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, ACL Fest, 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 on Billboard. Countless tours with bands like Lord Huron, Wilco, Caamp, Mt Joy and Deer Tick to name a few have followed. 2022 will see the release of the band’s latest body of work called Alpenglow which was produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco.
The Salt Lake City Arts Council presents the 2023 Twilight Concert Series
2023 Twilight Concert Series Season Ticket Packages
June 2: Lord Huron, Allie Crow Buckley, Little Moon
June 9: Death Cab For Cutie, Lomelda, 26fix
July 15: Trampled By Turtles, Amigo The Devil, Rachael Jenkins
Aug 4: The Head & The Heart, Father John Misty, Miya Folick
Aug 10: Soccer Mommy, Bratty, Blue Rain Boots
- Sept 22: Rina Sawayama, Anais Chantal
In its 36th year, the Twilight Concert Series has presented a wide range of nationally recognized and upcoming recording artists paired with local musicians and performers. The highly anticipated summer series continues to be dedicated to connecting audiences through live music by presenting musically diverse artists that represent strong artistic values and diverse social principles. This vibrant and beloved program is presented by the Salt Lake City Arts Council in partnership with S&S Presents.
Thanks to our partner Utah Transit Authority, your ticket to the 2023 Salt Lake Twilight Concert Series also includes free UTA Fare. Ride UTA trains or local buses with your Salt Lake Twilight concert ticket and enjoy free fare all day on the day of the event (Paratransit, Ski, and PC-SLC Connect Service not included). Simply show your concert ticket to the bus operator or UTA fare enforcement personnel when you’re asked for proof of payment.
Gates & Food Vendors Open at 6:00pm for all events, except for Aug 4th & Sep 22 which will be 5pm.
All events are held rain or shine. Artists subject to change. More info at twightconcertseries.com
The 2023 Twilight Concert Series is made possible by our generous partners: The Salt Lake City Arts Council, Salt Lake City Corporation, The Gallivan Center, Lexus, Coors Light, Wasatch Brewery, Squatters Craft Beer, Blue Moon Brewing Co, ABODE Realty, The Shop, Salt Lake County ZAP, National Endowment of the Arts, Utah Division of Arts & Museums, The Blocks, Downtown Alliance, Visit Salt Lake, Five Wives Vodka, Madam Pattirini Gin, Dented Brick Distillery, The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Utah Transit Authority, Swire Coca-Cola, Rocky Mountain Power, XMission, Weber State University, SILAC Insurance, Chris Kirk With Colliers, Utah Paperbox, MIT45, Tsuki Saké, GreenBike, KRCL 90.9FM, KUAA 99.9FM, Salt Lake City Department of Economic Development, All City Event Rentals, Third Sun Productions, Now Playing Utah, SLUG Magazine & Craft Lake City, CityWeekly, 24tix, and S&S Presents.
Check out the official Twilight Concert Series 2023 Spotify Playlist here!
To provide a safe and enjoyable environment for all, please keep the following concert rules in mind. Check twilightconcertseries.com for updated info. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
VENUE RULES & INFORMATION
- Everyone regardless of age entering the venue must have a ticket for entry. This includes children.
- Food Trucks and Beverage Stations (alcoholic & non-alcoholic) are available for purchasing items.
- Free Water Stations will be provided.
- Artists are subject to change. Refunds are not issued based on specific artist cancellations.
- There are currently no covid vaccine or negative test requirements. Covid protocols are subject to change. Attendees agree to follow health & safety policies as defined on each festival day.
- No re-entry
- No weapons or firearms
- No backpacks or large purses
- No pets allowed – services animals only
- No coolers
- No drones
- No smoking – except in designated smoking areas
- No outside food
- No outside alcohol or liquids of any kind
- No glass
- No cameras or professional recording equipment
- No umbrellas
- No skateboards in the venue
- No blankets or chairs
- Security reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone at their discretion
- All concerts are rain or shine
- Artists subject to change
- No refunds
Please send ADA requests to firstname.lastname@example.org after purchasing your ticket and more information will be sent to you via email closer to the day of the show.
For those with ADA needs, the best place for parking is inside the Gallivan's Center underground parking garage. The garage entrance is located on 200 S between Main & State Street. Those needing accommodations are also permitted to enter at the Main Street entrance on the west of Gallivan Plaza at the front of the line. Once inside the concert grounds, there are two ADA seating sections located in GA & VIP. Chairs will be provided in these areas, as well as a good view of the main stage. Please let us know ahead of time if you need assistance by emailing email@example.com and we will do our best to ensure you have a great show experience.
SECURITY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CONDUCT PAT DOWN SEARCHES AT THEIR DISCRETION.