The Legendary Shack Shakers at Exit/In 

Wilkes channels lightning like Dr. Frankenstein giving life to his monstrous assemblage. Wilkes’ writhing, whirling, maniacally possessed performance blends Iggy Pop, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Jerry Lee Lewis, leading a crack band through carnival-esque country-punk. From rockabilly to hillbilly blues, hell-bound bluegrass and gypsy punk, they’ve established a wide berth over five albums and more than a decade’s time. Their latest, Swampblood, completes a “tent show trilogy” that has taken the band from gospel revival (2005’s Believe) to circus sideshow (2006’s Pandelirium) to a Confederate graveside service offering Deliverance. Wilkes has teamed with some terrific guitar-slingers (e.g., David Lee, Joe Buck) over the years, the most recent of which is Duane Denison (The Jesus Lizard, Tomahawk). Their Halloween performance is being recorded for a live DVD.
Fri., Oct. 31, 9 p.m., 2008


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