The Legendary Shack Shakers show why they're a must-see live act at Will's Pub Friday night


There are true must-see live acts so powerful and unique that they transcend genre – as in, I don’t care what kind of music you get down to, this will blow you away no matter what – but they are few. With their dead-raising punkabilly sound and a preternatural sense of show in electric frontman J.D. Wilkes, the Legendary Shack Shakers are unquestionably one of them. They used to be regular touring attractions here, leaving many of our stages scorched by pure lightning (and sometimes showered in ripped-out pubes), but they’ve been on hiatus due to Wilkes’ other artistic outlets. And though he’s recently been haunting Orlando again with the Dirt Daubers, a band he’s doing with talented wife and noted solo artist Jessica Lee Wilkes, this will be the first time in years that his original Southern Gothic freak show rolls through. Now they’re back in the fiery flesh, on their 20th anniversary as a band and armed with a new album, The Southern Surreal, on Alternative Tentacles. Come get thrilled and hexed again. 

with the Wildtones | 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 | Will’s Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | | $10-$12