by Maddy Siiter

When I saw Dave Simonett of Trampled by Turtles play solo at The Red Herring in Duluth, it felt like a homecoming hang out with a little extra hype. The Duluth native now resides in Minneapolis, but his cheerful returns are always so cherished by locals in such a “coming home for Christmas” way that the shows are always looked forward to.

Although I couldn’t see the stage from where I was standing, as the folk/bluegrass musician serenaded the crowded room a certain energy of home filled the room, especially when he sang the lyric “Still I love the quiet of Duluth in the winter, in the sacred bond, there’s no place like home.”

It didn’t matter that maybe not everyone was a local scenester that he knew (even though they might have outnumbered the latter), but that in a sea of people, it still felt like we were standing in someone’s living room welcoming Simonett back to where he’s so proud to be from.


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