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Walla Walla to Attract Major Music Acts This Summer

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Nearly 30 bands are expected to perform. Nearly 30 bands are expected to perform.
WALLA WALLA, WA- Nearly 30 bands, including Mumford and Sons and the Foo Fighters, will make a stop in Walla Walla for one of the biggest concert acts the city has seen.

Walla Walla is making history by having artists like Mumford and Sons to make a stop in the Northwest for the first time.

The Gentlemen of the Road Tour, Walla Walla Stopover, is said to attract people from all across the Northwest and further.

The city reached out to Troy, Ohio for help.  Troy is similar in size and has dealt with a concert of this magnitude

"My goal is to make the Walla Walla Stopover better, but certainly to replicate many of the things we did in troy," said Karin Manovich, consultant for Troy, Ohio.

After Walla Walla got a call from Mumford and Sons' promoters asking to do a tour there, the city was on board.

"The promoters were here looking at the city.  we put together a group of people and had a great evening with them and it's just gone positive since," said Jim Dumont, Walla Walla Parks and Recreation Director.

With Walla Walla not being used to having nearly 40,000 people in it's city at one time, it might pose a problem.

"That's going to be the most frustrating time for people, but once they get in, they're parked, they're settled, they've got their hotel and their campsite, the fun begins.  it's going to be great," said Nabiel Shawa, Walla Walla City Manager.

It is estimated the tour will bring in $13-$15 million and lots of publicity to Walla Walla and the surrounding area.  They are expecting people from all across the region.

The main venue will be at the Whitman College Athletics Field and camping will be available at the Veterans Memorial Golf Course.  People are expected to fill Walla Walla hotels and stay as far away as the Tri-Cities, but all eyes will be on Walla Walla.

"We have the enjoyment of the intangibles, the great publicity for Walla Walla, and just deepening the reputation for this great little city.  It's a happening spot," said Shawa.

Tickets go on sale this Friday at the Walla Walla Tourism Office for $199 per person and you can also get them online this Friday at 10 a.m.  Here is the link to that site.

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