Trampled By Turtles to Headline Flood Relief Concert

By KBJR News 1

June 25, 2012 Updated Jun 25, 2012 at 9:55 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- A summer concert has expanded this year to help with flood relief efforts.

And one of the Northland's favorite homegrown bands is set to headline the event.

LeAnn Wallace has more on how community leaders across state borders are coming together in time of crisis.

In times of need, it's sometimes hard to come up with practical ways to help out.

But when you're a popular band in the Northland, offering help in the form of music comes a little easier.

Duluth Mayor Don Ness found that out via a text message from the lead singer of the band Trampled By Turtles.

"He said "we want to play a benefit concert, to let us know. And I said...All right, Dave, I'll let you know, but I didn't think about it again because we had a lot of things going on."

The group connected with Bridge Fest organizers and will now headline the summer music festival, with all profits going to flood relief.

The Mayors of Hermantown, Proctor, Superior and Duluth are working around the clock to help their cities rebuild and hope the concert will help in those efforts.

"I haven't seen anyone sitting around saying "Help Me" everyone stands up and says "What can I do." What can I do to help? Neighbors, cities, towns, county governments are all working together to get past this," said Hermantown Mayor, Wayne Boucher.

"This is the spirit of the Northland. We might not all agree about a lot of things, but when it comes to natural disaster, we're there for everybody," said Proctor Mayor, Dave Brenna.

"This particular fundraiser is going to extenuate the need and continue the recognition of the need for people to be assisted at all levels," said Superior Mayor, Bruce Hagen.

The two–day concert event is expected to significantly help with long term expenses.

The proceeds will go toward the United Way of Greater Duluth.
The organization has set up a long term recovery fund, which has already seen substantial support.

"In the span of just today, the long term recovery fund has already achieved a total of 26 thousand dollars, which is fantastic," said Paula Reed.

Community leaders hope those affected by the flood can take a break from the clean–up to enjoy the show.

The concert will be held on July 7th and 8th at Duluth's Bayfront Festival Park.