KEXP's Shake the Shack Rockabilly Ball

Though it’s billed as a rockabilly festival, Shake the Shack doesn’t take those parameters too seriously. They haven’t strayed quite as far as Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, which Gogol Bordello is booked to play this year, but there’s still plenty of wiggle room – this year Shake the Shack’s kicking things off with an evening of surf rock (The Mercury Four, King of Hawaii). Friday night’s show then features Johnny Cash sound-alike Vince Mira, but if you can only attend for one of the three nights, Saturday's show is where it's at. Former Seattle band Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers have been teamed up with the Donettes; both bands are fronted by women with powerfully, pleasurably twangy voices, and both bands specialize in kick-up-your-heels honky tonk music. With Frankie & The Pool Boys, Slacktone, Vince Mira with the Roy Kay Trio, Possum Hollow Boys, The Lucky Stars, Little Rachel, Jerry King & The Rivertown Ramblers, Nick Curran. SARA BRICKNER

Thu., Sept. 23, 9 p.m.; Fri., Sept. 24, 9 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 25, 9 p.m., 2010

 
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