The roll-out for their latest album, “Stars and Satellites,” started in the shadow of the Aerial Lift Bridge with their appearance on “A Prairie Home Companion” back in February, and now Trampled by Turtles will return to their home turf for an even more special occasion. The nationally burgeoning string pickers just announced a July 8 performance at Duluth’s scenic Bayfront Festival Park as part of the Twin Ports Bridge Festival, all proceeds of which will benefit the recovery efforts from last week’s devastating flooding. Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. for $35. Click here to purchase online. Two-day passes to the fest can also be bought for $60.
Lucy Michelle & the Velvet Lapelles, the Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, Trapper Schoepp, Solomon Witherspoon, Sarah Krueger, Mary Bue and more are also all on the Sunday lineup for the festival. The Jayhawks, Honeydogs, Charlie Parr, Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps and others were already set to play the fest on Saturday. Proceeds from Saturday’s show will go toward the previously designated charity, the Music Resource Center. Sunday's money will go to the United Way's flood fund, as will any extra proceeds from Saturday's show after the $10,000 goal for the center. Bayfront Festival Park is also where Wilco is set to play this Sunday.
According to the Duluth News Tribune, Trampled frontman Dave Simonett contacted Duluth Mayor (and TBT Fan No.1) Don Ness right away last Wednesday about doing a benefit show. Trampled’s members coyly sent out a tweet last week directed at the mayor’s Twitter account that read, “s'pose we should have a show, eh?” Ness appeared with the band alongside Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak at First Avenue in April for the release party for “Stars and Satellites.” Three of TBT's five members still live in Duluth, where the group formed in 2003.