Fletcher sets music festival Saturday
Blind Squirrel Productions' John Beemer, Scott Pinion and festival pioneer Steve Bolan stopped into Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for this week's "Today's Best Soundemonium!" with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist, to share details and spread some excitement for Saturday's 3rd Annual Damn the Man Music Festival that's slated for 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Pepper Sprout Ranch, 14277 NE Dillan Lane in Fletcher. There will be vendors for alcohol, food and more no coolers. J.J.'s Pro Audio will produce the sound and lights.
The festival, named in the spirit of this weekend's "Tax Day" has turned into something special, said its originator. "It's gotten bigger every year," Bolan said. "There's never a cover and it's all ages to attend."
The music lineup is a who's who of Southwest Oklahoma's best and brightest red dirt and roots rock and country: Sheena Hines and Frank Ryan, Dani Carson, Cody Newby & East Cache Creek, Tito Lindsey & Red Dirt Rising, Gannon Freemin & CCRev, Cashroh and Cade Roth & The Black Sheep. Zack Crow and Jessica Farmer also will be slipping in some acoustic sets in between full bands to keep the entertainment flowing, Beemer said. You don't want to miss Bryan Foster's kick-off to festivities with a guitar rendition of the national anthem that will knock your socks off, Pinion said.
A short while later, Gannon Freemin sans his bandmates in CCRev, crashed the session to share some chuckles as well as debut a new single "Can't Help Myself." The singer described it as a kind of "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" song. One of the real rising stars of Southwest Oklahoma music and one of the most original and strongest new songwriters I've heard in a while, Freemin and his talented bandmates are releasing this super strong single to the public on Sunday. Recorded in Fort Worth, Texas, it's ready for the radio. You can find it on almost all online platforms or, if you were smart and listening to the show, you already know it's a hit waiting to happen and know how to find it. Be listening for a future Mix Tape of the show and we'll play another from him called "Lessons Learned." It's worth staying after school to hear.
Freemin & CCRev just received word that they'll be opening for Shooter Jennings on May 10 at Silver Dollar Saloon in Wichita Falls, Texas. Jennings is fortunate to share a stage with this young band of modern day outlaws. You can find out the details at the band's Facebook page. Better yet, check them and the rest of the fantastic talent out this weekend at the fun and free festival in Fletcher: Damn the Man!
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Return of Railfest: Grind For The Grid returned after a six-year hiatus to set off a great time at the legendary club Saturday night. The lineup was spot-on with newcomers Curbside making big waves. You'll be hearing more from them in an upcoming column and radio show. Sunlander closed out an era with drummer Dustin Ray for a set for the ages. Taking inspiration from the Unabomber, the band's hoodies and aviator sunglasses were almost as cool as the monster music made during their set. Now in search for a drummer, singer/guitarist Ryan McGowen said it's going to be hard to find the right fit after playing with Ray for about 15 years.
Although the weather proved too cold for the promised dunk tank, hot and heavy music from Southern Aggression, Deadcore, Backwash, Southern Heretics and Paid in Spades kept heads banging and beer flowing into the night. Music by and for the Railhead Family always makes for some magic moments. As the bands battle through the summer in the quest for the grid, Sunlander has removed itself from consideration until finding its new drummer.
Cooler heads prevailed after Saturday morning's beyond-cool temperatures put the kibosh on the dunk tank. It'll make it's appearance at an upcoming event, possibly in July, according to Los Viseppo, event ramrod.
If you want to vote about whose performance rocked your socks last Saturday, cast your ballot: https://www.poll-maker.com/poll1928086x7a394dd6-53.
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Saturday night was a roots rockabilly renaissance in Oklahoma City's landmark Tower Theatre for an evening with the Rev. Horton Heat.
The night's headliner (Jim Heath) and his bandmates proved why he's been a must see live act since the late 1980s. A Dallas product, he's played more Oklahoma stages over the years than most homegrown bands and he's only getting better under the stage lights. It was a rock and roll "howl"-alujah from the opening notes of "Big Sky" and didn't let up. When the Rev. performs "Baddest of the Bad," it's a statement. The audience was filled past satiation when "Let Me Teach You How To Eat" took over the set and by the final chords to "Galaxy 500," I was ready to hop in my own (metaphorical) hot rod and drive in speeds of excess to the raucous tones of the Rev. and roll out to his perfect storm of Rockabilly.
Palpable disappointment was felt that Unknown Hinson, the "true king of chart toppin' hits" (and voice of Early Cuyler on Cartoon Network's "Squidbillies"), failed to take the stage for a highly anticipated set. His merchandise was available in front but the notoriously cantankerous outlaw musician remained out of sight, although not out of mind.
Opening act Igor & The Red Elvises shook, rattled and rolled the doors off the venue with a real "surfing in Siberia" type of gig that was more fun than an ice cold case of Smirnoff Ice in the middle of the desert. Igor and the gang more than made up for the absent Hinson with their blend of Soviet-kitsch and riotous surf rock and roll. Any group that can combine Tchaikovsky with "Bird Is The Word" is alright by me. They exceeded the promise that "We're gonna rock this joint until we sound like Pink Floyd." Although that didn't technically happen, they did the next best thing in their own original way to close out their leg of the tour.
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Along with the Damn the Man fun with the B/S boys and Gannon Freemin stopping through Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for this week's "Today's Best Soundemonium!" with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist, there were a lot of laughs and a legendary choice by Freemin for "The Great Soundforce."
Jokey McJokerson felt the force and did his best Yoda impression for the joke. Here's the punchline:
"The do-ceratops, there is no try."
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