It's always fun when a band opens with your favorite tune by them. When Trampled by Turtles launched into "Wait So Long" as their first tune, I knew it was going to be a blast to watch their bluegrass/folk/country amalgam. The best part about TBT is that they are the fastest turtles in the world; there was only one slow song in the set, and the rest were played at drag-race speed. There was even an instrumental that made light of this, playing the same forms faster and faster. Adrenaline levels increased with the tempo.
The vocalist is solid, and his voice sung out even over the legions of fans (which I did not expect at all) crammed into Swan Dive, whose dive-ness deserves its own post. But the band paid the venue no heed and just powered through their set, even acquiescing to screams for an encore. It's like Mumford and Sons, only three times the speed and with way less indie pretentiousness. Their fiddle player was wearing overalls; their lead singer was wearing jeans and a plain white tee. Okay, their banjo player was wearing a Run-DMC shirt, but you can't win 'em all.
If you like Mumford and Sons, you must do yourself a favor and check out Trampled by Turtles. Your dancing shoes will thank you.