by Steve Haruch
First rule of Southern Rock: Three Guitarists or it doesn’t count. Second rule of Southern Rock: Bow down before Black Oak Arkansas. While they may not have the name recognition or merchandise saturation of, say, Skynyrd, or get the same critical rub-’n’-tug as The Allmans, Black Oak Arkansas were there at the start and set the standard for full-throttle, heavy-as-hell monster boogie. Yes, their legacy has been more or less reduced to “Jim Dandy to the Rescue,” but get past the Clear Channel playlists and you’ll find a catalog chock full of unhinged guitarmonies, wild-bordering-on-dangerous singing and the sorta missing link between ‘60s psychedelia and what would eventually become heavy metal, all with the sort of snarling/smiling menace that only off-the-deep-end Southern boys can get away with. Which makes us all the more excited to check out this rare acoustic performance — it’s bound to be the gnarliest acoustic set this town has seen in ages.
9 p.m. at Exit/In, $12.
And look, here's a video of them wearing baggy pants a few years ago: