Photos: Ha Ha Tonka @ Off Broadway | 06.20.13

Springfield, Missouri's Ha Ha Tonka doing the alt-indie-county thing at Off Broadway in St. Louis on June 20th, 2013. (Bryan J. Sutter)

A favorite of St. Louis, Bloodshot Records’ Ha Ha Tonka kicked off things well and good at Off Broadway on June 20th, 2013 with Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and Ezra Furman.

There were whiskey times to be had.

Ha Ha Tonka stands as one of those bands that can play St. Louis 3 times a year and stilwl draw a crowd. They’re a band that people tell stories about. Stories that sound more like a good drinking buddy than the usual expressions of fandom. Folks will drive hours to see them and they confidently wear their slightly faded Ha Ha Tonka shirts while holding their beer. There aren’t many bands that draw up such sincere appreciation.

For the most part, the evening with Ha Ha Tonka played out like how one would expect. Lead singer Brian Roberts had no shortage of smiles, the guitar tones were spot on, and the hooks hit hard. “Caney Mountain”, a reliable song good for shaking up the crowd, came in early and set the momentum.

The night ended with members of Someone Still Love You Boris Yeltsin and Ezra Furman hopping on stage with Ha Ha Tonka and electrifying the stage. Soon, a slightly infamous woman brought them shots, which were downed in high spirits. In the last moments of the encore, SSLYBY guitarist Will Knauer fell to the ground, as to portray a fake black out or some similar condition. And there, another memorable evening with Ha Ha Tonka came to an end.

See the full set of photos from Ha Ha Tonka @ Off Broadway by clicking here or by checking out the gallery below.

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