht said. "We thought it was just perfect timing with the fifth anniversary and the merger [between Main Street and the Riverfront Commission]."
Albrecht said it's Main Street's goal to do three big events similar to the Lovett concert each year, with the Petunia Festival being included as one of the them.
Tickets for the music festival, which is sponsored by The Crystal Cork, go on sale at noon May 20 and will be available at thecrystalcork.com or at the following locations:
• The Crystal Cork, 219 W. First St.
• Trein’s Jewelry, 201 W. First St.
• Dixon Main Street, 115 S. Hennepin Ave.
General admission tickets are $30 and Crystal Circle Seats – limited to 500 – are $55.
Lyle Lovett and His Large Band will perform Monday, Aug. 4. Doors open at 6 p.m. and Lovett's band will play at 8 p.m.
There will be "pre-party" from 4 to 11 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, also at the riverfront. Admission is included with a ticket to the Lovett concert or can be purchased for $5.
Vendors or sponsors interested in being a part of the event can contact Dixon Main Street at firstname.lastname@example.org.