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 will be performing as the headliner for Flow Fest, a festival focused on yoga, mindfulness, and wellness, featuring over 40 workshops and practices, wine and kombucha sampling, and the Wild Vine Trail Race and DYNOMITE Bouldering Competition. Join us at Terrace Access for a premiere view of the music and festivities. Terrace Access opens at 5:00pm and goes until 10:00pm, offering food, private cash bar, indoor and outdoor seating, restrooms, and exclusive viewing area. Register for Terrace Access here.


  • Festival: Flow Fest
  • When: Saturday, September 22
  • Time: 9:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.