OTTUMWA, Iowa (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 with students and city leaders that will 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.
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 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 when the video is done.
It's unclear whether the video will persuade the band to make a stop. The group's publicist said it will be finished touring this year after a show today in Bonner Springs, Kan.
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Mumford & Sons performing "I Will Wait."