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MacArthur High School grad and regional recording artist Samantha Rose brings her band to American Legion Post 29 March 1 as part of the bill for the B.C. Swinney Special Needs Playground Benefit Concert and BBQ Chicken Dinner.After more than a year’s hiatus, James “Roy” Driggers returns Saturday night to his spot on guitar with Lawton’s Komatryp when the band plays the Railhead Saloon, 909 S. Sheridan. The band headlines a night featuring Center of Disease and Broken Flesh.

Proceeds from concert will go to playground

An upcoming benefit concert on March 1 is worth its weight in reason along with talent.

The B.C. Swinney Special Needs Playground Benefit Concert and BBQ Chicken Dinner will have American Legion Post 29, 605 S. 11th, hopping from 6-11 p.m. The event, presented by In Support of Leadership Lawton/Fort Sill Class XXIV, will feature live music from Lisa Owen-Carlson, the Samantha Rose Band and The Chris Caldwell Band. Cost is $20 per person and kids 13 and under get in for half price. There will also be raffles and a silent auction. All funds raised will be donated toward the purchase of special needs playground equipment at the school. 

"Donations of any size are welcome," said Kyle R. Cunningham, special education teacher at Swinney Elementary. "This is our first music event of the year. I hope that we will do more in the future. It is an all-ages event and we hope to have a large turnout."

Donations may be made at the American Legion Post 29 from 4-10 p.m. weekdays and 1-10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The event is co-sponsored by Los Tres Amigos, Lanco LLC, Darby's Big Furniture, Gill's Container Service Inc. and Discount Foods.

Tickets are available at the American Legion post, Swinney Elementary, Great Plains Technology Center Room 200, Infinity Computer Services or Ken's Pharmacy. You may also call 353-5015.

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Award-winning singer/songwriter, guitarist and storyteller Andrew McKnight will perform a family-friendly evening of entertainment at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lawton, 816 W. Gore. Tickets are $10 at the door. 

McKnight's five CDs and his many performances showcase an engaging collection of songs and stories celebrating the lives and landscapes of rural American people with warmth and humor. Since permanently leaving his corporate environmental engineering career in 1996, the folk and Americana artist said he's "traced half a million miles of blue highways and backwater towns and earned critical acclaim and enthusiastic fan response." 

For more information visit www.uulawton.org, or: andrewmcknight.net.

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Finally, some great news for local icon and beloved personality Steve Carr, aka Steve-O  there is no longer a tumor. 

"I'm so happy I finally get to say this: 'Li'l Wayne has left the building,'" Carr said Tuesday night. "Everything went of like clockwork."

"Everything" was a procedure at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center in Oklahoma City where Carr had a cancerous tumor removed Monday, just over a year after being diagnosed on Valentine's Day 2013. He said he named his anomalous passenger "Li'l Wayne" for the popular rap artist  "Because the two have so much in common: I never wanted either of them."

Since his diagnosis, the always-busy Carr has added chemotherapy to a schedule that includes his daily radio show on Magic 95, nightly karaoke shows and public appearances. With Saturday night's first home bout for the 580 RollerGirls at the Great Plains Coliseum, he'll be calling the play-by-play with guest announcer Rafael Montez.

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Another beloved local, "ghetto famous" face is returning to the limelight this weekend after more than a year away from the stage due to health reasons.

James "Roy" Driggers will be returning to his guitar post with the Komatryp lineup Saturday night to create some of its patented "junkyard groove"-sounding music at the Railhead Saloon, 909 S. Sheridan, when the band headlines a night featuring Center of Disease and Broken Flesh. Driggers rejoins the lineup with Mike Lorentz, Clanton Miller, Nani Visseppo and Brad Disney. The band has been together for over a decade.

"This upcoming show ... is either gonna be a defining moment in my long, painful struggle back or where my recent tribulations finally nail my casket door shut on my career," Driggers said. "Whether I'm standing up, sitting in a chair on stage or both, I'm gonna give it 1,000 percent that night or I'm going down fighting. Either way, I want people to leave the Railhead Saturday with a smile on their faces."

Welcome back, Roy. It's about time.

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Oklahoma City alterna-rock darlings Skating Polly are readying to release their latest CD, "Fuzz Steilacoom," with a show March 1 at Oklahoma City's fabled Conservatory, 8911 N. Western. The two-piece band will headline a show featuring Rohypnol Rangers from Kansas and Oklahoma City's Codone. 

The girls posted a statement this week on their Facebook page: 

"We're excited about playing all of our new songs on this album, plus some even newer ones that aren't on this album. We're also pretty sure we will have a special vocal appearance by an artist whose music we really love and will do one of his songs with him. We hope so because we've been practicing the song."

For ticket information and show time visit the band's Facebook page or call The Conservatory, (405) 607-4805. 

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I want to take a moment to note this week's passing of a New Wave pioneer. 

Bob Casale, 61, an original member of the band Devo, has died at age 61, according a statement on the band's official Facebook page. The band's founder, Gerald Casale, wrote that his brother died suddenly Monday from heart failure. According to Gerald, Bob's death was a total shock to everyone. Despite the band's defining description in its early days  "We are not men, we are Devo"  mortality contradicts philosophy.

The band's music has and continues to impact many people's lives. If you haven't had the opportunity to know Devo's work, I suggest you seek out the band's version of the Rolling Stones' classic "Satisfaction." Also, look for its video to the song "Whip It," which was originally banned from MTV in the 1980s. Despite its suggestive nature, it offers humorous and far more innocent fare compared to now. Give it a listen and crack an invisible whip in remembrance.

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