Trampled By Turtles at Festival Palomino 2016
Trampled By Turtles
What’s to be done when Trampled By Turtles starts their set a half hour before the venue closes? You tweak the curfew, of course. City police monitoring Hall’s Island at this Saturday’s Festival Palomino—the roots-Americana music festival organized by Trampled—kept the headliner’s stage from turning into a proverbial pumpkin by extending the park’s official closing time for one night.
But what else would you expect from a festival curated by a Minnesota-born band that is all about celebrating the Minnesota musician? The city’s accommodation felt like an extension of the warm-and-fuzzies for local music talent that is shared by artist and attendee alike at the festival, now in its third year.
When we interviewed Trampled frontman David Simonett on the advent of the first festival, he defined it as “a little bit of a reunion.” And it certainly felt this way, albeit with jean button-downs instead of matching family tees. John Mark Nelson, Minneapolis’s singer-songwriter darling, gave early arrivals a sunny show, at one point setting down his guitar so he could dance to his own band. He said he was excited to spend the day listening to fellow performers and, sure enough, was later seen strolling between the three stages that hosted the seventeen bands. Twin Cities-based alt-country singer Frankie Lee .thanked Trampled for playing a Los Angeles show with him early in his career, after which he "followed them home.” Trampled later brought him on stage for a cover of “Oh Yoko!”
Non-local acts joined in the camaraderie too, like old friends who've made the trek to an out-of-town wedding. (The Brothers Comatose, an Americana string band, noted, “We flew from California for a 30 minute show. We’re going to play our asses off.”) Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit, an indie rock band from Scotland, directed a few ribs at attendees congregating at an adjacent stage in anticipation of Houndmouth’s summer love vibes, but nonetheless offered fierce appreciation for their festival experience. “We fucking love the cities,” he told the audience. “It’s really nice to be here.”
Aside from Trampled’s late start time and an extended set by The Arcs (which nobody objected to), the day ran smoothly—notable considering the back-to-back set times and number of shows. Trampled, perhaps a bit sheepish for making their fans wait, started theirs with several crowd favorites. Later, they turned the mic over to bassist Tim Saxhaug for a well-received rendition of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U.” They ended with “Again,” whose refrain, “Will I see you again?” carried a weight beyond the personal message each listener finds in it. As of Friday, Trampled has zero shows booked for the rest of the year—anywhere. We’ll be keeping an eye on the 2017 calendar, and in the meantime, here’s to hoping they’ll pop up at a friend’s show from time to time.