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Ticket Giveaway: Murder by Death, Cory Chisel, Ha Ha Tonka

Murder by Death, Photo by Greg Whitaker

On Wednesday, Aug. 1, Crescent Ballroom will host Murder by Death, Chris Chisel and the Wandering Sons, and Ha Ha Tonka. The three midwestern bands, seasoned with years in the music industry, offer a blend of rock, folk and country. The Spec, courtesy of Psyko Steve, is giving one person a pair of tickets to the show.

Find out more about the artists and how to win tickets, below…

WHO: Murder by Death (derived from the 1970’s Robert Moore film of the same name), formerly called Little Joe Gould.

FROM: Bloomington, Ind.

GENRE(S): rock, folk, alt-country

FORMED: 2000

FUN FACT: The band currently has a Kickstarter to fund the vinyl production of their new album Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon, due September 25 on Bloodshot Records. They have a little more than $10,000 to raise by August 10, to reach their goal of $100,000.

 Now, some people might think vinyl records are an outdated technology but we feel very strongly […] that vinyl not only delivers the highest quality sound experience, but can also be a thing of beauty. Presenting the art in glorious large format makes each record a keepsake and a treasure.


WHO: Old believer Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons

FROM: Appleton, Wis.

FORMED: 2004

GENRE(S): folk, country, rock, soul

FUN FACT: Chisel was born in Babbitt, Minn.. As the son of a preacher, he grew up singing spiritual hymns rather than popular music, until his musician uncle exposed him to some of blues’ finest: Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin’ Wolf and Robert Johnson. Chisel’s influences include Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Sam Cooke, Tom Waits, Otis Redding, Johnny Cash and Van Morrison.


WHO: Ha Ha Tonka, named after Ha Ha Tonka State Park

FROM: Ozarks of Missouri

FORMED: 2005

GENRE (S): southern rock, alt-country

FUN FACT: The band’s latest album, Death of a Decade was recorded in a 200-year old barn in New Paltz, N.Y. by producer Kevin McMahon (The Walkmen, Titus Androniuc, The Felice Brothers).



One reader will win a pair of tickets to see Murder by Death, Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons and Ha Ha Tonka at Crescent Ballroom on Thursday, August 2.

Here’s how to enter: “Like” The Spec page on Facebook (HERE) and leave a comment on this post. (Please leave your full name  and a valid email address). All comments must be submitted by Tuesday, July 31 at 10 A.M. (Arizona time). One winner will be chosen using a random number generator and notified, via email, on August 1.

Purchase tickets for the show, $14-$16, on Ticketfly.

*This event is 16+.


  1. i whanna whiiin!

  2. I’ve been waiting years to see Murder By Death, i love them! I’m so excited they are playing at my favorite venue Crescent Ballroom! * _ *

  3. sounds like a great show

  4. Commenting!! I’ve been waiting and waiting to see both MBD and HHT again for quite some time. I’m so excited.

  5. Pick Me!

  6. Ooh ooh pick me!! I’ll be ever so grateful!

  7. I would love to see this show. I once drove all the way to California to see Ha Ha Tonka play!

  8. Been a long time fan of Murder By Death and this show almost slipped past me!

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