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Tortoise wins the race in the Crown Room

Nick Brown / Lake Tahoe ActionTrampled by Turtles broke out of its shell in the Crown Room with Erik Berry, left, Ryan Young, Dave Carroll, Dave Simonett and Tim Saxhaug
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Trampled by Turtles swung through open doors and into welcoming arms of a string-hungry crowd Dec. 7 in the Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room.

Don’t go looking for anything too traditional, as this “multi-genre” labeled band has fallen from the bluegrass-folk tree and is ripening with a unique sound. With each member armed with a string instrument and a microphone, the band has enough boot-stomping firepower to keep a full-house chanting for more all the way to the last song of the encore. The quintet has all acoustic stops covered, consisting of Dave Simonett, guitar, harmonica, vocals; Tim Saxhaug, bass, vocals; Dave Carroll, banjo, vocals; Erik Berry, mandolin, vocals; and Ryan Young, fiddle, vocals.

Fast-paced songs like “Victory” and “Wait So Long” from their most recent album, “Palomino,” seemed to be a favorite of Berry and Young as they battled back and forth with relentless energy. Young’s long braided hair was stuck to his reddened forehead while his bow hairs were snapping one by one as they were being violently drawn against the fiddle strings. When a solo would climax, you could almost hear Young’s fiddle rejoice in relief. High-tempo songs were complemented with slower paced ballads showcasing Dave Simonett’s songwriting abilities and the vocal talent of all members. You couldn’t help but to dance and sing along to the songs, and if you didn’t know the lyrics in the beginning by the end of a song you could have memorized the chorus and sung in harmony among another couple hundred newfound vocalists. When a song would quickly crescendo you could feel the energy of the band growing.

When the set bell rang for an encore, Berry graced the stage and gave thanks: “This is so much fun, thank you very much, Tahoe.”

Berry proceeded to play a Christmas carol “Spirit of the Season,” off his newest release, “Solo Holiday.” The rest of the band gathered on stage to add to the spirit of the season and play their newest single, “Where Is My Mind,” by the Pixies. All proceeds from this song go to WhyHunger, helping feed those in need this winter.

It felt like a Tahoe mirage as a winter wonderland of colored confetti fell from the Crown Room during the encore display. Rounding out the night, the Turtles played the Bob Dylan classic “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right,” with bassist Tim Saxhaug singing the lyrics. The quiet and self-contained bassist gave it his all, and any Bob Dylan folk lover would have to agree. Throughout the night each member was able to showcase his talents, harmonizing as one, leaving Tahoe concertgoers calling out for more.


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