As Covid-19 ravaged the globe, the concert industry was hit harder than most. Touring musicians, their crews, music venues…few were spared the hardship of a world that just shut down. As vaccines became readily available, though, there was a glimmer of hope; the industry adapted, and music fans once again were able to watch the bands they love. 2021 Mempho Music Fest, headlined by Widespread Panic and the Avett Brothers, returned the first weekend of October and provided a cathartic release for bands and fans alike.
The Avett Brothers/Trampled By Turtles Treasure Island Amphitheatre Welch, Minnesota September 21, 2019 Words/photos by Josh Mintz
Treasure Island Casino is nestled in the green hills of Welch, Minnesota, along the banks of the Mississippi River – a short drive from Minneapolis. On September 21, the casino’s amphitheatre hosted an acoustic/bluegrass pairing – Avett Brothers and Trampled By Turtles – and over 17,000 music fans were treated to a gorgeous evening of stringed music.