Trampled by Turtles

Trampled by Turtles are from Duluth, Minnesota, where frontman Dave Simonett initially formed the group as a side project in 2003. At the time, Simonett had lost most of his music gear, thanks to a group of enterprising car thieves who'd ransacked his vehicle while he played a show with his previous band. Left with nothing more than an acoustic guitar, he began piecing together a new band, this time taking inspiration from bluegrass, folk, and other genres that didn't rely on amplification.

Simonett hadn't played any bluegrass music before, and he filled his lineup with other newcomers to the genre, including fiddler Ryan Young (who'd previously played drums in a speed metal act) and bassist Tim Saxhaug. Along with mandolinist Erik Berry and banjo player Dave Carroll, the group began carving out a fast, frenetic sound that owed as much to rock & roll as bluegrass.

Trampled by Turtles released their first record, Songs from a Ghost Town, in 2004. In a genre steeped in tradition, the album stood out for its contemporary sound, essentially bridging the gap between the bandmates' background in rock music and their new acoustic leanings. Blue Sky and the Devil (2005) and Trouble (2007) explored a similar sound, but it wasn't until 2008 and the band's fourth release, Duluth, that Trampled by Turtles received recognition by the bluegrass community.

Duluth peaked at number eight on the Billboard bluegrass chart and paved the way for a number of festival appearances. When Palomino arrived in 2010, it was met with an even greater response, debuting at the top of the bluegrass chart and remaining in the Top Ten for more than a year. Two years later, their crossover appeal landed them at number 32 on the Billboard 200 pop charts upon the release of their sixth album, Stars and Satellites.

In addition to major bluegrass and folk festivals, they began showing up at Coachella, Bumbershoot, and Lollapalooza. The official concert album, Live at First Avenue, followed in 2013, recorded at Minnesota's most famous venue. A year later, the band returned with the darker-toned Wild Animals, which bettered its studio predecessor on the album charts, reaching number 29. Trampled released their latest album, Life Is Good On The Open Road, on May 4, 2018.

Past Shows


Jul
6
th
2019
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES
Jul
6
th
2019
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES

Trampled by Turtles

with Erik Koskinen, Gaelynn Lea, Early Eyes and more!
Jan
20
th
2019
Fine Line
Jan
20
th
2019
Fine Line

Trampled by Turtles

with Pert Near Sandstone
Jul
7
th
2018
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES
Jul
7
th
2018
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES

Trampled by Turtles

with Bad Bad Hats, Charlie Parr, The Last Revel and more!
May
5
th
2018
Palace Theatre
May
5
th
2018
Palace Theatre

Trampled by Turtles

with Frankie Lee
May
4
th
2018
Palace Theatre
May
4
th
2018
Palace Theatre

Trampled by Turtles

with The Pines
Sep
17
th
2016
Historic Hall’s Island
Sep
17
th
2016
Historic Hall’s Island

Trampled by Turtles

with The Arcs, Andrew Bird, Jake Bugg and more!
Jul
9
th
2016
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES
Jul
9
th
2016
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES

Trampled by Turtles

with Hippo Campus, The Cactus Blossoms, The Pines and more!
Sep
19
th
2015
Canterbury Park
Sep
19
th
2015
Canterbury Park

Trampled by Turtles

with Dr. Dog, FATHER JOHN MISTY, Benjamin Booker and more!
Jul
11
th
2015
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES
Jul
11
th
2015
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES

Trampled by Turtles

with John Mark Nelson, Actual Wolf, Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank and more!
May
2
nd
2015
Mainroom
May
2
nd
2015
Mainroom

Trampled by Turtles

with Web of Sunsets
Sep
20
th
2014
Canterbury Park
Sep
20
th
2014
Canterbury Park

Trampled by Turtles

with The Head And The Heart, Low, CHARLES BRADLEY & HIS EXTRAORDINAIRES and more!
Jun
28
th
2014
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES
Jun
28
th
2014
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES

Trampled by Turtles

with Doomtree, Low and Haley
Jun
29
th
2013
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES and ATMOSPHERE
Jun
29
th
2013
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES and ATMOSPHERE

Trampled by Turtles and Atmosphere

with Southwire and MOON & POLLUTION
Apr
19
th
2013
Mainroom
Apr
19
th
2013
Mainroom

Trampled by Turtles

TRAMPLED BY TURTLES Celebrates 10 Years
with Erik Koskinen and Charlie Parr
Apr
18
th
2013
Mainroom
Apr
18
th
2013
Mainroom

Trampled by Turtles

TRAMPLED BY TURTLES Celebrates 10 Years
with Corpse Reviver, REAL BULLS and The Pines
Apr
17
th
2013
Mainroom
Apr
17
th
2013
Mainroom

Trampled by Turtles

TRAMPLED BY TURTLES Celebrates 10 Years
with Fever Dream and Actual Wolf
Apr
4
th
2013
DECC – Symphony Hall
Apr
4
th
2013
DECC – Symphony Hall

Trampled by Turtles

with Frankie Lee
Apr
11
th
2012
Mainroom
Apr
11
th
2012
Mainroom

Trampled by Turtles

with Erik Koskinen and These United States
Apr
10
th
2012
7th St Entry
Apr
10
th
2012
7th St Entry

Trampled by Turtles

with Crimes
Mar
16
th
2012
Swan Dive

More Shows

Jun
16
th
Fine Line

Juno Birch

Dec
8
th
Turf Club

Sue Foley

Nov
12
th
Fine Line

Puma Blue

with Sara King
Jan
29
th
Fine Line

Asaf Avidan