- SHAKER LEADER: J.K. Wilkes.
Don’t be sad that the fair is ending: A virtual musical carnival will be at Sticky Fingerz on Saturday, Oct. 15, with headliners Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers. The Shakers are a strange homebrew of hillbilly, punk, bluegrass and low-down dirty blues and would be about the perfect band to make an appearance in a Harry Crews novel. Part whiskey and murder, or revelry and revival, the group hangs on the Southern inbred hijinks of vocalist and harpist J.K. Wilkes.
An added treat before the Shakers’ set will be a performance by Boston’s Reverend Glasseye, a banjo and church organ-enriched avant-goth troupe with a somber story-telling style that’s has been compared to those of Tom Waits and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
Local punkabilly group Josh the Devil and the Sinners, which will fit right in to the lineup, opens the whole she-bang up at 9 p.m. Mutton-chopped Josh Smith is lead vocalist and plays guitar, Karle Johnson’s on bass and Sean Causey’s on drums. Admission is $8.
The rock genre of punk is rebellious and anti-establishment — just intrinsically uplifting. Long Island outfit Latterman will take things one step further on Monday, Oct. 17, when it brings its more socially aware and less self-righteous anthems to Blank Generation. The group is more likely to make you smile than snarl, but their four-chord gravelly-guitar style is anything but sissified. The band’s latest album, “No Matter Where We Go …!”, includes “Doom!Doom!Doom!”, “This Project Is Stagnant (Get It Out Of My Face),” “We’re Done For!” and a Hunter S. Thompson-inspired “Fear and Loathing in Long Island.” The all-ages show begins at 8 p.m., with a cover of $5.
Grand Serenade, the self-assured indie local rock sensation, will be paired with revivalist rockers the Easys, who have honed their Big Star power-pop sound to perfection, at Juanita’s on Thursday, Oct. 13. News on the Easys: the band is recording the follow-up to 2003’s “The Secrets of Loveliness” and will unveil several new songs from the album, to be released in 2006. Admission to the 9 p.m. show is $5.
For all you hippies and jam band fans: the Minneapolis–based group the Big Wu will be at Stickyz on Friday, Oct. 14. The freestyle rock group formed 10 years ago as a Grateful Dead tribute band, but has come into its own fan base, with original compositions that bring followers from around the nation. Admission is $8, with special guests to be announced starting at 9 p.m.
A good time for a weekday road trip: the legendary slide-guitarist and singer Robert Cray and his band will be at George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville on Tuesday, Oct. 18. During the 1980s he was one of the main torch holders of roots-influenced blues, and he’s a regular performer at Eric Clapton’s “Crossroads” Festival. His last album, “Twenty,” was named for the years in his career. He’s performed with many of the greats, including Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and B.B. King. He made stellar appearances in the film “Lightning in a Bottle,” which featured most of blues’ living legends together on one stage at Radio City Music Hall. Admission to the 8 p.m. show is $30. $50 reserved seats are also available by calling 479-442-4226.
Championing the working man with punk overtones, the politically-minded Boston-based band Street Dogs will be at Vino’s on Sunday, Oct. 16, a stop on its “Back to the World” tour. Drummer Joe “the Kid” Sirois was a former member of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and vocalist Mike McColgan left the Dropkick Murphys to join the band (working in-between time as a firefighter). Bassist Johnny Rioux, a punk veteran on the Boston scene, and guitarist Marcus Hollar complete the group. Their 2003 debut CD “Savin Hill” was a success, earning them the opening act spot for the Irish punk band Flogging Molly in a U.S.-European tour. They tinge their thrash-punk with Billy Bragg-folk undertones. The River City Rebels and Brain Failure provide support for the 6 p.m. performance. Admission is $10.