THE ROCK REPORT: HA HA TONKA @ THE ORPHEUM, YBOR CITY

I DECIDED TO KEEP THE HA HA TONKA THEME RUNNING TODAY. THIS IS A REPORT I DID OF THEIR SHOW HERE IN TOWN LAST WEEK FOR OUR LOCAL WEEKLY, CREATIVE LOAFING. PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO READ THE POST BELOW IT AS WELL. LET’S SHOW FOLKS THAT BLOGS AREN’T ALL EVIL.


I pretty much operate under the impression that none of you read a single thing I post and judging from the response I think I’ve been proven correct. That said, if anyone does actually read what I post you’re probably about to start seeing a trend when I say I went to a Murder By Death show to see their opener, Ha Ha Tonka. That said, my Creative Loafing overlords shouldn’t be too surprised at this point. I mean, a quick search of ninebullets shows exactly zero Murder By Death pieces on ninebullets while a quick search for Ha Ha Tonka shows…well, it shows that there should be no surprises in this piece. So, let’s just put all our cards on the table from the get go. I went to Ybor last week to see Ha Ha Tonka. I sat in Fuma Bellas until it was time for them to play and I stuck around long enough to see exactly one Murder By Death song that just reaffirmed that I am seriously unmoved by that band. So. Let’s talk Ha Ha Tonka and look at James’ pictures of Murder By Death…

Ha Ha Tonka made it to Tampa from the Missouri home for the first time ever last week and in the process I think they earned themselves some new fans. I don’t wanna be so arrogant as to say that Erin (my wife) an I were the only people in the venue who knew who Ha Ha Tonka even were but I will be so arrogant as to say it was painfully obvious that we were the only ones in our little area of the front row who knew who the band was. That said, the band seemed oblivious to the crowds overall ignorance as they put on as good a show as either of the two I saw them do out in Austin last month. As if the band knew the deal what was up they played a set list that seemingly came out of the wife and I’s mind including the a cappella Hangman. Son after song as the show wore on the band won more and more attention from the decidedly pro Murder By Death crowd. While I obviously don’t know what happened I would believe that there was an acceptable amount of Ha Ha Tonka mech sold that night.

In closing I’d like to say something about the band. It’s really refreshing to see a band having as much fun on stage as Ha Ha Tonka does. While the jaded show goer in me could easily pass off one such performance as acting from a band having seen them 3 times in the last 2 months has rendered me a believer. These guys love what they are doing and hopefully time on the road doesn’t extinguish that.

Ha Ha Tonka – St. Nick On The Fourth In A Ferver
Ha Ha Tonka – The Outpouring

2 thoughts on “THE ROCK REPORT: HA HA TONKA @ THE ORPHEUM, YBOR CITY”

  1. I went to the MBD show in Cambridge last week for the sole purpose of seeing Ha Ha Tonka. They put on an amazing fun show, with all three bands on stage for their closing song. The crowd was obviously there for MBD, but I’d say they won over some Boston fans that night as well.

Comments are closed.