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Legendary Shack Shakers with Bobby Bare Jr. and the Happy Talk 

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click to enlarge PHOTO BY JOSHUA BLACK WILKIN
  • Photo by Joshua Black Wilkin

Don't let the spasmodic harmonica or the Eastern Bloc polka rock fool you: The Legendary Shack Shakers aren't out to revive Creedence Clearwater or relocate klezmer culture below the Mason-Dixon Line. Singer, comic artist, filmmaker and self-appointed colonel J. D. Wilkes has his own agenda, albeit a murky one, involving an unhealthy dose of Southern Gothic mythologizing set to a gruff, cacophonous soundtrack of psychobilly choruses and semisatanic verses — all while maintaining the commercial appeal necessary to open for Robert Plant and score a Geico commercial. Swampblood (Yep Roc), released in 2007, is the band's fifth and latest album; a new release, AgriDustrial, is due in the fall. Opening are Wilkes' Nashville crony Bobby Bare Jr., lead emissary of a new breed of Music City country crooners, and Luke Allen's misnamed Happy Talk Band, whose gently strummed ruminations should be like general anesthetic before the Shakers' sick surgery begins. Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

Legendary Shack Shakers with Bobby Bare Jr. and the Happy Talk Band

10 p.m. Sat., Aug. 1

One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361; www.oneeyedjacks.net



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