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Trampled By Turtles rocks sell-out homecoming show at Bayfront

Locally based band accompanied by openers Emma Jeanne and the Jayhawks sell all 8,500 tickets to Bayfront Festival Park show.

Trampled By Turtles
Trampled By Turtles performs on stage in front of bright yellow lights during their concert at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth on Saturday. The concert was a sellout with over 8,500 tickets sold.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune
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DULUTH — Over 8,500 people gathered at Bayfront Festival Park on Saturday night for the return of Duluth-based breakneck bluegrass group Trampled By Turtles.

With tickets to the homecoming show sold out, the park was brimming with Duluthians ready for nostalgic melodies, dancing alongside visitors eager to see the band on their lakeside turf.

"For me, it's the good old days," said Laura Swenson, who traveled from St. Croix Falls to see the band.

A graduate from the University of Minnesota Duluth, Saturday's performance was Swenson's third Trampled By Turtles show.

She fondly recalled a stormy night in college where the band performed an impromptu acoustic set due to a power outage.

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Trampled By Turtles performing
Trampled By Turtles lead vocalist Dave Simonett, second from left, sings while performing with the other members of the band during their concert at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth on Saturday.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune

"It is one of my all time favorite memories, ever," she said.

Emma Jeanne opened the show at 6 p.m. as the first Palomino Grant winner.

Indie rocker Emma Jeanne
Indie rocker Emma Jeanne, of Duluth, sings while performing at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth on Saturday. Jeanne recently won the Trampled By Turtles Palomino Grant, which included the opportunity to open for Trampled By Turtles at the concert.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune

Presented by Trampled By Turtles in association with the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival, the grant included a $5,000 award and an opener spot at Saturday’s show.

The up-and-coming artist took the stage with smooth indie-punk riffs and “poignant” songwriting, as described by Trampled By Turtles front man Dave Simonett in a previous interview with the News Tribune.

Gary Louris of The Jayhawks
The Jayhawks lead vocalist Gary Louris sings while performing with the band at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth on Saturday. The Jayhawks were a replacement for Jenny Lewis at the concert, which was headlined by Trampled By Turtles.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune

Emma Jeanne’s set was followed by the Jayhawks, another Minnesota-based Americana band, adding a dash of country swing contrasted by washed out, rock vocals and guitar riffs.

The group entered the lineup after Jenny Lewis had to cancel her appearance last-second.

With past events capping capacity at Bayfront, organizers were ready to corral the well-anticipated crowd.

Crowd of people at a concert
The concert headlined by Trampled by Turtles at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth on Saturday was a sellout with all 8,500 tickets sold. Officials with the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center say over 9,000 people were at the concert as children 6 and under could attend for free.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune

“With the addition of a secondary lake gate and an increase in staffing, Bayfront is able to allow more patrons into the venue with shorter line wait times,” said Jeff Stark, director of operations at the DECC — which manages Bayfront as a venue.

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The iconic local venue made an appearance in the music video for Trampled by Turtles' new single “It’s So Hard to Hold On,” in addition to a plethora of fan content included per the band’s request.

Kid in hammock
A child sits in a hammock hanging from trees while listening to music performances at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth on Saturday. The concert was headlined by Trampled By Turtles.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune

The single is the first song released from their new LP “Alpenglow”.

Produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, the album is available Oct. 28.

Singer and guitarist performs
Behind a microphone stand, Trampled By Turtles lead vocalist Dave Simonett holds his guitar as the band gets ready to play their next song during their concert at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth on Saturday.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune

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Peyton Haug is a former intern reporter for the Duluth News Tribune.
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