Railroad Earth w/ Ha Ha Tonka
144 E. Wells St., Milwaukee, WI, 53202
Taking their name from a Jack Kerouac short story, Railroad Earth fuses bluegrass, rock ’n’ roll and occasional hints of jazz into their Grateful Dead-style vision of Americana. Formed in Stillwater, N.J., Railroad Earth is more studio-minded than some of their jam-scene peers, having recorded seven albums since their 2001 beginnings (including two for the String Cheese Incident’s SCI Fidelity label), but they’re also known for their improvisation-heavy live performances. They’re currently touring in support of their just-released latest album, Last of the Outlaws. Opening the show is a band less inclined to long jams: Bloodshot Records’ country-rockers Ha Ha Tonka.