Last night's sold-out Trampled by Turtles show at First Avenue included some surprise guests: Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Duluth Mayor Don Ness. (St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman was also rumored to be in the audience.) After These United States played a crowd-rousing set, Mayor Ryback presented TBT's frontman (and KFAI interviewee) Dave Simonett with a proclamation that declared April 11 Trampled by Turtles day in Minneapolis and Duluth.
Then, encouraged by both the band and concert attendees, Mayor Rybak took a dive into the sea of bluegrass music fans and crowd-surfed. Mayor Ness, who was initially hesitant to participate, dove in the crowd after witnessing Mayor Rybak's brave display of solidarity with Twin Cities music fans. Photographer Erik Hess captured the moment below.
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- Erica Rivera