BEMIDJI -- Trampled By Turtles, with Frankie Lee, will perform on Friday, Nov. 15, at the Sanford Event Center, 1111 Event Center Drive. Doors open at 7 p.m., concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale at noon on Friday, July 26.
A special online only pre-sale takes place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, with an exclusive password from the Jade Presents app. General admission floor tickets are $39; reserved bowl seats are $29. Additional fees may apply. Visit Ticketmaster to purchase: www.ticketmaster.com/event/060056F0E6A67463?CAMEFROM=CFC_SANFORD_CTR_OTHER_promoter_link. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com, Jadepresents.com, or the Sanford Center box office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Trampled by Turtles hail from Duluth, where front man Dave Simonett initially formed the group as a side project in 2003. He began piecing together a band taking inspiration from bluegrass, folk and other genres. He filled his lineup with fiddler Ryan Young (who had previously played drums in a speed metal act), bassist Tim Saxhaug, mandolinist Erik Berry and banjo player Dave Carroll. Together the group began carving out a fast, frenetic sound that owed as much to rock and roll as bluegrass, a release said.
Trampled by Turtles released their first record, "Songs from a Ghost Town," in 2004.
The band continued to grow in popularity and bridging the gap between their background in rock music and their new acoustic leanings released "Blue Sky and the Devil" in 2005, "Trouble" in 2007 and "Duluth" in 2008, which peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Bluegrass chart and paved the way for a number of festival appearances, the release said. When their album "Palomino" came out in 2010, it was met with an even greater response, debuting at the top of the bluegrass chart and remaining in the Top 10 for more than a year.
Two years later, their crossover appeal landed them at No. 32 on the Billboard 200 pop charts upon the release of their sixth album, "Stars and Satellites." Their live concert album, "Live at First Avenue," followed in 2013. A year later, the band returned with the darker-toned "Wild Animals," which bettered its studio predecessor on the album charts, reaching No. 29, the release said. Trampled By Turtles released their latest album "Life Is Good On The Open Road" in 2018.
Frankie Lee hails from Stillwater, Minn. He earned his chops over the years in stints in Austin as well as Los Angeles. While in L.A. he shared the stage with such bands as Dawes, Cass McCombs, Jonathan Wilson and more. His sophomore album, "Stillwater," tells the story of his hometown -- a small town between two hills in the middle of America, the release said.