The night opened with Strand of Oaks, the solo project of Timothy Showalter. Showalter captivated the audience with melodies dark and sweet. In spite of the gravity and stark truth often housed in his lyrics, Showalter kept the mood from feeling too heavy with his on stage charm. Joe Pug took the stage, and promised early in his set to give the crowd their money's worth by offering his "patented brooding folk ballads." Pug held true to his promise, and the crowd rewarded him by joining him on more than one chorus, fists held high, and voices raised.