2100 S. Preston St.
$7; 9 p.m.
Swampy, crusty and chock-full of reverb, The Midnight Ghost Train is a Southern sludge metal band that generates a sound similar to its swamp metal cohorts Black Cobra, Zoroaster and Weedeater. The Kansas-based band brought in producer David Barbe (R.E.M., Drive-By Truckers, Bob Mould) to bring a more “live” sound to their recent July release, Buffalo, and I can tell Friday’s show at Zanzabar is going to be a good one. To find out for yourself, stream the album’s first single, “Foxhole,” on the band’s Soundcloud page. Kicking things off is Left Lane Cruiser, a blues-rock band from Fort Wayne, Ind., whose Mississippi Hill Country influences will start to make audience members swoon and croon right from the start (especially if they’ve already had a beer or two). —Kelly Kettering