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Ottumwa tries to lure Mumford & Sons with video

Sep 19, 2013

OTTUMWA (AP) — A small southeast Iowa city is using a video of residents performing to Mumford & Sons music to try to persuade the English folk rock band to visit and play for their community.

Organizers behind the Bridge View Center, a venue in Ottumwa that features concerts and other performances, recently shot about six hours of footage for a promotional video that includes students and city leaders, the Ottumwa Courier reported. The video is being completed and will soon be sent to the band.

“The true benefit of this is that we as Wapello County came together in a big way,” said Larry Gawronski, the center’s executive director. “My hat’s off to everybody who had a part in this.”

The video features the band’s hit song, “I Will Wait,” but changes the words to “We can’t wait.” Participating groups — including the Ottumwa Ambassadors Committee and groups from Indian Hills Community College, Ottumwa High School and Cardinal Elementary School — are shown saying or singing the phrase.

Gawronski said there’s a chance that organizers will use the extensive footage for a documentary film about the making of the video. He also hopes the video will have a bigger purpose.

“We are going to have serious raw footage for image pieces for businesses or conventions that need a place to hold their meetings or trade shows,” he said, and added that he wants to hold a community screening at the center when the video is done.

A message for the band’s publicist was not immediately returned Thursday.

Mumford & Sons recently made U.S. stops as part of the Gentlemen of the Road concert series, including in Troy, Ohio, and Guthrie, Okla.

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