Clad in Cobainesque red and black plaid, Tanner Merritt, lead singer of O'Brother, stood before a crowd of leather-wearing, hard-art-rock aficionados and pushed his falsetto voice into the microphone.
Railroad Earth is perhaps best known for its vast array of influences which include bluegrass, jazz, classic rock and traditional Irish, just for starters.
Austin band Dry Season opened the night with a set of a neo-psychedelic soundscapes. The instrumentation was nicely supported by the ethereally reverbed-out and delayed vocals of Madelyn Carr.
Coming off the release of her sophomore record, "Bright And Vivid," Kathryn Calder heads to St. Louis this Tuesday to showcase her newest solo work.
Mike Viola, a songwriter known for the Oscar-nominated song "That Thing You Do!" and his work with the Candy Butchers, opened the night with a set of acoustic tunes that got the crowd shimmying around the light-wrapped support poles of the Duck Room.
Call the sound of Ha Ha Tonka folky indie rock; call it Southern rock; call it Ozark-steeped-blues-rock. What the labels don't convey is the band's sense of raw power and four-part harmonies. On Friday night, Ha Ha Tonka broke out the harmony and more.